1/29/2020 0 Comments
I worked 9-5 as a fundraiser for a few nonprofits in the Pacific Northwest. In a nutshell, I met with donors and shared the needs of the company. For example, if a shelter needed more beds for their guests or a hospital wanted to throw a party for their children’s ward. It was so fun- I met some incredible people who earnestly wanted to help those in need. Through this job I learned the importance of relationships and connection but the reality was that I was sitting for hours at a time (with no time to workout), not focusing on my nutrition and generally unhappy.
I ended up quitting when my daughter was experiencing some pretty strong anxiety and fear of the big bad wolf (long story). She needed her mama so I quit. You get it.
After a few months off I got antsy and I needed something for myself. I had mentioned to my husband earlier in the year if I could start my career path again I would’ve gotten my job in fitness and taught workout classes. I missed those relationships and connection that my job had brought me.
This is where it all happens Mama. Opportunity came!
A community center that I had interned at years ago (like right after college, which was awhile ago Mama) was offering training to get certified in a strength training class that started the next morning. On paper, this was a bad idea. I was overweight, nearly 30, with ZERO fitness background. But it felt right, you know?
So I jumped.
I messaged them and they had me show up at 9am the next morning for the most challenging 3 days of my life both physically and mentally to become a certified workout instructor. I mean, I didn’t even know what to pack in my gym bag (but you can see what I pack now).
It was terrifying, but exhilarating.
When you become a fitness instructor, you have to learn a lot- musical cues, proper form, and various teaching cues. Since you are leading an entire group to a routine, you have to be able to show what move is next in a variety of ways. For example, Participant A may not hear a single thing that you say so you need to count down with your fingers. Then you have Participant B who needs you to say the next move before he can execute it. Your job is to lead the class safely and effectively while bringing your own personality into it. It’s a lot of work to memorize the workout routine, but if you love people and to be constantly challenged, its fantastic.
This was 3 years ago. I am now certified in several classes and I am constantly surprised at how much I enjoy them all. As a teacher, you provide workout motivation and encouragement in the best way possible- through loving the clients. To be able to work with people and encourage them to live healthier, happier lives has lit a fire under me.
Now I am working towards my personal trainer certification through NASM. I want to help people, mama. I want to help people learn how to be healthy through their food, their fitness, and with their family to be the best version of themselves.
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