I am the Head Nutrition & Wellness Coach
So far, I have received the following certifications:
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Personal Fitness Trainer - Diploma (made the Dean's List 3x!)
International Fitness Association Personal Trainer - Certificate
Precision Nutrition Certification (Level 1); and
Coaching Association of Canada - Sport Nutrition.
I am also currently enrolled in the Women's Coaching Specialist Certification offered by Girls Gone Strong (https://www.girlsgonestrong.com/)
I would say I am an anomaly to those who usually end up being fitness coaches. Usually you read the story of “I’ve been into sports my whole life….” Well, I wasn’t. While I played soccer when I was in junior high, and maybe one or two season of basketball, that was it. I was just never really competitive and when I hit high school my time was filled more with partying, drinking and eating like an asshole (to put it frankly). Growing up within a family whose attention was not health focused, by the time I left High School and entered College I was ~200lbs. Personally for myself, that had me feeling very uncomfortable.
Now, here starts the story - I hope you have a couple minutes to read!
In 2013, about 5 years post College (I originally went to school to be a Legal Assistant), I decided enough was enough and embarked on my fitness journey! So, armed with lots of motivation, I started with Beachbody (yes, I was one of those people) and “clean eating”. Combining these two methods (with programs like T25, Insanity and one I completely cannot find the name of) I lost ~10LBS! I was ecstatic because this brought me to right before our family vacation to Cabo. I felt amazing and walked around that resort with confidence.
But coming home, seeing the scale had gone up A LOT (and didn’t really come back down), I felt lost and like I had been left with 0 direction on how to navigate things without being so extreme (as most Beachbody programs are) and what I had allowed my nutrition to be.
From here I yo-yo’d a lot, lost some more weight, rebounded back up again. Then, in August of 2014 I decided to hire my first online coach to help me learn flexible dieting and how to achieve my goals in a less restrictive manner. With this coach, I ended up losing over 30+ from Aug ‘14 to about Jan ’15, with my lowest weight being 130. I learnt a lot during this time with my coach, but although I was armed with how to include “fun” foods into my diet and not follow a meal plan, I was still lost with how to navigate it all when life got in the way, or on my own.
Then, surprise, life happened and from ~April ‘15 - Sept ’15 my life was all over the place. From deciding to go back to school to get my diploma in Personal Training, working insane hours during the week, crazy gym & cardio schedule and having my breast augmentation surgery, my body's self-defense system was going off like crazy. But I didn’t really listen. I thought if I kept pushing, kept doing more, that it would get easier. I mean we just have to try harder, right?
Then, in the fall of ‘15, still completely blinded as what my body actually needed or what was "healthy", I decided I wanted to compete in a bikini competition and hired myself a prep coach. So, from Nov ‘15 - May ’16 while in prep, I was doing 30 minutes of fasted cardio 6x/wk, training 6x/wk for 2-3 hours & eating a very restrictive diet. Looking back, I can see that things were not good from the start. Fast forward to May ’16, things were not progressing, and it seemed like my body was literally fighting against me (we even went so far as trying keto towards the end), I decided to pull the plug.
The emotional rebound & the negative relationship I had with food from this was one of the hardest things to overcome, and to some extent still shows up in my day-to-day life. I simply am just equipped to cope better, and understand what my body needs, what's important. But this failure was something that I took really hard, because competing (at that time) was something I thought would fulfill me and help me look the way I thought I needed to look to be considered "fit". I thought you had to go to extremes to be lean & fit.
So, I fell off the wagon for a whole year, gaining back 20-25lb. No joke, I would eat peanut butter by the biggest spoonful, consistently - Oreo peanut butter sandwiches were my favorite. But with hard work on my mental health & time in Feb ‘17 things started to balance out for me. It took a lot of looking within myself, who I was, what I wanted, what my goals were, what I liked/didn’t like.
I also found my love for powerlifting during this time! There is just something about lifting some really heavy ass weights and show casing your strength for no one but yourself that has a really great sense of empowerment! I've competed twice, once in 2018 at PowerSurge XI, Edmonton, Alberta where I placed 2nd and at the Alberta Powerlfiing Union's Provincials in Edmonton, Alberta where I placed 4th and qualified for Nationals! I also made top 20 in 2020 in the Alberta Powerlifting Union in the 72kg weight class.
I would also like to point out that our very own Coach Mike Williams helped me for both of these competitions!
I learnt that, while wanting to live lean isn't for everyone, and if instead of chasing that scale number, I focused on my mental health & my WHY. Why I wanted to start losing weight and getting healthy in the first place.
Now I work with my body and my mental health takes priority. I have a great balance between exercise and recovery, I am realistic about my goals & expectations, I don’t restrict food choices, have learnt to properly nourish my body and know how to balance all of that when life throws you those curve balls it always does!
However, every single “diet” I've tried, waist trainer I bought, Sweet Sweat product I purchased, supplement I ingested, detox I tried... these experiences have shaped me into the person/coach I am today and has been my #1 reason to want to help people.
I simply do not want any of you to go through the same tough times before finding that balance, while living healthy & fit.
I hope to teach you (whether we work together or you just follow us on social media) that you can have balance in life, fitness & nutrition, that your mind is a powerful tool, that you don’t have to go to extremes to get the body you want and how overrated dieting is.
Lastly, because education is important and one of ASN's values, I am always committed to continuing my education either by listening to podcasts, reading books, or completing educational courses. As I am a firm believer as everything changes and everyone is so unique.
I hope we get the chance to work together, but be sure to send us an email if you have any questions!
Your ASN Coach,
I am the Head Powerlifting & Strength Coach.
Certified Powerlifting Coach with Canadian Powerlifting Union
Trained Beginner Boxing Instructor with Coaching Association of Canada
Personal Training Certification with International Fitness Association.
I have been coaching Powerlifting for about 3 years now and Personal Training for an accumulated 8 years.
So where did it all begin?
Fitness became a passion of mine early on. At first it was just a love for playing sports as a kid. Then I started learning about human anatomy and physiology and it was fascinating to me.
Muscle physiology was one of my favorite subjects when I attended George Brown College for Fitness & Lifestyle Management. Throughout college I trained heavily in Muay Thai kickboxing, dabbled in Jiu Jitsu and weight trained regularly.
I worked as a Personal Trainer and Fitness Consultant for a few years at the YMCA. But at that time making enough money in Personal Training was very difficult. So I started working Security as well which that led to me having a career in Law Enforcement as a Peace Officer.
However my passion for fitness never fizzled. I always continued doing my own training programs and helped friends with theirs. While helping them I realized how much I missed coaching people and helping them live better by being physically active.
I was also missing the thrill of competition but at the time I wasn’t interested in getting back in the ring. So I gravitated towards strength sports and started learning everything I could about Powerlifting.
I trained extremely hard and competed at local and provincial level competitions and came away with a few medals over the years. But I broke my body a lot in the process. The way I was training wasn’t optimal. My muscles always ached, my joints hurt and I seemed to have a new injury every 2-3 months.
I thought to myself this can’t be it. I can’t maintain this, I’m going to burn out.
So I started delving into the science behind muscle strength & hypertrophy and I was shocked at how much things have changed since I was in College. I started taking courses and educating myself as much as possible so I could be up to date with current training methods so I could deliver the quality programming for myself and my future clients.
I realized I had it wrong. We are always told to TRAIN HARD! Which is true yes. But, what we should be hearing TRAIN SMART and HARD.
Anyone can hit the gym load up the weights and “go hard”, then feel sore for 4 days and say they “killed it”, then 2 weeks later they’re out with an injury and wonder what happened. I know because that used to be me.
Training smart means implementing an optimal training program so you see steady progress over time and remain injury free as much as possible while doing so.
Train hard with a purpose not just for the sake of training hard.
Once I figured that out EVERYTHING changed. My training felt better, I feel awesome, not the best shape I’ve ever been in but much better than I was when I started Powerlifting 5 years ago. I am able to lift weights I never have before completely ache and pain free.
And here we are now.
This is a snippet of my story and the things I’ve gone through. With these and multiple other experiences I can help people avoid making the mistakes I made and ensure they achieve their goals.
Your ASN Coach,