You don’t need to have a story.

Nowadays, many people think that in order to get noticed, be recognized, or even appreciated for something, they need to have a crazy experience or story that can be shared. Not even a story…people do the stupidest things to get noticed and unfortunately this seems to work and gain attention. However, the attention dies away just as quickly as it was gained. The ones who last are the ones who work hard and are persistent. This applies for working out as well. If you work hard and are persistent, results will show and will continue to last and improve.

Why am I saying this? I’ve met numerous people who are passionate about fitness. I noticed something really interesting during interviews or simply talking to people. Whenever I asked why or how they got into fitness, many of them would look down or away and respond along the lines of “I don’t really have an interesting story for that”. A few friends want to start fitness pages but they’re too hesitant and say things like “I’m not that interesting” or “my life is boring”.

What does that have anything to do with fitness??

Society and the media has changed the mindsets of people and has caused them to think that something epic or dramatic has to have happened or been experienced in order for there to be interest from a third party. I simply wanted to know what the person’s drive, motivation, or inspiration behind their fitness journey was and they thought I wanted to hear some traumatizing experience. Yes, some people use fitness as a way to overcome terrible obstacles and life experiences so they can achieve mental and physical happiness. Others initially get into fitness because it’s fun for them or because they wanted to shed a few pounds.

There’s absolutely no reason to be embarrassed and it makes me sad that people think their reasons and motives aren’t as important as other people’s. Fitness is a unique and special journey for every individual and no matter how wild or simple the story or reason is, it’s yours and only yours. I hate to see individuals being hesitant and holding back because they think they are boring. They are scared of helping people and sharing workout tips and information because they think their life isn’t as exciting.

I hate that. I hate that over time, this is what has been perceived as what’s acceptable…crazy stories, wild adventures, exciting travels.

Fitness is so much more than that and more meaningful.

These stories of how some people got into fitness are so cool because they are pretty normal and nothing over-the-top, and they love fitness just as much.

“I probably would not have gotten into fitness the way I did if it was not for a shoulder injury I got from playing Squash. This was my favorite sport, and I was pretty good at it.

Two things happened, though, after I hurt my shoulder: I had surgery, and I moved to the United States where Squash is hardly known, and I could not find a club I liked. The few times I played, I ended up hurting my back because my ‘Squash muscles’ had atrophied but my ‘Squash brain’ had not. I had to give it up and spent some time pouting and feeling sorry for myself.

So I joined a club and did the normal cardio, weights and stretching thing which I liked better than I expected. Since I had come to this after an injury, I looked around for advice but did not find the ‘trainers’ very helpful. So I bought every book I could find on what was then called bodybuilding and figured it out for myself.

A career change a few years later opened the opportunity to do something entirely different, and becoming a personal trainer was my new goal. Because of my personal history with injuries, I was immediately drawn to learning more in that area, and that’s where I still am after more than 20 years.” — Karin (

“For me it was a natural transition after 15 years of competitive swimming. I’m competitive by nature and I always try to find ways to keep myself challenged. I could not see myself sitting behind a desk or surrounded by four walls, so the best way to continue with the energy and lifestyle from my swimming career was to follow a career in the fitness industry. I learned a lot of valuable lessons and I had many great mentors along the way, beginning with my first swimming coach to the strength and conditioning coaches at the University of Alabama where I was a member of the swim team.” — Harris (

“It’s definitely my number one stress reliever. Nothing clears my head or makes me calmer than a good sweaty workout. My skin looks healthier, I sleep better, and I get thirstier, so I drink more water. It also provides “me time” to do something good for myself.” –Jennifer M., Emmaus, PA (