April 2014-October 2015
Northcentral University
Master’s Degree, Health Psychology

January 2008-January 2013
Alhambra Medical University
Master’s Degree, Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine (Incomplete)

        August 1991 – May 1996
University of Wisconsin/Madison
Bachelor of Science, Education and Italian


 December, 2019-Present—Nutrition and Training Coach
Macros, Inc.—Online/Remote

Provide customized nutritional guidance and personal training programs as well as ongoing support and coaching for clients of varying needs and abilities.

 July 2004-Present – Owner/Operator
Flawless Fitness; Pasadena, California

Work with individual clients, small groups, corporations, film and television sets, and sports teams both online and in person to teach proper methods in nutrition, weight training and cardiovascular activity.  Perform extensive fitness evaluations on every client in order to administer proper fitness instruction.  Provide weight training instruction, Russian kettlebell instruction, sandbag training, sports-specific athletic training, boxing instruction, rehabilitation work, manual/PNF stretching, limb manipulation, and various types of massage therapy for chronic pain relief.

July, 2020-September, 2020—Training/Coaching Consultant
Venn TV, “Looking For Gains”

Wrote all exercise programming customized to each week’s guests on „Looking For Gains,“ a live-streamed fitness show geared towards eSports and gamers. Assisted host and guests in learning, performing, and instructing each week’s programming.

January 2013-September, 2020 – Owner/Operator
Evil Munky Enterprises; Pasadena, CA

Designed, built, and marketed custom loadable maces, adjustable monkey bars, loadable globe dumbbells, and other metal strength equipment for home and commercial use.  Taught mace workshops worldwide.

February 2007 – September 2008 – Fitness Specialist/Group
Exercise Instructor/Massage Therapist
Southern California Edison; Rosemead, California

Worked as a health and wellness consultant for a large energy corportation.  Was sent to various locations across Southern California to give lectures about health and wellness topics such as sleep and fatigue, weight management, stress, and more.  Provided private and group personal training, metabolic testing, functional movement screens, blood pressure screening, body fat testing, and massage therapy for employees.  Taught group exercise classes such as weight training, boxing, kickboxing, mat Pilates, and pain-free movement.

 December 2001 – July 2004 – Personal Trainer
Equinox Fitness Club; Pasadena, California

Worked on a one-on-one basis with individual clients to teach proper methods in nutrition, weight training and cardiovascular activity.  Substitute class instructor for Hip-Hop, Latin Dance, Abs Only, and Boot camp classes. 

June 1996 – October 1997 — Personal Trainer
Personal Training Center for Women; Scarsdale, New York

Worked on a one-on-one basis with individual clients to teach proper methods in nutrition, weight training and cardiovascular activity.


  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS)
  • Certified Nutrition Coach (NASM-CNC)


    • Pleasure Not Meating You: A Science-Based Guide to the Vegan Lifestyle (And Some Recipes, Too) (book)
    • Diet Lies and Weight Loss Truths: A Scientific Guide To Making Sense Out Of Dieting And Exercise (book, Human Kinetics, with Susan Kleiner, PhD, RD)
    • Strength Training For All Body Types: The Science of Lifting and Levers (book, Human Kinetics, co-written with Lee Boyce)
    • Men’s Health Magazine
    • NSCA’s Strength and Conditioning Journal
    • Men’s Fitness magazine
    • Shape magazine
    • Oxygen magazine
    • Muscle & Strength magazine
    • Veg News magazine
    • Scottsdale Health magazine
    • Cooperative Living magazine
    • Healthy Living magazine
    • Saute magazine
    • Featured on numerous blogs and online publications such as and My Fitness Pal blog


I have presented for a multitude of organizations, including:

  • NSCA
  • FitEx New Zealand
  • Recovery Summit conference
  • Perform Better Europe
  • Inland Empire Fitness Conference
  • Personal Trainer Summit
  • JO Fitness (Manila, Philippines)
  • Pasadena Athletic Club
  • Southern California Edison
  • Junior League of Pasadena
  • Pasadena Christian School
  • Hadassah of the Berkshires, Massachusetts
  • Fitnex Training
  • Lehman College
  • NorCal Fitness Summit
  • Girls Gone Strong
  • Center for Women & Enterprise
  • Featured on Southern California Life news program
  • Featured presenter, “Steel, Stone, and Sugar” workshop series
  • Featured on KTLA News 7
  • Featured on Good Day Sacramento
  • Featured on San Antonio Living
  • Featured on numerous podcasts


  • NSCA Personal Trainer of the Year, 2019
  • Numerous competitive strength achievements and awards in strongman, armlifting, and powerlifting
  • Personal Fitness Professional Personal Trainer of the Month, February 2020
  • Not Yer Mama’s Fitness Blog ( awarded 2013 Top 10 Fitness Blog,