I always hated exercise. HATED IT. Years of being the last one picked for kickball and the first one pummeled with the dodge ball will do that to a person. I never played team sports in school, never practiced a martial art, and could barely tolerate wrestling with my little brother as a kid. I went out of my way to avoid having to do anything physical. All of my Most Embarrassing Moments of Childhood happened in P.E. class, which, by the way, was the only class in which I ever received a grade lower than a B.
I carried this attitude well into adulthood. I actually had a position on exercise. I was firmly against it, in the same way one might be firmly against clowns or the mistreatment of animals. I know I said on more than one occasion that I didn’t BELIEVE in exercise.
In spring of 2005, at the age of 29, I (very) reluctantly started working out when I realized my sedentary life had caught up with me. I was freshly divorced with a new job and three children to keep up with, so something had to change. Over the next few years, movement became a priority for me. I lost some weight and gained some energy. Other issues I had been struggling with for years were improving: clinical depression, insomnia, and chronic fatigue. This led me to get more interested in the why and how of fitness. As I learned more and shared more with people who asked, they began asking if I would work with them.
I have been training professionally since 2007, certified by the American Council on Exercise (ACE). I am also ADAPT L1 (parkour) and MovNat L2 certified. I am joyfully devoted to helping people get the same benefits and rewards from exercise that I have enjoyed.