B.S. (Exercise Physiology)
National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer
Precision Nutrition Level 1
National Academy of Sports Medicine Women's Fitness Specialist
Growing up as a competitive gymnast, I developed a love for fitness at a young age. The more I learned about how much activity levels and nutrition choices affect our long-term health and risk of disease, the more passionate I became about helping people improve their health habits. I truly believe that exercise and proper nutrition are the most important and effective preventative medicine there is.
I started college with no real plan or goal. If we're being honest, as much as I hate to admit it, I was just there to have fun. I was an immature Communications Major with no motivation, no drive, and no direction. It wasn't until I almost flunked out that I decided I really needed to make a change. I took a year off and played with the idea of dropping out completely but decided although I had been a slacker, I sure as heck wasn't a quitter, so I re-enrolled the following semester and had some of my general education science classes to take. I never saw myself following a science path but after taking my human anatomy class, I was hooked. Because I had let my grades slip previously, I had A LOT to make up. In the second half of my college career, I essentially HAD to make the honor roll and even maintain eligibility but I found my drive, my passion, and successfully completed my degree in Exercise Physiology with a minor in Nutrition Studies. Everyone learns a lot in college, but I think the lessons I learned about perseverance, dedication, and hard work from being my own worst enemy are as valuable as anything I got from a textbook.
There is nothing that will build your self-confidence faster than trying something you didn't think you were capable of and succeeding. There is nowhere better to do that than in the gym. Testing your body in a safe and supportive environment will help you cultivate confidence that will carry over into every aspect of your life. I love coaching because I not only get to see the incredible physical and mental changes my clients experience, but I also get to see my client's self-confidence grow as they accomplish goals in their training. Whether you are a postpartum mama learning to adjust to new changes in your body, part of our older community wanting to maintain independence so you can enjoy your retirement to the fullest, or have struggled with body image or self-esteem in the past, we could ALL benefit from feeling more confident.