“Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred-and-first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before.” - Jacob A. Riis
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
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 was 17 years old and met the powerlifting coach at my high school. 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 was yet 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 and push myself in 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 San Francisco State University and began utilizing my education in an actual role. I designed the team’s strength training programs, coached them in weightlifting with proper form, taught sport specific exercises with a gradual increase in reps, and ultimately, I helped produce a team of stronger basketball players. After my training, the players were able to maintain their strength, speed, and power that was 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 P4L athlete’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’ve accomplished something in 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 as a gateway into a more active lifestyle.
NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist
NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach
Certified Function Strength Coach Level 1
Functional Movement Specialist 1 & 2
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