Tell me a little about yourself and your background?
I’m a Certified Personal Trainer at Gold’s Gym and the UMaine Campus Recreation Center, and I am also doing a strength and conditioning internship at a facility near me. I am 20 years old, and am graduating with a Bachelor’s in Exercise Sciences in August! I am looking into all areas of my field to see what I want to do with my degree when I’m done. I love being outside, making fun workouts, and finding new, alternative ways to eat healthy and yummy foods! I am also a twin and I love to travel.
What aspect of fitness do you enjoy the most?
I love the ability to be creative with fitness. No one person is the same– every human body is so different. That’s what makes fitness so much fun for me. I love making new workouts tailored to my clients as well as myself. I am constantly trying new equipment, new exercises, new formats, etc!
How long have you been into fitness?
I became a trainer almost two years ago, but I have been interested in fitness and health since high school sports (namely soccer). So about 5 or 6 years of interest, and 2 of real world experience.
How did you get into fitness?
My mom was a huge influence on me– I grew up on healthy food and learned what was good for my body at a young age. My family got into fitness together, so that plus being a serious soccer player all year round in high school really got me interested in how the body works. Then I decided to go to school for Exercise Sciences, and it took off from there!
What was a turning point for you to take it seriously?
I really always took it seriously– like I said, my foundation and background made me super aware of good/bad habits, healthy foods, why exercise is important, etc. However, I really got serious about doing my own research and experimenting when I was preparing to become certified as a trainer.
How has fitness impacted your life?
Fitness has become a huge part of my life! It’s my passion, my hobby, my job, and my degree in school. I find that it can turn any day into a good one, and it has made me aware of what my body’s needs on any given day. It has also taught me a LOT about self-discipline, self-love, balance, motivation, and determination. Fitness is not my whole life, and that has also taught me something. I am not in this to obsess over my body and how it looks, but rather to be in tune with my body and mind. For me, fitness and health is so much more than just stepping into a gym every day. It has taught me many life lessons and has helped shape who I am today.
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?
DON’T GIVE UP!!! You will certainly get discouraged. You will feel like quitting. You will ask yourself “what’s the point?”. But if there’s one thing I can say about this whole journey, it’s that starting is the hardest part. People give it a week or two and then get frustrated. Have the mental strength and capacity to stick with it and make it a habit/routine of yours. Accept that you won’t always be excited about it. Change your mindset and make the choices every day to reach for your goals. I can promise you that with the given time and the mental/physical push, you WILL see results. Then, once you see results (both mentally and physically!) you will want to keep going and going until you don’t need to question it anymore. It will become a part of your life, and you will feel SO good with it. We are meant to nourish, challenge, and care for our bodies. That requires WORK! But, this work is one of the most satisfying kinds. So keep pushing and focus on YOUR “why”.
Trainer at Gold’s Gym
B.S. Exercise Science