We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are.Max De Pree
I am a certified personal trainer by the American College of Sports Medicine and am studying Exercise Physiology on a pre-med track at Florida State University. When I am not studying, I spend my time running, cooking, or hanging out with friends.
Growing up, my parents prioritized their health, so exercise and healthy eating were a regular part of our schedule. I danced for ten years and then began running track and cross-country my junior year of high school. I began running because I wanted a tangible goal—like races to train for—and more structured workouts. I decided to continue running on my own in college, but I quickly realized how easy it was to skip a workout because I was swamped with homework or because I had had a long day.
I knew that my life was only going to get busier, so in order to prioritize my health I needed a plan. I love cooking and baking healthy foods, so I got back into the habit of meal prepping my food every Sunday. Since I enjoy running, I found a half-marathon and made a training plan. The hard work paid off and I felt better physically and mentally. I was able to reach a goal I had set for myself in the half-marathon, and that confidence carried over into my schoolwork and pursuing my future career. This experience taught me that when it is inconvenient, prioritizing physical activity, rest, and healthy eating are always worth it.
I am thankful for the opportunities I have had this past year to shadow physicians from various specialties including orthopedics, dermatology, and family medicine. I also had the opportunity to work in the Human Performance Research Lab at FSU. I learned an incredible amount about the human body and its response to exercise and was blown away by how much potential the human body holds, if we just nourish it and take care of it right. These experiences make me more excited to work with my clients on improving and maintaining their good health through exercise and nutrition and I am seeking additional training through ACSM’s Exercise is Medicine program.
My senior year of high school, I led a group exercise class at Just Get Fit for teen girls called Mahlerfit. This fall, I am re-vamping Mahlerfit for ALL athletes who want to mix up their training. Mahlerfit is designed to challenge you while making fitness FUN. Join me for high energy, full-body workouts that use bodyweight and functional movements for ALL fitness levels. Kickboxing, relays, monkey bars, tire-flipping, etc. you never know what to expect when you come to this class, so grab a workout buddy and come ready to WORK!!
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Training philosophy: Exercise is often the first element of a healthy lifestyle that people add to their lives. I work hard to expose my clients to forms of exercise that are enjoyable to them, so that they begin their health and fitness journey with a positive experience. For my clients who are familiar with exercise, I am always looking for new ways to challenge then and help them grow stronger physically and mentally. It is my hope for all my clients—regardless of their age or fitness level—that they not only reach their goals but also enjoy the process and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle along the way. I have experienced this in my own life, so I encourage you to decide today to take care of your health. Let’s make a plan and do what you love. You won’t regret it!