EMILY'S STORY

I’m a 41 year old mom of three.  Besides my kids, family, and close friends my favorite thing in life is exercise.  I am a personal trainer; and a teacher (boot camp/HIIT, yoga, and yoga sculpt classes).

I began accompanying my parents to the gym around 12 or 13; and by the time I was 15 I was waking up before high school every morning to do a workout video in my living room.  Since that time I have never gone longer than 4 or 5 days between workouts; and for the past 8 years (for better or worse) I’ve never missed a day of working out.

I began teaching “step” and “high impact” aerobics classes at a women’s gym in my hometown at 16.  In college I continued to teach those same type of classes on campus, and at one point partnered with my a health education professor to film a live aerobics show on the local public access television station. It aired at 5am.  Every so often my face would register vague looks of recognition from other Raleigh fitness enthusiasts or insomniacs.

Over the years my passion for fitness has grown and expanded.  I have completed numerous full and half marathons, participated in many other races, including a couple team relay races (Hood to Coast and Smokey Mountain Relays).  In 2014 I completed yoga teacher training and in 2015 I became certified in m’bala (a hybrid workout involving yoga with weights and cardio; and probably one of the hardest classes around).

In 2012 I had twin girls and decided to stay home with my 3 kids instead of going back to my full time job.  I worked as a stay at home mom, teaching fitness classes on the side, until 2016 when life circumstances forced me to return to the office. I was still teaching a few classes on the side and I was growing increasingly frustrated and bored with my 8-5 job.  I also realized that teaching and training --- helping people work hard and push their limits to get more fit was one of the most fulfilling things in my life.

I recently decided to take a leap of faith and commit myself to my passion. I resigned from my office job to pursue fitness full-time. For the first time in my 15ish years as a working professional I feel like I’m doing what I was born to do.  Every minute I spend training a client or teaching a class I feel so grateful that I didn’t waste another minute of my time putting energy into an inauthentic life.