An Introduction: Fitness Instructor Hannah Reisman

Hannah Hand stand

I was preparing for my trip to Missoula and I asked my friend and host Erin if she knew of a local personal trainer.  It turns out her nanny is a fitness instructor who is preparing to take the test to become a personal trainer.  Perfect!

Hannah met me at a coffee shop to chat about her passion for fitness and why she wanted to further her certification and become a personal trainer.  She enjoys teaching classes in a group setting but is interested in working one on one with individuals to help them create their own specific exercise prescription.

Currently as a fitness instructor, Hannah does 15-20 classes a week, she teaches Spinning, Cross Core, Pilates, Boot Camp, Muscle Pump and Zumba. I am tired just typing all of these classes, I can’t imagine teaching them all!

I asked Hannah what he would bring with her if she was on a road trip like mine, I was proud to tell her I had most of the items and the two I didn’t were on my shopping list already!

Jump Rope (She says 10 minutes is equal to 30 minutes of running!), Resistance Bands, Mat, Fitness DVDs

I also asked Hannah what she would have in her cooler for food and snacks;

Apples, Baby Carrots, Celery, Peanut Butter, Milk, Luna Bars, Think Thin bars and a lot of water.  She would NOT have pretzels or chips as it is too easy to eat the whole bag.

As we finished our conversation in true trainer form she said “I will see you at my afternoon Zumba class right?” I just nodded my head and said, “Right!”  The next thing I know I was shaking my hips to some Latin music and getting a good cardio burn.

Hannah Reisman is a fitness instructor as well as a Beach Body Coach.  She teaches classes throughout Missoula including the Zumba class I took at Peak Fitness (

You may contact her at

Hannah’s answers to the Trainer questions:

Q. How long have you been training?

A. 5 years

Q. What is your fitness philosophy?

A. Healthy choices for a healthy life.

Q. Why did you become a fitness coach?

A. It is important to inspire others to be healthy and to lead by example. 

Q. How do you customize your program to adapt to different fitness levels?

A. If someone is just starting exercise you stay low impact and basic. One muscle group at a time, once they progress you can add an arm movement with the squat.  Start basic and then progress. Show them they can do it and how strong they are.  I practice constant coaching, if people are doing something incorrect I stop the class and correct the form, I don’t want anyone getting hurt in my classes.

Q. What do you do in Missoula to stay in shape outside of the gym?

A. I love to go for runs and hikes outside, love to hike and wakeboarding. I am a definite gym goer, whatever I do outside is extra to my routine in the gym.

Q. What do you do to continue your fitness education?

A. Take classes, read a lot, takes workshops. I also go to other people’s classes, not enough people do that.  I always search for new things to show my clients. 

Q. Do you have a success story you are most proud of?

A. I have a lot of ladies that I have worked with that have made a lot of improvements.  One lady I adore, she glows, she is always smiling.  She is so thankful for the instruction.  I always want to be the instructor that people look forward to working out with.  One of my ladies hasn’t had a potato chip in 4 weeks, to see her feel so good is amazing. You have to celebrate the little things.

Q. What is your favorite workout soundtrack or song?

A. I make fun mixes, I work out to top 40s. I build my playlist in a curve, I start it mellow, then I amp it up for a while then taper it down.  I like to workout to my Zumba music. Anything with a nice beat.

Q. What is your most embarrassing gym moment?

A. This happened just a couple of months ago. I was on the turf at the gym, the exercise ball slipped out from underneath me and I hit the ground really hard, I looked around and everyone was looking at me, one trainer came by to check on me and then commented that all he saw was a flash of pink, the color of my workout top. 

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