You Must Treat Yourself With Respect First

Miriam Khalladi from Huffington Post

This interview is part of the Real Talk Real Women interview series, where we bring you the life-changing, heart-warming and inspirational stories behind the most successful women in health and fitness. Make sure to follow us on Instagram for the latest interviews! For this installment, we are joined by Colleen M. Holiday.

Let’s start off with a general introduction. How would you describe yourself, what are you all about and how did you get involved in health and fitness?

I would describe myself as strong, resilient, and motivated. I am all about giving women (I train men too, however) the tools they need to become the best version of themselves. I am not your typical trainer where your training stops when you leave the weight room. Really feeling good about yourself involves more mind than body. If you don’t have the right mindset to train-your body will never respond to training or be open to nutrition changes or life changes.

I first got involved in health and fitness when I was just a teenager. A pretty lost one that found solace in the weight room. I was 87 pounds when I graduated high school. I was a terrible student but attended college hoping to find something that I loved as much as working out. After years of failing high school (almost every year), I Majored in Psych and business, then legal studies, and the graduate courses in resiliency and counseling.

Every semester I would take weight training as my elective. Suddenly my father passed away and my mom and I were virtually homeless. I had to make a career out of something and long before people hired trainers I threw two weights in the trunk and so my career began.
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