For those who don’t know my story, let me give you a quick summary of how I got to where I am today. I have been an athlete my whole life, and I will say that in my life span it is probably one of the most prominent words I would use to define myself. Partly because the world of sports was a world I spent most of my life engulfed in, and partly because I think the word “athlete” goes so deep, and to this day it defines who I am. That being said, since sports and athletics is all I knew, come crunch time to choose a major in College I decided on Physical Education and Health.
After pursuing a teaching career out of college, I quickly realized it was not for me. For someone who HATES routine, and tends to get easily annoyed by kids, a ringing bell every 45 minutes for 30 years & misbehaved kids did not seem like MY path to happiness. So, I spent my early twenties trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I did some time waitressing, interning at ESPN, processing and selling loans, and banking. As I slowly moved up the “corporate ladder” in the banking world, I sat at my corner desk in my corporate attire, wearing my corporate smile….but, I wasn’t fooling anyone, especially myself. My mind was not on opening new accounts, it was on the mountain I summited that weekend or the 5K I had run, feeling THAT energy that no corporate ANYTHING would come close to.
So, it seemed only right to follow my heart, leave a good paying job with good benefits, and follow my passion. My brother and I started a business and my new life began. We created a fitness business starting with outdoor bootcamps in a local park, and within a year grew tremendously. Now, in less than 5 years the business has gone from 6 friends taking bootcamp at a local park to hundreds of consistent clients attending classes in a 5800 square foot facility.
While I am no longer owner, I still teach classes and train at mission FITNESS and I LOVE it. I feel I am taking what I have learned with my degree in teaching and fitness, and applying it to a group of people who WANT to be there. I feel an energy that takes over me when I start teaching a bootcamp class and I just get in the ZONE! I feel like I am in my element, doing what my heart has always known is right. I have so many amazing clients who throw compliments at me, and today was one of those days that I thought, “I AM good at what I do” Those who know me, know these days don’t happen often. However, we set a record of 973 calories burned at bootcamp this morning, and I’m feeling pretty damn good!
What do I love most about my job? I LOVE seeing people CHANGE. That moment when you see the change taking place. Sometimes so powerful that tears are shed. Yes, it happens…and NO, I am not Jillian Michaels. I just see things in people that they don’t see in themselves, and I LOVE the challenge of trying to uncover that. When it happens, it makes this job worth everything it took to get here. I try to not just make someone physically stronger, but to make people emotionally stronger. I try to teach them a type of strength and confidence that they can carry over into their everyday life as parents, spouses, employers, etc. It is so much more than being a fitness instructor. And if it wasn’t, then I wouldn’t be doing my job!