Tell me a little about yourself and your background?
Hello! My name is Kimmi, I’m 26 years old from Naples, FL. I’m a certified nutritionist and personal trainer. I started my fitness career a little over a year ago when I decided to leave my mediocre career as an accountant to become a fitness coach and entrepreneur.
What aspect of fitness do you enjoy the most?
How long have you been into fitness?
9 years Since I was 17 years old
How did you get into fitness?
I got into fitness when I was in high school at age 17 because my boyfriend at the time said I was skinny fat. I was never into sports growing up so I never had an athletic build, no abs etc. That really created insecurities for me because he made me feel so down for why I didn’t look a certain way. So I went to the gym so I could look better for him. I don’t regret how I started my fitness journey because soon enough it turned into me going to the gym to look better for myself; it turned into an outlet for me, a passion and now something I can’t imagine my life without.
At age 24 I was prepping for my first NPC bikini competition which lit the fire in me to go after anything no matter how terrifying it might seem.
At 25 I left my career as an accountant to become a full time fitness coach and entrepreneur and I haven’t looked back since.
Now at 26 years old, I’m enjoying what I do helping my clients become the best versions of themselves not only on the outside but the inside ️
What was a turning point for you to take it seriously?
Competing. Working out is the fun part, I loved going to the gym and lifting weights, doing classes etc. but what’s hard is dieting and dieting balls to the wall. Competing takes a lot of dedication and you don’t truly know how ridiculously hard it is both physically and mentally until you do it yourself. Competing as a whole really changed how I train and how I eat to this day. Competing also pushed me out of my comfort zone to leave my 9-5 for entrepreneurship.
How has fitness impacted your life?
My fitness journey has taught me many things in life and about myself.
- Know your value, and then add tax
- If you aren’t happy YOU CAN change the trajectory of your life. We are all in control of our own lives. Don’t go through the motions in life- we aren’t programmed robots.
- Follow your passions, take some risks.
- Don’t doubt your capabilities.
- Always be a student, NO ONE is an expert.
- Stay humble but be proud of how far you have come.
- Never compare yourself to someone else. Fitness isn’t about being better than someone else, it’s about being better then you used to be.
What words of advice or encouragement would you like to give to someone who is just starting out or would like to start but doesn’t know where to start?
As a woman, I know for other women it’s intimidating going to the gym and not knowing what to do or thinking others will judge you. I still feel eyes on me while I’m trying to work out. Just ignore it. Don’t give a F how you look, just get in there and do your thing. The hardest part is showing up. First step is taking action. Make yourself proud and get in there and push yourself. You’re stronger than you think!!! Second piece of advice would be to follow some sort of plan. Have a game plan when you go into the gym. Most of the time we only do what’s comfortable and that’s myself included. I feel like when I follow a plan I really push myself. Don’t go through the motions, have a game plan and execute!!
NQ NPC Bikini competitor