Having gone from a “chunky” adolescent to an overweight adult I understand the challenges associated with being out of shape, because getting winded climbing stairs, having difficulty getting up an down, and various aches and pains leaves you with limited energy for life in general.
A desire to feel better about my reflection in the mirror, lead to the ensuing commitment to do something about it. I hadn’t realized how much my lack of fitness affected my life. When a friend introduced me to resistance training, I learned that a well- designed exercise program along with supportive nutrition could net big changes in my body and, in turn, my self-image and confidence. Over time, I didn’t just look better I actually felt better. For the first time in my life, I finally understood that fitness is a lifestyle based on good habits and not an occasional endeavor full of starts and stops. Once I came to this realization, this evolved into a full-blown passion for fitness. Now, I want to share these benefits with others so they too can learn what their body is capable of when they are proactive about fitness and health.
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 June 2006 through the National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA). Since then, I continue my education to stay abreast of the latest findings in exercise and nutrition. With further training, I’ve earned certifications from American Fitness Professionals and Associates (AFPA) Precision Nutrition (PN1) and Pilates Mat Certification.
To better serve the unique needs and priorities of my older clients, I’ve completed advanced training in post-rehab for those with knee and hip replacements and studied with the Functional Aging Institute (FAI) to become the only Certified Functional Aging Specialist in the Lancaster, Harrisburg, York, and Hershey area. Their in-depth approach includes how to conduct meaningful assessments to dial in on the issues many older adult face, and in turn, what strategies will be truly beneficial for maintaining an active lifestyle. 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. Small group training allows those who are interested to work out with a group that they can bond with and that they can cheer for and be cheered on by. 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 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 how our lifestyle choices affect our health, and continually strive to improve my own health and pass on that knowledge so others can enjoy life to the fullest.
If you’re looking for the drill-sergeant style of motivation or a quick fix to lose weight, I’m not the one for you. But, if you want a coach to guide and support you through your fitness and nutrition journey with the techniques and tools to help you realize a better quality of life for the rest of your life, I’m the fitness professional you want and need.
Look Good. Feel Good. Live Better!
Is to inspire each person to actively pursue optimal health for a better quality of life through:
Increased physical activity
Nutritional choices that support a healthy lifestyle
A commitment to health and wellness as a priority
An emphasis on making fitness fun