Meet the Wellness Professional: Sarah Larmie
Owner of MOVE Fitness in Randolph, VT
Every week I highlight someone in the Upper Valley who falls under the title of "Wellness Professional" - trainers, nutritionists, therapists of all kinds (physical, psychological, massage), and creators of healthy products, to name just a few. I give them a list of the same 20 questions and they choose to answer as many of them however they'd like.
This week I'd like to introduce you to Sarah Larmie, Owner of MOVE Fitness in Randolph, VT
I am a 37 year old fitness enthusiast, wife, mom of 2 active boys and one rescued dog. I have been self-employed as a personal trainer for about 3 ½ years. Prior to that I worked as a registered nurse. I enjoy helping my clients find their own passion for fitness - in whatever form that may take. I love helping people move better, improve their posture, and increase their strength.
What is your fitness/wellness philosophy?
I believe in being strong and healthy to tackle whatever life throws at you. I believe fitness should be functional and, as often as possible, workouts should translate to improving everyday life. Find activities you enjoy doing so you want to keep doing them. It is also important to find balance between work, family, fitness, and fun - spend too much time on one area and the others suffer.
How did you get to where you are now?
I worked as a Registered Nurse for 10 years before I began exploring a career in fitness. I was starting to explore more with my own fitness by participating in road races as well as obstacle course races. I liked how I felt as my body got stronger. It gave me more confidence in myself and pursuing my passions. Through the encouragement of a friend/mentor I went ahead with getting my personal training certification and took over an existing training business (MOVE Fitness). That was about 3 and a half year ago - and I haven’t looked back!
Did you ever have any setbacks and how did you get past them?
I am still working to get through a setback...I had hip surgery last August, so I’m just over 9 months into my recovery. It has been a very long process, with many setbacks. I have often pushed myself in my recovery - when I start to feel better, I start doing more...and that becomes too much, then I have to take a few steps back. It has been very frustrating, but also humbling. My clients have often reminded me that I need to take my own advice to slow down and listen to my body. Having gone through this injury and recovery gives me a better understanding of what my clients are going through when they have an injury or a setback. It has also forced me to make sure I am spending plenty of time on self-care and mobility - striking a better balance with my fitness goals so that I achieve overall wellness.
What makes you unique in your field?
Having a background in nursing allows me to use that knowledge as I work with clients. I often work with clients who have multiple medical issues, are older, and have limited mobility. In my nursing career I worked with many patients who did not do a great job of taking care of their health when they were younger and their choices and habits really took a toll on their health as they got to later middle age and beyond. Because of this experience, I have a passion for keeping people healthy and independent as they age so they can live well, avoid falls, and stay out of the hospital.
What's your go to meal for: breakfast, snacks/sweets, lunch, dinner, beverage?
My go to breakfast is eggs, usually scrambled with various sauteed veggies and plenty of coffee, snacks are often nuts and fruit, lunch is a salad with lean protein or soup, dinner usually salad and/or other veggies (broccoli and asparagus are faves), grilled or roasted chicken/fish/steak, and baked sweet or regular potato. My favorite sweet is dark chocolate. Beverage: Lots of coffee and homemade kombucha.
What's you favorite place to eat out in the Upper Valley? What do you usually get?
I love a good taco salad with pulled chicken at Gusanoz (washed down with a margarita, of course!). A little farther out of the Upper Valley, but closer to home for me, my favorite is The Worthy Burger - a burger patty over a salad, and you can’t go there without enjoying a few fries!
What's something health and wellness related that you wish you'd known years ago?
I wish I had been introduced to strength training in high school. As a teenage girl with body image and confidence issues, I think it would have been so empowering to explore how much MORE a STRONG body could accomplish versus always being obsessed with being LESS - weighing less, having a smaller waist, eating less.
What's your favorite quote or mantra?
Progress, not perfection!
Who or what gives you inspiration?
My clients give me inspiration. I work with many people in their 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s who are still very physically active and doing all kinds of interesting things - I want to have that when I get older.
If you could only have one piece of fitness/wellness equipment what would it be?
A set of moderate weight dumbbells - you can do many great exercises and workouts with just a dumbbell or two and your body weight.
What's your favorite non-gym physical activity?
Walking my dog, Lila, hiking and mountain biking with my family.
What are your passions outside of your field?
Gardening - flower and vegetable. It is very satisfying to grow some of our own food! I also like to travel - there is nothing like seeing new places and experiencing new things to help give you new perspective on your life and what you want to accomplish.
What is your least favorite exercise?
I don’t really have a least favorite exercise. I always tell my clients there is a reason they dislike an exercise - it is usually a weak point for them, and they need to do more of that exercise. For me, hamstring curls in any form always burn.
What is your favorite exercise?
Squats, because they are such a functional movement for everyday life.
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