Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah
When and why did you come to Austin?
I moved to Austin in 2004 from the East Coast. I was looking for a more relaxed, progressive and sunny place to live.
What is your background? How did you get into personal training?
I was a childhood tomboy, the only girl in a family of boys, which led me to playing various sports throughout school. I was born competitive, and sports became a natural place to thrive. Looking back, sports and fitness have always been my passion. After about 10 years in the business world post college, I decided to return to what made me the happiest. Training combined my love of working with people and improving their health with fitness. I feel very fortunate to be doing what I love for a living.
Tell us about your current fitness goals and training:
My main goal currently is a mixture of maintaining relative strength, staying mobile and pain-free, while looking good doing it. Training is my joy. Though my programming has changed over the years depending on what my goal is at the time, my training is always rooted in the basics of strength and conditioning. I’ve always maintained a balance of being strong while remaining athletic and fit. I like feeling able to do everything in life. Keeping a strong body to enjoy all the adventures possible is what matters most to me.
What is the most common fitness myth you work through with your clients?
Eating very low calories or low carbs is the key to losing weight. I really try to shift the focus with my clients to what you NEED to eat (more greens, more protein, more water) not what they need to deprive themselves of. I try to shift focus on all the amazing things their bodies can accomplish, not on how it can look different. I find when people focus on the things they are capable of and what positive changes they are making…the other stuff falls right into place. Facilitating their change of perspective into a growth mindset, instead of a constant deprivation and critique mentality, always yields better overall well-being and RESULTS.
What do you want your clients to take away from each training session with you?
I want them to feel like they are being educated about how to properly move, how to connect to their bodies and that they pushed further than they thought they could. In a nutshell, I want them to feel empowered.
What sets you apart from other fitness professionals?
I don’t know that it sets me apart from other fitness professionals, because I truly hope it’s the main goal for all of us, but I CARE tremendously about my clients as people. I really do focus on each individual. I try to understand more than just their physical state of well-being, I try to consider every factor about their life, their week, their day when I am training with them. I understand that being intuitive about their needs comes from listening and genuinely caring about the person first and then going from there.
What is your favorite thing about Austin Simply Fit?
MY TEAM!! I have the greatest staff out there. I feel so fortunate to be part of a family of trainers and staff of intelligent, capable, funny and genuinely good people. They make every day something I look forward to. The staff and clients make me feel like part of something extraordinary. When the gym is full with all of our amazing clients (and trainers) the energy is like a party! Knowing I helped create an environment that makes a positive impact in people’s lives is the best feeling in the world.
How do you, personally, define success?
I define success by the relationships you build in a lifetime. Meaningful connection with the people you love – friends, family, and colleagues – are the riches I care most about. At the end of the day, it’s all you have.
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