UNC Asheville's Freshman Fitness Instructor Breaks Barriers While Pursuing Her Dreams
Start writing a post
Health and Wellness

UNC Asheville's Freshman Fitness Instructor Breaks Barriers While Pursuing Her Dreams

“I really wanted to change my body composition and it has evolved into my lifestyle.”

UNC Asheville's Freshman Fitness Instructor Breaks Barriers While Pursuing Her Dreams
Emily Shea

“My favorite food is pizza… Actually, I’ll eat anything you give me,” Caroline Dockery, UNC Asheville’s newest fitness instructor, told me as she took a big swig of water.

She had just finished teaching two back-to-back fitness classes - abs blast and tabata express - and the last thing I thought she was going to tell me was that her favorite food is pizza. I don’t know what I was expecting, but I certainly loved her honesty.

Dockery, a freshman, completed the instructor training during her first semester at UNCA in Fall 2016 and jumped right into teaching three cardio and strength training classes each week during the Spring 2017 semester.

“I started my fitness journey my junior year of high school,” Dockery said. “I really wanted to change my body composition and it has evolved into my lifestyle.”

With that being said, you might be surprised to learn that Dockery is an art major with a concentration in photography.

A common misconception about being a fitness instructor is that you have to be a health and wellness major; and although many fitness instructors are health and wellness majors, the job opportunity is open to any student who completes the training. And Dockery is more than qualified for the job.

Her physique is lean and her muscles are prominent, but she has a certain softness about her. Her lightly tanned skin and her jade green eyes paired with her relaxed body language is welcoming, an important attribute to have when you’re teaching a high-intensity fitness class that can be intimidating for the average college student.

What’s more is that Dockery treats each of her students as a friend. At the end of each class, “goodbye’s” and “see you next week’s” travel down the hallways of the UNCA's Sherrill Center as Dockery earnestly thanks her students for coming to class and giving it their all.

“As a fitness instructor, it's very rewarding to see people make progress with their form throughout the classes,” Dockery said. “Also, I get to do what I love and teach people about fitness so it really isn't even like work to me.”

From planks to high knees, Dockery’s weekly cardio and strength training classes consist of a variety of bodyweight and free weight exercises that help tone and strengthen your muscles while improving cardiovascular fitness. Although her classes can be challenging, Dockery keeps her participants motivated by playing an upbeat playlist and by leading the class with a warm smile as she speaks words of encouragement.

Her drive to take charge and lead isn’t surprising, as both her parents own their own businesses. Her father, Shane Dockery, owns Dockery Gas Piping and her mom, Tracy Brown, owns Lotsa Loaves, a baking business based out of Brevard, North Carolina, where Dockery grew up.

With a population of less than 8,000 people, Brevard is a very small town. But Dockery’s small-town upbringing isn’t stopping her from setting large goals for her future.

Within the next six months, she plans to become a certified personal trainer and to upgrade to a more accredited certification after she graduates.

“After graduating college, I'm looking at moving to either Seattle, staying in Asheville, or possibly Colorado.” Dockery said. “I understand that a photography career is extremely competitive so I'm OK with leading a flexible lifestyle as a personal trainer and a photographer."

Dockery's dedication to stay true to herself and relentless hard work to achieve her dreams while doing what she loves is not only inspiring to all college students, but all the women who believe they can't do something simply because they are not a man. She is not only clearing up common misconceptions about being a fitness instructor, she is challenging gender norms and breaking barriers.

Visit the UNCA's website for more information regarding Dockery’s three fitness classes. All classes are free for students and staff with a valid OneCard.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less
houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments