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My name is Amy Friedman. I have been exercising for as long as I can remember. My father took me to the gym when I was five. Living a healthy and fit lifestyle led me to pursue a career as a physical therapist. After the birth of my first child in 2001, I exercised to help me achieve my pre-pregnancy weight and get through the crazy first year of a newborn. After the birth of my second child, my first child was diagnosed with autism. I utilized my dedication to exercise to get through that stressful time. Fitness was my escape. After the birth of my third child, I took my already healthy lifestyle to the next level. I focused on shaping my body. Through lifting weights, controlling my cardio levels and following a strict diet plan, I achieved my goals. I became so passionate about fitness I needed to share my excitement by training friends and family and began doing figure competitions. To illustrate my level of dedication and commitment to healthy living, I have to balance many obligations. At age 40, a mother of three, and a child with autism, I have a busy and stressful schedule. Specifically, I have to manage the schedule of three children, ages 10, 8 and 4, along with therapy sessions daily 7x/week for my 10 year-old son with severe special needs. I need to face the day to day struggles of a non-verbal child who requires patience, energy, and commitment without neglecting my other two children. In addition, I also work and need to give my patients my complete attention and care. My passion for fitness allows me to accomplish all this with a smile while getting through some extremely difficult times. I am up at 4:30 am to hit the gym plus eating clean takes time and preparation, so therefore, I am sometimes cooking late at night after a full day. My dedication to fitness makes me feel great about myself and even cope with life’s challenges. Feeling good about myself allows me to deliver “my best” to my children and professionally to my patients as well. Currently, I feel and look better than I did in my twenties. As a mom, physical therapist, and personal trainer, I hope to be an inspiration to others. I continue to learn more and more about fitness and my body as I do figure competitions and continue on my fitness journey.