Tell me a little about yourself and your background?
I’m Marybeth Wells, a 26-year-old North Carolina native, and elastic pant enthusiast. I am a Wellness Coach, Personal Trainer, Nutritional Consultant, Recipe Developer, Blogger, and Food Photographer who works to motivate and inspire wellness in all aspects of life: balanced nutrition, a holistic approach to exercise, self-care, and human connection. Last winter, I left my full-time job and first career as a critical care flight paramedic to start my own business which provides one-on-one virtual wellness coaching, wellness events, personal training, and more. It’s been a HUGE learning experience so far, but I wouldn’t change it for the world and am so excited to see where life goes.
What aspect of fitness do you enjoy the most?
On a personal level, I love fitness as an avenue to change my energy and hold myself accountable for self-care. As a trainer, I love watching my clients come into their own skin more and begin to thrive in daily life.
How long have you been into fitness?
I’ve had a pretty long-term relationship with fitness and sports. Growing up, I played competitive soccer and participated in gymnastics and dance. I dove into a career at a young age as a 911, tactical, and then flight paramedic which forced most enjoyable exercise out of my life by way of burnout and sleep deprivation before circling back around and finding a new sport: Muay Thai.
How did you get into fitness?
In recent years, on a personal level, it was Muay Thai that drug me out of a funk. I fight competitively, and my training partners push me to become better every single day. As for becoming a personal trainer, it made sense because of the pivot I made in careers and creating my brand. It’s so amazing to have an effect on the preventative side of health instead of slinging pharmaceuticals at my patient’s in an emergency setting.
What was a turning point for you to take it seriously?
I began taking fitness more seriously when it made an impact on winning fights and running my business. When I train for a fight, I train as though my opponent is out there training harder. As for the latter, I would never expect my clients to do a workout or trust me with something I’ve never personally tried.
How has fitness impacted your life?
Fitness has impacted my life in so many ways. Of course, the usual answers of boosting confidence, feeling better and benefitting my health ring true, but for me, fitness has allowed me to get to know myself on a deeper level. This goes for training hard and pushing my limits, as well as knowing when to listen to my body and change up my routine (high intensity vs low intensity).
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?
All you have to do is start. There’s no such thing as a perfect time, perfect circumstances, or feeling as though you’re ready. Start small and don’t worry about perfection. Find a way that feels good to you to move your body, and if you have trouble with that don’t hesitate to reach out to family, friends, or a wellness coach (like me) if you need a little extra push and help to navigate this journey.