Physical fitness has always been a passion and priority of mine ever since childhood. At the ripe age of four, I remember playing basketball at the local park and had already begun pushing myself to surpass all physical fitness tests in elementary school. However, I pursued a career in education and spent the first 10 years of my professional life working in higher education administration and college student support services. I have experience working in a variety of departments ranging from college student admissions to diversity services to career counseling to university housing.
After purposeful reflection, I uncovered the words that adequately describe my life mission: “helping people help themselves.” During the first part of my professional career it came in the form of helping college students be their best selves and make the most out of their educational experiences. However, in 2013, I decided to switch gears and shift from higher education to my other passion—fitness. I pursued and earned certification as a Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and a second certification as a Spinning® Instructor via Mad Dogg Athletics. After shadowing and being mentored by longstanding and successful veteran trainers, I decided to jump full throttle into the fitness industry with the emergence of my business, C.E.b. Fitness & Wellness in June 2014.
I am deeply committed to learning and teaching others about fitness, helping people be their best selves, and promoting an active lifestyle as both an individual and as a member of a larger community. C.E.b. Fitness & Wellness is me, and it is my hope, that it is also you. We transcend traditional thoughts about fitness and interlace fitness of the body, fitness of the mind through education, and fitness in our communities—as each of us is responsible for taking an active role in moving our communities forward.
I currently volunteer as the Internship Coordinator for Cindy’s Legacy, a non-profit organization that provides financial and personal administrative support to cancer fighters and their families. I also serve as a reviewer for the Developments online publication of the American College Personnel Association. I hold a bachelor’s in African and African American studies at the University of Virginia, a master’s in higher education administration and leadership at The Pennsylvania State University, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Certified Personal Trainer, National Academy of Sports Medicine (Liability Insured)
Certified Spinning® Instructor, Mad Dogg Athletics, Inc.
Adult, Child, Infant Heart-saver CPR/AED, American Heart Association
Exercise Physiology, Spinning® Continuing Education Online Course (2014)
Nutrition, Health, and Lifestyle: Issues and Insights, Vanderbilt University (2014)
Speed, Agility, & Quickness Training Course, National Academy of Sports Medicine (October 2014)
Breathing Techniques, Mad Dogg Athletics (September 2014)
DC Mania Fitness Pro Convention, SCW Fitness Education, Staff Assistant and Attendee – Reston, VA (September 2014)
INOVA Youth Sports Safety and Health Day, Sports Performance and Sports Medical Educational Program (July 2014)
Exercise Physiology Fundamentals, Mad Dogg Athletics (July 2014)
Nutrition and Physical Activity, University of Pittsburgh (2013)
The National Academy of Sports Medicine is officially accredited by the National Commission of Certifying Agencies (NCCA). If you wish to seek additional information about other NCCA accredited certifications, go to the NCCA website and select the search term “fitness and wellness” to view a comprehensive listing of all NCCA accredited personal training certifications.
Enjoy the blog! I created it to share tips, advice, resources, reflections, and life lessons learned along my personal wellness journey. It is my hope that blogging will increase self accountability, yet also provide support, encouragement, and transformational moments for myself and others.