After high school graduation I gained a lot of weight from not being as active so I decided to enter a bodybuilding competition as a goal to get myself back on track.
I eventually obtained a Kick Box Certification, Spinning, and "Mat Pilates" which is like reading the epilogue to the real "Pilates" certification. My next personal challenge at 29 years old was entering the NJ Championship Fitness Competition, which at that time actually required doing an "Ass-kicking" Routine aside from just looking great and know how to pose.
Considering I had never even gone to watch one, I did ok (3rd from right with orange bikini). Two months later I was pregnant with my thirst child so that was the end of that!
During this pregnancy I decided that instead of taking another intensive workout certification, I should finally take the Personal Trainer Certification Exam, which I passed because I was a Physical Education Major at Montclair State University and also had the experience of training myself and others for 13 years at that point.
My next life's challenge was becoming a "single mom" to three young children, trying to support them, go back to school, keep my sanity, and NOT get fat and start "binging" due to stress. I switched to Bergen Community College to become an x-ray tech, bought a condo, and got hired (as a pay-for-hire) to choreograph and be featured in a workout DVD called "The Method Cardio Flexband Workout" produced by Inspired, Corp. which was so exciting and such great experience! When the DVD finally was release and I saw they put a skinny model on the cover I was devastated! I was ready to throw in the towel!
That's when I decided to produce my own Workout Video and do what I wanted with it. I always remembered how I felt after not being able to workout right away after having my first child because I didn't have a sitter during the day. This was BEFORE all of the "Mommy and Me" workout videos were popular.
My next certification was the "Urban Rebounder" on the mini-trampoline. I loved Body Attack by Les Mills but stressed out over memorizing routines constantly. The most challenge certification of all was when I went to California for a 5-day intensive Level Suhaila Salimpour Belly Dance Techniques Certification.
My next challenge was at 39 when I decided to enter the Liberty State Park 1/2 Marathon Race even though I had never entered a race before.
The last 8 years I have spent a lot of time, money, heart & soul into a venture completely unrelated to anything I knew in my whole life growing up. Stepping into the role of "The Naked Cowgirl of Times Square" was a huge challenge!
I'm sure all Trainers, Teachers, Gurus, Motivational Speakers, etc...go through this at one time or another in which they wonder "what is next?". I know I motivate and inspire people who come take my classes and that I train, and even my friends, co-workers, and acquaintances from Times Square, but sometimes I wonder "How will I Stay motivated to continue inspiring them"?
This is where all of you come in. I am looking for suggestions from all of YOU who have had the great opportunity of having a trainer, signing up for every NEW Fad that comes along, and constantly being stimulated and challenged by taking new classes to keep your workout fresh and interesting. My new goal is to put myself in YOUR shoes and try the new trend, take new classes, and feel sore as hell every week whether it's from a Crossfit Class, a Les Mills Body Combat, VIP Fitness Bootcamp, etc...I WANT YOUR FEEDBACK! I expect everyone reading this to not only reply with your suggestions for me, tell me your favorite new workout, but to also subscribe to my blog and "SHARE" it!
STENGTH IN NUMBERS!!!