I am a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and part time Realtor with a degree in Exercise Science from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. I grew up as a multi sport athlete, have 5 years experience as a head lacrosse coach, and 2 years experience as a group fitness instructor. I know first hand how hard it can be to navigate the intersection between mental health and fitness. As an ex college athlete and recovering perfectionist, I have tried it all from dabbling in bodybuilding, competitive crossfit, olympic style weightlifting, and many extreme dieting practices. What I have learned is that the “golden answer” for you is going to be what #1 brings peace and enjoyment and #2 is sustainable for lasting health. I am a dedicated and empathetic leader who strives to help you reach your individual goals, and feel both empowered and at home in your body.
My fitness journey started when I was in 2nd grade. My siblings and I would go on runs in the neighborhood with my dad! This evolved into playing soccer shortly after, and then starting to play lacrosse a couple years after that. In high-school I was introduced to weightlifting, and when I was playing lacrosse in college I was introduced to strength and conditioning. From Junior year of college onward, my love for fitness grew and I was able to appreciate how much it played a role in my mental health through stress management. I spent 3 years on more Cross Fit/Olympic Style workouts, but now have made a shift towards more of a wellness routine through nutrition and yoga.
My love for music runs deep, so there is no way I could pick just one, but one of my favorites is "Butterfly" by Mimi Page.
Body positivity to me means to value function over aesthetics. When you can really feel gratitude in your bones for the way they support you, in your muscles for the way they propel you, in your skin for the way it protects you, and so on.