I love what I do. I am passionate about motivating and empowering clients of all ages and skill levels to achieve their wellness and fitness goals. Strong Island changes the quality of clients lives. They have fun and work hard in an inviting environment to transform their lives.
I always had a love for sports and movement. Stemming from my training in a variety of sports. I focus on exercises to maximize functional movements and correct technique. My goal is to pass on my passion knowledge through fun and effective workouts for any age or ability level.
I am an elite competitive powerlifter and former competitive judo athlete. After retiring from judo with two national titles in 2011, I began competing in powerlifting. I hold California records in the squat (424 pounds), bench press (281 pounds), deadlift (507 pounds) and total (1201 pounds) within the United States Powerlifting Association.
I am a certified personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine and have a B.S. in Kinesiology from San Francisco State University. I like to incorporate powerlifts and other full-body movements into workouts. I believe that everyone can benefit from strength training.
Exercise saved me from a dark world of depression and anxiety. Through fitness as a positive outlet, I discovered my true passion of helping others and pursued a career in personal training. I prefer to train for functionality and balance with an emphasis on preventing injury. I’ve worked with all different kinds of people with varying goals and experience levels. Positively impacting people’s lives brings me the highest form of happiness and I will meet my clients with as much or even more enthusiasm than them.
My love of movement began as a child as a competitive dancer then continued through adulthood with yoga, strength training, mixed martial arts, climbing, hiking, swimming, and running. I aim to increase your overall athleticism by getting you moving in a fun and natural way, leading to increased strength and mobility, higher energy levels, and positive changes in body composition. My specialization in Corrective Exercise gives me the knowledge and skills to address postural imbalances, injury prevention, and post-rehab training for the average person and athletes alike.
My passion for fitness comes from competitive athletics. I grew up ski racing, weight training, surfing, playing soccer, and playing men’s lacrosse. I currently road race motorcycles (sportbikes) and race downhill mountain bikes professionally.
I have a B.S. in Exercise Science and a degree in Personal Training from Colorado Mesa University, where I was a varsity cyclist as well.
I love being a trainer because I get to help people lead happier, healthier lives and accomplish goals. I enjoy working with everyone from professional athletes to first time gym users. I’m well practiced at working with and around clients’ injuries and limitations, working with elderly clients, and tackling big weight loss and muscle building goals. Let me help you look, feel, and BE your best!
Physical activity has always been something that I have gravitated towards throughout my entire life. I was a 12-sport academic athlete in high school where I competed in football, wrestling, and track, and on the collegiate level I continued in track/field in hurdles, hammer throw, and the decathlon. I have recently endeavored to learn the sport of rugby, which has been both challenging and fulfilling.
I train because I want to help people. I believe that everyone can achieve what they desire especially if they are working hard towards it. My primary mission as a trainer is not only to help people attain their fitness goals, but also to assist people into become self-sufficient, offering the ability to train safely, and effectively on their own.
The training style I like to employ emphasizes strength in functional movements and high intensity interval training all while building up a resilient core, which is the foundation of all movement.
The concept of optimizing my performance and especially the performance of others, has always played a role in my life’s pursuit as an educator and personal trainer. Whether it be, physical or psychological, teaching others has always been an interest of mine. Throughout my life physical activity played a huge influence in my personal development. For four years, I competed in track and cross country at the collegiate level. I was an All American Steeplechase runner and lead my team to three back to back seasons as Coast & Norther conference champions. As a current collegiate cross country and track & field coach, my training is rooted in aerobic and agility performance. This can range from outdoor track workouts, long distance trail runs, in shop weight training to a combination of all three. This is based on what works best for my clients. My academic accomplishments encompass a BA in Kinesiology with an emphasis in physical activity. This degree allowed me to understand the complexities of physical activity at all ages as well as an in-depth understanding of how to work with individuals as well as large groups. In my pursuit in higher education I received my MS in Kinesiology with an emphasis in sport and performance psychology.
I am a former track and field athlete for the University of California, Berkeley and competed at the NCAA championships earning All American honors and participated in the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials for the 400 meter hurdles. Post graduation, I coached for the UC Berkeley track team for two years specializing in sprints/hurdles. For the past 5 years I have worked in physical therapy directly with the PT’s helping progress patients through injuries/surgeries, as well re-education of fundamental exercises to improve their daily lives.
When designing a program with your personal goals in mind, I will combine my expertise as a competitive athlete/coach with my background in physical therapy to provide unique, challenging and fun workouts. My areas of focus are core training, balance and stability, coordination, agility, high intensity interval exercises, strength/power/endurance training, plyometrics, and injury recovery.
BA Psychology, MA Anthropology, ACE Personal Trainer since 2002, Select Certifications; TRX Level 1, YMCA Strength & Conditioning Course Instructor, YMCA Active Older Adult, Yoga for Personal Training.
My journey in Fitness began in weightlifting several decades ago, as a way to alter lifestyle habits, and the direction of my life. With regular dedication and dramatic results, it wasn’t long before others in the gym, including my friends, began to ask for training tips, information or help. Many years later, with thousands of hours of training, teaching and managing fitness centers under my belt, regular examples of Client success includes 100 pound weight loss, training for 100 mile century bike races, and no longer needing medications due to consistent and progressive changes in diet and exercise, to name a few.
My specialties are in helping clients regain strength and health in midlife, working with women’s health issues, weight loss, flexibility, older adult health care, adaptive fitness, pre and post rehab for knees and hips, as well as recovery from a traumatic life event through body movement. My approach is to consider all factors, such as time management, competing demands of family or community, to listen and watch attentively, have fun, and respect the client’s inherent wisdom as the steward of their body.
To better address the process of providing guidance in changing lifestyle habits, my scope of practice is expanding to include comprehensive Health and Wellness Coaching. Plus as the Manager of Strong Island Fitness, I oversee the day to day business systems of the studio. It is a privilege to help clients and students make positive changes in their wellbeing and quality of their lives!