Inspiring Health Pros
Sara Baumgartner – Group Fitness Instructor
Sara is up on the blog today and I am happy for you all to get to know her a little better. Sara and I both have a love for fitness and helping our clients have a good workout and feel their best in their own skin. I’ve been fortunate enough to sit down with her to discuss being in the wellness field and just talking about the things we love about it, the issues we run into, how we program, and our favorite moves we like to put into our workouts. Sara and I have both taken each other’s classes. It’s nice once in a while to give yourself a programming break and let someone else train you from time to time. I’m here to tell you first hand how great Sara’s workouts are. She keeps them fun, fresh, and pushes you just outside of your comfort zone. It’s a great mix when looking for a workout and a trainer. If you are in the area, go check out her classes. Thank you, Sara, for taking time to do this interview and sharing your personal wellness journey and giving us all a bit of your fitness advice. I truly appreciate you.
What is your occupation?
Group fitness instructor for 9 years now. Currently working at Nolensville Rec center, teaching classes to my neighbors, and working out of the Sharecare office building.
How did you choose this career?
I’ve always loved to workout and get people healthy! Being a cheerleader in high school helped me to be creative and make every class different!
What do you love about what you do?
The creativity in planning and teaching each class. I always love when people say they have a love/ hate relationship with my class! I want to make it fun and hard!
When you first started living a healthy lifestyle, did you have a mentor or did you find more success doing it on your own?
I would say I’ve always lived a healthy lifestyle but as far as getting into group fitness I had a mentor. Her name was Jenny and she just saw the drive in me when I attended her class! Still grateful for her guidance.
What pushes you out of your comfort zone?
Running. I’ve tried to do it more and lengthen my runs but it is not as enjoyable as a group workout with my friends!
What kind of workout do you do, how many days per week do you workout, and for how long?
I love cardio, weights, running, dance classes and anything high speed! I usually workout 5-6 times per week about 45 minutes to an hour each.
What does a typical day of eating look like for you?
Lunch: fruit and a small snack. Not a huge lunch eater
Dinner: love to cook so usually a chicken dish with veggies or other creative fun meals that I try out.
Snacks: energy balls, fruit, nuts
What inspires you to live a healthy and active life?
I do it for my kids! I want them to learn to be healthy and active.
How do you stay motivated on a daily basis?
Well, I love to eat. It’s not healthy everyday so it helps me to be motivated to workout so I can splurge every once in a while.
How do you handle unhealthy cravings?
Sometimes you just have to have it to get it off your mind. Not too much! I really try to work on my portions.
What would you say is the key to balancing it all?
Support from my husband. He also chooses a healthy lifestyle and if we didn’t do it together it would make things harder.
What is your favorite workout apparel?
If you could only pick one exercise or movement to do everyday that would be amazing for your body, what would it be?
Planks- all types! They are so good for toning every part of your body
What advice would you give to people to be their healthiest and best self?
Get moving everyday. Run up the stairs, walk with kids, park far away at the store! Always getting extra movement in will make a change!
Please share your favorite healthy recipe.
Energy bites! Great grab and go or for a quick snack
1 cup toasted coconut
1/2 peanut butter
1/2 cup ground flax seed or wheat germ
1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)
1tsp vanillaMix all ingredients together, chill in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, roll into balls and store in the fridge for up to a week! Enjoy