Personal trainer offers services out of community center |

Personal trainer offers services out of community center

by Caryn Haller
Personal Trainer Elaine Correa high-fives client Sam Rison of Gardnerville Friday at the Douglas County Recreation and Community Center while she walks on a treadmill.
Brad Coman |

After a decade with the Los Angeles Police Department, Elaine Correa decided it was time for a career change.

That change led her to Gardnerville where she received her personal trainer certification, and now works with clients out of the Douglas County Community & Senior Center.

“I’ve always had a passion for helping people, and I love fitness,” the 39-year-old said. “It’s really fitting for me.”

Correa studied anatomy, nutrition, health, kinesiology, CPR and first aid for six months through the American Council on Exercise to become certified.

“Using a personal trainer teaches you muscle conditioning, program design and how to exercise with the appropriate form,” she said. “They could hurt themselves if they didn’t know what they were doing.”

Understanding that one workout doesn’t fit all, Correa tailors her client’s workouts to best fit each individual.

“I’m so big on safety and program design that I take the time to design a program that’s safe for the client and won’t injure them,” she said. “Based on an assessment I put them through I design a program for them that meets their needs. I don’t put everybody through the same program.”

Correa began seeing clients out of the community center in February. She sees 8-10 clients each week, but can accommodate more.

“Working at the community center is nice because it’s open and you have more space,” she said. “They have an indoor track, and it’s a more relaxed atmosphere with the large windows. It’s less intimidating.”

Correa charges $25 for a one-hour session for community center member, and $32 for nonmembers.

“The going rate now is $50-$75 for personal trainers,” she said. “I wanted to make it more affordable.”

Correa is available 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 781-9471.