My Fitness Journey Part 2

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Here is a picture of me getting some socially distanced air during my quarantine.

My fitness journey. How and why I decided to heal others.

I started my career at Crunch Fitness Gym in Park Slope, Brooklyn. 3 years later, I was hired as the assistant manager and Personal Trainer at Fitness Together, a personal training studio. When that studio changed ownership, I started my own traveling fitness instruction business, called Bene-Fits P.T.
I have been self-employed for 11 years. I decided not to open up my own studio because many of my clients
have issues with mobility. It makes my clients lives so much easier when I can come to them.

In May of 2017, I noticed that my hip hurt and my gait was off. I thought it was just an over use injury,
common in my field. When I saw my first X-rays of my injured hip, I was dismayed. I had bone-on-bone arthritis, most likely due to scoliosis that I have had my whole life. On October 25th, 2019, I underwent hip replacement surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery. My surgeon, Dr. McLawhorn, is a total genius. He gave me a new hip and straightened out my scoliosis by making one of my legs a little longer during my operation.

Interview and the History of my fitness journey.

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I wrote this piece for a website that posts fitness related interviews. Here is the first part of the interview.

Hello Fitness Fans,

My name is Sharissa Reichert, and I am one of the most popular trainers in Brooklyn, NY for Senior Population.

I am 53 years old and have a 24 year old son, who is a Chef in Upstate New York. I am married to G.F. Newland who is a children’s book illustrator and a musician.

I have been in the Fitness Industry since 2002. I lost my good job after 9/11 and ended up working part time as a babysitter at a gym.

After 6 months working at the gym, I decided to make fitness my new career. I noticed that many of my health problems started to disappear after I started training. I wanted to show others the joys of the gym so I got my Personal Training Certification. When a new client says to me “I am not a gym person” I tell them, “Neither am I. The only difference between you and me is a few years of practice. I was not a gym person at one time too. I know what it’s like to walk into a gym, wonder what all of this equipment is, see all these buff people around and feel out of my element. I have been there.”