My name is Effie. It is my birth name, and no, it isn’t short for Euphemia, Estafina, or Elfriede… though I am, at times, Effervescent.
I am a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach, specializing in Corrective Exercise for functional movement and strength training.
Age is not reflective of the severity of health issues that can befall an individual. Just because someone “looks good” does not mean they have optimal health. Like me… I have an invisible disease.
After a lifetime of chronic illnesses, years of medical monitoring, surgical interventions, and ongoing physical therapy, I was finally diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Hypermobility Type III (hEDS, a connective tissue disorder) in 2018. This diagnosis shed light on and encompassed the myriad of health challenges I’ve suffered most of my life from heart arrhythmia, exertion asthma, pelvic prolapse, and gastrointestinal dysmotility, to name a few.
I have had to learn self-discipline with my health and fitness the hard way, as I had allowed my conditions to be excuses for an inactive and sedentary lifestyle. I had to stop wishing for the life and body I wanted and start working for it. In 2015, I began a strength training program, designed by my husband, that changed everything. I not only fell in love with weightlifting, but it transformed me, inside and out.
Consistency, and taking my training one day at a time, was and IS the key. Through my many challenges, I have learned to train with awareness, intention, mindfulness, and tenacity. Through this journey, I found my confidence and my passion.
While preparing for and recovering from major surgery in 2017, I left my career in the tech industry to keep my health and wellness goals in focus and help others on their own journey.
What I offer is my unique perspective of how physical challenges and limitations, excuses, and mindset affect our commitments and outcomes. I provide a safe space for my clients to be accepted as they are, where they are, and provide an educational opportunity for self-discovery that helps them unlock their potential, both in fitness and in their personal lives.
It just takes a little ‘trial and effort’ to keep moving ‘onward and strongward’. (My own two personal motto’s and motivational’s!)
Therefore, I am creating E.F.F.I.E. “Exercise Foundations for Fitness Intention & Endurance” to make fitness attainable and a deliberate function of living for each and every person I am blessed to coach.