ToeTouchResizeTell me a little about yourself and your background?

I’m a not-always so charming southern belle from New Orleans skilled in the art of deadlifting, eating expired food and not dying, folding fitted sheets, and doing hood rat stuff with my teenage daughter.

What aspect of fitness do you enjoy the most?

Helping people dramatically transform their lives by helping them develop the skills to overcome their self-limiting beliefs and conquer their dreams. It all starts in the mind. If a client shows up with an open mind and ready to change, magic happens.

How long have you been into fitness?

I grew up with four brothers and athletics was a permanent fixture in my youth. The only way I could get my brothers to pay much attention to me was to do what they were doing — and that was sports. I played most team sports throughout high school and then moved onto snowboarding, rock-climbing, hiking, etc. when I moved out west for college. So, being active has always been a big part of my life. It wasn’t until I moved to Dallas 15 years ago that I first stepped foot in a gym with the intention of lifting weights.

How did you get into fitness?

I’ve always admired the human body and all that it is capable of. I vividly remember being at the Dentist office when I was a child and seeing Mia Hamm on a Sports Illustrated magazine cover. That was the first time I looked at an athletic woman’s body and was captivated by her prowess. She looked strong, healthy, and capable. I thought that was badass! So, I ripped out one of the pictures of her in the magazine, shoved it deep down into my pocket, and later hung it on my wall. It stayed there as a source of inspiration until I moved away to college. Fitness has always been a big part of my life. I can’t remember a time when it wasn’t. Growing up with four athletic brothers will do that to any girl.

What was a turning point for you to take it seriously?

I never specifically looked to fitness for a career path. I honestly thought there wasn’t any money in it. It was just an interest or hobby of mine. It wasn’t until I was approached by a couple in a parking lot who were looking to hire a personal trainer (I guess I looked the part) that I realized I could monetize my passion. They became my first clients and as word spread, I began taking on more and more in-person clients as a side hustle. Eventually, my in-person business grew so much that I was able to quit my career in logistics and pursue it full-time. From there, I started attending fitness conferences and met Jordan Syatt. Jordan offered me an internship in NYC, so I relocated there to work under him and grow my online coaching business. And now, I have the amazing opportunity to work with clients from all over the world — Dubai, Ireland, Australia, Cuba, Mexico, Colombia, etc. Helping people overcome their disordered relationship with food has been the most rewarding experience of my life.

How has fitness impacted your life?

It bleeds into everything I do and everything I am. I am in constant pursuit of personal growth and knowledge. It has helped me overcome my own toxic self-limiting beliefs. Through fitness, I’ve learned that when we take 100% personal responsibility for everything in our lives — nothing can stop us from achieving whatever we want. We are the only ones getting in our own. When we can tear down those walls, anything is possible.

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?

The best advice I can give anyone reading this is to live by the code of “no zero days.” A zero day is a day where you do absolutely nothing that gets you closer to your goal. The system is, every day, you take action. No matter what. You eat one vegetable, do one push-up, drink one glass of water. That’s the rule: foot over threshold before ass to chair. Every single day.

Instagram: @hooper.fit

www.lesliehooper.com

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