Mary Duncan Proctor

Instructor

Where are you from and where did you grow up? 

I was born and raised in Mobile, AL. 

What brought you to Birmingham and what do you do here outside of True40?

I am not really sure why I chose Auburn for college, but I am very glad I did. Everyone in my family went to Alabama and I had never visited Auburn before, so I believe it was a God thing. After Auburn, I decided to further my language studies and spent a year in Cordoba, Spain teaching English to 4yr-4th graders. I flew straight to Birmingham from Spain to be close to my sister, niece, and boyfriend (now husband), and am currently employed at Milo's Hamburgers as the Marketing Manager. 

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

The advice I try to live by most is put family first. Most of my family is in Birmingham and I try to take advantage of seeing them as much as possible. 

How do you love your body and stay true to you? 

I am a huge foodie. I love to cook, eat, and experience all different types of food. Because of this, I have to try hard to be well-balanced with exercise and eating. I am too hard on myself when it comes to loving my body, but it is something I work hard to get better at everyday:) I am very blessed to be injury free, strong, and healthy!

Why is fitness important to you?

Both my parents are very healthy and have always lead the way when it comes to exercise. It is just in my blood. I can't imagine not feeling all the incredible benefits from a great workout! If I take time off from exercise, it is immediately apparent in my mood and nothing is better than getting back on track. 

Why would you tell someone to try True40?

My favorite thing about True40 is that it can be done every day without causing injury or stress on your joints. True40 is a full body workout that makes me feel strong and empowered. I love how it can be done at all fitness levels and every time I leave I feel sore – there is always a new challenge to take. 

What are you deathly afraid of?

I know I need to stop, but I am addicted to reading thrillers, so pretty much anything that has to do with kidnappings keeps me up occasionally. I am currently reading The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye. 

If you were stuck on a desert island, what 3 things would you bring?

If I were stuck on a desert island and I couldn't take people with me, then I would bring an iPad, a credit card, and a boat to escape as soon as possible.

What is one thing most people don’t know about you?

I am pretty open, so I don't know... maybe that I can't fake laugh. I have multiple laughs but none of them are fake, it just depends on how funny the joke is on my type of laughter. If it's not funny, I just can't make myself laugh.