Inspired by her AAPT mentors, Pelin started her career as a Personal Trainer at Equinox Fitness on 74th Street. Being the club’s only “mother/Personal Trainer” and understanding the unique challenges of pregnancy and postpartum soon helped her gain a niche clientele of moms. Pelin coached her clients through several weight-loss and strengthening programs, helped them set SMART (Specific Measurable Attainable Realistic Timely) fitness goals, and created individually tailored workout routines designed to achieve these goals. She constantly motivated and encouraged her clients to get out of their comfort zone and become their personal best.
As a NASM certified Corrective Exercise Specialist, Pelin starts every fitness program by incorporating corrective exercise−based assessments into the traditional evaluation procedures to identify her client’s potential muscle imbalances and postural deficiencies. In everyday life, we are constantly doing activities that create “imbalances” in our bodies. From sleeping on one side to sitting for long periods of time, our bodies slowly develop strengths and weaknesses. These repetitive movements create a pattern overload to our muscles and joints that may eventually lead to “asymmetry in our posture and movement”. Over time, these imbalances make us more susceptible to chronic pain and injuries. With Pelin’s custom-designed corrective exercise training, the clients correct their postures and improve their functional capacity so that they are better equipped to focus on their primary goals.
“Your fitness goal shouldn't be to just lose weight. Your fitness goal should be to change your body composition by increasing your lean muscle mass and decreasing your body fat percentage. Being lighter doesn’t always mean you are fitter. The number on the scale says nothing about your body composition and it can’t tell you how much of your weight is muscle, fat, bone, or water. Two people who weigh exactly the same may look completely different. As you start weight training, you will build more muscle mass and gain muscle strength. Keep in mind that muscle has a greater density than fat. So, your weight may initially go up even though your body fat percentage is decreasing and you are getting leaner. Don't let the number on the scale fool you. If you’re eating a clean, healthy diet and keeping up with your workouts, the extra pounds will eventually come off as your body’s metabolic rate gradually increases. Consistency is key; just keep going and results will follow.”
Pelin’s Circuit Training workouts are a series of exercises in rotation with varying loads and equipment to develop strength, endurance, flexibility and coordination. “Alternating between sets of upper and lower body exercises with minimal rest will keep you working hard every minute! Sessions are fast paced and you don’t have time to get bored.”
" Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful. "Mark Victor Hansen