1.) What has your fitness journey been?
I was an athlete growing up. I was a gymnast, soccer player, swimmer, and runner. When I went to college, I got a little lazy and wasn’t playing any sports. My junior year, I started running again and started lifting because I just wanted a hot body.
2.) What are your personal goals, how have they evolved?
When I first started lifting up until the time when I became a trainer (in 2009) I was more focused on aesthetics and just general fitness. As I started to learn more, I started to train more functionally and learned to deal with and prevent injuries with a lot of mobility and recovery techniques. For me, I want to be strong in many areas of fitness, whether it be powerlifting, olympic lifting, or gymnastics, I want to be able to do any workout you throw at me, and I want to do pretty well at it.
3.) What’s your routine?
I workout about 5-6 days as week. Sometimes my workouts are short, and sometimes I feel like they can take forever. I’m lucky enough to have the kind of schedule where I can spend a lot of time working out as well as spending time mobilizing/stretching.
4.) What’s your nutrition/ supplement?
Its pretty simple. I do a pre-workout before a workout (usually C4), I drink BCAA (branch chain amino acids) during my workout to help keep going longer, and I do a protein shake right after (Carnivor Protein). I put glutamine in my pre-workout and post-workout shake to help keep me from getting to sore. Sometimes it is helpful, and sometimes I still get sore AF. I try to keep my calories around 3500-4000 a day (more towards 4000 if I’m trying to put on some weight). My macros are around 40% carbs, 30% protein, 30% fats. I take 2000 mg of fish oil a day. Lately I’ve been taking glucosamine chondroitin for healthy joints, which I am really liking, as well as L-lysine for recovery and immune function.
5.) Do you mix things up?
My workouts are always different. I love taking classes at The Phoenix Effect. The programming there is solid and the workouts are always fun. I coach there and I continue to learn so much from the other coaches and its also just a really fun environment to be in and work out with some awesome, motivating people. I can’t always take classes since I train clients during mostly times when classes are going on, so I end up working out alone often. Luckily, my program always keeps me on my toes and I keep getting stronger and faster with it so I guess I’m doing a few things right!
6.) Cheat days?
Yes, but I don’t really think of it like a whole day of cheating. I pretty much eat what I want and allow myself to eat things that I like. I love potatoes (or rather ketchup), pizza, pasta, ice cream, and a few other things that aren’t really “clean” foods. However, I also love chicken, and salads, and eggs, and a lot of really healthy foods too! If you’re eating “clean” most of the time (like 85-90% of what you eat), it isn’t going to matter when you have a meal here and there that isn’t the healthiest thing in the world.
7.) What’s your workout playlist?
I listen to Spotify playlists a lot. I’m always looking for great songs to put in my playlists for when I am coaching and I need music that is going to motivate my athletes to push even harder. Some of the playlists I listen to a lot are: DancePop, Pop Chillout, Pop rising, Dance party, Workout Remix, Hot Rhythmic, and Workout Twerkout, obviously.