Being active is a way of life. It is as essential as breathing. That belief has always been part of my everyday life but I never knew how important it was until I started training with Angie in 2010.
I had always exercised since moving to Sugar Land in 1998, basically going to the gym and doing some interval training four times a week. I tried a few 5K and 10K races but decided that running was not what I enjoyed the most, so I concentrated on doing strength and cardio training at the gym.
The improvements I felt in my own body were tremendous; the movements and training with kettlebells and ropes just felt totally different. And the increase in my mental sharpness and overall feeling of well-being was definitely noticeable. I even started training at home when I couldn’t get to the gym, sometimes even training with paint cans as kettlebells. (A word of wisdom gained through experience here though – never train with a paint can filled with paint unless you want to change the paint color in the room!)
My passion has always been kids so I started trying to envision a way to get kids excited about fitness and integrate them into a functional fitness program. I became certified as a personal trainer through ACE in 2013 and started “Let’s Move Kids”, a group class for kids on Saturdays at Iron Strength Kettlebell Gym (“Iron Strength”), realizing how important it was to get kids moving given the typical everyday lifestyle. Along the way, I realized that my passion had also turned to adults and how best to keep them moving and active.
I continue my own journey, working toward a certification in Original Strength as well as personal training for seniors. I now train kids in a personal one to one environment as well as teaching group classes at Iron Strength, continually working in different exercises for whole body movement and most importantly, keeping it fun. In this way, my hope is that everyone will realize the mental and physical benefits of functional fitness. It’s not a fad, and it’s never too late to start. And being active can definitely become a way of life!