Hey yall, I’m Dominique!
I’ve been interested in fitness and health for as long as I can remember – literally. As a young child, one of my favorite books was the family medical book. Since this was before I could read, I would (naturally) spend hours looking through the photos of various skin diseases and ailments. I planned on being a doctor until I was about 10 years old and found out about the arduous journey called medical school, which seemed to outweigh my ambitions to practice medicine.
These days, I’m a little less fascinated by photos of skin lesions, but I’m still very interested in health – both physical and mental. I worked in the fitness industry for several years, working in commercial gyms as a certified personal trainer (through the American College of Sports Medicine) as well as training online clients and writing online about fitness, workouts, and nutrition. Currently, I work as a mental health therapist in a hospital setting, primarily with patients who are struggling with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. And ever since my early teens, I’ve been working out and spending my spare time studying nutrition and fitness.
I started Making Fitness Great Again because I realized there was a huge need for some real people to stand up against the mainstream fitness industry. Far too often, the fitness industry presents fitness as something extreme, that can be achieved only by those so obsessed that they center their entire lives around the gym meal prep, and instagramming gym selfies. You can read more about the fundamental problems I see in the current fitness industry and the need to make fitness great again here. Additionally, I have experienced many of my own personal struggles in the realm of fitness and health. For all of my teens and most of my early 20s, I struggled with body dysmorphic disorder and disordered eating and exercising behaviours, all of which had their own underlying causes but were further fueled by the messages and values I learned from the mainstream media. I tried more diets than I can count, and endured more asinine fitness routines than I care to remember. Throughout my own journey of losing, then gaining, then finally losing a big chunk of weight (for good) I learned a lot about what it truly means to be healthy – in body, mind, and spirit.
Had I learned these lessons a decade ago, my life would have looked much different, and I would have missed out on quite a bit of heartache. I am, and will always be, grateful for the lessons that I learned from my own struggles, but I would rather others learn from my mistakes than have to go through the same painful experiences to learn these lessons. It’s my hope that with the resources I offer here at Making Fitness Great Again – articles, newsletters, workouts, and podcasts (soon to come!) – I can share these lessons and help folks find a way to make fitness work for them in a way that enhances not only their physical health, but their mental health as well.
While I am passionate about health and spend a lot of time researching and writing about physical health (as well as working in the mental health field), there are a lot of other things in life that bring me joy. In addition to nerding out, working, and working out, these are a few of my favorite things:
- singing show tunes in the shower
- shooting any type of firearm
- cooking, especially for other people (I’m convinced that food is a love language)
- reading both fiction and nonfiction
- waking up early to enjoy the best part of the day – the morning
- drinking really good black coffee (always decaf)
- drinking mediocre coffee (still decaf) with plenty of milk added
- daydreaming about traveling through northern Europe
- cuddling with my nephew, who was unanimously voted “World’s Most Adorable Baby”
- being outdoors – hiking, being on/in the water, attempting to ski, etc.
- testing the limits of my DIY abilities
- indulging my neurotic tendencies by making lists for any and every possible reason
Whatever may have brought you here, I hope you’ll stick around! I’d love to know how I can help you, so please don’t hesitate to reach out through email (my contact page is here) or holler at me on instagram or facebook.
Glad to have you here!