I started my fitness journey during my senior year of college. I started to gain weight and my dance technique was suffering and I was having trouble keeping up with the other dancers. Several of my friends were working out at the gym a few times a week and I was curious about starting a workout routine. The only problem was I had never used gym equipment and I had no idea what I was doing! After attempting to workout on my own for a couple of weeks I decided to hire a personal trainer to teach me how to use the equipment, design a workout, and correct my form. I started working with my trainer twice a week and saw drastic improvement! Not only did I have a ton of fun I also lost weight, became stronger, had more endurance, and my dancing started to improve again. Inspired by my trainer I became an ACE Certified Personal Trainer in 2013. At the time I only intended to be a Personal Trainer part-time but I wasn’t done with my journey yet. My passion for health and wellness started a few years earlier when I was 16. I had asthma, severe allergies, chronic infections, and chronic migraines (an average of 2 a month). After reaching a dead-end with doctors who couldn’t figure out why I was chronically ill or come up with a treatment plan that helped I started to seek out alternative care. I started seeing a chiropractor, learned about holistic nutrition, acupuncture, and the chemicals in everyday products. I went from eating a traditional American Midwest diet, relying on my steroid inhaler, and using conventional cleaning and personal care products to eating an all-organic diet of whole foods, using chemical-free plant-based products in my home and using alternative care as my main treatment. The result? I cured my migraines, no longer use an inhaler, rarely have allergy symptoms, and no more chronic infections! This is why I incorporate nutrition and lifestyle coaching with my personal training practice. Helping people make healthier eating choices and reducing their exposure to chemicals can have a positive impact in their ability to recover from exercise, have more energy, get better sleep, and help alleviate symptoms that interfere with their daily lives.
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