|My awkward youth|
I admit it. I was not exactly what you would call an athletic kid. I was more the book worm, people pleasing, awkward, over weight kid who fantasized about being in the spotlight one day. It wasn’t until a personal health issue and subsequent growth spurt and weight loss that I began to come into my own and value physical fitness and healthy eating. Ultimately beginning a journey that helped me gain confidence and eventually work in the career of my childhood dreams.
There are so many ways to live an active lifestyle. To me healthy equals happy and strong (not just skinny) is sexy. This First Coast Fitness Trends series is dedicated to some of the most popular and fun ways to stay strong and healthy beginning with my:
After having my daughter I was, as most moms are, eager to get back in shape. My good friend Marie Merritt of Momentum Fitness and Health Studios invited me to come and do just that with her personal training and guidance. Under her instruction my body is in better shape than ever, but there is more to Momentum than meets the eye.
|Jack knives, a personal favorite.|
We all need a little tough love, but I’m not the kind of person that responds to the “boot camp” style of yelling and shaming. One of the things I love about Marie and the Momentum family of trainers is that you get real attention, and accountability, minus all the bad energy. There is an air of positivity that settles on you as you enter the building. Everyone working toward the common goal of health and strength. Strength of body, soul, and spirit. It’s refreshing to find a place that isn’t all corporate policies, but instead full of heart and empathy. You don’t feel singled out for your lack of strength or ability, rather they shoulder the burden with you as you strive toward your personal achievements. Not to say they let you slack… oh no, when you walk in the door, prepare to work!
|Step Ups with 20 lb weights|