This week we are high-fiving FiTONIC’s Athlete Spotlight: Cami Miller! Cami has experience in a variety of athletic activities including sports, CrossFit, lifting, and experimenting with different workout classes. She believes that we are ALL UNIQUE and have to try different things both in our workout routines and with our nutrition. She drops some serious encouragement to those who are looking to make progress in their fitness goals and shines a light on the importance of small consistent steps. Big thank you and high-five to Cami!
What is your fave way to train (running, yoga, CrossFit, weightlifting, dancing…)?
Cross-training: a mix of functional and old school (biceps, back, leg day, etc.) with a side of cardio and yoga.
How did that become your thing?
Through trial and error over many years - from sports in high school, to a gym-lover in college, to being in the corporate world and figuring out how to fit it all in, to working at Lululemon and trying every workout class possible, to jumping on the CrossFit bandwagon and getting injured, to finally finding the balance that is perfect for my body that yields the best results. I strongly believe that what we naturally find ourselves able to commit to for an extended period of time and enjoy is how we know it is OUR THING because that is ultimately where we get the best results - commitment and consistency - and you can’t commit to something you don’t enjoy.
How has training physically changed you mentally or emotionally?
There is a stress-release and, of course, the natural happy endorphins that come from it, but more so, training gives me the self-motivation to see that I’m capable of what I put my mind to. When I’m on that last rep, and I don’t think I can do it, but I do - there’s something deeper happening in my mind in that moment that I carry into my everyday life. How I show up in the gym parallels to how I show up in life. If my training feels off, then it is probably time for me to do a self-inventory in other areas of my life. It’s a trickle effect.
What is still hard for you about your training, fitness or nutrition?
Rest and recovery practices. It seems counterintuitive that the rest and recovery is the hardest part because it is perhaps the easiest thing to do, but I feel like I could always benefit from more of it.
What is the mantra in your head that you hear most often when you train?
“You got this!”
What do you love most about your body?
It’s simple ability to wake up every day and do what I enjoy doing both in the gym and in life.
If you have worked with a coach, what’s the most important lesson you learned from that person?
Consistency is key. You will never know what is/is not working if you don’t stick to something long enough to see.
Slow progress is sustainable progress. Our bodies will peak twice a year. With that, as long as each of those peaks show improvement, then ultimately you will see long-term, sustainable progress.
*Shout out to my trainer, Danny Lewis, at Trinity River Fitness for these learnings.
What is your fave nutrition tip? Or if you have tried a FiTONIC product, how do you use it in your day?
Food is fuel - If I don’t eat enough, it shows in the gym. If I eat too much, it shows. If I eat crap, it shows. All to say, how much and what I eat is just as important for general health as it is for performance...in all areas of life.
Don’t be afraid to experiment - What works for someone else, may not work for you. Finding the right nutrition is about the trial and error in seeing how the body responds. Enjoy the process.
I tried my friend’s FiTONIC (shout out, Faith!), and it was delicious! I use protein powder daily. On workout days, I use it after my workout. On all days, I view it as an insurance policy to help ensure I get my protein needs.
If you could tell only one thing to every woman who is struggling in her fitness journey, what would that be?
Find MOMENTUM. Wherever that is, it doesn’t matter. Just start somewhere. Build a series of wins (commitments where you follow through) because, with each win, the effect of fitness multiplies not just throughout your body, but also, your life.
Find someone to hold you accountable - a trainer, a workout partner, your own bank account because you paid for a fitness class - find something or someone that forces you to put your commitment out into the world.
What goal are you going to crush next??
2019 will be the year that I find my perfect balance of the components of health - physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Physical is on point! Now, to get the rest up to speed since they are all equally as important.
BIG thank you to Cami for being our FiTONIC’s Athlete Spotlight!
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