Fitness and Faith
My love for fitness started from childhood when I discovered soccer. It was the air I breathed and what I gave my heart to for 13 years. I loved training for it in every sense. I loved challenging myself physically and mentally. I developed mental toughness and perseverance. When I graduated high school, I ended up coming to Penn State University from NYC in hopes to try out as a walk on for the Women’s Soccer team. Fortunately, God had bigger plans. I ended up coming to a rugby tryout (as a supportive friend) which later led me to playing PSU Women’s Rugby. God never wanted me to try out for the soccer team.
Jesus met me on the Rugby team where I connected with my teammates and found out that many of them were Christians. Broken, tattered and weary, He picked me up, cleaned me up and whispered sweetly, “now you are as white as snow, without spot, blemish or wrinkle.” Pretty soon after accepting Christ, trials came on the team. I dislocated my shoulder twice and needed surgery. It took me two years to fully recover. Jesus was with me every step of the way and the intimacy between us grew.
Now, I am working as a Certified Exercise Physiologist at a gym in State College, the town that PSU is located. I basically help people reach their fitness goals. God also uses this as a doorway for me to minister to them. I have been able to speak life and truth into dark situations. He has been so gracious with using me in amazing ways; I never would have dreamed of a better plan. My plan was to eat, breathe, and play soccer. His plan is for His Son to be glorified through broken people and situations throughout all eternity.
Living and working as a Christian woman in a non-faith based organization has a lot of potential for fun and growth! Myself and a few other women of faith recently had a conversation about working in a gym setting. Usually people at the gym are relaxed because it is not a high stress environment, people are riding the endorphin high and loving life for the most part. Christ can be glorified in every setting! “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters” Colossians 3:23.
I am thankful and eternally grateful for the place God has put me. And I will strive to remain in His rest throughout the journey He has set before me!