I guess the saying,” You can take a girl outta the South, but you can’t take the South the girl” is very true in my case. You may notice I have a bit of a different accent than the traditional Kiwi one that is floatin’ around here and that is because I hale from Atlanta, Georgia. I am definitely out of The South, as I can tell by the lack of “yes ma’ams”, “yes sirs” and “y’alls” being spoken, but when I actually think about it, I think I have moved about as far South as you can get!!!!
Having played sports my entire life, I took the love of competition and movement into my university studies by majoring in Athletic Training , a very similar degree to NZ’s Sports Physio. After completing a 4 year BSci Degree which heavily focused on rehabilitation, injury prevention and management as well as strength/conditioning. I began working in the NZ fitness industry and have been owning gyms here since 2004. During this time it has been awesome to watch the evolution of Strength/Conditioning in the top end sports as well as the everyday athlete. Strength is for everyone, and strength training works!!
No one likes to be out of training due to injury, so fixing imbalances, implementing good movement patterns, and showing people how strength will keep them moving efficiently is my driving passion. There is nothing more satisfying than having an athlete achieve a PB in their given discipline knowing that you were a part of their success.
When I am not training athletes in a gym, at their house, or via Zoom, I too love to get amongst all things adventure! There is nothing better than a powder day on the mountain, a fast flow on the river, a clear view from a Summit or a wind free day on the bike! Of course, these adventures are always more special when I can incorporate time with the family; the kids love getting out and hanging with mum and dad.
I am very proud to be a part of Team CP because it is not every day that you get to work with people who are passionate about what they do and man, the team here is definitely that!
See ya out there doing it!