Registered Dietitian. Personal Fitness Specialist. Empowerment Coach. Bodybuilder. Student of Powerlifting, Ballroom Dancing, and Life.
My name is Christine Coen and I’m so happy you have found my site.
Thank you for taking the time to read & I hope you find some value in what I have to offer!
One thing I can 100% say about myself is that I am committed to consistently developing into the best version of myself. The decision to do this every single day does not come easily, especially since there were significant periods of my life when I struggled with depression, anxiety and stress induced binge eating. I’m sure you can figure out that during those times, I was far from my best self and in fact, I was enabling the worst versions of myself.
As an active woman most of my life, dancing, exercising, and eating healthy have always been exciting. In fact, I was SO inspired by how food can hurt and heal the body that I decided to study nutrition in college and become a Registered Dietitian. I was so motivated to start working, that I couldn’t wait to finish school so I became an NSCA certified personal trainer during my junior year of college. The experience I gained working one-on-one from such an early start in my career while training and coaching people to meet their health goals was inspiring. I have helped many clients with a variety of aspirations meet their goals, whether they were looking to lose 50+lbs of body fat or completely transform their bodies to be the confident women they deserve to be. Helping clients meet their goals has been the most rewarding part of my career.
Looking back on that time now, I had no idea what struggle really was. It wasn't until after I started to battle my own demons in depression and anxiety and my easy love for fitness & nutrition turned indifferent and negative that I really began my journey.
There were years of ups and downs, I was unmotivated to workout, eat well, or do many other positive things for myself and I became consumed by negativity.
I knew what I SHOULD be doing, but I didn’t want to put the energy into it. The knowledge that training and eating well made me feel like my happy old self again was there, but was quickly forgotten after looking in the mirror and being unsatisfied with what I saw. Gaining 25+ lbs in less than a year was very difficult to acknowledge. Finding a way to maintain the positive feeling that exercising and fueling myself with nutritious foods gave me longer than a day or two, felt impossible. It wasn't until after many failed attempts that I realized that focusing only on aesthetics (how I looked, how clothes fit) would not be enough for a sustainable change.
I started approaching my workouts and eating well as a therapy to improve my mood. It was there that my mindset shifted. My WHY became so much deeper than an outward appearance. I found a way to pull myself a little further out of the dark hole of depression every day. Consistency became easier after that. It wasn't a wish of 6 pack abs that pulled me out of bed to get to the gym each morning- it was the desire to take that first deep breath of life during my workout, to grasp that exquisite feeling of elation after my last rep, and to feel that natural high throughout the rest of the day.
Maybe that description seems over the top and hard to grasp at this point in your journey, but I swear, that’s what it felt like for me.
Before I realized it, my motivation & drive in the gym started to impact other parts of my life- relationships, business goals, big dreams I had given up on. I found that the confidence and energy I created by challenging and developing my physical self was parallel to my mental health. I found I could tap into the inner strength I re-discovered in the gym every day, to fuel every aspect of my life.
It is from here that the dream of creating a coaching and training program for others who are going through or have gone through similar struggles was ignited. Because this is something that still holds true for me every single day (yes these are still methods I use today to keep my mind and body healthy)I am so inspired to help others learn how to give this gift to themselves by learning to lift in the gym. All of my programs are designed with this in mind which is why I am so excited to work with all fitness levels- from those who have never touched a barbell before to those who once knew this feeling, but have forgotten.