A client pointed out that people of the interwebs may be interested to know a little about who it is that is recommending all this craziness to them. I'll admit, it's a little uncomfortable to just blab about myself but my dear client had a point. I would want to know about someone before I took their advice. So, here you go...
I started life as an accountant. Hey, it seemed to make sense. Good career, everyone needs accountants, job security etc. I had two business degrees (accounting control systems and finance) so all was well. Plan was to work in non-profit (I was already trying to sabotage my brilliant career by choosing an industry that made me feel great but paid NADA), get my MBA and be a controller of CFO somewhere. Do good and have a great career, right? Well, that was all well and good until I realized I HATED accounting.
I had always been active (gymnastics then running in college, lifting at the gym) but never considered a career in fitness. And truly, looking back, I can't even remember what made me start thinking about it. People started asking me for advice and one thing lead to another, I guess.
When I made the decision to switch careers, I was sitting in my car in traffic, on the way to work. I remember looking at the large, full dump truck behind me as it strained to stop in time and not hit me. I thought "If that truck hits me, I might not have to go to work." I realized that I was willing endure bodily injury, monetary inconvenience and losing my car just to avoid a day at my job. Not good! I called my parents that night and told them what I wanted to do. Now, mind you, they were not thrilled. They'd helped finance the two business degrees and in their minds, I was throwing away a lucrative and stable career. I told them I could take the pay hit being a personal trainer OR stay in accounting and spend my big salary on liquor and therapy. I was joking but they got the point.
Switching careers was one of the hardest things I've done (my first paycheck was about $200!) but has been one of the most rewarding things I've done.
As I began training, it became evident the business degrees would not be wasted. I had an edge over other trainers and the powers that be at my gym noticed. They snatched me up and stuck me in management, turning around failing or floundering personal training departments. As I trained, I slowly developed a speciality for post-rehabilitative exercise. So many of my clients were ex-athletes who either needed help aleviating pain from an old injury, recovering from surgery or avoiding surgery. I began to work with physical therapists to understand and continue the protocols they used in therapy. It was incredibly rewarding to see clients regain mobility they hadn't had in years. And to make it even better, they were all losing weight, stronger and in better shape overall!
While I was pregnant with my son, I just assumed I'd have him then go back to work. Being a newbie Mom, I didn't realize that wasn't a possibility. My husband traveled most of the time and my job required me to open a gym at 5a and sometimes not get home after my clients until 8 or 9p. Not conducive with a baby! I had to do something, I am not cut out to be a stay at home Mom!! So I started a stroller bootcamp business. Thus started a new era in my ftiness career.
Today, I teach stroller bootcamps, pre/post natal bootcamps, still do a bit of personal training, virtual training, nutrition counseling and some life coaching thrown in for good measure. I am an ACE Certified Personal Trainer with specialty certifications in pre/post natal fitness and senior fitness. My passion is helping people live healthy lives and empowering them to be strong, healthy, happy people. Ideally, I would work myself out of a job!