I have been an athlete for as long as I can remember but a year ago I was not content about my fitness level. I was at my heaviest that I had ever been and while I still played rugby I was missing something, so I decided to join NOVA Strength and Conditioning as a way to improve my fitness for rugby during off season. It was just what I needed; NOVA Strength and Conditioning gave me that extra push and helped me to realize that I had so much more potential. The coaches were (and are) patient, supportive and have guided me with their knowledge in a variety of areas from nutrition, to form, and even life in general to help me achieve my fitness goals and to push me to exceed beyond what I thought was my limit and out of my comfort zone. There was a time where I thought my heaviest back squat would stay at 80 pounds but with the support and guidance of the NOVA Strength and Conditioning community (coaches and members) I have surpassed that limit with a PR of 165 pounds. Never did I think that I would be in the triple digits on a back squat (!) and that is not my stopping point. I will continue to set new goals and climb my way up the ladder to achieve them while embracing the transformation that comes along with it. To this date I have dropped a total of 50 pounds, my energy level has increased and I have built up my strength and endurance which has been a HUGE asset to my rugby performance.

But it wasn’t a walk in the park.

It took a lot of hard work and determination to get to my current state. Yes, there were times when I didn’t want to work out or days where I just could not move the weight that I wanted to but I kept going. My advice to you (the reader)- whatever your goals are for improving your fitness don’t give up. Real talk- it’s going to be a lot of hard work but keeping going. There will be days where you may not complete a workout at your best time or perform a PR but I promise you will get stronger, faster and fitter if you keep going. Transformation won’t happen overnight but if you put in the work, time will work its magic. As for what’s next with me…. well I plan on taking one day at a time and pushing myself to be the best version of me that I can be at that current moment. It’s going to be hard work and there are going to be challenges to overcome and goals to achieve but I will not give up. I will keep going and so should you!

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