Tell me a little about yourself and your background?
I’m a student studying to be a Chiropractor specializing in assisting athletes. I was born and raised in Orlando Florida by my single mother who raised my younger brother and me. I have always been an athlete in fact my mother was incredibly strict with us we never had any money, but she made sure we were active and weren’t overweight like the rest of our family. When I was 1 year old, she enrolled me in gymnastics, then I went on to dance (ballet, tap, jazz) for about ten years, then cheerleading, basketball and lacrosse. Being active is all I know even as an adult now it’s become more of a routine and passion of mine rather than just a hobby.
What aspect of fitness do you enjoy the most?
The aspects I enjoy most about fitness is discipline and honesty. Discipline because there are no shortcuts. You can’t fake health at the end of the day. And honesty because you are your story, your habits, your success. The honesty aspect allows me especially to help and motivate others along their journey. I’ve promised myself to always be honest and humble throughout my fitness career. I use my struggles as tools to help others get through theirs and to show it’s not always sunshines and rainbows and that’s okay.
How did you get into fitness? What was a turning point for you to take it seriously?
The turning point for me was in college when I had this group of friends and we were typical college kids all about partying, class, more partying. I lived at home, was working a mediocre hourly job and had no real worries. Well I joined a gym close to home because I wanted to impress one of the guys in my group of friends who always wanted me to go workout with him. So, I joined a gym (Gold’s) and I saw all the people in there and you can just see it in their eyes they weren’t in there just because they had a crazy drive in their eyes and were connected to their workouts. I realized wow I want that feeling, what I was seeing in those people I wanted others to see in me. I told myself, I want to be different, so I wanted to be more than a pretty fit chick with a booty I wanted to be a badass too. The rest is kind of history I dropped all those friends and it’s been me and the weights ever since.
How has fitness impacted your life?
Fitness has impacted my life in so many amazing ways and more so the last couple years. Some days social media really gets under my skin I’ll be honest but without it I don’t think I would be where I am now answering these questions, working for myself, being able to speak about my passion. The most rewarding parts of fitness is meeting others and hearing their stories and teaching and passing down my knowledge. You really never know who’s watching and that’s what keeps me going. When people cry when they meet me at expos or travel hundreds of miles to come visit me even for a brief moment I still can’t get wrap my head around that kind of love and support so yes it’s impacted my life greatly but it’s allowing me to impact even more lives.
What words of advice or encouragement would you like to give to someone who is just starting out or would like to start but doesn’t know where to begin?
Some advice I would give to someone who wants to start is just jump. Starting is half the battle, getting to the gym is half the battle, if you can just get there and start small anyone can do it. I always tell people start small, you don’t want to burn yourself out taking on too much too soon. I would suggest, join a gym first obviously, commit to working out twice a week and cutting out soda, then move up in days and start adding onto your goals. And don’t be discouraged if some days are harder than others, fitness is a marathon not a sprint.