Tell me a little about yourself and your background?
My name is Laia Williams, I am 30 years old. I was born and raised in South Florida and have lived in Southern California for the last 5 years. I have been an athlete my entire life and think that it is the basis around my passion for networking and teamwork. While being a nationally qualified NPC bikini competitor, I am also a personal trainer (online and one on one) and a NASM certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist. I also have my B.S. in Physical Education and graduated from UCF with honors in under 4 years.
What aspect of fitness do you enjoy the most?
I love the process. The results are awesome as well, but the process is the most beautiful thing. I love to watch my clients conquer their fears or even go through some myself. I love that fitness can be incorporated in all different walks of life and means different things to each individual.
How long have you been into fitness?
Working out regularly and lifting weights, 5 years.
How did you get into fitness?
I saw a bodybuilding competition and without knowing what it was, I was in love with the physiques. I started training for a bodybuilding competition I knew nothing about, but fell in love with the discipline, routine and results of it all.
What was a turning point for you to take it seriously?
I took it seriously as soon as I began in the gym and started a workout and meal plan regiment. I actually joined TeamEdge back in 2013, won my first show and I never turned back.
How has fitness impacted your life?
I have found a whole new passion I knew I had, but needed to unlock! I have worked with and become friends with people that I never would have crossed paths with if fitness wasn’t a part of my life.
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 be afraid to ask somebody for advice or to help you move in the right direction. Try not to get discouraged, keep pushing forwards. Hire a reputable coach and make sure that they are offering what it is you are looking for.
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