When I first began my adventure with exercise 16 years ago, I was primarily doing it to get better for the sports that I was participating in. As I became more experienced with the human body and how it responded to certain types of training I became hooked! I immersed myself in a new lifestyle and have never regretted it. My path as a fitness professional has allowed me to work with hundreds of amazing individuals, obtain 5 national certifications, and gain 10 years of experience. I want to use these experiences and education to build a community that is centered around health so that others can live the best version of themselves.
My story starts as a young child. I loved playing sports and was very active. I took part in everything from football, soccer, basketball, wrestling, baseball, and track. I couldn’t get enough of the competition and sense of achievement when I would win a game or event When I turned 11 years old I was introduced to weight training. We had a small workout room in the basement of our house. I didn’t know very many exercises, but the ones that I did, I found that I really enjoyed them. The satisfaction of challenging myself and reaching new goals was very fulfilling. After a year of working out by myself, I wanted to try out a commercial gym. My girlfriend at the time (yes, I was 12 years old 😆) bought me my first month at 24-Hour Fitness. I was very excited but didn't know what to expect. When my dad took me to sign up, the staff member helping us was actually a personal trainer. She ended up talking us into sessions with her. I trained with her for 2 years and found that my love for exercise was growing stronger than my passion for playing sports. Fast forward a few years to my senior year of high school, I had a turning point in my life. I had an opportunity to play football for a few different colleges. While most people would be excited about this, I was internally met with a lot of angst. My passion for health, fitness, and exercise had overshadowed my interest to play collegiate sports. I had to make a decision on either continuing to play and prolonging my start to my career and eventual business or walking away and start helping others live healthier lives. I chose the personal trainer path, and while I do think back about what could have been, I know that I have helped so many others regain their health and lives. It makes it all worth it to me.
My purpose for coaching is to help others be the best version of themselves. Whether that is an athlete looking to increase their vertical jump, a diabetic looking to get off their medication, or a parent wanting to keep up with their kids. My motivation is to see others succeed in their goals. Watching them realize that a goal they never thought would be possible is now a reality.