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Favorite quote

“You'll never be more alive until you give something everything you have.” – Steve Nash

Areas of ExpertisE

  • Sport Performance

  • Sport Specific Training

  • Functional Training

  • Metabolic Conditioning

  • Stability and Mobility

  • Running Gait Analysis

  • Core Development

  • Strength Development

  • Energy System Development

  • Plyometrics and Agility Development

My STORY

Growing up, I was very shy and fitness was my outlet to express myself and feel confident., I was fortunate to be surrounded by friends and family that got me active as well. I grew up playing basketball throughout grade school, high school, and college. Playing basketball was my driving force to exercise and stay healthy. Being shorter than average, I have always felt a chip on my shoulder to prove myself in basketball and compensated with my height through personal drive, speed and quickness. I thrived in basketball conditioning when we had to do suicide sprints and plyometric drills in high school. It was a smooth transition for me when I joined Track & Field for the first time because I was so in shape from basketball conditioning, where I also developed grit to push to the end. I ran the 100 meters, 200 meters, 4 x 100m, and long jump. I was introduced to weight lifting when I played football for one year in high school. At the time, isometric strength training was popular and of course, I got into upper body gains or as I like to call it, “Bro Gains.”  

After I received my Bachelor’s in engineering, I continued to play basketball in work leagues but began losing interest as I got older because it was very demanding from my body and sprained my ankle countless times. I recall playing pick up basketball the night before my first day of work and spraining my ankle really bad during the game. I had no one to help me so I had to tough it out and get to the car, drive myself home, and care for the sprain. That process made the swelling worse and I was in crutches for my first 2 weeks at my new job. I remember feeling helpless and hated it. I quickly learned how important it is to prevent injuries for your everyday life.  

During my engineering career, I started to get into running. At first, I hated running because I was just used to going fast and kept burning myself out. I soon became obsessed with getting better running at a comfortable pace and injury-free. I loved that I could control my body and environment, which I felt I couldn’t do with basketball – playing with random people has so many risky unknown variables like stepping on someone’s foot. 

I signed up for my first 10 kilometer event in 2009 and three years later, it developed into running my first full marathon in San Francisco. From 2012 – 2017, I have run 9 full marathons and signed up for my 10th marathon in July 2019. In 2013, I started to feel a sharp pain on the outside of my knee while running. I refused to blame the sport of running for it and learned about proper regeneration techniques like foam rolling. Since then, I have never had issues with my knee. Experiencing “runner’s knee” taught me how to recover properly with warm-up, stretching, foam rolling, and listening to my body and also, how to program plan for a marathon.  

Running has changed my perception of health and fitness. The running community really showed me that anything is possible and shifted my mindset of training to a positive and happy one. This shifted mindset even developed a strong passion in health and fitness that inspired me to change careers from engineering to performance coach, helping people achieve their fitness goals. Since resigning from engineering, I have been on a 5 year passion journey, completing my Master’s in Human Movement Science and coaching at multiple gyms including a CrossFit Gym for 1.5 years, Sport Performance Gym for 1 year, Corporate Fitness Gym for 1 year, and now at Perform for Life.

MY PHILOSOPHY

Everyone is an athlete and every day is game day. The greatest lesson I have learned about fitness is that by improving your health and fitness daily, you are improving your quality of life with increased focus and more energy with a positive boost in mood and lower rates of depression. I believe in having an athletic mindset toward improving your quality of life. Fuel your body with quality food to perform better. Recover your body to perform at your best. Movement is a lifestyle and train your body to be ready for your lifestyle. Develop a growth mindset with a desire to learn, embrace challenges, persist in the face of obstacles, accept constructive criticism, and see effort as a path to mastery.

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) Certified Running Coach Level

  • Association of Clinical Excellence (ACE) Certified Running Gait Analyst Level 1

  • EXOS – Performance Specialist (XPS) Certification

  • EXOS – Fitness Specialist (XFS) Certification

  • American Red Cross – First Aid/CPR/AED Certified (Expires 3/15/2019)


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