Other Certifications

  • Ace Certified Group Fitness Instructor
  • CPR

What is your fitness story?

In 2017 I decided it was time to get healthy when I walked up a couple flights of stairs and got VERY winded, it was almost embarrassing. I knew I needed to change so I signed up for a local fitness program that lasted a few months and I haven’t looked back. I fell in love with lifting, realizing how strong I am and pushing myself to do things I never thought I would do. If you told me in 2017 that I’d run 10 miles or compete in a Crossfit competition or do half of the El Tour de Tucson, I wouldn’t have believed you. Being active is a big part if my life now.

What is your favorite movement?

Deadlift. It was the first lift I was introduced to that I couldn’t figure out and I hated it…but once I did, it became my favorite… 

What is your favorite quote?

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Advice for beginners?

As scary as it is, just start. If it’s constantly on your mind start, don’t worry about what everyone else is thinking or saying (as hard as that is). It’s a journey for you and you alone. It won’t happen overnight and there will be many ups and downs. Just don’t give up on yourself.

shabraya, one of our trainers, standing in front of a brick wall with street art painted on it