My educational background includes a B.S. in Health and Exercise Science with a Concentration in Sports Medicine and a minor in Biomedical Sciences. I am certified through the ACSM as a Health Fitness Specialist and a Personal Trainer and I have a Level 2 Exercise is Medicine credential.
My coaching experience includes training former high school and college athletes who wish to regain their fitness or explore other fitness endeavors. Also, as a former camp counselor and instructor for a sports camp I have experience leading kids through a variety of sport related activities. As a counselor and instructor I focused on emphasizing sportsmanship and respect, while developing fundamental skills, thereby enriching campers experience in those respective sports.
While competing as a division one collegiate cross country and track and field athlete I trained under coaches with a variety of different training philosophies. I have attempted to infuse the wisdom of my former coaches along with my own training experiences and my education to create an educated and pragmatic approach from which to train others. Through this approach I focus on creating clarity and developing a perspective that fosters a positive attitude and enhances progress and results. From approaching exercise as an investment for the stressed and busy, to rebuilding esteem in an injured athlete on the rebound. I ensure every aspect of each workout has a specific purpose.
There are no secrets to getting faster, but there are ways to train smarter, more efficiently and more effectively. A large part of training smarter and more effectively is recognizing how time spent outside of training sessions effects the recovery for subsequent training sessions. One of my favorite parts of training is creating that inquisitive dialogue concerning the roles and different aspects of training and competing with respect to: nutrition, psychology, altitude, genetics, sleep, benefits to health, etc. After each session I like to stimulate curiosity, question perceived limitations, and leave clients wanting more.
Qualified and competed at Nike Outdoor Nationals as a high school Junior. Former Cross Country and Track athlete for the University of Portland and Colorado State University.
Sessions start with: a warm-up and dynamic stretching drills, followed by a run at a specified intensity, or a race specific interval/ pacing workout, and finishing with strength training, including core work, or more race specific work, dependent upon the individual’s needs and goals as they progress through the training program. Once clients have progressed to longer runs and developed a routine for warming up and dynamic stretching drills then the sessions will start after the run or just before an interval/pacing workout in order to monitor progress and provide feedback and encouragement during these higher intensity workouts.