Where are you from, and what brought you to San Diego?
I was born in San Diego, but moved up to Northern California when I was 3. Luckily, my family maintained a residence in San Diego, so I was still able to come down here 1-2 times per year. When the time came to pick a college, San Diego State University was a no brainer. Minus a 4 year stint overseas, I have been a San Diego resident ever since.
What are you most looking forward to about coaching at Performance360?
Being a part of the community in a larger capacity. While I was a member of P360 before I became a coach, I was typically always attending the same class time at the same location, Bay Park. The group I normally work out with is an amazing collection of people and I look forward to meeting more of the incredible community that makes up P360 as I coach across multiple time slots and in multiple locations.
What do you hope to accomplish with your coaching?
I hope to make each and every member of P360 a more confident person through my coaching. Whether that is helping them become more confident in their lifts by helping them improve form and movement efficiency, more confident in their abilities by motivating and pushing them to achieve things they didn’t think they could, or more confident in their appearance through continuous support as they work to achieve goals in their fitness and nutrition.
What should people expect with your coaching style?
They should expect a motivational and hands-on approach from my coaching. I believe that everyone, whether you are new to the gym or someone who has been working out for decades, can improve the way they move or be more conscious of how they are moving. Through proper cueing and feedback I will encourage everyone to move the best they can. They should also expect to see the occasional dance move or two!
What are your personal philosophies with fitness and nutrition?
In terms of fitness, I believe a workout should not have to crush you to be effective. Moving with purpose and intention trumps intensity and weight on the bar. While there is always a time and a place to test yourself in terms of strength and work capacity, slowing down and moving properly will always yield the greatest results.
When it comes to nutrition for the vast majority of people, eat what you want, just do it in moderation. Focus on eating a protein source and some vegetables with every meal and try to cook 80% of your meals at home. Don’t over complicate it.
What local food are you crushing and what are you ordering?
What food am I not crushing!? I LOVE to eat and try to constantly switch up the type of food I eat. JV’s Mexican Shop is a great grab and go. I usually will grab a couple hard shell beef tacos and/or their Pork Red Chili burrito. Spice and Rice in La Jolla is good Thai food. Go with the honey glazed duck and the yellow curry. Dumpling Inn on Convoy has great Xiao Long Bao. Also, you can never go wrong with a good, locally grown avocado. Since I could write a novel here, I’ll let you pull me aside after class if you want to talk food.
What’s a fun fact about yourself people would be surprised to learn?
I lived in Taiwan for 4 years after college. It was one of the best experiences of my life. Wo Ai Taiwan!