Photo of my lap top and coffee for your viewing pleasure.
Bellow are a few questions that frequently arise when future clients are curious about my methods, WHO I am, and WHAT I offer. I do my best to answer as honest and open as possible while not taking myself so serious.
If you have any further questions please email them to me personally.
What is your title and what does that mean?
I am a functional fitness coach & personal trainer. I coach group CrossFit classes at CrossFit Music City downtown Nashville and I offer personal training to clients 1-on-1, in groups, or online. I also write tailored programming to fit any individuals over all goals.
How do you keep track of our workouts, progress, and feedback?
I use the program/app called TrueCoach to monitor your progress and deliver your weekly workouts. This app is amazing! You can quickly log workouts, post comments & videos, and ask questions all from the mobile app. Tracking your performance history shows your progress and keeps us moving forward.
Other features involve: custom exercise videos, real-time messaging, and custom metrics and goals.
How to use the TrueCoach client app [Video]
How to upload video results [Article]
Best practices for video results [Article]
TrueCoach Client Help Center [Link]
How much do you charge?
Every individual has a unique structure and goal pertaining to their fitness and health regimen. Prices will vary from person to person. If you are interested in finding out more, fill out the quick survey and contact info here and I will reach out to you as soon as possible.
How do you care for your clients and how do you measure progress or health?
This isn't really a question I receive often, but more of something I would like you to know as a future client and for me to express my general beliefs pertaining to health & wellbeing.
I'll start with my missions as stated on my homepage:
To provide a service that helps people better connect with themselves and with other people.
I care for my clients by being open and honest with them about their goals and overall expectations from myself and the program. I would also challenge you to dive a little deeper on why you want the goals that you desire. I absolutely love helping people in this manner. It's why I do what I do!
My measures of health are not based on how you look, your body fat percentage, or the number on the scale. My measures of health are based on how you are feeling, your energy systems, your stress levels, and the quality of foods you ingest (not the quantity), and the progress we make within the workouts and your goals.
If you are looking for a coach to help guide you with those areas above then contact me and let's see if we are a good fit! If you're looking for someone to tell you what to eat and when to eat it, what your BF% should be, or how you need to look aesthetically then I am probably not the coach for you. Which is fine! Everyone has their own style, wants, and needs which I do not judge.
Having fun before our workout in the park w/ my partner Addie and two clients Corinne and Olivia during the "quarantine."
What is something you believe that other people think is insane?
That we are all walking each other home.
Ram Dass, an American spiritual teacher and psychologist once said, "We are all walking each other home," reminding us that we do not go through life alone and that the world has not gone completely mad as the news and media would portray it. Compassion is not in short supply.
What is your favorite documentary or movie?
Favorite documentary: DEPARTURES
It's a documentary of three adventure seeking travelers that leave their regular lives in search of unique experiences through some of the most beautiful and remote places on earth. The videography by Andre Dupris is f'n amazing!
Favorite movie(s): Shawshank Redemption, The Hobbit / Lord of The Rings Trilogy, The Dark Knight, and Snatch.
What are your morning routine rituals? What do the first 60 minutes of your day look like?
I'll tell you how my mornings used to look! In my corporate days of working 7:30am to 4:30pm my "rituals", or lack thereof, looked like me: snoozing until about 6:50am, putting scrubs on, hitting the Keurig, leaving the house around 7:10am, stopping in a local grocery store for a biscuit or either skipping breakfast, and fighting traffic until I arrived to work at 7:30am.
A morning routine packed full of healthy rituals ceased to exist not that long ago. NOW, I have a routine that I love which helps me start the day with a focused and calm mindset which optimizes my being to the max! Right now we are in the midst of a pandemic due to COVID-19 which has us all quarantined so I'll share what my morning looks like currently:
I wake up around 8-10am depending if I have a coaches meeting on Zoom. I kiss my partner on the forehead, brush my teeth, and then head into the kitchen to make a glass of room temperature filtered water with half a squeezed lemon and pink Himalayan see salt. I will start my pour-over coffee process while finishing that mineral infused re-hydrating cocktail.
I sleep with my phone in another room with airplane mode on because I don't want those EMF's right next to my head while I sleep, so I turn the phone on only to check messages or anything important. I refrain from checking social media until the first hour of the day is up. I open all the blinds to let the light in and then go out on the balcony to breathe in the new morning. At this time I have been using the Calm app for quick daily meditation sessions, so I will either sit on the balcony or in our office to be mindful for about 15 minutes. I will then read a few pages of whatever book I'm reading while my mind is calm and then take the rest of the day from there. I will incorporate some sort of movement routine as well like a yoga flow/stretching, or a little movement around each joint in the body. It's so easy and beneficial!
I will leave you with this quote from Aubrey Marcus's book Own The Day, Own Your Life which reads: By starting your morning off with intention, you set your day off on an important positive trajectory.
What purchases of $100 or less has most positively impacted your life in the last 6 months?
Hmmmmm. The first thing that pops into mind would be this Apple Magic Mouse 2 that I bought from Amazon a few months ago. I have a MacBook Pro and it just navigates so much easier than using the touchpad. It's only $75 and well worth it in my opinion.
What have you changed your mind about in the last few years?
Your anger and judgmental character is only a mirror of your internal struggles from within.
"Why should we feel anger at the world? As if the world would notice?" -Marcus Aurelius
What is the worst advice you see or hear being dispensed in your world?
The way you LOOK is your marker of health and wellbeing.
This is one of the biggest lies of our lifetimes and it's everywhere you look; billboards, magazines, every ad on the planet, "lose weight with me by doing x", etc etc etc until everyone subconsciously wants to be the thinest versions of themselves for no reason other than that's what we've see all around us since the day we were born.
If it were really about health, there would be no before and after photo. But nevertheless, everyone has their own path and way of becoming whoever it is they want to become. I don't discriminate anyone for anything they do and I applaud those who desire to be their most authentic self!
If you could have one gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it, what would it say?
Invite your fears in for a cup of tea. I'd put one in every city if I could!
"Leaning into fear does not mean losing our balance and getting lost in fear. Because our usual stance in relating to fear is leaning away from it, to turn and face fear directly serves as a correction. As we lean in, we are inviting, moving toward what we habitually resist. Leaning in allows us to touch directly the quivering, the shakiness, the gripping tightness that is fear."
-Tara Brach, Radical Acceptance
Beautiful mural that I found while walking the streets in Flagstaff, AZ. U N I T Y
Do you have a quote you live your life by or think of often?
"I am loving awareness" by Ram Dass has been circling my mind for the better part of a year. Something I like to meditate on when needed.
Also this quote amongst many others by Alan Watts are on my fridge. My favorite one reads: “We do not 'come into' this world; we come out of it, as leaves from a tree. As the ocean 'waves,' the universe 'peoples.' Every individual is an expression of the whole realm of nature, a unique action of the total universe. The fact is rarely, if ever, experienced by most individuals. Even those who know it to be true in theory do not sense or feel it, but continue to be aware of themselves as isolated 'egos' inside bags of skin."
Any ask or request for my audience? Last parting words?
Do what makes you happy.
DO whatever makes you explode from the inside out. That thing you can't stop thinking about. When your thoughts gravitate towards it your adrenaline starts to kick in and you get overwhelmingly excited. DO IT! Your friends may laugh at you and tell you you're crazy. Your family might tell you NOT to do it and that you need to do X, Y, or Z instead. YOU might even tell yourself those same things but deep down you know that it isn't true. As long as you feel right with whatever you seek, you desire, you cannot go wrong. And even though something doesn't work out like you had hoped, there is always a lesson to be learned.
Can you imagine a world with everyone who inhabited it did what everyone else told them to do? I sure as hell would not want to live in a place like that... not in a million years. I believe that is where we humans thrive in doing the things that make us genuinely happy and fulfilled. It's also never too late to start either. There are plenty of people who finally go for that happiness but it took them decades or nearly a lifetime to find it. Trust in your heart. Trust in your gut.