Fitness & Performance Coach

Ever since I was young, I’ve had a great passion for sports and exercise. Growing up I played baseball, basketball, soccer and hockey; I practically spent every weekend at a game, tournament, or practice. As I got older my interests started to change and I began to gravitate towards track & field because it emphasizes individual performance. I’m very self-motivated so I enjoyed the competitive nature of running and always trying to beat my personal records. However, before I knew it, high school and all the days of serious training were over, and it was then that I had to decide what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. It didn’t take me very long to realize that I’m at my happiest when I’m engaged in some form of exercise, so I figured why not make a career out of it? I knew I never wanted to wear a suit to work or sit at a desk all day so a career where I could have an active lifestyle certainly appealed to me.
Before I could jump into the field, I knew I had to get educated first. So, after four years of living in the greater Pittsburgh area, in 2016 I graduated from Slippery Rock University (SRU) of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Gerontology. While at SRU, I developed a passion for group fitness, and obtained an AFAA primary group fitness certification. I taught H.I.I.T, boot camp, and other conditioning classes on Slippery Rock University’s campus for two years. After graduation, I landed an internship in corporate wellness working for Verizon Wireless in Warrendale, Pennsylvania. Immediately after my internship ended, I began attending West Chester University of Pennsylvania in pursuit of a Master’s Degree in Exercise and Sport Physiology.
While at WCU, I became a CDC Certified Lifestyle Coach and spearheaded the university’s first ever Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). The inaugural cohort of the DPP was very successful and it soon became a permanent program at WCU. In June of 2017 I began working at Marino’s Fitness and it has completely changed my mind on how I view personal training. I’ve learned a great deal here in a short amount of time and it has even led me to rethink my future plans. Rather than pursuing a Ph.D. in exercise science, which was my original plan, I now want to stay in Downingtown to see if I can grow with the business. Lastly, I am currently writing my master’s thesis on, “the influence of step count awareness on blood glucose levels, cholesterol and weight loss within prediabetic populations” and I am set to graduate with my Master’s Degree in Exercise Science in May of 2018.

Credentials:

  • M.S. Exercise Science Candidate – West Chester University (2018)
  • B.S. Exercise Science – Slippery Rock University (2016)
  • Certified Group Fitness Instructor – AFAA
  • Certfied Lifestyle Coach – CDC