Founder / Owner
What skills and expertise do you bring to your personal training clients?
I’m certified through American College of Sports Medicine, and I’m also a Certified TRX Instructor. I’m a real fitness nerd—constantly on the hunt for the latest fitness research and training strategies to benefit our awesome clients. Aside from that, I just LOVE training! I love the difference it makes in people’s lives, and I can’t contain my joy in being part of that process. It’s important to me that EVERYONE feels seen and known and cared for—even loved—during their training experience. I know the courage it takes to seek support around fitness, and it’s important to me to honor people for the stand they’re taking for THEM.
When did you know that you wanted to become a trainer? Was there a moment?
I was in a PhD program for sociology, and I was miserable! I felt like I was doing research just for the sake of doing research, and I wasn’t making any real difference in the world. At that same time, I realized that I wanted/needed to go through a gender transition to really be authentic in the world, and to be seen and known for who I really am. Exercise was the one thing that kept my spirit afloat during that period, and gave me access to feeling at home in my skin. I decided then that I wanted to spend my life giving other people access to that feeling of freedom.
What do you think is most effective about small group training? Personal training?
In my opinion, small group training is the BEST! You get a balanced workout every single time that allows you to choose an intensity level appropriate for you—surrounded by positive energy and awesome people cheering you on and busting their tails right alongside you. You still get the form corrections and personal attention you need, but at a much lower price point. One-on-one training is ideal for anyone working toward a very specific goal, or anyone who just prefers the intimacy and individualized attention available in a private setting. Really though, you can’t go wrong with either option.
What is an interesting/surprising tidbit about you?
I grew up on a cattle ranch in North Dakota. The nearest “town” had a population of about 100. There were 26 kids in my graduating class, and 3 of them were exchange students. Ha! I guess the “country” is embedded in my spirit, because still today I need to regularly escape to open spaces or I get kind of weird. My absolute FAVORITE thing to do is pick berries during the summertime. It’s my happy place.
What does Sweet Momentum mean to you?
Freedom, community, connection, fun. For me, Sweet Mo gives me the opportunity to live my purpose: supporting people to reach the fitness goals that matter to them, and getting people connected to their beautiful bodies. I know on a deep level how important it is to feel comfortable in your skin. That’s why what happens at Sweet Mo matters—so people can live big, be bold, and feel genuinely happy. I mean, really—does it get any juicier than THAT?!
Name a peak experience in your life. What happened?
I was an exchange student in Australia, and I had the opportunity to go on a 3-week safari trip through the Outback. I saw and did so many amazing things that I’ll never forget. That’s when I really “got” what it is to fall in love with the energy of a place.
Why create a fitness community?
Tackling a fitness goal can be lonely, and there’s just no need for that with so many awesome people around ready to support you. Being connected to others who share the same commitment, and who are going through the same thing makes a huge difference—it reminds you that you’re not alone, and creates a team vibe that makes working out FUN.
What is the environment you strive to create at Sweet Mo?
I want Sweet Mo to always be a place where people feel at ease to be completely authentic—no matter what. The relationships that people build at Sweet Mo are pretty special. People genuinely care about each other’s lives—they check in with each other, celebrate victories together, laugh a lot, and boost each other up. It really takes something for people to consistently devote time and energy to exercise. I want to create an experience at Sweet Mo that stands apart from the rest of life—something that feels good and actually has people look forward to coming back every single time.