Hello, and welcome to N2Fitness Personal Training!
My name is Nancy Nowakowski, and I am certified as a Personal Fitness Trainer by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). I have fitness certifications in Spinning, Cardiozone, Gravity, and TRX, and a Level One Certification in nutrition coaching from Precision Nutrition (Pn1.)
Now that we have the alphabet out of the way, let me tell you a little story about my fitness background:
I started out teaching fitness classes in the 80’s–yes, the headband, spandex and leg warmer days. We all aspired to be as fit as Jane Fonda, and “get physical.” A college student at the time, I got up early to teach at the “Y” before heading off to classes at San Diego State University.
The reason this is hilarious–besides the fuzzy leg warmers–is that even a year or two prior to this, I hated working out. I mean, I HATED it. Sweat? Are you kidding? Not me! And if you ask anyone from my middle school and high school days, they will tell you that I was the least athletic person they knew, the last one chosen for any team sport, the one who hid under the bleachers during gym class to avoid any possibility of participation.
Additionally, in my late teens I gained quite a bit of weight in a short period of time, about 15 or 20 pounds. This was a lot on my small, 5’2″ frame. I went on a strict, extreme diet for a few months and lost several pounds, but my weight continued to fluctuate, and I still refused to have anything to do with sweat.
So why the transition? What psychic change took me from the couch-loving sloth to fitness addict?
It all started when I got this really cute pair of baby-blue Nikes. They were running shoes. And I thought, if I have these shoes, shouldn’t I run? I mean, really, that’s how simple (and how shallow) I was. I would watch other people run, and it didn’t look that hard. So one day, I got up, put on my running shoes, and went for a short run. And when I got tired, I slowed down and walked for awhile. And when I caught my breath, I would pick up the pace.
I was amazed at how good it felt to be active.
Before long, I was running longer distances, taking it slowly but consistently, and showing off those great shoes. I was so proud when I completed my first 2-miler! That’s when I started calling myself a “runner.” Then exercise videos came out, and I tried those. Wow, they were hard at first. I used to lay on the floor and cry because I couldn’t complete the abs routine. But inside my head, something astonishing was happening:
I was starting to think and feel like an athlete. And even better, look like an athlete.
My legs had developed muscle that had never been there before, and I walked around with a new confidence in my physical abilities. Me, sweat? Absolutely!
Soon I was teaching fitness classes at a few local gyms. I got addicted to the feeling of challenging myself, seeing just how strong I could become. My weight had dropped and stabilized, and I noticed that with my new, more active lifestyle, I could eat more without gaining pounds. I also discovered that when I chose healthier and fresher foods, I felt and looked much better. It was exhilarating and thrilling! I had never considered myself an athlete, and up until I ran those first few steps in my baby-blue Nikes, I really didn’t think I could become one.
That was the miracle for me–achieving something that, in my heart of hearts, I did not believe I could do!
I didn’t stay in the fitness industry after college, but tried a few other career paths. Still, fitness was a big part of my life, and it remained my passion. One day there came a point when I knew I had to return to fitness and make it my life’s work, and for the last 13 years it has been a joyful and fulfilling calling.
Today, I train and coach clients in fitness and nutrition, and teach indoor cycling classes. It’s a demanding lifestyle, but the rewards are amazing. I love seeing the light come on in the eyes of a client who has just realized she is much stronger than she thought, who has lost those last few pounds, who has found her “inner athlete.”
If you are searching for your own path to fitness, let me guide you. No matter where you are, I can help you find the structure, the motivation, and the right tools for YOU. Everything you need is right at your fingertips. Contact me today, and become the athlete you were born to be!
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