My fitness story, which is why I am here today, starts as early as I can remember. I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (immune system attacks joints) around two years old. I spent a lot of time listening to the doctors and adults around me deliberate on “what was wrong with me.” This exposure left me feeling that I faced physical limitations that my peers did not share. Naturally, I spent a lot of energy exploring these limits as a child and young adult. Physical movement made my body feel good, while providing me with some kind of influence over these limits that I had in my life.
Love of movement lead to athletic success. My journey to develop athleticism took more diligence and perseverance than my peers. Managing inflammation, while continually adapting to the mechanical stress of sport, requires a more profound implementation of lifestyle and nutrition dedication. Through sport, I learned what is made possible through dedication and awareness of all the elements that influence performance. I learned to use all the tools available.
After college athletics, sport was not the primary element in my life. Movement, however, was still a part of my identity. General strength and conditioning served as my physical outlet during my efforts to settle into employment after college. My nature to push limits fostered a dive deep into what is optimal fitness. I wanted to know what worked, for who, and why. I knew I would not be as strong and fast at 75 as I was at 25, but I wanted to know how to grow my body and mind with fitness for the long term.
Through walking the path myself, working with individuals in my community to achieve their goals, and tirelessly consulting with the leaders in this industry, I am confident my purpose in life is this:
I am here to help those around me use fitness to Redefine their Limits.
My first exposure to a real fitness program was during my senior year of high school. I joined a small-group training facility to help me prepare for collegiate field hockey. As time progressed, and as I got stronger, the confidence that I had in myself - and in my body - also grew stronger. Upon entering college, I found myself acting as a leader in the weight room among my teammates and peers. I loved giving them advice and encouraging them to push their limits. That role came naturally to me, and it played a big factor in my decision to become a fitness professional.
My goal as a coach is to create a fitness space that feels welcoming and safe for everybody who walks in the door. I want others to feel the sense of empowerment that comes with engaging in exercise, and more specifically, strength training. We only get one body, and it is our responsibility to take care of that body so we can enjoy all that life has to offer. I am committed to helping others learn to care for their body through fitness, and in turn live their lives to the fullest.
My journey in fitness started on my high school swim team. Being on that team sparked what has become my career and my passion. I found the physical challenge and subsequent growth a very rewarding process. After college and my swimming career, i found myself spending time in the gym to continue exploring this growth process. I soon went back to school, completing a Master’s Degree in Physical Education with a Focus in Strength and Conditioning, and have since been sharing my knowledge and experience with others.
As a Coach, it is my purpose to welcome everyone who wishes to improve themselves. Each person has a unique starting point, place they would like to go, and reason for going there. I work to unfold these aspects with each person in effort to build a fulfilling journey. Having a strong, healthy body is incredibly empowering. I am here to provide support with consistent and mindful training.