In typing up this post, I realize that a big update is long overdue. I’ve been so preoccupied setting up and beginning this new chapter of my life (post-college/real world), that I struggled to integrate regular blogging into my schedule. Until I really settle into things and find a new and improved role for the blog, I’m going to take a bit of pressure off of consistent blogging, and stick to product reviews and updates for the meantime.
Okay so update time! Here we go…
I have a couple different jobs here in NYC: coaching squash, and personal training/group fitness instructing. Yes, I am putting my squash ability and NASM cert to use!
The studio I work for is called Body Space Fitness. If you’re a longtime reader of Squash on Squash (hello, grandparents!), you may recall me raving about BSF when I visited NYC last summer. Well, earlier this summer (after graduation), I reached out to the owner, Kelvin Gary, and inquired regarding any opportunities. One thing led to the next, and voila! Since the beginning of July, I have been an employee of Body Space Fitness.
The first month was mainly training (aka me shadowing and watching in order to learn), but soon progressed to teaching the group classes, and am now working with clients.
I’ve learned a ton these past couple months, and don’t foresee the learning decelerating at all any time soon. I feel very fortunate to be surrounded by a small but mighty team of very positive, smart, and encouraging people, and am so glad that I am able to put my athletic experience to use!
I’ve also been coaching squash a couple times a week, mainly up in Westchester, NY. There aren’t too many female coaches around the area, so I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to work with a lot of junior girls throughout the year. I was lucky to have a few female squash mentors as a junior, and I’d love to give back and provide any sort of knowledge that I have regarding the game, or even college!
Squash and Training
Now that my knee and back are doing much better post-accident, I am training again in full force! I have found some good coaching and hitting partners here in the city, and have been doing a combination of HIIT strength/cardio classes at Body Space as well as spinning to cross train.
While I was interviewing for several different jobs in June, I knew in the back of my mind that I didn’t want to pursue a normal 9-5 office desk job. Working in the fitness industry has allowed me to engage with others in an active environment, as well as fit in my own training during the day. Oh yeah-I get to wear workout clothes everyday too!
So far things are going well (knock on wood), and as things get busier throughout the fall season, I’m still fairly confident I won’t miss the long days of class followed by hours of homework. It’s time to take a break from that!
Well that’s all from me. Because a post wouldn’t be complete without some sort of food item or workout, here’s a picture of my lunch from yesterday: Trader Joe’s “cruciferous crunch”, with black beans, edamame, avocado, and sweet potato, dressed with a little olive oil and Trader Joe’s spicy black bean dip. Yums!