Maria Teresa Mendizabal, NSCA-CPT,*D
Maria Teresa Mendizabal started her professional career as a ballet and flamenco dancer, dancing for several companies in Puerto Rico. She earned her first Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at the University of Puerto Rico and was the owner of Ballet and Flamenco Dancing School for 25 years. During the 1970s, the aerobic training modality was introduced in Puerto Rico and with Christine Vega, she started Aerobic Trainings International, an educational organization for the personal training and fitness profession. Mendizabal then completed her second Bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) in Physical Education at the University of Puerto Rico. In 1997, she became a National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Member, and is a currently a NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer® with Distinction (NSCA-CPT,*D®). She is also certified by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as a Health Fitness Specialist (HFS) and Certified Personal Trainer (ACSM-CPT). Mendizabal also holds certifications from the American Council on Exercise (ACE), Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), and Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA). She is an international presenter, a weekly columnist for “El Nuevo Día,” the first newspaper in Puerto Rico and in “Buena Vida,” a fitness magazine, as well as starring in a TV fitness program for six years. Mendizabal is the current NSCA State Director for Puerto Rico and was awarded the NSCA Personal Trainer of the Year award in 2004 and the NSCA State Director of the Year in 2012.