[So I’ve been working really hard lately on getting some guest writers for YourInnerSkinny.ca. I want to get as many different voices and points of view for the site as I can so you’re not always hearing the same ‘ol crap from me every day. I’ve got a lot of guest writers lined up and lots of new posts coming in the new year, but have finally got the first guest post ready for the site.
So without further ado… YourInnerSkinny’s first guest post by Kyle Roesler]
As a child, I was full of energy! This was very tiring for my parents (as I am certain those of you who are parents can understand). So they signed me up for as many sports as possible, in hopes to expend some of that energy. Consequently, taking part in these sports (Karate, Basketball, Football, etc.) also kept me very fit. I never had to workout to be in good shape, and I never thought fitness would be an issue, until that fateful day in my first year of University.
I started my University life as a member of the Saint Mary’s Huskies Football team. During my first season, I trained harder than ever before, in an attempt to get stronger and faster. I wanted to improve my level of fitness in every way. By Spring Training Camp, I had improved quite a bit (thanks to countless hours spent in the gym). I was very pleased with myself. Soon after, one play ended my football career. I was tackled by three people and my ankle was virtually snapped in two. I went through surgery and lots of physiotherapy in order to repair the damage that was done to the ligaments and tendons; however, despite my efforts, I would never be able to play football again.
This experience completely changed my life. After the surgery, I felt I had no reason to exercise or stay in shape (I couldn’t play football, which had been such a huge part of my life for years). I went from a lean 215 pounds (at 5’10’’) to 190 pounds and not so lean anymore; furthermore, without Football, school seemed really boring. I knew I was headed in the wrong direction and took this opportunity to re-examine my life and my goals.
After completing my second year at SMU, I left to take the Health Wellness and Recreation course at CompuCollege, which was exactly my field of interest. In taking this course I found a new reason to exercise: To be healthy! As obvious as this may sound, like many who work to improve their fitness, I did not really consider this concept. I completed the 13 month course and I learned all about the body and how it works, but more importantly, why health should be a priority. As Buddha once said, “To keep the body in good health is a duty….Otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”
I am now a lean 200 pounds. With my new outlook on life, I work at Scotia Square Nubody’s as a Personal Trainer and I use my acquired knowledge and experience to help lots of people realize the importance of being healthy (as well as achieving their personal goals in terms of body image). My main focus of coaching is Functional Training. What this means is, I do not focus on isolating body parts (unless it is needed to build base strength). When you think about it, when in real life are you going to isolate a body part to lift something? Never! You’re going to recruit as many muscles as possible to make the lift easier on your body. Kettlebell Training is a terrific way to train for this (and it is a fun and effective way which incorporates cardio AND strength training while achieving personal body image goals).
So this is the story of how I became a Personal Trainer. The future promises more twists in life, so who knows what I might do next in the Fitness Industry, only time will tell.
In my next blog, I will explain more about my style of coaching and the benefits of Kettlebell Training. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cheers, Kyle Roesler