NASM – National Academy of Sports Medicine – CPT
AFAA – Aerobics and Fitness Association of America – CPT
Exercise and Obesity
Midlife Fitness for Women
Bone Health Training
Group Resistance Training
Cardiorespiratory Training for Fitness
Female Fitness Specialist
Where it all started
My background in health and fitness started at a very young age working on my family’s farm. We raised cows, pigs, and chickens and grew a garden full of wholesome organic fruits and vegetables. I wasn’t raised on candy bars, chips, and soda. My parents only allowed healthy foods in our home and I feel very fortunate to have had loving parents that guided me in the right direction. Being raised on the farm was a gift and something I will always treasure. I learned valuable lessons regarding work ethic. We spent many hours taking care of our animals, pulling weeds, and picking up rocks out of the field so we could plant alfalfa to feed our cows and horse. I was chased by chickens, chased and kicked by a cow, bucked off my horse and left to walk home to find my horse grazing in the paster.
My fitness interest started when I was a skinny young girl learning gymnastics with my dad. With his encouragement I began gymnastics lessons and landed a spot on my high school team. After graduating I missed the strength and conditioning exercises and the physical challenge. I had a passion to stay physically fit, so at the age 18 I joined the local gym and stayed active by attending aerobic classes regularly for 20 years. At the age of 38, I was thin but not firm, and I wanted to have more definition and muscle tone. In a quest to reach my fitness goals I entered the Body for Life Challenge. At that point I added intense weight lifting to my workout regimen and within 3 months my body became stronger, leaner, and sculpted. It was a fantastic, motivating, challenging journey, which changed my life. After training for a year and a half and seeing all the amazing results I was inspired to enter a competition. At this time the popular Figure Division was not introduced, so I competed in bodybuilding and won runner at the age of 39. Later that year I won Overall in Utah Women’s Bodybuilding. I was extremely happy when the Figure Division was introduced in 2001. I could now wear a rhinestone suit and heels; this was right up my alley. I competed for 2 years in figure but was always awarded runner up. I wanted that 1st place trophy.
When you face adversity, take the time to go back to the drawing board.
After 4 competitions I found I had to push myself even harder. I spent endless hours posing, working on new training techniques, tweaking nutrition, and getting the perfect competition suit. I found the formula for success, and at the age of 42 I won my height class, Masters, and Overall at the 2003 NPC Utah Cup Figure Competition. What an amazing experience to win Overall at the age of 42; winning over other beautiful women from ages 20 and up. I continued on my journey in 2004 when I entered the NPC Figure Master Nationals in Pittsburg, taking 3rd place. During this time I was featured in magazines such as Muscle Mag and Oxygen. This same year I also went through a devastating divorce that put my competitions on hold for 6 years.
A big part of my success in the fitness world came through self-improvement courses, educational, retreats, and hypnosis. Through all my education I realized changing my life first requires changing my mind. I have been studying personal development, fitness and nutrition ever since.
Coming Back Strong
In 2010 at the age of 48 I had the courage to step on stage again. I was so thrilled because I didn’t think I would compete again, but scared at the same time to appear on a national level stage. To my surprise I still had what the judges liked and I placed 4th in two Figure competitions that year. I continued on and in 2011, at the age of 49, competed in 3 competitions and brought home a total of five trophies. Age 50 is such a mile-stone, and I felt I had to get on stage no matter what, so in 2012 I entered 3 more competitions and placed 2nd, 4th, 6th and 7th. I loved that I could prove that you can achieve weight-loss and a toned body at my age. I feel like life is just beginning at age 50. I will always be involved with training and body-sculpting and enjoy doing what it takes to be in the best shape of my life.
My Passion to Guide You to Your Dreams
As an accomplished national Figure competitor, certified personal trainer through NASM & AFAA, with over 15 years of personal training experience under my belt, I am very well qualified to lead you towards a leaner, firmer, healthier you. My education, combined with my hands-on experience, gives me a solid understanding of proper training, nutrition, and how to implement a positive lifestyle. I view my role as a trainer as being much more than just a career; I consider myself a role model who possesses the passion, creativity, and empathy necessary to motivate others to meet their fitness goals. I am committed to developing fun and challenging exercise programs for my clients. I will see that you succeed by guiding you through the time-tested techniques and principles of my programs. So, let yourself dream of a better body, a better life, and a better you and let me be the facilitator of those dreams.