OxygenD's Trainer Talk

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

I’m not “just a Trainer”!

For the first eight years of my career, when someone asked me what I did for work I would reply, “I’m just a trainer”. In my free time I’d compete in fitness competitions.

I won the Ms Galaxy in 2000, then went on to Fitness America, and then became and IFBB Pro Fitness competitor. I did everything I could that was fitness related. However, I was still looking for a “real career” while passing time as “just a trainer”!

It wasn’t until I landed the roll on the weight-loss show, The Biggest Loser that I truly realized the impact that I had on people lives. All of the sudden the emails came flooding in from past clients and people whom I had trained, or taught aerobics to, telling me how I had changed or saved their lives.

One day, on my first season of The Biggest Loser, I walked on to the set and my whole team was crying. I thought it was some stupid drama, but instead they had gotten their medical reports back and had tears of joy.

Blood pressures had dropped into normal ranges, cholesterol levels were normal, they were no longer pre diabetic, etc etc etc!

It was right there in black and white on the lab reports and I had done it totally through proper nutrition and exercise.

It was that day that I realized, I’m not “just a trainer”, I’m saving lives and this was exactly what I was put on this earth to do. It was defining moment for me. For the first time in my life, I looked in the mirror and I felt proud and accomplished.

The best part of my job is inspiring people to make healthy changes in their lives. Here are some small things you can start doing today to get on track:

  1. Get excited about making healthy changes. A positive attitude will make all the difference in the world!
  2. Have a positive attitude and “play” for exercise, get back to what you love. For example, put on your favorite tunes and go for a walk.
  3. Grab a healthy snack, such as an apple and almonds instead of an energy drink, candy, or soda.

What motivates you to stay on track?

1 comment:

  1. That is so inspiring! I am currently working on a degree in kinesiology with a minor in nutrition. I know how important living a healthy lifestyle is, and how good I feel doing it, so I just want to shout it to the world! I want to give a gift of knowledge of nutrition and excercise to others. I think the most rewarding field to be in is one where I could help people make those lifestyle changes forever!