Marissa Jane Fitness - My Journey
My fitness journey began immediately following my fall senior season of soccer at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. I was used to competition, consistent training, and pushing myself to be better than the day before. Thank goodness I have always been internally motivated to do my absolute best. I hit the wellness center almost daily throughout my last semester of college and signed myself and my best friend up for a sprint triathlon in May of 2013. I started writing circuit and muscular endurance workouts to help prepare us for our race. My friend thought I was crazy, but she became my training partner. She absolutely hated the workouts at first, but she ended up dominating that sprint triathlon. She probably doesn't know this, but I consider her to be my very first client.
I graduated that May with a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management and started a job in corporate America with a wonderful company. Sitting in a cubicle for eight hours a day took an immediate toll on my body. I woke up stiff every day even though I was working out after work each night. My now husband gave me the best gift for Christmas that year that I have ever received, a personal training course. I spent the next six months quietly working through the online course in the evenings after my full-time job and my workouts. In June of 2014, I took the certification exam and became a certified personal trainer through the NCCPT (National Council for Certified Personal Trainers).
On September 11th, 2014 my life changed forever. I was in excruciating pain and having trouble breathing so I made a trip to the ER. Shockingly, I was diagnosed with pulmonary embolism or blood clots in my lungs. They tested my blood for clotting disorders, cancer, and other diseases. Everything came back negative and they concluded that a medication caused the blood clots. I thank the good Lord every day for my health. I made a vow to myself to consciously take care of my body and my overall well-being from that point forward. I believe that you have to take care of yourself first in order to properly function take care of others. After I recovered from my hospital stay, I went back to work and told my supervisors that I would be moving to Kansas City, Missouri to become a personal trainer. *CAREER CHANGE #1*
They say everything happens at once. That month of my life was a whirlwind...I went to the ER, quit my job, adopted a cat, moved to a different state, bought a house, started a new job at a gym, and got engaged to my best friend! Training clients at the gym was an amazing change from sitting at a desk all day long. I met some amazing people and had a hand in some awesome transformations! Learning from the veteran trainers was also a hobby of mine. I was always watching, observing, and absorbing new information. I also spent a lot of time working on myself and planning a wedding! I was also introduced to an excellent nutrition company called Isagenix in July of 2015 and it truly changed my perception about food (that's a topic for another day). Two-and-a-half years later I am still faithfully using Isagenix products because I know my body is getting proper fuel it needs. I also feel so much better than I ever have. I'm so grateful for that chapter in Kansas City because it was a fun one!
After our wedding in September 2015, Eric and I knew we wanted to move back to Omaha to be closer to our family and friends. *CAREER CHANGE #2* I started as the Assistant Women's Soccer Coach at Iowa Western Community College in January of 2016 and absolutely loved every minute of it! I was challenged to do things that were out of my comfort zone like becoming the head coach of a club soccer team, running soccer camps, and teaching a certified personal training course. Conquering each one of those challenges helped build my confidence in myself and my abilities. One of my favorite parts of coaching at IWCC was managing the strength and conditioning program to help the girls become faster and stronger. I will be forever grateful for all of my Reiver friends that have impacted my life over the last two years.
About a year ago, I really started working on my own personal development. I started listening to podcasts and reading more books. You need to check out Lori Harder's "Earn Your Happy" podcast and Chris Harder's "For the Love of Money" podcast. They blow my mind every time. On long bus rides I started questioning my career path and my vision for how I wanted the rest of my life to look. Collegiate coaching is amazing in so many ways, but I was putting in 50+ hours regularly and sometimes close to 70 hours during the season. I felt disconnected from my husband, my family, and my friends because I was always working. I knew I had to make another change and step into my own greatness. I wanted the freedom to create my own schedule and maximize my potential.
Somewhere along the way in the midst of some struggle and tears, I found my inner strength (hence the tagline) to become my true authentic self. I mustered up enough courage to quit my job and start my own business. *CAREER CHANGE #3* Marissa Jane Fitness was born and have never been so excited for a brand new year and a fresh start! I truly believe that helping others achieve their goals is what I was put on this earth to do. I am so blessed to already be working with some fantastic clients and I cannot wait to watch them rock their journeys this year. Entrepreneurship is challenging for sure, but I am ready to climb some new mountains this year. Thank you to each and every person who has supported my journey thus far and a huge shoutout to all of the fierce females who are currently lighting up this world. Cheers to finding your strength and becoming your authentic self in 2018. Happy New Year!
P.S. I will be featuring some Fierce Females each month on the blog....stay tuned!