Personal trainer makes a difference

Posted by Bryan Henry  -  bio | email

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - It's another day in the weight room for personal trainer Illiana Roughton. "Keep it going," Roughton tells her client.

Another day of sweat and pain for Roughton's client of 3 months, Jessica Hales.

"Make it burn!" And hurt it does.

But Hales wouldn't have it any other way.

"I want someone to push me. I need that," said Hales.

Push and prod, encourage and guide. It's all part of Illiana's goal of making a difference in the lives of people like Jessica Hales, all part of helping Hales lose weight and remove the dead weight of discouragement.

"We all want to look better but inside we all want to feel better about ourselves. We'll all beautiful in different ways. It's not all about appearance but we reflect what we feel inside," said Roughton.

In Jessica's case:

"I gained 20 pounds in 3 years," she said.

Hales not only wanted to drop a few but recapture the discipline she once had and the joy of being in good health.

"I took ballet and dance in high school and when I graduated from college, like many girls I gained weight," said Hales.

Hales says Illiana Roughton has the right touch, not exactly a drill sgt. in your face but just enough of a presence to let you know she's not going to let you cheat, and more importantly, give up.

"She can get hard core," Hales said with a laugh.

"She's very attentive and focused. She's my positive energy," said Hales.

In fact:

"My job is make her fail. I want those muscles to break down and re-grow," said Roughton.

A strategy that seems to be working.

"I have arm muscles for the first time in my life," Hales said with delight.

A personal trainer's belief, a client's willingness to change, sweating it out in a River Region weight room.

"No pain, no gain!" Roughton tells Hales on one exercise.

Illiana Roughton has around 10 clients and she moved to Prattville from central Mexico after getting married.

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