Future of Fitness Interview

Were you athletic in your youth?

Absolutely. I grew up playing outside in Colorado where there is SO much to do. I played a ton of sports and fell in love with snowboarding at an early age. I am as athletic as it gets. Growing up, I was the biggest "Tom-Boy" in the neighborhood and I unfortunately have the scars to prove it. It is funny to think about now but I think that is why I am a pretty tough cookie.

What were some of your Athletic accomplishments?

Becoming a Personal Trainer and helping others every single day is a huge athletic accomplishment for me because it is a constant cycle of accomplishments that I get to see through my clients, EVERYDAY. Being a role model to others and just keeping a positive outlook is an accomplishment in itself. If I can push the limits for myself and my clients, that is an athletic accomplishment.

When did you start working out and what inspired you to do so?

Growing up in Colorado, living in Oregon, and loving the outdoors always kept me active. Snowboarding was a huge part of my life, and in college I picked up top sponsors. In 2003, while training hard for snowboarding, I was introduced to High-Intensity Strength Training. I had never trained so HARD and the workouts only took 20-30min. I couldn’t wrap my head around the idea that 20-30 minutes of intense strength training could be enough. The workouts spoke for themselves. I had never felt stronger physically and mentally and I became a huge believer. After a year of this training, with cardio, and proper nutrition, I had never been more fit or healthier—and I also looked fantastic at my wedding that summer. It was only a matter of time before I became extremely passionate about the health and fitness industry and became a trainer myself. I truly believe that I have that ability and gift to help others and push them. That is my inspiration in itself.

What is your favorite cheat food? How often do you indulge?

I never count, weigh, deprive, or go hungry... I love food. I think it is insane to say you can never eat a type of food that you love in order to get results. I try to make healthier choices MOST of the time. I really love how eating healthy makes me feel. However, depriving yourself of what you really want, will only back fire on you. My favorite cheat meal is hands down anything with chocolate and since I love baking, it works out perfect. I never met a cookie I did not like, I actually have chocolate in some sort of form every single day, that’s what cardio is for 🙂 I love eating Mexican food, too. There is just something about a Margarita and a plate of Nachos. Are my clients going to read this?

What is your favorite non-cheat food?

What can I say--I am a lucky person who really does love HEALTHY foods. I could eat apples and nuts all day. I love my morning oatmeal with almond butter, cinnamon, walnuts, chia seeds, and blueberries. I can make a killer protein shake too--frozen bananas are the key with a heaping scoop of peanut butter.

What is your favorite training move? Why?

I love doing chin-ups/pull downs. I get the challenge every time I do it and there was a time where I could barely do any. It is awesome to feel the change, it is very rewarding. I also love doing Hand Stands, they have a ton of health benefits. I love doing CORE movements, it never gets old. I have too many to list actually.

What's your best fitness tip (this could be related to training, nutrition, personal attitude, fitness gear, etc.)?

My top tip would be- Keep you meals clean and your workouts dirty. If you eat healthy and sweat hard, the pounds will come off. Never compare yourself to others. Believe in yourself and work with what you got. With diet, you should also never deprive yourself, if you are, something is not working for you. With a good diet plan, you should never feel hungry. Being hungry will only make you miserable and less likely to stay with your diet. Instead, look for low-calorie, filling foods. If you go overboard one day, forgive yourself and start fresh the next day, and push harder on your next workout. I think women should all give each other props and compliments, not the other way around, be thrilled for woman who have what you want, you will get there soon enough! This goes for men too. Also, to realize we get only one body. Take care of it. Treat it right and this means listen to it. If you need rest days, take them.

Do you have a favorite quote that inspires you?

I have so many favorite quotes! Here are some favorites: " It is easier to go down a hill than up, but the view is best from top"- Arnold Bennett " The only place "Success" comes before "Work" is in the dictionary"- Vince Lombardi " It is never too late to be who you might have been" - George Eliot "Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." – Will Rogers " Thoughts become things, so pick the good ones." " If you Fail to Plan, you Plan to Fail."

What do you always take with you to the gym (list 1–3 items)?

iPod, Smart water, and a Headband.

What piece of advice would you give to a newbie in the gym?

It does not happen overnight and it is easy to feel discouraged, but don’t. All the beautiful bodies you see in magazines are deceiving. As a trainer in LA, I have seen a lot. You should realize many of the "hot" bodies out there, do work out hard, have a pretty strict diet and workout schedule, and they were not just born that way despite what they say. Not to mention they have a "team" of support. Plus there is such a thing called "airbrushing" and it does exist. So be patient and believe in yourself and you can ALWAYS get to where you want. Confidence is key. NEVER compare yourself to others, unless you are trying to beat them to the finish line 🙂 Realize this is a lifestyle. To reach your goals, it takes time. Think of it as a marathon not a sprint. Another great tip is to understand that "spot-training" does not work. We are given one body with a certain genetic makeup and that is that. Doing movements that only target your so called "troubled" spots does not automatically mean it will change. However, with the proper workouts, diet, and attitude, you can certainly get there eventually. Also, remember if something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. For example diet pills, supplements, or a workout machine that promises change to your body with little or no effort...I do not think so!

What is your favorite physical feature and why?

I am only going to answer this because I believe in hard work. My abs and my arms. I get nice comments on my arms and that is a compliment because I certainly am not genetically blessed and I have worked really hard. THEY WERE NOT ALWAYS LIKE THAT! This is another reason why I believe that change is possible and I refuse to hear excuses. I like my abs because my entire core is strong which helps me in so many situations in every day life. A strong core to me is where my confidence comes from. Plus, I have better workouts the stronger my core gets and it is nice to feel great in anything I wear. As a Fitness Model, I get calls all year around to show up in a bikini or sports bra so it is nice to always be in shape.

What is your least favorite physical feature and why?

n/a...I am the first to say that perfection just does not exist. No one is perfect, including myself but... You gotta love what is yours!!!

Is there anything else you want to let us know about? Tell us!

I practice what I preach as well. I am out there working out hard myself and training my clients hard because I know what it takes to see and feel change. I love how my job allows me to change lives and be a role model. I get to go to work every day and do something I absolutely love and it is so rewarding on top of it. Nothing makes me happier than when my clients start to get stronger, fitter, healthier, and then the best part of all of that is...they get happier! One message I think is so important is to understand that it is not about how you look that makes you happy with yourself, it is about how you feel about yourself first. Once you love yourself and honor yourself, it all comes together.
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