What got you interested in fitness & exercise?
I cant remember a specific moment or event that got me interested in exercise. I remember always being attracted to fitness and exercise. Gym class never bothered me. I enjoyed competing against the boys and trying to be as strong as I possibly could. In grammar school, I did cheerleading and gymnastics. In high school, I lifted weights, was a cheerleader, played tennis, did track and field, and would work out on my own at home either with a routine I created for myself or to workout videos. In college, I fell off of the fitness track because of my studies. I grew highly attracted to the at home Beachbody programs and successfully completed two of them. When architecture fell through for me, I was reacquainted with fitness and exercise. I realized that fitness and exercise is what makes me happy. I am drawn to it. It helps me mentally and physically. I enjoy being physically strong as well as seeing the progress of my work whether its muscle definition or no longer struggling with tasks that I use to struggle with – such as climbing several flights of stairs. I like the changes it produces, especially how beneficial exercise can truly be.
Why did you want to become a personal trainer at Campus Recreation?
I became a personal trainer at the Campus Recreational Center because I wanted to help other students and staff. I believe that my life experiences can help me better relate and understand what someone’s goals and aspirations may be. I can also understand the struggles that others may be facing. By being a personal trainer, I can act as a mentor, fitness professional, and coach. I can guide students and staff through their fitness journey. I think it is personally rewarding to know that you helped someone achieve even just one of their goals and dreams. I also think that this can help me have a better understanding of what I would like to do in my life. I think it can better fine tune my career path, my goals, dreams, and aspirations. I believe being a personal trainer at UML is beneficial for all those involved with the program. I wanted to take advantage of that opportunity especially if it could lead to happiness.
What is your philosophy on fitness?
My philosophy on fitness is that fitness is the sum of all parts. You have your
- spiritual health
- physical health
- personal health
- mental/emotional health
- nutritional/diet health
Combined, these create one complete package. We need balance in our lives and that includes fitness. To me, fitness is not just about how much weight you can lift, but rather, a total mind body connection. If we are mentally tough, then we can also be physical tough. If we are nutritionally fit, then we are also personally fit. If we are personally fit, then it adds to our spiritual strength. In my eyes, everything is interconnected. Therefore, for me, it is better to work on taking care of yourself in all aspects. I believe we should work hard, but we should also take time to enjoy life, have some fun, relax, and do some personal care – whatever that may be to you. Being active contributes to fitness whether that means going to the gym, doing an at home workout, going for a walk/run, or playing a sport. I believe we should eat well, but we don’t have to limit or restrict ourselves because we will only experience this life once. To sum up, my philosophy on fitness is to just be the best form of yourself.
What are some of your hobbies and other interests?
I have many interests but some of my hobbies and other interests include: modeling, acting, being an extra in films, reading, indoor skydiving, bowling, learning, museums, all forms of art, and nature.