Education: B.S. Kinesiology from UW-Madison
Certifications: ACSM-Certified Personal Trainer, CPR/AED/First Aid
I grew up in Muskego, Wisconsin where I played soccer for the younger part of my life. During my first years of high school, I became less active but was convinced to join the track team by one of my teachers. I started out very slow, but found my passion in running and other endurance sports over the years! Outside of athletics, I like to help others and spend time outside. In college, I worked as a respite provider for families who had kids with disabilities and volunteered for an organization called Adapted Fitness.
Why did you become a personal trainer?
I became a personal trainer to help people reach goals they did not think they could reach. I have a passion for sports and health and love to help others understand more about movement and exercise, so I spent years learning and training for endurance sports. I then realized just how much knowing more information can help with achieving goals, and now I pass on what I know so that others can start their journey to the lives they want to live.
What are your own personal fitness goals?
I was late to really join sports in High School, but when I began running I fell in love with trying to beat my own personal clock. I started out incredibly slow, but by training with others and learning from various coaches I have made a decent amount of progress from when I started. I now chase multiple endurance events such as running, cycling, and triathlons trying to make myself better each year.
What is your favorite and least favorite exercise?
My favorite exercise is the long run. It isn’t easy but pushes me mentally and physically to maintain for long periods of time. My least favorite exercise is side planks. I love training core but always found trying to increase time for this plank variation to be challenging!
What is your most memorable success with a client?
When I worked with Adapted Fitness, I worked with an individual who suffered an accident years before and lost most motor and speech skills. Over the course of the semester, we made progress on multiple movements. It was crazy to think of how far she came, and to see her smile when we had a good day of training. It’s never easy overcoming a change so extreme in life, but to see people feel good about making progress no matter how big or small will always stay with me.