Hello and happy new year! This is Callie, your new online editor for fitnessrxwomen.com. I just wanted to take a moment to reintroduce myself.
Since our press release about a month ago, it may have seemed as though you have not heard much from me— this because I’ve been behind the scenes taking some time to learn my position. The former editor, Jaime Baird , did an AMAZING job with the site. Ironically, when I first started competing in Bikini, Jaime was an IFBB Bikini pro I admired, so to have the opportunity to keep building on the job she was doing is pretty special.
In case you missed the press release or are unfamiliar with who I am, here’s a quick breakdown. First and foremost, I was an athlete most of my life— I played soccer, basketball and softball in high school and NCAA Division 1 softball in college. I have a degree in Business Marketing with a concentration in Advertising and Communications, and I have interned at the Baseball Hall of Fame and ESPN. I have also been trained and worked as both a TV and radio host, for a variety of programs.
I got into competing in the NPC almost four years ago, as way to have a goal and focus for my training. Growing up as an athlete, my training was always focused on enhancing my athletic performance, whether it be to kick harder, thrower farther or turn in the inside fastball quicker. My training always had a purpose and I needed to find that again. I had never really “dieted” or trained for a “look” or even wore heels…so I had a LOT to learn!
About two years later I earned my IFBB pro card at the NPC Team Universe and I have learned so much about training, dieting and even just myself in this process. I have found that people enjoy and have some level of interest in knowing more about my training and diet— from my family and friends, to my supporters on social media. Everyone seems to have questions about fitness— even my grandfather, a few years ago before he passed, was asking me about glute-strengthening exercises. :)
That means a lot to me, I grew up in a family of doctors and health care professionals, and I heard a lot of stories of illness. Much of illness is stress related, which more times than not means a poor diet and lack of movement for an extended period of time. My grandfather (a doctor), always used to say to me, “Callie, movement is the best medicine.” And I couldn’t agree more. Being exposed to this early on made me want to be involved in an industry, where I could have the opportunity to reach people with the message that food and movement are important! Not just for appearance, but because eating real food and moving is what our bodies are designed to do and what they need to stay well.
Steve, Elyse and the rest of the team at FitnessRx for Women gave me an opportunity to be on their August cover in 2015 and I couldn’t have been more honored! I thought that was going to be my highlight of 2015, but then I was given the opportunity to become the new online editor. To hold this position means so much to me. Being able to join the team at FitnessRx for Women and together reach more people with the message of fitness, health and wellness is more than I could have asked for.
I just wanted to take a minute and thank you all for your continued support of fitnessrxwomen.com. We have the largest online women’s fitness following and that is all thanks to YOU. I value your input, and if there is anything you would ever like us to write about or cover, PLEASE let me know! You can find me on any of the FitnessRx for Women social media or on my own— I will list them all below in my bio. I am really looking forward to 2016 and continuing to grow our community, our site and continuing to provide more content for women who like to train hard!