My personal fitness journey began nearly 10 years ago when already, at the young age of 22, I knew that I had to make a change in my life. I was sick and tired of always being sick and tired, something I thought should never happen to someone my age.
I had been active for most of my school years in Upstate NY, starting with Tae Kwon Do in elementary school, discovering track & field in middle school, then taking up cross country in high school. Then, I had the opportunity to go abroad during my junior year. Before long, I became all-too accustomed to late nights, rich foods, and a very low legal drinking age. Unfortunately, when I left to come home, I did not leave the bad habits behind.
About 6 years of drinking, smoking and debauchery later, I reconnected with a former high school sweetheart and moved to South Carolina. He too had some bad habits to shed from his college years, so together we adopted a healthier lifestyle. I quit smoking, we both returned to the gym, and I decided to start running again. But I knew if I was going to do it, I was going to go for broke. Never mind 5K or 10K's, I signed up for a marathon.
My first marathon was not pretty. I discovered how challenging it was to balance classes, a serving job, AND marathon training. So for my next marathon attempt I knew I wanted to learn more about how the body adapts to exercise so that I could apply that knowledge to my own training. So I transferred from General Sciences to a Personal Trainer Program - a decision that would not only benefit my own running, but something that would turn into a career path I would want to dedicate myself to.
Today, I now understand personal training as something far greater than a means by which to get fit or lose weight. It's about fully embracing a fit, healthy and happy lifestyle through a balanced approach to exercise and nutrition. It took me some time to figure out how to apply that philosophy to my life, so I want save others from waiting too long to finally feel good.
So if you are reading this and feel like you are where I was -- if you are a ready to take control, and claim this journey as your own -- then contact me! Because I can't wait to get started and help you find Your fit, your healthy, and your happy!
Certifications and Additional Qualifications
Greenville Tech Personal Trainer Program - Graduated 2009
AAAI / ISMA Certified Trainer - 2013-present
Keiser Indoor Cycling Certified Instructor - 2012-present
Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid Certified - 2014-present