Whenever I look back on pictures, I'm amazed at how quickly time passes, especially when I have a daily TimeHop update that lets me know just what I was doing a year ago to eight years ago, on social media at least. Looking back, it's as if no time has passed, and yet it has. It was no surprise to me then when a year old picture came up on my TimeHop letting me know that it's been exactly a year since I started as a CKO Kickboxing trainer. October 20th, 2014, I trained my first class. A few months prior I had passed my NASM certified personal training exam, and a few weeks before I had started training with the owner at CKO Kickboxing so I could become a trainer. I wouldn't only train with him though, I would take a kickboxing class just before, and then burn out completely while training. I left feeling sore, bruised, and yet so incredibly happy and excited for what was to come. A few days before the big day, I had taught the warm up of someone else's class, and then eventually half of the class.
The owner and trainer told me that I could be whoever I wanted to be when I got on the mic. I could be the funny one, the serious one, the tough guy, etc. I felt ready when the day had come, and even though I had issues speaking in front of people, as I'm sure we all had when we were in school, when I got on the mic, it all floated away. I wasn't nervous; instead, I found myself screaming, and putting on a "Jillian Michael's attitude." I had grabbed on to my trainer personality, and I haven't let it go since. I absolutely love to motivate each and every person that takes my class, but I'm not going to make it easy on anyone. I think it's important to challenge yourself, and push beyond your limits. Obviously, there is always a modification given on a certain move, but I always want my member's to try one of the more difficult or challenging ways, at least once, because soon they'll be doing more reps of the harder way, and less of the modified way! We all set our own limits, and we're shocked when we find that we're capable of so much more.
In the past year, I've taught roughly over 250 classes, added in a strength kickboxing class, made quite a few people throw up (thankfully no one has passed out, at least not yet), got certified as a TRX group trainer, and make each class just has hard, if not harder, than the last! I just hope that I've changed at least one person's life. I am so passionate about sharing my love of fitness and healthy eating, and I love being able to do so at CKO.
I'd like to thank Mauricio, the owner, fellow trainer, and friend, who took a chance on me a year ago and trained me to be the best trainer I can be! I still take notes in my head when I take your class! Thanks to my family, friends and Sal, for believing in me, and giving me that final push to take the leap! And last, thank you to all of the members who started with me when I was a new trainer, those that continue to come, and for those that continually allow me to kick your ass :) ! I wouldn't be where I am today without any of you. Now here's to another great year of training, getting stronger, and helping people take the right steps to a healthier life.
If you're local, and you still have yet to try out a kickboxing class at CKO in Clifton, then I suggest you head on over to the website, and sign up for your first class (IT'S FREE - just $20 for gloves unless you have a pair)! What are you waiting for? Join us!