If you had asked me years ago if I had ever thought of becoming a fitness instructor or personal trainer, I’d have looked at you like you were crazy. Although I’d been dancing and playing sports my entire life, I was always taught that what mattered was excelling in areas that would get me a “real” job in the future. I studied psychology for 14 years, through college and graduate school and until 2011, I was on track to become a researcher and professor in the field of psychology. I completed all of the coursework for a PhD. All I had left was the dissertation. But something didn’t feel right. There was this nagging feeling inside me that was telling me I needed more. And that’s when it happened…
My life imploded. And suddenly, the only things that were holding me together were my family and my fitness routine. Four months later I was walked out of the exam room a Certified Group Fitness Instructor. I landed my first job in the industry that day at Method3 Fitness.
I’m not sure how you stumbled upon my site, but I’m glad you did 🙂 Let me guess. You fit into one or more of these categories:
- You’re currently a fitness professional or thinking about becoming one.
- You love working out.
- You’re my mom (Hi mom!)
One thing I craved when I was looking into becoming a fitness instructor were stories from people who had been through it. I didn’t just want to know about the pay or how to do it. I wanted to find out if it’s something people enjoyed, something that could bring more happiness and excitement to my life. Truth be told, there were times I really needed it. But I didn’t find those stories. Instead, I had to find it all out by jumping into it. And boy, did I learn a thing or two.
I started this blog to share what I’ve experienced and learned as a fitness instructor, personal trainer, and coach. Read stories about clients, from my proudest moments witnessing their success to rude students and my first walkout. I’ll also share how I’ve changed, gaining clarity and confidence on my path and growing into my introversion in an extroverted field. Plus, I’ll post recipes, workout videos, tips on programming for 1:1 and group sessions, and provide guidance on how to start creating content for those who want to take the expert route.
I hope that my blog will serve as a sneak peek for anyone who’s thinking about getting into the industry and a source of relief for those who are already in it. Talk to you soon.