Hometown: Hinsdale, Illinois
Number of years as a personal trainer: 6
Number of years at the Bellevue Club: 2
Certifications/Degrees: American Council on Exercise (ACE) certified, TRX certified, Booty Barre certified
What can clients expect out of a training session with you? I will find out what their goals are, and then design a workout and diet program fit for them. I push hard and expect my clients to give me their best when they are with me – and that has proved to get results!
What is your own greatest physical or fitness-related accomplishment? I trained for and entered a bikini fitness competition two years ago. I didn’t place, but I reached my goals, stayed true to my diet and got down to eight percent body fat by competition day!
What is the most rewarding part about being a personal trainer? Seeing clients get excited about the changes in their bodies and lives and helping people learn how to live a healthy, active life.
What is your No. 1 piece of advice for people who have a fitness goal, whether it is to lose 10 pounds or complete an Ironman? Diet is everything. You can’t out-exercise what goes into your mouth!
What is one fitness-related misconception that drives you crazy? That women who lift weights will get big, bulky muscles. The only thing you can lift that makes you bulky is your fork!
What is your favorite song/artist to workout to? Nicki Minaj or Pink
What is your favorite pre-workout nutritional routine? I don’t really have one. I don’t eat before I do cardio, but I do try and get a little bit of carbs in me before I lift.
What is your favorite post-workout recovery meal? A protein shake and/or a protein bar.
What is the one thing you find yourself repeating over and over again to clients? When lifting, good form is everything.
Is there anything else you think sets you apart as a trainer?
I am a 46-year-old woman who has had two children. Yet, I am in the best shape of my life. I work hard at keeping fit; it doesn’t just come to me, but anybody can do what I do if they want it badly enough. I believe I am a living example to most women – it is possible.