How Getting A Personal Trainer Changed My Life

By February 7, 2016Live, Motivation, Move

Sure, now I’m a Fit University ambassador, but here’s something you haven’t heard about me: I have not always loved working out.

In middle school, I remember seeing fitness models and other unrealistic body images in the media and wishing I could change my own. I didn’t know much about exercise or nutrition, but I would run on the treadmill for what seemed like forever, hoping for some results.

Throughout middle school and my first two years of high school, I never really felt any motivation to stay fit. I always thought I would need to do hours of boring cardio and eat next to nothing to change my body. With that mindset, fitness obviously didn’t sound fun or appealing.

I was never overweight, but I didn’t have the healthiest body. I ate whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted, and the only reason I would exercise was to burn off what I ate. I had a ton of anxiety, too, and I could never manage it properly. I felt depressed often, and I felt like my life had no purpose or meaning.

Toward the end of my junior year of high school, I got asked to the prom. Because of this, I thought it would be a good idea to try and get in shape (this might sound horribly superficial, but remember I was a teenage girl at the time!).

I knew I didn’t want to endlessly run on the treadmill, HIIT workoutso I asked my parents to hire me a personal trainer. 
Fortunately, they said yes.

I have not looked back since.

I look at the chance I had to work with a trainer as one of the greatest opportunities I’ve ever received.

Twice a week, I would see my new personal trainer. He taught me a ton about lifting weights with proper form. I fell in love with it, and I still love to lift weights to this day.

Around this time, through my own research, I learned about using counting macros as a technique to reach your fitness goals. Within a few short months, using what I had learned, I saw the changes in my body that I was looking for. Now a couple of years have gone by, and I still could not be happier.myth or fact fitness edition
I definitely consider meeting my trainer as the turning point in my fitness journey. Without him, I would have never found the passion that I have now for fitness. The best part is that I don’t look to fitness to change my physical appearance anymore. Working out and tracking meals has become something I love because it makes me feel healthy, happy, and confident. It even helps me manage my anxiety and depression, to the point where I don’t ever feel that horrible feeling, that my life has no meaning, like I used to.

My biggest and most important goal as a Fit U ambassador is to pass on what my trainer gave to me by helping others to find a love for fitness, too, in their own way. I am a firm believer that anyone can get fit if they find food and workouts that they enjoy. I hope that I can help others as much as my trainer has helped me. I cannot wait to share my love for fitness through the amazing community that is Fit U!

Author Rebecca Paul

Becca Paul is a Freshman at The George Washington University in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. She has a passion for fitness and for helping others. She is currently studying to become an ACE certified personal trainer.

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