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Daily Inspiration: Meet Casey Simmons

Today we’d like to introduce you to Casey Simmons.

Hi Casey, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
From beginning tennis at age 7, staying active and healthy was always enjoyable and important to me. I began working with a trainer at the age of 12 and quickly soaked up all of the related information, where it became a big part of who I am. As I continued growing up, my interest in exercise, nutrition, and a healthy lifestyle grew and, next to my acquired child development knowledge from teaching Kindergarten (for 3 years after college), fitness became my true passion.

After taking off a year of work to learn about myself, grow, and experience life like I never had before, it led me to quickly become a Certified Personal Trainer through NASM as well as becoming certified in nutrition. I decided my calling was to combine my passions of educating and helping others, to help others make a difference in the way they look and feel like I was doing for myself.

I had immediately fallen in love with Barry’s Bootcamp as a client in NYC and became an instructor about a year after. I trained at Barry’s for 4+ years, in addition to doing personal training on the side, and loved every moment.

With COVID bringing about some life changes, I am a virtual trainer now with individuals, as well as groups, and I am loving it. People have really adopted the workout-from-home lifestyle now, and it is so impressive how disciplined and goal-oriented my clients are. I love being their hype-woman and cheerleader, and it’s so much fun helping, guiding, and supporting them on their journeys.

Keeping a sound mind, body, and soul, could not be more important right now, and I am so honored to be a part of my client’s health and wellness focus and to be working in such a life-changing industry.

Stay tuned to my social media for some VERY exciting opportunities coming soon!

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Like everything, there are always bumps and bruises along the way. I certainly had moments of self-doubt, and where I found myself lacking the motivation to take the next step because I didn’t believe it would work out. I questioned what I should do next, and contemplated getting a “normal” job. It took me a while to learn that fitness is my true passion, but I am so glad I have arrived here.

Keeping your head up, keeping a positive attitude, and keeping your eyes on the prize is key to success. I am still learning and growing in so many ways, and I’m excited to see what the future holds!

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist, NASM Behavior Change Specialist, ASFA Group Fitness and Bootcamp Instructor, AFPA Pre/Post-Natal Fitness Coach, NASM Certified Nutrition Coach, and NESTA Kids’ Nutrition Specialist.

I love what I do, and I love working with so many people and establishing so many great relationships. I want my clients to have fun even if their training gets a little… not fun. I love sweating and working hard and pushing myself (and my clients) to be their best selves, but laughing and smiling while doing so. If it means throwing in some dance moves, or bad jokes, or just cursing it out to release some tension, I support it.

I design workout programs for all levels of fitness, that you are able to modify or make more challenging, in very simple ways. I try to incorporate creative movements, that engage as many muscles as possible and help with improving one’s function in their everyday life. Most of my programs have a sort of “flow” and pattern to them, that enables clients to easily pick up on what they are doing, understand the training and why they are doing it that way, and anticipate the next exercise to where it makes sense for their body to move in that direction.

I pride myself on the ability to truly make the most of my clients’ time with me. Creating programs that are effective, time-efficient, toning, sculpting, and strengthening, calorie and fat-burning, and exercises that are easily modified, are only a handful of the goals that I have when creating programs for clients.

I hope that my clients’ time with me in the day gives them a sense of power, confidence, strength, and happiness.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
Some of the most helpful tips that I share with my clients are:

1. Set out your workout clothes the night before
2. Have a workout plan before going to the gym/exercising
3. ALWAYS have a water bottle by your side
4. Avoid processed and salty foods
5. Eat. Enough. Protein.
6. Herbs and spices are your friend!
7. Sleep!

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JamesWoodleyPhoto, matt_roy, and photoherby

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