BECOMING A TEACHER
Believe it or not, I wasn’t always as into fitness as I am now. Working out was always a part of my life, but not always my passion. What I have always been passionate about is teaching and helping others. I started my career as an elementary teacher and LOVED it. Setting up my classroom, meeting new students and families every year, even writing report comments was enjoyable (okay, okay not every report comment was enjoyable to write!). However, witnessing the learning process and growth of so many children, was the real reward. I taught for six wonderful years in various grade levels. And because I am certified in three areas of education, I was able to also experience multiple classroom settings. I thought being a teacher was what I would do until I retire.
……And, then I married the best man I know, and we had our first son. That’s when my second “career” started.
BECOMING A MOM
As soon as I found out I was pregnant, there was no doubt in my mind that I wanted to be a “stay at home mom”, “housewife”, “homemaker”. Whatever it’s called these days, I knew that I wanted to be home with my baby and watch him grow just like I had watched my students grow throughout the previous six years. I quit my job as a teacher, to commit to my new job as mom. Although I missed teaching, staying home with my son was absolutely the best choice for our family. Don’t get me wrong, there were certainly days that I wished I was in the classroom and not with my cranky-pants baby all day. But every job has it’s good days and bad days, right?
Enter baby boy #2! My mom career got a bit harder, but still worth leaving teaching. As the years flew by (Seriously, FLEW! I once heard the saying, “the days are long, but the years are short”. I couldn’t agree more!) it brought different mom challenges. Luckily, because of my teaching background, I had a good grasp on child development, could plan a lesson/craft for any situation, and was a pro at creating behavior plans! And when all else failed, I
threw placed the boys in the double jogger, walked to the gym, checked them into child watch and got a fast workout in. I WISH I would have known about essential oils back then, I would’ve doused my boys in calming oils and myself in Stress Away!
We made it to the school years and I finally had some time to focus on myself again. This was when I became an expert group fitness class member which morphed into my third “career” as a Fitness Professional!
BECOMNG A FITNESS PROFESSIONAL
Throughout the many years of teaching and mommying, the one constant was exercise. I used it to stay healthy, fit and SANE! While my boys were in school, I found myself trying every fitness class I could get to. Because I was already familiar with exercise and how my body worked, I gravitated towards the more challenging classes. The instructors encouraged me to try the advanced progression for every exercise move and I soon noticed the changes in my body. My endurance increased, I felt stronger and I was starting to see muscle definition!
This motivated me to want to help others get the same results I was seeing! I decided to get nationally certified as a Group Fitness Instructor through ACE (American Council on Exercise). I ordered all of the books and studied them from cover to cover, reviewed my note cards time and again, and took practice test after practice test. When the day came for me to take the exam, I passed! But I didn’t stop there, I then studied for the Personal Trainer exam and passed that as well! I was now a Fitness Professional, certified to teach group classes and personally train clients.
I quickly applied to local fitness facilities and was hired to teach a few classes! Although, I was nervous to teach my first class, a Belly, Butt and Thigh boot camp , it actually came relatively easy to me. My teaching background allowed me to give clear instructions in a “teacher” voice. Being a mom allowed me to relate to the majority of the members in my class (let’s be honest, you don’t find many men in a Belly, Butt and Thigh boot camp class). And my many years of experience taking fitness classes gave me the knowledge of proper form, ideas for different formats, and a mental database of effective exercises.
Like education and parenting, the fitness world is constantly changing. It is important to keep up with the times and stay relevant. And that’s exactly what I intend to do!