Certifications and Training Style
Not to just throw my resumé at your face or anything, but may as well get that out of the way:
National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) CPT
Precision Nutrition Coach, PN1
Strong First Girya (SFG) Instructor
Former Tier III Trainer at Equinox
Red Cross CPR/AED Adult & Pediatric
Professional Skaters Association (PSA)
Continuing education is of utmost importance to keep up with the ever-evolving nature of this industry, so I make it a priority to attend national conferences and workshops as well as teaching my own to continually add to my education and teaching skills.
With my clients (pending on their goals/needs/training background), we work with varying types of resistance training- kettlebells, olympic lifting, plyometrics, HIIT, agility drills, suspension, animal flow, and bodyweight. With everyone, we work on mobility, movement prep and recovery (dynamic warmups, self-myofascial release, stretching) because that's where the magic really happens. Each person's needs and goals vary, so my work with each client works a bit differently; but for everyone, consistency and a 360º approach to health is key.
As factors outside of the gym are also crucial to achieving those #goals, lifestyle changes and nutritional education are heavily emphasized to help my clients build their own tools for success. No fads, diets, or trends here- just good ol' fashioned work and awesomeness called science.
Me personally? I love me my kettlebells, barbells, yoga, suspension training, outdoor running, dance, and anything that involves me flying through the air somehow.
Why do I believe training and exercise is important?
Why not experience all that your body has to offer?
There are few things better than feeling healthy, fit, and proud of your body's abilities. There is a difference between looking good and looking good while feeling good to boot. As the popular saying goes, fitness is earned, not given. Strength and health is an earned token of hard work.
Your body is your best investment and most prized possession in this lifetime.
If you don't have your health, you won't be able to do anything else you want in your life.
How can you be an active participant in your own life if you are sleep-deprived, feeding your body on whatever is around because it's convenient, and not physically able? It is NEVER too late to unlock your full potential and take control of your health- but the sooner, the better. You'd be surprised at how reciprocal your physical state and mental state are- working out has a plethora of mental health benefits. Consistent exercise pays off in huge dividends, and who doesn't want that?
My Training Philosophy
Smart and efficient training. It is simple, but it's not easy.
Everyone has different training goals, needs, and backgrounds. It's not about the latest fitness trend or fad diet; it's about what works for YOU.
It is crucial to first build the blocks of training foundation to expand your potential of success.
People want results overnight- understandable.
Think about it though. Chances are, whatever excess weight you may have gained or how out of shape you feel didn't suddenly happen overnight. So how can you realistically expect to reverse that overnight and make it last? Rollercoasters might be fun in real life, but rollercoaster-ing with your physical condition is no joke and can wreak havoc on your metabolism, general health, and not to mention the exhausting mental repercussions.
Ultimately, you get out of it what you decide to put in.
Nothing changes until YOU change it. This process is about equipping yourself with tools for your lifetime to maintain a happy, healthy life. It is also exactly that- a process. You don't just earn a "fit" body, and *poof* you're done and can go back to the couch potato life. The game plan just evolves from there- and it really gets that much more fun and eye-opening!
Also, remember, this should be FUN.
Exercise shouldn't feel like enslavement. It's an empowering privilege, and also an opportunity to be a kid again- we learn how to PLAY in the gym and remember how fun movement and learning new skills can be!
I was a competitive figure skater for 10 years, but after retiring at the ripe old age of 17 (that is basically dinosaur-age in that sport, mind you), I decided to explore new paths. I moved to my dream city to go to New York University, and pursued a career in entertainment. Then I ended up coming full circle and landed back into the health and wellness industry, through fitness.
Having been an athlete for a decade, and also a "normal" working person, I have been through the ups and downs of it all: major injuries, surgery, losing my athletic body, to getting it back (you retired athletes out there know exactly what I'm talking about), and disordered eating.
Sharing these personal experiences was terrifying for me at first, but after realizing that my stories had the potential to help others with their own, it felt worthwhile to me. I am grateful every day that I have lived those experiences that have made me who I am, and so that I can help others.