Got Gunns? Local Fitness Trainer is Rising Star
MATTHEWS, N.C. - She's 27-years-old and tough as nails. Fitness trainer Regina Gunn is helping the Bible belt tighten it's belt. "They did a study and parents are gonna start outliving their kids because of the obesity levels,” says Gunn.
She's not a screamer like some celebrity trainers, but Gunn knows how to motivate. She says, "I don't really need to yell, I'll punish." And her clients see rewards. One client says, "When I first met her, I was 15 pounds overweight." Another client has lost 65 pounds in a month! Gunn, a Wingate grad, is gaining traction in the fitness world. She was recently featured in Shape magazine and her client base is growing while their waistlines shrink. She says what drives her is the satisfaction she gets from helping them. "I tell my clients if you're gonna go to Mcdonald's and cheat, call me. I will answer my phone, text 911, we'll get through it together,” says Gunn.
43-year-old south Charlotte resident Suzanne Snodgrass has trained with Gunn for two and a half years. She doesn't “do” screaming as a way to motivate, but she knows Gunn'll push her. "She knows how to push me the right way, encourage me without making me feel bad,” says Snodgrass.
Gunn's goal is to whip all of Charlotte into shape. She just has one rule: "I don't really like when people throw up, at all. We have a rule, don't throw up on the carpet, there's the door, there's the bathroom,” she jokes.
Gunn is tackling childhood obesity this fall. She's partnered with Elevation Church to train college-bound girls how to eat healthy and work out. She says instilling that confidence in them before they get to school will help keep them healthy their entire life.