There is a childhood picture of my dad and I that my dad absolutely loves reminiscing about. In the picture, little two-year-old Chelsea is propped up on my dad’s hip while my dad is training a one-on-one client.
Fast-forward 22 years, I am now the one training clients ( without having a child propped on my hip ).
Fitness has been apart of my life truly before I can remember. I watched my dad transform people’s lives through health and fitness, and though at that time I had no real idea of how he was doing it, I knew that I wanted to do that as well.
Growing up, I played nearly every sport you can imagine and I have danced for 20 years, so my dad started preaching exercise, nutrition and a healthy lifestyle to me at a young age. To be honest, for a long time I had no idea why he always talked to me about a healthy lifestyle. But, he was my dad, so I just listened to what he said and followed what he told me to do.
Sure, I gave him some resistance at times, like when I cried crocodile tears when he told me it was time for me to start lifting weights. I had fallen into the misconception that if I lifted weights I was going to have big, bulky muscles. Eventually, he was able to convince me to lift weights over 10 pounds.
It wasn’t until I went off to college and studied kinesiology and nutrition that I finally realized why my dad used to preach fitness and nutrition to me the way he did. I learned just how amazing the human body is, especially when it is fueled properly.
When I walked away from Miami University with four years worth of knowledge bottled up inside, I knew I couldn’t wait to share. I love to share what I have learned and continue to learn with my clients and help them implement it into their own lives.
Unfortunately, in the fitness community at-large, there is lack of education for those receiving help from fitness and health professionals. All too much there are people who start going to a trainer, health coach or nutrition coach and they follow exactly what those professionals tell them to do without understanding why they are doing it.
They typically see great results, but after they stop going to or getting guidance from those professionals they’ll tend to fall back into old habits and ways.
One of the best feelings I get as a trainer is when a client comes to me and says they no longer need me because they have learned enough from me to keep a healthy lifestyle up on their own.
I strive to educate my clients in order to give them independence in their lifestyle, not make them dependent on me to live a healthy lifestyle.
When creating E3, our goal was to break that mold. We want to equip, encourage and empower the members of this community to find independence in a healthy lifestyle.
Creating a healthy lifestyle is a journey, one that you don’t have to go on alone. I am excited to go on this journey with you and create a community to join you as well.
“As with any journey, who you travel with can be more important than your destination.”