Meet the Trainers

{The Basics}

Name: Amanda Hughes
Age: 40
Family: Mother of a 16 y/o son who is amazing!
Profession: Pediatric Oncology Nurse Supervisor at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital
How long have you been a part of the LiveFit team? I joined the LiveFit team in May of this year.
What classes do you teach? Pure Power, but also sub for several other classes, such as Bootcamp, HIIT, Butts and Guts, and Cardiokick

{Your Story}

What inspired you to start a career in fitness? Five years ago I found a love for strength training. I saw how positively it affected me, not only physically but also emotionally and mentally. I loved working out so much that the habit was developed, and I knew I wanted to help others find their love for it as well. Personal training and nutrition counseling became my passion and has only grown since that time. Seeing women empower and encourage each other in such powerful ways was exactly what I wanted to do as well.
What do you love about your job? I love watching others build confidence in themselves, feel empowered, become stronger and feel better overall. Teaching women how to live a healthy lifestyle and make changes that last is my passion. I truly enjoy helping people and becoming their “life coach.” There is more to working out then the aesthetic benefits. It is a change that happens from the inside out. I believe we are created to take care of bodies, minds, and spirits because they are all a part of who we are as human beings.
What is your favorite workout to do on your own? My favorite workout includes any type of heavy strength training of the shoulders or back. I like to work those two muscle groups twice a week and love seeing the changes and building my strength in those areas. There are many different types of exercises I do for those areas but focus on heavier weights mostly.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? I love having dinner with friends, spending time with my son, reading a good book, working out, and taking road trips.

{ Help us!}

What are 3 things people may not know about you?
1.) I was born in South Africa
2.) If I wouldn’t have become a nurse, I wanted to be a psychologist.
3.) I love being around people and teaching, but I still get nervous in group settings and have to get over some stage fright when I speak in front of people!

What one piece of advice would you give to someone who is on a journey to lose weight, but feeling discouraged? Make small changes daily and don’t get overwhelmed with too many changes at the same time. Stick with a nutrition and workout plans that fit your lifestyle and one that you know you can sustain throughout life. Fad diets never work, so getting back to the basics is always the best way to get the results you are looking to achieve. Set short and long term goals. Surround yourself with positive people who will push you, encourage you, support you and hold you accountable.

Anything else you would like to share? We all struggle with some type of insecurity, but remember that we each have unique gifts and talents to offer the world so let yours shine. Find purpose in what you do each and every day, and you will find true joy and contentment. Taking care of yourself is not selfish but makes you a better person for everyone in your life!