Master Trainer & Triathlete – Kimberly Shah

This week on the FitMonk Digest, we have the inspirational and multi-talented triathlete,
Kimberly Shah.

Tell us about yourself.
I’m from Chicago, and I  moved back to India after studying the fitness industry for the past 5 years.
Having always wanted to work on the preventive side of medicine, and work to keep people healthy, I have a background in Eastern Medicine which turned me towards the fitness industry.
The first fitness classes I ever taught was 10 years ago: classes on Japanese Yoga which then lead me towards  endurance sports.
I am a Master Trainer for Trigger Point Performance, Star Trac Coach and Master Trainer and a sponsored elite triathlete for PowerBar.

How did you get started with your fitness journey.
Fitness has always been a part of my life.  I was someone who broke the typical mold of following your parents footsteps.  Sports has always been a part of my life since a kid, and have continued it still to this day.  I was a Junior Olympic Diver, trained endless hours as a teen and loved every minute of it.  I also competed in track and field as a hurdler and 400 meter dash. I rock climbed for four years, then moved to yoga and ended up in the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon is what has formed my career and I hope to continue it for the rest of my life.

What changes has switching to the healthier lifestyle made for you.
There was never a switch as such  I have always lived an active life, however, there has been a motivating factor that has driven me: my family.  Unfortunately, my family is very inactive and most of them have terrible health problems.  Their bodies are unfit, they eat poorly, bodies hurt and are on medications. My father has been diabetic since 45, and had five bypasses at the age of 52 and a pacemaker at 53.  It pains me to see them slowly take away the quality of their life and teach their children how to live unhealthy.I want to be a good example for them.  I want to help them change their lifestyle by showing them how much fun being fit can be.  Luckily, I have had some influence on my brother and one of my sisters.

Where can we look forward to seeing Kimberly Shah in the future?
I plan on being all over India!  My objective for moving here was to spread knowledge on health and fitness.  I will be giving lectures, educational trainings and workshops all over the country throughout the year.  You can see my schedule at www.kimberlyshah.com or book a workshop by contacting me at info@kimberlyshah.com

Best piece of advice you’d give people from your experience.
You have been given one amazing gift to live with your entire life…your body.  It is your responsibility to take care of it.  Be conscious of the how you use it and what you put into it.  This machine will break if you don’t take care of it, and you cannot trade it in.  It is up to you to learn and understand what it takes to keep the engine running properly.  Take the time to educate and empower yourself.  There is no greater feeling in the world than to feel good and healthy in body and mind, and you cannot have one without the other.

Any parting thoughts?
Everyone has their own definition of fitness.  It is important to define yours.  What does it mean to be fit?  Are you able to move the way you want pain free?  Are you able do things without getting breathless?  Are you living a life without medications?  These are all things to consider.  Being fit improves your quality of life.  What type of quality is your life and do you want to improve?

 

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