ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT

WHEN/how did your health and fitness journey begin?

About six years ago after years of battling a heart condition, I was determined to do everything I possibly could to take back my health. My nutrition took an overhaul and I focused solely on eating better for quite some time. I eventually started working out in a traditional gym. It served me well for a season but it became obvious to me I needed something more. I needed specific guidance and accountability.

why did you choose portside fitness?

The knowledge and training offered by the coaches at Portside were a big part of my decision in choosing to transition from a traditional gym.

WHY DO YOU KEEP COMING BACK?

It’s changed my life. As someone who suffers a great deal with anxiety, the healing I find through the workouts is better than any medicine I could ever take. The individual attention from the coaches to always make sure to offer me an alternate plan to meet my specific needs is something I know I won’t find anywhere else.

whats your favorite thing about portside fitness?

It feels like a family. It doesn’t matter how I show up, as long as I show up, this is the place where I will find hope to keep pushing through hard and messy days.

what is something you have been most proud of?

How much I’ve grown as an individual. Yeah, I’ve met a lot of fitness goals. I can do a push up now and I can run two miles without stopping, but for me, my personal growth that has affected every area of my life is what I’m most proud of. I’ve had a lot of setbacks since starting at Portside but steady growth is evident to me as I look back on my time here. Sometimes it’s been at a snail’s pace. Sometimes I’m crushing goals. Sometimes I’m barely making it in the door. But whatever season I find myself in, this is the place that will always make me better.

What advice would you give the person you were a year ago?

I would give her so much grace but I would also remind her she is so much stronger than she will ever know. It really is worth it. The effort to show up is half the battle. It’s worth setting that 4 am alarm when you would rather sleep. I would also tell that girl I was a year ago that doing the hard thing is more rewarding than taking the easy road. The road less traveled is often lonely, but it’s the road where life is found. Do the thing that’s going to make you the most uncomfortable and expose your vulnerabilities. Portside will be your safety net if you will let it.

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