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Celebrity trainer Kim Truman's workout philosophy

Written by: Cary Castagna, QMI Agency
Apr. 17, 2014

Celebrity trainer Kim Truman has the good fortune to be able to count actor Kevin Sorbo among her clientele.


 

Celebrity trainer Kim Truman has the good fortune to be able to count actor Kevin Sorbo among her clientele.

She calls the once-musclebound star of the hit TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys “a good friend” and “a great guy.” But not all of her clients possess intimidating, chiselled physiques worthy of playing a Greek semi-divine hero on the small screen. In reality, many have lacked confidence, at least at first. And some have even developed a last-minute case of cold feet — forcing Truman to track them down in the gym parking lot.

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“I have had people where I’ve had to actually go get them out of their car, hold their hand and let them see that not everybody in a gym is a Ken and Barbie,” she tells Keeping Fit by phone from Dallas. “People think that in gyms people are going to look a certain way. When really, once they get in there they see it’s a minority of people.”

That’s an extreme example, of course. But the takeaway is that the fitness journey is often an emotional one.

Fully cognizant that “lifestyle coaching” is a crucial part of her job description, Truman stays perennially poised to help her less-Herculean clients break down those “emotional blocks” they create for themselves. “For me, it’s not about the person trying to lose weight fast,” she notes. “It’s more about personal growth and their own journey.” Truman, whose clientele ranges from pro athletes to weekend warriors and neighbourhood housewives, isn’t immune to getting emotional herself.

“I really am a momma bird in a way, too,” she admits. “I really get invested in my clients … I really make a relationship and really care and then I’m the one in tears when 10 months or a year’s gone by and they’ve become so confident and they’ve lost weight and their relationships are better and their work life is better and they’re healthier and they’re doing things they could never imagine before.”

 

A professional dancer until an injury ended her career, Truman is serious about fitness but always looks for new ways to make her workouts fun. That often entails spicing up a regimen with plenty of variety, including outdoor pursuits such as mountain biking, hiking, rowing and stand-up paddleboarding.

“I’m very happy and fun, but I can be tough,” she explains. “And I can see through people’s B.S.” Truman, who holds multiple training certifications, takes that same approach into her nutritional coaching. “I’ll go in and clean out their kitchen. I’ll be serious, but I make it fun and I make it motivational, where they can connect and embrace their own power,” she says.

“A lot of people are emotional eaters. Or if they have a big family, they’re so busy running their kids around, they go through (fast-food drive-thrus) out of convenience. But it’s really more convenient if you plan ahead and you cook for a couple of days and not wait until the last minute.”

Truman, who has also worked with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, likes to follow the 80/20 rule when it comes to nutrition. That means she eats clean 80% of the time.

“You have to be realistic,” she adds. “You have to be able to have fun with your friends or your family. I believe everyone should have a cheat time.” It’s a sensible approach. But it wouldn’t be complete without adequate rest. “You’d better give your body a rest,” she says. “People don’t realize that, but the body does need time to rest when you train hard.”

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