What skills and expertise do you bring to Sweet Mo clients?
My background is in education which has prepared me to meet individuals where they are in their lives and support them in reaching new goals. I have worked in a leadership role for cyclists for many years and am pursuing more training in the realm of mountaineering, climbing, and other outdoor recreation. I am dedicated to supporting my clients in developing a level of functional fitness that will make new adventures possible and personal fitness goals more attainable. I am currently pursuing my ACE personal trainer certification.
When did you know you wanted to be a trainer?
I worked as a leader for a university cycling team for a few years. The experience taught me a lot about my abilities as a leader and my interest in collaborating with others to help them reach their personal goals. The pure joy I felt watching others progress and reach their goals was what inspired me to move towards personal training.
What do you think is most effective about semi private training/ personal training?
Not everyone loves waking up in the morning when it is still dark outside and pushing themselves (sometimes slightly out of their comfort zone) during a workout. Semi-private training groups are a great way to alleviate this. The energy and positivity of the small training groups contributes to that drive to give yourself that amazing workout that you need. The Sweet Mo community members and our trainers are incredibly supportive and help to create an amazing environment without the pressure and negative vibes that people often experience in a large gym setting. The more you can attach good thoughts and feelings to exercise and your own fitness, the more likely you will stick with it! Personal training is most effective because it is…well, personal. You know your trainer, you’ve made a connection, and you work together to get the best results for you. A one-size-fits-all fitness plan is not always effective for everyone. With personal training, you work to establish a plan based on you and your areas of need.
Name a peak experience in your life. What happened?
My first time kayaking down a river in Utah. It was the first time I can recall where I felt completely present and connected to nature. I often think about that moment and each sensation and the enormous gratitude I felt for being there and having my health at a level where I could do those things. Since that year I have continued to make efforts to get folks outside and moving and to keep moving. Our health is so incredibly important!
What is an interesting or surprising tidbit about you?
I am a learner and lover of the Spanish language.
I am absolutely in love with cinema and movie trivia. I will engage in movie talk for way too long if prompted.
What does Sweet Momentum mean to you?
After training for cycling for years, I got burned out and started attaching negative emotions to exercise. I lost my spark and love of the sport. Sweet Momentum re-energized those positive vibes in me and got me to shed off the layers of insecurity and stress that had built up over years of competition. I can’t think of a better way to increase my fitness than working out in a space that I feel safe and good in. Some days are stones, some are diamonds, but I always leave Sweet Mo with a smile on my face and can start the day positively.
Name a peak experience in your life.
In 2016 I participated in a Spartan race, and it was the most challenging thing I’ve ever done! I was scared and nervous and didn’t think I would finish. I finished strong and was so proud of what I’d accomplished. I often look back to that day when things are difficult, and I use that as encouragement to get through whatever I’m going through at the moment. It works quite well!
Why create a fitness community?
A fitness community is important because it creates a support system within a group of like-minded people. Being active can be a challenge for a lot of folks, and having people around you to hold you accountable and encourage you to do things you might otherwise think you can’t do is really important.
What is the environment that you strive to create here at Sweet Mo?
I want to create an environment that is safe, fun, non-judgmental, effective and awesome! I want every member to feel important and powerful, no matter what their fitness level may be. I want to be able to build relationships with members that last a lifetime!