Oprea served in the U.S. Marine Corp and was the leader of the first female platoon attached to the infantry in a war zone. After returning from Iraq, she became recertified as a personal trainer and began training celebrities such as country singers Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Nettles.
What kind of workouts do you do?
I work out with great variety, training with weights, body weight, TRX, and boxing.
Where do you work out?
Most of my workouts happen at home, but when I can, I will smash a routine between clients and make it happen in a gym. I walk into the YMCA, and feel like I'm in a candy store and get pretty excited. To be honest, I will work out anywhere, whether it be my driveway, living room, the gym, or quite often at my kids' soccer games and practices.
What are the three most important things you do to stay in shape?
Hit my step goal (at the very minimum 10,000 steps). It's about moving all day—not just for an hour at the gym. Mix up my routines. My workouts never tend to repeat themselves, whether I'm with a client or training for myself. Play soccer. Finding that activity you truly love will make getting in shape fun and effortless.
Do you have a trainer for yourself?
I don't like having a workout partner. I want to get started, do what I want at the fast pace that I'm used to, get it done and move on. My life doesn't afford me the time to plan where and when my workouts will happen anyway!
What is your favorite type of workout for yourself and why?
I love Tabata workouts. Watch for my book to be coming out soon for the reason why.
What is your least favorite workout and why?
Leg days are tough for everyone, and I'm no exception.
How many days a week do you work out?
That all depends on what people consider a workout. On my days off, some might say I still got a workout in—but it wouldn't be what I consider a true workout. On my day off, my husband and I hiked about 10 miles and got 30,000 steps.
For how long do you work out each day?
I always tell my clients that not every workout needs a time frame. You can rock out a workout in 15 minutes if you do it right. I usually shoot for an hour, but often it becomes two hours or even 30 minutes. The important part is that you got something done. It's all a brain game. Stay in the game no matter how long you have.
Which fitness trend are you most excited about?
I'm not a fan of trends. I am a fan of finding out new ways of incorporating fitness into my everyday life. Mixing in the new stuff, not replacing the old. Diets and trends tend to be short-lived and with too narrow a focus. Living a balanced, healthy and sustainable lifestyle should always be the goal.
Which fitness trend do you wish would go away?
Each trend has its advantages. Take CrossFit: I consider it a trend that will fade somewhat, but it has wonderful basic moves that should stick around in the fitness world. When you have a routine that makes you happy and you understand the risks involved, go for it.
What advice do you give your clients that you wish other trainers would give their clients?
Form is everything. Pay attention to how you perform the maneuver so you can do your best to remain injury-free. If you find that something is bothering you, there is almost always a way to get a great workout without that pain getting worse.