I've been a personal trainer for about 10 years. After earning my ACE certification, I started working in a women's-only fitness center. While I was working there, I had several clients approach me about in-home training and I started to realize that in-home training is the best option for folks who don't feel comfortable in gyms. I also realized that it's tougher to bail on a session when I am literally at your doorstep. After the gym closed, I started doing in-home training exclusively.

I grew up with terrible eating habits that continued into adulthood. As a kid, I was intimidated by gym class and team sports (I was much happier with my nose in a book). In college, I worked with a trainer and learned the basics of strength training. Although there were days I didn't want to go to the gym, it was overall enjoyable because I was only competing with myself. Adjusting my nutritional habits was a much harder task. I had to re-learn portion control and what constitutes a healthy meal. I had to consider what my body needed rather than what I wanted to eat. I understand that change is tough and that altering your habits is no small task.

In my decade of experience, I've learned a lot of things. I've learned that fitness comes in all shapes and sizes. I've learned that life balance is far more important than perfectly sculpted anything. I've learned that anybody can eat grapefruit for two weeks and lose weight but that sustainability and lifestyle changes are what keep us healthy. I've come to value function over form. Numbers help gauge progress but I encourage my clients to focus on the day-to-day things. Do you have energy? Can you do the things you want to do? Do you feel strong? The big picture is so much greater than a small number.


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