THE VEGAS TRAINER
"My husband Victor initially signed up with Fatima to do training for a year. He knew how to work out but wanted to learn more specific techniques and exercises so he can get leaner and healthier. He saw a big difference and was even motivated to do his first marathon! She helped him prepare for it which was an amazing thing given it was his first and only had a month or so to prepare! For a whole year he gained so much knowledge on how to properly eat, train and learn exercises for specific parts of his body he did now know he needed. His weight, posture, stamina and physique improved! A year ago he recommended her to me after I had an accident snowboarding. I could not properly move my right arm and shoulder due to the injury. When I first started I did not know how to properly exercise, what to eat and could barely lift a small dumbell. LOL. She helped me immensely in changing my state of mind about exercise, health, hard work and discipline. No pain, no gain! My favorite Starbucks with heavy whipped cream and fatty muffins is a thing of the past! My diet changed, my activities changed as well as the way I feel and look about my body. I can now do pull ups, barbell squats, shoulder press... things I did not consider myself as someone who can do it at all! Even my husband was surprised and amazed. As I continue to work with her, I would like to see more definition ( I'm starting to have them, yay ) and continue getting leaner to my ideal body fat %. The stronger I get training with her, the better I get snowboarding or biking with my hubby! I highly recommend her and she will get you to where you want to be!"
"I hadn’t seen my fiance in six months [due to military deployment] and I wanted to look better than he had ever seen me for our wedding. Fatima was willing to work around my crazy, ever-changing schedule to get me to my goal. She helped me manage and correct my eating habits and gave me the tools to succeed for the long run. In the twelve weeks we worked together I gained strength, lost 15 lbs, lost inches all over my body, and became a healthier, happier me. I would highly recommend Fatima as a workout trainer to anyone looking to get into a healthier body. Thank you Fatima!"
Mrs. Gina Rodriguez
Las Vegas, NV
"I have never worked out with a trainer before, but if I had I am positive that Fatima would be better than any of them. At first, I was leery to hire a trainer because I did not know if I had the motivation it took to stick with a training program, but Fatima made it very easy for me to keep going. I love that I have someone that I am accountable to so I have to show up, and now, actually look forward to showing up too. Every day Fatima offers some new challenge that I enjoy so much, because it is what I have to accomplish as part of the training. I always leave the gym feeling like I’ve worked my butt off, and the results have been wonderful. That our training routine it is always different—no same old same old—which is something I really enjoy. I like that Fatima is very knowledgeable and whatever questions I have, she has had an answer for almost immediately. She knows what she’s talking about and it shows. I have had several people come up to me and tell me that I look great and I have my trainer, Fatima, to thank for that. More important, I am afraid that I’ve become addicted to training so much so that I just might become a life long client! I would definitely recommend her to anyone who asks. Thank you so much for helping me achieve my goals."
"I had been spinning my wheels in the gym, working hard and making little progress for years before I realized that while I go through the motions on weights, my form is way off. In less than four months I have seen more changes in the muscle tone of my body than I have ever been able to produce on my own. My entire body is taking a new shape: my arms are toned, my back is lean, my core is tight, and my legs are defined. Without Fatima tweaking my body into proper form I was wasting my gym time, and while I was strong and relatively lean to begin with – 61, size 30 jeans – my body is making the change from “acceptable” to “incredible!” I am building the lean and toned body that I want to have for the rest of my life, with a trainer who pushes me with drills that work my whole body, so every hour gets me closer to my desired look. I didn’t need a trainer to get me to the gym, to make me put my time in. I needed somebody who could take me from “active” to something better, stronger, leaner I wanted to LOOK like I worked out, and I already do!"
"This year I turned 60 and though I have worked out for years, I had lost most of my flexibility, gained a few extra pounds and developed a chronic knee problem. [Thru my wife, Diane Meireis (see above)] a few months ago I decided to try and reverse this situation and started working with Fatima . Since then I have lost over 20 pounds, balanced the muscles in my legs, reducing the pressure and discomfort on my knee, and in general have made good progress towards getting my flexibility back. I still have a long way to go, but I am now headed in the right direction and am confident I will continue to maintain this new found lifestyle. Her knowledge of the body functions, muscle system, nutrition, etc. is impressive, but her real strength is being able to analyze her clients needs and adapt a wide variety of exercises, stretches or diet advice that work for each client to get the results they desire. I have a high degree of confidence and respect in Fatimas ability and recommend her services to anyone serious about taking their physical conditioning and health to the next level and keeping it there."
Apple Valley, CA
"Mind, body and spirit in harmony.... That's what makes Fatima Valeras special when it comes to training, discipline and focus. Her efforts have allowed me to remain competitive and dedicated, even as I near 60 years of age. Still testing and pushing my limits."
"I worked with Fatima for three months back in the summer. My goals were to get ready for a very important appearance (I’m an entertainer) to lose weight and gain strength. I have lots of physical challenges having Rheumatoid for over thirty years. I was 23 years old when I was diagnosed. Working with Fatima was an ideal situation for me because she has endless knowledge about health issues and understands how to protect your body by finding solutions that work for you. I also felt like when I would have a few off days of eating badly or missing a session she was supportive and not judgmental. The positivity helped me from getting discouraged and giving up. I was able to reach my short-term goals and I look forward to working with her again!"
"How can you explain that someone has transformed you in a few sentences? After pregnancy and delivery did a number on my body like invasion of the body snatchers, I needed help to find my body in the huge flabby lump I had become. Fatima started my transformation with diet guidance, positive motivation, and an ever changing/challenging workout routine. When training with Fatima, she is 100% focused on her client. She watches you to make sure you are getting the most out of an exercise, as well as to protect you from injury. She motivates you with her infectious positive attitude, she changed my mindset. I am more positive and relaxed that I have ever been. In the beginning she told me she would get me out of my maternity clothes, before I knew it, I was packing away the last piece! She told me I would feel better, I have endless energy to keep up with my baby boy! She told me my skinny jeans would fit again. That’s my only problem, my skinny jeans don’t fit. They are TOO BIG!"
"I have been working out with Fatima Valeras since April, 2018. When we started, I weighed 195 lb's and with Fatima's exercise regimen and diet recommendations I was able to lose 20 lb's in the first three months of work with Fatima. My knees feel much better not having to support that extra weight and I am much more confident in physical stature and ability to do the things I did as a younger man. My workouts, then and now, consist of stretching, yoga exercises, cardio training and strength training which included free and machine weight lifting along with several different body weight lifting exercises. I am 58 years old and feel that I am in as good of shape as I was when I was 25. Although I do not possess the strength of my younger years I do have the strength, endurance and desire to continue to do all of the things I did as a 25 year old. I enjoy hunting with my sons and we like to back-pack up in the mountains in search of our quarry and I am certain that my workouts with Fatima continue to make these ventures possible and enjoyable.”
"I think about all the dance teachers and yoga instructors I took from [as a professional dancer, artist and performer] and you, Fatima, are definitely on the top of the list."
Professional Las Vegas Showgirl
"Prior to training with Fatima I forced myself to the gym only to get bored by falling into the same workout routine. With no results, it was easy to skip days then weeks due to lack of motivation. I soon found myself “out of shape” and uncomfortable with my body. My partner introduced me to Fatima and after the initial consultation I knew I was beginning a lifestyle change with a professional passionate about fitness. Seeing my fair share of trainers chatting and joking with their clients around the gym, something told me it was going to be a different experience with Fatima . Boy was I right! From our first training session was and has been all business. I have my results to show for it. In only a few short months I am down to a healthy size 2, gaining muscle mass and losing body fat. Whereas before I was bored and dreading the gym, now I look forward to each and every session with Fatima. Fatima has not only transformed my body but my self-esteem as well. I am comfortable with my body and I know I would not have accomplished this achievement without the help of Fatima Valeras."
Las Vegas, NV
"Training with Fatima prior to pregnancy and during my pregnancy has been so beneficial to my health. Fatima has taught me through all life stages that staying fit is extremely important. Through Fatima's guidance I know that I am training safely during pregnancy and will able to jump start my post-pregnancy fitness and weight loss. I would recommend Fatima to anyone looking to improve their health and overall well being at any stage of life."
"Fatima’s no-nonsense approach to personal training is motivational and inspiring. As a co-worker and former client, as well as a fitness professional for 14 years, I have learned principles of biomechanics, supplementation, and wellness under her guidance. I have seen the results achieved by Fatima ‘s clients through diligent focus and hard work. For those ready to make the life change to total body wellness I cannot imagine a more qualified, informed, or sound choice than Fatima Valeras."
Certified Group Exercise Instructor & Personal Trainer: Canyon Ranch SpaClub & Queen Mary 2
"In July of 2005 I realized that indoor cycling 6 days a week, occasional treadmill running and some mild strength training was not working in maintaining my fitness level and challenging myself. I was experiencing pain in my hips from to much indoor cycling, chronic lower back, shoulder and neck pain from a profession that requires extensive business travel. Plus I had put on 7 lbs. In June I turned 60 and the first thing I did on that day was take serious stock of my physical activity, diet and work related stress level. I knew I needed to make some serious changes. I had taken Fatimas indoor cycling and Yoga classes, noted that she was a personal trainer so I did some checking on her certifications and professional expertise while also evaluating other personal trainer options. Fatima stood out as far above any other individual and I easily confirmed that when meeting with her to discuss her skills and expertise and what I needed to change in order to get back on track. Together we set realistic, but challenging goals and objectives. Among those goals were diet modification, cross training, correct positioning and stretching and muscle re-training that focuses on increased mobility, strengthening and conditioning. Sessions with Fatima are very focused and challenging both physically and mentally. With Fatima as my coach, trainer and mentor within 3 months I met the goals we established and am ready to take on the next level of performance challenges. If you are serious about your health and physical conditioning I highly recommend Fatima."
"The professionalism of Fatima Valeras, her encouragement and her training techniques have given me the invaluable gift of a better understanding of body mechanics, a healthier diet and an energized my soul. As a former athlete, I came to Fatima with extra weight, old injuries and aches and she taught me lifelong skills on how to position my feet, hips and knees to protect joints and avoid future injuries. As a PhD candidate, I have to admit that writing the requisite daily menus was very challenging with my chaotic schedule. However, I committed and managed and I looked forward to Fatima’s weekly feedback and smiley faces on my chart as I progress in my program. I thought you were crazy by meeting me at 4AM to start our sessions and soon realized that you meant business! Whatever it takes, right? At first some of the yoga poses and stretches that Fatima introduced me to seemed impossible with my curvy figure but soon I got stronger and conquered them to my surprise – without knee aches and of course sweating my heart out. Thank you, Fatima, for inspiring me to push my inner strength and helped me to better understand menu: fiber, carbs, protein and fats! With sincere care and both feet facing forward."
Annie Macias, PhD
"I was 54 years old and too heavy, too little conditioned, and too little motivated to do anything about it.especially if it was difficult. My business associate recommended that I hire a personal trainer and recommended Fatima Valeras, a well known personal trainer operating out of the Las Vegas Athletic Clubs. It has quite simply been the single best decision I have made in the past year! I can tell you how incredibly good and dedicated Fatima is with each of her clients but maybe personal results will speak louder. I am: 23 pounds lighter of which 28 pounds lost is fat and 5 pounds gained of muscle; I am more flexible; I eat better and much better foods; I am now in the gym more days and for more hours than I am in training with Fatima; I will continue to lose pounds and inches and gain muscle because Fatima has instilled in me a way of life that eagerly includes the gym. If you are looking to make a real change in your life and the vehicle you live that life in, call and/or contact Fatima. You WILL be saying to others as I am saying to you, that it was the best decision you made in the past year as well. PS> I'm the big (but getting smaller) guy in the bright tie-dyed shirts. Stop by and say hello. We'll swap Fatima stories and undoubtedly laugh loudly together!"
"For much of my life I have been an overweight individual with very poor eating habits. At different points in time I had tried exercising on my own, but never really felt like I was making any progress and I never found any enjoyment in exercising. Over the years, my sedentary lifestyle and my increasing waist line ate away at my self-esteem and my self-confidence. I had lost any and all belief that I could not only to lose weight, but be an overall healthy individual. It became hard for me to even look a photographs of myself because all I could see was how out-of-shape I was. As a mother of four trying to raise children with healthy lifestyle habits, I realized that first I needed to do something about myself. This would be no easy feat since I knew I did not posses the needed determination or motivation to change my exercising habits on my own. Thus the quest for a personal trainer began. I wanted a trainer that would not treat me like every other trainee. I wanted a trainer that would consider my individual needs and that would supply the faith and motivation that I lacked. I wanted a trainer that would customize every moment of a work-out session just for me. Since the gym was the last place on earth that I wanted to be at, I also needed a trainer that would make my work-out sessions bearable. From all the trainers I spoke to, there was only one that fit my every requirement (and would eventually exceed them all): Fatima. Fatima’s expertise in physical fitness coupled with her high level of professionalism quickly removed any intimidation I had about exercising. Fatima individualized my work-out sessions to meet my needs and ability. She tracked my progress and made every session a challenge. Fatima emphasizes proper form while exercising to isolate muscle groups and to maximize benefits. Because of her intense focus on form while exercising, I don’t believe a muscle could twitch in my body without Fatima knowing about it. On days that I worked out on my own, Fatima outlined everything that I was to do and she set specific goals for me to reach. In the past, my gym experience consisted of me walking around equipment and wondering what I should do, how I should do it, and how long I should do it. Now I know what to do, how to do it, and when I have reached specific goals. And yes, I have even started to enjoy working out at the gym. Fatima’s influence on my health habits, however, was not limited to the gym. Through literature, emails, and menu reviews, Fatima worked with me to develop healthy eating habits. I now consume fewer calories than I did before and get a greater satisfaction from the foods I do eat. The knowledge base that I have gained while working with Fatima will last me a lifetime. In the relatively short time that I have been working out with Fatima, I have seen significant improvement in my overall fitness level. I feel stronger, my clothes are fitting looser, and my eating habits have dramatically changed for the better. The other day my son showed me a picture he took at a soccer field. In the picture was a back shot of a woman who looked like she was generally fit and who looked vaguely familiar to me. It took a few seconds, but I finally realized who that woman in the picture was…it was me!"
Mother of Matthew (9), Issac (8), Alexia (7), and Luke (6)
"I have discovered the secret to motivating teen-agers to work. The secret is Fatima Valeras. My daughter needed to do something to strengthen her dance performance and renew her desire to excel in competition. We began with Fatima once a week and my daughter enjoyed it so much that we have increased it to twice a week. If she could she would work out with Fatima every day. I have enjoyed this arrangement too because with a minimum amount of murmuring my daughter has increased her work load at home to help pay for the sessions and has even started practicing the piano again (she vowed she would never touch the piano again). On rare occasions, like all teen-agers, my daughter has forgotten about her part in paying for the sessions and has had to forfeit a day with Fatima. Needless to say that life quickly returns to order and Fatima is always willing to work with us Parents to teach these young adults how to be healthy in every aspect of their lives. Fatima is tough at times and I’m always surprised at what she can get out of my daughter. Her leg strength has really increased and because of that her technique has improved as well. On the other had, Fatima is very aware on any given day how my daughter is feeling physically and emotionally and adjusts accordingly. Fatima is very knowledgeable and professional and instills a sense of trust in her clients. My daughter knows she is in good hands and appreciates that Fatima is always very positive and encouraging. She really feels like Fatima believes in her and is cheering for her success. Besides a renewed excitement for her sport and competition there have been many other unintended results of working with Fatima. My daughter is a more confident young lady and is learning the importance of setting goals, disciplining herself to achieve those goals and realizing that she really does have a lot of potential for improvement in many areas of her life. Spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, socially; in all of these areas she has increased her feelings of self worth and appreciates the possibilities in herself and others as well. Now she enjoys encouraging all of her friends to set goals and work hard, especially her fellow dancers. I feel like she has become a good, positive example for others in so many ways. Thank you Fatima!!"
Loraine & Victoria L.
Las Vegas, NV
"My fitness routine went to the next level when I hired Fatima, as my Personal Fitness Trainer. It was one of the best investments in myself since reaching age sixty. Even though I was already a flexible and healthy Yoga Professional, my physical strength, definition, nutrition habits, and quality of personal performance improved in just four months, while working with Fatima. I highly recommend Fatima’s strength and conditioning services, because her knowledgeable guidance and firm encouragement was invaluable. I needed a plan to reach my strength and body composition fitness goals within a short four-month timeframe, and she was willing to work with my schedule. I witnessed her dedicated expertise during each of our meetings and conversations. After an initial consultation, and then determining my baseline assessment, we discussed my goals and the work that would be required of me. Fatima then designed my customized workout program. I faced the challenges that came with making changes to my daily routine, and modifying some eating habits. It required my discipline, keeping my eyes on the prize, and the support of my Personal Trainer. Goal met! I reduced 3% of body fat, lost 7 pounds, and trimmed 2.5 inches in overall body composition. Fatima is personable and professional and equipped with a wealthy blend of knowledge, education, and experiences in athleticism, anatomy, strength, conditioning, and body-mind awareness."
Yoga-Group Fitness Instructor
"I have always been very active, but I’ve never been thin. I have always had that extra 15, 20 and eventually 30 pounds that I just couldn’t lose. Most weight loss programs are geared toward people trying to lose 50-plus pounds and I’ve always felt a little out of place. I’ve tried many programs, and they’ve all worked (Weight Watchers, Atkins and even diet pills). However, I finally learned that there is no quick fix when it comes to weight loss. With each program I tried, I was able to loose 10 pounds but I was never able to keep it off. I reached a point where I was either going to pay for plastic surgery or pay for a personal trainer. I did my research and realized that going under the knife, was not going to solve my problem. It was just another quick fix because without a proper diet and exercise, it would eventually all come back. I searched high and low for a personal trainer whose philosophy I was comfortable with. I had some basic needs: #1) I wanted to learn to eat healthy, but I wanted a realistic plan I could follow for life. #2) I wanted an exercise program that worked with my crazy schedule that was both challenging yet not overwhelming. #3) I also wanted a female (just a personal preference.) #4) And I was adamant that I did not want to take diet supplements because of bad past experiences. When I first met with Fatima, I was impressed with her knowledge and initial plan for me. But I will be honest; the first few weeks were very hard. I was used to eating buffalo wings, french fries and drinking lots of beer. When she wanted to cut my caloric intake, I didn’t know if I could do it. I made a strict effort to write down every single thing that went into my mouth even if it was against our plan. You really don’t know how much you’re eating until you write it down. At first, I second-guessed Fatima and worried that I wasn’t eating enough, but that was a defensive mechanism on my part. I was looking for excuses to eat more. After the first 2-3 weeks, eating within her calorie range got much easier. In fact, I eat below her initial level now with no problems and no major cravings. And I don’t starve myself or eat rabbit food. I love to cook and I love to eat out, but I’ve found healthy, satisfying foods to replace the junk and beer. But we only live life once, so I do slip in some ice cream every now and then. As I said, this plan had to be realistic. As I was getting over the food hurdle, I was also learning to exercise right. Don’t get me wrong; I’ve used weights before and I’ve done cardio workouts before heck I own just about every workout tape on the market. But I’ve never done the right combinations of workouts. Fatima will develop the right plan for you. She knows how many calories you need to burn to lose fat to reach your goal. But don’t expect to do it all within your sessions. You have to be prepared to work on your own. When you do work with Fatima, she does checks and balances to make sure you’ve been eating right and to see if you’ve been working out on your own. There’s no sense in lying because it’s your money paying the bill and she knows what’s best for you. During your workouts, she doesn’t just show you a few techniques and watch you work. She develops a plan that is perfect for your body’s needs. The most important thing is that you provide her feedback. If something is uncomfortable or hurts, tell her. She’ll find another way to work the same muscle without affecting your problem area whether it’s knees, shoulder, back, etc., she knows many ways to work the right muscles. And don’t worry about being bored with your workouts. I don’t think I’ve ever had the same workout twice. I started the program willing to invest one month of both time and money. I figured if it wasn’t working after that time, I would be out a little bit, but I could find something else. I’ve had my highs and lows. It was tough in the beginning and I reached a plateau about eight weeks in, but Fatima encouraged me to keep working and she adjusted my plan accordingly. I’m now into my third month. I’ve met with Fatima about 30 times and I’m right on target for reaching my goal within the next six months. I’ve seen other trainers in the gym and they seem like they’re helping out their clients, but I honestly feel like I have the best trainer at LVAC-Green Valley. Has it been as cheap as some infomercial gimmick? No. Has the weight loss been quick? No. Has it been easy? No.But has it been worth it? You bet! Every penny. I have lost fat and gained muscle. My body is getting toned and my clothes are getting loose. I have lost bad habits and learned to live a life of healthy ones. Simple things like picking wheat foods or lean meat is not as hard as it might seem. But most importantly, I have done it the right way for the first time in my life. I feel healthy, fit and sexy and I am only 30 percent of the way there. I can only imagine how I’ll feel once I reach my ultimate goal. And I know I couldn’t have done it without Fatima. How do I know? Because I’ve tried."
"If you are thinking of quickly losing the weight, then Fatima is not for you. But, if you are dedicated and want long-term, good results to last for a lifetime, and you are ready for hard work, then Fatima is [the trainer] for you."
"I have been working with Fatima for six months now and not only have I changed physically but she has changed my way of thinking when it comes to weight training, diet and positive mental being. Our sessions are so much different than any kind of workout I have done before. Not only are you far more educated than any of the personal trainers I have used in the past, but your focus to your clients individual needs goes beyond what I have ever seen in the business! Our sessions are never boring and I never see you doing the same routines with me as you do with your other clients. Since I’ve started training with you even my sisters – both whom are very active – keep asking me for tips from my trainer because they see how well I’m doing. I believe that it is really a bonus that you teach me so much about how much how the human body works (or doesn't) when in the past, no one ever bothered to share any kind of information like this with me until you. It is your encouragement of me to set and reach my own goals that really makes the difference. As I continue to lose the fat and gain the muscle, my own dedication to our training sessions grows…you are truly an inspiration Fatima and that makes me strive for more!"
Ocean City, NJ
"When I started training with Fatima I never realized what changes she would make in my life. When I started with Fatima I weighed 212lbs. I was so out of shape, had no clue how to eat healthy, I was tired all the time, frustrated, always took elevators and my doctor told me I was going to need to have both knees replaced in the near future. I was on high blood pressure medication, I was depressed and so much more. 6 months later and I weight 180. I am in the best shape I have ever been in my life. I have learned so much about eating healthy. I never thought I would have any interest in taking yoga and yin classes but Fatima introduced me to a totally different world. My doctor is amazed and knee replacements are not even in the near future. Fatima’s approach to personal training is of the highest quality and client caring. Her fitness program is not a cookie cutter but one that completely meets the specific needs of the individual client. Fatima listens attentively and observes her clients carefully with the eye of an expert who cares deeply about their health, both mental and physical.
She is committed, she is motivating and she is creative in her approach. She is the consummate professional. If you had told me 6 months that I would be doing yoga, yin, strength training, taking indoor cycling and now getting out on the road on my bike, I would have said 'No Way.'"
"2005 was both the most joyous and devastating year of my life. I was pregnant with my first child and living in my birth city of New Orleans , LA. I was there when hurricane Katrina hit and evacuation for the safety of my unborn child meant leaving New Orleans [toward family] in Las Vegas – fast. Everything was lost: my memories of growing up and all the history that is my hometown of New Orleans . Despite all the stress, sadness, frustration, and anger I was feeling, thankfully I delivered a health baby girl! It took until January 1, 2006 for me to get past my challenges and to decide to move forward to choose to celebrate life and to make only those changes that were positive for me. I began looking inward and started working on what I could change to make me feel good about everything that was different. I tried working out at a gym on my own but quickly lost my motivation. To avoid repeating this, I sought out a personal trainer but not just ANY trainer. I wanted someone who knew the physiology and anatomy of the body; someone who knew of the trouble spots women struggle with; and someone who was not only personable but stern. Took me a few months but I found her in August 2006. Fatima Valeras aims high but I tell you its worth it. She is probably the most positive person I know. Fatima pushes me to keep going not only physically but in terms of spiritually, she has been the most influential person, too. When I started having problems during our workouts – specifically with the function of my right hip – Fatima alternated and adjusted our routines to accommodate this deficiency. She also suggested supplemental therapies like sports massage/body work to help manage my only recently discovered lumbar scoliosis. It was no surprise that from this diagnosis, our routines changed immediately from general fitness to whatever it takes to accommodate my daily condition. With Fatimas extensive knowledge of the human body, we do exercises that not only train my body but also keep my particular needs in mind. THAT is why training with her is important to me."
New Orleans, LA
"As a women approaching a new decade, I knew that what I had been doing in my exercise regime was no longer working for me and I was finding it harder to commit to the gym. I walked into Fatima’s yoga class and felt an instant connection to yoga and the balance of what my exercise regime had been missing. “I ENJOYED IT”. I wanted to become stronger for my yoga practice. I started to train with Fatima and learned new commitment to myself in the gym. I came first. Practice came first! I commented to 10 hrs a week in the gym and that was the start of change. No longer making excuses or reasons not to go. My posture got so much better, which my husband noticed and that was a big deal. I stuck more to wholesome foods but still enjoyed my wine nights out. Just felt better, stronger and the exercise commitment was just becoming a natural part of my routine. When I stood on my head for the first time I knew everything I had been doing was working and I wanted more!!!
"In her seven years of employment at Las Vegas Athletic Clubs, Fatima Valeras has been one of the most reliable Instructors on our staff. Her excellent teaching abilities have always resulted in only positive feedback from her students. Her commitment to the Fitness Industry is evident in her continuing participation in education, her work in presenting education, as well as her recruitment of new instructors. One of our Instructors best summed up Ms. Valeras teaching and presenting abilities in one sentence, 'Take Fatima's class...she practices what she teaches!'"
Group Fitness Director, Las Vegas Athletic Clubs
"I met Fatima while in my 5 month of pregnancy. I had started taking her Yoga class and liked her practical approach: not too technical but all of the necessary information to do it correctly and effectively. At the time I was starting to look around for a trainer I could work with after the baby was born. I had a feeling I would be too tired, too stressed and too bummed about the uphill battle of getting back into shape. Turns out, I was all of those things but decided I seriously needed some help. I felt as though I had a decent background of what I would need to do to get back into shape, but I felt I was going to need more than that to make it work. So I called Fatima and discussed my goals. She really took the time to understand my limitations and do the research to make my goals attainable. I love Fatima’s practical approach to everything: diet, food, exercise, rest, etc. Now a year has past and I still find our workouts incredibly challenging. Things of which I am certain: I am stronger than ever. Additionally, I am performing exercises that I used to avoid due to injury. Let me also tell you what NOT to expect: – Fatima will not follow you around on the circuit machines in the silly order that they are set-up. – You will not find her taking phone calls or chatting with the other trainers about their weekend during your time. – Don’t expect her to go easy on you; not for the faint of heart. If you are serious about getting into shape, look no further Fatima will tailor make a program to achieve your goals. And just know you will become familiar with every piece of equipment in the gym."
Virginia Beach, VA
"I have been working out with Fatima since June of 2012 (9 months). Unfortunately though, I’ve been battling weight since 2006. When I went to graduate school, my routines began to change. I couldn’t seem to find the time to work out, cook healthy food, or take good care of myself. The summer of 2007, I started to understand how being overweight was going to affect my quality of life long term. I got engaged that summer, and I did not want to walk down the aisle at 174 lb, which was my heaviest weight. I began to make a change then. I joined weight watchers and began to work out about 3 hours per week using home videos like “The Firm” and “Billy Blanks Tae Bo.” By counting points and getting more active, I got down to 133 lb by my wedding date in August 2008. I stayed steady by continuing weight watchers and working out 2 to 4 times a week until I moved to Las Vegas in 2011. Once I started a new job, moved to a new house, and added a little stress to my routine, I worked out less and ate more foods that were unhealthy for me. My husband and I like to eat at restaurants a lot, and that was a major downfall for my weight! I got back up to 140 lb and then decided I needed to begin taking better care of myself. I began to try to do weight watchers again and do the “Insanity” workouts. This lasted a couple months, and then I went back to the same old unhealthy routine. Lucky for me, 2 girls I work with recommended Fatima Valeras as a personal trainer. She and I had a meeting in June 2012, and my transformation began. Since I started working with Fatima, my outlook on fitness has completely changed. I truly understand now what a commitment to fitness and a healthy lifestyle is. Fatima doesn’t just come into the gym, work out with me for an hour, and then wish me luck on the rest of the week. She hasn’t just trained my body physically. She is my nutritionist, masseuse, and my counselor as well, as my physical trainer. She has helped my find better options for dealing with stress, and helped me have confidence in what I can accomplish by working hard. By definition a trainer is someone who guides another person in developing physical fitness. Defined, training has specific goals of improving one’s capability, capacity, and performance. Fatima fits these descriptions, and goes beyond these expectations at each workout. Today, I am 125 lb (~10 lb loss), I have lost a total of about 14 inches. My body mass index has changed from 24% fat to 19% fat. I am healthier now than I was in high school where I was playing tennis and running track. I feel more energetic, and I feel equipped to make confident decisions on how to eat and how to work out. Where I used to exercise 3 hours weekly, I want to exercise 6 hours (and I want to do it; I’m excited about it). Where I used to hike 3 to 4 miles, I hike 9 or 10. I am so thankful to Fatima for changing my life. I never could have accomplished this level of fitness without her."
"When I moved to Vegas in 2008 I began working as a full-time photographer and no longer had a sedentary lifestyle. My weight has fluctuated since my mid twenties so I finally decided to join LVAC in early 2010 but only went sporadically because working out for me was gymnastics, I was bored at the gym. Finally in the summer of 2010 I decided to start taking some classes, one of which was Fatima’s Yoga class, the classes I took were more along the lines of what I felt working out should be about because it was enjoyable. I began working with Fatima at the beginning of 2011. I decided it was time for me to become healthier, but I also knew I needed help. I used to be able to eat just about anything in sight without gaining a pound but my metabolism had slowed down and I didn’t know how to eat right. Fatima helped me with my menu by first seeing what and how much I eat and then giving me examples and suggestions on what else to eat or not eat. I was shocked and even a little embarrassed when I wrote out what and how much I ate every day. It was a struggle for me, especially at first but it was an eye opener. Fatima knows what she is doing but also doesn’t claim to know it all (which is a very good thing). I have more than just my knee injury to consider when I do any kind of working out. My body is kind of out of whack and sometimes it is more than just one side being dominant over the other. I have a fairly high tolerance for pain and can/have worked through it but as Fatima says, discomfort is fine, pain is not. I’m pretty aware of what my body can and cannot do but Fatima helped me to become even more aware anytime I would struggle with something or have to stop she would question me as to what/where/why and find another option for me. She recognizes that everyone’s body is different. Fatima truly cares about her work and her clients. She is caring and motivational and from the moment I approached her about training I knew I had made the right choice. She is a joy to just be around and training with her is a privilege."
Las Vegas, NV
"Fatima is much more than a personal trainer. I originally picked her because I saw her training a client and was impressed with how focused she was on that client and the exercises she had her doing. I wanted someone to hold me accountable and help me get an amazing body. I had no idea when I started that I would get so much more out of the experience. As I continued working out with Fatima, it became less about the pounds and more about finding balance. Finding balance between enjoying good food and making healthy choices…finding the balance between juggling a work schedule and a workout schedule. It means knowing when I need yoga more than weights. It means acknowledging when I fall off the wagon and knowing how to get myself back on track. It means doing all this because I WANT to and not because I feel guilty if I don’t or because I’m trying to achieve the perfect body that society says I should have. I’m a work in progress. By no means do I have that ‘amazing body’ that I wanted when I first started. But I also have more realistic expectations based off what I know I’m willing to do. I’m better able to maintain a healthy lifestyle that’s sustainable for me for the long run. Fatima was very encouraging and patient as I went through this process. She pushed when I needed a push, encouraged me to do my first half-marathon, and offered support and guidance every step of the way. I highly recommend Fatima. She’s been a trainer, a masseuse, a therapist, a running coach, a mentor, and best of all, a friend."
"Fatima is the best personal trainer in Las Vegas! How do I know? I have a BA in sports medicine and a Masters in exercise physiology. I have known many trainers over the years, and Fatima's knowledge and ability far exceeds anyone I have worked with. I chose Fatima because of her credentials and experience, and after my first consultation there was no question she was the perfect fit for me. Important things to know about Fatima: She is the ultimate professional, punctual, always prepared, quick to respond to any correspondence, flexible with her schedule, has various plans to fit your budget, does not waste a single minute, a huge encourager, incredibly knowledgeable, can work with any type of injury or health issue, and will give everything she has to help you meet your goals. Why would someone with my background seek out a personal trainer? At 46, a wife and mom of three, I had a very busy life and found myself with a series of medical issues and unable to help myself. I came to Fatima with many challenges and she was able to work around all of them. Both of my knees had been reconstructed and she constantly had to come up with different ways to perform exercises that kept me pain free. I have an autoimmune thyroid disease which made weight loss nearly impossible. I also have several food allergies and Fatima was able to work a food plan to help me be successful. Most importantly, Fatima encouraged me to make time for myself to focus on my health, which immensely benefited me and my family. After working with Fatima for only 3 months, I'm stronger than I have been in years, and moving forward to achieving my health goals. If you are serious about your health and are ready to work hard, then Fatima is the trainer for you"
Military Wife, Mother and Warrior
"Training with Fatima keeps me focus and motivated; always challenging and different, never boring; therefore becoming successful in obtaining my goals. What I have learned with Fatima as far as my approach to working out and fitness will stay with me for lifetime; it is now part of my everyday routine. Fatima trains you as an individual, therefore working hard with you to be your best. I am not just someone else who needs to lose weight; I am special."
"After my first child was born my desire to get healthy became a necessity as I felt I needed all the strength I could muster to handle my new job –- being a mom. Following the new crazes – The Atkins diet and Billy Blanks Tae Bo -- I managed to shed the baby weight and then some. I was thrilled! Fast forward 4 years to the arrival of baby #2. I had gained most of the weight back + more baby weight, but I had every intention to ward off carbs and dust off the Tae Bo tapes and get back to my size 8. Problem #1—I faithfully following the Atkins 2-week induction and DID NOT shed one pound. Yikes! Problem #2—the labor and delivery was difficult, and I was experiencing severe pain in my hip area. Kick boxing was absolutely out of the question (not to mention brisk walking or running). I was devastated, but determined to find a solution. I joined the local gym in town and distinctly remember walking into the workout room one morning with no clue what to do or where to begin. As I trolled the foreign-looking machines I overheard two women talking about a contest of sorts and pointing to pictures of body-builder type bodies in a book called Body For Life. I was so desperate for answers I left the gym to hunt down the book. Body For Life became my bible. It had a well laid out plan, and I was eager to put it to the test—not so much to succeed but more to prove it wrong: “How can I lose weight with 50% of my diet being carbs + 1 cheat day a week—ya right! My workout need only be 45 minutes long?—doubtful!” I bought some weights and a bench and set up shop in my basement, and for 45 minutes each morning, it was ‘mommy time.’ I mainly followed the resistance training exercises detailed in the book to keep my hip pain at bay. The test defied all of my doubts as the weight literally fell off. Before I knew it I was a size 2! Never in my life did I think I was capable of being this size. I looked great, and despite my hip ailment, I felt great!! Since then I’ve successfully managed keep the weight off (at a size 4) and have maintained a regular exercise routine. However, when the ‘Bermuda Triangle’ hit my personal space mid-2013 -– getting laid off from my career of 20 years, depression sinking in, and my desire to workout reaching an all-time low –- my physical and mental well-being was in jeopardy. After several failed attempts to get back on track, I knew it was time to seek help. Fatima was the ONE the Personal Trainer I stealthily followed at LVAC for years and fanaticized about having as My Personal Trainer and benefitting from her vast knowledge and skill; I knew she was THE expert to turn to. My goals were atypical –- no weight to lose, no fundamentals to be educated in, but a genuine desire to learn from the BEST and to turn my one passion (although in remission) into a new career. 'Fatima, I need to get back into shape, and I want to become a Personal Trainer,' I pleaded. No judgment from Fatima. She embraced me as an equal, yet saw me as someone to mold and mentor. Our sessions were powerful in mind, body, and spirit –- just what I needed to push me in a new direction; one that is blossoming in just a few short months. One area where Fatima clearly stands above the rest is that she has an acute sense of detecting when the body isn’t functioning properly. I didn’t need to detail my hip ailment to her – she could see it. And with her incredible skill and patience, she has helped me get my whole body stronger and to function more properly. Working with Fatima has taught me that often-times it’s better to seek professional help on the journey to getting fit. While I’m proud of myself for successfully going it alone for many years, the expert assistance from Fatima not only got me back on track, but helped me with my decade-long ailment that was hindering me in more ways than I realized. Today I feel strong. I feel motivated. I feel I belong in the fitness world, thanks to Fatima’s exceptional training and mentoring. I couldn’t have done it without her!"
"I have been going to the gym inconsistently for years. I read fitness magazines, research workout online and I figured I knew what I was doing. Oh, was I so wrong. My first consultation with Fatima, I was blown away with how detailed she was. She noticed everything about my body, and took it all into consideration before preparing a program specifically designed for my body and for my goals. Every workout is different and continually challenges me according to my current fitness level. Fatima gives me her full attention the entire session, and does not waste a minute of it (even when I try to distract her so I can catch my breath). I love the results I’m seeing and would have honestly never achieved them on my own. Even though I have had a few setbacks the last month, she hasn’t given up on me. Fatima’s knowledge, dedication, and brutal honesty makes her an outstanding trainer. I’m spoiled now and can’t imagine having anyone else train me. Once you’ve experienced a workout with Fatima, I guarantee you will feel the same way. Also, you must check out her spin and yoga classes!"
"I came to Fatima driven by necessity. Having reached my mid-forties while dodging exercise of any sort, a doctors physical announced my deskbound ways would have to go. Ideally, I should have mustered the discipline for change myself. Practically, I knew this would never happen. Overcoming a lifetime of bad habits would take a mentor. Fatima’s guidance has surpassed my expectations in every way. A hallmark of her work is professionalism. She has not yet missed a session (I wish I could say the same). Moreover, her knowledge displays both breadth and depth, covering disciplines from yoga to free weights. And her mastery of these diverse areas soon becomes evident. She is always patient, ensuring that I follow the nuances of proper form to avoid injury while pacing our sessions to my advancing abilities (even if this progress probably strikes her as glacially slow). Perhaps best of all, I have found her persistently encouraging when I falter. Over my almost half-century of life I have made any number of foolish choices. Engaging Fatima has not been among them."
"I have always been an active person, but in the pursuit to get pregnant after the age of 35, I slowed down my workouts and successfully gave birth to a baby girl in October. After the birth of my daughter, I barely exercised for the first three months. I wanted to get my body back and start training for triathlons again. I had previously met Fatima at LVAC and she impressed me with her friendliness and professionalism. A few years later, I remembered her and got in contact with her at the beginning of the year. As expected, we met and she was very thorough on exploring what my goals were and what my commitment level was. Our first session she did not take it easy on me and I wasn’t sure I could do what she wanted me to do, but I did! She pushes you to do more than you think you could on your own. I trained hard during our sessions and she customized a fitness plan that would get me to my goals. Afterwards, I continued to do workouts on my own and do the strength training exercises I had learned while training with her. After twelve weeks, I lost twelve pounds and I ran my first 5K in a record 25 minutes!! I still have four more pounds to lose to be back to my pre-pregnancy weight, which I plan to lose before competing in the Iron Girl triathlon this spring. Fatima is a no nonsense, goal oriented, personal trainer. She is a stickler for good form, goes over your daily eating habits, and gives you important feedback to stay on track with you fitness goals. I would recommend Fatima for her knowledge, commitment to helping you reach your goals, professionalism, and her passion for fitness. Thanks Fatima!"
Las Vegas, NV
"I met Fatima through my wife [Kimberly Turner...see above} who had been working out with her for slightly more than a year. Fitness, through weight training and predominantly running, has always been an integral part of my adult life. Recently I was given a promotion. Along with the increased responsibility came longer hours at the office. My workout routine started to come unglued. My wife convinced me to meet with Fatima. I decided to begin a program with her simply to guarantee at least some quality in my workouts given the fact that the quantity of my workouts had been severely impacted. What I received in return was much more. It was awkward at first because I thought her methods were somewhat unorthodox. Soon I began to see results and was working out fewer times per week than I ever had historically. Fatima has taught me much about core body fitness, stretching and cross training. As a 41 year old I have witnessed several peers sustain severe back and other types of injuries that I now believe resulted from poor core body fitness. I believe Fatima has provided me with a defense against similar types of injuries and a new approach to fitness."
Lt Col Trey Turner, USAF
Virginia Beach, VA
"Fatima has been a wonderful trainer in helping me to achieve my goals of increased fitness. As an avid yoga practitioner and horseback rider I have always been active to an extent; however, after several accidents and surgery I had decreased mobility in my leg, ankle and shoulder. Fatima has been great working with and around my “issues” while improving mobility and flexibility. My yoga practices and horseback riding has noticeably improved over the last 8 months! I have also added bike riding to and from the gym as part of my regular fitness routine. My next goal is to finally be able to complete a full yoga headstand, which it may take some time but with Fatima’s excellent training, I believe this will definitely be attainable."
Sheila Lehman, MS
Las Vegas, NV
"When I first started working with Fatima I was in the middle of studying for my board exams and my time was extremely limited. Being locked in a study room for sometimes 16 hours a day without a lot of movement, I wanted to do something that would give me the TLC I needed. I also had my own wedding coming up, and I wanted to tone up for the big day! Knowing I work best with a coach, I figured I would get the most out of my time if I worked with a trainer. After so many months of inactivity, it was a big change and I was ready for it. Fatima was not only my coach but also my teammate, therapist, motivation and healer! With her help I was really able to menu plan and stay accountable with my nutrition and exercise. My sleep patterns even became more regular from the scheduled activity. Within two months I had dropped 17lbs and was feeling amazing. After being away from Fatima for two months (due to work) I found myself gaining some weight back, but was able to get right back on track once I was working with her again. When it got down to the last few weeks before the wedding, Fatima was the motivation and the extra strength I needed to get rid of those last few pounds before the big day. She has a way of motivating you, but also centering you and keeps you in a good place mentally. Besides the physical changes and benefits of working with her, one of the best lesson she taught me was to be kind to myself. In those moments when I was feeling negative or upset with myself, she was always there to change the language and frame things in a more positive way. It's a life change that I will always be grateful for. Now that I will be moving from Las Vegas, I am so sad to be leaving but am so thankful to have met her and for all of her help!"
"Training with Fatima has given me fantastic results. As a former athlete and a newbie tri-athlete, I appreciate Fatima’s professional approach to every aspect of training; from the initial interview and fitness assessment, to analyzing weekly food diaries, triathlon nutrition, daily exercise habits and working around my physical constraints. In avid pursuit of my goals, Fatima’s willingness to work around my hectic schedule, her flexibility and total support in providing me with workouts when either of us were out of town were invaluable. I was able to stay on schedule with my training, maintain my eating habits and become more aware of what it takes to be physically fit while losing a pound a week! Fatima’s continuous enthusiasm and zeal in helping me to achieve my goals inspires me to continue to make healthy life choices and pursue fun and challenging personal goals. As a result of my training, I am lighter, more tone, have better balance and more energy and enthusiasm than I have had in the past 10 years. If you are committed to enhance your life through a more physically fit, active and healthy lifestyle, Fatima is the trainer for you. In addition to the physical aspect of our training, her work ethic, professionalism and integrity are without comparison. If you are serious about your goals, you are sure to achieve them through your own hard work and with Fatima’s unwavering support!"
High School Teacher
"I am 48 years of age and I have two children 17 and 19 years old. I had my children in my late twenties and my last when I was 30 years old. As much as I wanted to get back into cardio shape, I didn’t have the knowledge or understanding to do much with my core or muscle building/shaping. My workouts were sporadic at best. By the time I found Fatima I was 30 pounds overweight (also gaining weight in the dreaded middle age abdominal area) and I had no abdominal / core strength whatsoever. I was lacking in upper body strength and overall energy. When you decide to choose Fatima as a trainer you get the entire package of an extremely knowledgeable, highly trained body professional. She brings with her a variety of tools - she is excellent at weight training and very skilled at biking, message, yoga, stretch and aqua-stretch. She is the “Yoda” (Star Wars reference) of the work out world. I had no idea when I chose Fatima to help me with my desire to lose weight, she would teach me priceless fundamentals of becoming so in tune with my body. She will work with you for what is best for your body and your individual situation. She is excellent at documenting all of your workouts and every weight and machine you use, every push up and sit up you do. Fatima is very mind-body oriented and always approaches every workout with a positive attitude. As kind as Fatima is as a person, she is ferocious as a trainer. She pushed me further and harder than I ever thought I could go with weights, and didn’t tolerate my cringing faces I would make when things got tough. She wants more. She pushes more. Because she knows you can do more. I have now lost 21 pounds and I have a solid work out plan. Along with weight training, I take Yoga 3 times a week. I have a strong, solid core and I am so much physically stronger than I have ever been. I am still working hard! Fatima is the best trainer, and has been such a gift in my life! She will do wonders for you!!"
"After surviving several car accidents in my early 20’s, I constantly suffered from back pain that no massage therapist or Chiropractor could cure. The morning after my first session with Fatima, I woke up with NO back pain and felt great. I continued to work with her for a year after and gain the strength and knowledge to feel confident going to the gym and working out correctly. I do not know where I would be physically without her help."
Las Vegas, NV