Client Spotlight – Brooke Bartley

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This is one amazingly beautiful girl, wise beyond her years, and smarter than just about anyone I know.  Brooke is a senior at Vanderbilt, majoring in chemical engineering and has already landed a job in Texas at Fluor as an associate process engineer.  Impressive, eh?  Well, duh!!  But that ain’t nothin’…

Brooke is one of those clients that can and will do ANYTHING I ask her to do.  Her fitness is off the charts and we all would give our left leg to have her bod – but she works for it, strives hard to do things right, and always has perfect form.  All of this good stuff that I’ve seen her do in the gym… well, I’m pretty sure that she carries all of it over into her daily life as well.  IMG_6965Since Brooke started working with me, she has toned up, lost a few lbs (although she didn’t need to lose any!), and has learned a few new “Megan moves” to take with her along the way.  She is always one to take her workouts and do them on her own!  One thing she left out of the spotlight is she has recently taking up cooking!  She has a passion for healthy food and has really taken steps towards trying new things and making her own recipes!  She also has really good taste in workout clothes… 🙂

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It has been amazing to see this girl grow and blossom over the short time that I’ve known her – not only in fitness, but also as a woman.  She is a true inspiration having learned such healthy habits at such a young age that I hope she will take with her into the next stage of her life.  I’ll be sad to see her move after she graduates, but I have no doubt that this gal is going to do amazing things!  Brooke – Zoe and I will miss you after May, but we are so proud of all you’ve done and ARE going to do!!

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Here are a few questions I asked Brooke about her fitness journey…

Why is fitness important to you?

Fitness, for me, is not only about staying physically healthy but also mentally healthy. Working out and staying fit helps me feel positive, powerful, and confident. 

-What have you learned from having a more fitness-oriented lifestyle?
I have learned how important fitness is to my lifestyle. Now that it is a part of my everyday life, my day doesn’t feel complete without some form of movement that gets my blood pumping. I have also learned how much it affects the way I feel and that it can be a great boost to my day no matter what.
-What are the benefits to having a trainer?

Having a great trainer (like you Megan) helps to motivate me to get to workouts on days I don’t really want to go. On other days, it makes me excited to be able to workout and have someone cheering you on the whole time. A trainer helps to push me way harder than I would push my self alone. 

-What’s your favorite exercise? 

I love all forms of exercise. I love changing my workout up through the week so I don’t get bored. I try to pick the workout that fits my body’s need for the day and gets me excited to go. My current favorites are barre, yoga, and working out with Megan (obviously). 

 
-What are some goals you’ve accomplished and what are your goals moving forward? 

So far I am really proud how I have used exercise to keep myself mentally strong. I have also accomplished my goal of staying fit and healthy throughout my college career.

Goals going forward include possibly becoming certified for yoga instructing, continuing to stay fit, and making time after starting work for my workouts.

-How have you balanced school and your workouts?
As a high school elite athlete, I saw the importance of exercising your mind as well as your body. I found though my experiences that only working my mind all day is not nearly as effective as if I took a break to work my body as well. Even if I don’t have a lot of time, I know even a little workout brings balance to my day.
-What advice would you give others out there looking to get more involved in fitness?  
Start small. Do what makes you excited about moving. Somewhere I read that celebrity said “if I don’t want to go, I tell myself that I’ll go for 30 minutes, and if after that I still don’t want to be there, I can leave. But that never seems to happen”  I tell myself to do a little at a time. But once you’re there and you start to feel good about yourself, that feeling will motivate you to keep going.
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