- I believe in health and fitness as a lifestyle, not a destination.
- I don’t believe in forcing people to do anything they don’t want to.
- I believe in aesthetic goals, but I don’t believe that they are the end-all-be-all.
- I believe in small habits over time.
- I believe in the process and the journey.
- I believe that playing with your grandkids at 80 is way more fulfilling than having a six-pack at 20.
- I believe in helping people stand strong NOW and #StandStrongForLife
Since I can remember, I wanted to become a professional dancer. Promising myself at the ripe old age of 6, I was determined to live that dream. Twenty years later, I realized dancing is not just about appearing on stage with costume and lights to perform a perfect number and bow to a standing ovation. No, I soon figured out that the audience and dancers leave with their lives all but unchanged once the curtain closes.
Working my a** off as both a professional dancer and a professional waitress for many years, I reached a point where I wanted MORE. Emotionally, intellectually, and (I have to admit) financially. Most importantly, I wanted to help people, and leave this world better than when I came into it.
To be completely honest, I started brainstorming ways to make supplemental income while still dancing. Pilates? Yoga? Personal Training?
The last one took the prize, and soon enough I was a professional dancer and a personal trainer at a typical big box gym. The crazy part? My personal training job quickly became 1000X more fulfilling than my dance job.
Years later, I can proudly say that my full time career is helping people get stronger, move better, eat healthier, and enjoy the process. I find real joy watching someone squat correctly for the first time, or savor their first taste of spaghetti squash. Now, I work at Rebell Strength and Conditioning in Chicago. I have completed many more certifications, taken part in several workshops and strive to continually stay up to date with the latest nutrition and fitness theories and practices. I teach group classes, train private, semi-private, and online clients, and run a Nutrition Solution program.
StrongFirst Level 1 Instructor
Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach
Steel Mace Specialist
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
Member of Strength Faction
BA in Dance from the University of Iowa
20 Years of Dance Experience
20+ Years of Wrestling with my Two Older Brothers