27, Trainer at Rumble Boxing Midtown Memphis
FAV WAY TO WORKOUT:
I love to mix things up, but my go-to workout is a nice long walk outside.
BIGGEST FITNESS MYTH:
There’s a “right” way to workout. It’s more important to like your workout and be consistent with it.
When you take a group fitness class, don’t be afraid to modify your motions. As a teacher, the last thing I want is people pushing through motions that hurt. There’s no shame in moving in a way that supports your body. Moving in ways that are safe and attainable will allow you to increase your fitness and build consistency. No one knows your body better than you do.
MY TYPICAL WORKOUT DAY:
I either go to a yoga class, teach a boxing workout, catch a Zumba class on campus, or do some simple weightlifting at the gym. I also try to walk or run outside daily, which lifts my mood without fail.
MY FITNESS IDOL:
I follow this influencer, @Drreneeparo, on Instagram, who casually CRUSHES marathons. I aspire to crush it like her! She’s an incredible athlete, mother, and doctor; a trifecta I’m working hard at being one day.
DREAM WORKOUT PARTNER:
Nothing brings me more joy than when my mom comes and takes my class. She’s tried every class I’ve ever taught.
MY GO-TO SNACK:
I don’t keep a diet, but I generally try to eat whole foods and emphasize leafy greens and protein. Whenever possible, I cook at home. However, when I need a little help, I love Daily Harvest and Factor meals. I also give myself grace on weeks when I have exams, and my diet is far from perfect.
ONE FOOD I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT:
This is a hard split between sushi and chocolate cake!
WHAT KEEPS YOU MOTIVATED:
Motivation comes from finding joy in what you do every day. Many of my goals seem so far away they seem impossible, so I try to find joy in the mundane. When I approach things this way, I confront the things that are not bringing me joy, and that lets me reassess their position in my future goals.
GOALS FOR THE YEAR AHEAD:
Consistency. I’m a medical student at UTHSC, so finding balance is challenging, yet maintaining a regular fitness practice is important.
Listen to your body! I’m a big proponent of being realistic about what feels good and attainable in the moment.
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