Growing up, I was a normal kid. I dabbled in acting, music, and art. For a while I even played music. I was always the skinny kid, and I stayed that way no matter what I ate. For some, that sounds like a dream come true. But me…I hated it. As a freshman in college I weighed a whole 115 lbs. I was always interested in fitness and bodybuilding and at 16, I finally decided to give it a try. One foot in the gym and I was hooked!
My first job in the fitness industry was a personal training gig at Bally’s. From Bally’s, I moved on to Power House Gym in a suburb of Los Angeles. Here I spent a lot of my time training clients and working on my own physique. There were a lot of guys that were double my size at this gym. I told myself that one day I too would have the body that I so admired. During my time at Power House, I learned the ins and outs of a gym and what it meant to work in the fitness industry.
There has been a lot of trial and error in my own fitness journey –learning proper nutrition, working with fitness professionals, assembling workout plans to meet my personal goals. In 2013 I made the commitment to focus on my personal fitness goals and competed in my first show at the 2013 NPC Tournament of Champions in the Amateur Bodybuilding Division. It was a lot of work, but I ended taking home a trophy that I couldn’t be more proud of! While preparing for that show I was still juggling work and school. I became a fitness blogger and specialist for Visalus, as well as a sponsored athlete for multiple supplement companies. It took dedication, discipline, and a pledge to my health trying to juggle a busy life while working toward such a personal goal. In the end it was all worth it. I felt good and was in the best shape of my life.
I graduated from California State University Northridge with a Bachelors of Arts in Communication. After graduation I went on to renew my personal training certification through the International Sports Science Association (ISSA). I have since developed Be Strong Stay Fit™ and have made a career out of helping others live balanced, healthy lives while reaching their fitness goals. I know what it’s like to be unhappy with your body. I know how hard it is to get started and I understand the perseverance and discipline required to get the body you want. I also understand the support one needs along the way. With me, you will not have to go through it alone. No matter your size or goals, I am here to help. Reaching out is the first step on your road to success and I would be honored to help anyone cross the finish line. I hope to motivate, inspire, support, and coach as many people as I can while transforming lives through Be Strong Stay Fit.