My name is Sarah Gemmell and I am the CEO and founder of Gem Fitness. This whole health and fitness journey started for me in 2012. In 2012 I had my first fight with situational depression, which led me to turn to fitness as a way to cope and get the endorphins flowing. I had no idea what I was doing, I exercised with no intention and no passion, so even though it worked I ultimately ended up quitting as soon as I felt better. From then on until early 2016 I cycled on and off with exercising – I was a yo-yo exerciser.
That all ended in 2016 when I went to the doctor and he weighed me. I realized I had gained 30 pounds to make me the heaviest I’ve ever been. I was shocked and disgusted. My clothes were fitting tighter and I saw the weight gain in all of my pictures. My bridal shower was the WORST. I flew home and had to buy new clothes the day of because everything I had was too small.
With my wedding around the corner I started working out again.
The 3rd time was a charm for me. Why? I was at an all-time low with my body and mind when I went through my divorce. The only thing that actually made me feel good about being me was working out. Ever since my divorce I have been extremely passionate and committed to my fitness because of the way it makes me feel.
I never want to deal with that kind of depression or low self-esteem again and working out and focusing on health is what keeps me going to be the best version of myself.
If you are dealing with situational depression, on your second or third cycle of yo-yo exercising, or feeling as though you’ve hit rock bottom with your confidence and self-esteem, I want to step in and be your saving grace.
I began my professional career as an addictions counselor in Camden, NJ. I LOVED this job and was really good at it, but then my ex-husband and I were moved to Kansas on military orders. I worked with Job Corps in Kansas and they had a horrible change in management at the same time I was going through my divorce. I couldn’t emotionally or mentally afford to be miserable at both home and work, one had to give. So I gave my notice at work and decided to change careers all together to be a personal trainer.
At the time, I was already leading health and fitness classes with Job Corps so this wasn’t a foreign concept to me. When I was talking with a friend of mine telling him about my career change, he was very excited and very supportive of my decision because he had always told me I had a knack for writing excellent programs and motivating those around me.
I became a Certified Personal Trainer through NASM, one of the most respected training agencies. I trained at a local gym for a while before founding Gem Fitness.
Gem Fitness is a Fitness for Mental Health company – we don’t give mental health a stigma. If you suffer from depression, anxiety, or stress, if you are experiencing your second or third cycle of yo-yo-exercising, or if you simply feel as though you’ve hit rock bottom with your confidence and self-esteem, Gem Fitness is your answer.