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This is How 
I made it. ..

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SAM'S STORY

      In 2015, I found myself in the stranglehold of my heroin addiction, waking up everyday sick. That was my life for seven years. All of the hopes and dreams I had growing up had vanished and what I was left with was the reality my addiction had dealt me; the reality I had dealt myself. My reality was one who would stop at nothing to support his addiction. I did not really care who I hurt or what I had to do.  It got to a point where I truly did not care whether I lived or if I died, it didn’t matter anymore.

 

       From 2011 to now, I have lost approximately 30 friends to addiction and suicide. You never think it is going to happen to you, until it does. I knew if I did not get help that I would be just another statistic, another person who put their family and friends through unbearable pain just because I did not want to face my fears. I knew I had to take massive action immediately. Once I got help, I was able to face my past, my old beliefs about the way I saw life, the world, and my higher power. After a lot of hard work, I was able to conquer that side of the problem. I credit my family and God.

     Once I left treatment, there was still the obvious question: what now, Sam? Where do I go? What do I do? Can I even make it? I went out and did the same routine I had learned in treatment and it was great, don’t get me wrong, but something was missing. That something was physical health and fitness. I had fallen in love with fitness in 8th grade training for football, and of course in my addiction I had let everything go.

     Rediscovering my love for fitness and overall health led me back into the gym. It was a new challenge, and I was up for it. I started Saving Lives Fitness because I know fitness is a big part of a lot of people’s lives, and not just ones who have recovered from addictions. Through our supplement brand, we can now better serve those who feel the same. Whether you go to the gym six days a week, walk, yoga, or play sports, our packages and supplements combined are here to facilitate you be at your best for your family, job, and most importantly, for yourself.

    The best part is 10% of our revenue goes directly to fund addiction recovery.

Helping others in recovery is one of my primary purposes in life, and I thank you for being a part of it.

Sam Johnson,
Founder/CEO,
Saving Lives Fitness

MEET MONIQUE

 
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How many of you have struggles? How many of you have strengths? What does wellness mean to you?

 

      My name is Monique Moore, and this is my fitness journey.  Growing up as a child I was an athlete. I was a swimmer, cheerleader, soccer player, volleyball player, and dancer. My father pushed me to play sports and be a part of a team. In my early 20’s, I fell off the wagon and began to gain weight. I was far from the picture you see today. I was not happy with the person in the mirror and quite frankly felt self-conscious and down on myself. I have struggled with fluctuation and have felt the frustrations of it all. I felt unhealthy with poor eating habits and alcohol consumption which led to anxiety. I knew I needed to make a change for my mental and physical health. The gym became an outlet for me. It became something I looked forward to everyday; a place where I felt a rush of energy and power and could let all of life’s hardships go and focus on my health. I became a part of a community and kept pushing myself to become better than the person I was yesterday.   

      Life is hard sometimes between work, family, obstacles, unfortunate circumstances, and it can seem impossible to find time for your own self-care. Fitness is a time where you can come to catch your breath from life and be available for you. I have seen many women suffer from eating disorders, men struggle with body dysmorphia, older adults who suffer from arthritis, joint pain, diseases and more. I have seen the effects of poor health on my loved ones. After watching my beloved mother pass from lung cancer when I was 23 years old, I became devoted to learning wellness so I could help others prevent disease and suffering from pain and chronic health risks. On this part of my journey, I knew my purpose was to learn about the value of health so I could help others. I share this part of my story personally to let you know you are not alone, and you too can make a change for yourself and your health.  

     The utmost fulfilling experience about being a health coach is seeing my clients come in at the start of their journey and watching them transform into strong, confident, and independent people as my highest priority is to help them reach their personal goals and always leave with a genuine smile on their faces knowing I made a difference in their lives. I have spent the last 15 years of my life studying human science and physics so I could master my craft and put my skills, knowledge, and passion into the care for my clients.  

 Training and Education 

  • Bachelor's in Nutrition Science and Dietetics from Georgia State University, 2016

  • Medical certification from Kennesaw State College of Professional Education, 2020

  • National Academy of Sports Medicine, 2017

  • International Sports Sciences Association, 2016

  • Externship with Orthopedics and Physical Rehabilitation at WellStar Sports and Orthopedics, 2020

  • Nutritionist at Nutrifit Sports Therapy, 2018

Certifications and Specializations

  • Verified Nutritionist and Dietician 

  • Certified Personal Trainer

  • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant

  • Corrective Exercise Specialization

  • Behavioral Change Specialization

  • CPR, First Aid and AED certified

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     I strive to instill the value of nutrition our bodies need for physiological functions and educate clients on how to make healthy, conscious food choices to master their metabolisms. This knowledge aids in developing meal plans that set them up for success, as to leaving them looking and feeling their best. I believe in a holistic, proactive approach towards disease prevention and physical wellbeing.

   

     My goal as your trainer is to show you how to achieve your fitness goals in the safest and most effective ways by offering a thorough explanation and outline developed through personal experience and through working with individuals for the past 7 years of my career. I provide clients with the design to overcome muscle imbalances with an emphasis on injury prevention and joint protection through the development of my tailored training programs as well as physical rehabilitation techniques when necessary.

 

     The mentality towards health has always been the first step in my eyes, and therefore, I build towards influencing clients into understanding the psychology behind health choices and lifestyle changes to better allow them to adhere to their program for longer lasting, sustainable results. As an allied health member, I humbly believe my continuing education and experience prepared me with the credentials to become an outstanding, well-versed professional in total wellness, and as your health coach, know you are well cared for by someone who is here for you every step of the way with a mission to ensure you succeed. Please remember, your greatest wealth is your health, and I am proud of you for taking this step on your journey!  

 

Your trainer, 

Monique Moore

Program Designer   

Saving Lives Fitness

Rocky Mountains

"Addiction…You Never Think It’s Going to Happen to You.Until It Does."

- SAM JOHNSON