Like many post graduate students after college I didn’t know what direction I wanted to go in my career. I had a Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine and knew I wanted to work with athletes somehow. I got a job at a big box gym and started personal training. This was the start of my wellness career and had no idea where it was going but just trusted it would work out. One of the first jobs at the gym was teaching soccer drills to kids. Little did I know this was going to be the inspiration for “The Adventures of Frankie Fitness.” I saw how the kids actually listened to me (even better than their parents, haha). As we did simple cone drills and making it fun and turning into a game, it kept them engaged. Because at this age movement is important not matter how they get it. After remembering that interaction with kids and coaching track it became important to leave some type of legacy whether I have kids in the future or not.
In addition to personal training and running soccer drills, I wanted to learn as much as I could from getting Pilates, spinning, nutrition, meditation, and reiki certified. I believe in being a student always and learning as much as you can. When you are open to learning from others you not only receive knowledge, but it opens a world of connections that can help you fulfill your dreams.
11 years later, that openness to knowledge and connecting with others combined with my inspiration from those kids years prior lead me to writing my first children’s book, “The Adventures of Frankie Fitness, Like Mother, Like Son.” This is a storyline book with exercises that parents or teachers can do with their kids. It also is a coloring book which makes it interactive. I wrote the book to show how kids are impressionable at a young age and what you do can effect them as much as what you say. Sometimes your dreams and goals are born years prior to when they get achieved; if you always keep that in mind it will come true. All the work you are doing right now is for something greater, later.
Remember to learn, be open to connection, and give back what you’ve learned.