Hey there, my name is Amy! I’m a fitness-loving fruit-enthusiast, with an amazing husband and two ridiculous cats.
I recently passed my NASM CPT exam (woot!) and I’m having the time of my life finding a new balance between freelance writing, working out, cooking delicious and healthy meals, and exploring the crazy city of Los Angeles.
Thanks for stopping by 🙂
From age 4 until graduating from high school at age 18, I danced competitively with a local dance studio. Taking dance classes for so many years taught me about discipline and teamwork, and improved my coordination and grace. I came away with an amazing group of girlfriends and some costumes you’d have to see to believe (here’s looking at you, “machines”).
After high school came college, where I struggled to make the shift from 15 hours of dance class a week to working out regularly at the on-campus gym. Staying fit while dancing in high school was easy; college and all the indulgences that came with it (dining hall buffets, too much partying, not enough sleep) was a whole different story.
Motivated to get back to the body I was used to, I forced myself to frequent the gym, and even got an on-campus job at the USC Lyon Center for my junior and senior years. I made progress, but my weight fluctuated greatly. Luckily, by then I had the fitness bug. Working out became fun when I finally achieved a moderate fitness level. Things always seem to be more fun when you’re good at them. I loved seeing progress and I loved that I could control that progress.
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Two weeks after college graduation, I started my career in the entertainment industry. There are so many things I loved about that job, but sitting in a cubicle all day wasn’t one of them. My body experienced culture shock, and within the first six months of the job, I developed pain in both wrists and my lower back, not to mention I’m sure I gained 5 – 10 lbs (thanks for nothing, bagel Friday, Happy Hours, and candy jars on every person’s desk).
An old dance friend of mine (we go way back, she’s not old by any means) recommended I read Kimberly Snyder’s The Beauty Detox Solution, which I highly recommend. Kimberly’s wisdom is pulled from years of her personal travels around the world, and many of the things I learned from her book I still practice today.
Following the BDS, my skin and digestion both improved dramatically, and I started to feel better than I had in a long time. I finally connected the dots between fitness and health. I realized that working out like a mad (wo)man was only going to get me so far, and that proper nutrition was half (if not more of) the battle.
In 2014, I left my full-time job in corporate America to explore the fitness industry. I signed up for a CPT self-study course through NASM, and on April 15, 2015, passed the exam to become a certified personal trainer.
When I’m not designing workouts, I can be found reading every book and blog I can find on nutrition, health, and wellness. I tell others I’m on a never-ending quest for perfect health so that I can live to be 500 (ideally forever, but I’m a realist). And if I can figure out a way to help others do the same, that would be my dream job.
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So that’s my story. If you have any questions or would like to suggest a topic for me to write about, feel free to leave a comment below!
Thanks for reading.