Hi! My name is Emilee.
I am a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer, YMCA group exercise instructor and health coach, and am Stairmaster H.I.I.T. certified.
More so than that, I am a plus sized fitness professional. I am passionate about body positivity and learning to love who you are as you are. I want to share my experiences of going from sedentary to fitness lover and from living off fast food to craving greens.
When I started this journey, my self-esteem could not have been lower. Every time I looked in the mirror I cried. I truly believed I held no value. I don’t know where this line of thinking came from; one day I just hated myself.
As I trekked my way through high school and college, I progressively gained weight and lost what small amount of confidence I had left. I tried over and over again to get into shape and for a moment during my junior year I started to succeed. I lost 20 pounds exercising in the campus gym but gained it all back (plus some) by senior year.
After I graduated with my bachelor’s in music in 2016, I fell into a rather significant episode of depression and managed to gain even more weight. I didn’t get off the couch for 6 MONTHS; life hit me hard that year…
As I slowly made my way back into society, I got a job at Starbucks (gained more weight from the free food and drinks) and later joined the near by gym. This is when my life began to change.
I took my first BodyPump class and the instructor, much to my surprise, was plus sized! This was a game changer! I had NO idea a curvy woman could workout like that much less LEAD the class!
I became an avid ‘pumper,’ and though I was still struggling to get the weight off, I was without a doubt, getting stronger; and I loved it. Eventually the instructor was ready to retire and recruited me to take her place. I was flattered but hesitant. She insisted she wanted another “full bodied woman” to take her place and eventually I agreed to get certified. The Less Mills certification process was a three-day long process filled with more squats and lunges that I ever care to do again. It was BRUTAL! However, I am thankful every day I got out of my comfort zone and did every. damn. rep.
I taught BodyPump two to three days a week for a couple of months before I got a job at the local YMCA. I worked front desk and child care for a year as I worked out with a personal trainer once a week along with the class I was teaching at the other gym. Eventually the drive between gyms got too hectic and I quit teaching BodyPump and began teaching Y Strong at my YMCA. I moved quickly into the fitness department as a health coach then decided to further my career by getting a personal training certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and I couldn’t be happier.
I want to share my stories, tips, tricks and recipes with you in hopes that you may have a smoother journey to self acceptance and a better quality of life.
Just keep going.