The former trainer on the NBC hit series The Biggest Loser talks about the pivotal role martial arts played in her rise to the top of the fitness world.
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“The dojo was like a family to me,” she says. “You are the company you keep, so if you’re around healthy people who take care of themselves, people who are motivated and driven, that’s going to reflect on you. I had a studio full of brothers. I looked up to them and wanted to be like them, but they were extremely unforgiving. I was in a corner of the dojo getting side-kicked in the solar plexus again and again until I stopped crying. Crying isn’t bad, but you have to toughen up and get motivated — to stop being a victim, pull yourself together and fight your way out. “[Martial arts training] gave me a sense of self and strength, but also a philosophy on how to live my life. It taught me about taking action and being aggressive in life and going after what you want. It’s given me the tools so that I can help other people do the same.” Photo by Mitchell Haaseth/NBC Universal