Since childhood, I’ve always liked to move in some way. I was never competitive, but I was always an interested and very eager amateur. Once I grew up, I wanted to share my passion for movement with others. Today as a personal trainer, I want to inspire and motivate people to move AND enjoy it.
I love building close relationships with my clients as I follow their journey toward a happy and healthy lifestyle. I once trained a 90-year-old man for about 6 years, who, no matter what ailment he had, was always in great mood and ready to work out. He inspired me to be a better person. I was, and still am, in awe of his grace, kindness and patience.
My ideal client is the one who shows up by their own choice and wants to improve/change their lifestyle. It is a client who once said, “Enough of this! I’ve gotta take matters into my own hands and make that change!” I’ve learned you can’t make people do anything unless they themselves want to. Heck, I can’t even make my 5 year old get into jammies when I need him to!
I help clients by listening carefully and trying to understand their whys and why nots. The more I train, the more I realize that lot of my work is rooted in people skills and compassion. Of course you have to know your theory, but even all the knowledge in the world will not guarantee your client’s success if you cannot connect and empathize. I think I have a well-balanced personality of having empathy and the right amount of pushiness. I’m able to create a safe environment where clients feel understood yet challenged. This way they are able to reach their goals and maybe even surprise themselves with how far they’ve come.
Endurance and strength training, injury prevention, weight loss, muscle gain and confidence building.
If it doesn’t bring you at least a small amount of joy, find another way to stay active. Yes, you have to get out of your comfort zone in order to reach your goals, but if it feels like a chore, you won’t achieve consistency nor success. Personal training is money well spent. It’s an investment in yourself, not only on a physical level, but also mentally and emotionally.
Outside the gym
I live in Portland. In my spare time, I like to work out (train for races, learning new moves, etc.). I also enjoy sewing, hiking with my kids, watching movies with my husband and exploring parks and playgrounds. Besides staying active, my other passion is theatre and arts. Whether on stage, behind the scenes, or now, as a spectator, I always loved that world.