Hey there, I’m Bethany!
I’m a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, a mama of one (so far), a Christian, and lover of reading, learning, silliness, food, and lifting weights.
Ever since I was a young teenager I was interested in health and fitness. I got into lifting weights in college and grew a desire for increasing strength. After getting married and becoming a young mom my perspective of life matured a little bit and made me realize how important health and fitness really is for me and my family.
I created Bethany Joy Fitness and my Facebook Page for women and moms who desire to improve their health, to be encouraged, supported, connected, and informed.
My training philosophy is to focus on sustainable and natural health and being in tune with your body. I believe the simpler your approach to a healthier life, the greater likelihood you will stick with it. I also focus on strength, especially for women since we tend to forget about that part.
My three fitness principles, I believe, that encompass a solid training system include function, strength, and joy.
Function: Mastering function in fitness will help guide you to decipher the right workout plans and exercises in order to be more efficient, balanced, and capable for every day life and occasional adventures.
Strength: Increasing and focusing on building your strength will increase confidence, build lean muscle, increase fat loss (which will give your body more of a healthy shape), empower you to challenge yourself physically and mentally.
Joy: I believe we are here in this life to have joy. Remembering that improving your health helps improve your joy should be an encouragement to press forward. I want you to enjoy being healthy and enjoy continuing with your health. Joy doesn’t mean happy-go-lucky every time you go to the gym. It means real, sincere, fulfilled happiness about the reason behind what you’re doing is good and that it will make you a better person.
A little more about me…
As most teenage girls go through a stage, in my younger years I was always self-conscious of my “thicker, stocky” body. I just had a little more muscle than most girls and thought I needed to do a lot more cardio and eat less to achieve a “prettier” body.. I was great at sports and very athletic, but didn’t embrace it as much as I should have.
It wasn’t until college after running almost an hour everyday at the gym, that I discovered Crossfit workouts and would do a workout everyday with a small group of girls. I thought it was stupid and dangerous at first and quit it after a day or so.
As strength training and being strong became more popular amongst women and girls, (the phrase, “Strong is the New Skinny” was everywhere) I started to look into weightlifting a little more and ended up falling in love.
I loved the way I saw results and progress after just a week. I loved the way my muscles felt tighter and stronger and I was able to feel more comfortable in the gym throwing around dumbbells. Currently, Crossfit is my favorite thing ever!
Becoming a personal trainer was the perfect way for me to learn more and teach other women how awesome weight training is for your body and your mind!
Cue mom life…pregnancy was a wake up call for me. I gained just under 50 lbs and had high blood pressure towards the end. It was the first time in my life that I wasn’t “completely” healthy.
Losing weight after pregnancy was hard, but never believed it would be for me because I was so consistent with my health. Nope. Just…nope. It’s hard.
I had to be a little more (ok A LOT more) self-disciplined to lose the baby weight, and still haven’t completely been back to my pre-pregnancy shape. That’s ok with me, as long as I’m continually working on being healthy for me.
I’ve learned to take care of my body and ended up embracing it for what it is. When you take care of your body or anything else for that matter, you learn to love it.
I’d be ecstatic if you stuck around and joined me on this journey towards a healthy, happy life.