10 Reasons Why I Chose A Personal Trainer

The gym is not for everyone. I’ve known that since the day I walked through its doors, and I’ve watched it prove true on multiple occasions. Some of us don’t have the mindset for a normal gym-going routine. Sometimes it’s a lack of discipline, or maybe not knowing where to begin. No matter the reason, it often leads to not going at all. About 7 months ago, that’s where my mind was at. I had given up, physically and mentally. I was tired of the repetition and the never ending hamster wheel I was on.

So I quit..

I don’t condone quitting – not at this, not at anything. But at the time, it was the right thing for me. It opened the door to a new opportunity; one that I was very reluctant to dive into. But once I accepted that I had hit a wall, and that I needed this, the choice was already made.

Here are 10 Reasons Why I Chose A Personal Trainer

Because my heart wasn’t in it anymore

That’s hard to admit. Fitness has been a huge part of my health and wellbeing for as long as I can remember. But it became a task rather than something to look forward to. It was no longer an outlet, but something to “get over with”.

Because I was doing the same thing, day after day

Or atleast it felt that way. I would change my routine every few weeks, but it still felt very similar. My muscle memory didn’t allow me to even feel soreness anymore, no matter how hard I worked.

Because I was bored

I mean BEYOND bored. I would walk around the gym and just stare at machines thinking, “I already did that one, and that one..”

Because I was wasting my time

It’s never a waste to work out. Whether it’s 10 minutes, or 60, you’re doing good for your body. But when you no longer have a plan or any inspiration/drive, it turns into wasted time. I had to get my mind right again.

Because I needed to hit the reset button

I used to have this burning passion for working out. I mean, I woke up at 4:45am to do it, and you don’t get up that early for just anything. Sometimes I went twice in one day. But I didn’t feel that way anymore. I just did it because I had to – for the little nagging reasons we all do it.

Because my mind was weak

Over the last 10 years of growing my workouts, I have gathered a lot of material on what works and what doesn’t, for my body. But I had very little knowledge on what works for my mind. They say that fitness is 10% physical, and 90% mental, and they’re 100% right. I learned how to push myself to get to the gym (half the battle) but not to do what I needed to do when I got there.

Because I didn’t know HOW anymore

I didn’t know what I was doing. There were all of these workouts that I saw in magazines and on Pinterest that looked so great, but I never tried them. I never expanded my knowledge or gave my body the challenge that it needed. I had forgotten the basics entirely.

Because my body was unbalanced

Little do most of you know, I struggled with a serious injury at the beginning of last year. I was in the beginning stages of compartment syndrome in my right leg, and soon to be left leg. It’s not common, but it does happen when you perform repetitive, high impact exercises, while ignoring what your body is trying to tell you. And I did just that. I went through 6 months of physical therapy, and focused on bettering myself. Listening to myself. They told me it would take about a year for my legs to recover, because of the nerve damage that I had caused. So needless to say, things were a bit uneven in the strength department.

Because the pity party was over

I’ll admit, I did throw a small pity party for myself. Not proud of it. But then I buckled down, and I let someone kick my ass a few days a week. Pity party: over.

Because I needed to accept that I needed help

That’s right. My fitness lifestyle that I was so proud of was coming down around me, and there was nothing I could do to help myself anymore. Looking back, I think I was a bit hopeless, honestly. My legs weren’t recovering, my spirit was broken, and I felt incredible sluggish. I could still recite the list of excuses that I probably had at the time. But I needed someone to tell me it wasn’t impossible. And that person was me.

I’m still on the mend, but miles from where I once was. And my mind is even further ahead, with all the hope in the world that this is still my lifestyle, not my hobby. A personal trainer is not for everyone, BUT I would highly recommend trying it atleast once in your life. If anything, it may provide you with a new outlook on what you’re trying to achieve, or teach you a new way to approach it.

Have you tried a personal trainer? 


Fitness Journal Entry Two: Transformation

It’s a common saying that “we all start somewhere.” But it’s hard to grasp every individual fitness/health story. Some people begin this journey because they want to lose weight, or gain muscle. Some people set narrower goals, like running a mile in a certain amount of time. But the true reasons are hidden behind these goals. Continue reading “Fitness Journal Entry Two: Transformation”

6 Activities To Boost Your Energy This Summer

Now that summer is in full swing, the weekends are packed with some of my favorite activities: barbecues, beach days, and nights on the town. It’s the busiest time of the year for us, and many others who live in the “Great Northeast”. Why? Well, let’s just say things get a bit chilly towards the end of September. Continue reading “6 Activities To Boost Your Energy This Summer”

Fitness Journal Entry One: Injuries

Injuries always happen at the very worst times. It’s always when your life is busy, and there’s truly no time to slow down. Continue reading “Fitness Journal Entry One: Injuries”

Feature Post: The Endorphin Project


Recently I came across this project through some blogging connections, and immediately I was intrigued. After reading the purpose of the project, and the personal stories of those who came up with this idea, I wanted to help in any way I could.

The Endorphin Project is an organization that’s striving to make others aware of the affects of mental illness, the outlets that offer assistance, and the ways in which fitness can serve as one of these outlets. The Endorphin Project’s mission is to encourage those who have struggled in any way with mental, or even physical illness, to speak out about their struggles, and where they are on the path to good health. Their goal is to spread awareness about mental illness, but also to spread acceptance.

I have not personally suffered or overcome mental illness. My first experience with mental illness was a very close friend of mine who went to Afghanistan in 2010-2011 with the 11 Bravo Company of the U.S. Army. I had known him since I was 7, and he would light up any room with his laughter, jokes, smiles. He was the goofy best friend of my older brother, making him a brother to me. But something changed in him when he was over there; something that none of us could fix.

In 2011 he was riding in a convoy when bullets rained in from above, hitting the dust around them. He was 2 months away from coming home from a year long deployment, and in those moments, he prayed. He prayed that everyone would be okay. But war isn’t fair.

When he came home, he was manic. He would get extremely angry, like I’d never seen, then sad to the point of tears. He would yell that he didn’t want help, and that he didn’t want to talk about the things he saw. But his face was practically begging for someone to listen. Those close to our family knew about him and his struggle, but it’s not something I often talk about, even with my closest friends. To watch him struggle the way he did changed my life. It changed who I am today, and left me with a heartache that I can’t repair.

PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, is a mental illness that affects hundreds of thousands of people, many of them being military personnel. It’s life changing for those who suffer from it, and those that love them. When Kyle first joined the Army, my biggest worry was that someday he would suffer from this illness, and he would slowly become a person I no longer recognized. It was the scariest fate I could imagine for him, and I’m grateful that he is happy and healthy, every day.

For many who suffer from PTSD and other mental illnesses, fitness and nutrition has become an outlet for their recovery. Mental illness is not always permanent, and through exercise and healthy focuses, there’s a light at the end of an otherwise dark fate. The Endorphin Project gives me hope that others will educate themselves on mental illness, and the ways in which we can help others to overcome this struggle. They give me hope that we will all start seeing mental illness differently: not as something that hinders us and controls us, but something that we can defeat. Something that will no longer be the deciding fate that changes so many lives.

So take a second, read their stories and the ways that mental illness has changed their path in life. Read their purpose. And if you’re able, donate to their quest to hike Mount Kilimanjaro in February in an effort to raise money and awareness to mental illness. Also, check out their blog to stay up to date on their progress and read more about their message.

Thank you for taking the time to read about this wonderful organization! And thank you to Sarah for allowing me to post about it, and share my own story. 

For The Love of Fitness

When Kyle first joined the Army and left for his basic training I thought to myself: this is the perfect time to focus on myself a little bit. I had always been active and athletic, but I had goals that I wasn’t reaching because of my own half-assed attempts. I needed to take a step back, and reevaluate where I was, and where I wanted to be. Continue reading “For The Love of Fitness”