I’ve been a full-time self-employed contractor since 1986. But my passion for physical fitness and athletics inspired me to become a personal trainer. I earned my certification in 2013 and began working part-time at the Westfield Area YMCA in 2015. I can’t say enough about the Y. It’s an amazing place. It is much more than a gym. It is so many things to so many people. I would like to make personal training a full time career.
Years ago I had someone asked me if I would be willing to train their 21-year-old special needs (Autistic) son. I agreed to work with him not knowing very much about it or what to expect. I’m still his trainer to this day. Working with Autism and special needs is challenging and also rewarding. There is a need to be creative and think quickly with the exercise program. I have come to realize physical fitness isn’t just for athletes or people who want to lose weight and get in shape. It’s for everyone.
Aside from Autism, and other special needs, I also get great satisfaction from working with seniors, because as we age we tend to lose body mass, bone density and balance, women, because during pregnancy and after giving birth a woman’s body goes through a lot of changes, teens, because they need to get off to a correct start with exercise, and post-surgery/rehab, because recovery is tough to do alone. I enjoy training with people who need guidance and motivation. I am a firm believer in performing exercises correctly to prevent injury and recover from injury.
- Personal Trainer certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) since 2013
- Senior Fitness Specialization by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) 2015
- TRX Qualification 2016
- Level 1 Certified Professional by Autism Fitness 2018