IMG_5084Tell me a little about yourself and your background?

I was a cardio queen growing up and until halfway through college. I was on the cross-country team and soccer team through the end of high school and thought the only way to lose weight/get in shape was doing lots of running. I was also eating like crap, partying, and getting stress fractures from overdoing the cardio. I was also super afraid lifting weights and getting “bulky” …so typical, I know.

My undergrad degree in college was Exercise Science, and it really opened my eyes to the reality of body recomposition, proper nutrition, and the importance of combing weight lifting, plyometrics, and cardio. I was learning all the information, but it took me a few years to actually apply them all together. When I finally did, I dropped 30 pounds in a 15-month period. Since then I’ve tried to put on some muscle without putting on too much fat. It’s never a linear process, so I’ve been finding my way for the past 2 years.

I now use my knowledge in fitness and nutrition to train clients in person and online.

What aspect of fitness do you enjoy the most?

I love sharing my passion for health and fitness with everyone in my life. I never want to be too pushing with healthy habits, but rather lead by example and have others come to me to advice or with questions. This is also why I made my fitness Instagram, to share my daily health routines and fitness life.

How long have you been into fitness?

I did sports growing up but didn’t start taking fitness and nutrition seriously until I turned 21, so for almost 4 years now.

How did you get into fitness?

I really got into fitness during my college major classes. We had classes that taught us how to properly lift and fuel our bodies. I also made a ton of friends who had similar interests and inspired me to live my best life.

What was a turning point for you to take it seriously?

During my fitness assessment class in college, where we had to learn and pass different lifting techniques, including the ab wheel. I couldn’t even do one single rep. That was my turning point. I decided to stop drinking so much and eating so poorly. My muscles started recovering better and I was actually able to build up my strength! It felt amazing to get new PR’s and perform new techniques and lifts.

How has fitness impacted your life?

Fitness has shown me discipline in my life. It has also brought balance to my life. I’ve been on both extreme ends, very unhealthy and overly obsessed with being healthy. Now I love incorporating fitness into my life and my life and fun times into my fitness routines. Fitness has also brought me some of the most amazing friends who love fitness as well.

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?

I would tell someone just starting out to make small changes at a time that you can handle. Then slowly start adding in more and more healthy changes until one day you look back and don’t even recognize your old lifestyle. Also, seeking advice from fitness experts will help you learn proper techniques and the science behind fitness. This will help girls get over their fears of lifting and eating enough to fuel their bodies.

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