Education: B.S. Kinesiology from University of Wisconsin -Milwaukee
Certifications: NSCA-CSCS, CPR/AED/First Aid, Waterfront Lifeguard
About yourself: Born and raised in the wonderful land of Wisconsin! I have been deaf my whole life and been Type 1 diabetic since the age of 6, so awareness of my nutritional intake always has been pervasive throughout my life. Growing up, I have always been more academically inclined with being part of a smattering of sports (football, basketball, track and field) in high school. Once I attended UW-M for my original major of Architecture, I found out that I enjoyed being active and participated in the club football team and other active events. Eventually I switched to Kinesiology and graduated in 2010 and have worked in the wellness field in various capacities since then.
Why did you become a personal trainer?
After spending endless weeks and all nighters in the Architecture studio, I realized that leading a high stress lifestyle and clicking away at the computer/building models all day was not something I would enjoy doing for a living for the rest of my life. I debated on what I would change my field of focus to and realized that being active was something I always enjoyed, especially with other people. I decided to change my major to Kinesiology to get a better understanding of the human body, how to nourish it, and improve its performance. It always inspires me when I see a client realize that they are now able to do certain activities with ease that used to prove to be a challenge for them in the past because of becoming stronger and/or reducing their physical limitations.
What are your own personal fitness goals?
My personal fitness goals are to continually improve my deadlift. Initially, my goal was to be able to do double my body weight, which I have surpassed over the past year. My next goal is to break the 500 lb barrier! It has been a long and challenging process of self-reflection of how I eat, exercise consistency, programming, getting sufficient sleep (which I often don’t get enough of), along with managing stress along the way.
What is your favorite and least favorite exercise?
What I used to hate is now my favorite exercise.. That is deadlift and squats, despite being slightly taller than the average! It always makes me feel fantastic that I am able to move weights that are far greater than my body weight! However, my least favorite exercise would be… anything cardiovascular, especially if it’s steady state running. I’ll tolerate sprinting and steady state on the rower, but steady state while running? No, thank you!
What is your most memorable success with a client?
My most memorable moment when training would be when one of my 50+ year old clients had trained faithfully for several months, 2x a week with me and 2-3x a week on his own, with the prescribed by me and asked numerous questions about the what/whys of the nutrition and programs he received to grow his knowledge. After 3 months, he went on a vacation to a warm place with friends and family. When he came back, he told me that many of the people he was with had mentioned how ripped he looked. Before starting, he had already been slender, the typical tall and thin runner appearance without much muscle mass. He had added about 20 pounds of lean muscle mass to his frame while attaining a healthy low body fat percentage.