HIGH OCTANE TRAINING
I am Karin DeLuca, an ACE Certified Personal Trainer. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise & Sports Science and a minor in Business Administration. I have been active in sports since I was young, playing softball, competing in gymnastics, and running. My siblings and I did not eat the most nutritious food during our youth; we consumed a lot of processed foods which were high in fat, sugar, and chemicals. It's puzzling that I was underweight for most of my childhood. I battled anorexia nervosa as a teenager; however, I gained a significant amount of weight from age 16-18 after quitting all sports and physical activities and eating poorly. My body image and self-confidence were at an all time low when I was overweight and I became withdrawn and depressed. It is very difficult for me to look back at pictures of myself from that time not only because I have to accept that is how I looked physically, but because it was such a tremendous struggle for me mentally and emotionally.
I joined World Gym (now Gold’s Gym) at age 16 with the money I received from my parents as a birthday present; it was there that I discovered weight training, and became fascinated with anatomy and physiology. I had originally planned on majoring in Accounting while I attended UT, but I quickly decided that the corporate world was not for me and changed universities and my major to Exercise & Sports Science at Texas State University. I still have the first issue of Muscle & Fitness I received as a gift from my oldest sister. I began looking at other fitness magazines as well and fell in love with the look of the fitness models; a little voice in my head shouted, “Hey, you can do this”! It wasn’t until I was a freshman in college when I lost 30 pounds by working out and making nutritious food choices. I lost 10 more pounds when I began competing in figure competitions shortly after college when I took my training and physique to a new level of fitness. As my body grew strong, so did my mind; my thoughts became more positive, my self-esteem, self-confidence, and body image all improved significantly.
Being in a gym and training feel like home to me and they have become a place of comfort and security, a place of solace, and a place where I can go to focus on creating a better me. I am able to relieve stress, face my fears and push myself mentally, physically, and emotionally beyond them and outside of my comfort zone. Doing so has enabled me to focus, learn, grow, taught me the values of discipline, hard work, and determination, and given me a sense of empowerment. I never seem to feel quite right on the days that I am not able to sweat through physical activity. I have found one of handful of things in my life that I am truly passionate about. I live, breath, eat, and sleep health, fitness, and nutrition and I am so grateful I have the opportunity to share my knowledge, skills, and unique personal experiences with my clients. In addition to training in the weight room and with plyometrics, I also enjoy running, yoga, cooking, baking, crafting, reading, movies, music, spending time with my family, friends, and dogs.
I have a soft spot in my heart for children and teenagers as they are battling an obesity epidemic. I hope to develop a program for children and teenagers to encourage them to eat a healthy, balanced diet, increase their physical activity, and make health and fitness not only fun, but a lifestyle.
I would love to eventually return to college and earn a Master’s degree in Nutrition or Physical Therapy; however, my main focus right now is striving to assist my current clients in achieving their health and fitness goals while expanding my business and developing the necessary skills to offer them a more complete and diverse approach to total mind/body fitness and well-being.
I am currently studying for the ACE Health Coach certification with a completion date on or before December 2014.
I completed my Metabolic Training Certification in December 2013 and my YogaFit Level 1 Certification in February 2013.
I am currently studying Integral Hatha Yoga.
Fuel Your Inner Athlete. Fuel Your Life.
MY STORY AND BACKGROUND
This is what I looked like before I began my journey into fitness and healthy nutrition.
I was about 40 pounds heavier than I am today.
This is what I looked like competing and recently without tons of cardio and severe caloric restriction.