Forging Her Own Path: Amy Von Rummelhoff

Justin Marroquin interview with Amy Von Rummelhoff

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.

Photo Credit: Chaz Photographics
Photo Credit: Chaz Photographics

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.

Photo Credit: Chaz Photographics
Photo Credit: Chaz Photographics

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.

 

 

 

 

Justin Marroquin interview with Amy Von Rummelhoff

 

 

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.

Justin Marroquin interviews Amy Von RummelhoffJM: What is your favorite part about being fit and healthy?

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.

Justin Marroquin interview with Amy Von Rummelhoff

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.

Justin Marroquin interview with Amy Von Rummelhoff

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!

Photo Credit: Jesse DeYoung
Photo Credit: Jesse DeYoung

Follow Amy on Twitter: twitter.com/amvonr

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Check out her website: amyvonrummelhoff.com

Fitness And Health: My Experience And Journey

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Why be healthy? With all of the information and products out there, it can be daunting to decide. I had that problem, and it continued for quite some time. Denying the fact that I wasn’t healthy, it took a friend to get me to own up about not being healthy. It was a tough pill to swallow, but I needed to hear it.

 

Looking in the mirror was tough, and that was when I made the switch. From that moment, I committed to being healthy and work towards a lifestyle that would make me a better person (inside and out).

 

Starting out was difficult. What workout should I do? What foods should I eat? I had so many questions and to be frank, I was overwhelmed. After researching and applying the knowledge I received, I was on my way to attaining a healthy lifestyle. Like a mad scientist, I was trying out various workouts, and experimenting with different foods. The process was exhausting, but fun at the same time. Achieving fitness and health is a never-ending quest, and that’s what I love about it. One day you will find something that works for you, and the next day you won’t. The NAVY Seals have a saying: Embrace the suck! Which means enjoy the struggle. I always get more satisfaction when I’m struggling than I’m succeeding. For me, struggling with a workout or a meal plan gives me the chance to improve, and figure out a way to get it done. We live in a quick fix society, and I dislike it. There is no pill, diet, or workout that is going to solve all your problems. It’s going to take determination and motivation to accomplish your goals.

 

Hearing Tony Horton shout ” Do your best and forget the rest!”, protein shakes, grilled chicken and water. I was becoming addicted (in a good way) to becoming healthy. When you make a switch, you gain momentum, and when you gain momentum, you don’t want to lose it. It takes four  weeks for you to notice a change, and eight weeks, for family and friends to notice a change. Once you get a compliment from a family member or friend, you will want to keep going and keep improving.

 

Looking back now, it’s crazy to think a single decision has led me to this point in my life. In my opinion, I think people get riddled with too many decisions to make. My advice: just get started. You can refine and improve along the way. You don’t need all the answers, and let’s be honest: would you really want all the answers? I wouldn’t.

 

Life is a beautiful adventure. Having the ability to push yourself, set goals, and achieve them is empowering. I am no different from you. It’s simple: Set a goal. Research information pertaining to your goal. Get started. Welcome to the land of achieving greatness. I look forward to hearing about your success.