Strength Coach/Owner


I'm a strength coach, fitness trainer, powerlifting athlete, Certified Personal Trainer (NASM-CPT), Certified Powerlifting Instructor (ISSA), Certified Pre & Postnatal Coach (CPPC-GGS), Fitness Nutrition Specialist (FNS-NASM), Kickboxing Instructor (ISSA), USA Archery level 2 instructor, USA Archery level 1 archery judge, OCR racer, avid hiker, environmental and science educator. My journey to reclaim and rediscover my own strength and health has inspired me to help others move easier, grow stronger, and improve their quality of life. ​

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My Journey to Strength Training and Being a Coach

I had been an avid hiker most of my life but I never played sports and never considered myself an athlete. In 2010-2011, some life-long injuries I had took a downward turn and became severe. I spent the better part of a year struggling with major injuries and intense pain which led to depression, weight gain and constant frustration. A doctor told me I would never walk without pain and gave me an loads of pain meds and a cane. I couldn't sit in a chair, ride in the car or even do daily tasks without pain or constant fear or injury. This led to a couple of years of on and off pain, struggle and depression. Then my daughter encouraged me to reject this diagnosis and find a solution. She, not so politely, pointed out that if someone had given her this diagnosis I would have 'called bullshit' and never accepted it. It was a wake up that I needed. I found a new medical team and started going to short walks, getting massage and physical therapy and educating myself. Along the way I learned a lot about the underlying causes of my health issues and the many assumptions and limitations of our health care system.

Slowly I went from a walk around the neighborhood to walking into town and eventually to hiking mountains. Then I started general strength training trying to limit my reoccurring injuries. I did several different pre-written programs, took some classes and did a beginner lifting SL5x5 program. Then through researching lifting form and strength routines I discovered powerlifting and I have never looked back. I was hooked. My whole life I have never mentally felt like an athlete but when I get that barbell in my hand it changes everything. It brings me joy and challenges me physically and mentally. Lifting has changed my life. I have gone from someone resigned to pain and injury to being able to feel that I can take on anything I want in life. I am stronger than I have ever been, happier and more resilient. I started competing in 2018. My goal is to compete twice a year. Competitions help me to set goals and challenge myself.

My Coaching Style

I would advise anyone looking for a trainer to speak to multiple people and perhaps look outside your comfort zone. Look for someone who both knows body mechanics well AND is a good coach. Being a good lifter is not the same skill set as being a good coach. I would encourage you to look for someone who will challenge you to push towards your own personal goals (not the trainers).

My journey to become a strength coach is inspired by a desire to help others move easier and grow stronger.  When I work with a client it is always a cooperative experience. My experience as a life long educator has provided me with a large toolbox of teaching methods and the ability to adapt material to individual learners. Your training and your programming will be based on your personal goals, current abilities, access to equipment and the types of movement you enjoy. While some clients might work primarily with weights, others choose to focus on functional movements, body weight work, swimming, cardio etc. There are many ways to move and grow.  Whether we work 1-on-1 in person or online an important part of the coach/athlete relationship is regular communication, individual feedback and ongoing support.

I encourage you to find your thing and go for it!

Health/Fitness Training & Experience:


2021 USA Archery Level 1 Judge Certification

2021 USA Archery Level 2 Instructor Trainer

2021 Balance Training Course, National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)

2021 Slow Jogging Training

2021 Bodybuilding Course, National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)

2020 Battle Ropes Fundamentals Certification, Living.Fit by Kettlebell Kings

2020 Functional Exercise Instructor, International Sport Science Association (ISSA)

2020 Kettlebell Fundamentals, Living.Fit by Kettlebell Kings

2020 Certified Kickboxing Instructor, International Sport Science Association (ISSA)

2020 Certified Powerlifting Instructor, International Sport Science Association (ISSA)

2020 Functional Training Course, International Sport Science Association (ISSA)

2020 Yoga Teachers College - 21 Day Hip Opener Course

2019 Foot Collective Seminar: Functional Movement through Foot Health

2019 Certified Pre & Postnatal Coach (CPPC), Girls Gone Strong Academy

2019 Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)

2019 Fitness Nutrition Specialist (FMS), National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)

2019 Be Awesome Strength Team Powerlifting Coach

2019 Sattva Center for Archery Training Adult Olympic Archery Program

2018 Owner/Trainer: Be Awesome, Be Strong Fitness

2018 Intro to Strongman Seminar with Pro StrongWoman Brittany Diamond

2018 USA Archery Level 2 Instructor

2018 Heads-Up CDC Concussion Training

2018 Sports Supplement Course, Holyoke Community College

2018 Principles of Strength Training Course, Holyoke Community College

2018 Nutrition for Health and Fitness Specialists Course, Holyoke Community College

2017-2021 SafeSport Coach Certification

2016 USA Archery Level 1 Instructor

2014-2016 Adult Olympic Archery Achievement Program, Amherst Archery Academy

2012 Games and Bothmer Gymnastics Training, Antioch University New England

2003 Radiant Yoga for Children Level 1 Instructor

2000 American AquaNatal Prenatal Certified Instructor – Comadres Institute

1998-Present CPR/First Aid Certification, American Heart Association


MA.ED Environmental Education and Natural Science, Hamline University

Graduate Certificate, Climate Change Education, Cornell University

Graduate Certificate, Master Naturalist, Cornell University

Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC), Oregon State University

Certified Professional Midwife (CPM), National Association of Registered Midwives

BA Liberal Arts, Union Institute and University

AAS Midwifery Science, Wisconsin Technical Community College

Certificate, Tennessee Midwifery School

Certificate, Massachusetts Midwifery Alliance (MMA)

USA Archery

Sattva Center for Archery Excellence
RPS Powerlifting Federation
USPA Powerlifting Federation

USA Weightlifting Member

Girls Gone Strong Trainer Community

Powerlifting Women of New England