I grew up in a small, Eastern Oregon town where, to fight boredom, I played every sport that was available to me. In elementary and middle school, I was the only female player on the football and baseball teams. But being the only girl did not stop me from wanting to beat the boys in all of the conditioning drills. Which secretly when I train and workout my objective is still to move faster than my male counterparts.
As a coach I believe that an athlete’s mind can be both your greatest strength and your greatest weakness. I believe that the power of the mind can overcome physical pain. I often tell my clients to “work hard NOW because you can’t work hard later.” My goal is to train my clients so they never leave Torque thinking, “I wish I had done more.” I encourage my clients to give all that they can in each moment and trust that they did their best.
I have always been driven to work with people and improve their physical condition through therapy and training. In high school I was a volunteer PE coach for fellow students with physical and mental disabilities. I played sports like baseball and football, which definitely require skill, coordination, and agility.
Throughout high school and college I kept up with resistance training for exercise. In the gym I met several bodybuilders who encouraged me to try the sport. I trained and competed in two bodybuilding competitions. Loved the physique and the challenge, but it was not a life-long fitness program.
Although bodybuilding was not for me, I still enjoyed cardio and heavy resistance training. My next adventures were in the outdoors. I have enjoyed racing mountain and road bikes. I love rock climbing and martial arts. Winter brings fantastic sports like skiing and snowboarding. I did my first triathlon in 2011. I performed well… even better than I anticipated and I owe it to my conditioning. I absolutely love exercise and sport!
I am a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) as well as a Level one CrossFit Instructor (CF-L1). As a health care provider and coach the goal of getting people back to their lives with independence, stability, balance, and confidence excites me.
Maintaining good physical fitness while avoiding injury should be top priority as we get older. Correct body mechanics, along with flexible and strong musculature, is a winning combination for our bodies. This combination builds confidence in our ability to perform each day, especially as we age. I want to help you attain general physical preparedness through sound programs designed to maintain health throughout your years.
I started Functional Fitness training at Cleveland High School. The high variety of movements and vast scalability caught my attention early on.
My goal as a coach is to get clients interested in movement and promote a longevity based approach to athleticism.
“My coaching life began in response to my love affair of Functional Fitness that began in the fall of 2010. My mission as a coach and yoga teacher is to be present and encouraging with each athlete. Coaching is never boring, I’m always amazed at the endless possibilities of each individual. I believe Torque Strength specifically is a great place for any athlete to feel safe and included no matter what their skill level is. The adventure never ends!”
I grew up playing volleyball, but never knew my inner drive for competition until I was in my 20’s. I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at 20 years old, and the only thing that helped was exercise. I began running on the treadmill, then quickly became interested in training for races.
Over the years, I have run a variety of distances from 5k to 50k, road and trail races.
In my late 20’s I discovered lifting weights and the love of pushing myself has not stopped.
I found Functional Fitness in 2018, and six months later became a L1 Certified Coach and in 2019, I became a certified Functional Fitness Kid’s Coach.
I love coaching and watching athlete’s find their true potential and their inner fight. Throughout my life I have enjoyed working with people, and have fallen in and out of the health industry.
As a Health Coach and Functional Fitness Coach – I strive to help people achieve their goals and discover their inner wisdom and fullest potential. I find inspiration watching the human body pushed to its limits.
I enjoy my time in nature trail running, mountain biking, skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, camping, paddle boarding and watching my daughter play soccer.
My love for Functional Fitness started at Cleveland High School. The intensity and competitive environment intrigued me. During my senior year, I took a second Functional Fitness class to mentor and that’s where I discovered my passion for coaching. I loved helping people learn and stay healthy. In 2019, I became an L1 Certified Coach and have been coaching ever since.
My introduction to yoga came from an attempt to fill an easy credit while in college and the only thing I resonated with at the time was falling asleep in Savasana. Several years later after many Rodney Yee home videos [yes that good ‘ol VHS] and learning to find my groove from the beautiful guidance of Tiffany Cruikshank, Shaney Aalbers, and Chia Raefelson, I fell in love with the practice, making it a staple for my psyche as I rode the tedious roller coaster of medical training.
Having practiced yoga for over 20 years, being on my mat all over the globe, and experiencing the highs and lows of choosing a career in emergency medicine, I decided to take on the journey of yoga teacher training and do it while living in London. It would be a life changing experience giving new perspectives on how to create more personal balance and learning to truly connect the breath to the body. My style is that of the giants who’ve come before me. A mixture of calm, grounding, hands on nourishment to guide one by moving the body to the rhythm of the breath and capturing the magic in our time together.
I have spent much of my life in athletic spaces. I grew up playing basketball and softball and later joined the cross country and lacrosse teams in high school. Despite this, I never felt truly connected to my physical health until I entered the Functional Fitness scene in 2016. It was here that I learned to love fitness; I learned how to connect with my body and health, both physically and mentally, and I met some of my best friends in the process.
Functional Fitness’s transformative influence on my life inspired me to pursue coaching. As a coach, it is my greatest joy to share my love for fitness with others. I worked as a running coach all throughout high school, and in February of 2020, I became a Level 1 Functional Fitness trainer. My foundational belief as a coach is to celebrate every athlete I have the opportunity to work with. Just like in every aspect of my life, I am excited to learn and grow as a coach!
Outside of the gym, I love to go on long walks and runs, listen to podcasts, play board games, discover new parks in Portland, and eat delicious food! I can’t wait to chat about some of your favorite things and help you on your fitness journey. See you in the gym!
I was introduced to fitness during my freshman year at Cleveland High School by my older sister. She had previously been part of the program and encouraged me to join, despite my hesitation. Although I was initially very nervous that I would not be strong enough to keep up with my classmates, being in that environment turned out to be the best decision of my life. That same year, I was so inspired to stay active that I joined the cross country and lacrosse teams. Through fitness, I was able to feel good about my health but, most importantly, it prepared me for a lifetime of fitness.