My story might sound familiar to many of you. Hopefully it will encourage and inspire you to know that, no matter what shape you’re in today, becoming more fit and healthy can totally transform your life, not just your body.
Growing up pretty secluded, having been born in Colville, WA and raised here in Wenatchee on the Colockum, I was never into athletics or fitness at all. I spent my childhood slightly overweight, which got worse as I reached my teenage years and early adulthood. In high school, I hated P.E. classes feeling awkward and uncoordinated. I took only the required courses and stuck with Math, English, and Home economics, etc…(The things I was good at.) All during this time, I tried every diet that came along. I’d last for a week, sometimes only a day or two and go back to eating bad or even worse than before. You have all heard the term Yo-Yo dieter? That was me! By the time I was 25 years old, I was married, had two children and soon after, my weight was somewhere near 190 and my self-esteem somewhere near zero. I was afraid to meet new people or go to outings such as family reunions, where I was quite sure everyone was talking about me and how fat I was. Once again I tried dieting, Weight Watchers, Nutri-system, etc… where I had some measure of success.
When I joined Gold’s (The Training Station back then), I had never set foot in a gym before. I had no clue what to do and felt completely intimidated by the atmosphere. I had pretty much given up on ever being in shape. I wasn’t even really sure what “in shape” meant. I only knew that I wanted to look better. So off I went, I started attending group exercise classes and doing the same workouts over and over, which I did for two years! (PLEASE DON’T MAKE THIS MISTAKE! Ask us to update your workout often. The body is amazing and will adapt quickly to whatever you are doing.)
After five years at the gym, I was in OK shape, a lot more healthy and having the most fun of my life. I decided to really get with it and hire a personal trainer. That was the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. I soon learned what intensity was all about. I can seriously say that I got more results in 10 weeks (20 sessions) with my trainer than I had gotten in the five years without him. My body transformed, but more importantly, my whole personality changed. I felt more confident than ever before, more aggressive toward life. I certainly attained more knowledge about workouts, and was stronger physically than I had ever been. I got to a point where I really loved training hard. How intense could I go? How strong could I get? Could I keep my form flawless? For once I excelled at something I had really never even tried before. People started noticing the changes, telling me I looked good and questioning me about what I had been doing. I explained that everyone should have a personal trainer because the results you get with one are just not possible any other way! It’s worth every penny!
Sharing my experience and helping people with equipment or form just came natural to me. It was so much fun that I decided to go for my Personal Training Certification. I often tell people how privileged I feel to work here. This truly is a job I do because I love fitness and working with people on a one-on-one basis.
My non-fitness back ground gives me a unique angle behind the trainers’ desk here at Gold’s. One I’m sure many of you can relate to. My goal is to let you know that you too can experience the life changing transformation that a fit lifestyle can bring. I look forward to helping you achieve. That life!