A Personal Journey: From Sick to Fit
I wasn't born fit. I don't have the best genetics. I never played high school sports. On the contrary I was out of shape and overweight for the first 30 years of my life. I initially started out in music, getting a bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Colorado-Boulder.
I was born in the Philippines and contracted polio as an infant, which severely stunted the development of muscles in my quads and core. At 32 I was close to 240 pounds and at risk for heart disease and pre-diabetic. One day I decided enough was enough and I made a vow to put myself on the path towards a better quality of life. It was during this fitness journey that I realized how much I enjoyed it, and the satisfaction I got from making the positive changes in my life was something I wanted other people to feel too! So I went to school, graduated with honors with a degree in personal training and earned my NCCA Accredited Certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
I have worked at an independent fitness boutique where the classes I helped teach won Gold for Best Fitness Class from the Gazette. I also, have worked as a trainer at Gold's Gym; and for the city of Colorado Springs, where I ran my own fitness program. I earned a nomination for Best Personal Trainer from The Gazette in January of 2022.
My journey is nowhere near over, but I'm so glad I'm on this path. The improvements I've made to my body and my own quality of life have been immeasurable. My polio drove me to learn as much as I could about muscular anatomy and corrective exercise so that I could work on my own weakness and imbalances. I know how difficult this journey can be. I know how hard it can be to get motivated, get started and stay consistent because I've been there. And I promise you I'll be there for you on your journey as well. Every step of the way.