Nearly a decade of hard work and dedication to my strength training journey has made me the person I am today. At 18 I was anorexic and learning to lift a barbell for the first time; now I’m 27 and teaching others how to lift for health and vitality. Strength training completely transformed my body image and confidence in what I’m capable of accomplishing and I’m grateful for a career that allows me to help people find that same feeling.
Before graduating with an honours BASc Psychology degree in 2019, I competed in my first powerlifting meet, squatting 245lb, deadlifting 275lb, and benching 135lb. I know it sounds cheesy, but I’ve always known that my only competition is myself, so pursuing an athletic career in powerlifting wasn’t in my cards. I continued improving my technique and getting stronger in the competition lifts, but always for the pure joy of training rather than to obtain a title. This has been my exercise philosophy for some time now, and it’s one that I preach with my clients: identify a fitness goal you’d like to reach and let’s make sure you are consistently engaging habits that move you closer to achieving it. I’m a huge advocate for personalizing fitness and helping others find ways to implement activity and healthy habits into their busy routines, one simple, buildable step at a time.