I have worked out pretty much my entire life. Now keep in mind, that doesn’t mean I am an athlete. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Sports have always been difficult for me to catch onto; coordination has never been a descriptor for my athletic prowess. My journey with fitness and health has been a tumultuous one. In high school I developed an eating disorder because my soccer coach told me I’d be better if I weighed less. In college I was a runner and so the same math applied. I starved myself into a 103lbs. body by becoming a raw vegan and therefore hid behind a façade of a healthy lifestyle.
Later in life I realized what was marketed to women as healthy food options and what exercises we should be doing were vastly different than what was offered to men. Almost like we were two different species or something. Men: Eat meat and (sweet) potatoes, lift with a barbell, get strong and muscular for long-term benefits. Women: eat iceberg lettuce, low fat everything, stay away from carbs, and don’t lift heavy you’ll get “bulky” which is gross. While you’re at it you should learn to appreciate only being “thin” aka small.
Also, I realized that nutrition is a very hard subject to navigate, seeing how there are conflicting messages from one website to the next. One moment coffee is good, the next thing it’s what is going to kill you faster than pesticides. (Coffee is good, pesticides are not great, but they won’t kill you… I digress.)
I believe fitness should be based on scientific fact, yield sustainable results, and enhance your life.
Fitness, to me, encompasses diet, workouts, recovery, mental health, lifestyle balance, and sport.
Fitness isn’t something that is a one size fits all, however, it’s not a fad that gets to be whatever anyone wants it to be. We all get there doing the same thing, WORK! But the approach is what needs to be specific. We have different goals, strengths and weakness. Your fitness journey should be something that enhances YOUR life and gets you to YOUR goals, not someone else’s.
My approach to fitness understands a universal need for humans to be mobile, stable, strong and happy. There are many avenues to get there so let’s work together on finding out what path is best for you.
A lifestyle of health and wellness doesn’t need to be confusing or dreadful. It can be fun, invigorating, challenging, and sustainable and yield desired results for any individual.
When I work with clients, my goal is to meet them where they’re at, design a personalized program that produces desired results, using sustainable lifestyle practices.