It’s nice to see Lori in the Ambassador Spotlight! Lori Musselman is an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, AFPA Certified Nutrition & Wellness Consultant and a NETA Group Exercise Instructor. Check out her blog Chasing Fitness, like MusselFit Fitness Training and Nutrition Coaching on Facebook, and follow Lori on Twitter @LoriMusselman.
How do you define FitFluential?
I first fell in love with the idea of becoming a FitFluential Ambassador when I read their motto: Eat, Sleep, Move and Enjoy. I’ve had so many clients who come to me with the notion that they aren’t allowed to eat; they get very little sleep; the only way they’re moving is by spreading themselves too thin and most are hardly enjoying life. This used to be me. I have found more of a balance when I began my lifestyle change and that transferred into a career as fitness professional. I still struggle with all 4 areas but I now know that it’s ok to eat a cookie every now and then; it’s ok to want a good night’s sleep; it’s ok to take the time for myself to exercise to make ‘me’ better; and finally, it’s ok to enjoy life. I’m a work in progress. Always eager to learn more and set an example for those around me by keeping it real.
What is your main motivation to be fit?
My main motivation to stay fit has got to be my family: I have two handsome sons; Jake (13) and Sam (10). I’ve been married to my husband Shawn for 17 years. My mindset as a parent is that I need to be the best mom I can be to my boys. I don’t believe that means giving up everything for them. Instead, I believe I need to be a role model with integrity, honor and success. I want to lead by example that it’s ok to go after your dreams, even if a few nightmares are thrown at me along the way. I want them to know its ok to fail because that is how we learn. With that said, I use fitness as the venue. I do my best to be the best me I can be.
FitFluential believes the keys to balance are Eat, Sleep, Move and Enjoy. What is your favorite way to enjoy life?
My favorite way to enjoy life is also sports oriented. I love to hike, play soccer, run and compete in Bikini Competitions. I also love to watch my boys play soccer and my husband play ice hockey. I love to shop with my best friend. I enjoy drinking a glass of red wine on the front porch on a summer night. Mostly simple things but nonetheless, the things that I’ve found make me smile the most.
What is your regular fitness routine?
I work out 5-6 days a week. I normally train one to two body parts at a time using a metabolic approach to keep my heart rate up. I run 2-3 days per week and do incline walking on the treadmill the other cardio days. Normally, there is a day once per week where I add in a plyometric workout as well.
What advice do you have for someone at the beginning of their fitness journey?
One of my favorite quotes, “You don’t have to be great to start but you do have to start to be great!” comes to mind as the answer to this question. Some people are really intimidated by exercise. There are so many signs and posts on social media that make us believe that if we have to go hard or go home with a picture of an uber-fit person as the model. What we must remember is that we can Go Hard or Go Home at any fitness level. There’s always going to be someone that is less fit than me and someone that is more fit than me….so I guess what I’m trying to say when you begin your fitness journey, don’t worry about the person standing next to you, behind you or beside you! Just worry about you and the effort you’re giving to YOUR workout!
How are your 2012 fitness goals coming along?
My fitness goals are coming along nicely. In April of this year, I competed in an NPC Sanctioned Bikini Competition alongside training for a contest sponsored by SAN called the Flab-to-Fab Challenge. I didn’t win the bikini competition, however, I was chosen as first place in the challenge! I took a trip to Vegas to be a guest in their booth for the Olympia.