Growing up I played sports and was a very active kid. I started working in a gym at 16 years old making smoothies and cleaning the gym floor. I went to college and attempted a degree in criminal justice but nothing gave me the same drive as fitness and anatomy did. I started doing an internship at the same local gym I worked at when I was 16 in 2010 and was happy to be back, loving it more everyday. I loved helping people and physically watching them change and reach their goals daily. I knew fitness was going to be a part of my future in someway.
I started doing fitness competitions in 2011. I loved the dedication and drive it took. My passion for fitness and the sport was at an all time high. The hours of cardio and strict meal plans took over my life personally and physically but I thought “if it was easy everyone would do it”. With that mindset, I excused the extreme actions my coach had me taking in order to get on stage to compete.
It wasn’t until after my second competition I did the whole “rebound” weight gain and realized this was not the right way to go about the active lifestyle I desired, nor was I comfortable with the neglect I was giving to other areas of my life. I wanted to find a healthier approach to nutrition, getting active, and competing. At that point is when I went back to school for nutrition and studied for my certifications in personal training.