Currently, I’m a NASM certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. I don’t train clients on-on-one any longer, but I do teach several classes a week in a live setting, and those moments are typically the best parts of my week.

How I got started in fitness

My fitness journey began in college, when I started running several times a week. It wasn’t until very early in my professional career that I learned about the power of group fitness, and my world changed.

I started attending a gym regularly after work and was completely floored by the changes in my body and the improvements in fitness level that I gained from one particular class — Les Mills BODYPUMP. After several months of progress, the instructor encouraged me to consider joining the ranks as a leader.

I thought about it for some time and finally signed up for a three-day initial training, and the rest is history. Although I continued to work in the corporate world, I spent more and more time in the group fitness room … building my passion for everything that has to do with working out, healthy food and living. That passion continued to grow, and now I’m a fitness professional, as well as the writer of A Lady Goes West.

Currently, I teach six different types of classes at Life Time in Charlotte. Before this, I taught Les Mills classes (BODYPUMP, BODYATTACK and CXWORX) at a few San Francisco Bay Area 24 Hour Fitness gyms, as well as barre and POP Pilates classes. My experience also includes having worked as a Fitness Coach at Orangetheory Fitness and as a full-time personal trainer at Equinox. I got my Certified Personal Trainer certificate through National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).

Fitness posts

Here’s a recap of some of my best fitness-related posts …

Personal training

Les Mills group fitness

Group fitness class reviews

Orangetheory Fitness

Fitness tips


My current fitness certifications:

  • Certified Personal Trainer, NASM
  • Life Time LIFT Barbell Strength, Shred, MB360, GTX and LifeBarre Fusion Instructor
  • Les Mills Advanced BODYPUMP Instructor
  • Les Mills CXWORX Instructor
  • Les Mills BODYATTACK Instructor
  • Bootybarre Instructor
  • POP Pilates Instructor
  • Certified Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach
  • Pre- and Post-Natal Certified Personal Trainer