My fitness journey started when I was 15 years old. I was very skinny in high school, weighing in at a whopping 95 pounds. A had low confidence and at times was made fun of for it. My brother had gotten into powerlifting so I thought I’d start training with him.
In powerlifting, you compete with others on 3 main lifts; Bench Press, Squat and Deadlift. My brother and I entered multiple competitions and had a lot of fun training. While training, a natural side effect was muscular gains. I remember in my junior year of high school people started mentioning that I was looking “jacked” and saying things like “what happened to you?!”. It felt amazing and it sky rocketed my confidence. I remember a massive difference in Junior and Senior year compared to Freshman and Sophomore in regards to my personality and how I interacted with others.
I became obsessed with fitness. During class all I could think of was going home to train, reading up on work out techniques, trying new programs and all of that. During little breaks in school I would chug down protein shakes, do pull ups, get down and do some push ups. It was constant. My knowledge in the field kept increasing as my obsession grew.
During my senior year of high school, I though how cool would it be to have a career where I help others achieve their goals. Get the same confidence boost and change their lives. If you look in my year book, you will see that my future goals were to become a personal trainer. Which I did the second I turned 18.
Initially I started working for gyms to gain experience and learn the ins/outs of the industry. After time, I had many clients asking if I could train them at their homes. I always had an entrepreneur spirit and decided to open up my training business. That was 12 years ago and I haven’t looked back.
My drive for increasing my knowledge in health and fitness is ever increasing. I love helping people. It’s an amazing feeling when someone messages me saying they can fit into their own jeans again or that someone complementing them on how they look.
I personally believe certifications and college degrees don’t mean much, as I learned a WHOLE LOT more learning on my own. However, I do hold a bachelors degree in exercise science, along with multiple certifications. My main one is the prestigious ACSM certification (American College of Sports Medicine).