“I have had dreams, and I’ve had nightmares. I overcame the nightmares because of my dreams.” – Jonas Salk
It’s time again to Get to Know Your Trainers!
So…this is a little awkward but the Honest trainer I’m featuring today is, well, little ol’ me. Along with writing this lovely blog, I’ve recently become the newest addition to the Honest training staff! Huzzah!
It’s hard for me to temper my excitement because I feel so fortunate to be able to work side-by-side with such amazing people (I love you Honest staff!), and to work for such an incredible woman (not only does she look like a mermaid but she’s the best boss in the world – Paisley P$ Meekin), and to train all the dedicated, genuine, lovely Honest clients that frequent the studio (it doesn’t get any better than our community).
From grasshopper to master (Okay, okay that’s a bit much), I started out as a loyal client. I worked my butt off and bada-boom-bada-bing here I am: Trainer Loni. So let’s get to know me!
What are your trainer certifications?
I am a NASM Certified Personal Trainer as well as CPR & AED Certified. I recently completed my IDEA “Training the Pregnant Athlete” Course Certification. I also have a B.F.A. in Communication Design and I’m a published author (if you like that sort of thing)
What made you want to become a trainer?
When it comes to health and fitness, I’ve been on both sides. I know what it feels like to struggle with eating disorders and body dysmorphia. I know how it feels to be overweight and how frustrating it is when you are genuinely trying to make healthy choices that yield little or no results. I know how confusing and contradicting all the fad diets and heath trends are. I understand the challenges of trying to get in shape after having a baby or having reconstructive surgery (both knees). I know how it feels to be depressed and anxious with little hope or motivation. I’ve been at the very bottom.
I also know how to cope with and break through some of those challenges and how one step at a time you can change your life completely. I did it and I’m continuing to do it and I want to help others achieve that for themselves.
What is your training philosophy?
Exercise is important. Nutrition is important. I think most people understand this. The aspect a lot of people miss is how important your mental health is. How are you coping with life? What sort of support system do you have? Most importantly, how do you treat yourself? Can you say that you love yourself? It’s amazing how many people can’t say that they do.
Nutrition fuels your mind and body. Exercise makes your body healthy and strong while providing stress relief for your busy mind. Getting your mind right helps you push yourself during a workout and increases your chance of making healthy food choices…it all works together.
So many of us feel that we will be happy with ourselves once we lose a certain amount of weight or achieve a certain body. We shine a spotlight on our “flaws” and essentially bully ourselves. Getting to a place where you genuinely love and value yourself, as you are right now, is the best way to ensure you’ll make the healthiest choices for yourself going forward. Learning to cope with being human (emotional, imperfect, ever-changing creatures that we are) and loving yourself anyway is crucial to finding a life of health and wellness. We all need to learn to accept the light and the dark and flow naturally between the two.
Accept your quirks, “flaws” and emotions because they make you who you are. Growth will come in time. Embrace your mistakes because in reality you’ll learn more from a failure than you will a success.
What are your favorite fitness activities?
Right now I’m a little obsessed with cycling for hours on end. I recently completed 104 miles at Reach the Beach and it was painful and miserable and exhilarating and euphoric all at once. Just like life.
I also love hiking, swimming, strength training, rock climbing, yoga and anything else that gives me a hefty challenge. I love activities that make me feel like a kid again and I like working really, really hard. Oh and of course dancing with my 2-year old son!
What’s an interesting fact about you (could be anything at all)
Most people at Honest know that I have a 2-year old son but aren’t aware that I also have a daughter. My daughter Aisley would have turned 4 years old on August 5th of this year. Unfortunately back in 2012 she died during childbirth at 41 weeks due to a rare infection. She is one of the loves of my life even though she was only here a short while. I’m sharing this because first of all to know me is to know her and second of all I know the devastation that comes with grief and would like to one day incorporate grief support in my training model. Exercise has been tremendous in my healing process (which never truly ends) and I want to share how it can serve as a healthy coping mechanism to others who are grieving and in pain. You can live a full, beautiful life even with a broken heart. Live twice as large – one for them and one for you.
What days/times are your classes?
Every Sunday I teach a 90 minute Cycle.Strength.Core+Mobility circuit from 8:30am-10am and an hour circuit from 10:15am-11:15am.
I put my heart into my work and I can’t wait to train you all, so come join my circuits! No need to hesitate because your first week is free! Sign up here today!