Carley Dockery: Helping One Client At A Time


Physical fitness is not just a fad or a craze. It is a way of life. People come in all different shapes and sizes and athletic abilities, but everyone needs to strive toward having a physical fitness routine.

The Mayo Clinic lists seven benefits of physical fitness:

  1. Exercise controls weight
  2. Exercise combats health conditions and diseases
  3. Exercise improves mood
  4. Exercise boosts energy
  5. Exercise promotes better sleep
  6. Exercise puts the spark back into your sex life
  7. Exercise can be fun … and social!

Each one of these benefits increases the participant’s quality of life. No one understands this better than Carley Dockery, a personal trainer and manager at No Limits Fitness Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Carley has been a certified personal trainer with the National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT) since November 27, 2012 and has been working in the gym setting since April 2011. Over the years, Carly has been a friend of SGC, as both a model and fitness professional.

As a trainer, Carley sees the everyday struggles of people trying to get in shape. She sees the ups and downs of people struggling with their own fitness program. Carley personally tailors her client’s programs to their individual needs and abilities. She mixes up the workouts, so the client does not get bored and their body does not adjust and hit a plateau. She gets to know all her clients on a personal level and her clients get the most enjoyment out of their sessions as possible and always feel comfortable with her.

“My biggest challenge as a trainer is getting people to be patient and realize it will take some time to get where they want to be. There’s no magic pill. It takes consistency.”  The website, Hustle Fitness, explained it well, “Focus and attention to detail during a workout is the key to getting better and making long term progress. The more intently you are able to focus or be mindful of the small details of the exercises (as well as the details of the program), the more you will be able to build success. “The journey of 1,000 miles starts with one step” – You want to make sure each step is purposeful, so you stay on track.”

Carley believes these following tips can help anyone who is interested in fitness. They are simple to follow and apply to a veteran in the gym or a new person trying to get in shape for the first time. These ideas are a great way to get started:

  1. Don’t be afraid to ask someone more advanced for help. Most people who are avid gym-goers would be flattered to be asked for advice and that’s exactly what the staff and trainers are there for.
  2. Be patient. Results do not happen overnight. Don’t look for shortcuts. Most advertisements for fast results do not work. It took you a while to get out of shape, so expect getting in shape to take just as long.
  3. Don’t get discouraged; take progress pics and measurements to track progress. Don’t always rely on the scale because you may look a lot different, but your weight is similar due to losing fat and gaining muscle. This is a good thing!
  4. Make sure to get someone, whether it’s a friend or trainer who is knowledgeable about fitness, to teach you proper form. Bad form can hinder progress and cause injuries that will discourage and set you back.
  5. Change up your workouts. Doing the same workouts over and over will eventually cause your body to hit a plateau. You will also get bored and burn out a lot faster if you are constantly doing the exact same things.When asked about her greatest accomplishment as a trainer, Carley was quick to point out, “I had a client who was getting older and she would only wear long-sleeve shirts because she hated her arms or “bat wings” as she called them. After some time with her, I made drastic changes in her body and confidence. I still train her to this day and now all she wears is tanks and crop tops. Seeing her so happy and excited and how she not only looks but feels in her 40s is why I love what I do.”  Everyone can reach their goals if they try and make a quality effort.Carley has competed in powerlifting since July 2011 and has won several awards. She has held several state, national, and world records. She was featured in the December 2011 edition of Powerlifting USA magazine. In April 2012 she competed in figure at the Panhandle Showdown and won third in Novice. In March 2018 she completed her first Savage Race, which included 6 miles and 33 obstacles. She also competed on the 2011 Shelton State Community College National Championship cheer team.

Enjoy the slideshow of Carley and here wonderful gym:

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Contact Carly for more information at:

No Limits Fitness Center
1650 Jack Warner Parkway
Suite 1009
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401