Liz Verbeek

Health and nutrition Amsterdam

My name is Liz Verbeek, 26 years old living in Amsterdam. At this moment I’m working as Certified Nutritional Practitioner (CNP) and Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) and really loving it everyday! I'm very passionate about nutrition, training, hormone balancing and their natural healing properties; this is my holistic approach to achieve optimal health, wellness and performance for a lifetime!

What drives you? 

Seeing results both physically and mentally. This applies for me but especially for my clients achieving this. Someone comes to you for help because he or she doesn’t feel 100%, whether this is physical and or (often also) mental. Achieving their personal goals is really meaning something for somebody, sometimes the best thing that can happen to them!

What’s next in training?

Educated, certified, and experienced fitness professionals. People who work in the fitness industry are and will become much more accountable and professional. This is probably due to clients becoming smarter about who they seek out for fitness-related help. Of course, we aren’t doctors but I hope and think that this way the focus will be less on treating people with drugs but rather prevent and cure diseases with nutrition and training.

What makes you happy?

Being confident. I do this by taking time for self-care, surround myself with the person I love and people who make you laugh, eat food that makes me feel good, wear clothes that make me feel good and do the type of exercise that makes me feel good. And sometimes you need to remind yourself and realize what's important and what's not, how far you've come and know exactly where you want to go.

How do you create balance in your life? 

There are some things to remember on your health and fitness journey. Realizing this will take everything into perspective: Progress isn't just physical (you're actually doing yourself a disservice if you just focus on your appearance) - and small progress is still progress.

Being healthy doesn't equal restricting calories or restricting yourself from the foods you love - It's about fuelling your body with things that are good for your mind and body.

Consistent actions create consistent results. Eating a salad is not going to make you lose a bunch of weight, if you're consistently eating poorly. Indulging in an unhealthy meal isn't going to make you gain a bunch of weight, if you're consistently eating well.

Healthy will look different on everyone; focus on finding your own balance.

There are better ways to track your progress than the number on the scale. Focus on your mood, sleep, energy levels and how you actually feel about yourself.

Getting movement in should be enjoyable and make you feel good, not stress you out. It's a never-ending journey, so learn to enjoy the ride. The ride is actually something I like the most.

Be grateful that you have the opportunity to get fit. Let that be your motivation.

What’s one piece of kit you could not live without?

This is a hard one. If its about a fitness equipment, I would choose my phone. Not because I want to be people to be able to contact me or to contact them. But because I use it for my music, rest and work intervals and to record what I’m doing! Yes I’m still using my phone to record my exercises because I just think its easy and I’m procrastinating to figure out a super advanced camera J.

What are your goals for the future? 

For me personally, being the best version of myself! This goal of becoming a healthier individual is a lifelong journey, not a one-time goal. There is always more to learn, something you can improve on and room to grow (beyond just the physical).

Business wise, I want to grow my own business both physical and digital to help as many people as possible achieve that goal as well! I think most people don't realize how good they can really feel, because they are so used to feeling bad - it has become their norm. Whether it's about your physical outside or internal problems like digestive issues, hormonal issues or even mental health issues.

Who inspires you and why?

My father! When I think of him two things come up in my mind: Hard work pays off, because nothing worth having comes easy. Work hard in silence; let your success be your noise. This is so true in all things in life. Weather this is about your work, personal goals, love, family, nutrition or sport. Sitting back does nothing for you!

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