I have played sports since I was 5 yrs old. I played soccer, swim team, martial arts, dance, basketball, volleyball and track. In my senior year of high school, I began CrossFit and after moving away for college, I began interning as a CrossFit coach. I got my group and personal training cert and began working at an Anytime Fitness gym. I then joined another local gym called Headstrong where I started coaching HIIT and spin classes. I have been working at Headstrong for the past 4 years as a personal trainer and coach. About 3 years ago, I began bodybuilding and started prepping for my first show as a figure competitor. I fell in love with the sport and the dedication it took. Bodybuilding also sparked a big interest in nutrition and overall health. I got my sports nutritionist cert and dove into learning everything there is to know about food, macronutrients, different diets, etc. I now have an online business solely for nutrition and helping people find diets that work with their bodies and lifestyle! My most recent certification is in the Life Coaching realm and NLP practitioner (Neuro-linguistic programming). My focus for clients is to connect the mind and body to a healthier relationship to self in all aspects of life!
San Luis Obispo CA
Personal Trainer, Sports Nutritionist, NLP/Life coach
In your opinion, is weight loss more of a fitness issue or a health issue and why?
Health. I believe that weight loss is more of a health-related issue because although many individuals are active or work out daily, the standard US diet is highly processed and coated in sugar, sugar alcohol and processed oils without regulation. People eat more processed oils and sugars on a daily basis without realizing it. These unhealthy food products can increase fat production and damage metabolism. It also puts many people at high risk of heart disease, diabetes and many other dangerous health-related issues. Without a proper diet with clean food sources, the amount of exercise cannot override the effects of a bad diet.
If you have 100 tokens in total and you could apply them to the following categories, how many would you apply to each?
- Fitness level: 30
- Health level: 70
Thoughts on HIIT, Powerlifting, TRX, Yoga, bodybuilding, others?
I have been coaching both HIIT, Crossfit, and bodybuilding type workouts for quite some time. I believe that every person requires something different based upon their body type, personal preference and goals. All these forms of exercise have their benefits. I am a big fan of bodybuilding because it helps build lacking muscles to get rid of imbalances that may be causing pain or more injury. Along with bodybuilding, I love the big compound exercises in powerlifting to build strength. HIIT is a great way to burn extra calories while maintaining strength, especially if someone’s goal is to lose weight. I have consistently practiced yoga and always encourage my clients and others to make time for stretching and mobility work to better their strength movements and prevent injury as well as keeping a mindful practice.
How did your passion for fitness start? And what was the biggest challenge you have faced on your journey?
I have grown up being very active and playing sports. My real gym-focused fitness journey began my senior year of high school when I began CrossFit. Bodybuilding ignited an even bigger flame for my fitness passion. The biggest challenge I have personally faced on this journey is body dysmorphia and creating a healthy relationship with food after beginning my bodybuilding career. After seeing what I could achieve and the lean physique I have on stage, it is very difficult to go back to a normal eating routine, as well as loving the body throughout each stage of the bodybuilding process (off-season and prep). I continue to work on this relationship, as well as set an example for my clients to utilize food as fuel, but also be kind to themselves rather than restricting and getting discouraged from enjoying food.
Share your unique training/coaching methods?
My coaching is unique in the sense that I incorporate all aspects of health. I am certified as a fitness trainer, nutritionist, joint rehab practitioner and life coach. I acknowledge all categories of an ideal healthy lifestyle. I believe in order to be your best, you must train correctly, fuel your body with the correct foods FOR YOU, take care of your joints and recovery, and create a healthy relationship with yourself. I find that many people put so much emphasis on one area and neglect others that could ultimately get them to their goals quicker. This is where I come in as a coach to educate, provide guidance and keep clients accountable.
8-day split (back/bi’s, chest/shoulders/tris, legs, OFF, REPEAT)
High Carb, moderate protein, low fat.
5 g Creatine monohydrate pre-workout, 20 g L-glutamine.
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 a big advocate of eating whole-sourced foods and limiting processed sugars, oils, and other modified food items. I eliminate all processed sugars, sugar alcohols, processed and hydrogenated oils, and modified dairy products from my diet.
As far as supplements go, I am a minimalist. I prefer to get my protein from meat but occasionally add Cutler Nutrition protein powder and Ancient Nutrition Collagen to my daily meals if needed. I believe supplements should be supplemented to the diet, not a staple. I do my best to pick supplements sweetened with natural zero-calorie sweeteners such as monk fruit or stevia.
Please describe the importance of mental health?
As an NLP Practitioner and life coach, I believe mental health is extremely important. The mind is very powerful and we are in full control of our thoughts and actions, therefore I strongly believe in positive self-talk and affirmations. Our hormones play a huge role in mental health, which can affect our body in many ways, such as weight, energy, digestion, physical performance, etc. By creating healthy relationships with ourselves and our bodies, we are more likely to succeed in all aspects of life.
Take us through a typical day in the life for you?
5-5:30 am, wake-up: Drink a big glass of water then either coach a class or take my pup for a walk, then eat a large breakfast of eggs and oats with coffee!
9-10ish am: Train before or after training clients.
1 pm: Lunch! Digestion walk with the pup.
The rest of my day varies upon how many personal training clients I have.
7 pm: Phone goes on night mode and I am cooking up dinner!
9 pm: In bed to get my 7 ½ – 8 hrs of good sleep!
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?
This is an incredible opportunity, and I am very excited to be a part of the Status Family!
Describe your coaches and the impact they have on you?
I have had many coaches over the years, from sports to bodybuilding. My current coach, Ryan White, owner and founder of Moventous has been an incredible coach and mentor to me. He is educated and very supportive. Even though I myself am a coach, I still need accountability and guidance during my bodybuilding preps and off-season training. Being both a coach and a client, I understand the amount of time and effort that goes into being a good coach and creating quality programs.
Do you have a sponsor? List them and what they mean to you?
I currently work with two supplement companies called Cutler Nutrition and Bulk Supplements. I have been working with Bulk Supplements for about two years now and they have been incredible. I love that their products are raw materials and they offer a large variety of products for every need. I recently began working with Cutler Nutrition a few months back. They have amazing flavours and are the only whey protein that has not caused digestive problems. I truly enjoy working with both companies!
Can you share with us your goals for fitness and life?
My personal fitness goals are to get my pro card as a figure competitor as well as obtain my ultimate physique! I would love to push further into the bodybuilding community. I truly love the sport! In life, my goal is to educate and change as many lives as I can. There is so much false information out there and people struggling to find diets, training or habits that work for them. I would love to get a bigger following and more clientele so that I can share my knowledge, message and journey!
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is that everyone is unique and requires their own unique diet, training and lifestyle to be successful. I’ve also learned how important the bond between the mind and the body is. We have all the tools we need to be successful, but if we don’t believe in ourselves or push ourselves to be the best we can be, we only have ourselves to blame. No one can make us do or be anything, we determine our future.
5 most important attributes you see in a person?
Knowledge, Discipline, Generosity, Intuition,
If you could inspire one person, who would that be? And why?
Everyone. I want to be an inspiration to all who meet me or see me. It is my goal to change lives and set an example for all.
Who inspires you? And why?
David Goggins. I heard his story and read his book “Can’t Hurt Me” which is truly inspiring. He is the hardest and mentally tough person. If I had the pleasure of meeting him in person, that would be incredible! He endured a tough childhood, obesity and the most intense Navy Seal training as well as many physical tests through the many races and competitions he participated in. His mental toughness is admirable!
What is your number one tip for people on their fitness journey?
Prioritize education and find solutions that work for you rather than comparing yourself to the next person. Education is big. Do your research and use good sources when searching for nutrition programs and training protocols. Find nutrition and training programs that compliment your lifestyle rather than forcing yourself to do things you dislike. Not every person is the same. Find what works best for YOU.
What does success look like for you?
Success is achieving my greatest desires in life while also enjoying life. I believe that a career should be something you love and are passionate about. My work does not feel like a job and I feel very fortunate to be where I am at.
What is your favourite quote to live by?
“All things are impermanent.” I love this quote because it reminds me that all things in life, whether it be emotions, events, pain or happiness, all come and go. We may feel pain during a lift, but in a few reps it will disappear just like a sadness we may feel after a heartbreak, it all fades eventually so there is no reason to dwell.
“Success isn’t owned, it is rented.” I love this quote because it reminds me that success comes and goes depending on how hard you work. Once you have success, you must continue to grow and work to keep it, because in a moment it could be gone.