There was a time not too long ago that I hated working out.

Growing up, I wasn’t exactly what you would call athletic.  I dreaded gym class, hated sports, and never even set foot in a gym until my sophomore year of college. As a child I sought refuge in the arts: theatre, music, dance. I spent most of my early years driving between my hometown in New Jersey and New York to audition and work as a child actor. My love of performing led me to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where I graduated in 2013 with a BFA in theatre.

When I finished school, I found myself thrown into the crazy, stressful lifestyle of a struggling artist.  I juggled several awful side jobs, woke up before dawn to go to open call auditions, and did my best to stay positive.  I figured if I was auditioning regularly, it was important for me to look my best, so I joined a gym in my neighborhood and started working out a bit.  I was terrified to leave the cardio room - so I stuck to the treadmill, even though I despised running.  

Then, one day, I found the courage to venture into the weight room.  I began slowly. I watched YouTube videos, read blogs, and tried to learn as much as possible about weight training.  I put together a basic lifting split for myself based off of different articles and programs I found online and before I knew it, I was doing something I’d never dreamed of before - not only was I was working out in the gym multiple days a week, but I was actually enjoying it.  It wasn’t long before I was completely hooked.  

The gym became my respite, the place where I could go to de-stress from my uninspiring day job and the exhausting, nerve-wracking audition circuit.  I started to feel physically strong for the first time in my life and as I gained muscle in the gym, I started feeling stronger outside of it as well.  This newfound strength helped me to admit that I was not happy with my current situation, and that it was about time I changed it. I realized that fitness was no longer just a hobby for me; it was a true passion and I wanted to find a way to share that with as many people as possible, so after becoming ACE certified, I quit my job and began pursuing my new career as a personal trainer. 

Becoming a trainer was the most natural, seamless transition I have made in my life.

I love sharing my story because it’s so important to remember that everyone starts somewhere.  The 15 year old me that was terrified of playing sports in gym class would never in a million years have believed that one day I would love lifting heavy weights and be a fitness professional.  But the most wonderful thing about exercise is this: absolutely anyone can do it.  No matter what your age, gender, height, weight, history - there IS a way that you can use exercise to enhance your life.  It’s a matter of finding the right way for you.  Most people just haven't found that yet.

That’s why my ultimate goal as a trainer is to help you discover it so you can start to find enjoyment in exercise. I know what it’s like to dread physical activity and to feel insecure about your fitness capabilities.  I want to assist you in not only transforming your body, but your attitude, lifestyle, and overall mindset when it comes to healthy living.  

Let me help you fall in love with fitness just like I did and see how it can change your life.

Miriam Fried, dailydoseofitness