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Kelsi

TENURE: 2
HOMETOWN:  West Warwick, RI
COLLEGE:  National Academy of Sports Medicine

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Hey Patriots Nation!

I’m Kelsi and today I’m going to share with you how I shifted my career path from working in the medical field to pursuing my passion for fitness and becoming a personal trainer. When I was freshman in high school I knew that I wanted to enroll in the health occupations program at the Warwick Area Career and Technical Center. I've always had a desire to help people because I grew up assisting my mother taking care of my disabled brother Christopher, who has Angelman Syndrome. The characteristics of his disorder include developmental delay, speech impairment, seizures, and he also has an inability to walk/balance which means he relies on the person taking care of him for their strength to assist him with simple daily activities. My empathy for helping Chris lead to me becoming a nursing assistant.

At this point I was about 16 years old and let me tell you lifting my brother and rolling patients not an easy task for someone as small as I was! I really disliked how weak I felt when I took care of both my brother and other patients so I began going to the gym about three days a week. 

It definitely wasn’t the first day I walked into the gym that I considered becoming a personal trainer. It actually wasn’t until much later that I decided to make a transition. Eventually, when I became consistent with exercising that I started to notice how much easier it was to help Chris bear his own weight and I wasn’t struggling as much as I used to when rolling patients over in their beds. Fitness became a hobby of mine because it not only made me feel and look stronger, but it made me feel confident. Over time my friends began noticing the small improvements I was making and that I was also bringing healthier lunches to school. That also lead them to asking me for advice. I would always get really excited when someone would ask me questions about fitness or nutrition. When my hard work that I was putting in the gym began to pay off, fitness became my passion.

After high school, I went to college with an intention to continue working towards a career in the medical field, but as I became more enthused with fitness and nutrition, my focus began to shift. I knew I loved helping people and that transitioned into me earning a certification as a personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). I am now currently working at a gym in Rhode Island and you know the expression... if you do what you love then you will never work a day in your life.  I can honestly say that couldn’t be more true!

 

 

 

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