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I am a former D1 and professional athlete and fitness competitor. Sports and athletics are in my blood. I began my professional training career at a well-known luxury gym in Orange County; I progressed to owning my own business and competing in many NPC fitness competitions soon after. Catching the eye of several well-known brands, I earned the title of sponsored athlete and began fitness modelling as well as being a brand ambassador. With my 15 years of experience as a certified trainer and strength and conditioning coach, I strive to bring my clients the best programming for their fitness goals and lifestyle needs. My biggest hurdle today would be proving my credibility in a world full of fitness influencers. There is a lot of bad information thrown around by people with a large following, and others are falling for this misinformation. I am a true believer in hard work, consistency, and eating well. No quick fixes.


Orange County, CA

Certified Personal Trainer and Business Owner at Level Up Performance.

Describe your experience working with clients who have different fitness levels and goals.
Upon my initial assessment, after discovering my client’s overall goal, I check for muscle deviations and imbalances, check their eating habits, sleep patterns, what they do for work, and how active their lifestyle is. You can imagine over 15 years of clients, I have seen it all. All ages, sexes, and fitness levels, each with unique goals. No two journeys are the same. If someone is just beginning their fitness journey, we may start with a basic superset with rep ranges that fall under the muscular endurance rep range of 2-3 sets off 12-20 reps. If I get a seasoned athlete, we plan a macrocycle from dynamic muscular endurance all the way to strength and explosive power 1-6 sets of 1-5 rep range. I believe it is important to be a well-rounded trainer, even if you specialize in one style of training.

What is your training philosophy or approach when working with clients?
Any goal worth achieving takes habit over consistency and wins over motivation, always.

Training Plan:
I am all for functional movements, paired with heavier weights for a quick and effective I train 4-5 times a week, with LISS and rest days sprinkled

Nutritional Plan:
I prefer the IIFYM (If it fits your macros approach) where 85% of your diet is Whole Foods that come from the outside aisles of the grocery store. I like variety, but also know what works for me. I feel better when I can add some dietary balance to my lifestyle. If I have a shoot or event, I will dial myself in with a stricter diet.

Supplement Plan:
Protein and Creatine are a must for me. I would call creatine a game changer, mentally and physically. I also utilize glutamine for recovery!

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?
I am not a stickler for no sugar and no artificial sweetener. I believe a little sugar is okay, as long as you have enough fibre in your diet! Calories in vs calories out. I believe some artificial sweeteners are okay, but if you constantly eat modified chemical-created food to save on calories, it’s not good for your body.

Please describe the importance of mental health.
This has changed a lot for me over the years as I got older. I began training at 22; I am now 37, married, a mom with 2 kids, a coach, a business owner, and so much more. I have had some issues with body image and food during my competition days back in my early 20s. Believing I should always look stage-ready, and when I wasn’t, that was hard for me. I believe comparing yourself to others or even comparing yourself to an older version of yourself at a different point in your life, will just cause unnecessary stress. Mental health is more important for me today, as others are counting on me, and it’s not all about me and how my body looks. Morning journaling, deep breathing, therapy, and hormone balance are all weapons in my arsenal now.

If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor-in-Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be?
How have you seen the industry change over the years? Would you say social media has played a large role in the spread of “health and fitness” in younger generations?

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?
It would be an honour to represent myself, my brand, and the brand of Status Fitness Magazine at such an event. With my age, experience, and personality being shared with so many as an inspiration is exactly my mission as a personal trainer and fitness enthusiast. Being a well-rounded athlete is important. It is important to prove to others that you can reach your fitness goals while also still living a balanced lifestyle.

What are your long-term career goals as a fitness trainer, and how do you plan to continue growing in this field?
Great question! I love training one-on-one and as long as I have time in my schedule, I will continue to do that. My YouTube channel is growing at a rapid rate. The best part is, I am able to reach people all over the world from my home. I do all the workouts with them. It feels more like a community and I would like to continue to grow that community! For those who like a more personalized approach, I would like to scale my online business helping those who are not familiar with the gym or resistance training. Working out has changed my life, and I hope to help others feel as empowered as I do through health and fitness.

What does the future hold?
I have been manifesting a world of amazing adventures that include fitness. So far, I have been featured on The Real Housewives of OC, was a guest on a motivation podcast, joined in multiple fitness shoots for various brands, and started guest appearing for local boot camps and fitness I plan on continuing to film my workouts, also while travelling, hosting health and fitness videos for travellers. I plan to continue with my clothing supplement sponsorships and be a coach for my son’s athletic teams. I am just getting started!

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
Without sounding corny… My biggest lesson has been getting rid of any self-limiting beliefs. I have stopped caring what social media and my peers think. If I see it in my head, it’s possible. I have a big heart and I am honest, and people can see that I care. As long as I am true to myself and my dreams… I got this!

What does success look like for you?
If I can lay my head down on my pillow at night and know that I accomplished something for the day, I am happy. If I had a great workout, awesome. If I learned how to cook a new dish, perfect. If I’ve tried something new, like hiking a new trail or helping my son with a new project… that is what fulfills me.

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