Tell me a little about yourself and your background?
I’m Gabby! I am 20 years old and heading into my senior year at Michigan State University. I grew up in a really small harbor town on the east side of Michigan called Lexington. I spent most of my time in the water (Lake Huron) and it’s one of my favorite places to this day!
What aspect of fitness do you enjoy the most?
I love it so much it’s hard to choose my favorite part! I love the way working out makes me feel, not just physically, but mentally. When I’m in the gym I’m in the zone. It makes me feel strong, confident, and beautiful on the inside and the outside.
How long have you been into fitness?
Since I can remember. I can thank my dad for that, he instilled a competitiveness in me and my brother that has stuck with me all my life. I used to follow my dad out to our gym and try to mimic what he was doing, I even had my own 2lb dumbbells. I entered sports when I was old enough and played everything I could until college. That’s when I really fell in love with weight lifting.
How did you get into fitness?
I got into seriously weight lifting after I got to college. I was no longer in sports and I felt something was missing. I wasn’t happy with how I looked, I was lazy, and I really just felt lost. One day I went to the gym and started lifting and I never looked back.
What was a turning point for you to take it seriously?
The turning point for me was when I started being able to help others through my own fitness journey. I wanted/want to be the best version of myself and push others to do the same. People started asking me for advice and I loved helping. So, I decided to get my personal training certification and that’s when I really got serious.
How has fitness impacted your life?
So many ways! It’s not only made me feel happier and more confident, but it’s allowed me to help others feel the same exact way. There is no better feeling than when someone tells me I inspired them to do more or make a change or that I’ve helped them in any way. I’ve met so many amazing people, traveled the country, and stepped out of my own comfort zone a million times because of fitness and I wouldn’t trade any of it.
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?
Just start. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know what you’re doing in the beginning, what matters is that you are making steps forward. You’re always going to better than you were yesterday, so keep going. Learn everything you can and let people help you. Remember, the process is just that, a process. Patience is bitter, but the fruit is sweet my friends!