For better or worse, crappy airplane coffee and living out of hotel rooms is a big part of my life. I’m from Ohio, live in Chicago, but with a job that takes me to Wall Street, you’ll probably see me in New York just as much.Travel is one my greatest passions and inspirations, however, just a couple years ago, it was also the biggest catalyst for what soon became a very unhealthy lifestyle. (Photo: My transformation from years of no exercise to lots of cardio and light weight lifting)

Grabbing food on-the go, binge eating desserts, and drinking too much wine with clients quickly became my normal. It’s funny how being unhealthy can creep up on you, isn’t it? I honestly didn’t notice my weight gain, the lack of energy, or GI issues for the longest time. I wasn’t struggling with self-image and didn’t see a need for any sort of exercise. Until I did.

Complete and utter exhaustion eventually hit me square in the face. I finally noticed the unhealthy signs (like the fact that my clothes didn’t fit me anymore) and become self-conscious about them. The realization was sinking in that I was unhealthy and change wouldn’t happen by itself. It was time to get serious and make a commitment to exercise. 

Being a newbie to fitness, I was hesitant to spend money on a gym membership and decided to look for the perfect online fitness guide instead. Long story short, I ended up trying almost every major fitness guide out there. I usually loved them, and learned a lot (I promise you that when I started, I didn’t know the difference between a dumbbell and barbell), but eventually I eventually lost interest or hit a plateau.

Finally, after 18 months of bouncing between fitness plans, I decided to train myself instead. I became certified as a personal trainer through the American Council of Exercise, and started bodybuilding. (Photo: My transformation from cardio & light weightlifting to bodybuilding)

Becoming a certified personal trainer was one of the best decisions I ever made. Those countless hours pouring over anatomy textbooks, between intense training sessions in the gym, ignited an unexpected passion in my life. I fell in love with fitness. Before long, I wasn’t training because I wanted to lose weight before vacation, buy smaller clothes or feel better about myself. I was training because I loved it and couldn’t imagine a lifestyle without it anymore. I started blogging as a way to share my knowledge and perspective with anyone who may feel like I did: frustrated and unsure of where to start, but ready to make change. My fitness guides are designed to be fun, effective, and transportable. Whether you're living out of a suitcase, have a gym membership, or workout in your family room, Full Core and HIIT Mix are for you! Fitness doesn’t have to be difficult, and it certainly doesn’t have to be boring! I hope you learn to love it as much as I do. (Photo: My transformation from cardio & light weightlifting to bodybuilding)