Best Fitness Instructor and Best Personal Trainer: Rebecca Williams |

Best Fitness Instructor and Best Personal Trainer: Rebecca Williams

— Rebecca Williams knows what it’s like to juggle work, time with family and time for herself, and the working mom with two preschool-age kids uses that experience to help clients discover their own work-life balance.

“I mostly train women,” she says. “Many of them are moms who are working a lot, and I show them how they can incorporate exercise into their life.”

Williams is a personal trainer and fitness instructor at Old Town Hot Springs, and in this year’s voting she topped both two categories – Best Fitness Instructor and Best Personal Trainer.

“I love trying to help people make exercise and fitness an enjoyable and regular part of their daily routine,” she says. “I tell people to put exercise on their schedule as a non-negotiable item like a doctor’s appointment or business meeting. Work the rest of your day around it, and make it happen.”

The former high school business teacher became a fitness instructor two years ago and three months later earned her personal trainer certification. She said the two roles work hand in hand.

“As a personal trainer, I get my clients to a point where they can work out safely and effectively on their own and gradually get them to begin taking classes if it’s a good fit,” she says.

She also loves the fact that she’s now working with a very dedicated group of students. “What’s cool is I’m teaching groups who are highly motivated,” Williams says. “They like to get their butts kicked. They love to be sore.”

To produce the fitness goals her clients are seeking, she uses the HIIT (high intensity interval training) model as a basis for a lot of her classes and personal training sessions.

“It drives some serious results in muscular strength, endurance and weight loss,” she says. “It’s how I see the most success for my clients and myself.”

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