(Cover photo: Camille and daughter Sloane Moseley. Cover and all story photos credit: Anna May Photography)
Every week, the Louisville Women’s Sports Network highlights a local woman by asking her six questions about her health and fitness routine. This week’s guest is Camille Moseley. If there is a woman you’d like us to feature, email suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am a mother of two, fun-loving, red-headed girls. They keep me busy 24/7. I guess I should say we keep each other busy. My six-year-old is very active in gymnastics, Jiu-Jitsu, swimming and piano. My three-year-old is much more laid back, enjoying quite time at home.
I am the owner and head coach at Fit Lou Boot Camp. My husband and I began Fit Lou because we wanted to bring tried and true fitness methods to busy, working women in the Louisville area. Our women’s only camp introduces a mix of high-intensity cardio, body weight movements and foundational barbell lifts. All are crucial for injury prevention, weight loss, maintaining a healthy weight and improved overall health. Fit Lou has become our second family. The women are extremely supportive and have impacted our lives a greatly.
Sports and being active has always been a big part of my life. I grew up on a farm in Prospect. I didn’t have neighbors to play with, which meant a lot of time in the woods by myself. I never stopped moving from the time I woke up until the time I went to bed. As a youth I was a gymnast, dancer and tennis player. After graduating high school, I took to marathon running. I learned a great deal about myself through running. It was an extremely calming, satisfying, humbling and gratifying feeling every time I ran. Road races led me to trail running, which is one of my favorite activities. You can truly find out who you are after hours alone in the woods. There is something about being outside that trumps all other experiences for me.
My love of the great outdoors and running helped me decide on my college major. I graduated from the University of Louisville with a Bachelor of Arts in Sport Administration and a minor in exercise science. I later received my Pose Method Running Technique Specialist certification, along with other certifications. My hobby became my passion, which took over my career. I am thankful every day I am able to do what I love.
1) What is your weekly training/exercise routine?
I always like to switch things up a bit. As my children have become involved in more activities, I find myself loosing time to train. I am currently prepping for my first fitness bikini competition in August. My training and nutrition is very regimented right now. I workout seven days a week, focusing on isometric movements and cardio. I normally work out in the morning, because if it doesn’t happen early it doesn’t happen at all. I lift weights for about 60 minutes followed by a high intensity interval training (HIIT) cardio workout.
Outside of my strict training, I love to take my kids and dogs on “adventure walks” through the Highlands. We normally walk the trails looking for animals, rocks, leaves, worms and whatever else we can find. It is a great way to connect with my kids and mother nature. We love climbing at Rock Sport and Climb NuLu. I like challenging my family mentally and physically. It is a phenomenal way to bond while building confidence.
2) How do you prepare for a workout?
I never make it an option. An option means I have a choice. I look at working out in the same way I view sleep…I have to do it. A huge part of sticking to a workout routine is mental: ensuring you are mentally prepared to get to the gym and get it done. Once my mind is right, coffee is consumed, and I am ready to go hard. Other than that there is very little preparation. I chug my coffee, throw my hair in a top knot, pull up my favorite pair of navy Under Amour leggings, slide on my shoes, grab my gym bag and out the door I go. I like to walk to the gym as well. It’s less than a quarter mile from my house which makes it the perfect warmup.
3) What do you eat, drink or do for quick energy?
I have learned nothing is ever quick, especially when it comes to energy. I am not a fan of pre-workout drinks, stimulant pills, or energy drinks. I believe in eight hours of sleep, 1-2 cups of coffee, staying hydrated with water, and eating well-rounded meals. When I stick to the items listed above, I feel my best. I have energy all day and I am able to focus for long periods of time. Sleep is a huge part of maintaining energy. If you get your Z’s, you’ll feel the energy. As a society we are constantly looking for short cuts and quick fixes. Sometimes those things don’t work.
4) What is your daily nutritional meal plan when training?
I love this question because it is constantly changing depending on what I am training for. Currently I am training for a fitness bikini competition, so I eat the same things over and over seven days a week. I drink a gallon of water a day, eat a lot of white fish, chicken, egg whites, brown rice, sweet potatoes, quinoa and tons of green leafy veggies. I feel great sticking to my meal plan. It was an adjustment at first, but now it’s part of my everyday routine. I meal prep on Sundays and Wednesdays, which is crucial for sticking to any meal plan. I’m always prepared and ready for the day. Before I started my prep, I was mainly Paleo. In our house we try to eat as clean and healthy as we can. A meal is a meal and a treat is a treat. I never feel deprived as far as nutrition goes. We talk to our kids about eating foods that make them big and strong versus small and slow. We are human and yes I love dessert (and a good cocktail). We eat clean most of the time, which makes the nights out that much more special.
I am a sucker for anything with a ton of fat! I love peanut butter, almond butter, avocados and hard boiled eggs. Yes, I know that sounds weird, but I do. My favorite snack is a Pink Lady apple covered in peanut butter. It is loaded with nutrients while satisfying my sweet and salty cravings.
6) What are your fitness & health goals?
My overall goal is good health. I want to be able to move and feel well for the duration of my life. I want to be the grandmother who can keep up with her grand kids. My current goal is to do my best during my fitness bikini competition prep. I had mixed emotions about prepping for my first competition. Now that I am five weeks into it, I am feeling great. My meal plan has been wonderful, my workouts fun and I am well rested. When I started this journey, I wanted to see if I could be disciplined with my nutrition. Now I know I can. My goal has evolved and I now want to feel confident when I take the stage in August. This experience has brought me out of my shell and given me a boost of self-esteem. Becoming a mom took away my confidence and now I am gaining it back. It feels good to do something I always thought was impossible for me.