Today we’d like to introduce you to Summer Sharma.
Summer, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
As a little kid, I always wanted to climb the highest tree and jump off so my parents put me in gymnastics when I was six years old. They told me I was ruining their couches so I needed to go somewhere ELSE to be hyper. Little me couldn’t believe that there was a sport that taught you HOW to flip safely and land “pretty.” I was hooked and no one could tell me differently. My late coach nicknamed me “Mowgli” and I sure lived up to the name. I would show up early to every class stayed as late as she would let me, sometimes totaling up to 5 hours a day. She eventually took me under her wing and pushed for me to be a competing gymnast. It was amazing. I coached and trained from 1pm-9pm, Monday – Saturday and couldn’t think of a better way to spend my time. Through broken bones, ripped hands, and pulled muscles, I was going to be a gymnast forever… until I turned 15 and couldn’t anymore. That season I trained and competed on a dead leg (sciatica pain) and my last competition was the last time I stepped foot in a gymnastic gym.
I had shooting back pain that plagued me from 15-19 years old, so much so during my first year of college, I had to plan my school schedule around the mantra, “only sitting or standing for 20 minutes.” If I wavered, I would not be able to get out of bed the next day.
Doctors couldn’t find anything wrong with me and after countless amounts of tests he told me, “When you can’t walk at 22 we will do back surgery until then we just have to wait.” I was devastated. I yelled at him that he shouldn’t be a doctor and left. It wasn’t until four years later at 19 years old a female chiropractor helped adjust my pelvis and solved year’s worth of pain in less than 5 seconds. I was amazed with how she was able to help me and wanted to give back to my community as well. But I wasn’t a chiropractor, so what could I do?
When I returned back to UCI for my second year of college, I knew I wanted to make a difference. I had always coached and given tips to jujitsu fighters, Crossfit athletes, and trainers in high school, but I took it to a new level in college.
When I returned in 2015 I hit the gym with a newfound mission: Train and coach anyone who wanted to learn.
With this passion, I began training some people who are now amazing friends and helped them build newfound strength and confidence in themselves.
I found the biggest challenge for the people in my life when it came to the gym was lack of education — lack of education on stretching, correct form, and body conditioning which ultimately led to injuries or anxiety when they tried to follow YouTube videos.
I knew I wanted to help as many people as I could in and out of the gym get the fitness results they craved… the only problem was that I couldn’t be in a million places at once. This was even more apparent after graduating and all my friends moved. They would ask me for tips but that was very limiting.
That’s when “Train like a gymnast” was born.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Absolutely not. It’s been a challenge understanding the HOW to make myself available to people, website development, marketing, recording and business along with
Everyone faces struggles with doing something new. A few of mine were learning the HOWS and WHAT to do’s about business. I am the first person in my family to take the plunge into business and no one tells you how much back-end work goes into running it. It has taken multiple late nights to learn the ins and outs of HOW a business is ran.
While I struggled with website development, videography, marketing and analytics it has been a great journey. It is infinitely easier coaching people in person, but I know that athletes and non-athletes alike can benefit from gymnastics conditioning and stretching. So just because there is a learning curve on my end, I won’t let that stop me from potentially helping millions of people who struggle with body pain, and lack of confidence that gymnastics can help with.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
“Train like a gymnast” is a series of conditioning and stretching exercises that I followed as a gymnast. This regimen has been complied after 13 years of coaching to help non-athletes gain flexibility and strength and help athletes take their performance to the next level.
I advocate for body awareness, control, strength and flexibility as an ex-gymnast and I believe everyone should have access to the EDUCATION that will teach them how to lead a well-balanced life. My program can be done in the comfort of your home and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.
Coming from a poor background, my parents pain an arm and leg to send me to practice, so my program is tailored for the person who can’t afford hundreds of $$$ an hour for a personal trainer but wants to be healthy, the college student who needs help at the gym, the single parent who can’t leave their baby alone but wants to work out. The person who can’t afford a gym membership.
I am most proud of the people who have stuck through it. They committed and did it.
What sets us apart from others is that it is gymnastic inspired and can all be done at home by anyone at ANY level of fitness. We make sure to be all-inclusive by not charging through the roof like most coaches & programs. It is made for the working person, by the working person who knows what it’s like to suffer from debilitating pain.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Doing exactly what you say you are going to do. No exceptions no excuses. I personally believe you can “try” but in the real world you are measured by what you do and don’t do. So once you set your mind to something, work until it is accomplished. That can be anything from writing an article, caring for your baby, losing 10 lbs, or saving X amount of money. So in terms of my program, if you make it through, you have successfully trained like a gymnast.
- Website: https://www.summersharma.com/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_summersharma/