Traditional jobs were never a part of my plan. When I was 19, I got tired of spinning my wheels aimlessly and I enlisted in the Air Force. After a tour of duty that took me to assignments in the US and Europe, I returned home and joined my uncle’s house painting business.

Now if you are in Florida, house painting may not seem like a hard job…but this was New York. I was painting multi-story homes and commercial properties in the sweltering northeastern summers and freezing winters. The work involved climbing ladders, feats of balance, and carrying heavy drums of paint. To get stronger, I joined a local gym and started working with a personal trainer.

After a few months at the gym, I started to differentiate a good personal trainer from a not so good one. Interested, I took courses in anatomy, physiology, body mechanics, and got certified as a Personal Trainer.

Tracie Thompson Personal Trainer

I began to learn the business and soon quit the house painting to be a full-time Personal Fitness Trainer. My clients loved that I wasn’t your typical “skinny girl.” Not that there is anything wrong with skinny – it just wasn’t me. I was strong, I had curves, and my clients could identify with that. For fun, I would participate in Century Biking events where you ride your bike, as fast as you can, for 100 miles. Fitness became my passion and I still love learning about body mechanics, nutrition, and the latest in fitness knowledge.

Today, over 18 years later, I am the owner and principal Personal Trainer at my own studio. 4Fitness is a holistic personal training facility that emphasizes “joint friendly” exercise and workout programs designed for progress – no matter where you are starting. I believe in providing a private space for individuals to achieve their unique fitness goals. You are safe at 4Fitness.

4Fitness is located at 1433 4th St. South, St. Petersburg Florida. Contact me at 727-674-5081 or Email Tracie to set-up a no charge in-studio consultation. All consultations are private.