Hi there & welcome to The Fit Flamingo!
My name is Madison and I’m a recent graduate from The University of Texas at Austin. I have a B.S. in Kinesiology & Health with a specialization as a health fitness instructor. I’ve been a certified personal trainer (CI-CPT) through The Cooper Institute in Dallas for the past two years. My love of movement stems from years of playing basketball (my first love!) and the personal challenges I faced through sport. I’ve had incredible opportunities working as a private trainer, group fitness instructor, and speed/agility coach, growing my skillset while shadowing, interning, and working at 4 different reputable gyms in Austin, Texas. I’ve worked with men and women of all ages, from 6 to 63 and have found an irrepressible joy in working with women. Truth be told, I struggle to understand my own worth without first taking my physical appearance into consideration. My deepest struggles are rooted in my acne (which is finally starting to clear!!) and expectations of what I’m “supposed to look like” as a female in the fitness industry.
Here are some of my goals for this blog!
- To help women love movement, connecting with themselves on a deeper level inwardly while simultaneously growing closer to others.
- Have an online presence for my personal training & group fitness clients to reference.
- Build a community of followers that encourages, uplifts, and compliments each other in the midst of so much social comparison.
- Personally, I want to grow as a writer. My ultimate dream one day is to write children’s books on health & fitness!
- Lastly, I want to become a better trainer, growing in my knowledge of physiology, anatomy, and nutrition. I am currently studying to become a Nutrition Coach and look forward to the accountability this blog will provide, challenging me to think deeper and research more information as it becomes available!
At the end of the day, women’s fitness can so quickly become about aesthetics. I believe we owe it to ourselves to take care of our bodies, but not just because we want to look good. Here’s a simple truth! Our worth as women extends far beyond the physical. Fitness should be fun!! It should be functional — meaning it should help you do what you do best in your life outside the gym. It should help us connect with others (our flock!) and be a platform for us to grow not only physically, but mentally, emotionally, and spiritually as well.
Always learning, always growing (with grace and patience and perseverance!),
B.S. Kinesiology & Health | The University of Texas at Austin
Specialization as a Health Fitness Instructor