Since I could remember…
I’ve had a huge passion for training and coaching. I would always talk with my high school coaches about training and coaching careers to see if it was something I would want to pursue in college. I ended up studying for my first personal training certification when I was a junior in high school, and while I never went through with the certification, the hands on training and shadowing experience was an opportunity of a lifetime!
In college I pursued a degree in Kinesiology with a focus on training and coaching. The University of Texas had an amazing degree program that provided an abundance of hands on tools and resources to get me ready for my career.
Where the shift in thinking began…
Toward the end of college I interned at a facility called Train 4 the Game. This was a pivotal experience for me in my training career. It taught me that if we can MOVE better and more efficiently, we are already stronger. The emphasis wasn’t on how much you could bench press or squat, but rather how efficiently your body could function from head to toe. I learned so much during my time at T4TG, and I was ready to tackle my career in coaching and training!
A roadblock in training that led to an unexpected pursuit.
My career goals right out of college were pretty simple: Build a steady client base and eventually manage/own my own gym. As I was working with a steadily building clientele, I noticed that all of my strategies for improving mobility and efficiency were being halted by old injuries my clients had incurred in their past. With all the scar tissue build up, these old injuries were creating a whole new level of tightness and pain that a foam roller couldn’t fix. This is when I heard about Active Release Techniques (ART)! ART is an efficient and effective manual therapy tool that decreases pain AND restores range of motion! This was the missing link to my training and coaching career! I could actually use this technique to help my clients move better, which would result in a more effective workout in the end!
I went “all in” and pursued a license in massage therapy (A pre-req for getting ART certified). While I was studying massage, I began coaching CrossFit, and was opened up to a training method where so many limiting factors in one’s individual function could be negatively affecting their workouts and even putting them at a greater risk for injury! Coaching CrossFit was a great experience, but the time had come to put all my focus into ART certifications and building a practice.
I had been in business a few years doing both ART and training and I REALLY missed coaching! When I heard what Jarrod and Katy were doing at Move, I had to reach out. The emphasis they put on movement preparation, mobility and functional strength were right in line with my approach, which made us a perfect match! It has been such a huge blessing being a part of the MOVE team, and I’m so excited to see our community grow!