FAVORITE MOVEMENT: deadlifts
CHEAT MEAL: french toast
PLACE TO TRAVEL: anywhere with an ocean view
HOBBIES: Watching movies (Jurassic Park is the best), going out to eat, doing anything on two wheels, playing with the doggo
CERTIFICATIONS: National Academy of Sports Medicine CPT, American Council on Exercise CPT, Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach
When I was 16, I was hit by a drunk driver, fracturing my spine. Just two years later, a second car accident left me with a left shoulder injury and chronic back pain. I attended countless appointments with physical therapists and did months of chiropractic and massage work, only to be told that I would have to learn to live with my chronic pain. My work capacity, social life, and personal relationships all suffered. I became depressed, sedentary, and began to withdraw from others. To make matters worse, the rest of my body became stiff and weak, and I finally began to see a connection between my inactive lifestyle and well-being. I decided right then and there to refuse living my life in pain. I was going to have to figure this thing out on my own.
From the very first time I picked up a set of weights, I recognized that there was something special about the process. After only a few months of consistent weight training and improvements in my nutrition, my chronic pain had almost completely resolved. What I was left with was a healthier body, mind, and mentality with which I have chosen to use to help others find their driving force for a healthier lifestyle. I've been training in a variety of settings since 2013 and founded SOTA Fitness in 2017. SOTA is my baby, and I've put my blood, sweat, and a few tears into making this place one of the best studios in the Twin Cities.
The fitness industry is booming, but can be tough to navigate. You don't know who to believe anymore and everyone is trying to sell you the next best shortcut to success. We don't believe in shortcuts at SOTA. We believe in educating you in the basics, ditching the trends, and helping you navigate the most effective path to your success wit you. We believe in helping you find comfort in getting outside of your comfort zone - because that's where the the results are! We believe in holding yourself accountable while learning balance and getting super strong so you can take on the world.
Getting you results isn't complicated. We're going back to the basics of eating real food, staying accountable, and working hard in the gym. We'll push through barriers and learn how to stay dedicated to the process outside of the gym. Working out should be challenging, fun, and pain-free, and we'll work around any special circumstances or injuries you come in with to get you there. As long as you let us hold you accountable, you can expect to achieve exceptional results.
After graduating with a degree in psychology and pre-med in 2013, I began pursuing my dream of becoming a physician assistant. While preparing to apply to graduate school, I earned my personal training certification through the American Council on Exercise and began training at a private fitness studio doing 1-1 training and group classes. During that time, I was also working in the emergency room at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in an effort to earn experience hours for graduate school. After working months in the ER, I had the realization that the effect I was having on peoples' lives in the gym as a trainer, coach, and motivator far surpassed what I would ever have in the medical field. I decided it was time to become an independent trainer in 2015, and I haven't looked back since.