Personal training is so much more than working out. As a trainer, I get to be a listener, innovator, coach, supporter and so many other things that I believe everyone needs in their life.
Personality: Energized, creative, positive and quirky
Certifications: ACE-CPT, Kinetic Integrations Exercise Professional (KIEP), Certified ViPR instructor
Education: Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science (Fitness and Nutrition option) from OSU
Proudest athletic achievements: Completed my first Olympic-distance triathlon last summer
When I entered college, I thought I wanted to be a high school teacher. I enjoy interacting with, educating and motivating people to be the best they can be. Working as a personal trainer is a perfect fit for me because I get to merge education with application all in one setting. Not only do I get to be on my feet all the time, I get to meet new people and help them reach their goals.
I have been working in the fitness industry for about 3 years now. While I was pursuing my degree at Oregon State University, I worked at my campus gym until I got my personal training certification. From there I worked with a diverse clientele ranging in age from 18 to 87. I mainly worked with clients in one-on-one and small group settings, but I also taught our bootcamp class throughout my last year of school.
My ideal client is somebody who is willing to try new things. Whether it’s an athlete trying to add a couple inches to their vertical jump or an elderly person wanting to improve their quality of life, it’s important to incorporate a variety of exercises in their routine. My clients enjoy working with me because I’m easy to talk to and I really listen to them. Not only is it important to design programs well, it’s also imperative to build a rapport with clients so they trust you and get the most out of their training.
My specialties are functional training and general fitness. However, I don’t shy away from athletic performance— I was an Oregon State cheerleader for two years and have a background in Olympic weightlifting. Metabolic condition (HIIT) is another specialty area, which I use with all my clients, especially for fat loss.
Strive for progress and not perfection. Strength is relative; therefore, everyone has a different starting point. In order to optimize your exercise time, you need to know your strengths and, more importantly, your weaknesses. When training, you don’t have to have an Excel spreadsheet tracking every statistic, but you do need to enter the gym with a goal in mind. I focus on movement patterns over single parts of the body. In order to develop synergy within the body, I work on movements that directly translate into everyday life. Sure, we perform the occasional bicep curl, but my goal is to optimize performance in all of my clients so they can live a healthy, pain-free life.
Outside the gym
I grew up in the Tigard-Tualatin area for most of my life and currently live Tualatin. I love to hike and snowboard. I am also a pretty big nerd so I could talk your ear off about superheroes! I share my home with an english Bulldog named Dexter, who is the most loving little meatball in the world. Having him around is very therapeutic. He makes me smile everyday when I see him waiting for me at the door.