What qualifications do you have to teach fitness?
I have been Personal Training and leading Group Fitness for over 11 years
ACE Certified Personal Trainer
AFAA Certified Fitness Instructor
AFAA Certified Kickboxing Instructor
First Aid/CPR/AED Certified – American Red Cross
Fitness Together – Personal 1:1 Training Studio Concord, MA
Lenox Fitness Center- Lenox, MA
Independent Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer
Why do you teach fitness?
I can tell you with 100% conviction that I LOVE teaching, motivating and guiding people in the area of fitness. I have enjoyed EVERY SINGLE class I’ve taught while teaching my classes at the Lenox Community Center and that’s because of the energy I feel from the people that have been drawn to attend my classes. As I write this, I’m already getting excited for the next class!
What motivates you?
I am DRIVEN to be better and do better. In life I want to be the best I can possibly be. I know I have to WORK at this in order to achieve it. In my life, I have found that by setting goals for myself and working towards them fulfills me. I get my energy from others, I want people to feel good, do well and exceed their goals – this FULFILLS me.
What is an example of a personal goal you have achieved?
I set two personal goals a few weeks after my second son was born. First was to run my own fitness classes – I’d have to dedicate myself to showing up each and every time, I’d have to market myself and I’d have to attract people to come to class. Today this goal is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I’m so happy with the classes and exercise programs I’m running today and most of all the people that are a part of them.
The second goal I made was to finish the Boston Marathon. I set this goal weeks after the birth of my second child (second c-section). It would be a challenge, since I had NEVER ran a marathon before and to run Boston, I would have to qualify by running fast enough in my first marathon to even register for Boston. It seemed impossible but I was determined to do it. I signed up for the East Hampton NY Marathon which would take place on September 27. It would be 9 months after giving birth. My training required getting up at 4:30 am at times to work around the hours of my full time corporate job, teaching fitness classes and the schedule of a mom with a 3 year old and new baby. As I began to run, I realized I needed to establish a goal of a finishing time. To qualify I had to finish in 3 hours and 45 minutes but I wanted a time that was more meaningful. I would turn 34 just a couple of days after running this East Hampton Marathon, so I chose 3 hrs 34 minutes as my goal finishing time. In pouring rain and family cheering me on, I finished in 3 hours 33 minutes. I had actually exceeded my goal! It was one of the most gratifying experiences of my life. Next, with this qualifying time, I was on to Boston to fulfill that ultimate goal I had set for myself. On April 19 2010 I completed the Boston Marathon in 3 hrs 37 minutes (this time proudly includes grateful hugs to so many friends and family along the route). What a TREMENDOUS feeling it is to set a goal for yourself, work hard and then to achieve it.
I TRULY CARE about helping you do the same! Join us each week and make your way to achieving your goals too.