Who I am, the facts: Hey there! My name is Brooke Rosenbauer and here are all the textbooks, multiple choice tests, and video assessments I've passed: ACSM and NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Elite Les Mills Instructor and National Presenter certified in CXWORX, BODYJAM, BODYATTACK, BODYFLOW, BODYPUMP, and GRIT, along with being an ACE Health Coach and ACE Fitness Nutrition Specialist. More importantly, I have the opportunity to connect with awesome humans and share my passion for health, food, and movement.
I grew up in Vermont playing a lot of sports and hiking around in the woods. As a student athlete, I had the best high school jobs, spending summers and weekends coaching soccer and alpine ski racing to kids. I ended up playing soccer for Brandeis University, where I also earned a BA in Health: Science, Society, and Policy and an MS from the Heller School in International Health Policy and Management. Now as a professional, I have gotten to travel the world working for organizations that use the power of sport and fitness to change lives. I currently oversee Community Impact for Reebok, which allows me to bring fitness to the communities who need it the most but lack access and resources.
My story: the short version: I am an athlete who discovered fitness somewhat reluctantly. Growing up as a chubby-cheeked tomboy, I felt happiest playing sports. Until age 21, I pushed every physical limit to be the strongest and fastest. I wanted to win games and championships and prove to the world and myself that I was the best.
This is where my story starts to get interesting. Looking back, it almost feels surreal. But fate has a strange way of revealing itself, doesn't it? During my college study abroad in Ecuador in 2008, everything about my linear, overachieving life changed. I was in a horrible car accident and broke my pelvis, among other injuries. It was so bad that I had to stay 10 days in an Ecuadorian hospital before being medically evacuated back to the States. I spent the summer of my 21st year learning to walk again, taking a few steps before having to rest, just putting one foot in front of the other. From an able-bodied machine to crippled and vulnerable, my perspective of "limits" and "winning" changed in a drastic way, in an instant. Doctors, friends, and family weren't sure if I would ever get back to my athletic self, but I had no such doubts. Long story short, I got better. Through fitness, I came stronger than ever.
More recently, in the fall of 2019, I had a second international health emergency. This time, it was a pulmonary embolism in Greece. All of the doctors and nurses have been astounded by the strength of my heart to withstand this potentially life-threatening event, and for this I have fitness to thank.
Since fitness has done so much for me, mentally, socially, and physically, it is my passion and purpose to share it with others.
My passion, my purpose, why: A few years ago, feeling unfulfilled and stuck in my career, I decided to study for the ACSM personal trainer exam. Every day, people unknowingly waste the gift of movement and I felt compelled to do something about it, to help others feel the same empowerment and freedom that I felt and to try to change the world. Not long after, I became certified in CXWORX, my first Les Mills program. Six Les Mills programs later, I am the fittest and strongest athlete I have ever been, inside and out. Most importantly, I am living life to the fullest and helping others to do the same every single damn day.
Why do I do what I do? To help other unlock their inner strength and feel their best.We all feel trapped, stuck, and weighed down. However, every moment that we have on this earth is precious and we can all find more fulfillment through movement and healthier lifestyles.