MOST Magazine Fitness APR-MAY'15 ISSUE NO.1 - Page 27

trained forms of exercise. I coached Nike boot camps in the area. I focused on core strength and flexibility daily. I wanted to create a way to make a whole-body approach to help clients be successful inside and outside the gym. I started implementing nutritional cooking into my programs and saw that teaching clients not only what to eat, but how to combine foods so they taste great and have the most benefits, dramatically changed their cravings and results. I took clients to the supermarket to help them see what nutrition facts and ingredients they needed to be aware of. This industry is very manipulative. Fat-free. Sugar-free. Both labels that really mean “don’t worry, we added a bunch of other junk instead.” There is always room to expand your knowledge when it comes to nutrition. Being well-informed about your food choices allows you to pick and choose where you want to be flexible. It’s all about balancing your program. I consistently work with clients to help them personalize their program to fit their needs. In 2010 I got in an almost fatal car accident that left me with two bulged discs and severe whiplash. I was determined to make a full recovery. I watched my body respond to corrective exercises and I knew there was still potential to speed up the healing with nutrition. Nutrient timing, which is vital in my clients program, played a big role in this. Food, when paired correctly, can decrease inflammation and help support muscle growth. I have fully recovered and my experience led me to push my body to its limits and place top 3 in numerous bikini bodybuilding competitions. The fun part is that you can really transform your body, within reason, to whatever esthetic or physical shape you want. Flexibility. Strength. Diet. Consistency. There is no cookie cutter answer to training, you just have to look at each individual and see what his or her best path is. www.MOST mag.com || FITNESS M A G A Z I N E || 27