As with most journeys, it’s been a long and winding road. There have been overlaps and detours with the various aspects of the fitness industry that I’ve worked in over the past 20+ years.
As soon as I started college, I missed my competitive dance team. I saw an ad that was looking to train and hire aerobics instructors (that’s what we were called then). It sounded like the next best option to dance. I auditioned and so it began. I’ve taught classes ranging from 2 to 150 participants of all ability levels. I loved it!
• AFAA Group Exercise
• AFAA Personal Training
• Nike Athletic Total Conditioning
• SCW Group Step
• SCW Group Strength
• Les Mills
• American Red Cross CPR/AED
• Step / Double Step / Vertical Step
• Cardio: hip-hop, salsa, hi-lo
• various group strength training
• sports conditioning
• stretching, flexibility, and balance
• Nike Athletic Total Conditioning
• Senior populations
Dance team of the Chicago Bulls
Back to performing again! Glitz, glam and sweating my heart out in full hair and makeup for the world-famous Chicago Bulls. Rehearsals were unparalleled cardio sessions, three to five hours in length. It was just as much a dream come true as it was demanding. The exhilaration of performing on the court compared to nothing else.
more dance and gym life
I was still teaching a few group fitness classes during most of this time and I was also part of a couple other dance teams. That dance thing must really be in my blood. Then I took a couple years to enjoy the solitude of training regularly in the gym. Not in the group fitness studio. Not for the sake of training others. I was really enjoying the challenges I found for myself in the weight room.
FitFizz was created
With the growth of social media, I found that friends were frequently asking me how I stayed motivated to be in the gym consistently. As a graphic designer, it was fun for me to design and post motivational quotes on Facebook so I decided to make a Facebook page. FitFizz was born! I wanted to encourage people to step outside of their comfort zones. I wanted to shed light on nonsensical myths that are rampant surrounding fitness. When it began, I knew I was miserable in the drudgery of graphic design and desperately wanted a change, but I had not quite figured out how to make FitFizz a business. How to do so while staying financially stable was something I constantly pondered though.
I went down this path with full intentions to eventually compete in the fitness category, requires an athletic dance performance in addition to substantial lean muscle mass. I ended up competing in the bikini masters category because I simply wasn’t big enough muscle-wise. I was committed to putting on muscle for the next 15 months. It was so much harder than I’d expected.
I had friends a handful of friends who’d been powerlifters for several years and I’d watch their powerlifting meets sometimes. They would always nudge me and say “you’re next”, in a joking but oh-so-serious tone. One day I decided to join them at training…
I stepped into Jakked Hardcore Gym in early 2013 and basically never looked back to further pursuing bodybuilding or that style of training. I’ve done several powerlifting meets and thoroughly enjoy pushing my physical limits during training and on the platform.
NASM Personal Training Certification
NASM Behavior Change Specialist Certification
Opening of FitFizz on Etsy
launch of online coaching