Hometown: Fort Worth
When and why did you come to Austin?
I moved to Austin in 2005 after graduating from Texas State University.
What is your background? How did you get into personal training?
I’ve always been active. As a child, I played soccer for 12 years, baseball throughout much of my youth, and then I remember just being outside anytime I could get out. I enlisted in the Army Reserves when I was 17, and then I REALLY learned the importance of being physically fit and ready for all scenarios.
I studied Sports and Exercise Science while in college. My first role in the fitness/medical field was as a Rehabilitation Technician at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, where I assisted patients and therapists using a variety of techniques and methodologies to help aid in their recovery. After that, I worked as a Health Specialist at the Dell health club. While there, I personally trained my own clientele and taught group fitness classes.
I have been with Austin Simply Fit since its founding in April of 2010. I pride myself on my extremely high level of customer/client service and producing lifelong lasting results for those that prioritize their health and fitness.
Since working at ASF, I’ve really come to understand the importance of staying strong…it helps make all the everyday tasks that are essential to a person’s survival so much easier to complete.
Tell us about your current fitness goals and training:
Currently, I’m training to compete in a powerlifting meet, but those strength goals are transferable to the challenges that life can throw your way, and I plan on being ready to meet them all head-on!
What is the most common fitness myth you work through with your clients?
The most common fitness myth that I come across deals with calorie consumption. People are under the misconception that by eating less frequently, they will lose body fat.
What do you want your clients to take away from each training session with you?
I want each of my clients to leave feeling stronger and better than they felt before they began their day.
I also want to be sure that my clients enjoy the process of getting stronger/leaner/gaining more aerobic capacity/endurance. I know that it can be a daunting process, but it’s all about progressively overloading your muscles/body to keep adapting to the greater amounts of stress that you put yourself through. I want everyone walking out the door with a big ol’ grin on their face (even though they may be wincing and feeling like they got their butt kicked)!
What sets you apart from other fitness professionals?
I refuse to let any of my clients that train with me at the Lamar location give up on themselves.
What is your favorite thing about Austin Simply Fit?
My favorite thing about Austin Simply Fit is how easy we make it to achieve your fitness goals. You can accomplish a lot in 30 minutes if you work hard enough. I start by targeting a person’s larger muscle groups first, and keep the intensity up by minimizing the rest they need while transitioning between movements.
As long as you keep your eyes on the prize, and the negative self-talk to an absolute minimum, you’ll be successful in creating an extremely beneficial and lifelong habit that will actually leave you feeling better about yourself!!
How do you, personally, define success?
Personally, I define success as never giving up…either on oneself, your partner(s), your team, or whom/whatever you really care about. If someone really cares enough, they will NEVER give up on their goals.