Hey A|M, remember me?! I am BACK!
Hey A|M, remember me?! I am BACK!
By Jillian Michalowski.
It has been a little while since I last saw a lot of you and there are so many new faces that I cannot wait to get to know the more we work together.
Where the heck did I go?!
Well, I am glad you asked! A little over 2 years ago I decided to take a chance, drop my life in Connecticut and move to Massachusetts with my boyfriend, Christopher. I had never moved away from home before besides college, so this was all so new to me. I had only been personal training and coaching for a year or so at this point, how the heck was I supposed to land a job in an area that I know no one? I had a lot working against me as a rookie in the fitness industry especially in such a fast-paced area such as Boston. I was going to have to use my energetic charm, my knowledge, and my confidence.
Interview after interview for about 3 months, I started off in a big box gym called Latitude Sports Club and let me tell you, it was HUGE compared to A|M where I had just come from. There were 4 floors, 3 different types of group fitness studios, the pool was on the top floor (no lie… it was crazy), full turf soccer field, and so much more. You would think I would have loved it with so many options. NOPE! Not for me, way too overwhelming for myself and there was no team environment. In the meantime, of me working at Latitude, I was also offered another training position to fill in for a trainer who had just left but had a full schedule at an all-women’s gym called PUMPS! The walls were hot pink, it had the most supportive atmosphere with crazy fitness women like myself, and was more my size. I fell in love with the place, the message the facility was sending out to women about their health and the people who walked in and outside of the door every day, they are what made Pumps, PUMPS! After about 3 or 4 months being at Latitude and only being at PUMPS for about a month, I was offered a part-time management position on top of my training position and I left Latitude shortly after. At PUMPS, I held anywhere between 35- 50, 1 on 1 client at a time, mainly an early morning riser for all those “crazy people”, and coached a large group training session on Saturday mornings with some of the most entertaining and most hardworking women I have ever met. I also finished and received my Fitness Nutrition Certification from NASM last year in hopes to learn more about nutrition, meal planning, and supplementation.
In the time that I was gone, I was completely spoiled living a mile down the road from my brother, sister in law, niece, and nephew. I was able to spend a lot of time with them, so when it came down to finally making the decision to move it was extremely difficult but we had to do what was best for Chris and me in the long run. Which is the reason that leads us back to our old stomping grounds of Connecticut! Chris decided back in May, to leave active duty in the Coast Guard to pursue his dream of one day owning his own mechanic shop. He interviewed at a couple of different places, in a couple of different states, but when something is meant to be it always finds a way. He moved back in November to start his first “real world job” as we called it as I finished up work in Massachusetts until the end of the year.
I learned a lot about myself as a person, coach, girlfriend, daughter, sister, etc., being away from home for the first time in my life. Bills had to be paid, the apartment had to be cleaned because it was not going to clean itself you know, I oversaw my own schedule at work, my own clients, my own programming, so I had to hold myself responsible and accountable for a lot more than I used it. Cooking had to be done, grocery shopping every week, meals prepped and packed, this was all on me now. If I wanted to be successful, then I had to work a little harder each day. With each day, with each new person, I interacted with, every challenge that was thrown my way, my confidence in myself grew with it. I know moving away definitely had a direct impact on myself and growing as an individual. My relationship with Chris only grew stronger and my want of always wanting more for myself grew even bigger. Always trying to be the best version of myself that I can be.