Functional Innovative Training Founder and Personal Trainer, Ajia Cherry, is certified and insured. Ajia is certified through the accredited organization; ACE – American Council on Exercise.
Ajia is trained in specific areas including Health Coaching, Personal Fitness Training, Orthopedic Exercise, and Senior Fitness Exercise.
In additional to working with clients in their homes & offices, Ajia routinely travels the city delivering evidence based education and wellness program solutions to corporations and health professionals.
TrainingTips.com: Why do you choose to use the term ‘Playout’ instead of ‘Workout?’
Ajia: I use the term ‘Playout’ instead of ‘Workout’ because exercise IS fun. If it’s not fun, you’re not doing something right. There is no unwritten rule that says that at midnight of your 18th birthday you must stop playing and start working. As responsible adults we work, then we come home and we work more – caring for family and our homes, dishes, laundry… you get the idea… Make exercise your playtime, your recess. Make it time where you can take a moment or two and enjoy movement. Laugh. Play. Sweat.
TrainingTips.com: Can you share an example of how you work to empower others to live their most FIT lives by maintaining their independence no matter what debilitating condition or disease?
Ajia: Time and time again I have clients come to me after being told to ‘learn to live’ with a debilitating condition or disease. It maddens me. If there isn’t an immediate health risk, no one should ever be given a limitation. One of my 1st clients came to me with the goal of being able to walk around her block with her children. She was 30 years old and diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Over the last 4 years we went from 15 minute stretch sessions to her jogging 5ks with me. Does she still have bad days? Yes. Does she live with limitations? Absolutely Not.
TrainingTips.com: What advice would you give to someone who is recovering from an injury but still wants to maintain a base level of fitness?
Ajia: Communicate with your Doctor(s.) Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you aren’t satisfied with the answers you are getting, get a second opinion. Go to Physical Therapy. When you ‘graduate’ Physical Therapy, find an Orthopedic Exercise Specialist that is certified by an NCAA accredited certifying agency like ACE. There is always an exercise program that can be tailored to you. If you have a broken hand, you can still go for a walk and you can still do other exercises, etc.
TrainingTips.com: Almost every weekend between March & November you’re competing in an equestrian competition. How do you feel that horseback riding has complemented or enhanced your idea and approach to fitness?
Ajia: As an equestrian, you are only half of the equation. You’re partnered with this magnificent animal whose very nature is to be fast and strong. You spend a copious amount of money and time enhancing your horse’s fitness and training level to ensure that he can finish an event strong and without injury. It just makes sense that you would want the same for yourself. The last thing I want to do is spend a couple hundred dollars on an entry fee and then have to pull out because I’m out of breath due to poor cardio conditioning or weak due to poor muscle conditioning. I feel like it would be letting my horse down.
TrainingTips.com: What inspired you to decide to launch a series of exercise photos and videos? What have you most enjoyed about the process so far?
Ajia: I see myself as a face in the future of fitness. I wanted to start creating a go to source for people that need credible demonstrations to follow so that they do not hurt themselves, and in essence, turn themselves off of the idea of exercise. Honestly, the best part about the process is at the end of a photo shoot, I suddenly realize I’ve completed an entire workout!
TrainingTips.com: What advice would you give to someone who wants to increase their physical activity but is low on both time and money?
Ajia: Everyone has 15 Minutes. Use your environment. Walk instead of drive. Park further away. Take your family and go for a walk; a great opportunity to pull everyone away from their cell phones and talk to each other. There are body weight exercises that you can do to hit every major muscle group. Follow a Personal Fitness Trainer that is certified by an NCAA accredited certifying agency like ACE on social media. We are always posting free exercise and health tips.