behind the scenes at Movement IQ
I grew up being active, loved sports, loved being outside and continued as a collegiate athlete. It all unraveled when my athletic career came to an end and my college years began. Since I had stopped prioritizing movement and nutrition, my sedentary lifestyle had caused me to gain over 30 pounds thus finding myself out of breath climbing the stairs to my apartment.
The journey back wasn’t easy and I found that creating more sustainable lifestyle habits is much more productive than letting myself go; Knowing when to go hard, when to back off and frequently stopping to enjoy life.
My experience in my own personal struggles led me to dive back into the health and fitness world as a personal trainer, where I eventually co-founded Rebell Strength & Conditioning in Chicago (Lakeview). We have made it our mission to teach people how to move better, get stronger and train (workout) in a smart, sustainable way for lasting results.
Working on the front lines with people day in and day out helped shape a solid understanding of your struggles and solutions. We can all use a little more move a little better, get a little stronger, have a better brain-body connection and eat some quality foods.
My drive is to show people that they are good enough and capable enough to help themselves and is one of the building blocks for Movement IQ. We have been taught that sitting and staying idle is the norm, unfortunately this is not the case but that is why Missy and I are here to keep you on track!
Dancing since the age of three, I developed my deep fascination with the human body at a very young age. I am a certified personal trainer and movement coach who has instructed countless boot camp classes, semi-private group classes, and private personal training clients.
After years of battling personal injuries, I was left feeling frustrated and hopeless; worried nothing else could be done to heal me. By fate, in 2010, I had a session with a Z-Health trainer and my knee pain was gone and never came back. I knew I wanted to teach this approach to the world.
So over the next several years I completed many courses, intense testing and training, to become one of the few master trainers in the world. The importance of brain function and using the nervous system to rapidly “debug” movement patterns, decrease pain and increase performance, has lead me to teach and create lightning-fast improvements with people from all walks of life. My specialties include injury prevention, injury rehabilitation, joint mobility and decreasing pain, holistically.
In the last several years my focus has shifted to traveling the country to teach the importance of movement to small and large companies, educating people on the human body as a whole integrated system.