My name is Ivy Truong and I am a certified personal trainer from San Jose, California. I have been training clients for about 4 years now and have two personal training certifications: National Council of Strength and Fitness (NCSF) and International Sports and Science Association (ISSA). I am also a certified powerlifting coach under the United States Powerlifting Association (USPA) and a Level 1 Weightlifting coach under USA Weightlifting.
I have trained over 2,000 1-on-1 sessions and have had my experience with group training as well. I have competed in a bodybuilding competition, powerlifting competition and 2 olympic weightlifting meets, meaning I have put myself in a position to experience the different training styles of both strength and conditioning. I also am currently going to San Jose State to get my degree in Kinesiology so I can further my education to be become a better trainer day by day.
I found my love for fitness when I started seeing changes in my mental health. I signed up for my first gym membership 6 years ago because I was not happy with how my body looked. I was not happy with the way I carried myself because of my lack of self confidence. Fitness had opened so many doors for me and has led to who I am today. I am a leader, a coach, a motivator, a therapist, a nutritionist, and on some days, even a personal masseuse! My job description describes me as a personal trainer; though with the experience that I have had with my clients I am so much more than that.
When I first started going to the gym, I did not know what the hell I was doing. I didn’t have a trainer, I went to the gym alone most of the time because none of my friends/family were into the whole idea of “exercise”. But I kept it consistent, because it was my outlet. With that, I started to find myself slowly getting away from the treadmill and cardio stations and I started lifting weights. I wanted to feel strong; so I did my research and basically googled how to do every type of resistance workout there was. I guess google was really my only tool for transforming my body. My goals were: 1) to look better and 2) to find confidence in myself.
Looking back at my experience with my first year of working out, I realized that I needed to further my education to be able to get the results I wanted. So I started researching how I can get certified to become a trainer. I knew that getting this certification was going to help me be able to coach myself correctly, as well as eventually being able to get comfortable with coaching others. After passing my first test to get my certification from NCSF, I knew that this is what I wanted to do.
Now, after years of experience, I realize how passionate I am about fitness when my clients start to see results. This is what drives me, this is how I started gaining full confidence in myself, because I was able to help transform the lives of others. When I first started to get into fitness, I thought it would only help me to change the way my body looked, which will then give me confidence. Now, I look at fitness as so much more than that:
I train based on my performance and what I am able to do.
I eat based on how I want my body to feel.
I workout because I love my body, not because I hate it.
I eat what I want when I want. And I am able to do this because
I train hard - there’s really no other way to train.
I choose to be a coach to help others realize that it’s going to be so worth it if you just keep going. :)