Friday, March 22, 2013
Three years ago I was weighing in at 226 pounds, my hair was falling out, I had no energy, slept all the time, and felt hopeless. I was warned that my lifestyle was leading to a path of diabetes and I didn't know where to begin on getting better. I started researching diabetes and how one can change their diet. I was also afraid to go to a gym because that's where all the fit buff guys workout. I had made fun of myself for so many years that I just knew that's what people would do if I tried to go to the gym. So what did I do? I started by walking. I would walk early in the AM or or late evening so no one would see me there. I started reading oxygen magazine and any fitness reading I could get my hands on just to educate myself on a fitter lifestyle. My passion grew to better myself as I began to feel better.
Fast forward one and half years later and 90 pounds lighter, I moved to Salina, Kansas. I began working out at Genesis Health Clubs to stay in shape. I chose the club because it was the only club I had been to where group fitness classes were included in the membership fee. I started attending the cycling classes ritually and eventually got my certification through Body Training Systems. I became the person who then taught those 5:15 am classes that I once attended. And after a year of being an instructor part time and working retail at the Buckle full time, I was offered to join the personal training department. I humbly accepted the job and they have been working to educate me on biomechanics and anatomy so I can train my clients safely and effectively. Then just a few months after becoming a full time personal trainer, I pursued my certification in Zumba. The director for Genesis Health Clubs in Group Fitness urged me to go to the training in Omaha and I've been teaching Zumba since July of 2012!
But who would have thought all that would have transpired? Definitely not me! And as many of you who keep up with my journey through Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, know that I just recently went to Las Vegas for the IHRSA Convention with the company I work for. It was a huge honor to go with Genesis Health Clubs to meet and network with so many amazing individuals in the fitness industry. I was able to see the newest and latest gym equipment as well as listen to amazing speakers who have been apart of the fitness industry for years. The individuals who spoke at a seminars had so much wisdom to offer someone like myself who is just starting out in this field. I was able to take away so much from each of their individual stories.
So what was the biggest lesson I learned at the convention?
The importance of human interaction! The reason why I wasn't successful on my own for the numerous years I tried to lose weight is because I tried to do it alone. I didn't know where to start. I needed a support system, a group of people who supported and believed in me, and that was what I received from training with experts. They kept me motivated, encouraged, and accountable. No matter where your gym is or what amazing gym equipment there is, we NEED people! We want to be noticed and we want to know we matter. And that's why I love the company I work for. The Genesis staff always welcomed me with open arms and they wanted to see me succeed from the time I joined as a member, to my current status of Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, and soon to be Nutrition Specialist. They care and want to see me grow because I care. As a personal trainer for Genesis Health Clubs my ultimate goal is to love the people who walk through our front doors. No matter if they're my clients or not, they're apart of a community. And our community is all working towards one ultimate goal, to better ourselves one day at a time. And that's my vision! I desire to see the people in our gym be inspired and encouraged to get moving and living healthier lives!
Challenge: chose someone you regularly see at your gym, get their name, and encourage them!
***Lastly, huge thank you to Genesis Health Clubs! Thank you Mr. Rodney Stevens, Mr. Johnny Stevens, Mr. Preston Petersen, Mr. Joe Humiston, and Dr. Mark Slavin who believe in me. Thank you for investing in me and for allowing me to be apart of such an amazing team. You all have touched my life in ways I'll never be able to explain.
Monday, March 18, 2013
Why did you make the choice to start working out?
I had always been fit and active until I completed graduate school in 2005. I quickly found myself swamped with responsibilities. I felt pulled constantly between raising a family, commuting to work full time, and completing the necessary tasks of life. I allowed everyone else to be my focus and ignored my own health needs. So my weight started to climb and my energy dipped.
Then, I had an accident in 2007 that left me with chronic back and neck pain. Since that time I have had a few surgeries, undergone many rounds of physical therapy, received numerous nerve blocks, and tried nearly all other conservative/alternative treatments available. No matter what I tried nothing helped. I only was able to go to work and function but I was never able to truly enjoy life. This accident robbed me of nearly everything in life that had been a hobby or sense of pleasure. Gone were the days of riding horses comfortably, running, softball, and living an active lifestyle. I slowly gained weight and fell miserably out of shape. Finally, one day, I woke up and thought enough was enough. I had to do everything in my power to get better as I was "sick and tired of being sick and tired".
Why did you make the choice to get a personal trainer?
I knew that with my medical history that a trainer was going to be very valuable as I needed someone with the expertise to guide me thru the exercises. I had lost a tremendous amount of muscle strength and I realized that gainging this back was going to be the key to not only sustaining weight loss but also relieving the stress placed on the body from the injured areas.
How have you benefited from having a personal trainer?
I have gained not only a ton of strength (and the start of some definition) but also a huge amount of balance improvement. Ashley has worked opposing muscle groups in a ratio that I would have been unable to do without her expert knowledge.
Who is your personal trainer?
What have you learned from training?
I have learned that there is hope. I feel and act 20 years younger! My energy has tripled, my size is dramatically reduced, and I'm able to live and enjoy my life again.
Any tips you want to share from you experience?
Keep on fighting and give recovery every ounce of strength that you have left. It is not an easy battle to win but it can get better if you regain your health. I will never be "normal" again but I have reclaimed what was taken from me and I am not giving a bit back without a struggle.
How has your body progressed or has your body made any changes since beginning personal training?
I feel amazingly different than I used to at the end of the day. I have energy, hurt less, and do more than I have done in years. I'm in size 4 jeans and working at getting stronger. My goal has always been to be healthy and fit but the constant flow of compliments on my appearance has been a welcome benefit :-)
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Her opening statement had me hooked. "Everything in life is a process in motion. Without movement, advancement & progression, there is no life... God created us to be goal-oriented visionaries. Without a vision, we become bored and hopeless."
Ah Ha! That's it! To fully enjoy life, you must have a positive outlook on life. You have to be willing to open yourself up and move forward. So what does that have to do with FITNESS? EVERYTHING!
When i first stared my journey several years back, i tried the Atkins diet. I lost 40lbs, but then ended up gaining it all back. Why? because i never set a goal. My goal was just to lose weight and look hot. However, i couldn't stick with it because i didn't know how to progress from there. i reached my max of 226lbs my junior year in college and it took me seeing a picture of myself that i realized something had to change. We all have them! We have moments of awakening where we finally realize we need to do something. And in that moment, you can decide to keep doing what you've always done- or you can make a change!
I had always defined myself as the fat kid. But when I finally took hold of myself, I gained a self respect for myself. I decided that I was going to stop fearing the future and what I didn't have control over. God has a plan for me. There are days that I 'feel' like I'm getting nowhere, and then there are days I can SEE my progress. And that is the key. PROGRESSION. We get caught up on the minimal things. We forget that each day is a new day to better ourselves, that it's a process. My goal each day, is to be better than I was yesterday. Not to compare myself to this person or that person, but to dig deep within myself and make a healthier choice than I did the day before.
I ask you, are you bettering yourself each day... or are you just going with the flow. Consider, if you don't have goals as well as a plan of action, your backsliding.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
We all have been there once or twice and so I'll explain what I mean...
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Sunday, January 13, 2013
What are the four main types of scars?
- Hypertrophic scars: These are raised, red scars that are similar to keloids (see below), but do not extend beyond the original injury site. Possible treatments include steroid injections and laser surgery.
- Keloids: These scars protrude from the skin and extend beyond the original injury site and are due to overproduction of certain cells. Over time, keloids may affect mobility. Possible treatments include surgical scar removal, laser surgery or steroid injections. Smaller keloids can be removed with cryotherapy (freezing therapy using liquid nitrogen). You can also prevent keloid formation by using pressure treatment, silicone gel. Keloids are more common in darker skin types, specifically people of African or Asian descent.
- Contracture scars: These scars cause tightening of skin that can impair the ability to move. These can happen after a burn. Additionally, this type of scar may go deeper to affect muscles and nerves.
- Acne scars: Any type of acne can leave behind scars. There are many types of acne scars, ranging from deep pits to scars that are angular or wavelike in appearance. Treatment depends on the type of scars. "
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Similar to last week, I featured Amy Meyer who had lost 130 pounds all because she took time to set goals, but then followed through with them.
This week I wanted to feature Strawn Wilson, a personal trainer in North Carolina. After speaking with him about the reasons behind goal setting, I thought everyone could benefit from hearing the reason and purpose behind what he does. All of humanity is motivated by something. It could be for a gold medal, money, recognition, and the list goes on. But the most successful trainers are motivated deep within. They have a PASSION for the people they invest in and they truly want to help. This is why I wanted to feature Strawn. His drive to succeed goes deeper than money. He invests in them because his heart is rooted in Christ. He loves his clientele and wants to see them healthy and happy. He understands they have one life, one body, and desires to be the man who brings out their fullest potential. His clients are his ministry. God gives us all gifts and the way he is able to relate to them all is amazing! Every single workout, is as if it were his last... He gives his very best. Read learn more about him and the reason for setting goals!
Why are you a Personal Trainer?
>I've been into fitness since I was a kid. So, having the opportunity to help others become fit and healthy gives me joy.
What is Wilson's Training?
> The Ultimate Fitness Destination, that provides intense workouts and nutritional programs catered to each clients needs and abilities and goals.
What do you find the most rewarding in being a Personal Trainer?
>The highest reward of being a personal trainer is the moment my client understands and applies that this is a lifestyle change, not a hobby or resolution.
What do you do as a PT?
> As a PT, I create fitness/nutritional programs for clients and help them reach their desired fitness/wellness goals. I also lead Intense group Bootcamps.
What would you say is your specialty when it comes with training?
>My speciality when it comes to training is motivating my clients and getting them results!! When clients stick to the plan, they are guaranteed success. BODY BY STRAWN!!
As a personal trainer, do you or your clients set goals?
>Clients set their own goals, and I also set goals for them. Most clients in the beginning don't realize how strong their bodies are, after a few sessions, they raise their own bar.
Do you have your clients write out their goals?
>Yes, I have each client write down their goals. A vision to paper becomes SUCCESS!
Do you find it important to have goals?
>The goal set for each client is to be the best version of them they can be!!!!
What are your goals (motto) for your clients?
>Never Give Up "Can't Stop Won't Stop". Leave a Powerful, Inspirational, Fit Legacy.
Do you set goals for yourself? What are your 2013 goals?
>I am constantly thinking of ways to challenge and increase my fitness level. 2013 Goals.....Get my Pro-Card in NPC Physique. I'm getting ready for NC State Championships in April and USA Championships in Vegas in July!! Of course, taking Wilson's Training Brand to the next level.
Words of Wisdom: At the end of the day everyone has their own journey and I believe we can do all things through Christ who strengths us. I love networking with trainers, coaches and who ever is in to fitness/health. Let's do this together and continue to grow a fit nation!
You can visit Strawn's webpage at: http://www.wilsonstraining.com/#!home/mainPage
Also find him on Twitter and Instagram: @Strawn1979