Get to Know: Emily Sawlaw

Check out this extended interview with personal trainer Emily Sawlaw!

Backstory: where it all began

Q: Why did you become a personal trainer?
A: I was a group exercise instructor at Mettler Center first. But I really wanted to help members more one-on-one with their specific goals. Being a part of a person's fitness journey as they better their life is an awesome thing! I strive to give them the tools that lay the groundwork for them to become a better version of themselves. It is a humbling experience and great thing to watch the process.

Q: Where did your health and fitness journey begin?
A: I was in a dancing and singing group in college and little did I know I was getting exercise and liking it! Sure I was a cheerleader in high school but I really wasn't into fitness. Not until I moved to Tennessee for school. I was depressed and homesick and gained weight. Papa John’s cheese sticks became a good friend of mine. I had a "coming to Jesus moment” where I knew I had to do something. To make a long story short, I read a book that was a Christian-based way of losing weight and exercising. It turned my life around. I knew if I could do it I could help others to as well!

Q: What is your best health/fitness advice?
A: Listen to your body!

Current: the here and now

Q: What's your favorite workout?
A: Pilates

Q: What's the fitness mantra you stand by?
A: Grace over guilt / Progress over perfection / Food is your fuel

Q: How do you relax, de-stress and chill out? Or, where would we typically find you on Friday night?
A: Yoga, running, watching TV, baking and being with friends.

Q: What’s one thing you can’t live without?
A: A nap

Q: What is your guilty pleasure?
A: Good food

Q: If you were to win an award, what would it most likely be?
A: Encouraging people

Q: What moment are you most proud of in your life?
A: I delivered a baby about a month ago over the phone at my other job–Piatt County Sheriff’s Office. A healthy baby girl!

Q: People may not know you’re passionate about…
A: Christmas

Future: The best is yet to come

Q: What are some of your fitness goals?
A: My goals now are to do the best I can and not judge or compare myself with others. And to get more running in again.

Q: What's something you've always wanted to try?
A: Dance classes