MAGIA COFFEE'S FEATURED GUEST
It's an honor to speak with you today. Why don't you give us some details about you and your story. How did you get to where you are today?
I joined the Army at 18 years old and suffered a bad hip fracture in basic training. I managed to still make it through basic and then go through therapy. After recovering, I swore I’d never let myself get injured due to lack of conditioning (if I could help it) again, and I was unhappy with how my body looked, so I began lifting weights. Fast forward 5-6 years, and I now am a wife and mom, a drill sergeant in the Army, a nutrition coach, and I’ll be competing in my first bodybuilding competition in May 2022!
I'm sure your success has not come easily. What challenges have you had to overcome along the way?
I have dealt with injuries, pregnancy and postpartum, and have supported my husband through his transition out of the Army and with various surgeries. Juggling marriage, parenting, the Army, civilian jobs, coaching, and training time is seriously difficult sometimes, but I couldn’t do it without his support.
Let's talk about the work you do. What do you specialize in and why should someone work with you over the competition?
I have recently started coaching clients on their fitness goals and am being mentored by my own coach, who is certified in Functional Medicine. This is helping me stay disciplined as I go through competition prep, because I cannot and will not require my clients to do something I’m not willing to do myself, whether it’s cardio, step goals, macro and diet goals, or consistency in their exercise. As a team, my coach and I focus on creating fitness and wellness lifestyles that last for clients without any extremes involved. The community that this creates has brought many people together to encourage, empower, and hype each other up in our various health and nutrition goals. This bodybuilding competition will be one of the hardest physical and mental challenges I’ve ever done and will help me become a better, more disciplined athlete and coach.
What's your best piece of advice for readers who desire to find success in their life?
Don’t be afraid to try something new. Even if it’s completely out of your comfort zone. Nobody grows and learns when they’re super comfortable! Take calculated risks to follow your dreams.
Speaking of success, what does the word mean to you?
Success means doing what I love, providing for my family, helping others succeed, and making an imprint and change in the world.
What's next for you?
Competition! Going to step out of my comfort zone and step on stage in May if all goes well. If it goes really well, maybe more competitions in the future. We will see what is in store. As for coaching, just building my knowledge and clientele.
Finally, how can people connect with you if they want to learn more?