After 5 years of working as a financial accountant, I felt lost. While attending college and feeling uncertain of what I wanted to do for a living, my mother convinced me to consider a degree in business. She never had the opportunity to go to college like myself, and to her, having a profession that was safe and financially stable, meant you were successful. As much as I appreciated the knowledge and experience gained at the office, I quickly learned that it was not the career that I was meant to pursue.
Growing up, fitness has always been a part of my life. From national competitions in gymnastics as a young child, playing tennis as a junior and finally convincing my mom to get me a gym membership at the age of 16 – being active was always important to me. When the time to be an adult came around, being sedentary in an office for most of the day quickly took its toll. Long hours at work made it hard to get motivated to go to the gym. My body was starting to suffer. Poor posture and compensatory movement patterns became an everyday habit. These habits manifested pain and finally injury down the road. It wasn’t until I developed my first back injury that I began to prioritize movement back into my life. I began working with a trainer and started to notice that small improvements in my diet and physical activity had positive effects on my overall wellbeing. I learned about the importance of core stability and was able to strengthen weak muscles that attributed to my injury. I fell in love with the process and realized that sharing these discoveries with others was what I wanted to do with my life.
That same year, I enrolled with the National Academy of Sports Medicine to study exercise science. For the first time, I felt an interest and passion for academia. I loved all the subject matter presented and soaked up all the knowledge that I could. Once I received my certification, I quit my desk job and became a full-time personal trainer at a well-known membership gym. With this opportunity I was able to achieve a great amount of exposure and experience in training all kinds of people with different needs. Although I loved my one on one time with my clients, I quickly became frustrated with the corporate business model and what it stood for. Putting faith in the fitness professional’s creativity and knowledge to build long lasting quality relationships based on clients individual needs was dwarfed by a generalized “one fits all” approach. It did not take long for me to realize that this model did not align with my beliefs.
This led me to start Concore Training. I want to make an impact on people the right way. Helping my clients understand the importance of connecting to and being aware of their body to achieve their goals is what drives me. This knowledge opens the door to growth in confidence, accountability and self-sufficiency. This is the recipe for long lasting health and fitness to prosper.