“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.” - Zig Ziglar
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Strength and Conditioning
Posture Analysis and Correction
Body Composition Change
Injury Prevention / Rehabilitation / Corrective exercise
Sports Specific Training
When I was a kid, I always had an appreciation for movement. I grew up competing in a dance team, which later carried on into college for my university’s athletic department.
My initial route in my undergraduate career was nursing. However, as I spent more time at the gym during my free time, I realized my passion continued to bring my curiosity into the strength and conditioning realm. I began by an internship with the athletic training room, volunteering at physical therapy clinics, participating in research for Parkinson Disease at UCSF and finally, joining P4L in 2014.
In 2016, I took on an internship at a neighboring sports performance gym located in the Marina district for eight months. The program taught me more in-depth knowledge pertaining to biomechanics and program design for athletes. After completing the internship, I enlisted into the Air Force Reserves, and finally returned home to coach P4L athletes again!
My biggest areas of interest are sports conditioning, body composition, and rehab/prehab with a long-term goal of becoming a physical therapist. All these areas interest have definitely played a role in my own journey. Coming back from a herniated disc, a non-invasive heart surgery, and sciatica were only small bumps in the road that gives me the understanding of my athlete’s challenges. And I will always continue to pursue more knowledge to ensure I’m providing the best care to P4L athletes.
Growing up in a dance-based background and as a girl gave me a false understanding of health. The aesthetic demand of dance made it tempting for me to following unhealthy practices (long hours on a treadmill, eating little-to-none, taking supplements without proper knowledge). I did not have the education or understanding of what I was doing to my body, only because the realm of health and fitness was still very new.
This previous relationship with exercise is why I got into the fitness industry: to empower others that there are healthier, smarter, more effective routes to a person’s fitness goals. And I see that social media is becoming more saturated with health and wellness, and fitness posts, I realize it is more important now than ever to make sure we continue to take care of all athletes with techniques and procedures that will do no harm.
I believe it is very important to practice what I preach. I would love to inspire and athlete to eat right, stay consistent, and continually progress in their training because they know I’m right there with them. And I believe that no one is a cookie-cutter athlete. We all have specific needs. Variables down to our body composition, metabolic factors, or epigenetics, can affect how one individual may react to a protocol than another. We have “outliers” in the world: the rare 2% who thrives on what science does not always support. Because of this, it is always important to take care of an athlete with all possibilities considered.
NSCA - CSCS Coach
C.H.E.K. - Exercise Coach
(Currently training in) CHFI Level 1, 2, and 3
American Red Cross BLS provider
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