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 use fitness the medium to Redefine Limits for those around me.
After high school I moved back to Arizona and enroll at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Flying has always been, and still is, a large part of my life. My father was a pilot and his was before him. As much as I enjoyed the freedom of the skies I quickly learned that it was not the career that I was meant to pursue.
Fitness has been a vital element of my life ever since I developed psoriasis and gut issues in college. I noticed that small improvements in my diet and physical activity had positive effects on my skin, my sleep, and my overall wellbeing. I fell in love with the process of self improvement and find fulfillment in working through this same process with others.
To dig deeper into my understanding of fitness systems, I moved back to NY to study exercise science at Hofstra University. I spent my senior year interning with the Strength and Conditioning Staff at Hofstra. After school I moved to Vermont and spent two years working with the Athletic Performance staff at the University of Vermont. Although working with college athletes was great experience, I knew working with individuals across the community was going to be my path long term. My time spent working with groups and individuals here in Chittenden County has built certainty around my path to upgrading quality of life for myself and those around me.