• AJ Koehler


What is a personal trainer?

A personal trainer is a fitness guru involved in exercise and lifestyle instruction. They motivate clients by setting goals and providing feedback and accountability to clients. Trainers also can measure and track their client's strengths and weaknesses with fitness assessments.

They also educate their clients in many other aspects of wellness besides exercise, including general health and nutrition guidelines -kind of like a therapist who helps you stay in the game. We met up with her and a group of new recruits at Pickle Springs for a boot camp style work out.

Meet Tamatha Crowson.

Tamatha is the Fitness Director for 180 Fitness and Manager/Head Trainer for Cape/Jackson Boot Camp Challenge. She holds a B.S. in Fitness Management from Mississippi State University, and is a ACE- certified personal trainer, Precision Nutrition certified nutrition coach and has over 25 years of experience in the fitness industry.

Fun Matters!

Although it may seem she lives at the gym, Tamatha is most at home when she’s on a stage. She is a nationally-qualified NPC Figure competitor and loves performing as a dancer each year in the Vintage Now fashion show/fundraiser in Cape Girardeau.

Tamatha’s motto is: “Fun Matters” and her personal mission is to awaken the courageous and confident side of as many humans as possible, and leave everyone and everything better than she found them.

I'm excited about is the new direction my business is taking me towards online training. This is the wave of the future when it comes to training and coaching. You might think it would be hard to train somebody when you're not there in person with them, but there's been so much progress made in the way of technology that it can be even better and more personal. I find that I'm able to do more with my online clients as far as nutrition and other aspects of fitness are concerned because I am not restricted to a 30 or 60-minute time frame for interaction.

Pickle Springs was, in a word, breathtaking! I had no idea the place even existed. Everywhere I turned, there was a new and different kind of rock formation, or cave or cliff or stream... if you have never been, I highly recommend it. Just another thing to love about Southeast Missouri!

Written by T. Smugala