I thought about diving straight in with some juicy content. Possibly about "The Importance of Strength Training" or "Five Supplements Everyone Should Try". But as my first post on my new blog, that felt kind of impersonal. So I thought a better place to start would be to introduce myself a bit and tell you why I became a fitness writer.
Health and fitness have always been a passion throughout my life. Mainly in the form of dance. For most of my life, life revolved around dancing. As a child I attended classes six days a week and on the seventh I competed or performed. That was life. Ballet buns, sequins and splits.
As an adult, I took this a step further. I always knew I wanted to be a choreographer. Create beautiful dances that even more beautiful dancers could perform. I am proud to say that I had an excellent dance career that took me across the world. I've danced with some of the most famous actors in Bollywood, performed in the most spectacular hotels in the Middle East and even ran away with the circus across America. All in all, if nothing else, my dance career was memorable! However, all good things must come to an end. Sadly, like many professional athletes, injury decided it was time for me to retire from the professional dance world.
Of course as a dancer one thing I was always aware of was my weight. More often than not, you are judged on the way you look when being cast for a job before anyone even watches you dance. This is just how the industry is.
Like most people between leaving school and starting a professional dance career I took some time out while I got a 'real job' to support my college fees and life as an adult. The problem is during this time out my weight spiraled out of control as I got comfortable in a regular job with irregular hours which meant eating the wrong food at the wrong time. To be honest, I didn't even notice it so much as many people don't. For me it was a case of one day I woke up and thought "what happened to this amazing dance career I was going to have?"
That was it. I quit my job determined I was going to have the career I always dreamed of. The one big issue was I needed to lose a serious amount of weight if I ever wanted that to happen! So with a bit of determination and a lot of hard work I lost over 70 pounds. The best thing I got from this transformation (asides the health benefits and confidence boost) was a newfound love of nutrition and functional fitness.
After losing so much weight I suddenly had so much drive to help other people do the same. I had always loved teaching people and taught dance as a side job since leaving school. The obvious route to take was that of group fitness instruction. So I started with every dance related fitness course I could take part in. From cheer dance to zumba, you name it I have the qualification. I also went to university to train as a certified personal trainer (CPT) and gym instructor.
Now, after my professional dance career ended I was left at a loss wondering what to do next. Could I get a job in a gym as a CPT? Yes. But my real passion was to help people. People like myself who were determined to lose weight but had no experience. Moreover, people who at the time didn't have the funds to hire a CPT by the hour. Plus being a CPT has its limits. For starters, you're limited to the area you're based in. But as a fitness writer the world was my oyster!
With the wonder of the world wide web, I had the opportunity to help people throughout the world from the comfort of my own home. I was able to write for that one person sat at home, searching frantically on Google looking for ways to change their life. I'd tell them about the importance of clean eating. I could inspire them to take part in Tabata training. I could make them keen on kettlebells! The possibilities were endless! Even better with my qualifications and experience I'd give people the information they were looking for backed by facts and science. I would write an article that people could trust.
So that is what I try to do every day. Sure, I'm lucky enough that what I do pays the bills. But lots of people write for money. What makes it meaningful is having passion for what you're writing about. The way I look at it is every time I write, someone reads my work for the first time. Possibly what I've written about will help them start a journey towards a major life change. Maybe what I've written about will solve a problem they have been having. Or I will just keep them entertained for ten minutes. The point is, I write for them.
So, if you need help to make a life change get in touch. I offer online fitness plans and ongoing support for people all over the world. Or check out some of my articles, I write about health, fitness, nutrition, bodybuilding and supplements. Therefore, maybe something I've written will help you in some way on your current fitness journey. Either way, feel free to get in touch, share or leave a comment. It would be great to know someone other than my mum reads my work!