I’m feeling a little nostalgic today since it’s the 24 year anniversary of the first full class that I taught. So I’m wondering, how did you decide to join the fitness industry, whether you do it for a hobby or as a career?
For me, I had been in gymnastics and drill team for years, including choreographing and teaching routines. When I got out of college, I bought a fancy membership at a women’s only gym and took a few classes. They weren’t fun. I found myself thinking of different things I would do if it were my class. Then I stopped going to classes, and no one had taught me how to use the weight machines. So, in order to keep healthy and to keep interested, I attended a several-week training that was being provided by a regional chain that was offering it to build up their instructor base. After our team teaching, I got a job at a club closer to home. That was in the day of leotards and tights, hi/lo, aerobic steps made out of wooden boxes, and cassette tapes that weren’t 32-beat mixed.
Here’s to another 24 years! What a ride it has been, and still is.
Hi Nancy Korf,
I have not been in the fitness industry long, But I have had the opportunity to work at a Great Gym for about a year and a half.
I struggled with childhood obesity until age 16 and addiction all through my adolescent years. At Age 16 I lost 60 lbs working on a farm and with all of the extra energy I began working with a trainer. I had so much fun and began to learn and develop my skills in the Gym. Then in 2013 I overcame a 7 year addiction to various drugs. This huge change in my life helped me to find what I truly enjoy.
I have been working as a trainer and wellness coach ever since! I have been equipped by life and circumstance to help others overcome. To be there for, coach through and guide my clients during times of great adversity, struggle and change.
I am not the typical 22 year old, this last year my body just stopped working. My joints began to hurt, my muscles cramped and lost significant strength. forcing me bed ridden for days at a time. Any and all movement hurt. with no medical explanation this strange phenomenon came and then left. spanning 3 months. This was my latest inspiration to specialize in corrective exercise.
My fitness story sounds like a soap box, that is not my intent, rather that there is Great Hope for any and all who find Adversity in there life. I believe I am defined not by who I was but who I am. This is my story.
Love God, Love People and in doing so, Change the world.