Fun fact I grew up in a small town of 500 people on a farm 5 miles outside of town. I started playing basketball in the 3rd grade and thought it was a dumb game. I remember asking my mom why I had to keep playing.
My mom was a D1 discuss thrower at Iowa State so sports were in her blood. She was hoping her daughter would follow in her footsteps. Let's say the start of my athleticism was more like my pops. He was a band guy and farmer. Not really into sports. But I started to really enjoy it as a 6th grader. My friends dad convinced my parents to let me play travel basketball. That is where my drive and passion first started to unveil itself. I was by no means close to our best player but I really enjoyed the game.
I started practicing and playing year round. I would dribble on a dirt path and run sprints down our sidewalk and just play. I went to our open gyms and would play pickup with the boys and adults which really helped push me. All of the practice started paying off for me.
I was moved up to JV my freshman year and started varsity my sophomore year. I won awards, All-Conference, All Area player of the year my senior year and am in the sports hall of fame at my high school.
I started my journey into fitness at 16. I would wake up at 6am to lift weights and play basketball before school started 3 days a week. That helped propel me into more confidence as a player and my drive to be the best athlete that I could be.
I played 3 sports in high school and college. I helped teach my college teammates how to lift weights. I would continue to lift weights in college 3 days a week and run sprints on off days. My drive to be the best I could be has always been there.
Kobe Passing really hit me hard
This past week the Kobe passing has really hit me hard. The drive he had to be the best was something I admired. It has given me perspective into who I want to be and remembering my own inner athlete. I may not have played in the WNBA but I really did find my true self in the gym. I have been personally reflecting on what do I really want to do with my life going forwards. I think a lot of people in the basketball community are feeling the feels. Really examining what they want for themselves and their families.
I know for me being a holistic trainer and helping evolve the fitness community is something I'm personally passionate about and cannot wait to take you on this journey with me.
My 3 Pillars of Holistic Personal Training
- Mother Nature
I will be exploring these 3 areas more in the months to come as they will become a backdrop for what's to come!
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