fitness

Follow your passion

Health, nutrition, and fitness are my passion. I work out almost every day – running or going to the gym, taking or teaching classes (spin-indoor cycling, weight training/body sculpting, bootcamp, TRX, boxing,  kickboxing, and yoga). I have been a certified personal trainer and nutrition counselor since 2006, and continue to add to  my training year after year with new specialties, skills, and expertise. As an early adopter of fitness trackers and heart rate monitor,  I a proponent for in-the-zone/peak performance training.

A long-time member and huge fan of MINT Gym, I highly recommend their great facilities, amenities, and extraordinary instructors (including me <wink>). I also head up the MINT Ambassador and Community Partner programs.

Whenever I travel, I love to discover new gyms and studios.  See my list of recommended Gyms and Fitness classes on Yelp.

“Wag more. Bark Less.” Unknown

Coaching & Fitness Classes


I teach Power Playground (*bootcamp style HIIT class) at MINT Gym, as well as Flex (weight training).  I also offer monthly free outdoor classes in collaboration with DC Brau. If you want to be added to our mailing list just let me know.  If you are looking for a personal training, fitness / nutrition coach, I’m happy to help with that as well.  I will work with you on a schedule and areas of focus that best suits you needs.

Experience includes:

MINT Gym, Group fitness instructor, Personal trainer

Bally’s Total Fitness, Group fitness instructor, Kickboxing. BodyPump, Indoor Cycling

Gold’s Gym, Master Class Instructor for Cardio Kickboxing

Jeff Smith Tae Kwon Do, 2nd Degree Black Belt, Instructor and ranked competitor

Obstacle Course Races


I got into OCR in 2019 with my first Spartan Sprint race in June that year at Tuxedo Hill, NY. I had always thought it would be nearly impossible for me to do one of these races at my age, and on my own. It turned out, I embraced the challenges, am always getting a bit better, and now enjoy coaching others. They are a ton of fun!  I completed 6 Spartan races that first year, earned my first trifecta, and finished 2nd in age group in my first Spartan trail run. I also absolutely love the Bonefrog Challenge races, and have enjoyed a few Savage Races as well.
My goal was for 2020 is to earn a double trifecta with Spartan and a Trident with Bonefrog but obviously that got put on hold.  So, in 2021, I’m thrilled to say my ambitious goals were back on track and I earned my first Bonefrog Trident and 6 Spartan Trifectas! #biggoals #pushyourlimits.  In 2022, my goal is to run my first Ultra Spartan race, which I did in Fayetteville, NC, and complete 8 Trifectas.

Fitness and Diving Certifications

ISSAINTERNATIONAL SPORTS SCIENCES ASSOCIATION
Certified Fitness Trainer, Specialist in Martial Arts Conditioning
NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SPORTS MEDICINE
Senior Fitness Certification
FITOUR
Group Fitness Instructor, Indoor Cycling, Basic Pilates.
PRECISION NUTRITION
PN1 – Level 1 Nutrition Certification
TRX SUSPENSION TRAINING
Certified Trainer
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DIVING INSTRUCTORS
Divemaster
SDI-TDI
Nitrox, Cavern and Intro to Cave Diver
RED CROSS
CPR/AED, First Aid
STARFISH AQUATICS INSTITUTE/YMCA
Lifeguard
ANMIAL FLOW Level 1
Certified Instructor

Awards/Medals


Spartan Trail: 1st in age group: Arrington, VA Oct 2021, Jacksonville, FL Feb 2021; 2nd in age group: Arrington, VA – Oct 2019, and San Jose, CA – Feb 2020, San Luis Obispo – Feb 2022

Spartan Races: 63 since 2019.   1st in age group: Ohio June 2022 Super, DC Stadion May 2022, Ohio 2021 Super & Sprint;  2nd in age group: Ohio 2021 Beast, MidWest Sept 2021 Sprint, DC Stadion Sept 2021

Spartan Trifectas: 13 Trifectas, including 1 Ultra-fecta

 

North America Sports Karate Association
Ranked No. 1 in sparring in 2000, No. 3 in 1999

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”  Robert Brault