Find Freedom through Fitness!
Everyone deserves to feel and look their best! I believe that their is a ‘soul mate’ workout for each every one of us; and it can change throughout our lifetime. My fitness story has certainly evolved throughout my life…
I started out as a young athlete whose exposure to fitness and exercise did not extend beyond my Dad’s step aerobics video and my Mom’s collection of exercise VHS/DVD’s. Put simply, I did not enjoy running or working out unless it had a built in athletic purpose.
As I transitioned to college I became a regular gym goer. I spent most of my time on various cardio machines, with light strength training mixed in here and there. As a freshman I became a fitness center employee, where I got the opportunity to see a variety of physical activity preferences. During my downtime at the fitness center, I crafted up my very own group fitness class and named it the Power Hour (inspired by the popular drinking game, naturally). Every minute of class was assigned a different exercise, along with a corresponding song. I pitched my class idea to the gym and starting teaching my senior year. The class was a hit; and I loved having control over customizing it.
Toward the end of my college career, my mom introduced me to a dance fitness class that was being held at my childhood dance studio: Zumba. It had been over a decade since I had been to the studio, ever since forfeiting dance for high school athletics. I went to the class with her and had a blast! For the next two years while completing my doctorate, I would travel home every Friday after class to attend Zumba with her. Combining my childhood love for dance, with my current passion for fitness was an instant match made in heaven!
Re-ignited with the dance bug, I decided to become certified to teach Zumba myself. Upon graduating college and moving to Boston I instantly sought out studios to teach at for some extra ‘fun money’ (which barely supported my fitness clothing budget). I was fortunate to join a health club that not only welcomed my Zumba talent, but was also looking to add more classes to their roster.
In the next year and a half I found myself teaching Zumba 4 days a week, along with my self created Power Hour, high intensity Tabata interval training, and Kickboxing classes. I couldn’t get enough, and whenever I had free time I was always looking to get outside for a long walk, bike ride, or hike. I challenged myself with Bikram yoga, as well as Vinyasa flow for some stress relief. Needless to say, my passion for movement and fitness continued to grow, with my boundaries knowing no limits.
When my husband and I decided to move to Raleigh, NC my first assignment was to locate a gym. With a big move and transitioning Physical Therapy jobs, I decided to hold off on teaching classes right away. Instead, I became a student again. I tried new classes, ordered Beachbody DVD series, and explored new local areas by foot. As a PT and instructor, I think it is very important to continue to learn and stay connected with our own fitness needs. In order to inspire others, we must first be inspired ourselves.
With my flame reignited, I am now fortunate to be a part of the Lifetime Athletic group fitness team in North Raleigh, where my class list continues to grow. Now, I am adding additional classes at the local community center, and organizing outdoor classes in the neighborhood to connect with more people and get some detoxifying fresh air in the process. I believe in the healing powers of community, sunshine, and fresh air; so what could be better than conducting group fitness outdoors?
I am positive that my fitness and exercise story will continue to evolve over my lifetime. I am now diving into the spiritual and physical benefits of yoga, which I was not interested in 10 years ago. The key is to listen to your body and find out what you’re most connected to. With endless enthusiasm for movement, I hope to be the person who motivates and inspires you to evolve your fitness, try something new, or master your current physical craft.
If you want to connect with me for individual and/or group fitness programming, please feel free to reach out. I would love to hear from you!