There are so many reasons why I wanted to start EcoStrength. With the current state of our world, it is more important than ever to not only focus on our mental and physical health, but also the health of our planet.
A little about me...
Growing up, I was always overweight, had low self-esteem, and really didn’t love anything fitness related. My diet wasn’t the best and my physical and mental health started to deteriorate. Tired of being bullied about my weight (kids can be mean), I walked past a martial arts gym one day during my Freshman year of high school and made the decision to walk in. It was terrifying and incredibly difficult, but I stuck with it.
That was the best decision of my life. I fell in love with the community, the workouts, and the lifestyle. Fast-forward 8 years. I got a hold of my diet and nutrition and adapted a healthy lifestyle, effectively getting my weight in check. I continued my passion for martial arts and have since participated in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, and Boxing competitions and have gotten a degree in psychology and neuroscience (because mental health is just as important as physical health) and am pursuing an advanced degree in counseling while becoming NASM Certified as a personal trainer..
I have also had amazing opportunities to experience different types of fitness, from yoga to high intensity interval training (HIIT) to strength training and Pilates. These experiences have not only led me to develop a love for so many different types of fitness, but I have loved connecting with so many different and wonderful people from around the world.
Throughout my fitness journey I kept running into a problem: Why wasn’t there a place where I could buy sustainable, high quality products for my workouts without spending my entire paycheck on one piece of equipment? I was constantly running into the dilemma of buying something that was less than high quality and not so eco-friendly but nicer on my bank account or buying something high quality and eco-friendly but would drain my bank account.
You always hear about how we should protect our environment, and with the current legislation (or lack of) from our current administration, we should now more than ever. But why make it unattainable to the majority of people? My main goal of starting EcoStrength is to help people love their workouts whether they are just starting their journey or are seasoned veterans in the fitness community while providing more sustainable products for our earth.
We truly believe that you should love yourself, your workout, and your world without limitations.