My Fitness Journey isn't like most. I have never been overweight...In fact I have always been in shape.
Although I have been in shape for so long there have still been fitness challenges I have faced mentally...
I was and still somewhat am a Runner! Running was my LIFE it consumed everything I did and every thought I had. Like most runners I had this idea and dream set in mind to go to the Olympics and win the 'Gold'. I put so much pressure on myself running sometimes became a negative thing in my life,
I Studied Art at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville while on a Track Scholarship. I thought I would want to be an artist, I mean I really had a talent, but I would BS in class and still be the top two! I didn't try because I was going to the Olympics all I cared about was practice and working my butt off physically. I went for 5 years just to keep running on my scholarship to continue to train! Life was viewed through a very small window that i didn't understand at the time. I had no future plans besides training to become a professional runner!!
Right after college I was in the best shape I had ever been in. My body was insane and I was so fast! The following summer after graduating in 2013 I had run a half marathon. It was an amazing feeling running in Chicago, IL and having people I didn't know say my name in the crowd. Shortly after running so well I had a horrible hamstring injury in my right leg. Of course a water skiing accident! I could barely lift my leg let alone run, but I still believed I would run professionally one day. Literally two months after my injury a professional coach contacted me to start running for him and his team Speed Factory Athletics. He is an amazing coach Richard Anderson a very calculated man. I was ecstatic. Unfortunately I could barely start to run. It was challenging me mentally more than ever. Needless to say my training became in spurts of 3 months on 2 months off and so on due to life. I moved 6 times in two years! and got married to my husband of nearly 3 YEARS. There was 1 great year I put in all my effort, but I realized It was more important to make money now vs waiting to possibly make more as an elite runner.
Why Personal Training???
Now... I am currently a personal trainer at Anytime Fitness. I had started lifting in High school at 14 years of age due to getting a D in P.E. I did not study or care to know the "History" of different sports. So, that second semester I switched to weights class. There's was a specific moment that made me want to get strong. During Homecoming there was a Mr. and Mrs. Flex awarded to two seniors. The women would flex there biceps and men their legs. As a freshman I thought it was the coolest thing! Only seniors could win... So I set out to win Mrs. Flex! The 4 years in HS I knew WAS going to WIN. Four years later needless to say I had won!
Having lifted weights since 14 years of age, I had a lot of natural skills to train myself and others. I have been lifting weights since 2004 and personal training since 2014. Training clients is so rewarding. It is fantastic to see these people become more confident and also change lives of their friends and family around them. When clients push themselves to the next level and find new strength Im n "Awww" and live for those moments.
Dreams can CHANGE and that's okay...
Although I am not running professionally I am helping others in their lives and that's just as rewarding as winning 'GOLD'.