Last week, I made the decision to act on something that I’ve had on my mind for quite some time.
After several unsure phone calls to mom, she told me to “just do it!”.
Instead of “beating the batter” any longer, I dialed the 800 number, asked a couple dozen questions, and finally gave the guy on the line the digits to take a chunk of change from my bank account. Before I knew it, the deal was done; exactly one week later, I got a heavy package in the mail.
If you couldn’t tell already, I love fitness almost as much as I love food. I tested out my hand-eye coordination in one season each of basketball and soccer as a kid, but it quickly became clear that I wasn’t born to drop-kick a soccer ball or dribble a basketball. My older brother took all of the talent when it came to ball sports. I didn’t mind though because, soon enough, I found the inner athleticism within me.
You could find me doing half a dozen back-handsprings in the park,
perfecting pirouettes and time-stepping in my my metal-heeled tap shoes,
trying to make the clock swimming miles in the pool,
and running hill repeats in the Redwood forest with my cross-country team.
When I went off to college, I might have left the athletics of my youth behind, but my fondness for fitness traveled with me. It’s not surprising that I turned into a gym rat. Running, the WREC, and physical activity in general, is honestly what successfully got me through four years of college. Perhaps then, it’s not all that surprising that I’ve decided I want to deepen my passion for exercise by becoming a certified group exercise instructor.
A select few of you may know that I’m not necessarily an outgoing person… I’m actually far from it. I’ve made a significant effort recently to live life outside of my bubble and move towards becoming the person I want to be.
Inspiring people to be the best version of themselves through movement, real food, and inner peace is who I want to be.
Some people despise the gym, but I am not one of them. I thrive in an environment where people are actively doing something for their health, happiness and well-being.
If I can muster up the confidence (and volume of my little voice), I imagine I would love helping others take the initiative on their health through challenging and FUN exercise.
I am registered to take the Primary Group Exercise Instructor certification exam from the Aerobics & Fitness Association of America on August 7th. I have one hefty text to get through before then!
So much for a study-free summer.
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Do you take group exercise classes? If so, what do you enjoy about them most?