It's been a while since I've hit some of these: Marathon in 4:20, 455lb deadlift, 235lb power clean, 4.38 40yd dash(that was 20 years ago, but I still like to talk about it when I can)
BS in Exercise and Sports Science
ISSA Certified Personal Trainer
My fitness turning point happen when I was young. I weighed as much in 7th grade as I did as a Senior in high school. I was made fun of and picked on for my weight, mainly by my sister(still love her), so I made a decision to change it. I started doing pushups during commercials while watching TV. I also lost my father when I was 9. I think I became so attached to working out was the control I felt I had. I didn't have much control over the things that I had happened in my life, but I had control over my fitness level. I could see and feel my body changing and my confidence grew. It gave me some hope that no matter what life threw at me, I'd be able to face it. The journey has also been a big part of my life. Working out is hard. Doing it consistently, and intensely, is even harder. But the more you do the hard things, the easier they get. Handling adversity gets a little easier, the stronger you are.
I coach to try and share the feeling of empowerment that comes with being fit. You are capable of so much more than you think, and I feel that being fit and strong helps to accomplish that. The first time you deadlift a weight that you never thought you could ever pick up, something unlocks inside you. So much more becomes possible. Getting strong is hard. Being weak is hard. Pick your hard.