My interest in fitness and nutrition began when my husband and I opened Downtown Fitness in 2008. Tim had always been a 'gym rat,' but I was not at all comfortable in that environment. I was intimidated by the scary-looking equipment and had no idea what I was doing. While he managed the fitness needs of our members, I stayed behind the desk and oversaw the daily operation of the business. However, I couldn’t help but be inspired by the people who were so dedicated to their health and well-being. They were taking care of themselves and having fun doing it! As a gym owner, I admit I felt an obligation to lead by example, so I started working with a personal trainer who showed me the ropes (literally!) and helped me overcome my fear and self-consciousness. As I gained knowledge and experience, my outlook changed, and as my health and fitness level improved, my self-esteem went sky high as I accomplished things I never in a million years thought I would or could: I ran several half-marathons around the nation, participated in crazy mud runs, and truly became comfortable in a gym setting. Those who knew me before hardly recognized me!
Not only was I having the time of my life, but solid friendships were also built as I spent more time with people who inspired and motivated me to become the best version of myself. They helped me define my goals and held me accountable to them. There was no way I could keep this amazing feeling to myself, and I was compelled to earn my certifications and share my newfound love of fitness with others. As a certified trainer, it is my privilege to help others find their way on the path to better health, especially those who might feel awkward and lost in the gym. I’ve been there; I understand the hesitancy. And it is my absolute pleasure to guide others on their journey to better health.