I started out in the fitness industry after a long run of destroying my body with heavy drug use. I got clean and sober in 2013 and that is when I found a passion for not just my fitness goals and my health. After becoming a mom in 2015 I turned my focus onto the hormones side of this journey as well, as I STRUGGLED post-baby! I truly feel like my cup is almost full when I hear a client whose life has been greatly impacted by us working together. Mom’s feeling like they have their groove back, feel sexy and love their bodies. The high stressed CEO who has gained 20 lbs of belly fat from work stress and travel now feels his best! These are the things that set my soul on fire.
Functional Nutrition Coach / hormones Specialist.
Is weight loss more of a fitness issue or a health issue in your opinion and why?
Health, because if the body is not healthy it rarely responds to strength increases, muscle building and fat loss.
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
As someone who has struggled with hormone and thyroid issues, I would put more into health!
Thoughts on HIIT, Powerlifting, TRX, Yoga, bodybuilding, others?
They all have their place. Too much of anything isn’t a good thing, however, goals need to align with training style. IE: If your goal is to have fasted at a CrossFit open, then bodybuilding style alone wouldn’t help. If you want to run a fast mile, TRX shouldn’t be your only training. However, normally a good blend will give the best results! However, as a coach, listening to what the client ENJOYS is also really important to me.
Share your unique training/coaching methods?
I work to meet clients where they are at, and bridge habits to help them get to where they want to be. I do this by looking at it from a pull picture: Fitness, food intake, hormones and lifestyle.
Smarter not harder – progressive overload and perfect form trump all!
I train 5 days a week
Macros and Micros!!! Making sure we are fueling the body to heal and for body comp goals! I truly believe in the ability to make yummy foods fit! HOWEVER!! The power of fruits and veggies is fierce!
Honestly, they are to fill in the gaps and help the body heal, vs an end all be all.
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?
It depends on what is going on with a client if a client is in a heavy healing process (gut dysfunction, thyroid disorders, etc) I typically start them there yet. The more toxic load we can lift from the body, the better.
Describe your coaches and the impact they have on you?
Jason Theobald was my most recent coach and helped me through a lot of gut dysfunctional as well as Hashimoto’s (A thyroid disorder that greatly impacts your metabolism.)
If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor in Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be?
Which trainer or model story has had the biggest impact on you?
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?
ALL THE EXCITEMENT!!!
Future fitness goals and plans?
Compete again one day, but for now, focusing on business growth.
Travel more – See the beaches of the world, eat the food of the world.
Things people don’t know about you?
- I love being in bed early.
- I lived in Brazil, Twice.
- Solitaire is an addiction of mine.
- I have moved over 20 times in my life.
5 lessons you have learned?
- Don’t sweat the small stuff.
- You can only control your actions and responses.
- It’s not always about you (the way people react or the things they do).
- Always do your best.
- Love fearlessly.
5 most important attributes you see in a person?
Honesty, Vulnerability, Willingness to change, Perseverance, Outlook on life.
If you could inspire one person, who would that be? And why?
My daughter, Izzy. I want him to lead with love and light and make an impact on the world.
Who inspires you? And why?
My dad always finds a way to make things happen.
Your transformation story:
I spent most of my young life struggling with eating disorders and drug addiction. It took me from I was 14 until I was around 26/27 to see how much more the world had to offer. I leaned into the help that was always waiting for me and took daily steps to transition me from the life I grew up in, to the amazing life I know now.
People may forget what you said and did, but they will never forget the way you made them feel.
Photos By: Jen Speer