Why Lazy Bones? Meet Amy
Salutations! Hola! Konnicchiwa and many other happy greetings.
My name is Amy and I am the new trainer on the block with Lazy Bones Fitness.
In this blog post I thought I’d let you know a little bit about me as well as why I felt like the Lazy Bones Family was the right fit for me.
I believe when it comes to trainer introductions it’s customary to share our specialties and personal backgrounds.
This is always a bit awkward, to my mind.
Nobody likes to ‘blow their own trumpet,’ as it were, and we’ve all felt that daunting blush when being at the front of the class.
Still, I also believe there’s power in our personal stories so I will try and muster up some courage here and let you know a little bit about me.
My life has not been a perfect picture of health, to say the very least.
I’m very much a ‘Your mess is your message’ type of person and my mess at once point involved melting a whole block of stilton in to two portions of supernoodles as a snack.
Needless to say,
My size 22 frame had a few clear culprits to consider.
Inactivity was a big one for me alongside diet.
I often liked the idea of fitness and would frequently try to get stuck in with some form of activity, but the fear of being judged repeatedly held me back.
I had very little self-esteem and suffered intermittently with depression and anxiety.
This hardly paints the best picture of me but that’s because I was incapable of doing so myself back then.
It wasn’t until I started nurturing a sense of self love, appreciation, and determination that things started to change.
In short, when I began to allow myself the permission and forgiveness to exist as I was, without shame or excuses, I suddenly found the courage to claim my space in the world of fitness.
I started with the 10,000 recommended steps a day.
10,000 steps turned in to that and yoga.
Then I thought that kettlebells might be fun on top of that.
Then perhaps maybe a jiggling jog.
My first jog was likely less than 100m and I was gasping for breath, heaved over come the end.
But it sure did feel good.
When I entered my first marathon (yes, I went straight for marathon distance. You’ll swiftly learn I’m a bit crazy) I was half my original bodyweight, but I was also back to a very dark place mentally.
I had been in a very harmful relationship and it led to a whole slew of mental health conditions.
I’m not ashamed to say that I was, at one point suicidal, because I think mental fitness is important too, and important to talk about.
A month before my marathon I broke free from my relationship but then realised I had another huge trial ahead…and no training.
The motivation to cross that finish line gave me the kick I needed to get well and do just that.
It literally helped save my life.
That, to my mind, is the power of not just running but fitness in general.
Moving to feel good, to get a sense of achievement, to promote out own long term health, and to build ourselves up (not shrink away) is one of the most amazing things we can do and I want to dedicate my life to helping people reach their personal fitness goals.
Fast forward to today
And I have run 9 marathons, 3 ultra-marathons (anything beyond 26.2 miles), and a fair few halfs, 10Ks, and 5Ks.
I’m not just a one-trick pony, however, and love yoga, dancing, and strength training.
Kettlebells are bae, as a Facebook meme might say, and I’m a dab hand with some dumbbells.
My background is in circuit classes and 1-2-1 wellbeing coaching.
1-2-1 PT sessions can be done at your home or you can come to mine; where I have dumbbells, kettlebells, boxing gloves, TRX trainers, lebert bars, battle ropes, balance boards, a ‘garden of gains’, and a hot cup of tea waiting for you.
I’m also a vegan with specialties in vegan & reducetarian nutrition and in weight management for recreational athletes.
That would be you, reading this post because – yes – you are an athlete in my mind.
So why Lazy Bones Fitness?
Because integrity and staying true to your values is important to me.
Because transformation can happen to anyone at any time and, with the right guidance and support network, can lead us to greatness.
And because there’s no point moving your body and mindlessly building your muscles if you’re not exercising the ones that bring a smile to your face every single day.
All in all it is the focus on fitness and fun without barriers that gave me a strong sense that Lazy Bones Fitness was right for me.
I have been overjoyed and extremely active at both a size 22 and 6 and I have been horrendously depressed, extremely vulnerable, tentatively hopeful, and fiercely self caring at both those sizes and every one in between.
After all, fitness is not a size, nor a certain ability level; it’s the sense of character that you take in to every day which allows you move with intention, all the while thinking ‘I got this.’
Phew! Well that was rather long-winded, wasn’t it?
You can tell I’m a health and wellbeing writer as well as a personal trainer, can’t you?
Any-hoo all that’s left to say is that I can’t wait to work with you and keep on running with the Lazy Bones crew!
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