I grew up in a town close to Milwaukee, WI then moved to Iowa City in 2016 to obtain a B.A. in Exercise Science and Spanish from the University of Iowa. After graduating in 2019, I moved to Fremont, NE to attend Midland University where I received my MBA and worked as a graduate assistant Powerlifting coach. I’ve been personally competing in powerlifting for eight years. I love educating people about the body and helping them reach their goals through lifting and being active!
Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science
I always played sports as a kid and was always active. In my early 20’s I made a change. My weight dropped from 336 to 187 in under 2 years. Then I changed careers and began working at the gym and going back to school for Exercise Science at UNO. Julian Schmidt, a senior editor for Flex Magazine, was an early role model. He taught me a vast amount about bodybuilding and nutrition. Training under Rick and Julian has given me a wealth of knowledge I could never attain just going to school.
Exercise Science Bachelor’s Degree – UNO
ISSA Certified Personal Trainer
I was a competitive powerlifter and was part of the best powerlifting team in the World. I was one of the best bench pressers in my class.
When I was little, sports and performance was a huge part of my life. I was very overweight and not confident in myself whatsoever. But I loved being active and always staying busy. Fitness has always been a huge motivator and passion of mine. It was my way of being able to cope with stress and obstacles in my path. I have always had a passion for helping people. I wanted to use my performance and fitness as a tool to help people reach their goals. If you can’t be physically strong, you won’t be mentally strong. Any way that I could help someone become one step closer to their goals and change their goals into standards, I did my job.