I am Cristalann McCabe, 29 years young, graduated with a bachelors degree in Exercise Science and a minor in Psychology from Florida International University. After graduating in December of 2016, I obtained a personal trainers certification through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).
Quick Background Story
As some may know, I was adopted at birth. I am American Indian, European and black. I am very open about this subject because it's one of those life changing experiences that I am so thankful for. Although, it might sound sad to say that my biological parents, 16 at the time, were too young to take care of me and gave me up for adoption but I look at it the other way, happy to have been born and given to such an amazing mother. My (adoptive) mother actually had ovarian cancer at the age of 18, she wasn't able to have children and decided to adopt a healthy baby at the age of 30. They brought me to her with all the slime and blood on me. She was super grossed out, telling the nurse to clean me up because her stomach couldn't handle it. My mother has been my everything growing up, as she has played the role of both mother and father. Since doing 23 and me, I found my biological mom's family and was sadly told my mother died in a car accident at the age of 20. It's has been bittersweet but I'm glad to have closure and an additional family who cares and supports me. I am still searching for my birth father.
Growing up, I was an only child. I've always wanted a sister. When I was 8 years old my mom and I became a foster home. Not just any home but a therapeutic home, we basically had all the troubled teenagers. After seeing so many hardships, I knew I wanted to be a psychologist to help children and teenagers in the foster care system. After I received my associates degree, I began studying for my psychology degree while working as an assistant supervisor at the YMCA with children with disabilities. Working with children with disabilites was highly rewarding. I thought to myself I can work as a behavior specialist with children in foster care and those with disabilities. At this time, I wasn't doing well in college, I failed an easy psychology class ( don't even remember the name) and took two classes a semester while working two jobs. I had no clear vision of what I wanted to do anymore and how I was going to do it. I literally felt stuck!
The Revenge Break-up
My ex boyfriend and I would go to the gym together until the day he broke up with me. I was a mess. I literally left work early one day because I couldn't stop crying. When I couldn't cry anymore, I got myself together and took my happy butt to the gym everyday
( to see him of course ). Sounds like a terrible idea because I wasn't completely over him but I was motivated to look better in hopes of winning him back.
How It All Started
I began doing research on how to get "fit", following other people's journeys on social media, watching youtube videos, reading and working out with my fit friends. In about 6 months of consistent weight training, cardio and nutrition, I started to see a major difference in my physique. I had curves, my butt was perky and round, my shoulder and arms had definition and I thought my overall body looked great. I began sharing my own fitness journey on Instagram. Overtime, I had people messaging me about fitness and nutrition advice. At this time, I wasn't a certified personal trainer. I decided I would change my major from psychology to exercise science. It was literally the best decision of my life. I loved my major and the friends I made within the program. I did amazing in all my classes and time flew by and boom I had finally graduated with a bachelors in exercise science and a minor in psychology. After I graduated, I took the exam through ACSM to become a certified personal trainer. I failed the first time, and passed the second time. I obtained my liability insurance and took a CPR class. Now, I am on the next chapter of my life transitioning from a part time personal trainer to full time.
My Fitness Background
I didn't really excel in sports but I did make it on my elementary schools jump rope team for two years. We actually visited other local schools to perform and promote jump rope for heart. I did a few years of gymnastics, joined my middle school and high schools cheerleading squad. My senior year of high school, I quit the cheer squad to join an all-star competitive cheerleading team where I learned most of my tumbling skills, discipline and hard work. Side Note: I tried out for the cheer squad 6th, 7th and 8th grade. I made it on the team 8th grade because a girl could no longer be on the team. I was literally the last person to get all the cheers and chants which made me feel embarrased at times but it just goes to show that I wasn't the best but consistently working to be better.
My Plans For The Future
I have big plans for the future of becoming a full time online personal trainer and owning my one gym in hopes to be able to teach fitness classes to children with disabilities.
I believe in helping the community and giving back to others. I know that not everyone has the support or resources available to them and I would love to be that for someone else. We are all put on this earth for a reason, its about time we all start living to find that passion and purpose.
If you made it to the end of this, thank you so much for reading!