Having gone from a “chunky” adolescent to an overweight adult I understand the challenges associated with being out of shape.
A desire to feel better about my reflection in the mirror, and the ensuing commitment I made to do something about it, over time, evolved into a full-blown passion for fitness.
When a friend introduced me to resistance training I learned that the proper exercise and supporting that with good nutrition could net big changes in my body and, in turn, my self-image and confidence. For the first time in my life, I finally understood that fitness is a lifelong journey and not the quick fix that I had seen it as for so long. Once I came to that realization, I wanted to share the benefits that I had received with others. I want to help others learn what their body is capable of when they are proactive about their fitness and health.
In May of 2001, I began my journey toward becoming a fitness trainer with a diploma in The Professional Fitness and Nutrition Program from the Professional Career Development Institute. I became a Certified Personal Trainer in June 2006 through the National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA).Since then I have continued my education to stay abreast of the latest findings in exercise and nutrition. With further training, I have earned certifications from American Fitness Professionals and Associates (AFPA) Precision Nutrition(PN1) and most recently the Functional Aging Institute (FAI).
To better serve the unique needs and priorities of my older clients I completed advanced training in post-rehab for clients with knee and hip replacements and I am the only Certified Functional Aging Specialist in the Lancaster, Harrisburg, York, and Hershey area. This in-depth training includes functional training movements, strategies, meaningful assessments, developing exercise programs, and how to work with older adults and their specialized issues. My goal is to help each person I work with become as strong healthy and active as possible for as long as possible.
Many clients have the misperception that they need to be in shape before they start a fitness program, but this is not true. I enjoy meeting a client where they are physically and working within their limitations to build a base of ability and moving from there. The privacy that my personal training studio offers allows someone to work at their own pace with me right beside them. They don’t have to figure it out on their own. They have support and instruction needed to make actual progress, instead of spinning their wheels over and over doing the same thing without results.
I don’t just work with clients one on one, however. I also offer small group training that will allow you to work out with a group that you can bond with and that you can cheer for and be cheered on by. Whether you want personal training or prefer small group training, I enjoy working with clients who want to make changes in their lives.
I love working with clients who, after being limited in some way, share pride and excitement in being able to do something that they hadn’t been able to do previously, whether it is walking up a flight of stairs without getting winded, squat without back or knee pain, get up off the floor without help or even water ski on one leg! Being able to positively impact another person’s life in such a profound way gives me an excitement and drive to keep doing what I am doing.
I am passionate about learning everything I can about how our lifestyle choices affect our health. I want to continue improving my own health and passing on that knowledge so others can enjoy life to the fullest,
If you are looking for a drill sergeant or need someone to yell at you to get motivated, or you are looking for a quick fix to lose weight, I am probably not the one for you. However, if you want a coach to guide and support you through your fitness journey and the techniques and tools to make changes to realize a better quality of life for the rest of your life, I am the fitness trainer you want and need.
Look Good. Feel Good. Live Better!
My Mission Statement
To inspire each person to actively pursue optimal health and increase independence & mobility through:
- Lifestyle changes that include increased physical activity
- Informed nutritional choices
- A commitment to health and wellness as a life priority
- An emphasis on fitness being fun