Johnson Looks Forward To Career As Trainer

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by Heather Jackson

Arizona State's libero wants to serve more than just the women on her volleyball team: she wants to be a trainer for pregnant women.

Sarah Johnson is a senior on the ASU's women's volleyball team. She found out her calling is not just to serve on her women's volleyball team but to inspire the women she trains.

A native of Phoenix, Ariz., Johnson is majoring in exercise and wellness, and wants to go into personal training for pregnant women. She was inspired after seeing the self-confidence go down after women who were close to her were pregnant and could not work off the weight gained during pregnancy.

She said of all of the women she has seen struggle, she has also seen it take a toll on their self-confidence. Once it takes a toll on their confidence, she says women will take on unhealthy habits to lose the weight.

"Some women want to lose the weight [they gained during pregnancy] but don't do it the right way and can end up on [unhealthy] diets or with an eating disorder," Johnson explains.

Johnson has struggled also with self-confidence with her body-image and being an athlete did not make it easier.

"Being an athlete, it's hard because you see all these body images that you want but then you do unhealthy things to lose [weight]," Johnson reveals. "Then you say to yourself, do you want to look better or perform better?"

Johnson did a personal training internship with her trainer and was hooked. She said she hopes to either work for her trainer or own her own clinic in Arizona.

She said when she does become a trainer, she will be a tough one.

"I want to be hard and have good intentions - I want them to leave my gym pushed to the point where they want to give up but then they push, push, push," Johnson said.  "But they get the results they want and leave a whole new person."

Although she wants to work in Arizona, her ideal place to live is in California and be a trainer by the beach.

"I want to train women and get them back into those bathing suits," Johnson said.

Getting back into bathing suits and feeling comfortable - that is the ultimate confidence booster.

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