Meet Slava Achildiev, Home Bodies Personal Trainer to Waltham, Brookline, Belmont, Wellesley and surrounding areas

Q: What led you to become interested in fitness?
Ever since I was a young boy I always loved sports. I played Varsity soccer, volleyball, ran 300m hurtles on a track team, did swimming and tennis, and loved playing basketball. I always loved a good physical challenge; In fact I loved it so much I joined the US Army to prove to myself that I could do it. So staying physically active was always part of my life.

Q: What solidified your decision to make fitness a career?
When I meet my wife back in 2002 she was the main reason that I became interested in the muscle building process. I started to read more and more about physical strength and building muscle and that got me even more fired up. I was at the gym everyday working out, building muscle, feeling strong and gaining more confidence in myself and my ability to exceed performance in playing sports.

Q: What you typically do with a new client? What can they expect if they hire you?
The first thing I do when I meet a new client is that I take the time and talk with them. I find out what they are trying to accomplish, how they were when they were kids, did they play sports, what their weight was like back in high school, what weight they are now, what are their fitness goals, and what might be stopping them from getting to their goals. Most importantly, I ask why they want to get in shape--what is the main reason? Once we go thru the consultation we do a full body assessment; which may include measurements, functional movement screening, and strength test, then I compare the results with ACSM’s guidelines (American College Sports and Medicine). Based on all of this set goals and plan a program for that client and revalued every 4-6 weeks to see how they are improving towards their fitness goals. The sessions typically run for about an hour, and after each session the client gets a full body stretch.

Q: What are your favorite types of training or specialties?
I like all types of training and I am capable of working with clients from all walks of life. It doesn’t matter if you are young or old, if you are trying to lose weight or gain strength, or if you are just trying to improve your golf swing. Whatever your goal, I will plan a program for that specific client and we will both work hard to reach that goal.

Q: What are your philosophies on diet and exercise?
Diets alone can only take us far. Dieting will not get you the results that you want without exercise or proper recovery time. If you put three things together: diet, exercises, and recovery, I guarantee that you will see results in your fitness goals.

Q: What is your favorite part about being a trainer?
Everything is my favorite part of being a trainer! I love coaching and guiding clients to take the right path and make a positive change in their lives.

Slava’s Qualifications/Certifications:

• ISSA Certified personal Trainer
• Certified Wellness Coach (NY Strength Dr. Jack Branathan)
• CPR and AED Certified (Red Cross)
• TRX Specialist
• Kettle Bell Specialist
• Functional Movement Screening specialist
• US Army Veteran of foreign wars
• Fluent in Russian

Slava is based out of Waltham, MA. He can serve areas up to 30 minutes around Waltham including: Brookline, Newton, Wellesley, Belmont, and Weston.

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