HOME CITY: Bessemer, AL
EDUCATION: B.S. Exercise Science, Minor in Nutrition, Belmont University
American College of Sports Medicine-CPT,
Schwinn Spinning Certified
SPECIALIZATIONS: Women's Fitness, Functional Training, HIIT training, Strength training, Core, and Running fitness
I am originally from the Bessemer area. Growing up, I was always the girl that stayed chubbier compared to most of her friends. I tried my hand at a couple sports during my elementary years, such as soccer and softball, but my parents were the ones that supported me in whatever I chose to do, even if I didn't want to play a sport, or better yet, if it was one I didn't like. I personally loved to play with my Barbie dolls, pretend I was a teacher to my stuffed animals, and be outside doing various things such as playing basketball with my Dad, jumping on my trampoline, and even better, riding in my Barbie Jeep! So while I was still somewhat active, my nutrition consisted of little vegetables, pasta with butter, and those frozen Kid Cuisine meals packed with sodium. I still enjoyed life, and as a kid, that's what you want.
Going into my junior high years of school, my best friend and I made a decision we would start making some healthy changes in our eating habits. We started drinking more water, choosing salads as our side instead of chips, and we even made it on our school's volleyball team. We slimmed up and loved every minute being able to play a sport together. Unfortunately for me, I let the weight loss and the compliments get to my head. I started eating less and less...eventually leading to skipped lunches and meals, and before I knew it, at 5'4" (I'm still this height) I was at 87 pounds and going to the doctor. He diagnosed me with the eating disorder Anorexia Nervosa, and told me if I was much lighter, I would have possibly needed a feeding tube. That was my wake up call. Instead, I went to see a therapist and started going through recovery.
By high school, I was back up to a healthier weight, and instead of volleyball, I picked up playing tennis. It was a great outlet for me in my recovery. I started doing a little strength training too, doing some Jillian Michael workouts. It was around this time I discovered my love for fitness growing. I loved the feeling after exercising, and I loved the feeling of being stronger. I knew I wanted to do something in fitness for my career, being able to help others in their fitness journeys. High school graduation came and went, and then I was on my way to Nashville, TN, for college. It was there I attended Belmont University and gained a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, with a minor in Nutrition. During my time there, I fell in love with other forms of fitness: running (I've completed 12 Half Marathons, two 10 milers, and numerous 5ks), spin classes, functional training, strength training, etc. I got my personal training certification and began training people before even graduating. I knew it was my calling and it's what I wanted to do all my life.
Summer of 2014 I graduated Belmont University, moved back to Birmingham, AL, and now I am continuing to personal train, as well as teach spinning classes and circuit training group classes. I want nothing more than to be able to share my love for fitness and healthy living to others.
My goals for the future are to continue to grow as a trainer and fitness professional, and earn a Fitness Nutrition certification. I would also love to become a Running coach and help others in their running journeys, whether they are running for fitness or training for a half marathon or their first 5k.
Personal Mission Statement
"Moderation not Deprivation." For someone who has been through an eating disorder, I know all about deprivation. Food is fuel for our bodies, and when we do not fuel it, or give it the wrong kind of fuel, we are doing more damage than good. Balance is everything, and that is something even I am still learning every day. It is in fact ok to have a slice of cake, just eat your veggies too! Exercise, eat healthy, and you can have your slice of cake!
Emily in 10 seconds
- Daughter of the King
- Coffee Addict
- List maker
- Piano player
- Nature lover
- Wannabe traveler
- Still waiting on my acceptance letter to Hogwarts