I could tell you how long I’ve been a fitness instructor and all the certifications I hold but that’s not what’s really important. It’s all about the perfect chemistry at Core Club that makes this happen. From the best leadership and supportive coworkers to the amazing members, it makes all the hard work worth it. To watch member’s dedication and commitment to classes and leadership’s trust in what I do is a complete honor. I’m so glad to be part of this journey.
The reason why I started exercising all those years ago, and this is the truth, is because back then, I was in an abusive marriage and was unhappy and overweight. I knew I needed to find work also, and I new being a woman of color back then and going into a field of technology, I would have needed to lose weight. I was 205 pounds and a size 22. I began the journey of losing weight slowly by walking and cutting back on my eating.
As I started to drop some pounds, I got up the nerve to try exercise classes. I enrolled in classes in the YMCA of Meriden. I was shy and still overweight at 175 pounds and hid in back of class. Soon enough the weight started to come off and then, I was approached by the owner to see if I wanted to teach classes. I got hired by Pratt & Whitney, became a certified instructor for classes at the YMCA and still kept on my journey to lose weight. Soon down to 145 pounds, my love for teaching blossomed. I left the YMCA and went to Silver Lane Gym in East Hartford and began subbing for classes. Soon after there, I started teaching an array of classes at New England Athletic Club (NEAC). This is where I met Deb. We formed an instant bond and friendship. In 2006, I went on to be certified in LesMills BodyPump, Body Combat & Body Attack. I also got certified for spin, P90X, BeachBody Core deForce.
I followed Deb to Core Club and began teaching here. My journey at Core has been amazing! I couldn’t be happier with the gym and the wonderful members! Deb is awesome and her confidence and faith in me has helped take my teaching to different levels. I recently became certified in LesMills CXWORX program. I love to bring that accomplishment to our fantastic members. I love to challenge members to help them fulfill their goals - whether it be to lose weight, get stronger, or overcome a personal issue. You can overcome these obstacles in your life! You can get help and make a difference in yourself! If you’re out there and you don’t believe, trust me, it’s true! I still suffer from post stress trauma from my bad marriage, but I have overcome and I still practice those same principles now...and forever.