I am a native Tallahassian, food enthusiast, musician, and NCSF Certified Strength Coach. I graduated from Florida State University in 2015 with a BS in Psychology. I have been in the gym since I was 15 years old, and after many years of working out by myself and helping friends, I decided to turn my love of fitness into a career. I like to approach training with a "head first" philosophy- your body will only do what your mind is convinced of. It is my goal to help you push your boundaries (both mental and physical) to help you be the best version of yourself.
My personal fitness journey has had it's ups and downs. I've always been a little curvier than most girls, which took a toll on my self esteem. I remember thinking I was fat in this picture to the left... I was 16 at the time (and not fat at all!). I was doing a lot of cardio, and had just started to venture into the weight room.
When I got to college (right), my fitness took a back seat. Between the stress of school, work, and boyfriends who weren't into fitness like I was, my health took a hit and I gained a lot of weight. I felt tired all the time, my confidence was at an all time low, and I turned to food for comfort.
After I got out of a toxic relationship, I vowed to never let myself get that out of shape again. I lost the weight quickly, but I was restricting heavily and overexercising with tons and tons of cardio. I became obsessed with the scale and the mirror. Looking back, I realized that this was almost as unhealthy as being overweight.
I realized that I needed to make a change, this time something healthy, sustainable, and fun. I came back to the weight room, started doing more research on bodybuilding, and decided I would start working towards pursuing my goal to become a figure competitor on the bodybuilding stage. Since then, I have also fallen in love with strength training. I have never felt better about the way I look and feel. Weight training gave me concrete goals and purpose, which led me to share my love of fitness with others as a personal trainer.
I have since fulfilled my goal of competing in both powerlifting and bodybuilding in 2018. I competed in my first powerlifting competition in July, where I won first place in the 148lb weight class with a 783 lb total. 5 months later, I stepped on stage for my first figure competition where I placed 2nd in novice and 4th in open. (Shoutout to my wonderful husband, Louis. I couldn't have done it without your love and support). I have gone on to compete on stage again in 2019 beating my placement in the open class. Currently I am taking time off of competing to build strength and size for competitions in the future!