For as long as I can remember, my family always wanted me to be a doctor. For a while, I even fooled myself into believing that their dream was my own. I was on a pre-med route at the University of San Francisco when I realized that I couldn’t fool myself anymore, and I had to change paths but I didn’t want to turn away from helping people achieve their health goals. I also didn’t want to have a job that required me to sit around all day - I NEED to move. I thought back to high school and reflected on how exercising changed my life and enabled me to pursue what I believed in. So I changed my major to Kinesiology and applied for an internship at Perform for Life so that I could show people, through exercise, that they could accomplish anything that they set their mind to.
My time at P4L has been a journey of self-discovery. On my journey, I’ve shared my belief with many that anything can be done with the right mindset. I’ve helped others overcome the challenge of being consistent with their health and fitness in addition to facing this issue myself. I have learned so much. I’ve learned about our industry, the service, our community, and so much about the science of our bodies and the way our bodies move and adapt and heal. And I don’t plan to stop learning, ever, about myself and this passion that I am very lucky to call my career.
I started working out in my high school years when a girl totally broke my heart, my very first heartbreak. I told myself that it happened because I didn’t look a certain way that other guys did, and that I wasn’t good enough. I worked out extremely hard and radically changed my diet to attain the “perfect body”. I was successful and I achieved my goal of looking that “certain” way, and what I learned about myself was that I could accomplish anything I set my mind to. However, the problem with this (aside from the fact that I presumed that the way to find happiness with a girl was by looking a certain way to be “good” enough) was that I established a habit of working out only to remedy depression, loneliness, and rejection. I wasn’t working out for myself and for my health. So you might guess what happened when I was happily in a relationship - I fell off and stopped caring for my body as I once had before. I’ve come to realize that fitness and health aren’t just distractions to turn my attention towards when I don’t want to face the problems in my personal life. They are essential parts of a balanced lifestyle that need to be embedded to be happy and healthy. Just like everyone else, I struggle and I have to work towards maintaining my well-being but I understand that the mind and body are one. I understand that it can be very challenging and that’s why I love to help others with this challenge that we all face together.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
- Corrective Exercise
- Functional Strength
- Pain/Injury Rehabilitation
- C.H.E.K. Exercise Coach
- NKT (Level 2)
- NASM CPT
"Do one thing everyday that scares you." - Eleanor Roosevelt
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