35, Trainer at Apex Personal Training in Midtown
WAY TO WORKOUT:
Lifting heavy barbells and kettlebells! I love being on a program and going into my workouts knowing exactly what I will be working on that day. Seeing progress and feeling strong is addicting.
BIGGEST FITNESS MYTH:
There is one “best” way to workout. It drives me bonkers when I see influencers on social media dismissing methods of working out to promote their own preferred method. The best workout is whatever type of movement gives YOU the most enjoyment and fulfillment!
BIGGEST NUTRITION MYTH:
There’s one “best” diet. Ignore the fads! The best diet is the one that you can maintain for the long haul.
MY TYPICAL WORKOUT DAY:
I’m a fan of simplicity. I’ll always begin with mobility work to prepare my joints for training. Then, I’ll go into my main lifts for the day, like a back squat or a bench press. Then, I’ll do some accessory work specific to things I need to work on.
Just keep showing up! Show up on the days you don’t want to and when it feels hard. Show up on the days you don’t think you need to, and it feels easy. But most importantly, keep showing up because fitness is a journey, and it is never “over.”
Strength training is for EVERYONE! No matter where you are in life, you can always get stronger.
IF I COULD ONLY HAVE ONE PIECE OF EQUIPMENT:
A kettlebell because you can bring it anywhere! And it is, in my opinion, the most versatile piece of equipment in the gym once you learn how to use it properly.
MY FITNESS IDOL:
My coworkers at Apex Personal Training. I’m always learning something new from them! They’re brilliant trainers, and I’m grateful to be part of such a strong staff.
DREAM WORKOUT PARTNER:
MY GO-TO SNACK:
Oatmeal with a scoop of vanilla protein powder, a handful of berries, and a tablespoon of peanut butter. I eat it every day!
I am a 100% supporter of flexible dieting. I generally eat what I want, but I am mindful and ensure it fits in with what my body needs to feel best.
WHAT KEEPS YOU MOTIVATED:
I desire to be the healthiest and strongest I can be! I also want to be my best for those I love because they deserve that. But really, it’s more discipline than motivation. Create habits that serve your goals and repeat them daily. Then it’s just routine, and no motivation is needed.
I moved to Memphis from New Jersey right before the pandemic hit and spent my time training clients and teaching virtual kettlebell classes in my living room. While not unique, it helped me grow as a coach.
GOALS FOR THE YEAR AHEAD:
I want to compete in my first powerlifting competition!
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