Monthly Archives: December 2015
So excited to join the MOVE team of coaches! Moving is what I love to do most! I have been an athlete interested in a variety of activities since I can remember. I grew up jumping on the trampoline, yes even in winters in Wisconsin (I made my parents keep it in the garage), playing kickball until all hours of the night with the neighbor kids, and playing in some competitive games of basketball and football at recess with the boys. Here’s one example of how I already had this training mindset from early on: In fifth grade I was bound and determined to get the presidential fitness achievement award in PE, so I worked on my pullups at recess time. What kid does that? I achieved that goal and continue to work on my pullups at MOVE ☺.
I played volleyball, basketball, soccer and ran cross-country at a small town high school in Winneconne, WI. I was extremely upset when being cut from the varsity volleyball team (hey, you can only have so many back row specialists) and knew I couldn’t spend the fall season not competing in something, so I decided to join the cross-country team. Prior to this, I had never ran further than a mile and had the mentality of, “Why just run to run? I need to be racing to a ball or something!” That fall I learned to push myself harder than ever before, fell in love with running, and finished in the top of the conference. Determination!
From there, I went on to play soccer at Wisconsin Lutheran College, a small private school in Milwaukee, WI. My major was psychology and minor was coaching, (yes, that was a real minor)! There’s nothing like playing a sport at a college level with two-a-day trainings and traveling for games. During those years I was fortunate to be able to work soccer camps with the semi-professional team The Milwaukee Wave as well as coach high school basketball and soccer. Such fun times!
After finishing graduate school for speech pathology at UW-Milwaukee, I decided I wanted to try a warmer climate so I could be outside moving more throughout the year. My first year here in Austin, I joined a kick-boxing gym. It was a lot of fun learning to train like a fighter and working on mental toughness. To change it up, I decided to train and run my first marathon and after many months of running by myself I knew I needed to find a gym community again to get back to working out regularly and socializing with adults (I work in pediatrics with children). I found out about MOVE through a friend and decided to give it a try. The workouts were challenging with a good variety of movements, the community was fun, and Katy and Jarrod were rockin’ it as coaches!
Through MOVE, I was connected with Coach Erin and Jill as well as Julie Pickler and enjoyed training together for more marathons as well the Austin Fittest competition. MOVE also provided a way for me to learn more about nutrition as I completed a 4 month nutrition challenge. That education and goal gave me the tools to continue to eat healthier and smarter with living a busy and active lifestyle. I am thankful to have become a nerd about nutrition and enjoy learning more. Thanks MOVE!
So why coach? Why at MOVE? As you can see, I have a passion for fitness that runs through my life story. I want to put this passion into action and I can’t imagine a better place to start! After being a part of this community for 3.5 years, it’s like family. So here I go, starting at MOVE to learn and develop my coaching skills from the best :-)! Thank you everyone for your support already, it means so much!
1. Tell us about yourselves! I am a stay at home mom, busy with 2 very sweet kids; our son is 5 and and our daughter is 2 and 2 very cute yorkie dogs, Hugo and Tella. David works a very full job and really enjoys it. We love spending time on the lake, surfing and trying to encourage our sweet kids to also partake in the lake life. David also plays hockey and the kids are also into sports as well. We travel as much as possible, we often visit family in California and Canada, both very active, fun places to visit.
2. What inspired you to become a MOVEr? I joined first. I was actually 4 months postpartum trying to uncover my pre-baby body. It wasn’t about losing weight as much as it was being able to get up off the floor. Truly, after baby number 2 I couldn’t pop up off the floor like I used too. David joined about 6 months after I joined. He was getting bored with his regular old workout routine and looking for something new and different. At that point I had started to really experience some major wins as far as getting stronger and just being able to do a lot more with the kids, like being able to hold 2 kids and stand up off the floor (huge, HUGE mom success), so he decided to give it a try too.
3. What are your fitness &/or wellness goals? My goal is to be healthy, have a well-rounded outlook and appreciation of my body as a whole. We have maintained very healthy eating habits for years, but I could never really find my “groove” as far as a workout routine. I wanted to find something and really stick with it, not for just 6 months at a time and burn out, but seriously long term. David’s fitness goals are to participate in a program with marked improvements while still being able to eat chocolate and drink margaritas as often as possible, this is not a joke!
4. How has MOVE helped you reach these goals? For me, this really is the very first workout program that I have been able to stick to. The fact that they mix it up often is what always keeps me guessing (no I do not check out the Facebook workout posts prior to working out), so each class is truly a surprise. I absolutely love that I see results and I can see myself getting stronger after each rotation.
David likes that the workouts are constantly changing which allows his body to continue to grow and build strength. MOVE really is life changing. For some of us it’s burning those extra calories to eat cookies, for others it’s to finally have those Coach “Wilde legs”.
5. How do you stay motivated to be consistent with your MOVE workouts? David and I work out together which is definitely motivating. We typically go to the early morning classes. It’s pretty difficult to keep sleeping when your partner is up and at ’em bright and early, we might be a tiny bit competitive. But really, it’s so fun to experience these body and healthy life changes as a team.
6. What advice do you have for others to stay active and healthy, or who are not currently active? Get out and do something!! We walk a lot with our kids, we are always outside scootering and playing tag with the kids. Just start somewhere. For me it was 1 MOVE class per/week in the beginning and now David and I are both up to 3 per/week. Just find something that sounds fun and give it a try! You’ll probably discover that it’s amazingly fun and totally invigorating.
7. What are you looking forward to next? We both feel like we have found our groove with working out at MOVE. I believe we will continue working out as a team, which we never did before, and we both really enjoy it. We are off an another life adventure for the year and we are looking forward to maintaining our routines and staying strong, fit and healthy together. Of course, utilizing all of the tools MOVE has so graciously given to us.