“Friends, Not Clients”

Tina Wilkerson, owner of Elite Personal Training, is a personal trainer with a big heart .The Columbia resident was a typical stay-at-home mom. But six months after her daughter was born, she was 40 pounds overweight, experiencing low energy, headaches, and back pain. Determined to make changes that would allow her to enjoy life with her daughter, she began studying nutrition and fitness. Through changes in her diet and exercise, she lost weight, gained muscle, and went from a size 14 to a size 2. Her physical ailments disappeared and were replaced with energy, painless mobility and confidence. Having experienced first-hand the benefits of adopting a healthy lifestyle, she has now devoted her life to helping others improve their quality of life.

Certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Personal Trainer (CPT) and a Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES), she opened Elite Personal Training Studio in 2007. The Studio, at 1186 Columbia Avenue, Suite 101 in Irmo, is in a new 1800 square foot facility equipped with free weights, pulleys, kettlebells and a variety of dynamic training tools. The clean, warm décor make it closer to a boutique than an open gym. Free community health talks are also regularly offered on wellness, nutrition and fitness subjects.

“My own personal fitness journey has been a challenge as well as a reward. I have struggled with my own health issues, and days when my motivation is low, or times when my self-esteem is poor. I am much like the average person. But I know how empowering and freeing it is to have a body that cooperates with the person that is inside of me. I know how great it feels to move better, have less pain, and to have confidence.”

Tina’s personal insights into the struggles that many people face is exactly what makes her clients appreciate her and what helps them be encouraged to progress toward their own goals. Client Dana Berry says “I know Tina can relate to me. She makes me feel comfortable and confident. When I’m having a bad day, I am more likely to get a hug and some great stretching and relaxation exercises than to ever get any kind of judgment from her. She is organized and deliberate about my program design. When I leave her I always feel better, both physically and emotionally.”

Tina’s clientele is a diverse group. Most of her clients are trying to lose weight or improve their general health, but she also works with many older adults who want to maintain and improve their independence, as well as those who are stepping down from Physical Therapy and Rehab. “It’s so rewarding,“ Tina commented, “to help people create a body that allows them to live the kind of life they want to live.” She’s not a Drill Sergeant, but a supportive, unintimidating encourager. “My clients become my friends. They trust me because they know I genuinely care about them, and that I understand their struggles,” she says. Many of them have been with her for several years. “We walk the roads of life together,“ says one client. Tina says, “I have the clinical knowledge; I am extremely thorough and comprehensive in the services and experiences I provide; my clients get results. But they also know my heart is for them, and that is what really matters.”

“I Don’t Have Clients; I Have Friends.”

Tina’s services include private and semi-private training programs, complete with movement screenings, health assessments, personal program designs and nutritional counseling.

Her free consultation allows prospective clients a full assessment and program recommendation. Her $99
semi-private training trial gives new clients the full assessment, as well as four training sessions.

By Carol A Ryall

Call Tina at 803-749-4279, or visit to schedule your free consultation.

Elite Personal Training Studio is located in Irmo, SC. We offer personalized, comprehensive, and results-driven programs for results-driven people, serving clients in Richland and Lexington Counties, including: Columbia, Lexington, Ballentine, Chapin, Irmo, St. Andrews, Cayce and the surrounding areas for over 13 years.

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