Tell me a little about yourself and your background?
Hello! I’m Tori! I’m an online health and fitness coach, yoga teacher, founder of an empowerment program for young/teen girls, and lover of oatmeal and laughing!
I’m from a small town in Manitoba, Canada- after graduating from my high school class of 16 people, I decided I wanted to do something totally out of the ordinary – instead of going to the university, I started sharing my life on social media. From that point on, I have been helping others with their health and fitness journeys online, and teaching yoga!
What aspect of fitness do you enjoy the most?
Ohh, good question! My favorite part of fitness is how powerful I feel in my body during a workout! There’s nothing better than feeling every sensation your body is designed to feel!
How long have you been into fitness?
I have been active in sports since I was really young; however around the age of 16 is when I got into the gym, so a few years now!
How did you get into fitness?
As a young teen, I developed an eating disorder, and an addiction to exercise. So for me, I didn’t get into fitness in a healthy way- I got into fitness because I felt it was something I HAD to do. I did love going to the gym, but I took things way too far. I was working out up to 2-3 hours a day, at least 5-6 times a week – way too much. Eventually, I got helped and starting reading/researching about fitness a lot more. I learned a lot about over-exercising, and how doing so can negatively affect your body. From this experience, I also began to dive deep into mental health, body image, yoga, self-love and eating disorders. My mission is to help my clients redefine health and fitness, and to teach them that yes fitness is amazing, but no, it should not consume your whole life.
What was a turning point for you to take it seriously?
For me, I needed to take fitness LESS seriously. The turning point was my eating disorder and addiction to exercise.
How has fitness impacted your life?
Fitness has not only made me physically stronger, but it has helped me to thrive in all areas of my life. It has created a career for me, it has showed me how to love and appreciate my body, it has allowed me to grow mentally, and has even showed me what my priorities in life are. Fitness is so much more than sculpted abs and a round booty!
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?
Start slow. Do not try to rush into and learn everything in the first week. Not only will it not happen but it will cause you to feel totally discouraged, which will lead you into giving up. If your brand new, start by walking a few days a week, then in a couple weeks try some body weight workouts (you can always find free workouts on the internet/YouTube), then from there if you want to get into lifting, start light and work your way up. Also, read, ask questions and learn from reliable people and sources— (this is why getting a coach is so, so helpful!)
I believe in you- you can do anything you put your mind to!!
Online health and fitness coach, and yoga instructor