Education & CERTIFICATIONS: B.S. Loyola Univeristy, NASM Certified Personal Trainer (2007), Precision Nutrition Counselor (2012), NPC National Figure Competitor (2008-2012), POLIQUIN Biosignature Practicioner (2013), RKC-Level 1 (2013), RKC-Level II (2014), PCC Instructor (2014)
SPECIALTIES: Weight loss, weight management, sports performance, kettlebells, olympic weightlifting, functional training, strength & conditioning, nutrition consultant
There is an athlete in everyone, and unearthing that physical and mental toughness harvests an inner strength that can transcend all aspects of your life. My work is not just about losing weight or getting stronger; it is about becoming empowered. I work hard to make my clients work hard. I have been helping others tap into their own wellness and strength potential in the heart of Chicago since 2006. My sole objective is to cultivate the program and environment where my clients can grow strong, healthy, powerful, and confident.
I first picked up a kettlebell in 2006. I had the privilege of working with very skilled trainers who helped me paint my own training philosophy. I loved the way the kettlebell workouts made me feel--challenged, powerful, connected. You cannot just do. You have to learn; think; practice; then, accurately execute. I liked that it was hard...that I couldn't master each movement without working hard. We don't become better by just "going through the motions". I train my clients as I train myself, with purpose.
I began training for figure competitions in 2008 and put off my goal to go through the RKC kettlebell certification, as I climbed the national ranks. Five years of competing prepared me with the knowledge and discipline to not only take my own physique to its peak physical condition, but to also coach several women into the national standing alongside me. The meticulous manipulations of a competitor's diet sparked my pursuit to understand everything "nutrition". I certified as a Precision Nutrition Consultant to help clients realize faster results.
In 2012, after my last competitive season, I rediscovered my passion for kettlebell training. Within the next year, I certified both Level I and II of the RKC. I am now a Team Leader within the RKC system and help instruct other trainers to earn their certification.
I integrate kettlebells into all of my training and teach several classes each week to spread the benefit of the RKC system. The kettlebell has proven to be the most effective tool in helping my clients and fellow trainers drastically improve their strength, physique, mobility, and overall body awareness. Their success is infectious. The more I teach, the more I learn. It continues to be an inspiring journey, sharing this passion with those around me.