I live in Sewickley and split my time between tutoring Spanish and working as a fitness instructor. I’m a native of upstate New York, where growing up I was both a competitive skier and horseback rider. I’ve since lived in Boston, Madrid, Spain, New York City and Philadelphia, finally settling in Pittsburgh.
After moving to Sewickley, I rediscovered the importance of fitness in maintaining a balanced and healthy mind and body. This has allowed me to both continuously challenge myself and engage in a community of like-minded people. My experiences in fitness have ranged from running, indoor cycling, obstacle course races, Crossfit, rowing, and dragon-boat competitions. I have discovered that the secret to achieving long term success in fitness is group training. In my opinion, finding the right community is essential to realizing your fitness goals. A positive atmosphere of friends and instructors not only keeps exercise fresh, but also motivates you to remain committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. One of the highlights of my fitness career, winning a Spartan obstacle course race, would not have been possible without the support of my training partners, who pushed me to be mentally and physically strong enough to compete successfully against competitive athletes from the Northeast.
For the past 8 years, I have taught indoor cycling as well as strength and conditioning classes at Psycle in Warrendale, PA. During this time, I have become skilled at fine-tuning clients’ form to optimize their efforts and creating programming to keep them motivated and interested. I structure creative, challenging, and high-energy fitness classes that appeal to all levels of athletes. I have developed a network of clients in the Pittsburgh area, and take great pride in developing a community that motivates these individuals to achieve their fitness goals in a positive atmosphere.
At Ramp N Rize, I look forward to applying my experiences in order to create a fun and motivating environment that will help you achieve your fitness objectives. More importantly, I hope to provide the tools and resources for you to develop a long-term commitment to fitness and a healthy lifestyle.
What’s on your playlist?
A huge variety. Pink, Rihanna, David Guetta, Zedd, Imagine Dragons, The Struts, Macklemore and so many more.
Favorite pre-workout snack?
Peanut butter toast or oatmeal with almond milk.
What’s your mantra?
“It if were easy, anyone could do it. And you’re not just anyone.”
What are three of your best personality traits?
Intelligence, integrity, and loyalty.
Who inspires you?
Everyday people around me who fight their own battles yet soldier on with few complaints and are kind.
When I’m planning a class I’m about to teach, I always think:
What will motivate everyone? What will keep them interested? What do I need to keep it fresh and keep them coming back?
When I select my workout music I:
Make it enhance my workout – always keep it motivating and exciting, often with surprises.
If you looked in my gym bag you’d find:
Kind bars, hair ties, headphones, and a water bottle.
When I’m teaching, I’m most impressed by a student who:
Challenges themselves consistently.
When I’m feeling unmotivated to work out I:
Remind myself how good and empowered I’ll feel after I work out.
My guilty pleasure food is:
My favorite thing to do when I want to relax is:
Walking my dog in the woods.
The number of sneakers I own:
20 or more, mostly Nike. I love my Nike sneakers.