As a child, I suffered with anxiety. I avoided social interactions or any social environment that involved a lot of people--that is, until I met the powerlifting coach at my high school at 17 years old. The coach told me that I looked like a lifter and he wanted me on the team, although I didn't know much about lifting, I gave it a try and was instantly hooked! Because being on the team required me to compete it front of crowds, powerlifting helped me gain confidence by forcing me to face my fears of being in front of large groups of people. This helped me conquer two beasts at one time: (1) my anxiety toward being in or around a lot of people and (2) the initial obstacle before dedicating myself to a lifestyle of fitness.
After high school, I joined the U.S. Navy where I was further challenged to work outside of my comfort zone but this time in multiple countries. It was important for me to know how to communicate with locals effectively which is another obstacle that has helped me in my journey to become a fitness trainer. During my five years in the Navy, I trained more as an endurance athlete and grew to love it. I found endurance training was not only a good workout, but it was another way for me to challenge myself and push for other personal goals.
When my tour in the Navy ended, I moved to San Francisco for college. I didn't know exactly what I wanted to do, but I knew I wanted to be involved in the field of Kinesiology. After going to a career day, I instantly knew I was destined to become a strength and conditioning coach. I reached out to the Men’s basketball coach at SFSU and began utilizing my education. I designed the team’s strength training programs, properly trained them in weightlifting with proper form, taught sport specific exercises with a gradual increase in reps, and ultimately, I produced stronger basketball players. After my training, the players were able to maintain the strength, speed, and power that is required of them for games in the off-season. After successfully completing my training program at SFSU, I was looking for something that would constantly challenge me, then I found Perform For Life. P4L has allowed me to work with all different types of athletes, which has helped me grow and learn how to shape a workout to fit each client’s specific needs.
Health and fitness are key to one’s overall mood and wellness. The greatest lesson I took away from competing is that humans are meant to move! Why? I’ve come to find out that the less I move, the less energy I have. In addition, movement brightens my mood and really makes me feel like I did something with my day, which ultimately helps me smile more. As far as moving, always find what works for YOU. Maybe you don't enjoy running, so make your workout FUN - play with the dog or kids, throw a football or frisbee,, or maybe even try a new sport such as basketball or tennis. Just find what's FUN and ENJOYABLE to YOU, then use that for your conditioning.
GOALS AND DREAMS
My goal as a Movement Specialist is to help athletes and the general population improve their performance in sport, movement, and exercise to prevent injury and pain, as well as to continuously further my education in a scientific field that is always growing.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
- Competitive Powerlifting LHSPLA and USAPL 3 years
- LHSPLA East Regional Champion, Outstanding Lifter 165lb. Weight Class
- USAPL Military Nationals 1st place National Champion 165lb. Weight Class
- USAPL 165lb. Weight Class 18-19 age group #1 top 20 for 2006
- USAPL 2006-Present Currently holding 4 USAPL Military National Records in 165lb. Weight Class 18-19 age group in the squat, bench-press, deadlift and total.
- Resistance training 13 years
- Strength and Conditioning
“The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.” – Anthony Robbins
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