40, ACSM Certified Personal Trainer

Where you can workout with me: Germantown Athletic Club

My Fave Workout: Because I come from a martial arts background my first love will always be mobility training, but weightlifting (especially barbell work) is a close second. It’s fun to be 4-foot-11 and lift things bigger than I am. 

Biggest Fitness Myth: I have an autoimmune condition and at many times someone told me a version of, “You’ll never be the same again.” Also, the idea that certain life stages or an illness has to be the start of a sharp downhill slope. While I don’t feel like I did at 20 or before I started dealing with chronic pain and fatigue, I’m strong and healthy today in different ways. I appreciate it so much more because it’s hard-won!

Biggest Nutrition Myth: That certain food groups are bad! Carbs, fats, and proteins are all important to fuel our bodies, and eating the things we love can absolutely be part of a healthy, balanced lifestyle. The slight change in mindset makes a difference and can help us have a healthier relationship with food. 

Most Overlooked Body Part: Hamstrings and glutes. A lot of back and knee pain, especially in runners and professionals who have to sit a lot during the day, can be improved when we strengthen these muscles and re-learn proper mechanics. 

If you could have one piece of equipment what would it be? Bands can stand in for almost anything we can do with a dumbbell or a cable—and then some. 

Favorite Body Part To Train: Hamstrings. I could deadlift every single day because there are so many variations…plus it’s just fun. 

Go-To Snack: Greek yogurt and granola. I eat it every day. 

Always In My Fridge: Greek yogurt, soy milk, and, because I love making pizza, pepperoni. 

My Diet: I’m an “eat what you want but in moderation” person. I also pay attention to my macro breakdown and primarily eat what I cook myself to stay ahead of any autoimmune issues and get the most out of my training. 

How I Got Here: In 2011, I had a stillbirth at 38 weeks, at the time for unknown reasons. Now we know it was autoimmune related, most likely. I had to have a blood transfusion and two surgeries to repair the damage, which left me in the ICU for several days. They let me go in time for my son’s funeral. After cobbling my rehab together with trainers and research, I became a group fitness instructor. Then I went back to college four years ago (just graduated and turned 40!), and I’m getting ready for grad school next. In 2018, I became a trainer who focuses on rehab from injuries as well as chronic conditions, and I specialize with some who might be considered lost causes.

Photo by Tindall Stephens