My story begins not so long ago in Memphis TN. I was 16 and had my first job as a lifeguard. In the Memphis heat there's only one truth: your shirt will come off! Every day, drenched in sweat I was unsatisfied with how I looked, but more importantly how I looked to all the girls (I was 16...!). So, I began the only place I knew. ROCKY! 100 push-ups and 100 sit-ups every day! I wanted pecs and I wanted abs. Eventually I reached out to everyone I knew that looked in shape and copied what they did. Then I scoured the internet for quick fixes to look good. Spoiler alert! Nothing worked.
Fast forward to Fall 2010: I began graduate school at Radford University to study mental health therapy. And in my first semester I had the bright idea to train for a half marathon. As brutal as this training was (I hate running for distance) it was my saving grace. I saw the stress of my peers destroying their happiness, stealing the joy of activities they once loved and literally sucking the energy out of them. But me? I was an unstoppable force. I had stumbled upon the secret formula to a lifestyle free of long term stress, bad days, and an abundance of energy and positivity. A trinity of a good diet (read as: a life of good clean food), goal oriented fitness, and mental health support.
It was then I realized if everyone had this trinity they too could be limitless in what they wanted in life. However, upon completing my Masters to practice therapy in the mental health field, many professors lectured on the barriers of integrating fitness and nutrition into the mental health field...And so my journey began, alone, to the founding of LostBoys Strength & Conditioning. Along the way training with and receiving two fitness certifications from two of the most esteemed strength and conditioning coaches in the country: Zach Even-Esh and Travis Mash of Underground Strength & Conditioning and Mash Elite Performance, respectively, and then to the present:
I'm am so honored to begin my journey with you all and to give you the experience that has been forming in my mind for the last 5 years. All barriers will be tested and knocked down and life long results will be made by all. I cannot wait to guide you to the life and goals you choose.