A:I was born in Kansas. When I was two my family moved to Lincoln, Nebraska where I lived until I was 13 years old when we moved to Virginia. I'm a mixture of the Midwest and the south. Pretty solid roots! :)
Q:Your bio reads, "Silly. Strong. Passionate." Please describe this...
A:I've always been strong. I've known what I've wanted and have chased it down. I was born with drive, determination and strength. I've lived a life rooted in passion. When I was 6 years old I knew I wanted to play professional basketball. I spent the next 20 years chasing that dream down and making it a reality. Every day was about passion. My dreams about basketball is what woke me up in the morning and kept me up at night. I've learned to be silly. I've learned that to be truly happy I can't take it all so seriously. I can laugh at myself. I can accept myself for not being perfect. I can enjoy life as I continue to chase down BIG dreams.
Q:How did your fitness career begin?
A:I'm 5'4, so in order to make it as a professional basketball player I had to fast, strong and quick as HELL!!!! By the end of my career I enjoyed training just about as much as playing. When my pro career ended, I got my certification as a personal trainer. It really wasn't a fit for me at the beginning because I had a hard time being the coach. I had always been the player. I took some time to see if there was something for me outside the gym. I missed it. Sometimes you have to walk away from something you love to understand how much it means to you. I had moved to New York, was selling real estate and was MISERABLE and struggling. I made the decision to go back to what I knew and loved. I started my training career in the city 7 years ago. It was a FIGHT to get to the top...but when passion is fueling your journey, its hard to stop.
Q:Fighters do what fighters do! Tell us about your own workout and diet routine...
A:I'm a spin instructor at Flywheel. I get in about 11 hours of interval training in on the bike for my base. (haha) I weight train 3-4 times per week and get a yoga session in weekly. During the summer I surf as much as possible. My diet is clean and simple: well sourced meats and local organic veggies make up 90% of my diet. I believe in balance and indulging in the things that make you happy. Silver tequila and ice cream are at the top of that list (not together) :)
Q:Lol! How did you become a Nike Master Trainer and Flywheel Instructor?
A:I took a spin class in The Hampton's years ago before I made my comeback. I remember sitting in that room, looking up at that instructor, thinking to myself "THAT would make me feel like a point guard again." And that was that. I talked the the owner and started teaching spin. A few years later Flywheel was born. It just so happened to be on the street I lived on in the city. I took a class one day and I loved it. I was one of the original instructors and it's been an incredible journey. From one studio to over 40 nationwide, we are a FORCE.
Nike was written in my stars. I have something called a DreamBoard. It's now become a wall of my dreams. There are photos, words, drawings of dreams I plan to make a reality. Nike was front and center. Then one day I was asked to go to a casting. It read like this "Do you have what it takes to motivate and inspire hundreds of people through fitness". It was like they were speaking to me personally. I walked in and said "I was BORN FOR THIS." The womens' training team was just pulling together their program and NTC (Nike Training Club) was new. I was one of the first US Nike Master Trainers. We are now a network of 50 around the globe and just twelve in the USA. It's an honor and privilege to be associated with what I consider to be the worlds greatest brand.
Q:What projects are you currently working on?
A:You will see me featured in Bravo's newest docu-series WORKOUT NEW YORK which airs on August 18th at 10pm. It's a peek into the New York City fitness scene and how the city's elite trainers compete to stay on top. It was an incredible experience being able to film a reality show about what I'm most passionate about:
Q:What future trends do you see in the fitness industry?
A:I see boxing and martial arts make a strong presence in mainstream fitness. Virtual fitness will be interesting to see evolve. With the growing popularity of CrossFit and group weight training classes, I believe more women will see, experience and believe in the power of weight training. Good old fashion weight training. Ya know, The Law of Progressive Overload: the one thing missing in these high volume (as in people) group weight training classes. The difference between now and the old fashion way of weight training is we are actually working smarter. Taking into account moving WELL, not just adding more weight. FMS is a word we are hearing frequently and not just with elite trainers. Mainstream. It's a beautiful thing.
You know what fitness trend I would love to see? People deciding to love their body more. We are constantly unhappy and looking for perfection. Enjoying the journey, looking in the mirror and saying "Damn! I look gooooooood." That would be an amazing trend.
Q:Couldn't agree more, just enjoy the journey! Can you give us all of your social media handles?
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Interview done by Elliot Rivera from healtHaven.com