by Coach Katie
My name is Katie and I am one of the coaches of LIVFIT, currently seeing clients in the DC area. I'm from a small beach town in Southern Maine (yes a sandy beach in Maine), but have lived in our nation’s capital for the past 4 years.
How did I get here!? It's still crazy for me to look back and think that as a 5 year old running around the soccer field I would develop a career in health and fitness. Well, that is where it all started.
I played every sport I could and was driven to be the fastest kid out there. There was only one problem, I was built like a twig. As my teammates were getting taller and physically maturing, I wa
s not. During practices and games, I would compete as if I was the tallest and the strongest, but I would continuously get knocked on my ass and injured. After a few dislocated joints, many bruises and turned ankles I decided I needed to start strength training.
Fast forward a few years and I was graduating from college with a bachelor degree in exercise science. WOAH. I guess you can say I found my passion.
How did a kid from Maine end up in the nation's capital? Unlike most people in the area, it wasn't politics that dragged me down to DC, it was my passion for helping people. After finishing my bachelors in Exercise Science, I wanted to learn more. I wanted to learn every bit of information that I could use to help people feel strong, healthy and confident. That being said, I came down to DC for grad school.
“Wow! 6 years of school to become a personal trainer!?” – That's definitely a statement I hear a lot. It's often followed by the statement, “My buddy from home just got certified, he just had to pass an exam.”
I know, I am crazy. I went through 6 years of school when I could have studied and passed an exam. However, that wasn’t good enough for me. When I say for me, I don’t mean my ego. When I say for me, I mean for my clients. My passion for fitness may have started in the weight room or on the soccer field, but it has developed into something much more important. LIFE!
I wanted and still want to help my clients live a happy, healthy life and I needed to be the most qualified to do so.
However, it's not the textbooks that fuel the fire to my passion it is the clients and the people you meet along the way. Throughout my 7 years as a personal trainer, this past year has been prett
y eye opening. I went from working with division one athletes, to training in a box gym to changing the lives of 'regular people' (although NO ONE is regular, everyone has an inner athlete). Sure, it's exciting to see someone bench press 225lbs with ease….
But have you helped a client get up and down off the ground for the first time in 5 years? Have you helped someone with
chronic pain start to feel pain free?
Those moments are the moments where you realize the importance of your job. The feeling you get when you truly impact someone’s quality of life is indescribable.
Whether you're in the fitness industry or not... take the time to positively impact someone’s life and see how great you feel afterward, then you will truly understand why I do what I do and why I love what I do.
My virtual door is always open. You can contact me anytime (current clients, interested folks or if you simply have a few questions) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Katie sees both private, in-home personal training clients as well as offering an expanding online coaching program. She is currently taking on clients in the DC area on a case-by-case basis. Inquire today!