I was picked last in gym class.
I was never an athlete. I was picked last for teams on my first day of high school gym. I was an awkward, shy, overweight, uncoordinated kid, who avoided anything that had to do with sports and fitness.
I was much comfortable on stage in a musical or in a dance class or with a book than I was on any court or field.
My first foray into fitness was via a Joan Fonda video my college roommate had taken from her mom’s collection. When I graduated college I joined a gym…went twice…and then renewed when my year was up. Something clicked that second year.
I found a love for fitness in step aerobics classes. Step classes paved the way for me to try other areas of fitness over the next two decades – strength training, competitive kickboxing and martial arts, boot camp workouts, kettlebells, more strength training, and eventually powerlifting.
I learned so much along my journey as a consumer of fitness. I learned what I loved and what I hated. I learned what kinds of environments helped me do my best and thrive. I learned that I love places where there was a sense of camaraderie, a tribe that I could be a part of, but not an overwhelming sense of being in competition with others.
Most importantly, I learned that I was no longer shy, uncoordinated, and overweight, but that I had build a body that was strong and powerful that helped me do bada** things in and out of the gym.
Everything I learned helped me to create Performance Fitness – a community of love and support where we help our clients get strong, skyrocket their confidence, and fall in love with fitness so they never have to start over again.
I believe my purpose is to empower women and men to do things they never thought possible.
Whether that thing is your first pull up or swinging a heavy kettlebell, or deadlifting your body weight and beyond, I want to help you discover that you too are strong and powerful.
And I want you to discover that the strength you build in the gym can be taken into the real world where you can do amazing things.
So, this is the part where I tell you about my qualifications. I’m certified as a personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE). I’ve also held kettlebell certifications from RKC and StrongFirst. Additionally, I have a Level I certification from FMS (Functional Movement Systems), a certification in Classical Mat Pilates, and I’ve completed the TRX Suspension Trainer Course.
More important than any certification, however is the fact that I’m invested in you and your success.
My “why” for everything I do (running a business, putting health and fitness at the forefront of my life, building outer and inner strength) is the love of my life – my sassy, rambunctious boy. In my (scant) spare time I enjoy snuggling with my son, hanging with friends, reading, walking trails, listening to podcasts, and binge-watching dark suspense dramas on Netflix.
Know that I’m here for you. I’m here for all the shy girls (and guys), for all the people who were picked last in gym class, for anyone who’s ever said “I could never do that.” or “I’m not strong enough.”
If Performance Fitness sounds like home, then please fill out this form to schedule free Breakthrough Session.
I look forward to meeting you and helping you find outer and inner strength.