by Audra Thrush
As a child I was extremely active. I swam competitively for 8 years and participated in Cheerleading and Color- guard throughout high school. When I started college my activity level dropped and I gained more than the average "freshman 15". I found myself at 161lbs at the age of 20. I didn’t know how I got there or who the person staring at me in the mirror was. I knew that I was heading in the wr ong direction and needed to make changes quickly. In 2004 I decided to join 24 Hour Fitness as a member. I worked out hard for 6 months but I wasn’t getting any results. It wasn't until I took my first nutrition class that I started becoming successful with my weight loss. At first I lost weight but it came back with a vengeance. I finally sought the assistance of a personal trainer and began a structured resistance program. The combination of diet, cardio and resistance helped me to keep my metabolism up and and maintain a healthy weight. After I shed the pounds I felt as though I had my life back. Friends and family took notice of my success and started asking for my help with their own fitness journey. I became a personal trainer in 2008. There is nothing better than being able to help my clients change their lives through fitness. Watching my clients persevere through adversity while becoming the person they want to be inspires me everyday! This is the most rewarding job and I am thankful for the opportunity to help others through their journey. In May of 2012 I decided I wanted to push my physical fitness to the next level. I used the tactics that I encourage my clients with and figured out a new goal for myself. I entered myself into the World Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation competition. I dropped 10lbs and 7% Bodyfat in 9 weeks. I competed in early July 2012 and took 2nd place! This experience has reignited my passion for fitness. I never thought that I would be able to achieve this level and I know that if I can do it with all of my challenges (bad knees & back) that anyone can! ... read more.