About Velma Garnes

Yes, that's me in that dreary picture to the right.  It's the only picture I would let someone take after I made the decision to finally do something about the way I looked and felt. 

You know as a trainer for 29 years it became easy to get caught up and sidetracked with the vigors of life, and as a fitness professional, I was embarrassed by the way I let myself go. I was focusing way too much on clients, business and family.

At one point I was moving from one home to another, moving my place of business, transferring my kids from one school to another, teaching 5 fitness classes at a local college and studying to finish my master's in exercise science while I was continually teaching at my own studio and training clients.

Whew! Talk about busy! I never want to go back there again. I did NOT put myself first, and I was M-I-S-E-R-A-B-L-E.

I hated the way I looked and and felt and I was embarrassed about it. I tried to pretend that if I was a great trainer that no one would really notice, but this was not the case. I wasn't fooling anyone. Least of all myself.

I figured if I had the knowledge and education behind me that it really shouldn't matter what I looked like, right? Don't think so. Why train with someone who obviously does not practice what they preach?  I wouldn't.

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Finally, I knew I had to make a change and incorporate my new lifestyle into my life the same way you brush your teeth every morning regardless of what the day throws at you. It must become a habit, it's what you do. It has become part of my daily living, like breathing. I know it has to happen no matter what, no excuses.

I had finally decided to get my priorities in order and pursued my long-awaited goal: doing fitness competitions and I felt amazing.

I know it's said to never say never, but I can honestly say, I'm never going back to unproductive living again.

Once YOU decide, this can easily happen for you too and I want to help you get there. Through all these years of training I have developed and believe in this mission statement:

My Mission

I will treat you with great empathy, respect where you are, and help you commit to your goals without working harder on it than you do. I will empower you with the truth and educate you about the importance and preservation of your muscle for the vitality and maintenance of your body.

Life can either be what you let happen to you, or it can be what you make it. Which is it going to be for you?

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