Updated: Aug 22, 2019
I am not a natural athlete. I am rarely the strongest, fastest or most athletically skilled in a room. This may be unusual to hear from a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, sports nutrition specialist and (future) gym owner. But that is my truth.
Growing up, especially in my teens, I felt very frustrated that I would have to spend a lot more time and effort to gain half the skill that my more naturally talented teammates, friends and siblings would pick up quickly and seemingly effortlessly.
When I moved on to college, I started to mature and finally dusted the chip off my shoulder. I slowly realized that work ethic is my skill. Relentless pursuit…GRIT is my natural talent, and I am 100% okay with that. In the fitness industry it has served me well. As a mom, with a daughter who looks up to me, it’s served me even better.
In an industry where consistency is literally the KEY to success, my dedication to practice, persistence and perseverance pays off...that is what I try to translate to my clients. Every workout might not be your best workout. You might not be lifting the heaviest weight in the room. You might not be the fastest person on the trail. Despite all of it, you keep showing up, and that is when results happen, both physically AND mentally.
I used to hesitate to share this with my clients. I felt that they would consider me less of an expert in my field because athleticism doesn’t come easy for me.
What I've found is sharing this information naturally opens up the conversation about my experience and expertise. Over the past decade I've spent endless hours in continuing education courses, traveled all over the country to study with some of the most brilliant experts in exercise science, and spent countless hours in the gym. I've learned the best ways for testing and measuring someone new to fitness to help create an experienced athlete. I strongly feel that it is my grit, over any natural athletic skill, that makes me a better trainer to my clients. I know the struggle. I understand setbacks. I value, appreciate and CELEBRATE the hell out of the “small” wins with them.
One of the most common questions I’ve been getting lately is, “Where did the name WORKHORSE come from?” And I think it's there, in my own very personal journey and experiences, that I found inspiration for the name of the gym.
By definition, a workhorse is a person or machine what dependably performs hard work over a long period of time.
When I thought about the environment I wanted to create in the gym, I envisioned a physical space with the type of trainers and members that inspire hard work and the desire to push oneself to their intelligent edge. So, the name WORKHORSE seemed like a natural choice.
Oh, and I should mention…that handsome devil in the first photo with me…that is my husband. Without his support and his belief in the goals that I am trying to accomplish with this business, none of this would be possible.