I am a 39-year-old full-time master personal trainer at Old Town Sport & Health in Alexandria, VA, and I also teach Freedom Bang and zumba classes at the club. I have my bachelor's of science in Biology from Bowie State University and NASM personal training certifications.
What makes your training style unique?:
My training style is a combination of functional, strength, cardio, and corrective, and I love putting this combination of exercises into circuits. However, it truly depends on each client. I feel strongly that no one workout program works for everyone. I try to meet the needs of each of my clients by making the workouts demanding but fun for them.
If you could change one behavior you see in your clients, what would it be?:
If I could change one thing I see in my clients it would probably be their nutritional habits. Don't get me wrong - a lot of my clients do very well with this. I guide my clients by using the app myfitnesspal and I give them tools that are helpful but this isn't always all they need. I find a lot of meal planning, food, and drink choices have more to do with being mindful, present, and connected to why they are actually eating and if they really truly need to eat.
What is your favorite exercise? Why?:
My favorite exercises are deadlifts because they are so functional. I also love pull-ups because they make people feel strong and it's a great goal for most.
Briefly describe your weekly workout schedule. Is it seasonal? How many rest days do you take each week?:
I workout 6 days a week, generally 5 dance classes a week, 1 strength class, 2-3 total body strength workouts, and 3-4 stair master cardio sessions. I'm addicted to the stair master. In addition I do foam roll and stretch at least 4 days a week.
What is your favorite outdoor Washington D.C. activity? Do you have a favorite hike or run?:
My favorite outdoor D.C. activity is walking. I love walking by the Potomac River, it's so peaceful and gorgeous!
How do you recover from a tough workout?:
I recover from a tough workout with a super-healthy, nutrient-dense meal and an Epsom salt bath. If I'm super sore I will splurge on a deep tissue massage.
What is your favorite place in DC to get a healthy meal?:
My favorite quick meal in D.C. is Sweetgreen - love-love-love it!!!! My favorite place to sit and dine in at is Virtue Feed and Grain in Old Town Alexandria.
Do you have anything on the horizon you would like to share?:
I'm looking forward to learning and teaching more fitness formats we offer at Sport & Health this year such as Freedom Barre. Other than that I want to continue to stay fresh and up to date with the latest and newest fitness training ideas, equipment, and research.