We perceive every day as an opportunity to make a positive impact; to better ourselves and others with a passion for a healthy lifestyle. We both found our way into the fitness industry through not only education and experience, but also personal, life-changing experiences. This rendered us uniquely fit to help a vast variety of individuals on their own personal journeys to improved health and fitness through not only comprehension of information, but also with a high level of compassion and support. Beginning in 2017, we have made the decision to join efforts and reach more people with our varying areas of expertise than we were able to help individually.
Currently I practice as an independent personal trainer and nutrition coach in the Minneapolis Metro area, in addition to being the owner and founder of BeSickFitness LLC. Health and fitness related writing and research are also passions of mine, and I have participated in, co-conducted, and investigated my own research which was published in the National Convention for Undergraduate Research in 2009.
It Has Been A Bumpy Road, But I Got Here
I feel very blessed to have the many opportunities that have come my way in life, but have had my fair share of setbacks. I have had a long standing psychological battle with muscle dysmorphia. As a result I went through severe overtraining syndrome at the age of 21 that has rendered me lifelong health issues. If it wasn’t for an upbringing from one of the most selfless, compassionate human beings on this planet, my mother Pamela, I wouldn’t have made it to the point I am at today. My experiences have left me with amazing sense of empathy and compassion to help people, more specifically through any health and wellness directed aspiration they may have.
What I Do And How I Do It
My occupation is to literally change lives. The process starts with passion and integrity. I learn how to implement a healthy lifestyle through proper nutrition and exercise and I practice it. So not only do I live the lifestyle, I coach it. Bringing energy and enthusiasm, I take people step by step through the path to their health and fitness goals by meeting them where they are at.
We perceive every day as an opportunity to make a positive impact; to better ourselves and others with a passion for a healthy lifestyle.
You may catch me implementing corrective exercise strategies for an active older adult in the morning, and stop back into the gym at night to see me throwing around the weights with one of my athletes. To me personal training is suppose to be just that, PERSONAL. Get to know who the person is, then the body. Make a plan of action based on their goals and consistently and objectively measure them. From there, I am all about making real-world RESULTS!
I am a certified nutrition coach and personal trainer, based out of Eden Prairie, MN. I work with people on all levels of the health and fitness spectrum and have a passion for not only improving physical fitness and appearance, but also for educating and transforming the mindset around a healthy lifestyle.
How I Got Here
My career in health and fitness began as a personal acknowledgement that taking care of one’s physical self can truly play a critical role in one’s ability to find a higher quality of life. I began with my own weight loss journey, losing over 80 pounds of body fat and drastically improving my physical fitness over the course of 2 years, all while maintaining a high level of health and avoiding extreme and/or unsafe methods for body transformation. This completely altered my view of nutrition and fitness, as I then truly began to understand the impact that a health and fitness based lifestyle could provide. That quickly translated to a passion of learning and understanding as much as I possibly could about a variety of related topics so that I could optimize my results; I wanted to know exactly how the body works, the role nutrition plays in reaching health and fitness goals, ways to avoid and repair bad habits and injuries, the most effective training styles for different fitness goals, and the list went on and on.
As time went on, I continued to share my progress and passion, and I simultaneously found myself both humbled and honored to be sought out for guidance from other’s on how they could start making similar transformations in their own lives. It was at that point that I committed to using my education and experience as a platform to begin coaching and have been blessed to have had the opportunity to work with some of the most incredible individuals because of it.
My Methods and Philosophy
I utilize a variety of methods to help individuals reach their goals, ranging from habits-based nutrition and lifestyle coaching, to personal training and meal planning, with an array of options in between. My ultimate objective is to provide a balance of knowledge, empowerment, and support into my clients as we work toward their nutrition and/or fitness related goals. I recognize that each individual’s path to a healthy lifestyle is unique and thus work diligently to ensure that all plans are customized accordingly.