What made you first get into fitness?
I played sports since I was 10 years old and have always been athletic. My dream was to compete in bodybuilding shows in the Figure Division, and I made that happen in 2015. Since then, I got really into it, and I love every minute of it! I really feel like I was born for this.
What motivates you to show up every day?
The notion of self-improvement motivates me every day.
What are your health and fitness goals for the future?
My goals are to compete in national shows and earn a pro-status, all while achieving that in the healthiest natural way. It takes time, consistency, discipline and dedication — but I am ready to work hard for it.
What is your favorite exercise?
It is really tough to pick one exercise, but if I have to, it is probably kneeling squats — for glutes.
What made you choose Dissident Gym Wear and how do you relate to the DISSIDENT brand's message?
I really love the design (I consider myself as a "gym fashionista"). I always like to dress up and look on point when I work out, and Dissident Gym Wear is IT! Another reason I chose to be part of Team DSDNT is the giving back. I am all about giving back and helping others. I feel good knowing that a portion of every purchase goes toward the Challenged Athletes Foundation. It is a win-win for me — I look on point wearing DSDNT apparel, and I help others.
What is your favorite Dissident piece?
That is a tough question, because I totally love all my DSDNT pieces. It is a tie between my white DSDNT leggings and white Tune Out Hoodie.
What is your proudest fitness achievement?
My proudest achievements are my recent overall wins. I competed in three bodybuilding shows in Wisconsin and Illinois in October 2017 and November 2017, and I won six first places, and four out of five overall titles in the Figure Division. Very unexpected, but I am very happy and appreciative for that.I am a nationally-qualified figure athlete. Hard work definitely pays off!
What is your advice to anyone seeking to improve their health and fitness lifestyle?
The most important things are consistency and having a positive mind. I have been consistent for the past two years with my diet plans and workouts. Even though sometimes I didn't see the results I wanted, I kept going and finally this year, I earned my four overall titles. My plan is to stay consistent and push myself even further.
What is your favorite quote?
"The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent." — Arnold Schwarzenegger
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