Hi, my name is Tammy Eaton and I have been a personal trainer in Springfield since 1996. I grew up in Gravette, Arkansas and played basketball throughout my college career before graduating in 1994 from the College of the Ozarks in Branson, Missouri.
I went to the Cooper Institute for Aerobic Research in Dallas, Texas while still in college and earned my Personal Fitness Specialist (PFS) certificate. Kenneth Cooper coined the term aerobics when he published his book Aerobics in 1968. His Institute studies cardiovascular fitness and health and longevity.
In 1998 I became certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). The NSCA is one of the most respected and recognized certifying agencies for Personal Trainers in the United States. Among the high standards required for this certification, continuing education units are required each year to remain certified.
I have trained kids as young as 8 and big kids as old as 86. I feel like I have a particular niche with the older population. Even as a child I always loved spending time with my grandparents and have become quite close to many clients through my years of training. I have seen many of my older clients pass away knowing that I improved their quality of life during their last years; that is rewarding to me.
I have worked with several people with Parkinson’s disease and have seen immense improvement with these clients. They were able to function in every day life for many years longer than they would have been able to without exercise.
Through back problems of my own, two bulging discs, I have learned how to relieve many people’s back issues. Exercise and motion alone will generally help ailing backs, but structured, progressive exercises specifically for strengthening the low back plus a comprehensive stretching program has proved wondrous.
I love what I do, and that is to help people. Whatever their problem may be, that is what we work on. Sometimes we may end up stretching for the entire hour, sometimes talking for most of an hour and sometimes not a word is needed. A good trainer assesses the need and responds. I still train clients that I started with 10 and 12 years ago, that says something! I hope to work with you soon.
Certified Personal Trainer