If I can help make people fitter, stronger and healthier then I’m all in.
Trainer & Tribe Training
I have tried to stay active in some way all my life and have probably tried every type of workout and gym that exists at least once. I have always been involved in sports and fitness in some way for as long as I can remember. My dad was an amateur boxer for a while and I have memories of hitting the heavy bag and speed bag and even being in the boxing ring as a young kid. I also went with him to the local YMCA and did workouts with him when I was a teenager. I played sports in school; volleyball, track and field, and tennis, to name a few.
I became a certified group fitness instructor and personal trainer in 2000. At that time I taught cycling, yoga/pilates, step classes and strength classes I even taught water aerobics and silver sneakers. I did personal training for clients one on one and in small groups..
I took time off to raise my family but continued to work out for my own personal fitness. When my husband and I were blessed with a “happy surprise” and realized we were having a third child, I had to stop everything because I was put on bed rest for several months. After he was born it took me two full years to step foot in the gym again. It didn’t take long for me to realize how much I had missed it. I am one of those people that loves being in the gym. It’s my happy place, my escape, my me time, my therapy.
I think I always had a thought in the back of my mind that I would work in the fitness industry again and I had considered it several times over the past couple of years. When Ian decided to expand CHAMP and create a dedicated personal training space I thought it was a sign that it was time to get back into training.
I believe that working out should be fun. Does it hurt? Does it suck sometimes? Is it hard? Of course! It’s supposed to because that’s how we make ourselves fitter, stronger and healthier. Do we have to be serious the whole time? It hurts less, sucks less and makes it just a little easier if you can laugh. It’s totally acceptable to work hard and play hard.
Athletes inspire me. I love seeing an athlete rise to the occasion and conquer a goal. I am usually rooting for the underdog. The one who people say can’t do it or won’t win and it fills me with joy when they prove people wrong. We all have an inner athlete and it’s probably an underdog too.
I feel that same joy when I see someone do something they thought they would never be capable of or reach a goal they have set. I feel seriously happy when I see someone killing it in class. Throwing punches like they mean it, adding weight to their bar for a Body Pump track, getting through an Attack class they never could have done months earlier. My heart swells when one of my friends gets a PR (personal record) on a deadlift or manages to finally conquer an exercise they thought they would never be able to master.
So I guess you could say I have a passion for fitness. I know that sounds all sappy and cliché and I’m rolling my eyes right along with you. But, it’s the truth and if I can help make people fitter, stronger and healthier then I’m all in.