- M.Ed. The University of Texas at Austin (Kinesiology - Clinical Exercise Physiology)
- B.S. Penn State (Kinesiology & Movement Science)
- B.S. Penn State (Nutritional Sciences)
- NASM Certified Personal Trainer
- Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)
- Licensed Dietitian (LD), State of Texas
- Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD), Commission on Dietetic Registration
- Board Certified Specialist in Obesity and Weight Management (CSOWM)
- AHA CPR/AED
Train for a purpose, train to live, but don't live to train. Fitness is about maximizing your functional capacity at all ages and fitness levels. Discipline, knowledge, purpose and motivation are keys to results (and I can help you work on these too!). I hope to build my clients' competence in their ability to workout for their personal goals and according to the current recommendations for general fitness. Building competence in your training methods builds self-esteem and exercise adherence. I value muscular strength, cardiorespiratory fitness, flexibility, balance, agility, body composition, and muscular endurance, and I can help you reach those goals if you are motivated to modify your exercise program and eating habits. As a registered dietitian nutritionist, exercise physiologist, and personal trainer, I view exercise and nutrition as the best preventative medicine available and am very goal-oriented in my approach to training. I also believe that everyone's body has natural limits, and these should be respected as overtraining is not necessary to get results! Each workout should count toward a purpose rather than being a routine. I also believe maintenance is a valid goal!
I have extensive life experience in swimming competitively through the start of college and I played water polo through high school. Since retiring from swimming, I have dabbled in gymnastics, distance running (half marathon) and sprints, mountain biking, as well as strength lifting.
I welcome all types of clients. I have trained clients up to age 72 and those with multiple medical conditions (and will coordinate with healthcare if desired) as well as younger clients who would like to improve their fitness. I personally enjoy knowing the physiology behind training and nutrition, so I hope to be educational if you have health, fitness, and nutrition questions. Some common goals include: tone up, gain muscle, gain strength, get faster, become more flexible, increase your VO2 max, last longer running, learn to swim or improve your swimming ability, improve specific aspects of your blood lipid profile and blood pressure, lose weight, improve blood sugar sensitivity of muscle, improve bone density, prevent falls, have more energy and recover faster, reduce body fat, or be able to eat more calories each day. I specialize in knowing and teaching how specific types of exercise and/or nutrition habits affect your goals.