Tell me a little about yourself and your background?
My name is Gabby. I am a 22 year old Ryerson University graduate. I currently work at a small consultancy agency in London, Ontario. I am working towards launching my swimwear line “Knight Swimwear” in the Summer of 2018. I also have a fitness business called Gabby Scheyen Fitness Corporation in which I sell fitness guides. I am quite a busy person but I love to be working on multiple things at once! I refuse to be bored. I am young and this is the time to work hard.
What aspect of fitness do you enjoy the most?
There are tons of things about living a healthy lifestyle that I love, but the thing that stands out most is the mental health aspect honestly. Ever since I got into fitness my life changed drastically. I noticed changes in my body sure, but what I love seeing most is changes is my mindset. I can say that I love myself now and actually, truly mean it. I love what my body can do, and I have a much healthier relationship with my body and myself.
How long have you been into fitness?
I have always been into fitness in some way or form. When I was a child, I did gymnastics and soccer competitively. In high school, I joined a gym with my mom and did a bit of cardio. Then that little bit of cardio turned into hours and hours of cardio… In University, I began going to the gym seriously. It’s been about 4 years now since I started lifting weights.
How did you get into fitness?
I got into fitness sadly like most teenage girls do.. via hating how they look. I was super insecure in high-school and I felt like I needed to be super skinny. In grade 10, I got braces and basically stopped eating because I hated the feeling of food in my teeth…and loved the feeling of getting smaller. I did hours of cardio on our elliptical in the basement. Once I began eating again I gained a lot of weight via binge eating disorder. This is when my fitness journey took a pause for a while. I gained all the weight back and more. Eventually I found fitness YouTubers and saw that they were lifting weights to get fit. I tried it out and loved the results. I want to inspire other girls to get into lifting too, which is why I have my YouTube and Instagram accounts.
What was a turning point for you to take it seriously?
A turning point for me was when I realized how good fitness made me feel. When I switched off the “I need to workout to look good” switch in my brain and turned on the “I love to workout to feel good” switch.. I found a completely new passion for fitness.
How has fitness impacted your life?
Fitness has changed my life completely. Without it I would still be crying on my bathroom floor after eating 1 cookie. I always tell people that lifting weights saved my life and I really do mean it. Lifting has taught me that girls can be strong, and have some muscle and fat on them. We don’t need to be tiny, and delicate. Along with changing my mental outlook, fitness has also given me amazing opportunities. I started a business that revolves completely around fitness and I get to work with brands that I love. I am so grateful for this lifestyle.
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?
Everyone starts somewhere and everyone has a story.You don’t need to jump into an intense fitness program when you’re starting out. Take it slow and do things that you love. If you don’t enjoy lifting weights, don’t do it! I think people get intimidated or give up when they have a bad workout or don’t enjoy their workout plan. You have to find what you love within fitness. There are endless options! HIIT, jogging, lifting, powerlifting, swimming, yoga, tennis, going for walks, ballet, etc. Find something that makes your body and your mind feel good, and do that every day.