Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania / Everett, Washington
Number of years as a personal trainer: 3+
Number of years at the Bellevue Club: I’m new to the Bellevue Club, and I’m looking forward to helping members of this community live well.
Certifications/Degrees: Bachelor of Science in exercise science (Central Washington University), National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified personal trainer, CrossFit Level 1
Area of Expertise (or special certifications): General health and fitness, weight loss and body sculpting, sports performance
What can clients expect out of a training session with you? Expect to have fun and work hard. Expect to accomplish your goals in a safe and progressive manner.
What is your own greatest physical or fitness-related accomplishment? In college I could squat over 600 lbs. (Don’t try this at home.)
What is the most rewarding part about being a personal trainer? When I think about all the people who are born with or suffer from challenging health conditions, it motivates me to help. It also motivates me to help people maintain their health–because if we are lucky enough to be blessed with a healthy body, it’s a shame not to make the best of it. It’s also rewarding to help others overcome health challenges and avoid future health challenges by making a change today.
What is your No. 1 piece of advice for people who have a fitness goal, whether it is to lose 10 pounds or complete an Ironman? Get support. Whether it’s a coach, a family member, a friend or a group, it’s much more effective and a lot more fun to work with others. We’re pack animals. We go to school together, we work together and we play sports together. In all areas of life we benefit from support and partnerships. Why should we exercise and train in isolation?
What is one fitness-related misconception that drives you crazy? The notion that there’s a singular ideal training method. Every exercise program and new celebrity fad claims to be the miracle approach, when in reality it varies by the individual. Everyone has different goals and different values, and I embrace these differences. I don’t want to force anyone to be something different; I want to help them be the best version of themselves. I learn from the latest science and draw from different programs and philosophies to create the ideal program for each client.
What is your favorite song/artist to workout to? I don’t have one specific song or artist, but I like electronic music for conditioning and rock for strength training.
What is your favorite pre-workout nutritional routine? I like to pile it on about an hour before the gym and carry a snack and sports drink throughout. My workouts take a lot of fuel.
What is your favorite post-workout recovery meal? Grilled salmon with broccoli.
What is the one thing you find yourself repeating over and over again to clients? Fully commit to forming good habits. It only takes about 3 weeks to start to form a good habit, so buckle down and before you know it those things that seem like obstacles will become an invigorating part of your life.
Is there anything else you think sets you apart as a trainer? I can be a tough coach, but I can also empathize, and I’m easy to communicate with. Whether you’re on my client roster or not, I’m here to help, so please reach out to me. email@example.com