Who Am I?
I’m from Portland, Oregon, where I live now, and grew up in an incredibly health-conscious household that valued Organic, home-cooked meals and daily movement. Nutrition and exercise have been tightly connected my entire life - I was vegetarian and vegan until I was 26 but, as I began focusing on strength training, meat became a necessary addition to my diet. My movement of choice from ages 4-13 was dance - ballet, modern, tap, and hip-hop. I never played sports and didn’t start working out in a gym until I was 17. Over the years, I’ve dove head first into all kinds of workouts - hours of cardio on a machine, HIIT/bootcamps, CrossFit, powerlifting, spin, yoga, running, and other forms of strength training. It wasn’t until I started hardstyle kettlebell training two years ago that I found the true value in training instead of exercising and what can happen when you have a program and specific goals. When I paired training with a nutrition plan, that’s where I saw massive results that I’d been seeking aimlessly for years.
With every step of my personal journey, I found a greater passion for learning more and helping others with their own training and nutrition. This is my world and my desire to help others improve their lives, make lasting positive changes, and take control over their health is what fuels me.
Before understood nutrition?
To be honest, I feel like I spent the majority of my teens and 20s “trying” to lose weight. That led me through eating “clean” only, going vegan, restrict-binge cycles, exercising 2-3 hours/day, juice cleanses, low carb/Keto, etc. Thankfully, I did learn a lot through those experiences and developed greater awareness around what felt good for my body. That led me to going gluten and dairy free and eventually adding in meat, fish, and chicken. I started coaching with Lisa in February of 2020 and learned about periodizing my nutrition. I quickly saw the importance of having a plan just like with training, and was able to truly see changes with my body. I’ve never felt this good in my entire life!
Why did you decide to become a coach?
Experiencing such profound results through training and nutrition led me to become a personal trainer and nutrition coach. I’m a people person and thrive off of connecting with others and getting to know them on an individual level. Helping people accomplish big things by better understanding their own needs is the best feeling! I hired my first coach two years ago and seeing firsthand how valuable that accountability factor is showed me that I can truly help people. Knowing that I can positively impact someone’s life is why I love what I get to do everyday.
What do you lost most about helping other people reach their goals?
Aside from the physical/aesthetic changes I’ve been able to accomplish personally, I’ve shown myself that I’m capable of so much more, that I can do hard things, that I can hold myself to higher standards, and that I’m responsible for the outcome. As a coach, I strive to help my clients reach that place as well and find that belief within themselves that they can also succeed in whatever goals they have.
Most memorable client success story?
A long term client of mine, Beth, first came to me for personal training having little to no experience with strength training and hesitant to lift heavy. Her biggest goals were to improve her health, feel strong, and be able to get pregnant with her second child. Watching her build confidence in her body and her abilities through the 18 months training together was inspiring. After her and her family moved one state over, we stopped training, but I began helping her on her nutrition by building a deeper understanding of what her body needed to thrive and focusing on her relationship with food. Through her commitment and consistency, not only did she steadily lose weight over several months without drastic measures, she was able to get pregnant again and reprioritize herself for the first time in years! She lost a total of 18 pounds and has managed to keep it off while living her life and growing her family. She truly is the example of showing up daily, implementing healthy habits, and playing the long game to see lasting results both physically and mentally.
Something fun about you?
I’m a twin! My sister and I are incredibly close and even owned a vegan dessert business for a few years in our mid-20s. It’s been a journey for us as we’ve developed our own careers and relationships while sharing a passion for health and fitness, trail running together on the weekends, and maintaining our strong sister bond.
My fiance competes in triathlons which has allowed us to travel to amazing, new places and I’ve been able to have an inside view of training and nutrition for endurance athletes.