Hello! My name is Gina Begley from Richmond, KY! I am a personal trainer, martial arts instructor, and soon to be DDP Yoga Level 1 instructor! This is my first blog entry and I may ramble a bit. This space will give you an introduction to my start into fitness and where I am now.
Martial arts kick started me on my fitness journey. Before that I would do the typical thing, new years resolution and fizzle out after a few weeks. The desire to be “skinny” just wasn’t enough motivation to devote 30 minutes of my time to being bored on a treadmill. I was super uncomfortable trying to “lift” at a gym with tons of people walking around. The mirrors kept me distracted with catching angles that someone may be watching my pathetic attempts to use a machine I felt utterly confused by. Finally I found The AFS Academy of Martial Arts and Fitness.
I began training in Muay Thai kickboxing at the AFS Academy in January of 2008, at the age of 27. I initially started for fitness but soon discovered Brazilian jiu jitsu and mixed martial arts. It was so different than any fitness experience I had ever encountered. I could workout, while also learning a practical skill. I was hooked.
After training for a few months, it was time to test my skills, so I signed up for a competition. The great thing about competition is it got me through the burnout phase because I had something to focus on. It also led me to working on weight lifting and running for cardiovascular endurance and strength. Over time, it also led me to yoga for flexibility and injury prevention (but i’ll talk more about that later).
I absolutely love the benefits of martial arts and exercise, so much so that when I re-enrolled in school for the millionth time, I finally had an idea of what I should concentrate my study on. The discipline I gained from martial arts also gave me the drive and focus to finally commit to myself and finish with a bachelors degree from Eastern Kentucky University in Health Science: Fitness & Wellness Management.
I found that giving others the opportunity to discover what I found in my training is what I enjoy most. One of the most amazing things I have discovered is the rewarding feeling of watching someone else succeed. It is simply amazing to watch a client come in barely able to get up and down off of the ground without assistance, to becoming more mobile, active, and overall happier.
Again, I apologize that I may have rambled a bit but I feel it is important to let you know, I’ve been in your shoes and I am just as excited about your success as you are!