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Life and Work with Renee Paul

Today we’d like to introduce you to Renee Paul.

Renee, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My story began when I decided I wanted to look better and be better at my job. My job at the time was Retail Management for JC Penny in Oklahoma. I joined a women’s gym and started to work out doing aerobic classes only, mainly a dance-based class called “Flash Dance.” The gym management thought I was really good doing the routine and asked if I ever thought of becoming an aerobic instructor. I said no, but I told them I would give it a try and the rest is history. I’ve been teaching and training for over 30 years. When I started, I was given an eight-track of the choreography and at that moment, I knew I had to learn as much as I could since I would be teaching clients to dance aerobics. I wanted to be the best at what I did and train the clients the right way so as not to hurt them an for them to be successful and healthier. This started my journey to train others to be healthier, fitter, and to learn to eat smarter for themselves. Today I train and teach my clients and others how to work out for their body and their health. I constantly remind them to “remember you are the only challenge against you and no one else.”

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
No, the journey to a healthier life is not easy, but once you are committed, you know you have to keep going. Some of the challenges I faced were my friends not understanding why I had to go workout or why I had to change my eating habits. Also, I heard many discouraging comments from friends who didn’t want to make the effort to commit to a healthy life and when my body started changing they got jealous. That is when I decided to get rid of the negative people and started looking for more supportive like-minded people. Because this had become my quest in life, I decided to become a trainer and help others to feel good. My advice to other women, especially young women is: Get up and move (get active)! Unfortunately, we live in a sedentary world, where exercise is considered a video game, and that mentality is killing us. We only live once, and to stay alive you need to become active and move. Take care of your body, not only to look good but especially to feel good and be healthy.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I am a personal trainer and fitness coach. I specialize in teaching people how to take care of their health through nutrition, cardio, and weight training. Also, I work with those over the age of fifty and train athletes for bodybuilding competitions. I’m proud of the service I provide others in teaching them how to live a healthier lifestyle with their own individuality. What sets me apart from others is that I listen to my clients and I work with them to so they can reach their goals.

Often it feels as if the media, by and large, is only focused on the obstacles faced by women, but we feel it’s important to also look for the opportunities. In your view, are there opportunities that you see that women are particularly well positioned for?
Motivated women can be a candidate for any position they choose.

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Brian E. Williams, ImagingB.com

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