How did you get started in health and fitness?
My parents raised me to be active and to be conscientious of what we were eating. I have always continued on that journey, each year getting a little closer to my goal of eating a 95% raw diet and maintaining a fully functional and healthy body.
Which classes do you teach?
I can teach just about any class with the exception of yoga. My brain is just not there yet. My latest favorite creation is my Drumming class called Smash the Floor! Super fun, lots of cardio, lower body and core!
How would you describe your training style?
Commanding. If you lead, teach, motivate, inspire, and educate you have GOOD qualities to be a trainer or instructor. However, if you display positive self-esteem, focus, and discipline, you can be a GREAT trainer/instructor. Commanding is a sure-fire way to help people believe. Commanding helps project the idea of being in control of yourself and your body and your life. I believe in leading by example.
Top three favorite exercises and why?
TRX Golf Swings, TRX Burpees, TRX Stretches. TRX suspension training is a great bodyweight facilitated piece of equipment that can help torch calories & fat, is gentle on the body’s joints, helps polish body alignment and technique, can be used for very challenging workouts, can be used for rehabilitation purposes, improves flexibility, and you are also exercising your CORE in every single exercise. Yes I am an advocate for TRX and that answer could possibly sound like a staple sales pitch… however, there is a reason. I personally use the TRX for my own workouts. My body injuries, dance/sports/fitness, and years of teaching too many intense cardio formats, have created severe arthritis in my knees. On good AND bad knee days I know I can still get a solid workout on the TRX w/o jumping, pounding, lifting heavy, and no lateral movement or lunges. My body ALWAYS feels great at the end of a TRX session.
What food would we find in your fridge?
My staples are: spring mix greens, spinach, nutribullet glass with homemade almond milk, nutribullet glass with homemade salad dressing, nutribullet with homemade hummus or baba ghanoush, water purifier, lots of veggies & fruits, dijon mustard, cholula hot sauce, and an Udi’s frozen margarita pizza for when i wanna splurge.
Do you use supplements? If so, which ones? Why?
No. My motto in regards to food and beverage is Fresh is Best. I have never deviated. It seems to be working out pretty well for me. You can consume all the nutrients and minerals your body needs through fresh foods.
What is your favorite inspirational quote?
Think Positive. www.aflygirl.com
Give your best 3 health tips that people can do right now:
1- Start moving your body daily
2- Start eating clean
3- Exercise your mind so you can change
How do you handle setbacks in your own fitness journey?
Learn from my mistakes and keep moving forward.
What is the best piece of advice you were ever given about health and fitness?
Don’t measure pounds, look in the mirror naked and if you like what you see, you’re doing ok.
What are your favorite exercises for developing a 6-pack?
Lifting my fork of green leafy spring mix into my mouth.
Where does your inspiration come from?
What is your favorite form of cardio?
Hiit Training. Nice short bursts of any exercise will do.
What was your funniest moment at the gym?
Farting. Can’t help it, gas makes me laugh. If you eat beans, you are gonna fart.
What is your favorite part of teaching fitness classes and/or personal training?
Networking and connecting with people. Learning the story behind every face so I can take in all that is around me and figure out how to best contribute to happiness, health, and freedom for all of us while I am alive.
What is your favorite song to workout to right now?
All I do is Win- DJ Khaled
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