Welcome to Feature Friday, where I will introduce you to some of my amazing sisters in fitness. If you missed my first post in the series, you can check it out here. The ladies I will feature in this series rise above the fitness industry BS of quick fixes, detoxes, cleanses and/or working out for hours every week in order to achieve results. I am confident that you will find them encouraging and inspirational to your fitness journey.
Today I'm honored to introduce you to Susan Niebergall of Susan Niebergall Fitness. Susan was inspired to become a coach after going through her own fitness "journey" and along the way, help as many people as possible with their own fitness journey, whether it is losing fat, gaining muscle, or maintaining where they currently are.
Her passion is to educate/help middle aged women (in particular, but everyone, really) to realize that it is NOT too late to feel the best they ever have, and it IS possible to get stronger, lose fat, and feel the best they have ever felt. Middle age is a beast, but as I tell people, you can kick Mother Nature square in the teeth :)
For her the idea of being healthy means feeling good, being happy, and enjoying life. With her Start Your Strength and Online Coaching Signature Programs she is teaching women that strength training is not the devil - they can get strong, look and feel great and NOT bulk up. Like me, Susan is frustrated that this myth is still out there.
Susan goes on to say, "So many women are intimidated at the thought of strength training, and I really would love to see more women incorporate some strength training into their fitness routine, or even start a strength program if they aren't already. As someone who has tried everything, and who totally changed her body while in my fifties, I want to reach as many women as possible, and let them know that they can change whatever they want. It is not too late (overriding theme here). It can be scary, intimidating, and uncomfortable at first, but I feel like it is my job to help take all of that out of the equation and get women more comfortable and more confident. The sky's the limit!"
Her greatest success as a coach include:
So who is Susan outside of being a fantastic coach? Check out her answers to some of the questions I asked her.
What is your favorite book?
I don't think I have a single favorite book. I love biographies in particular - especially of Presidents. Those are completely fascinating to me. I also really liked "Seabiscuit" which is basically a biography of the famous race horse (so random). I am also always reading coaching and writing books. Currently I am reading "Practical Programming for Strength Training by Mark Rippetoe.
What is your favorite quote?
"You are never too old to set a new goal or dream a new dream - CS Lewis. I am living proof of that. I preach this every day.
If it stinks don't sit there and smell it" - Michael Davis (my college band director) Basically if you are unhappy with something then make a change. Anything. Just move. Sitting there and doing nothing just doesn't work. It's really about change and progress.
What is your favorite thing to do for a workout?
I love strength training (duh). I love upper/lower splits and working towards crushing my daily goal.
What is one thing/quirk no one knows about you?
I was not an athlete or the "athletic type" growing up. Music was my thing. My high school friends are totally amazed at what I am doing now.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I love working on my business. Seriously. I also love to attend all of the concerts my son Mike plays in, and love to travel. Reading is a thing I love to do and am working on blocking out time for that :)
I am a wife, mom, grandma & former professional “diet and exercise hopper" who understands the challenges of being 40lb overweight after having children & the damage repeated sense of failure can cause to your confidence and self-esteem.