Hello beautiful people! I’m Haley Perry; the mastermind and creator of Endorphitness. I am here to tell you a little bit about myself, my background and my passion for all things health and fitness related.
I grew up in a very, very small town in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan; like, graduated high school with 33 people, small. Which means in order for there to be sports teams, everyone had to play every sport. But this isn’t where I started. I actually started my active lifestyle and competitive drive when I was 2, in a dance studio.
I danced all types ranging from tap to swing and stepped on my first competition stage at age 5. Over the years I attended 9 competitions and even took a swing dance all the way to the national level. I loved being on stage and performing, but I quickly gave it up when I wanted to spend more time with my friends.
In middle school is where I switched gears to team sports. I started playing basketball and volleyball, and continued on through high school. Although I loved playing, I was never really any good at them. In college I continued playing volleyball at the intramural level for fun but I wasn’t feeling fulfilled. I then came full circle and made my way back to my first love, I joined a dance club and performed serval dances at the end of every semester.
I would periodically go to the gym and workout throughout the first few years of college (because I was an Exercise Science major so I was learning how to exercise when sitting in the classroom and figured I should make it part of my life). I enjoyed lifting heavy weights and the camaraderie of being at the gym, but it wasn’t until my senior year of college that I began to really feel inspired. I took a Strength and Conditioning class where we learned periodization and programming for athletes and I was hooked. I loved every aspect of the class, from learning new training techniques and exercises to warmups and testing for measuring peak performance. It was then that I realized I wanted to pursue a career in the fitness field.
I finished my Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science in May of 2015 and took my first personal training job in August 2015. I am currently an ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer in the Chicagoland area. I have worked with all types of clients with a wide range of goals from weight loss to sports performance to just overall healthy lifestyle maintenance.
Although I love training and helping people reach their fitness goals, my main focus is to educate. I want to teach people how to live a well-balanced and healthy life without depriving themselves of all the things they enjoy. Moderation is the key to a successful diet and fitness program. You can’t over do, or over think it. Wellness is as much internal and it is external as well. We must fuel our soul and our mind in order to fuel our bodies and live a fulfilled life. We need to love ourselves, and accept ourselves at all stages before we can break down barriers. We cannot reach goals and sustain them if we go into the process hating where we are. We cannot workout and eat healthy because we “have” to, or because we hate our bodies. We must do it because we LOVE our body and we want to see what it is capable of. A balanced lifestyle is a sustainable lifestyle, and that is what I am here to teach you.