I’m so excited to bring Joyful Fitness to Connecticut after 14 years of personal training and group exercise instruction for elite professionals in Manhattan. Following a physically awkward childhood where my greatest fear was gym class, I earned a degree in musical theater from NYU. After college I found myself pursuing a career competitively based on looks and also watching my father die of Diabetes as a result of lifelong bodily neglect. With a heavy load of low self esteem but strong drive to make serious changes I found a safe haven in the gym where I was able to channel my creative energy into making positive changes that transformed my own body. Simultaneously I discovered my self confidence. After years of training myself I ultimately decided I wanted to help others and studied at The National Personal Training Institute before completing my personal training certification with the National Strength & Conditioning Association. Later I became an Advanced Health & Fitness Specialist by the American Council of Exercise which has enabled me to work with clients who have more specific medical needs and orthopedic conditions. I also collaborate with medical and physical therapy professionals to take clients beyond rehabilitation to optimal function. I have trained as a yoga teacher at Sacred Sounds in NYC and while I don’t teach yoga classes I incorporate yoga postures and philosophy into my training programs. I’ve worked extensively with the senior population and I’m highly experienced in pre/post-natal training. I am a volunteer fitness advisor at Bellevue Hospital for HIV positive youth and have been a program creator and mentor for the not-for-profit Concrete Safaris which gets over 2500 at risk children a year moving outdoors in NYC. I worked as a trainer for 6 years at CLAY Gym & Spa where I created original concepts for many popular group classes. My programs and advice have been featured in Shape Magazine, Vogue, Teen Vogue and TimeOut NewYork. I take pride in creating safe, inspiring, fun and life-long workouts for all body types, ages, and abilities. I feel really good in my body and I want you to feel good in yours!