Tell me a little about yourself and your background?
I’m 27 years old and graduated from University of Houston with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology & Nutrition. I originally wanted to become a doctor my entire life growing up and finally when it came time to apply I did but started working out and really delving deep into nutrition. I realized I didn’t want to practice curative medicine anymore and wanted to follow a profession practicing preventative medicine. I have been extremely fulfilled ever since then working as a personal trainer and nutritionist to all of my amazing clients!
What aspect of fitness do you enjoy the most?
I love training like a bodybuilder! I have a 6-day workout split focusing on certain muscle groups at a time. I’ve noticed significant results training this way! Lately, I have been implementing more functional training, as well. This has helped me with my flexibility and mobility tremendously. I am excited what the future holds for me!
How long have you been into fitness?
I have been training since 2012, but I had zero guidance and knowledge in the beginning. I always say the first 3 years were filled with a lot of trial and error. I was merely developing my passion for working out and eating healthier. These last 3 years have been the biggest transformation physically and mentally, as well. It’s been a wild journey to see how far I’ve come, that’s for sure!
How did you get into fitness?
I saw an infomercial for Shaun T’s Insanity and at that time I was very unhappy with myself and how I looked. So, I did his 60-day program, not completely like one is supposed to, but I did the workouts I really enjoyed and kept it up for a couple of weeks. Then my friend said she was doing a program of bodybuilding.com and I joined in on it with her. Working out with her made it easier to go to the gym daily and doing that program really developed my love for bodybuilding.
What was a turning point for you to take it seriously?
Instagram opened up my eyes to a lot to what fitness has to offer. It wasn’t just the Victoria’s Secret models that I looked up to anymore, it was people like Bella Falconi and Dana Linn Bailey that changed the game for me. I loved that Bella was so feminine but a strong physique. I loved that Dana lifted with the big boys and kept up! She showed me that lifting heavy weights wasn’t a bad thing and made it seem less intimidating. I started doing what they were doing and took my nutrition a little more serious. I was laser focused on becoming the best version of myself!
How has fitness impacted your life?
It has completely 180ed my life. I was broken before. I had gone through something traumatic as a kid and I was repressing those emotions with a lot of drugs and alcohol. Luckily, I always had a clear mind, I knew I wanted to do something big with my life and never let it get too out of control, but I still would have crazy benders on the weekends with friends.
Once I started working out I was no longer enticed by going out with friends and partying like before. I had found something that really lite a fire within me to be better for myself.
I swear if I hadn’t started with the Insanity program or working out with my friend I have ZERO clue where I would be with my life right now.
Every single day I am grateful for this life!
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?
People say this all the time, but I am firm believer in it too and that is to just keep going. No matter what, no matter how hard you fall, no matter how many weeks go by that you didn’t go to the gym, no matter how many days have gone by and you’ve been eating like shit, you just keep going. You get right back into it. If you don’t know where to begin I always suggest finding a free program online and following it as best as you can. You will not be great or perfect when you start, but you have to START in order to be great.