Les Mills Trainer and National Group Fitness Director Erin Gregory knows what it means to motivate herself and others! Erin is the highlight of this week's Fitness Files, continue reading to learn more about her must-have fitness tips.
NMF: Has fitness always been a major part of your life or was there a catalyst/point in your life when you made it more of a focus and priority?
Erin Gregory (EG): I have always enjoyed an active lifestyle. As a child, I took every dance class offered in Kingsville and I was a world class roller-skater. Once I reached middle school and high school, I traded my dance shoes for sneakers. I played volleyball and basketball and ran cross country and track. I even received a basketball scholarship!
During my freshman year of college, I lived with my older sister who made me keep her company by running with her daily. We trained for the San Antonio Marathon and numerous other “fun runs” together. I loved spending time with her. We kept each other motivated to stay active and I was a darn good cheerleader when the going got tough around mile 20! In addition to running, we joined Gold’s Gym together and started taking a 5 a.m. BODYPUMP class. After one class, we were hooked, even though we were exhausted and could barely get through work that day. From then on, I decided that group fitness was fun and found myself waking up bright and early to get my next fix!
Following that first class, I signed up for the BODYPUMP training to become a certified Les Mills instructor. Soon thereafter, I was hired to teach at Gold’s Gym. This was a turning point in my life. I was making a positive change in those who attended my class – I was changing the world one workout at a time. People who participate in group fitness classes are looking for not only a great workout but a friendly face, a smile and some motivation. My career with Gold’s Gym started when I became a BODYPUMP instructor and I have never looked back. Now, I am the National Group Fitness Director and it’s like a dream come true!
NMF: What are a few of your go-to healthy snacks/drinks that help keep you on the straight and narrow?
EG: I keep it fresh and mix it up! I try not to eat the same snacks all of the time so I don’t feel restricted. My snacks usually include:
- Fresh Fruits and Veggies
- Tons of water!
NMF: How do you train your mind and stay motivated?
EG: My mental strength and motivation come from my friends and colleagues at Gold’s Gym and Les Mills who share my vision and passion for group fitness. I take absolute joy in helping others reach their fitness goals. I love my job. I feel privileged to be able to share my passion for fitness with others every day all over the world.
I challenge myself to create new ways of exercising, new ways of motivating people and new ways to inspire others to get fit with me. No one pushes me harder than I push myself to be the best trainer and fitness leader I can be. This keeps my body in shape and my mind motivated.
NMF: How do you change your body?
EG: I challenge myself to create change.
NMF: What are your fitness favorites?
EG: Les Mills group fitness classes, GOLD’S CYCLE and GOLD’S FIT are my fitness favorites!
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