My Goal

My goal is to show people how to live healthier lives, from their brains to their bodies.

Strength & Sweat started from a passion. It started during my senior year of high school when an injury sidelined me from playing soccer. I discovered fitness through weight-lifting, workout DVDs, and group exercise classes. I started teaching for my gym in 2011 while I still had a full-time job, and from there I transitioned into personal training friends. A year into it all I discovered my life’s mission—to inspire, motivate, and teach people how to become healthier. I now hold my ACE Personal Training certification, ACE Health Coach certification, and my AFAA Group Exercise certification—but I’m not stopping there!

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A Little History

I grew up in an active family and I genuinely enjoyed playing different sports. When a soccer injury sidelined me in high school, I had to make one of the toughest decisions of my life and I quit the sport I had played since I was 4 years old. I started to gain weight and it continued into college. Thankfully, though, my sisters introduced me to the gym and cardio machines (which I hated), kickboxing classes, and VHS tapes. Billy Blanks became my new best friend!

I started playing soccer again in college and became a gym rat—I got up early, learned how to properly lift weights from friends, and started challenging myself to complete new feats. Throughout my college years, I tried many different workouts—from kickboxing to running to Pilates to weight-lifting—and got into workout DVDs. However, I didn’t have a healthy relationship with food, which, despite how much I exercised, led to me gain weight instead of lose it.

I graduated from college with an English and Creative Writing degree, but I had that crazy passion for and interest in fitness. I was lucky enough to get a job right out of college that I was very excited about, but it meant a cubicle job from 8am-5pm. Despite my new job, I was obsessed with fitness in a I-want-to-learn-more-and-help-people way. I loved learning about it, the challenges I discovered, and the will and power within myself to try different things. I found myself in the gym a lot and wanting to be there watching people, reading health and fitness magazines, taking group exercise classes, and learning about different ways to gain strength, mass, and endurance.

At the end of 2011, I quit my secure desk job in publishing to pursue a full-time career in health and fitness in order to help people. I want to show others how to get healthy so they can experience all of its feelings and benefits and know how strong feels and what endurance feels like. I’m a self-proclaimed research nerd and love how the health and fitness industry challenges not only my body, but also my mind.