S1. EP. 8 - Starting, Pivoting, and Maintaining w/ Sylvia Petro

Season 1 | Episode 8
16m | Jul 24, 2021

In this episode, I will describe how I went from hating exercise and opted for extreme dieting to avoid it, to becoming a personal trainer and lifelong fitness practitioner. Starting was my first goal. Then pivoting my mindset, training, and where I sought information took me to the next level of maintaining fitness for nineteen years.

Despite attempting to reshape my body starting at age 14, as stated in this podcast, I don't count that year as the starting year of my fitness journey. I officially set a goal and committed to a plan after I gave birth to my son in 2002, when I was 17. Yes, you read that age correctly.

  • 2002 – Became a mom and officially started fitness journey
  • 2004 – US Air Force Top PRT (Top Female Physical Readiness Trainee)
  • 2004 – US Air Force Warhawk (for fitness excellence)
  • 2005 – Became a certified personal trainer
  • (2005-2012) – One-on-one personal trainer
  • (2010-2017) – Online personal trainer
  • 2009 – Texas Roundup bodybuilding competitor
  • 2010-2015 – Fitness modeling contract with Khall – Austin, TX
  • 2010 – Insane Home Fat Loss video series participant
  • 2015 – Began calisthenic strength specialty & adult gymnastics
  • 2016 to present – Continuing lifelong fitness mission

Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle by Tom Venuto:

Championship Bodybuilding by Chris Aceto:

The Functional Movement Screen:

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"7 Reasons Why I Don’t Compete" by Sylvia Petro:

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