The health and fitness industry is filled with some great people. Now more than ever, people are looking to get fit and healthy for various reasons. You might purchase a product, or sign up for a program, but do you really get to know the person behind the product? Chances are, no. That’s what separates Amy Von Rummelhoff from the rest of the health and fitness industry. She took time out of her busy schedule to tell me what she thinks about setting goals, how she got started in health and fitness, and how she overcomes setbacks.
Justin Marroquin: When did you get interested in health and fitness?
Amy Von Rummelhoff: I grew up as a competitive figure skater and competed nationally in synchronized skating. However, it was not until I nearly died in college from a very serious surgery and hit rock bottom, that I realized if I did not start eating healthy and learning to work out, my life would continue to slip through my fingers. I became a gym rat pretty quickly and when I moved to LA in 2010, I worked as a trainer at Jackie Warner’s gym in Beverly Hills, and got into fitness modeling. It was not until last year that I took the ultimate step to take the stage and compete among the best. I have decided to commit my life to health and fitness, and recently took the position of managing the female line of MusclePharm, FitMiss.
JM: What was the process like when you first started out?
AVR: When I first started lifting weights, it was a guessing game of what to do. I was lucky enough to be working at a gym in San Diego, so I had trainers that helped me to get started. I had no idea what was actually healthy; however, and although at the time I thought I was eating completely healthy, that was far from the truth. I love learning and have taught myself most of what I know today in the gym and in the kitchen.
JM: Do you believe in setting goals?
AVR: 100% believe in setting goals. I continually set mini goals in the gym to stay motivated— whether it be a photo shoot, a trip or a competition.
JM: How do you overcome a setback?
AVR: I am currently overcoming the biggest setback of all—trusting the wrong coach with my diet, and training last year— he destroyed my metabolism and thyroid. It has been a very discouraging year to say the least; trying to reset my metabolism and staying 100% on track while getting VERY slow results. I know in the end I will be better than I ever have, and I just stay motivated. I have a support group of amazing friends to lift me up as well when I am feeling down.
AVR: I feel better day in and day out. I get sick very easily, and I love seeing my body change and get stronger week after week.
JM: Who has had the most influence on you in your life?
AVR: My mother is my best friend and biggest support. She has been there with me through the lowest points of my life, the challenges I have encountered, and every competition I prepped for! I don’t know where I would be without her and her amazing support.
JM: How do you stay motivated?
AVR: I set mini goals and track my progress. I always try to change something about the exercise I am doing by increasing the weight, or the number of reps. This is the best way to see if you are in fact improving and getting stronger.
JM: What would be your #1 tip on how to become successful not only in fitness and health, but life itself?
AVR: Pick a goal and do everything you can to reach it. Be a motivator and a positive influence in peoples lives, and you will see the reward. Don’t compete with others— compete with your former self. I know it sounds cheesy, but it is so true. It is easy to feel unsatisfied when you are comparing yourself to someone else. They have different genetics, background and work ethic— and it is impossible to compare two people with different backgrounds and it can eat you up!
Follow Amy on Twitter: twitter.com/amvonr
Like her page on Facebook: facebook.com/amy.vonr
Check out her website: amyvonrummelhoff.com