1. Can you introduce yourself ?
Hi, my name is Martika Vervaet (@pt_martikavervaet). I have a degree in business management. Before I started my career as a Personal Trainer I had a desk job as an accountant (which I found very boring). Right now, I own a Personal Training studio (EnCORE Coaching) in Lokeren which I run with my husband Stijn Aps (@pt_stijnaps). I combine my passion as a fulltime Personal Trainer with the administrative work behind the scenes and I am also the cleaning lady. In my ‘free time’ I love to train, cuddle with my kitty cats and go for long walks in nature.
2. Why did you choose PCA for your education ?
I chose PCA because the courses are all internationally known and recognized. I also love the different specializations and the fact that they are written and taught by people with experience in these particular areas. It gives me the opportunity to keep learning, step by step.
3. What did the NASM accreditation bring you ?
The NASM accreditation gave me more self-confidence as a trainer. It also gave me clear guidelines to follow. It provides starting coaches with the so much needed foundational knowledge.
4. What is your specialization ?
Since I followed the course pre- and postnatal training I love to train mommy’s to be or new mommy’s. With these training sessions I try to prevent or limit discomfort that goes with a pregnancy and try to make these women stronger and better prepared for giving birth. It also helps them recover better. Besides that, I also have a lot of clients with body composition goals.
5. What is the coolest exercise you like to do with your clients and why ?
I love to give my clients a variation of split squats. It’s a good exercise no matter the goal. It recruits a lot of muscle, works your balance, core and mobility. It also builds mental toughness because almost no one loves to do them.
6. What is the most fulfilling part in coaching others ?
To see people grow and bloom. Whether it is watching them get stronger, healthier, leaner or gain confidence.
7. What is your favorite quote ?
"Long-term consistency trumps short-term intensity."