by Tal Carmel July 16, 2018
Occupation: Certified Personal Trainer and proud NFL wife
As someone who knew sports were not her area of expertise,Mariah, a self-proclaimed planner, wanted to find a different way to keep herself fit and healthy. She researched fitness and nutrition regimens, hitting the books as hard as the gym. Through her efforts, she developed her career path in health and fitness. As a woman who admittedly sweats a lot and gives all or nothing, she values good skincare and the “just do it” attitude, vowing that fitness and health should never be an option, but rather a requirement.
Getting on Track:
I was never good at sports growing up, but I played sports throughout high school. I finally admitted to myself, sometime around my sophomore-junior year, that I was not good enough to continue with sports in college and that I’d need to find some other way to keep exercising and caring for my health. Since I’m a planner, I wanted a fitness regimen that would provide me with longevity. I’m an all or nothing person. So, I got myself a gym membership and started looking into bodybuilding, fitness, and nutrition. I wrote myself fitness programs and spent hours researching how different exercises and nutrition work for your body. My passion for the wellness industry led to me majoring in sports nutrition in college. It spiraled from there and I went all in with it and got my personal trainer certification.
While I always appreciated the guidance and camaraderie of sports, working out on my own afforded me the freedom to focus on the things I wanted. I get more of what I want out of my exercises, because I can tailor each training session to the area I want to work on. The results are directly correlated to the work I put in and I like that. I got into all of this training, because I didn’t want to get to a point in my life where I couldn’t move or I ached all the time, as a result of things I didn’t do when I was younger. I like pushing myself. I can always do more, be better, be stronger. I feel like it’ll help me later in life.
When my boyfriend and I first moved to Tampa, Florida, forChris’s training, his coaches were saying he had an unfair advantage, because he was married to a personal trainer. The truth is we love working out together. We motivate each other. There are so many couples where only one partner works out and the other sits at home. But for us, it’s so fun to push each other, motivate each other, and teach each other. Chris comes to me to learn proper form for exercises, and, in the off season, I’ll write him a program based on what he wants to improve. Then, he’ll come home some days and show me different core exercises andrunning drills (not that I know anything about running drills!). Fitness is such a big part of our lives, because it’s literally what we both do all day long. It’s cool that we can combine our two fitness worlds.
As a personal trainer and someone who makes a living on fitness and training the body, I wish people would stop looking at other peoples bodies and try to emulate them. I never looked at someone else’s body and thought to myself ‘I wish I looked like that’. I have always focused on myself in terms of the body I have, and I asked myself ‘how can I enhance it?’ I always try to tell people not to get caught up in the end results and where theywant to be.
The FRÉ Effect:
As someone who is constantly working out and sweating, you wouldn’t think I’d care so much about skincare, but I’m obsessed with it. Especially once we moved to Florida, I felt like I was sweating 24-hours a day; I really started looking for a regimen I could follow that would help me keep my skin in check. FRÉ made it easy. The first time I put it on, my skin was glowing and it immediately decreased my redness. Taking care of your skin, especially immediately after a workout, is so important! Letting sweat sit on your skin is really bad for your complexion.
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