My name's Amber Forbes, and I'm a personal trainer and strength coach who helps people exercise without pain. During my first year in the fitness industry, I have helped busy individuals with hectic work schedules lose inches and gain energy by cleaning up their nutrition habits and incorporating strength training; I have helped clients with chronic pain conditions find programs that don't hurt them and actually help their conditions; I have prepared individuals for 5k's and triathlons and have overall helped people restore their confidence in themselves and in their abilities to be able to function in ways they've always wanted to but never could before realizing they needed help.
Nutrition is also a major part of what I do, but I teach my clients intuitive eating so that they do not have to count calories, macros, or in general obsess over food.
The Daily Workout Lifestyle represents anyone who understands fitness is a lifestyle that must be a life-long endeavor for optimal health.
Follow me on Instagram at amberforbes and on Twitter at AmberSkyeF. You can also go to the 'Contact' page and chat with me through email.
NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
ACE Certified Personal Trainer
ACE Group Fitness Instructor
ACE Functional Training Specialist
ACE Therapeutic Exercise Specialist
NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist
Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certification
What's the full story?
I began studying for ACE in June of 2015 while I was still recovering from an eating disorder. The decision to pursue personal training as a career was spurred by my desire to help others view fitness as a form of a self-love and not as a means to punish one's self for poor lifestyle choices. I would use exercise as a form of purging whenever I ate something I felt I shouldn't have eaten. I also began to view ballet as a way to purge calories instead of a way to make myself feel strong and confident. All movement for me during this difficult time was about burning calories and making myself so sick that I ended up dehydrated and in the hospital. It was during my recovery that I began to realize many people have a dysfunctional relationship with food and exercise. I aim to change that.
How did you get your start as a trainer?
After earning my certification, I set out to find a job as a trainer, only to discover that I was sorely lacking in the experience many places seemed to want. Luckily I stumbled across a small gym in need of a sales consultant. As a result, I took that job and was able to do an internship and shadow a trainer. After a three month stint there, I landed a job at the YMCA as a full-blown personal trainer; however, I soon discovered building a base of clients was going to be an immense struggle. I had to find another job. After almost settling, a physical therapy clinic contacted me and let me know they needed a physical therapy aide. I knew I had to get this job--and I am incredibly blessed that I did. The experience was invaluable and allowed me to grow as a trainer and help me better understand what I'd ultimately like to succeed at. Afterward, I moved on to 9Round, which lasted only three months because they closed their doors for business. Even so, I've gone on to earn my CSCS (certified strength and conditioning specialist) through the NSCA. Today I am still working at the Y and am functioning as owner/trainer of The Daily Workout Lifestyle.
Why did you change the name from The Dancing Writer Lifestyle to The Daily Workout Lifestyle?
While I'm still close to The Dancing Writer as a moniker, I knew that I needed to evolve the brand to keep it moving forward with my evolution as a trainer. Since changing the domain name would be too much of a hassle, I was stuck with the TDW acronym. Even so, I'm pleased I was able to come up with something that represents how I view fitness: a daily habit that should be an integral part to one's life. Granted, I don't mean one should deliberately work out every day. Rather, I believe people should strike to be active daily, whether that's through a tough gym session, a brisk walk, or even housework.
What does "Health. Not aesthetics." mean?
I want people to work out not because it'll make them look a certain way but because it'll either improve their health or help them to remain healthy. It's fine to want to achieve a certain body, but when that becomes the sole focus, people are often left disappointed since they're not seeing results as quickly as they'd like. That's why it's vital to understand that how fitness makes you feel is more important than how it makes you look.
What's your workout routine like?
I try to keep my routine simple., though I now plan to start powerlifting competitions come 2018; thus, my routine has had to drastically change. I plan to train the bench press since the deadlift and squat would bother my hip. So now I train my bench press three times a week, periodizing my program to ensure I receive results without overtraining. On 2 out of those 3 days, I train back and biceps, though not to a great degree. I train legs just once a week to minimize aggravation of my hip impingement. I throw in spin class when I can and run 3x a week on the treadmill for my cardiovascular fitness.