Hi, I am Michele
I grew up in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, PA and still live in the area today. I was always active as a dancer, cheerleader, and soccer player. After graduating from high school, I attended Penn State University – Main Campus. It was there I studied Elementary Education. I ALWAYS wanted to be an elementary school teacher! The summer before my junior year of college I came home and got a job at a local gym. I worked in their childcare, at the juice bar, and at the front desk. I met my husband, Robb, who also worked at the gym. After graduating from college, I was a substitute teacher for six months. In August of 2005, I got a job as a 2nd grade teacher. In the spring of 2006, Robb surprised me with a visit to my classroom and a proposal!! After 15 months of planning, we got married in June of 2007.
In April of 2009, we received very exciting news….we were going to be parents! I was pregnant with our first child which we later found out was a boy! We were THRILLED! Before getting pregnant, I really started my journey to a healthier life. I knew it was so important to take care of myself, so I could continue to remain active during my entire pregnancy. I wanted to do all I could to have a healthy pregnancy. Jordan arrived on New Years Eve of that year.
After Jordan was born, I knew my trips to the gym were not going to happen very often. I decided to get a jogging stroller and start running with him. It was a very slow start with a lot of walking AND running. Losing the baby weight and “bouncing back” was actually quite easy! Eventually I really started to LOVE to run. I enjoyed challenging myself and loved the feeling of accomplishment as I added miles to my runs. I started training for my first half marathon in July of 2010. After already getting up to 10 miles, the half marathon I was training for was cancelled. I couldn’t believe it! After much thought, I decided not to wait until May of 2011 to run the Pittsburgh half marathon…I decided to just go for the FULL! I completed my first full marathon in May of 2011, and it was an amazing sense of accomplishment!
Life then began to change….A LOT! I was involuntarily moved to 4th grade in my school after teaching 2nd grade for six years. It was a matter of completely starting over…just when I thought I had this full-time working mom thing down. I’ll admit…it rocked my world. We were also building a house, moved in, and was then pregnant with my second child. We were going to have a girl in April of 2012. Again we were absolutely thrilled! After having Ashlyn (my second C-section), bouncing back did not come too easy. I STRUGGLED the second time around. I could not lose the weight. I was still nursing. I had to go back to work earlier than with Jordan. I was not myself. I didn’t feel good. I didn’t like what I saw in the mirror. Work was CRAZY! Life was CRAZY!
In November of 2012, I joined my first online challenge group with my coach. It was about a month after I went back to work from my maternity leave. It was a group with all busy moms. Robb at one point had gotten the program Insanity from Craigslist. I decided to give it a try…especially if it meant not taking a ton of time away from my family, but I would still be able to take care of myself AND get a good workout. I LOVED the classes I took at the gym. I knew those workouts would be hard to replace. It turned out to be JUST what I needed. I LOVED the support from the other women in the group. It was so great to connect and interact with other moms trying to make their health and fitness a priority. We shared our ups and downs and supported each other through it all. I fell in LOVE with Insanity. I fell in LOVE with the challenge group. I fell in love with it so much…so much that I decided to sign up as a Team Beachbody Coach in January of 2013. Little did I know how LIFE-CHANGING this little opportunity would be.
The main reason I signed up as a coach was to help others the way I was helped, and to help busy women/moms realize they CAN take care of themselves. To help them realize the importance of taking care of themselves in order to be the best they could be! Since becoming a health and fitness coach, I have become both a Certified Insanity and P90X Instructor. I have completed a lot of programs including Insanity MAX:30, 21-Day Fix, 21-Day Fix Extreme, PiYo, the Ultimate Reset, Hammer & Chisel, 22 Minute Hard Corps, and Core De Force. I have been able to surround myself with an AMAZING community of coaches. I founded my team…Team Fit & Focused. The environment I work in is constantly positive and uplifting. I have focused on personal development and have strengthened my faith. Life as a coach has been really, really good.
I knew I always wanted to teach….I couldn’t imagine not doing it. And I knew there was always a purpose for me in life. I discovered this was it. With this opportunity, I combined my love for teaching with my love for health and fitness, and decided to go full-time with my health and fitness coaching business. I basically worked my butt off to make this happen and truly enjoyed every second of it! I resigned from teaching (in the classroom) in June of 2015. I have been a full-time health and fitness coach since. I’m still most definitely a teacher….just in a different way. I can work from HOME and stay home with my two beautiful children who are now 6 and 4. I have been blessed with this opportunity and this life. Now it is time to keep paying it forward.
My passion lies with health and fitness and helping others!