Jami Shields is celebrating her second year owning Fit Forward Fitness Studio in Carlisle. Her journey, to not only being a trainer, business owner and fitness competitor is one that can inspire anyone to pursue their passion. “Ten years ago I would have had no idea I’d be in the fitness industry, let alone a business owner,” explains the mother of three. Jami began her career as a second grade teach in the Harrisburg School District 13 years ago. During this time she obtained her Master’s Degree in education working toward becoming a principal. “Then, my husband was called to serve a tour in Iraq and life took a different path,” continues Jami. “Fitness became my outlet and it just took over from there.”
She went on to become a certified personal trainer in 2010 and has been a fitness studio owner for six years. In 2010 Jami won overall first place at The Tracey Greenwood classic bodybuilding championship and placed 5th in 2013’s North American International professional bodybuilding championships — so she definitely knows how to get in shape!
At Fit Forward, Jami and her team specialize in customized health programs for each individual member, providing wellness coaching, nutrition, hormone and metabolism balancing. “I consider us your one fitness, nutrition and health resource,” says Jami. “We are always learning and ready to help each person with their unique goals. We believe that no one type of program works for everyone.
Through our yearly trainings, workshops, seminars and certifications, we are always up to date on the best practices and newest scientific-based research in our industry.”
Beyond bodybuilding titles, Jami is most proud of being awarded 2016 the Leukemia Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Woman of the Year. She says her heart belongs to LLS when it comes to giving back to the community, but she’s always ready to spread her energy and passion to support other nonprofits, including Safe Harbor. “I love supporting the sports teams in the area and sponsor many of my clients children’s sports teams.”
And Jami’s dedication to helping people continues everyday with her clients. “Changing lives everyday, building confidence in others, helping people get off medications, avoiding being put on medications, losing weight, smiling, enjoying life — being that personal support system is such an amazing feeling.”