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Hometown: Corvallis, Oregon 

When and why did you come to Austin?
I moved to Austin in 2022 to attend law school at UT. 

What is your background? How did you get into personal training?
I started lifting weights at twelve years old, when my dad bought me some personal training sessions. I wanted to bulk up so I could play football in high school, but my parents wouldn’t let me play football, so I stuck with soccer. I quickly fell in love with lifting weights. Now, I have over a decade of consistent training experience.

Tell us about your current fitness goals and training. 
I used to be a competitive powerlifter, but my current training style is more akin to bodybuilding. I might compete in a natural bodybuilding show next.

However, I have recently returned to endurance training. I’m on the UT Cycling Team, and I also enjoy running. Therefore, my current resistance training goals are: 1) to build or maintain my muscle mass, 2) injury-proof my body, and 3) support my cycling performance (this involves losing weight). 

What is the most common fitness myth you work through with your clients?
Cardiorespiratory training is better for your health; resistance training is a vanity hobby. This is false. 

Cardiorespiratory training, such as running, is certainly very beneficial. However, so is resistance training. In fact, recent scientific literature suggests that resistance training is better for your health than cardiorespiratory training, if you could only choose one. 

Increased muscle mass is highly protective against diabetes, sarcopenia, and frailty at old age. Additionally, multiple meta-analyses have concluded that resistance training alone causes greater fat loss than cardio alone. Another recent meta-analysis concluded that resistance training is more effective than cardio at improving overall brain functioning, though both forms of exercise are effective. 

What do you want your clients to take away from each training session with you?
I want my clients to rest assured that they are caring for their health and fitness in an extremely efficient and effective manner. After each session, I’m confident that my clients will consistently feel better than they did when they arrived. I want my clients to have no doubt that I am deeply committed to their fitness goals. I want them to feel one step closer to their goals every time they leave ASF. Lastly, I want my clients to feel heard and understood during our sessions.

What sets you apart from other fitness professionals? 
My mission is to help busy professionals reach their fitness goals as efficiently as possible. Your time is your most valuable resource, so we will make the most of it. As a UT law student, I particularly enjoy helping lawyers and law students navigate the unique obstacles to their fitness goals. 

How do you, personally, define success?
Achieving physical, financial, and psychological freedom and wellbeing through service to others. 

Favorite quote and who said it?
“Life is a sum of all your choices. So, what are you doing today?” –Albert Camus


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