Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
I don't lie when I say I "spin".
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Its been too long: helloooooo! (insert Seinfeld voice here)
I decided to make a career change WITHIN the personal training community and go corporate. Yes, I said it...working for 'the man' again. After the countless interviews, many train rides to and from New York City, new interview clothes (because we all know that I live in Spandex), and many hours spent traveling I made the decision that this was something I wanted. Its funny how things work out...or don't...I brought my 100% to the table, however my 100 wasn't was they were looking for. I felt defeated. What did I not show them? What was it I said that they didn't think I was 'fit' for the position?
The response: the 'branded' trainer from the facility is was they were looking for...and I wasn't that.
I may be a little too eccentric when it comes to my training techniques. I may sometimes have training ADD. I'll be the first to admit. I might want to become RKC certified one day, and the next do a barre method class. (two totally different forms of exercises!)
My direction and focus is making my workouts and my client workouts enjoyable. I take exercise from all aspects and turn it into my own cookbook. The more I know the more questions I can answer and the more recipes I can create. I can't say I'm an expert on anything. I will say that I am a well rounded personal trainer and fitness coach.
I'm teaching 7 indoor spinning classes per week along with running cardio sculpting classes at a personal training studio. On the weekends I still have my own personal training clients. The quality, bond, trust, and reliability among the instructors, willingness to learn and motivate are beyond anything I have been a part of. A community that has reached out to teach fitness, bring a new light and energy to the table, and to LOVE and be WILD about exercise.
Back to my wild side of writing, blogging, working out, and of course…dancing.
Next up: What Is this whole “SPIN CLASS WORKOUT ABOUT!?”
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
I was recently approached by one of my former college professors in regards to my advice on training for a figure show. My first thought was, I can't believe a teacher I had is now asking me for information and advice. This was one of my favorite professors from Penn State asking me for help with diet and exercise. I was excited to start spilling out information, stats, numbers etc. As my excitement built up, I started having a hard time figuring out why it was so hard for me to type it out in a message back to her. Here I was, filled with knowledge and facts yet I couldn't seem to write them all out. I took a few more sips of my starbucks, and then it all made sense. I wasn't excited about the information I was about to provide, I was hesitant because I was anxious. It brought back memories of training and dieting. I'm writing this today from my all out honest opinions and evidence. I'm not going to sugar coat this, so take it for what you want.
In all honesty, and I'm sure you know this as well, the figure/bodybuilding mentality and training is terrible for your body. I didn't realize how much of an effect it would have on me post competition.
Sure, I realized what it takes to get 'ripped', but in all health related aspects its the worst thing I did for myself.
I have been having a hard time re introducing foods into my system that I gave up for 16 weeks. I can no longer process alcohol, wheat, and dairy. My body fat dropped so low that I haven't had a mestral cycle in 9 months. I have to see specialists to figure out how to cure a lot of what is going on with me, and in the end hoping I can have kids someday in the future.
It was not only physically but mentally draining for me. I'm not saying you can't do it, or shouldn't do it, but I just want to share my feelings and journey with you. None of it should be sugar coated to look nice. I trained in an untraditional 'bodybuilding' way by doing crossfit (which i think saved me in some aspects) and realized now that I could have done less and still seen the same results. I nearly killed myself with the supplements, workouts, and lack of sleep. It may look great from the outside, but coming off of it has been the hardest thing.
I had a desire to train for another one afterwards, but it was the time and money commitment that also stopped me into doing so. The glamor, glory, and fame make it look so appealing from the outside. What was happening inside was a different story. I train athletes and realized that what I was doing to myself (training like a figure competitor) wasn't athletic. I was lacking flexibility, spending HOURS in the gym without even sweating, and I wasn't having fun.
If you want to win shows, you have to bulk up, gain muscle (which is a lot harder than I thought), your clothes somedays fit and somedays will rip because of how big you've gotten. After you've done that, you have to 'shred' food from your already bland diet. Diet isn't the hardest part, it was mentally staying alert which was the hardest for me. My clients saw my mental state suffer, as did their workouts from the way I was not thinking clearly.
To say the least, it took over my life. It was all I knew. My family and friends (what I had left) came second. I was obsessed, and to be honest you HAVE to be obsessed to do it. There is no 90%. Its 110% or nothing at all. No more "just one cookie" or "just a small portion of milk in my coffee." No cheat days, and you cooler was your best friend.
I'm not sending you this to scare you from doing any type of show, because I have no doubt that you would be great. You have great muscle tone already and if you're diet is already in check then by all means I'll give you some tips and pointers to help you anyway I can. I figured this was the more genuine way to go about answering your question as a message instead of a wall post.
Hope you're doing well!
Wednesday, March 30, 2011