From the age of 17 I was sneaking out of the house at late hours of the night to walk to the 24-hour gym near my house in Tampa, Florida, and work out.
I did not have the slightest idea how to exercise at the time, but I knew that I wanted to be healthy.
Just a couple years later I was running half marathons, mountain biking, and swimming laps at 6 a.m. four times a week. I was drawn to just about everything related to fitness.
I volunteered at health and fitness conventions to receive training and education at a discount, which led to my teaching indoor cycling classes. At 22 I became a certified fitness professional with the National Academy of Sports Medicine and majored in sports management at the University of California. I’ve now been a group fitness instructor and personal trainer for almost nine years.
I’ve added to my credentials over the years and now I specialize in corrective exercise, senior fitness programming, and vinyasa yoga as well. After moving to the island in 2013 I realized that Kaua‘i was the perfect place for an active lifestyle, and this has been home for me ever since.
I work with clients at Kaua‘i Athletic Club, at their homes, at local parks, and through their webcams. My active lifestyle includes yoga, hiking, road cycling, strength training, running, dancing, swimming, ultimate Frisbee, disc golf, and you might even see me glide by on my three- wheel blades enjoying our lovely Kealia bike path.
I love topics related to health and wellbeing, and I love sharing these with others. It’s very important to me that we support one another in all areas of health and wellness, especially mental health.
I am excited to contribute to The Garden Island’s health and wellness page and share my passions with you.