Growing up, I was bullied for being overweight. This mentally destroyed me from a young age. I began to eat healthily and exercise to try to feel better about myself. However, this eventually turned into a downward spiral which later developed into an eating disorder at the age of 16. After overcoming this disorder by the age of 18, I began to spiral down again, which led me back to the gym. I knew what I wanted, but this time I wanted to do it the right way. Bodybuilding then came into my life, which I believe is what truly saved me. It was a sport that forced me to fuel my body in order to get maximum results. By the time I was 20, I competed in my first NPC competition, placing top 5. Needless to say, I became hooked, and I have been competing now for the last 5 years as a Nationally Qualified Bikini Competitor. I’m also an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, BSAS Exercise Science.
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
Professional Makeup Artist/ Personal Trainer.
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: 50
- Health level: 50
Thoughts on HIIT, Powerlifting, TRX, Yoga, bodybuilding, others?
They all have a time and place. Depending on your goals, each can be utilized to get maximum results.
Don’t go through the motions- hit every rep and set with the intent.
1700 calories currently/ 1-2 refeeds per week.
Multi-Vitamin, DIM, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin B Complex, Nitric oxide pre-workout, EAAs intra workout, Plant Protein post-workout.
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 always opt for natural supplements, but if something has artificial sweeteners, I will try it to see how my body responds.
What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
I love the fact that Status highlights athletes and gives them the opportunity to have a profile to tell their own individual stories!
Describe your coaches and the impact they have on you?
My boyfriend coached me for the first time this season, and it was the best prep I have ever had. He was the second pair of eyes I needed, pushed me on the days I had no energy left, and helped me have the confidence I did with the package I was bringing to the stage. I couldn’t have done it without him.
If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor in Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be?
What is your biggest advice to someone trying to make a name for themselves in the fitness industry?
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 absolutely thrilled about this opportunity, and hope I am able to compete!
Future fitness goals and plans?
Become an IFBB Bikini Pro and expand my online client base.
Live a happy, healthy and comfortable life.
5 things people don’t know about you?
- I danced competitively for 10 years
- I sang the National Anthem for my high school’s football games
- I battled and defeated an eating disorder
- I’m a homebody
- I love travelling
5 lessons you have learned?
- Discipline is greater than motivation.
- You get the level of results with the level of effort you put in.
- Knowledge is power.
- Self care=Self Confidence= Success.
- Make your decisions based on what will make you the happiest
5 most important attributes you see in a person?
- Hard Working
- Internally Motivated
If you could inspire one person, who would that be? And why?
My niece. I want her to know growing up that she can do anything she truly wants and is passionate about, even if it seems impossible.
Who inspires you? And why?
My father. He is the most hard-working, patient person I have ever come across. He has taught me to work hard for everything I have, along with never settling to be average.
“Forget regret, or life is yours to miss.” And “Work hard in silence, let success be your noise.”
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