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Conversations with Gabrielle Furlong

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gabrielle Furlong.

Hi Gabrielle, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
As a young kid, there were few sports I wouldn’t play and moving my body always felt natural. However, I grew up without being led to be active or spend much time outdoors and no matter who you are, that type of lifestyle catches up with you and affects how you feel and even dictates your lifestyle habits. Eventually i became a teenager and being active and prioritizing nutrition no longer felt natural to me and actually became a battle. Once something clicks as a innate passion of yours, it is hard to water it down for too long, though. I knew I had become unhealthy, both mentally and physically and I had the advantage of knowing how to fix that and so I did. I figured out what exercises/physical activities I enjoyed, I changed how I ate and how I thought about myself and health in general. I kept working my way up to bettering myself and worked with that motivation to not only stick with it for myself, but to push others to do the same. I got certified, learned as much as I could (which I still continue to do of course), met great people who I could work with and made this happen.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I will start with what lessons I’ve learned. The most important ones are to look within yourself to figure out what your mind needs, what your body needs and what it is you want and to then intend to live your life acordingly. Another is that there does not always need to be a plan. I have had some of the best sessions with clients when they were feeling off that day and needed something different than what they were used to or what we had planned…. and it ended up being some of the best sessions!

As far as challenges go, there are always unexpected situations in life. Clients may have to stop training because of stressful events, or they experience illnesses and health becomes a lower priority. I feel it is part of my job to help people stay dedicated to themselves, especially during these times. This can be challenging because many of us are not accustomed to self-care being as important as everything else in our life. Self-care to me, is getting enough rest, exercising in ways that you enjoy, nourishing your body and not just eating to eat, doing things that you enjoy, for some examples.

I have also learned the importance of change and efficiency. If something doesn’t work for you or a client, there are almost always ways to find a way that does work and becomes more productive. It can be a balancing act, but nothing is impossible.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I specialize in mental wellness, nutrition and strength training. I also focus on rehabilitation and posture correction since most of us are walking around unbalanced and unaligned without even realizing it! Injury prevention is what I believe sets me apart from others, along with my ability to gauge what an individual’s body actually needs. For example, some people do not realize their back pain is coming from poor hip alignment. This is where I come in and help rehabilitate anything that may be waiting to cause an injury, while working on the client’s specific goals and wants as well.

We love surprises, fun facts and unexpected stories. Is there something you can share that might surprise us?
That I have been doing this for over 11 years now and have known it was my passion since I was about six years old. Even though I did not discover my own personal fitness preferences until adulthood, I have always been fascinated by exercise equipment and the idea of weight-lifting and truly believe this is what I was born to do!

Another surprising fact about me is that I have never ran a marathon, (I really dislike running!), but I have completed the tower 2 tower climbing races twice!

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