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 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.
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.
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.