Lynn Fernandez is somewhat of a staple in the south Charlotte community. From her bright purple hair to her Mini Cooper to her infectious smile, sometimes she feels like she can’t go anywhere without being recognized.
“People know it’s me and I just wave,” she said, laughing.
Aside from being an Ardrey Kell mom, Fernandez is best known for her fitness classes at the Morrison YMCA and personal training business, DatFit Training, where she whips people into shape using a mix of TRX (leveraged bodyweight exercises with straps) and Barre (Pilates and ballet).
The 49-year-old lives in the Balmoral Park neighborhood in Ballantyne, but is actually a native of New Orleans, the area known for the idiom “Who Dat,” which inspired the name DatFit. She trains her clients out of Ultra Sports Performance, located at 7733 Ballantyne Commons Parkway.
Fernandez comes from a background in dance and gymnastics, and has nearly five years of Barre and circuit experience. Before starting DatFit, she owned a dance studio and worked as an elementary school teacher. She also taught dance classes at the YMCA and served as the studio director.
Contrary to popular belief, Fernandez said fancy gym equipment isn’t the key to getting fit and seeing results. Simple free weight and bodyweight exercises with dumbbells, bands, BOSU balls and TRX straps can be just as effective for improving strength flexibility and overall health.
“I’ve had grown men who play football have to leave my class because it hurts. It just works all those little muscles,” she said. “It’s good for beginners and people who go to the gym a lot. If you don’t mix up your workout, the body becomes complacent and you’re not going to see any changes.”
Fernandez places a heavy emphasis on correct form and use of equipment when training clients. She also makes sure they’re really pushing themselves, but swears she isn’t mean. She likes to put on 1980s throwbacks and break into dance during workouts because, at the end of the day, she wants her clients to have fun and feel good about themselves.
“I want someone to be like, ‘Wow, I feel great. I feel like I can conquer anything throughout the day,’” Fernandez said. “For me, the greatest satisfaction is seeing clients reach their goals, whether that’s just weight loss or not being winded going up a flight of stairs or being able to bend down and pick something up and not have to hold on to something.”
“I treat my clients like they’re my family and you might not get that with other trainers,” she added. “I feel like I’m a part of their lives.”
Want to train?
Visit www.datfit.net or email Lynn Fernandez at firstname.lastname@example.org.