Tell me a little about yourself and your background?
I am an 18 year old from Connecticut with a love for health and fitness. I started as someone who was lost with an unhealthy relationship towards food and exercise and grew to a person who is consistently evolving and growing; mentally and physically. I am now in my second year of college with a major in business, and a NASM certification that I obtained my senior year of high school. I am currently in the process of growing my social media to expand my reach and change more lives. My ultimate feat will be when I create my own dream gym.
What aspect of fitness do you enjoy the most?
I can’t choose one, but the more personal aspect has to do with the constant progression that fitness provides. I believe that if you’re not progressing in at least one area of your life, you’re not going to be truly satisfied with your quality of life. As for the second aspect, it would be the community that comes with fitness. Not only I have found the hardest working, like-minded people, but I have been able to share knowledge with others. The best messages I receive through social media are the ones thanking me for helping them on their own journey.
How long have you been into fitness?
I have been doing some sort of bodybuilding since I was 15 years old, but at the time I had minimal knowledge. When I was 16 and fully recovered from disordered eating habits, I entered my first bikini competition and won my classes. At 17 I competed at the national level and became a personal trainer at a gym. Currently, I am just lifting to enjoy life with an online approach to personal training.
How did you get into fitness?
My first taste of fitness came from scrolling through the Instagram explore page and finding a bikini competitor. I remember being amazed at her body and I knew I wanted to make a change. I was clinically ‘overweight’ at the time but I was clueless on how I could fix it. From that point on, I learned how to correctly lift and track macros through YouTube fitness influencers.
What was a turning point for you to take it seriously?
My first turning point was when I was deeply depressed, and I found that the gym was the only outlet for me. At that time in my life I didn’t have anyone I could call a friend, so I spent my time working on my physical and mental health. The second realization for me was when I met my boyfriend. He has pushed me beyond my limits, helping me break through new intensity levels virtually every gym session.
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?
I would encourage that person to seek guidance! Whether it be YouTube videos or a personal trainer, you need to make sure you start with good form and decent nutrition to set you up for a great start. If you feel lost, you aren’t going to be motivated! I would also advise the person to find a type of fitness they love. If you don’t like bodybuilding, try powerlifting, etc. Again, if you don’t love it, you won’t be motivated.
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