A:I'm originally from New York. I was raised in upstate New York but spent the past 18 years in New York City. I just moved to North Carolina a year ago from downtown Manhattan. I miss NYC a ton but I'm happy here. It has been a big change but a really good move.
Q:Best place to eat in NC?
A:I live in a suburb outside of Raleigh, so as far as that area goes I have a few favorites. If you're looking for steaks, The Angus Barn in Raleigh is the best. The best barbecue by far is The Pit. And there's a tapas place called ORO that has a cool atmosphere and great food.
Q:Great to know! Why is fitness your chosen career?
A:I've been full of energy, active, competitive and athletic my whole life and I absolutely love helping others. Fitness as a career made so much sense for me. It thrills me to see my clients improve and succeed. And as a mother, it's a great career. My daughters know how important it is to stay active.
Q:How do you motivate your clients?
A:Motivating people is the most important part of what I do. I always make sure to ask people what their goals are and often refer back to them. It's important to keep the workouts fun and fresh but still get serious about seeing results. Communication is also important. If your clients hear from you between sessions to remind them about their diet or to sit up straight at their desk, there's a better chance of them staying motivated even when they are not with you.
Q:How do you detail a workout and diet routine for your clients?
A:Every client is different which is why the initial fitness assessment is so important. Some clients may have the same set of goals but every person is unique. Together we figure out what works for them by taking specific details into consideration like age and previous injuries and then build a plan to achieve their goals.
Q:When did you begin competing?
A:I started competing in Figure competitions in 2009. I started training for the first one to get into better shape after having my daughters and swore I'd only do one. My competitive nature got the best of me and I ended up competing in 5 shows. That competitive nature kept tapping on my shoulder which led me to start racing in a triathlons.
Q:Describe being on stage...
A:Being on stage is amazing. All of your hard work comes down to that moment when the hot lights are shining on you, the judges are staring at you and the audience is cheering you on. It's a proud moment.
Q:What other projects are you working on?
A:Childhood obesity is something that concerns me a great deal. Lately I've been volunteering at my daughters' school when I can and I'm working on trying to come up with some fitness programs for kids.
Q:Can you give us all of your social media handles?
Twitter - @gffitness1
Web site - gf-fitness.com
Facebook - Facebook/gffitness1
Google + - +gf-fitness
Interview done by Elliot Rivera for healtHaven.com