My life in fitness started like most people’s – you see that one friend who started working out and notice how they’ve changed and improved. You notice they pass on the desserts menu at (most) dinners. They have goals. They’re at the gym just about every day. They drink water and protein shakes by the gallon. They seem to have this glow of life and vigor. They’re strong, toned and their much-hated ‘love handles’ are now tight and toned. And you ask yourself, “How did they accomplish all of that?”. So you do what any other 21st-century American would do and you go to the internet for answers. “Eat this much.” ”Workout until it hurts.” “Do these exercises” ”Take these supplements.” And voila! You’ve got the body you’ve always wanted. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as that. Exercise science, nutrition, kinesiology, biomechanics, anatomy are just a few subjects you must have knowledge about to really have an understanding of fitness. So I read books and researched online, watched countless videos, got advice from other fitness enthusiasts and veteran bodybuilders and I hired a trainer. Yes, I had a trainer. Why? Because although I had all the pieces to the puzzle, at the time, I didn’t know how to put it all together. For 10 weeks, I was pushed, accountable, and kept to a routine and an eating regimen(and to this day I still dislike oatmeal).
Ultimately, seeing my own results and changes sparked my interest to receive my own personal trainer certification to help others do the same. Since receiving my certification I have worked as a personal trainer for four years in Southern California. I have worked and trained people from all walks of life from collegiate athletes to paraplegics I have taught kettle bell classes, boxing classes, boot camps, functional group classes. I’ve also competed in Crossfit competitions. I believe for one to be truly ‘fit’ you must be not only strong, but flexible, agile but have endurance, and powerful but balanced. I like to incorporate Olympic lifting, sprinting, bodybuilding, gymnastics, and outdoor activities in my workout routine.
There isn’t a ‘one-size fits all’ program but the basics and foundations of living a healthy and fitter lifestyle never change. Alongside nutrition and exercise you must learn consistency, resiliency, optimism, and determination. They are integral characteristics for any endeavor you set out to accomplish. If you are just starting, or have already started your fitness journey remember this, ”When you think about quitting remember why you started.”