I am, like you, just trying to balance my work life, home life, social life and fitness life without going completely crazy. I have been working in the fitness industry as a Personal Trainer since 2012.
My fitness “career” didn’t start out in the traditional sense. I wasn’t much of a team sports person as a kid and I didn’t enjoy gym class very much. I did however figure skate for several years, and I started dancing at a local studio. I danced as long as I could, until all my classmates were 5+ years younger than me, then I assisted in teaching some classes for a while. During this time, I dabbled in weight room workouts and outdoor fitness camps under the supervision of my now mentor Candace Sayler of GetFit Camps Lacombe.
Over the years, I’ve witnessed family members and friends fight with weight loss, bouncing from one diet to the next. With that came the loss of their mobility and independence as the result of not maintaining their physical self. This frustrated me to no end as I hated seeing these people suffer.
Now if I’m being honest (and I know this will frustrate some of you), I never had issues with weight until I turned 16. I was always that skinny kid who was 10 pounds lighter than the age average. That said, I was super active as a kid. My mom always said that if I was grumpy, she’d just throw me outside. Sitting still was not my forte. At 16 I was battling anxiety and the medication they put me on caused me to gain 17 pounds in just under two months. At 19 I got a semi-sedentary job, where Tim Horton’s bagels and hot chocolate where my snack food. Then college came and let me tell you, they aren’t lying when college kids talk about the “freshman 15.” I dabbled in workouts on and off throughout those years, and one fateful day in one of my classes we were talking about sports (a common topic when taking sports studies), and I made the comment that I didn’t play sports but I worked out, to which one of my male classmates said “it’s not working out if you don’t spend 2 hours and aren’t lifting heavy weights every day.” So, that squashed my confidence immediately. I suddenly felt like a wanna-be, however, I didn’t take long until I realized, that guy was so full it! You don’t have to be a rock star to play music and you don’t have to lift 400 lbs during a workout, nor do you have to spend 2 hours in the gym (like, who has the time for that?). It was then I remembered that body building wasn’t what I was there to learn, I was there to learn how to help the regular people, people who have 45 minutes, kids, a job and a house to clean.
From that experience I realized that fitness does not need to be a back breaker, nor does it have to be scary. I have worked with individuals from age 14 up to age 80 and my goal with all of them is to teach them functional skills that they can carry forward that will help them lead happier, healthier, stronger lives. My schooling has allowed me to learn to adapt fitness to those who have a chronic illness, a physical injury, a cognitive disability, a motor disability and so much more.
The other thing I try to teach people is balance and moderation. I don’t mean physical balance I mean the balance of living and eating healthy but also enjoying the things you enjoy. Some of my favorite pass times are naps, video games, binge watching Netflix, and sewing (yeah, I know, I’m super cool), and some of my favorite foods are chocolate, cookies, candy, and cinnamon buns (or Cannoli’s from Sweet Capones). That said, I try and find a balance and enjoy these “luxuries” in moderation. Yes, it takes will power and yes, sometimes even I fail, but we are all human and we have weaknesses. My job is to help you navigate those weaknesses and teach you how to create a balance.
I got a little carried away on the education front. I continue to keep my education up to date.
- Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology- Certified Personal Trainer (CSEP-CPT)
- Exercise is Medicine Canada- Recognized Professional Level 1 (EIMC)
- Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association- Group Fitness Leader (AFLCA)
- AFLCA Functional Independence Training for Older Adults
- Fitness Kickboxing Canada Inc.- Level 2 Fitness Kickboxing Instructor
- Qualified Group Fitness TRX Suspension Training Instructor
- Canfitpro Healthy Eating & Weight Loss Specialist
- Canfitpro Children`s Fitness Coach
- Standard First Aid & CPR C/AED Certified
- Diploma in Kinesiology & Sports Studies Fitness and Health Promotion from Red Deer College
- Diploma in Kinesiology & Sports Studies Adapted Physical Education Diploma from Red Deer College