Where it all began
Why I workout.
Let’s go back to the year 1997, the summer before my sophomore year of college. I was living at home with my parents. I traveled to Sioux Falls for my annual exam with Dr. Looby. I had gained 10 pounds. I wasn’t weighing myself regularly so I didn’t realize the weight gain. Thing is… I didn’t really care too much UNTIL Dr. Looby said, “Emily, you have gained 10 pounds this year. You will gain another 10 pounds next year and every year after if you aren’t careful.” His comment shocked me. He was right. I cried when I left that appointment. I could take this two directions… get ice cream or get running shoes.
So what did I do? I bought a nice pair of Asics (my forever favorite running shoe), went home and ran 2.5 miles that very night. I started running every single night. My parents lived in the country and I would religiously run the 4 mile section in the evening. My grandma lived about 2.5 miles into the route. I would swing into her house to say hi every night. She would try to feed me pie, banana bread and homemade donuts. I would take her up on it on occasion 😋
I loved to run. Only a blizzard could keep me from getting my run in. I ran 5K’s, 10K’s, trail races, half-marathons, marathons and a 50 mile ultra. I was pretty good too considering I never called myself an athlete. I even had a few first place finishes in my day when none of the really fast runners would show up to a race 😅 🥇 While pregnant, I slowed down but I still ran. Post-baby, I started running very early on and it helped me to quickly lose the 60 pounds I had gained 😮
In my mid-30’s, I realized working my upper body wasn’t a bad idea… who knew?! So I started fitness classes, joined CPM and the rest is history. My passion has switched from running to lifting. I can lift heavy so I do.
Now you know why I started exercising. Here’s why I continue to do it…
1. For me. It makes me feel good. I like the way my body looks when I lift weights and it keeps my body composition in check.
2. For my family. I’m a better person when I workout. I eat better, I make better meals and I’m happier. They appreciate it. I’m stronger to help my kids, husband and parents.
3. For my clients. You have to practice what you preach. Listening to a trainer tell me what to do when they don’t do it would be hard!
4. For the kids. I’ll be training high school kids this year. This week someone told me it won’t be easy to be a woman in the Strength Training field… it’s a man’s world and the boys might not listen. I don’t think that’s true. I think they will listen. They just need someone to listen to them and guide them. I’m going to prove that person wrong. 👊 I want to help the kid who lost his mom a few years back, the girl who doesn’t have confidence, the skinny boy who is intimidated by other kids in the weight room and every other kid that walks into the weight room.
I would give anything to see my grandma along that 4 mile run again. Even just once. And that’s where it all began ❤️
4 Rounds for Time:
15/12 Cal Row
60 sec Bar Hang
15 DB Shoulder Press
15 Pullups (weighted if possible) 😲