My Fitness Journey
It started at the age of 4.
Since I could walk, my main passion in life was gymnastics; the only thing I wanted was to be a gymnast and compete in the Olympics. I was never still; God bless my parents who never yelled at me for always getting up from the dinner table to do handstands and putting me in classes – lol
My summers were spent either in Portugal or camping wayyyy north of the city where I cliff jumped off of 20ft cliffs, played baseball and hiked trails with my family. I learned to fish, canoe and build fires. I had the best childhood. No phones and lots of fun.
In addition to gymnastics, I did dance, swimming and played a ton of sports. My closest friends growing up were boys (one of them being my cousin, Paul). After school we played street hockey (this is what 80’s kids did before the advent of phones and social media) or some other sport. I was always moving and whether I was on a trampoline or on streets playing hockey, I was the happiest being physically active.
But it didn’t end there. I went to college and made friends with guys who were athletes- they taught me to play basketball on my breaks and challenged me to ‘step it up’. I took ballet, again- which btw I hated and played soccer for 7 years. From there I went on to UofT for my undergrad and put myself back in gymnastics twice a week. When I was done with soccer, I joined a co-ed softball league with my friends and in between it all, I continued training on my own.
So why does any of this matter and why should you care?
A year ago I was approached to do personal training.
I thought… nah, being active is just what I do. It’s what I love doing.
That was until I really started thinking about it.
Being active isn’t and wasn’t just what I did- It’s who I am.
My parents (bless their souls) made it a point to put me in whatever they could and encouraged my energy and desire to keep moving. My mother – who is my motivation and hero- inspires me still to this day to get outdoors and move. This woman is 55 years old. She bikes 16km’s a day and runs another 10 after she gets home from work! If that isn’t motivation – I don’t know what is!
Whether gymnastics, soccer, ballet or swimming, I learned from a very young age that it is always mind over matter and you will only ever get what you work for. Giving up was never an option.
“Fitness for me isn’t just about looking good. It’s about pushing yourself when you want to give up. It’s about reaching for more because you know you can & it’s about committing to yourself to be the best and encouraging others to do the same! “
This is my WHY.
I want to make people feel the way I feel when I move. I want to encourage people to reach for more when they want to give up. I want people to know that they can do anything they put their mind to and that all the hard work, IS worth it.
It’s time to take my passion for fitness to the next level. It’s not enough to keep my love of fitness at bay & I’m excited to let you know that this coming weekend, your girl is becoming a certified personal trainer! It’s been a long time coming but I believe that everything happens in due time. I’m excited, I’m nervous but mostly, I’m thankful for the opportunity to grow into what I love. I hope you’ll continue following along on this new journey and cannot wait for what’s to come!