Questions & Answers
Q: What is your fitness background and certifications?
A: I have been a certified personal trainer for many years with the National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association (NESTA), which requires hours of continuing education to stay certified. I currently also hold certifications as a Fitness Nutrition Coach (FNC), and a Certified Heart Rate Performance Specialist (HRS). I have three additional certifications by the National Safety Council (NSC), in First Aid, CPR & AED. Every year I continue my education and expand my knowledge with seminars, and classes. I am also fully insured.
In the beginning of my career, before becoming a Private Trainer and Fitness Coach, I was voted number one trainer in the region for the largest fitness chain in the US.
Q: What do you wish clients knew about you or your profession?
A: That I often feel I want them to succeed more then they want it for themselves. I stress and worry about every goal they set. I am invested and my clients become my friends. People who I want to achieve the best fitness ever! I love to see them feeling great about themselves or meeting someone they previously thought was "out of their league" because of their personal shape and confidence. Changing your body and fitness can have a profound effect on you're quality of life. You can be more, do more, etc. When a client wants it bad enough, I am always there wanting it for them as well!
Q: Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A: Many people search the web for the "best deal" or "cheapest" fitness instructor. That can often be a mistake and your investment can be wasted on someone who wants to get your money vs. someone like myself, who is genuinely interested in helping you reach your goals. I have a special perspective coming from a family of pro athletes and also competing as an athlete, so I can relate to every stage of the training and diet process you go through and keep you motivated at every level.
If you want to get educated about life changes for your diet and health habits in order to make a long term life change, then I am worth every penny. I do not take every client I meet if we are not a good fit. My reason for this is I want to make sure we are in sync with each other, because if we are not it will make it harder for us to reach your goals.
There are many aspects of getting a trainer that people may not always take into account. It is important they are Certified in Training, CPR, and are Insured, but most important that they are passionate about fitness and people. I always do a Complimentary assessment to help people be educated about where their fitness & health are. Whether you train with me in the end or not, your life journey in health and fitness will always be a factor, especially as we age. I will not be a trainer who lies to you by saying it wont be hard work to change your life, diet and fitness habits, but you must remember this is an investment in you and the betterment of your quality of life. There is no better investment in my opinion that you can make, then to invest in your health.
I have worked hard on my personal fitness and nutrition. You must be wary of a trainer who does not "live" what they are expecting you to accomplish. You have to change nutrition, workouts, and mindset. I pay thousands a year for education, certifications, and nutrition classes so I can be at the top of my ability to teach you as client. It is one of the best things you can ever do for yourself: To reach for a goal that we set out for you, invest in it, work hard, and achieve it.
Q: If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A: First, you must love fitness. Live the life, not just speak about it. Second, you must get a great certification and training. You must be willing to invest a few thousand dollars in certifications, CPR, insurance, and nutrition classes. Third, you must like people and talking and being social. If you are "not a people person" be honest with yourself, because there is nothing worse than someone who is uninterested in their clients lives and talking to them. You are taking a journey with each client and they want to know you are genuinely interested in them and their lives, not just collecting money while you make them do exercises.
Q: We would like some background information on you. Would you please tell us something about yourself?
A: I am the youngest of four children, born in Southern California in Los Angeles County. I grew up by the beach in South Orange County, spending a lot of my time outdoors. Before I was born my mother was a model who did Vidal Sassoon Commercials as the blonde, blue-eyed beauty, and modeled for many other major brands. My father, his brothers, and his side of the family played baseball in both the minor & major leagues, my uncle coaching in the majors.
When my parents retired from those careers they both became school teachers and had kids. When I was around twelve they decided to move us up a few hours from the beach to the mountains to a small lake-side town for a much slower pace of life. My life became a lot more about being active because we were in the middle of the woods. I was several years younger than my other three siblings, so I spent a lot of time out on my own exploring in the woods and hiking in the hills, finding adventure and exploring. As I got older, it became harder to be isolated. We lived an hour from a big city and a couple hours out of Los Angeles.
After high school, everything like jobs, college, and modeling became a whole days journey down the mountain. I tried a lot of random jobs and definitely found out what I didn’t like. I even competed in triathlons. I took my realtors exam pretty young and dabbled in that. However, as modeling presented itself as real future option and small mountain towns have very little real estate turn over, I realized I wanted a fitness and modeling career more. I knew I needed to move down to Los Angeles to really make any real headway on either path.
Q: It sounds like you spent your early childhood engaged in many sports and outdoor activities. Sadly, many of today’s children find themselves sitting before a TV screen or computer. What would you like to advise parents and educators about the effects of inactivity on our children?
A: I sincerely worry about this issue. It’s hard not to feel compassion and be concerned at America’s children’s health declining the way it has. I was a lucky kid in terms of having access to the outside and parents who liked the beach, water, and sports. Even though they were not strict on healthy eating, I kept active always. They are close to seventy years of age today and still take their boat out on the lake weekly, camp a few times a year, and ride fifty mile bike rides together regularly. My father has even become an author, writing four books and is out exploring and traveling around to research them constantly. Not everyone is as active as my parents are. I hope I am as active as them when I reach that age.
Lets face it, some people just don’t like to do that. Maybe they can’t, don’t, or live in a city where its not as easy to do. I think it’s great that even if you live in the city or don’t like outdoor sports, you encourage and sign up your children for any sport or group and let the community help your kids get active. Get them in a local “Y,” community program, or league, even Girls and Boys Clubs help parents keep their kids active. Kids do what they learn, and even if you’re not showing them through your actions, it’s important to give them a positive view of being active. Even spending the money on a devices like “Wii” and having kids dance or do “Wii Fit” games for an hour a day will help and be a worthy investment.
It is the first time in our history we are facing a real epidemic with childhood obesity and I would love if we could change that. Both my parents were teachers so I also understand that sometimes you’re limited on what you get to say or do in a school setting. But that needs to change because the numbers don’t lie. Some of our children are in desperate need of help! We can band together as a society and change our system. Making kids run around the track two times a week in middle school isn’t going to help them or get them excited about exercise. But it’s not as simple as changing one thing; the entire system has to change. The food makers, the schools, the parent’s effort, the kid’s perspectives.
Being disciplined is hard, I know because I do it, live it, and teach it. This can be a huge struggle for people. The body you’re given is the only one you have. Taking care of it is a priority, so it can be strong for you to live a great life! I always tell my clients, “One day at a time.” Just stay focused today, and tomorrow you’ll be a little closer! Even if you mess up. Reset tomorrow and start again! This is a marathon, not a sprint. We must keep working on a solution for the kids! If I was no longer able to have a job as a health professional in ten years because the next generation was so healthy and fit…I would be thrilled!
Q: Is there one particular aspect of the modeling industry that you would change if you had the ability to affect changes?
A: The biggest change I’d like to see is the standards for most runway models. Being into health and fitness and then participating in a runway show, it’s painful for me to be walking around backstage and seeing models you know are severely underweight, malnutritioned, and starving themselves. It was hard to look at how skinny and unhealthy some models feel they have to be to compete. I really hope rules begin to change this because healthy curves are beautiful. On the flip side in fitness modeling, I wish that the pressure to be “bigger” muscle-wise wasn't such an issue. Bottom line is: This business is not for the faint of heart or the weak. It’s competitive and fierce. You can be on the bottom one day, on top the next. Booking, not booking. Since you are “the product,” you have to be able to handle having someone say they love you or hate you for their company’s campaign. Bitter at times, then sweet again. The ebb and flow is like a test of wills. But for me, I love that I can’t predict what will happen next!
Q: You are first and foremost a fitness model and a Certified Personal Fitness Trainer. How did you find your way into the fashion modeling industry?
A: Actually, I started out in print modeling before I did fitness modeling. I was approached as a teenager for jobs, but being that we moved up into the mountains when I was twelve or so, it was not a priority for my parents to drive me three hours in traffic into Los Angeles for a casting. I started working out at about nineteen but I wouldn’t say I knew enough to be in the shape I’m in now.
It was only when I got older that I was able to drive myself to jobs and castings. My first “big” modeling job I booked was for Abercrombie and Fitch. It was a totally random luck that this booking happened for me. A friend of a friend I met in the mountains one weekend sent my pictures to an agent he was associated with. The next thing I know I was picked for an Abercrombie and Fitch shoot in Canada with the famous photographer Bruce Weber. Recently, while going through my old boxes at my parents, I found all the pictures I took while on the shoot. Crazy to see pictures of Bruce Weber and I, and me with the other models from that first big job. Of course it was a “major” thing to be selected from probably thousands of models and I had just booked it by serendipity. That’s when I knew I could really be a model if I could get chosen so quickly from a few submitted snapshots for a company with such high standards for their models.
I wouldn’t say I took it that seriously though, not like I should have anyway. Within a short time I was flown into Canada to Prince Edward Island for the shoot. I spent a several days on the Island with a small group of male and female models chosen from all over the country. It was very intimidating to meet and interview with Bruce, but he was very nice to me. The Abercrombie executives had also flown in for the shoot. Bruce and the executives personally interviewed each one of us privately about our lives, modeling, and aspirations. They also decided which of us would work for what campaigns and local and foreign markets, etc. Bruce Weber shot me alone for Abercrombie two times during my days there and I also had some time off to explore the island for a day.
One of the other models you might know that I worked with was model and actor Scott Eastwood (Actor/Director Clint Eastwood’s son). I was happy to find that Scott was a really nice guy, we had a great time hanging out. Him and I went with a couple other models on a four hour round trip excursion just to BBQ with some locals! How could you not be into modeling after getting a gig like that?