Hello, world! Nice to meet you!! My name is Becca Markiewicz, I’m 27, and I live in downtown Brooklyn. I’m a pretty goofy gal, so don’t expect stuffy, technical writing in this blog. That’s right, I’m going to put the “FUN!” in “FUN!ctional Fitness”!! Ahem, anyway… you probably want to know a little bit more about my health and fitness background since that’s the topic I’m supposed to be so knowledgeable about, amiright??
Welp, first of all I have an extensive amount of training in dance… primarily in ballet, but also quite a bit of modern, musical theater, jazz, and choreography. I started at the adorable age of three and was very serious about dance all the way up through high school, continuing my education at the lovely Goucher College.
Let me tell you something: majoring in dance was HARD. I’m usually the first one to poke fun at myself for getting a dance degree, but those four years were both physically AND academically exhausting! We had hours of rigorous technique classes every day topped off with tough classes like dance history, dance notation… and the dreaded anatomy & kinesiology.
Anatomy & kinesiology turned out to be the hardest and most rewarding class I’ve ever taken in my life. I learned so much about the human body, I practically could have gone pre-med! Knowing how my body worked revolutionized the way I approached my dancing. But more importantly, it revolutionized the way I viewed my health and well-being. I realized that proper exercise and nutrition were the very essence of living a healthier, happier, and longer life.
After college, I decided to change my focus away from dance. I had become very passionate about healthy living and felt that there was a lot of good I could do for the public by spreading my newly gained knowledge, especially during this obesity crisis. Personal training seemed the way to go. I got a job at the most prestigious private athletic club in the United States and have since become certified in personal training with the International Sports Sciences Association. Better still, I get to incorporate dance with fitness! (This is where I shamelessly promote myself for anyone looking to take dance classes…)
I love my job, but I still feel like there is more I can do to help those who need it most. The lack of health and fitness education in schools and the growing obesity rates in this country are absolutely terrifying. My hope is that this blog will be one way to get accessible information out there, because everyone deserves to live a healthy life! And maybe one day I’ll shift over into the education field. I know, you’re asking, “You want to become a GYM TEACHER???” And my answer is: HECK YES!!! The earlier we can teach kids about healthy living, the better!!!
So, that’s been my journey up until now. I hope you enjoy my posts and I look forward to hearing any and all feedback! Read on, my little health nuts!!