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Day in the Life Tuesday: Fitness Pro & Yoga Teacher

Hey, hey. I have a day in the life post for you today because today was one of those “what happened to my entire day?” kind of days. I had so much work I wanted to get done for Metro and my blog but teaching and training took over and I just ran out of time. How does that happen? I like to share what different days look like for me because so many of you ask about careers in this industry. Today is a good glimpse at what it’s like.

Here’s the breakdown.

Rewind to last night at 7:30 p.m…get an email from my 5:30 a.m. client that he needs to cancel. Say a little hallelujah. Y’all it is HARD to do the 5:30 a.m. classes and clients. There is the biggest difference between getting up in the 4 o’clock hour and the 5 o’clock hour.

6:15 a.m. – train a client. I just did measurements with several of my clients since it’s the beginning of a new year. I’m super excited to share that this client lost 8 inches overall! She’s 9 months postpartum and kicking ass.


7 a.m. – come home for breakfast. I usually stay at the gym between this client and teaching my morning yoga class but I decided to come home because I wanted to get some clothes together for later in the day and make breakfast. Green smoothie with banana, frozen strawberries, mangos and pineapple, spinach, almond milk, almond butter, plain 2% greek yogurt and dates.

(It’s not usually like this…Thursday I have 5:30, 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 clients…today was a treat)

8:10 a.m. – teach a power mixed class at Y2 Yoga.


9:30-10:45 a.m. – stayed after my class to get my own practice in. Practiced ashtanga again and it felt so amazing. I am so recommitting to my ashtanga practice.

11:15 a.m. – trained a client at Metro

12:30 p.m. – home for lunch


Carrot ginger soup and salad with mixed greens, spinach, turkey, carrots, tomatoes, feta and pumpkin seeds with a honey lemon dijon vinaigrette.

1 – 1:30 p.m. – social media work

1:30 p.m. – run to the store for household items and blog prize shipping stuff

2 p.m. – package up blog prizes (baked goods) and get them ready to ship out

3 p.m. – personal training client emails – put together everyone’s measurement, body fat and fitness test data and sent out

4 p.m. – post office to ship blog prizes (always a good time at the old USPS)

4:30 p.m. – gym for a strength training session. Do a circuit put together by another trainer. I seriously need to hire a trainer for myself. Seriously.

5:10 p.m. – shower

5:30 p.m. – personal training client. I’m SO excited to share that this client lost 11 inches and 6 percent body fat in the last year of working with me. She’s been one of my biggest transformations ever and I’m so proud of her.


6:30 p.m. – teach yoga at Metro

7:45 p.m. – meet a friend for dinner


I caught up with a friend who I haven’t seen in ages for dinner. I had a turkey burger with goat cheese and apples and sauteed brussels sprouts. One of my new year goals is to do a better job at being a friend and connecting with mine.

9 p.m. – Metro emails

9:30 p.m. – edit photos and write this blog post (I have been trying REALLY hard lately to get my blog done during the day so I’m not doing it late at night. Just didn’t work out today!)

10:15 p.m. – Metro CrossFit blog post (I usually try to get this done earlier in the night but dinner out got in the way of this)

So there it is…a lighter day but a busy, busy day! I want to keep writing about what life is like in this industry. Hope y’all like these posts. I will try to share as much as I can about it all with you!

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  • 1
    Sara @ LovingOnTheRun January 21, 2014, 10:06 pm

    You have a long and busy day! I can’t believe you fit so much in 🙂 Hope you and rest and relax some now!

  • 2
    Kiki January 21, 2014, 10:08 pm

    Going back awhile you used to show more “dessert” type foods in your daily eats….. Would you say you don’t have any of these on a regular basis? I know you don’t post everything you eat so just curious.

  • 3
    Lara January 21, 2014, 10:24 pm

    You are amazing!

  • 4
    jennyv January 21, 2014, 10:47 pm

    Wish I could hire you for a trainer! (Can’t fly to CLT from IA weekly though!)

  • 5
    Danielle@LabelsAreForTinCans January 21, 2014, 11:10 pm

    I am impressed with your stamina! I really find these posts interesting – I haven’t really read elsewhere the real schedule of a fitness pro.

  • 6
    Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope January 22, 2014, 4:23 am

    Definitely sounds busy, but sounds like a fitness professional’s dream! I’m so excited to get out into this world soon 🙂
    Question, how do you go about structuring your personal training sessions? Is there a specific overall focus and is there a typical “sequence” you use? NASM obviously has a very clear methodology, but I’ve seen so many other trainers use their own methods of sequencing and focus (body weight exercises vs equipments, etc) and was wondering what you used for your clients?

  • 7
    Madison January 22, 2014, 8:31 am

    You really do have a busy day–but it must make it a lot more fun because you LOVE what you do. 🙂

  • 8
    Taya January 22, 2014, 9:12 am

    Thanks for posting this! I’ve only been a personal trainer for a few months, and as there’s only one (male, very unfriendly) trainer at my gym, it’s nice to see how other trainers manage their schedules. I’ve found that there are pluses and minuses to a job without regular, set hours, and I like it better than a 9-4 grind. Right now I only have 7 clients, gym office hours in the evening, and teaching Zumba, but I still feel so busy! I can only imagine what it will be like when the number of clients hits the double digits.

    Thank you for being an inspiration!

  • 9
    Jen January 22, 2014, 9:20 am

    Hi Jen, I love your blog!! I am thinking about starting to work with a personal trainer, but I’m not really sure what a reasonable price would be. I understand it would differ depending on your geographical area, but would love a post that would provide insight on price and what a client should expect in terms of the training sessions, etc. Thanks!

  • 10
    Linda January 22, 2014, 9:30 am

    That picture of you in that yoga pose is amazing. What strength you have!!!

  • 11
    Patti January 22, 2014, 9:41 am

    I’m extremely new to yoga (i.e. I’ve stopped in at the local hot yoga studio ~5 times in the past 3 months and I’ve tried a few at home DVDs). I’d love to do more but I can’t really afford too many more classes at the studio. How do I structure an at-home practice? I don’t feel I know enough to really gain anything on my own yet. Any suggestions?

  • 12
    Amanda Bee January 22, 2014, 12:48 pm

    This makes me feel like I need to get my butt in gear! I like these posts, even as someone not in the fitness industry, because it helps me to see how other people with flexible/changing schedules manage their time.

    I do have to wonder, though, how do you manage to get showered/ready to work within 20 minutes of ending a workout? Do you have a routine that just goes really quickly or have any shortcuts you could share? I wonder because one of my barriers to working out in the morning consistently is how long it takes me to get showered, dressed, dry hair, makeup, etc. after a workout and needing to do all that before work.

  • 13
    Julie January 22, 2014, 12:57 pm

    Oh that yoga pose is amazing? What is it?? I can crow on a good day, but that looks incredibly challenging! That picture of you in the pose can go on a magazine cover!

  • 14
    Julie January 22, 2014, 12:57 pm

    Oh that yoga pose is amazing! What is it?? I can crow on a good day, but that looks incredibly challenging! That picture of you in the pose can go on a magazine cover!

  • 15
    karla @ finding my fit January 22, 2014, 2:14 pm

    Love these posts! Although this has me itching even more to get into the fitness industry. I admire that you are always on the go.. better than sitting at a computer and killing brain cells from 7:30-4…

  • 16
    Holly January 22, 2014, 3:15 pm

    I absolutely love ashtanga yoga. It is how I really connected with yoga in general. I used to always take a led class. I moved over a year ago and have not been able to find a good teacher / class. How do you motivate yourself to practice alone? I crave the assistance of a teacher to guide and challenge me. However, I miss practicing soo much.

  • 17
    Amy January 22, 2014, 3:39 pm

    that yoga pose is amazing!

  • 18
    She Rocks Fitness January 22, 2014, 3:55 pm

    HUGE difference between waking up at 4:00 AM and 5:00 AM! It is like night and day. 🙂 On those super early mornings, I try to make sure I get a nap in wherever I can, even if it is 20 minutes. It always feels so good and definitely helps me get through the evening. Can’t wait to receive my goodies.

  • 19
    Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run January 22, 2014, 4:57 pm

    A lighter day!? That sounds like an insanely BUSY day!! I don’t know how you do it all.

    Being a better friend is one of my 2014 goals as well 🙂

  • 20
    Pam January 22, 2014, 6:29 pm

    Starting a 5:30 am sunrise yoga class in the new studio in our town. I am going to have to go to bed a tiny bit earlier! Your day is amazing as you are! Love the Astanga pose!

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    Alaina January 23, 2014, 11:32 am

    One of my goals this year is definitely to be a better friend. I’ve had to let some people go that I thought were my friends, but now I feel so much more fulfilled in the friends that I do have. I hold them tight. 🙂

  • 22
    tara January 23, 2014, 1:10 pm

    Its so interesting for me to see this type of day ! i work an intense office job and often work 730-630 so all the posts about daily 8 hr grind are my dream ! i wish i was close enough to home to go home for lunch or had more time for lunch in general (meaning not shoveling my food in while reading your blog at my desk!). you do a lot of driving around which in a way probably seems exhausting but people like me are jealous of that because you can work in erroands when you do that since you are already out. Its funny to think that you are probably so tired at the end of the day from all the running around and i feel exhausted from all the mental work crap and the sitting. there are days when i would kill for an on my feet type of job with lots of running around but today its like -5 where i live so maybe not today : )

    I think its WONDERFUL that you have a goal to be a better friend. i wish my friends with kids would have a goal like this ! I’ve lost touch with several of them because of the kid situation and them not being available and to be honest…turning into total crap friends. What an admirable resolution that you have made !

  • 23
    Sierra January 24, 2014, 10:05 am

    I’m curious what you do with Sade when you are gone so much?

  • 24
    Cathleen January 26, 2014, 6:39 am

    Quite a few trips between the gym & home — what is your commute time like? I imagine it must be quick and convenient! (I am a grad student so I have similarly busy/hectic-yet-sometimes-flexible days… I commute on foot, but it’s a good 25-30 minute walk, so I can’t imagine using up that much time on going back home for lunch! Should probably get a bike. 🙂 Always nosy about other people’s commutes!)

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