Liz is definitely one of the most positive spirited people we have had the pleasure to meet! She always has a smile on her face and a positive attitude, even during the most gruelling set of burpees. We love featuring women like Liz who truly have a passion for what they do! Liz runs Joyce Training with her husband where they train their clients out of a private gym in Kitsilano. Our Co-Visionary, Reagan, has been going to Liz as a personal trainer for the last year and recommends Liz to anyone that will listen! Liz makes working out fun, exciting and works you extremely hard targeting the specific areas that you are working on. She is also a social media maven and has the BEST Instagram feed for anyone that needs some personal training exercises mixed in with a “get your butt going” type of motivation.
Another side to Liz we are super proud of is her newly created blog, “Bring On The Shine,” which is for other women like herself who have been diagnosed with a chronic disease. Through her blog and her recent speaking engagements, she has since become a role model to many young women that are struggling with chronic illnesses and she is literally helping them change their entire outlook on life and helping them understand how to cope with the disease. Read on below to find out more about Liz and you can also follow her on the following social media handles:
Instagram: @LizJoyceFit; MyGirlLiz | Twitter: @bringontheshine
Q. What do you love most about being a trainer?
When my clients begin to believe in themselves and capture their goals. The confidence from this experience adds a bounce to their step. I am rewarded through their success! The time with me training is a mini vacation from stressful days, a time to give back to themselves. I recognize that I am a tool that makes their whole lives truly better. There’s a magic that happens in the gym when the guard is down, the music is up and it’s all about positivity and growth. I am literally in that magic all day, every day. It’s a pretty special thing!
Q. What was the motivation behind your career?
There is a lot of truth behind the saying, “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” I was always active and competed at a National and International level in several sports. I have consistently used exercise and fitness as a means to celebrate incredible times and to comfort me in uncertain or scary times but I realized while I was going through the diagnosis of my Ulcerative Colitis that exercise needed to be about more than that.I carry my lesson of caring for my body forward with me, I am most motivated to care for my clients short term and long term health. It is a very serious matter we deal with but it’s always delivered on a sparkly, laughter filled, plate.
Q. What are you most proud of?
I create and design my life. I consciously evaluate, and reevaluate, my life. I make decisions in regards to what I want and I consistently take actions that serve both where I am and where I want to be. I am proud of my ability to speak directly from my heart to others hearts and connect on a real level.
I am proud of my decision to care for my disease and body in a very positive way. It is extremely emotionally and physically challenging to be diagnosed with a chronic disease. I know it will never go away and my system may never be what it once was but I made the decision to live a normal life, which I do and I literally fight for that every day.
Q. What time do you get up?
Most days of the week I am up at 4:32 AM. I get up 2 minutes after so it doesn’t seem so brutal! I always make sure to get a bare minimum of 7 hours of sleep a night, turning the devices off 30-45 mins before bed and curling up with my cat and a book is my nightly routine to unwind.
Finish these sentences. …
I love …Almond milk lattes. I love the challenge, excitement and rewards of my career. I love a good book and down time, music that I resonate with, dancing in the morning while I’m getting ready, laughing, smiling all day and sticking my hand out the window while I drive … In the summer. I love being present in the ordinary moments, the collection of which making an extraordinary experience.
I am happy when …I am outside and I am moving. Skateboarding, running, paddle boarding, snowshoeing, you name it. I thrive on endorphins and fresh air. I am happy when I set my sights on a goal and I knock it out of the park.
Strength is …2 big things for me. A persons ability to stand in uncertain situations and walk towards what they fear. A persons ability to be truly honest with themselves, about what they are failing at, what they are winning at, and finding ways to grow always.
My life…is rewarding. I have committed myself to my marriage, my career, my fitness, personal growth, advocating for other chronic illness patients. These endeavors require real focus and dedication. I love the challenges on the hard days, and I bask in the beauty of the moments where I just ride the wave.
My childhood ambition… was to be Rainbow Brite. Ok, honestly, I didn’t have a clear career path designed for myself as a child. My ambitions as a child were to build the best fort and beat all the boys in the races.