An Adventurous Spirit Leads to Triumph
Someone once said "Adventure is not outside man; it is within."* This quote could not ring more true for Beverly Perfect, a very adventurous woman.
Her journey began in Sunbury, Ohio where she grew up and developed a love of ice-skating. By the age of 17, she had won the National Figure Skating Championship both as a singles skater, and with her partner, in what is now called ice-dancing. "It was the highest pinnacle of success and I was only seventeen," she remembered. "How do you top that? I was a bit lost." When she graduated from high school, she hadn't given any thought as to what she would do with her life.
Beverly says that "reality" set in and she quit skating to go to work and school. She earned a business degree from Otterbein College and married young, at age 19. She also started to gain weight. "A ton of weight," she clarified. Thus ensued years spent struggling to lose the weight, a divorce, and a battle with the eating disorder bulimia. "I tried to figure it out, and went through every process known to man," she explained. Unfortunately, her struggle also resulted in an alcohol addiction. "I was really bad off," she sighed. She eventually attended four different rehabilitation programs to treat both conditions. Beverly credits her current husband, Ron Knight, whom she met while both were competing in a triathlon, with drawing the line in the sand that forced her to confront her behavior, tap into her inner reserves, and get the help she needed to turn her life around and triumph over adversity for good. "I realized that 'normal' people don't behave that way."
Fitness, Life Coaching and the Positive
These days Beverly's passion is using what she has learned to help others change their lives for the better. "It's about real life change, with a healthy lifestyle," Beverly enthused. "It's a 180 degree turn, and I help them go through that change, transitioning from the negative to the positive, and building self-esteem in people who have been torn down their entire lives. This is what I was put on this earth to do!" Beverly is a nationally board-certified personal trainer (the highest level attainable in the industry) and a fitness expert. She also provides life coaching in order to help people discover their own passions. She works with Hilton Head Health Institute clients, and considers it a privilege to impart hope to those who struggle with food addictions.
Dreaming Big Births More Adventures
Beverly also allows her adventurous spirit to dream big these days and the results are two projects that benefit Lowcountry residents looking to satisfy their own thirst for adventure. "Kickin' Asphalt" is a bicycle club that Beverly and Ron founded to provide challenging bike rides (20 to 40 mile rides most Saturdays in different Lowcountry locales) to people wanting a structured bicycle adventure. The club, which was voted the Best Bicycle Club in the Southeast United States in 2008, is also very involved in the fundraiser Pedal for Kids. Pedal for Kids is the club's biggest event, and will take place this September. Last year they raised more than $40,000 for the Hilton Head Boys & Girls Club.
Beverly also recently launched a Summer Roller Skating Evening at the Bristol Roller Rink on Hilton Head Island. It is held every Thursday night during the summer from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. "I had this dream of everyone coming out and skating with music playing: a big skate party!" she laughed. She began buying skates to provide for those who don't have any. Beverly herself is on hand to give lessons to beginners or to teach others how to skate backwards, do jumps, or spins. "It's for everyone," she explained. "I've had students from age 3 to 80.I'll get you rollin!" she smiled.
Indeed, Beverly's throaty chuckle is contagious, and she gets people "goin" with her positive outlook, personal experience, and can-do attitude. "I enjoy living life to the fullest, and I really believe that we can do anything that we decide to do. I'm an average Joe, and if I can do it, anyone can!"
And there you have it, a "perfect" ending.
Greatest Adventure to date: Bicycling across America with Ron in 1998. The two fulfilled Ron's dream and biked from LA to Boston, in seven weeks, riding an average of 85 miles a day.
On her nightstand: An alarm clock that is "useless" because "our cats wake us up at 6:30 a.m. each day without fail!"
Favorite Healthy Snack: The original Fiber One cereal, dry, to crunch on.
Current Dream: To touch as many peoples' lives as possible with my Lifestyle and Life Coaching services- identifying passions and providing hope.
For more information:
Kickin' Asphalt Bicycle Club: www.kickinasphalt.info
Admission: $9 per person includes lessons and skates
*Quotation from David Grayson