First and foremost, I see myself as a body movement educator. My role as a personal trainer is to help my clients understand their bodies: where they are right now, and what their bodies can achieve.
In fitness, too much emphasis is being placed on extreme exercise, heavy lifting and fast movements. Some believe it’s the only way to get strong, which is simply not true. Often, this is done without a solid foundation, in the quest of “getting the most bang for our buck” or squeezing that workout in in 30 minutes. It leads to pain, injury, and incorrect movement patterns.
As you will learn from reading my story, when I started to exercise I did the extreme stuff – because I didn’t know what I was doing. Looking back, I call myself lucky to have escaped without injury.
So in my career as a personal trainer, I choose to swim the other way and focus on the foundation: core; posture; slowing things down; feeling the muscles that are working; building the brain-muscle connection.
Once the foundation is there, we can build on it, because you are now able to take what you’ve learned and apply it to any area of fitness you want to explore.
It’s time to leave the extreme stuff behind and build a strong foundation for success!
To start off, unlike most personal trainers out there, I was not always fit. I’m not a former athlete and I didn’t do sports all my life.
In fact, I spent most of my life eating really unhealthy food and not gaining an ounce: I was what I call “skinny unfit”.
I only got into fitness 6 years ago, after having my daughter, when my husband persuaded me into doing an extreme home-based exercise program called P90X. We had no idea what we were doing; we were just happy to be in the game and to be working on ourselves.
As we kept doing the program and the workouts, something strange started to happen. Not only did I really get into it, it became a bit of an obsession. I started becoming curious about why we were doing certain exercises, why in that order, and which muscles we were working. It bothered me that I didn’t understand.
It bothered me so much that I went back to school to get my personal training certificate. Then I started Tone Every Zone.
A couple of years later I made a full career switch, from working as a marketing project manager for a large biotech company, to focusing on being a personal trainer. I have not looked back on my decision since.
Being a movement educator and a personal trainer is a profession of love for me. I take great pride in the work I do with my clients, and I am grateful that my clients open up their lives to me. I find no greater joy than to see my clients succeed and make long lasting changes in their lives.
- Bachelor of Science (BSc)
- Major: Biochemistry
- Minor: English Language
- BCRPA-Registered Personal Trainer
- First Aid/CPR with AED Level C certified
- Lover of life and movement
- Nominee: 2019 “Entrepreneur under 40” New Westminster Chamber of Commerce Platinum Awards
- Keynote speaker: 2019 YMCA Fitness Day
- Award Recipient: 2019 Just Pros Toastmasters “Rookie of the Year”
- Body weight training
- Cardio training
- Circuit training
- Core conditioning
- Fitness assessments
- Flexibility training
- Holistic approach
- Strength training
- Couples training
- Weight training
- Women’s fitness
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