I was very privileged that my active lifestyle began at 3 years old as a pre-ballerina. I continued various forms of dance throughout my childhood and then switched to cardio and weights in my teen years. I did learn the hard way in my early 20s when I started working a desk job, eating out, and not exercising regularly:
“I lost a great job and my aunt to cancer both in late 2006; my body was so stressed out and I did not feel like myself. It was a tough time in my life and I knew I had to take the reins myself and transform my health.”
I realized I had to make a change and joined a women’s only gym where I returned to cardio and weightlifting. I started cooking more nutritious food and have continued experimenting with different exercise programs. With my ballet background, I am big on form and function when exercising and making sure clients are safe from injury or prolonged pain. I have personally dealt with feet and knee injuries and also suffered from migraines for 2 years.
As an adult, my passion for fitness stems from the many friends and relatives I have lost to diseases and people in my life who struggle with daily setbacks from their condition, whether chronic or unattended. I took 72 hours of class time and became an ACE-Certifiedin December 2016 after my desire to obtain the certification for a few years finally came to fruition.
In June 2018, I completed the extensive Certified Pre- and Postnatal Coaching from Girls Gone Strong’s Coaching and Training Women Academy which I renewed again in 2020. In June of 2022, I renewed this certification with their latest curriculum.
In addition, I completed a trauma-informed space holding in 2020 as I felt called to learn how to hold a safe and supportive environment for my clients regardless of race, sexual orientation, body type, gender, or any lived experience my clients may have. I understand I hold privilege as a white, heterosexual & cis-gender woman and that it is critical to be empathetic and understanding without implicit bias or bypassing trauma to those who are not in my same position nor have had the opportunities that have been extended to me. I continue to study and actively participate in anti-racism work both in the fitness industry and personally. In addition, I am an anti-diet culture and do not believe in cleanses, detoxes, or anything of the sort. Please feel free to ask me about this work.
In March 2021, I became a 200 hr. certified yoga teacher.
In 2023, I will become a certified GGS-1 Coach to further my knowledge of working with women during other life transitions outside of pregnancy and postpartum.
My favorite exercise
My favorite exercise is a deadlift because I have been able to lift the heaviest weight!
My favorite quote
"As you start to walk out the way, the way appears." ~Rumi
My training philosophy
I am big on safety and knowing your limitations and then building from there. I have had former trainers ask me to perform exercises that were not for the faint of heart and I did injure myself, so I am big on alignment, strength & function, and reaching your goals set by you.
Areas of Expertise
- Core and Balance
- Strength Training
- Flexibility and Mobility
- Muscular Definition
- Functional Training
- Myofascial Release
NCCA Accredited Certifications
Prenatal/Postnatal, Yoga-200 Hours, CPR/AED
Who I Especially Like Working With
Peri/Post-menopausal, Pre/post-natal, Women
Medical Conditions Experience
Fibromyalgia, Knee Pain/Issues, Postural Issues
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