Name: Beckie Lough
Hometown: La Plata, MD
When and why did you come to Austin?
My husband, Keith and I moved to Austin in 2011. We came for the music scene (he’s a musician) and the endless summer!
What is your background? How did you get into personal training?
Even though I always “went to the gym,” I never considered myself “athletic” until I discovered running in 2008. I fell in love with how running made me feel, and it was all I ever wanted to do.
While working an unsatisfying desk job, I trained for my first marathon by running the Town Lake Trail most mornings before dawn. I began to notice a small group of women working out in the park every morning — a trainer with her clients. It was suddenly so clear that this was the dream job I had never even considered. UT offers a 6-week WITS certification course, so I jumped right in. I completed my certification with an internship with Mark Rogers at ASF in 2013 and quickly joined the team full-time.
Tell us about your current fitness goals and training:
I recently competed in my 6th powerlifting meet, and lifting heavy is one of my favorite things to do. I am always trying to get stronger! I also love to run, and it’s a goal of mine to be able to run 10 miles anytime I feel like it. For me, training goes in cycles. As long as I’m always training hard, I stay well-rounded by allowing my focus to change periodically.
What is the most common fitness myth you work through with your clients?
Many people get bogged down by the details. We fixate on the weight on the scale, feeling good when it goes down and devastated when it goes up. We assign good or bad values to the number of calories we’ve eaten or how many the elliptical says we’ve burned. We feel like there’s a formula to getting fit that we can somehow find. But a lot of the time we just end up feeling bad about failing.
My life changed permanently when I stopped worrying about the specifics and got obsessed with feeling good. Most of us would start to feel a lot better simply by developing any regular fitness routine and cutting the obvious junk food. Get the ball rolling and you will want to keep making yourself feel even better. You can get as detailed about fitness and nutrition as you choose, but if you first make it a pleasurable part of your life, you will never want to miss out on it again.
What do you want your clients to take away from each training session with you?
I want my clients to feel better when they leave than they did when when they came in. Physically, this means I focus on form, looking for indications of imbalances and correcting movement patterns. Emotionally, I want you to feel refreshed or relieved or fired up or happily exhausted – whatever feeling you need that day. I want you to find the pleasure of experiencing the fullness of your physicality in a variety of ways.
What sets you apart from other fitness professionals?
My super silly energy. I absolutely love what I do, and I get happier watching my clients hit big goals. I will meet you where you are on any given day, building you up and creating situations where you can surprise yourself with your abilities. I will ask a lot from you, but I will keep you laughing and smiling the whole time!
What is your favorite thing about Austin Simply Fit?
I love our “back to basics” perspective. We focus on the foundations of fitness, making sure you can move well while progressively building your strength. We also focus on the basics of human connection. Just as much as we care about your physicality, we also truly care about you as a person outside the gym. I see this everyday not only from my coworkers, but also between our clients.
If you had a super power what would it be?
All I really want to know is if there is life anywhere else in the universe. The details are fuzzy, but I would love a super power that either gives me the ability to travel to other solar systems or is some kind of super-sensory life-detecting skill.