Client Spotlight: Megan Shiels

Meet Megan!

I am SO excited to kick off a new feature on this crazy little blog! That being said; Welcome to our Client Spotlight!

Once a month, you’re going to meet a Lingle Fitness client who is on a mission to kick some serious ass!

My clients focuses vary greatly and include goals like; getting stronger, running faster, walking down the damn stairs without face planting, and consistently exercising.

Though they all vary, they do have one thing in common - they come ready to work.

And they work incredibly hard, day in and day out.

Without further ado, let me introduce you to Megan Shiels (formerly Megan Currin for those of you following her story on my instagram).

Megan is a Preschool Teacher at Stiles Point Elementary, a runner, newly married, and one of the kindest and most genuine people that you’ll ever meet.

Megan and I started working together in February and she was the first client that I took on after my hip surgery. I was so pumped to work with a runner who wanted to get stronger.

No scales, no measurements, let’s just get strong.

Yes, please!

I asked her a few interview style questions that she reluctantly answered; So, let’s get to know Megan, shall we?

Are you a Charleston native? If not what brought you to Charleston? “I’m from Pawleys Island, SC and came to Charleston for college.”

Where is your favorite place to eat in Charleston? Fat Hen, Johns Island

What’s your favorite way to incorporate movement into your day? “I teach four year olds, so I am ALWAYS moving! I incorporate a lot of action-based learning with my students as well... they love to laugh at my moves.”

How did you hear about Lingle Fitness? “A Google search led me to Erin and I could not be happier. She makes working out fun and one of the highlights of my week.”

How many days a week do you train with Erin? “3 days a week, for 45 minutes to an hour.”

What’s your favorite exercise and why? “Of course, I don’t know the names of most of the exercises, but I like to make up my own. My favorites exercises involve the “big blue ball” and lots of core/leg work.”

(Megan asked for help on the name of those exercises - We frequently use the stability ball to work on hip and core strength. There are too many exercises to name here, but if you want a few ideas, email me and we can get together to try out the “big blue ball” exercises.)

What’s your least favorite exercise and why? “Those crazy ropes because they’re for coordinated people!”

(Apparently Megan thinks she’s uncoordinated. Noted.)

What are your fitness goals? “To be healthy and strong, even when I’m much older.”

Are you a morning person or a night owl? “Definitely a morning person, but sometimes I’m in a fog during the warm-up or first exercise.”

What’s the best part of your day and why? “It’s hard to choose just one! But, If I had to choose, I would say seeing my husband and pups first thing in the morning and my little ones coming down the hallway at school bright and early.”

What songs or artists get you pumped up? Currently on the running playlist: ‘Us’ by James Bay‘Saltwater Gospel’ by Eli Young Band and ‘Weekend Millionaires’ by Katelyn Tarver

(Megan also talks about Flume, who I was unfamiliar with, but apparently gets played in the gym frequently.)

What’s your favorite spot in Charleston and why is it so special to you? “Folly Beach is my quiet space where I love to take my dogs, read, get some sun. It’s also where I got engaged.

(Erin's Note: When getting some sun, please wear sunscreen.)

Where is the coolest place you’ve traveled and what made it so cool? “Hawaii is beautiful and there are TONS of things to do outdoors. We visited the Big Island (Hawai’i) and Maui. We loved eating at Mama’s Fish House on Maui. Our favorite activities were driving the Road to Hana and swimming with manta rays at night.”

What’s the quote that defines your life? “You must always remember this: Have courage, and be kind. You have more kindness in your little finger than most people possess in their whole body. And it has power. More than you know.” ~Brittany Candau

Interested in talking about getting stronger, your favorite places to run, or how to keep your sanity while teaching? Comment below. Hit me up via email. I’d love to talk with you!

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