When I was 9 months old we flew out to California to see a specialist and my doctor @ UCLA warned my mother that due to being completely blind in my left eye and having no depth perception because of this I would not be able to learn to walk until much later than the average child…
I started walking that evening at our hotel.
This attitude and my outlook on life hasn’t’ changed. I pride myself on challenging both my mind and body. I’m the baby of the family with a half-sister who is 9 years older than I am. So basically I was raised like an only child by my father and great grandmother. A tom-boy at heart, I loved sports and the outdoors (still do). Competition with my friends drove me. We played basketball, softball, rollerbladed, rode bikes, you name it we tried it at least once. We built ramps, jumped our bikes over each other, rollerbladed at the courthouse until we got told to leave so we could jump the stairs. My great grandmother even had to cut a tree down because I refused to listen to reason and would climb this said tree onto our roof so I could jump off into the bushes below! HAHA
Once I was of age to play sports in school the passion to improve every season drove me. I played Volleyball, Basketball, and Track. Basketball was my sport though. I breathed, ate, and slept basketball. My Dad would challenge me to one on one every week and would never let me win, looking back now I’m very thankful he didn’t’. He instilled a great work ethic in me. In High School I would get to school at 5am and not leave until 7pm. One basketball practice was over I would stay and practice my foot work for Discuss for the upcoming track season.
Two words that best describe me are Dedicated and Perseverance. I wouldn’t be where I am today without two things!
My senior year things took a turn for the worst in my life, my great grandmother who was my rock had a terrible stroke. My father who had been battling with alcoholism already, hit rock bottom. I was very fortunate my teacher and volleyball coach offered her home to me for the remainder of the school year so I wouldn’t have to move and change schools my last year of high school. I owe her and her family many thanks for taking me in and treating me like family. Many people in my small community showed me great kindness and compassion through this difficult time. I learned a lot from them and in turn I’m creating this program to help others.
After High School I was offered a scholarship to row for the Crew team at Kansas State University and I accepted. I had never rowed in my life but loved the thought of challenging myself with this new sport at a Division 1 level. I thought I was in good shape going into college, boy was I 100% wrong! I learned a lot of new things from our weight and conditioning coach. I hadn’t lifted seriously in High School. If felt great to see my body change so quickly. Why had it taken me so long to find out what resistance training could do for my body and spirit?! Not only did I see aesthetic changes but my mood and self-confidence improved. Now I want to pass on that knowledge to all of you.
I am now a certified personal trainer though the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and employed at a gym in my hometown. Along with being an online fitness coach so I can extend my reach outside of the four states and help men and women all over reach their health and fitness goals.
My dream is to be able to help other people become more comfortable in their own skin. I want to help give them the confidence in themselves to succeed in all aspects of their lives… gym, career, relationships, etc.
I value honesty, hard-work, and dedication… I promise to give you this and hope to receive it in return from all of you. I want to give you the right tools to improve your life. I want to share with you the information I’ve learned so you can take control over your own health and wellness. (Mental & Physical) I want to expose the many fitness myths that are being spread around social media and to simplify fitness so everyone I work with has the knowledge to succeed.