Growing up I cheered and then I switched my focus to lacrosse in high school. I didn't play any sports in college but kept up in the gym throughout school working on strength building. I have now turned my attention to snowboarding in the winter and hiking in the summer. I lived in Colorado for a year and I ventured out to the mountains as much as I could. I have been snowboarding and skiing since I was 5 so I thought I had my skills down. It wasn't until I applied what I learned in the gym that I not only increased my skills on the slopes but I gained more confidence. When it comes to hiking, I was also so sore and out of breath whenever I climbed the mountains. Strength training has helped my hiking game immensely. I can feel a difference in my recovery the following days and how much quicker my body bounces back due to strength and conditioning in the gym.
Certified Functional Strength Coach Level 2
Exercise Health and Science BS degree (in progress)
I have always loved the gym but I was quite a lazy kid growing up. I can proudly say I was not a D1 player. I was never the record breaker on my team nor did I make many goals. But I did love the competition and my friendships. Competition and friendships still push me through the sports I play now. I really enjoy getting out there on the slopes with my friends and doing tricks to show off. I usually fail and fall on my butt but I get right back up and try again. It is always great to get outdoors with your friends and enjoy the fresh air.
I think everyone goes through the same initial thoughts when it comes to the gym or fitness, "I have no idea what I'm doing." I had the same feeling when it came to strength and conditioning. It was really hard for me to start a new passion in the fitness world when I wasn't really good at sports in school. My lack of confidence was stopping me from my future for a while. I decided to take a risk and apply for the Exercise Health and Science program at Umass Boston. Luckily, I became obsessed with my classes. I forced myself to intern/follow at every gym I worked at. I started my coaching journey at a small gym where I purely followed the coaches and cleaned the bathrooms. When I moved out to Colorado for a year, I worked at a boutique that was attached to a gym. I again just followed the coaches around trying to absorb as much knowledge as I could. In Colorado, I applied to the MBSC internship program knowing this would be the best way I could get hands-on action in the gym. I got accepted into the internship and really applied myself there. Leaving my internship I had a bit of a confidence boost knowing I could be a really good coach. As a Magnitude Strength + Power coach I am able to run my groups how I want. It is so great to be able to teach kids and adults about the strength and conditioning world and see their confidence grow in the gym.
My purpose of coaching is to help my groups understand why they are doing a movement or exercise. I love teaching and explaining my knowledge to others while I coach. I really love working with the kids because they are so eager to learn. I love teaching the younger kids what muscles were using and testing their knowledge throughout our sessions. Working with older kids and adults is fun as well! I find they are more interested in injury prevention. It's cool to challenge myself and find an exercise that improves their lives outside of the gym.