My aim is to use the knowledge I have acquired throughout my athletic career to help others achieve their goals and experience some of the fun and joy I have had while chasing my goals. I strive to achieve a high level of education in training principles through practical experience and self-study.
I believe in quality over quantity when it comes to performance enhancement for age group athletes or individuals with busy lives and schedules. My philosophy in training is to be doing the same exercises in my 80's that I continue to do in my 40's.
I have lived in Sarasota/Bradenton area for 35 years. I have been in the fitness industry all my life. I started out playing tennis when I was 8 years old. I used to play at Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy. After High School I got into life-guarding, where I became competitive in Triathlons, swimming and running races and then got into personal training. I have been training for 15 plus years. Some of my accomplishments include completing 9 marathons, plus qualifying for the Boston marathon twice and completing the Boston marathon in April 2008, participating in 3 half-Ironmans, and numerous sprint and Olympic-distance triathlons.
BeFitSRQ offers the complete fitness experience with stretching, cardio, strengthening, and massage. All our trainers are nationally certified, with exercise degrees and full knowledge of human anatomy and range of motion, maximizing the benefits of your workouts without strain. BeFitSRQ knows that rest and recovery is just as important as the exercises themselves, so we offer the perfect balance of both. Be strong. Be healthy. Be Fit.
NASM PES (Performance Enhancement Specialist) Certification
ASCA Level I Swim Coach
USAT Level I Certified Triathlon Coach
RRCA Certified Running Coach
Certified Cycling Coach
B.S. Degree in Sports Management
Masters Degree in Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention
It is clear we’re all going through a trying time, but we’re so happy to say we’re still here for you through it all. Our private setting, along with our extensive sanitizing routine, makes our facility the perfect, healthy destination when you need some time out of the house. By partaking in self-quarantine and only leaving when necessary (and to safe, clean locations), we can work to “flatten the curve” and slow the spread of COVID-19.
Since you’ll be spending much more time inside your home, we’ve gathered some of the best tips to keep you healthy while we wait for the spread of COVID-19 to slow:
Exercise of the Month: Stay Physically Active During Self-Quarantine
These times are sure to bring about a variety of new stresses, but you can (and will) overcome. One of the best ways to lower your stress levels is to keep your body moving. A good workout can do wonders in regards to keeping your mind at ease.
While you’re at home, you may need to think a little bit outside the box to get that great workout in each day. Try getting in multiple spurts of movement throughout the day, go for a walk to get some sunshine, or try standing instead of sitting while you work remotely.
The World Health Organization shares a compilation of great home exercises that require nothing more than your body and a little bit of open space. You can view the whole list here.
Eat Clean with Asparagus
You know vegetables are healthy, but are you aware of the long list of health benefits that come along with asparagus? It’s got great flavor, can be used in a variety of dishes, and it’s still in stock at almost every grocery store in the area.
Asparagus is filled with fiber, folate, and vitamins A,C, E, and K. It’s even got protein and fulfills a large percentage of your daily potassium needs. These nutritional characteristics allow asparagus to help in the fight against cancer and support brain health (which is oh-so-important during high-stress times).
It also makes for a great addition to your spring salads. Consider adding it to a Chickpea Quinoa Salad or enjoy it Cheesy Caprese-style. You can find these recipes, as well as many other great asparagus dish ideas, here.
Save on Natural Self-Care Essentials
If you’re anything like us, you may be noticing your hands are starting to feel all of the extra washing and sanitizing you’ve been doing over the past weeks.
Beautycounter has an amazing line of natural hand care products, including soaps, lotions, and creams, that will keep your hands feeling smooth throughout this season. You can view Beautycounter’s hand care products here.
Keep your Family “On Guard” All Year Long
Your focus is likely already on keeping germs away. With doTERRA’s On Guard, you can keep your family healthy in a safe and natural fashion. It’s non-toxic, environmentally safe, and can be used to keep your hands, home, and clothing safe. It can be applied topically or taken internally to boost your immune system as well. Learn more uses for this powerhouse oil in this quick video.
DoTERRA’s complete On Guard product line is shown below:
We have a hand sanitizer made with On Guard essential oil as a key ingredient available for purchase at BeFitSRQ. If you’re looking for a natural way to clean your hands on the go, stop in and pick up a bottle for $10 (while supplies last).
Injury Prevention with Laser Therapy
While you’re staying active at home, it’s important that you work to prevent injuries that may occur along the way. Laser Therapy is an excellent tool to help in this task, especially if you’re experiencing some aches and pains that may cause you to overcompensate while exercising.
Laser Therapy can help lessen lumbar and sciatic pain, muscle spasms, joint pain, and extremity pain, so you can keep consistent form and complete healthy workouts on your own. Reach out today if you’d like to learn more about how this treatment can be of benefit to you.
Activities That’ll Keep You Busy at Home
We’ve usually got a list of fun community events for you to check out, but this month we’re encouraging you to continue staying home. Local events are cancelled to slow the spread of COVID-19, and we’ve gathered a list of great activities you can do within your own home. Enjoy this down time with your family, and make some memories that will last a lifetime.
De-Stress with Meditation
Sit comfortably or lay down and close your eyes. Relax your mind and body, and focus on your breath. Breathe in, breathe out. Picture your favorite place or repeat a soothing word in your mind. Stay in this meditative state for 20 or so minutes, or until you feel a deep sense of calm. That calm may even stay with you as you go on with your day.
Get Social While Keeping Your Distance
Call a friend or family member and have an old-fashioned phone conversation. This is particularly helpful if the feelings of loneliness that can come along with self-quarantine start to show. Spending extra time inside your home doesn’t mean you have to feel alone.
Go for a Bike Ride
Biking is the perfect way to get some fresh air while staying in line with social distancing recommendations. Take in some scenery, move your body, and breathe in the fresh air, all while staying at least six feet away from the people you pass.
We know these times may be trying, but we also know you’re strong enough to get through them. Remember we’re here for you, and work toward staying healthy while you stay at home. Together we can stay on track with our health and wellness goals while also slowing the spread of COVID-19.