Interview with Kerri Baker, Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Rock Steady Boxing Instructor

Interview with Kerri Baker | Lean and Green Body Blog

Kerri is a young professional in our Southwest Florida community that continues to inspire me. Kerri was raised in Naples, Florida and is a recent graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University. She graduated with a B.S. in exercise Science, and continues to further her education. Kerri is a Certified Personal Trainer, certified by American College of Sports Medicine.

Keep reading to learn more about Kerri, and how she is impacting our Southwest Florida community!

How did you first become interested in exercise and movement?

Growing up I always participated in sports. In high school I settled on my favorites, volleyball and running, and now, I am primarily a runner. When I started running longer distances I became hooked! I had found that “runners high”! I wanted to learn how the body functioned and moved together.

When did you become a CPT, and how long have you been training? What is your favorite part about training your clients?

I have been training clients for just under a year. However, I interned for two semesters my senior year of college. One was at an athletic/performance facility while the other was at a wellness center where I saw more of the geriatric population. So I guess I have two years under my belt, and I would say it’s been well-rounded. My favorite part of training is the challenge of combining (health) limitations with individual goals to create an exercise program that will be successful.

I understand you recently received a new certification, please tell us more about this.

Recently I flew up to Indianapolis to become certified in Rock Steady Boxing. RSB is a program that fights back against Parkinson’s disease. The classes involve non-contact boxing as well as functional strength, footwork, dexterity, flexibility, speech projection and balance (and sometimes some trivia!). This program is truly inspirational. I am able to bring a quality of life to affected individuals who didn’t know how capable they still are.

That is amazing! I look forward to seeing the positive impact this program has on our local community.

You are about to pursue your Masters and Doctorate in Physical Therapy, what interests you most about the field?

While studying in the Exercise Science program, I learned a lot about biomechanics and kinesiology and a bit about pathologies. I have a passion for combining all these factors. I have plans to specialize in pediatrics or Parkinson’s (very different, I know). Physical therapy is the best way for me to learn more about what I am passionate about while making a positive impact on other peoples lives and futures.

What advice do you have for our readers about pursuing your dreams?

If you have a dream, go for it! Don’t let outside factors influence your decision or slow you down. Follow your passion and never doubt yourself. Confidence will lead you to success.

Kerri currently teaches Rock Steady classes on Tuesday and Thursday 11-12:30 and Saturday 1-2:30 at Bonita Bay in Bonita Springs, Florida.