Who are you, and why are you in Nashville?
Hi I’m Katie! I moved to Nashville 5 years ago on a whim, and I've loved it so much I haven’t left. I didn’t have any idea what I wanted to do for work when I moved here, but I knew I wanted to work, in some capacity, in the health and wellness world.
I joined Climb with a friend soon after the East side location opened up. I got really excited about climbing, and then I took Renee’s boot camp class. And that class changed my world! :) I loved it so much; I started taking a lot of different fitness classes. A year+ later, I had my personal training certification and my 200-hour yoga certification, and I started teaching classes.
What sparked your interest in fitness or yoga?
I’ve practiced yoga since high school, but I wasn’t really involved with the fitness world until I fell in love with that boot camp class. I was surprised that doing pushups and squats made me feel so good.
Since then how has fitness or yoga changed your life?
Yoga gave me a strong foundation, and fitness has taken me to another level. My body feels so strong, and I am so much more confident in my capabilities in and outside of the gym. I keep coming back to train because it helps me deal with all aspects of my life in a more constructive way.
And what about personal training keeps you coming back?
Personal training is the best job. I love teaching people how to move. I think giving yourself the time to move your body— whether it’s super restorative yoga or a sweaty, heart pumping workout— makes all of life a little bit better. My goal is to help people find a movement practice they enjoy and give them the tools they need to be successful in that movement practice. My favorite moments with clients are seeing people reach a goal- whether it’s a heavy deadlift or a solid pushup.
Do you have a favorite workout/pose/flow?
My personal favorite movements are deadlifts, kettlebell swings, and slow, restorative yoga. I love any workout that involves kettlebells or using just my bodyweight.
What's rad about your life right now, in or outside the gym?
Outside of the gym, I’ve got a super sweet golden pup named Hazel Grace, and a sweet boo. Life is good.
Any shoutouts, current projects (fitness or not), or anything else you want to share with the community?
Check out my fitness account on Instagram for workout ideas @empowered_movement.