I am a Certified Personal Trainer, Fitness Instructor, Senior Fitness Specialist, and Body Positive Fitness Alliance Affiliated Professional.
Fast forward: I attended Heartland Community College, where I hoped to discover my career path by taking a variety of classes. However, I ended up receiving my Associate's Degree with no set direction to go next. This was when my focus became directed at my own health and fitness. I began regularly attending a gym as a means of filling my time. Soon, I began finding a passion for movement, which resulted in achieving many fitness goals, improving my confidence as a gym-goer, and increased self-esteem. It was this experience that sparked my passion to help others achieve their own fitness aspirations.
Following my new fondness for fitness, I enrolled in Illinois State University and in the Spring of 2012 I received my Bachelor's in Exercise Science. In my program, I completed two internships. My first internship was at the Illinois State University Physiology Laboratory, where I further developed my skills in fitness assessments and exercise programming. The second internship was completed at Deoskar Integrative Health, in which I was able to develop my skills in personal training, design and promotion of programs as well as group fitness.
Over the last several years, I have developed a successful personal training business that has given me the opportunity to help those who need extra motivation or guidance to achieve their own health and fitness goals. I have been so pleased to be able to work primarily with older adults and/or exercise novices in the comfort of their home or through online programming.
In my free time, I enjoy long distance running (from 5k's to half marathons), hiking at Starved Rock State Park, and spending time with my small family that consists of my supportive husband and hyperactive miniature Australian Shepherd named Digit.
It is my personal belief that we need to be as physically active as possible in a way that is meaningful and practical to you! Exercise is extremely beneficial to various components of health. Regular physical activity helps to maintain a healthy body composition, combat health conditions/diseases, improve mood, boost energy, promote better sleep, create a fun experience, improve memory and learning, reverse detrimental effects of stress, build self-esteem and increase work productivity!
Exercise hasn't always been the foundation of my lifestyle. Through the years, I have learned what fitness/health longevity means to me and how to apply empathy towards individuals wishing to begin an exercise program for the first time. I have also learned that it's never too late to try something new (exercise related or otherwise!). As a personal trainer, I want to help others achieve their fitness goals and incorporate movement into their lives that is performed in a fun, safe, and effective manner.
I base my fitness approach on the Body Positive Fitness Alliance's Seven Pillars. These concepts are the foundation of my personal training practice and also applied to other areas of my life.
The seven pillars of the BPFA are:
|Accessibility||I chose to provide an environment where anyone from any walk of life can step foot in and move their bodies and move their bodies without worrying about what they look like doing it.|
|Approachability||I chose to eliminate any intimidating elements from this space which I provide. I understand the difference between intimidating and challenging.|
|Enjoyment||I apply the fact that people are motivated when they feel like they can belong to a community where they can become their best selves and can have fun!|
|Community||I have built a community free of egos and full of heart. I have taught my members that 'fit' does not have a look. Anyone who walks in our doors is a member of our family. We celebrate each other's successes, we lift each other up when down, and we don't stand for judgment.|
|Scope of Practice||I agree that being a fitness professional does not necessarily make one a nutritional professional, a mental health professional, or a general health adviser. I refer my clients to appropriate care when their needs are outside of my scope of practice. I can identify and I value evidence based science. Studied and proven methods drive my practice.|
|Full Health||I live in the belief that health is equal parts mental, physical, and emotional. Balance is the key to health and one third cannot thrive if another third is suffering.|
|Body Positivity||I believe in praise and celebration of what one can and not what one looks like. I understand the damage which is done to individuals when they are encouraged to take up less space. I emphasize with the fact that individuals are unique in shape and size and one's shape or size does not necessarily indicate their strength, endurance, or overall fitness and health. I understand that happiness does not rely on smallness and that fitness does not have a 'look'.|