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I grew up with no education in fitness or nutrition. We ate cheesy frozen fish sticks, boxed mashed potatoes, and canned green beans. I had my son at 20 and was over 200lbs. Through a series of events, I worked part-time at a gym daycare. I worked out a little and ate kind a healthier and my weight fell off. During this time, my friends did not understand my newfound passion, and I was ostracized and made fun of for my food prep, time at the gym, and going to bed early. I struggled with isolation and self-love even though I felt great and knew I was making healthy choices for myself and my son. Pushing through this was a huge hurdle. I lost most of my friends and didn’t gain new amazing ones until I was 29,30.

I learned how much power food has, the control we have over our body composition, and how we feel inside and out. Over the course of a decade, I got my cert in nutrition and PT, competed in several bodybuilding shows all over the country, and raised my son with my husband. I now work with NPC Midwest as an expeditor backstage, coach other women on how to prioritize themselves and transform their lives based on their goals, and host a podcast every Friday (Bikinis After Babies) showing women it is never too late to step on stage. That after babies you can do so much. I compete myself and I am training for a show at the end of March with hopes of becoming an IFBB PRO this year.

My love is helping others learn how to achieve the best versions of themselves through food and fitness.


Kansas City, Missouri, United States

Online Fitness Coach

Photo By: Oscar Rendon

What is your training philosophy or approach when working with clients?
Finding time for yourself by prepping your food, going to the gym/working out at home is a form of self-care, and teaching this to others is my approach. Once women learn to care for themselves and set their goals, make them the best version of themselves for their family, friends, and career.

For your training business, do you use a business coach? If so how have they improved your business?
I do not; I work with other coaches in a group and do have what I would call a mentor. Gillian Hughes. Yes, starting as a fitness coach I did not know what to expect, different situations, obstacles or objections. Having someone who has been in the business for a length of time and is still active truly helped me.

Do you prefer to take and recommend all-natural (no sugar, no artificial colours/flavours/sweeteners) supplements or supplements with artificial flavours and sweeteners? And Why?
Each client is different. I do all sorts of plans with no sugar, sugar-free, gluten-free, vegan, anti-inflammatory, and so on. I like to see my clients reach a nutrition plan that they can sustain and make alterations based on their needs and goals.

If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor in Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be?
What inspired you to start a fitness magazine? What is the most fulfilling you have accomplished with your business?

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Status Fitness Magazine runs model searches across North America including the largest one at the Arnold Classic for the Status As part of the Status family, you will receive a special participation invite. How excited are you for this opportunity?
That is amazing I would love the opportunity and I am very excited to participate!

What are your long-term career goals as a fitness trainer, and how do you plan to continue growing in this field?
My goal this year is to grow as an IFBB Pro in the Bikini division. Grow my client roster to about 20-25 clients, travel with the NPC Midwest and continue educating people on the bodybuilding community, continue teaching posing, and grow or outreach with our podcast.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
Always be grateful, stay humble, always keep learning, and always appreciate every day. I am a positive person even on bad days. Helping others has truly been a gift that never stops giving.

What does success look like for you?
Continuing what I am doing now on a larger scale so I can help reach more people.

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