I'm "from away" and settled in Bangor a few years ago when my husband (also an SF Squad member!) was attending graduate school at UMaine. He's since graduated, but I'm still on campus working at the Foster Center for Innovation, which is part of the university's Office of Innovation and Economic Development. Supporting Maine entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes is part of my job, but also important to me personally. Black Owned Maine's business directory is a fantastic resource for Black-owned businesses across the state, and when I went looking for personal training in Bangor, there was Skye, right down the street! When you move to a new place, it's hard to find your people, and I feel so lucky to have found Skye and joined the SF Squad. Other than my sessions with Skye, I enjoy outdoor activities - walking, hiking, cross-country skiing, and gardening.
1) Why did you choose personal training as opposed to the millions of free programs online?
I choose personal training because I need a trainer to keep me accountable - a fitness app or an online class isn't going to cut it for me. I've never been a gym rat. I work out because I like being active and I train to develop strength for life. For me, one-on-one training is the best way to stay motivated and engaged.
2) What has been your greatest achievement since you've been working out?
Improving my core strength!
3) What advice would you give someone who is ready to start working out?
Find someone who really understands YOUR goals. Any trainer can put you through your paces, but it really helps to work with someone who genuinely understands what motivates you and tailors your workouts accordingly. I came to Skye with a simple but kind of vague request to feel stronger. She took the time to figure out what that meant to me, and understands that I'm not looking for a new physique. The exercises we work on are designed for functional strength and I'm so grateful for that dialogue and thoughtful approach.
4) What is a fun fact about you we may not know?
In my past life, I worked in thoroughbred horse racing.
Thank you for sharing your inspiring story, Ashley!