- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I'm a big believer that no matter how much you know, there's always more to learn. Between doing my own research, reading up on the latest fitness/nutrition topics and attending conferences, I never cease to be amazed at how smart and efficient our bodies are and how much they are capable of if we know how to push them.
- How did you get started doing this type of work?
I got into personal training through my own weight loss journey. I was 350+ pounds and felt like crap. I started by just going to the gym and doing cardio every day. As the weight started to come off, I started to incorporate the weight machines at the gym as well. One day, as I was walking into the cardio section, one of the trainers there asked if he could give me a free session so he could show me how working with a trainer could be beneficial. It was a tough half hour, but I was hooked. I signed up for my own personal trainer and the weight began to come off even more rapidly. I couldn’t believe the difference in how I felt! When I’d lost 120 pounds I decided I wanted to help others do what I had done, so I went back to school to get certified. I went on to lose another 70 pounds and honestly, I’ve never looked back or regretted a single second of it. I’m very passionate about what I do, and I genuinely care about my clients and assisting them in achieving their fitness goals. There’s not many people who get to say that they love their job, but I DO!
- What types of customers have you worked with?
Most commonly, I help clients lose weight through workouts geared just for them, guidance on nutrition/food logging and by holding them accountable.