TRANSFORM & T2
My first love of fitness was in bodybuilding. My influences and inspiration were women like Rachel McClish and Gladys Portuguese. With the help of great trainers and coaches I was able to compete in natural bodybuilding and as soon as I began competing I was hooked! For ten years I competed and now act as a judge in bodybuilding and physique competitions. I have competed against, judged and trained some of the best in my 20 years as a personal trainer.
I knew first hand how transforming yourself into a healthy and strong person can make you feel and I wanted to share it with other people. I became a trainer soon after my first show.
I understand that maintaining a healthy lifestyle isn't easy. I was not a natural athlete when I started and have never been the type of person who "can eat whatever they want." I've had to control my diet like most people and built my physique around learning the balance between food, weight lifting, and cardiovascular exercise; skills and knowledge that I love teaching and sharing with others.
Through the years I have developed programs like Transform that encompasses that balance. I am currently in my 11th Transform session and am thrilled with its success. Nothing makes me happier than seeing a clients face when they achieve a personal best! Those are the moments that continue to inspire me to inspire others.
My transition from an athlete to trainer was something that I never planned, nor thought would become a reality. I have been passionate about fitness since I was 14. This was my first introduction to a weight room. After about 6 months of hard work and 25 pounds later, I realized how training off the field could translate to better performance on the field. Since then, I have been hooked. Whether that training was for the football field, wrestling mat, or power lifting platform, I was constantly looking for more ways to improve.
In late 2008, I was looking for another way to train myself and the wrestling team I coached. A friend of mine mentioned CrossFit. I started doing some research on it and began to try the workouts. Realizing that this program was more complicated than I originally thought, I decided to attend CrossFit Rochester, a gym that is owned by Joe Celso. Joe and I became good friends. He taught me a ton and I even ended up representing his gym as a competitor at some sanctioned CrossFit regional competitions.
In 2011, and several certifications from CrossFit and USA Weightlifting later, I decided to give training my own clients a run. It’s been 3 years since I started and I couldn’t have made a better decision. I currently work with clients from ages 13 to 67. Regardless of their point in life, everyone has a goal. I feel that it’s important to identify what that goal is and create a plan to achieve it.
It has been said life is a journey, not a destination. I feel that fitness is a key element to make that journey as enjoyable as possible.