Certified Personal Trainer, American College of Sports Medicine
What skills and expertise do you bring to your personal training clients?
I am an ACSM certified trainer and have completed specialty education in TRX training methodology. I have experience (and special interest) training competitive cyclists, and folks living with autoimmune diseases. I also have a BS in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Gender Studies from Portland State University.
When did you know that you wanted to become a trainer? Was there a moment?
I trained with Luke at Sweet Mo for a year before becoming a trainer. It was actually Luke who suggested that becoming a trainer could be a good fit for me and it automatically clicked.
What do you think is most effective about semi private training? Personal training?
For most people, semi-private training is the most effective training method because it provides access to community and accountability that it is impossible to provide in a 1 on 1 session. In addition to receiving support from one trainer, you have the whole Sweet Mo family rallying behind you. We structure it in a way that allows for people at many different fitness levels and backgrounds to work together. Because the groups are capped at 6 participants, everyone receives highly personalized attention and modification during each workout.
Personal training is most effective for people who are looking for a program that is developed to exactly meet their goals. Maybe they are an athlete training for a specific event or sport and want a program that is tailored to coincide with/around the training they are already doing, or just someone who is more comfortable training one-on-one.
What is an interesting/surprising tidbit about you?
I have a lot of different creative hobbies. I love to embroider, draw, play the guitar, and build things.
What does Sweet Momentum mean to you?
Sweet Momentum is all about loving the journey that you’re on, while you’re on it. Sometimes things happen quickly, usually as a realization, “I’ve got to make a change, NOW.” Sustainable change takes time, is a process, and is compounding. One subtle alteration leads to another, then another, and soon, you’ve surpassed your original goal and are on to something bigger than you initially could have imagined. It’s a beautiful process, and it is so important to BE with and value it.
Name a peak experience in your life. What happened?
My gender transition has to be the most defining experience of my life. It profoundly altered the way I see and interact with the world around me. I have come to realize how limiting labels can be, how powerful it is to be seen, validated, and heard by those around me, to have compassion and care for myself and those I love, and how important it is to take responsibility for my actions and livelihood.
What is the environment you strive to create at Sweet Mo?
I strive to create an environment in which everyone feels empowered, celebrated, supported, AND challenged. It’s also important to me that people feel free to be themselves. If there is ever anything I can do facilitate that, please don’t hesitate to ask!