I have been an athlete my entire life starting at the age of six as a swimmer. My love for the gym started in my early teenage years and continues to this day.
United States of America
Certified Personal trainer and nutritionist.
In your opinion, weight loss is more of a fitness issue or a health issue and why?
It is both. If you do not live a fit and healthy lifestyle, you are going to have health issues. It has been proven, and said by many doctors, either change your eating habits, and start exercising, or end up living a much shorter life.
Thoughts on HIIT, Powerlifting, TRX, Yoga, bodybuilding, others?
I am not one for HIIT or Powerlifting. Again, I am old school, but I use TRX, I do yoga, and I am an IFBB PRO, so bodybuilding is a given.
How did your passion for fitness start? And what was the biggest challenge you have faced on your journey?
My passion started in m yearly teenage years, but my real fitness journey started 4 years ago on 12/04/2017. That is when I got serious and started training to become a bodybuilder. Little did I know that I would turn pro in 2019. In August of 2017, I came home from the lake not feeling good, and I took a long look in the mirror. I started crying. I did not like the reflection in the mirror. I stepped on the scale and cried even more. That is when my real fitness journey began.
Share your unique training/coaching methods?
I am old school. I believe in eating clean and hitting the weights, along with cardio for your heart.
Burn more than you take in.
Weight training, and cardio.
Eat clean and eat 5-6 small meals every 2-3 hours to keep your metabolism going. Most people think you must eat only three times a day, and or starve yourself, which will only make it worse down the road in trying to lose weight
Take your standard supplements vitamins A-Z (multi), and I believe in holistic care, so speaking with a holistic doctor, and getting your bloodwork done can allow you to know what you need.
Do you prefer to take and recommend all natural (no sugar, no artificial colors/flavors/sweeteners) supplements or supplements with artificial flavors and sweeteners? And why?
I do not like artificial anything. It is harmful.
Please describe the importance of mental health?
Mental health is important in every stage of life. It helps determine how we react to certain situations, stress, and make healthy choices.
Take us through a typical day in life for you?
I get up at 3:30 am M-F to get ready to do my cardio and hit the weights. I have my food already prepped, and I have a small cooler that travels with me. I am in the gym by 5:00 am and done by 7:30-8:00 am. After the gym, I will run whatever errands that need to be taken off, then I will come back home and start collaborating with my existing clients. If I am in prep, I will hit cardio again that afternoon, then come home shower, and be in bed by 8-9:00 pm.
What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
The magazine is geared toward health and fitness across the board, and not just to competitive bodybuilders.
If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor in Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be?
What is your opinion on what is happening in the bodybuilding industry this past year, with all these deaths?
Status Fitness Magazine runs model searches across North America including the largest one at the Arnold Classic for the Status cover. As part of the Status family, you will receive a special participation invite. How excited are you for this opportunity?
I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity. Being that I am 55 years old, I feel like I am a fitting example not only for people around my age but the youth as well. People my age can relate to me and see that you can still be fit and healthy as you get older. As for the youth, they can look at me, and go, oh wow, I hope I can look like her when I get older. I feel like I am a fitting example in the fitness industry for all ages.
Describe your coaches and the impact they have on you?
I love my coaches. My coach is Trey Hodge, and he makes sure that my bloodwork and my health are intact. Everywhere, from my diet, and my workouts, and my mental state. Janeen Lankowski is my posing coach. Posing is important to the sport, and she is the Master of Posing. Janeen makes sure that I hit all my spots by looking comfortable.
Do you have a sponsor? List them and what they mean to you?
No, I do not. I have not been competing professionally, but for 4 years now, and I am not well known, yet.
Can you share with us your goals for fitness and life?
When the day comes that I do not compete anymore, I will continue my healthy lifestyle and workout regime.
5 things people don’t know about you?
- I have a big heart, and I do not have time for drama.
- I am a loyal friend, but if you cross me, I am done with you.
- I am very enthusiastic about being an American, I love my family, and I love my country.
- I am an advocate for our Veterans.
- My favorite band is Five Finger Death Punch.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
Get allergy evaluated before you decide to get vaccinated, or you could end up with a bad reaction, and end up in the ER as I did, and make sure you know the difference between a real friend and an acquaintance.
5 most important attributes you see in a person?
Having a great personality, Intelligence, Sense of humour, Confidence, Cheerful outlook.
If you could inspire one person, who would that be? And why?
I am quite sure that I have already inspired my son. I want him to grow up being healthy and happy, and live a quality life.
Who inspires you? And why?
There are many people who inspire me, but the greatest inspirations are my clients that have decided to make a change in their lifestyle to live a healthy and fit life.
What is your number one tip for people on their fitness journey?
Always keep in mind that it is your journey, and not anyone else’s, you are an individual, so you cannot compare yourself to anyone but yourself.
What does success look like for you?
Even though I have not won any major titles, I have already won and become successful by changing my lifestyle over 4 years ago.
What is your favourite quote to live by?
Life’s a journey, not a sprint.