My passion for the fitness industry started in 2007 after being a strength and conditioning intern and going through many trials and experiences from other jobs. As a rugby player (10 years and going), I wanted to train myself to become a better athlete, while helping my teammates as well. My coaching philosophy is to motivate and inspire individuals as they are pushed beyond their limits they previously thought they could not surpass.
- Fitness Experience:
2007-2008: Worked 360+ hours (1 year) as a Strength Coach Intern at The University of Southern Mississippi. Assisted with conditioning C-USA Division I Athletes (football, mens/women’s basketball, women’s tennis, women’s soccer).
2009-2011: Fitness Graduate Assistant at The University of Tennessee – Knoxville’s Recreational Sports Department. Created, promoted, and managed fitness/wellness events for the campus community. Trained, hired, managed, and evaluated Personal Training staff; also marketed services and events.
2011-2012: Personal Trainer for National Fitness Center in Maryville, TN. Accepted a temporary job as a Wellness Coordinator for HealthFitness at MARS, Incorporated (yes a chocolate factory) in Cleveland, TN.
2012-Present: Afloat Fitness Specialist (AKA FITBOSS) for the United States Navy.
USS John C Stennis – Dec 2012-Oct 2014
USS Harry S Truman – Oct 2014-Present
- What’s my “specialty” of interest?
I believe it’s really important to understand special populations while personal training. Everyone cannot train the same way and certain conditions (diabetes, hypertension, morbid obesity, osteoarthritis, sport injuries) limit a person’s abilities to perform some exercises; however, personal trainers should have the knowledge to be creative and work around those limitations. Everyone should be able to perform physical activity to improve their health, stay fit, relieve stress, feel confident, and just have fun.
Being an athlete myself, I find sports injuries interesting. As my graduating project, I wrote a literature review on anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries titled, “Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Prehabilitation Programs: Are They Effective in Changing Landing Biomechanics?” Following that review I created my own ACL prehabilitation program based off of other programs such as KLIP, WIPP, PEP Program, and an ACL article from Mike Boyle; mine was titled, Prehabilitation & Improved Performance for Athletes (PIPA). To view the slideshow/program, please CLICK HERE!
- Master’s of Science in Kinesiology (Exercise Physiology)
The University of Tennessee Knoxville, May 2011
- Bachelors of Science in Sports Administration & Coaching (Strength Emphasis)
The University of Southern Mississippi, May 2008
- American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Personal Trainer
- USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach Certified
- USA Rugby Coach Level 200 Certified
- American Red Cross Lay Responder CPR/AED/FA Instructor Certified
- TRX Suspension Training Course Certified
- Command Fitness Leader (CFL) Instructor Certified
- Navy Operational Fitness & Fueling System (NOFFS) Instructor Certified
- CrossFit Level-1 Trainer Certified
- CrossFit Mobility Trainer Certified