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Philly Fitness Pro Kimberly Garrison Teaches Wellness Through Learning to Love Oneself
It sounds like a simple fix - Philly fitness expert, wellness advocate, and mom, Kimberly Garrison, teaches that learning to love "What God Gave Ya" can help you stay on-track with fitness goals, and enhance your quality-of-life.
By: Nankivell Associates / Bolt Communications
When asked, "What's Love Got to Do with Wellness?" Garrison, who is both a personal trainer and wellness expert, will tell you "Everything!"
"The Garrison Method" is based on a foundation of helping people find their strengths and their best attributes, and building from there. She feels that learning to love yourself, starting with the just the smallest, most incidental thing like your eyes, smile, or hair, can provide the energy needed to achieve realistic fitness and wellness goals, and build a positive momentum that impacts all aspects of our lives.
According to Dove's Global "The Truth About Beauty" study, only 2% of women believe they're beautiful. Dove's study included more than three thousand women across ten countries to understand how women see themselves. Dove's results found that approximately 75% of women surveyed rated their beauty as "average" and almost half thought their weight is "too high." Garrison sees this as an example of how women have been brainwashed to measure beauty based on the unreal standards of actors, models and re-touched photos, and she feels it is important to teach her clients and women in general that it's time "to LOVE yourselves!"
"The hardest part of getting a fitness program started," Garrison notes, "is just that - getting started." Research from the CDC (www.cdc.gov/
Garrison sees her clients' long-term results, and the positive impact "The Garrison Method" has on their wellness, self-image and their lives in general. Her clients and fans alike sing her praises, as does Earni Y., one of Garrison's clients-turned-
Garrison notes that Earni's success was based on creating a plan using the "Small Steps to Big Success" model, setting small, achievable goals for each aspect of "The Garrison Method" - Strength, Balance, Endurance, Flexibility and Nutritional training, and are layered on the foundation of showing her clients how to learn to love themselves. You can check out more of Garrison's success stories online.
Over the past twenty years, Kimberly has become one of the area's most sought-after fitness and wellness experts. With more than 20 years of coaching expertise, and over a decade of experience as a leader in the fitness industry, Garrison's approach to fitness and wellness is rooted in the concept of teaching her clients the power of being positive, and to "learn to love themselves."
Garrison's coaching model reflects the way she lives her life - "We need to find even the smallest things we love about ourselves and build a positive self image in order to achieve fitness and wellness, and then maintain it over the long haul." She acknowledges that many, if not most people in our society are barraged with and beaten down by all of the commercialized imagery of how we should look and how we should live, and it takes patience and a concerted effort to break those unrealistic patterns and negative self images.
Garrison is in demand as a Certified Personal Trainer, nutrition and wellness coach, and as an instructor for both strength training and group fitness. As a wellness entrepreneur, she is a spokesperson for premium, global, brand name products, is a popular health & wellness columnist and author, on-air fitness/wellness personality. Kimberly, however, feels her most important, influential role is that of wife and mother, and those roles provide her with inspiration, and influence the way she approaches and promotes fitness and wellness training in her community and beyond. With an army of enthusiastic clients and dedicated followers, Kimberly uses a blend of tough, tell-it-like-
Kimberly has appeared regularly on CN8's "Your Morning," 10 NBC's "10 Show," NBC 3 News, CW's "Philly Speak Up," "48 Update," and WYBE's "Shades of Opinion". She also pens a weekly fitness column for the Philadelphia Daily News, hosts the "Girlfriends' Locker Room" web site, and she's the host of "Philly Fitness & Health", an innovative pod cast. Her articles have also appeared in Philadelphia Metro News paper, Global Fit E-Magazine, ClubLife Magazine, Premier Brides, and she is quoted in Black America Web, Philly Style Magazine, Philly Fit Magazine, Cosmo, Pink Magazine, Parent, Oxygen, and Heart & Soul Magazine.
Kimberly Garrison is the founder and CEO of One-on-One Ultimate Fitness and creator of "The Garrison Method" - An holistic approach to wellness and fitness, featuring the "Small Steps to Big Success" Wellness Program. She is an active wellness educator, advocate and spokesperson, certified personal trainer, and is pursuing a PhD in holistic health and nutrition.
For more information on Kimberly Garrison, The Garrison Method, Small Steps to Big Success programs, visit her online @ 1 On 1 Ultimate Fitness or @ KimberlyGarrison.com. You can also connect with Kimberly on FaceBook, and on Twitter @ http://twitter.com/
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