How it all Began
Growing up I played a variety of sports during my childhood and teenage years, but my passion was always softball. Traveling across the Midwest meant a lot of activity, but little time for adequate nutrition. Eating out replaced the home-cooked meals of my childhood and, as a result, I always seemed to carry extra “baby weight.”
When I got to college, I took a larger interest in fitness. Although I was playing softball, I found the covers of Fitness Rx and Oxygen really appealed to me. The women were lean, strong, and beautiful. I devoured these magazines religiously, every month, as I tried to make myself into the women I idolized.
On a whim, I searched the Internet for “figure competitor trainer” and found a coach to help me look like my idols. I would train for my first figure competition as a means of achieving my ideal physique.. I trained diligently for 12 weeks, often doing twice-a-day workouts. “Fasted” cardio, weight training, and very strict dieting became my life, all while going to school full time and holding down a part-time job. During this time I became obsessed. I was leaner than I had ever been in my life, but I still felt like it wasn’t enough. When competition day came, I was on Cloud 9, but little did I know my body was on the brink of breaking.
Little did I know this would only be the start of a long journey
After that show, I battled years of disordered eating and body image issues. At one point had a full-blown eating disorder. I went from feeling on top of the world to not wanting to get out of bed or even living. I used every gimmick, fad diet there was to try and attain my “competition physique”, but no matter what I did, I couldn’t achieve the body I worked so hard for. Endless yo-yo dieting and inconsistent exercise left my body, and most importantly my mind, in shambles.
Years later, once the dust cleared, a friend of mine suggested Crossfit. Being a former athlete, I wanted an outlet to being active and fit, but something that wasn’t focused on subjectivity, but on substance. I wanted results I could objectively measure. So I thought, “why not?”
I was hooked after my first workout. The community, the focus on what I could do instead of what I looked like…it was everything I wanted (and needed) at the time.
I was fortunate enough my Crossfit gym went beyond the traditional Crossfit programming. One of the unique programs this gym hosted was a weekly “Girls Gone Strong” class. During this class, instructors taught the main barbell movements of squat, bench, and deadlift and for 8 weeks we learned how to perform these movements. THe class consisted of carefully planned, structured strength programming and built a community reinforcing the idea that “strength is beautiful”.
This class was the kickstart of my journey. The next several years I would dive deep into what it takes to truly become the best version of yourself. I’ve immersed myself into learning the methodologies about training, nutrition, and achieving top physical health. Dove deep into cultivating a solid, strong mindset to help with that journey. Uncovered the layers associated with my own battles of feeling self-conscious, insecure, and less than. In these findings I not only discovered “what it takes”, but I realized becoming the best version of yourself is a lot more than training plans and macros.
Now I’m on a mission. A mission to help people like you achieve your highest potential.
Contact me today and let’s get to work!
Certifications and Education
National Academy of Sports Medicine- Certified Personal Trainer
Kilo Strength Society-Advanced Levels of Program Design Level 1
Clean Health Institute: Performance Nutrition Coach Level 1
Nuerology of Coaching- Eliminate Your Limits
JPS Online Mentorship
Masters of Science in Physical Education
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