carson silerTell me a little about yourself and your background? 

I was raised in a very athletic environment that encouraged health and sports. I played competitive soccer from a very young age all the way through my first year of college. The presence of organized and competitive sports in my childhood/ entire adult life gave me motivation, structure, the importance of teamwork, and everything I needed to be a driven person. It was when I took a break from organized sports that I really started to struggle with my body image and how to feel comfortable in my own skin even though I had a very balanced upbringing and was consistently “active,” I still wasnt where I wanted to be.

 What aspect of fitness do you enjoy the most? 

My favorite part of fitness is how it makes me feel. It makes me feel empowered, strong, its a personal space for me that is MINE, its private. I can work through stress, push myself, or just do what feels good. It feels like my own little corner of life that is just for me, and that makes it something that I always look forward to instead of dread. Its the best outlet for me for both physical and personal growth.

 How long have you been into fitness? 

I was a competitive soccer player for the majority of my life. I started lifting weights because of soccer in high school, and continued to use resistance training throughout my adult life. In 2014 I decided to take my fitness journey to the next level and register for my first Bikini competition. I have been training competitively and competing in the NPC since, and that has been an amazing experience that re created what I used to have with soccer in my adult life.

 How did you get into fitness? 

My parents signed me up for soccer as a very young child, and I fell in love with it. I always played sports whether it was through school, or through club leagues for soccer year round. It was just part of my routine, and I didn’t stop until I moved away to school and decided I just wanted to focus on being a “student” instead of a student athlete. Little did I know, you dont have to be on a team in order to be an athlete.

 What was a turning point for you to take it seriously? 

I was playing cards outside with my husband about 3 years ago, and started to cry because the shorts I was wearing that day were so tight, uncomfortable, and I HATED how my legs looked. I had struggled with my legs and loving my body prior to this for years. I never wore shorts in public or to the gym, it seemed impossible to find pants that fit, etc. That card game and breakdown was the moment that I said, ENOUGH. I went inside and ordered my first supplement stack and hired my first nutrition coach the following morning. My journey hasnt stopped since.

 How has fitness impacted your life?

It makes me a better person! It helps me stay motivated, goal oriented, insprired. It makes me feel good, it is my time to “escape” and do something just for me. It has helped me be empowered to be a healthier person, wife, friend, coach, mentor. It has connected me with some of the most amazing people that will be in my life forever. It truly made my life so much more amazing, and had a spiral effect on everything that is a part of my world in a positive way.

 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 begin?

Set a small goal, and just START. Any effort toward your goal counts and should be celebrated. Having someone holding you accountable and guiding you is incredibly helpful as well, and helped me avoid a lot of the stress that comes from not having the knowledge you need to get the results you want. Most importantly, love yourself through every part of your journey. Practice positive self talk every day, self love every day, and know that health and fitness are ALL ENCOMPASSING. Its not just about how you look, but how you feel, how you train, how your MIND feels. Its also a life long journey. Your body is not the destination, its the vehicle.

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