I’ve been in the fitness industry for almost 10 years. I started out training professional and collegiate athletes before moving to Portland. Since moving here, I’ve focused my efforts on training the general population to get stronger and feel better. I have also done extensive work in the corporate wellness sector.
I’ve always been fascinated by how the human body works and was an athlete my entire life so personal training was a natural fit for me. I enjoy being able to help fix clients’ issues and improve the way their bodies work. I also enjoy working with people from a variety of backgrounds who are looking to improve their health and lifestyle.
One of my favorite personal training stories involves a client who wanted to lose some weight. But I quickly realized her bigger issue was a lack of strength. She was hesitant at first to focus on strength, then one day she came to our session very excited. She told me that the night before she had been able to pick up her sleeping son, whom she hadn’t been able to pick up in years, and carry him upstairs to his bedroom without an issue. It was a turning point for her, and after that she was able to make amazing progress both in her strength as well as in her weight loss goal.
My ideal client is someone who’s motivated to change, open to learning and willing to step beyond their preconceived notions of the best way to “get in shape.” When I work with a client, my goal is to set up a program and teach them what they need to know so they can be in control of their fitness even when they aren’t with me. I also really enjoy dispelling any fears people have about strength training and show them that it is truly for everyone.
My specialty areas include endurance and strength training, injury prevention, rehabilitation, weight loss, muscle gain, sports-specific training and confidence building.
My training philosophy is two-fold. First, I believe everyone should get stronger because it benefits all aspects of your life. Second, simplicity is key. A few things done very well will get you to your goals faster than a lot of things done alright.
I also believe in a holistic approach to fitness. I will not only help you get stronger or lose weight, but I’ll also help you in other areas (such as getting better sleep and building a better mindset) because those things contribute to a healthy life, too. Personal training should be about more than just telling someone to do a certain exercise a certain number of times. It should be about teaching, encouraging and helping your client improve their overall well-being beyond just movement.
Outside the gym
I was born in Florida and then moved around the US, Asia, and Europe before settling in Portland after college
I live in Downtown Portland now. When I’m not working out, I like cooking, working on cars and hiking. I just recently got into attempting to grow plants (with a big emphasis on attempting)!