Germany to South Korea
Born in Germany and raised in South Korea, I was a bullied, angry, outcast kid from a volatile household with no friends and no outlet aside from comfort eating and voracious reading. As a college student, I discovered a passion for fitness. I changed the way I ate by absorbing every fitness magazine I could get my hands on and learning about calories, macronutrients, and supplementation. I journaled everything I put in my mouth. Fitness became an integral part of my life.
As with most women, my interest became an obsession. I pushed my body way too hard, often with 2 workouts a day— a run of at least 6 miles and either weights or advanced Pilates classes. It became a form of punishment for overindulgences in food and also a way to escape a life I hated. My body hurt constantly and eventually my efforts backfired.
Discovering my passion in movement
Years later, I was living in Seoul as an English teacher, totally miserable. I had no idea what I wanted to do, but I knew it wasn’t that. One day, my students were told to write about what they wanted to be when they grew up. A young boy said he had no idea, nothing appealed to him. So I asked him if he could do anything all day and get paid for it, what would that be? And then, I asked myself the same thing. And the honest answer was working out.
I moved to Colorado from Seoul in 2012 with a dream and not much else. I had never even visited, I didn’t know anyone, I didn’t have a bank account, I hadn’t paid taxes in 5 years, I had never learned to drive, and I didn’t have a single credential. But I had a vision. Initially it wasn’t clear what it was. I just wanted to do something that made me happy. I set out to learn about my favorite activities so I could immerse myself in them. I hit the ground running. I got a car, learned to drive it, got an apartment and a bank account, and began the process.
I studied nonstop for my personal training exam which I passed with a nearly perfect score after just 2 months. The very next day I began my training as a Pilates instructor through Body Arts and Science International (BASI) and at the same time began training for the rigorous Russian Kettlebell Challenge. Both of these were huge undertakings, but they were among the best investments I’ve ever made in my entire life.
Hard work pays off
To say I worked my ass off is an understatement. I swore to myself that I would only do fitness-related work the moment I left Korea, so I took any classes or clients that anyone would give me. I taught several cycle, HIIT, and Pilates classes each day, 7 days a week, all over northern Colorado. Sometimes I was with one elderly person in a dark studio at 5am teaching spin with my dubstep blaring and then a different elderly person at 8pm teaching the same playlist. I did lots of bitch work like freebie sessions with rude, demanding people and mopping floors without pay.
My commitment paid off because after hours and hours of exposure to different personalities, movements, instructors, clients, bodies, injuries, diseases, and facilities, I started to form an idea of what my true calling was. I put all my money right back into my education, taking the highest acclaimed courses all over the country with the industry’s experts. I wanted to take my understanding of the human body to the next level. I started to trust my instincts and develop my own ideas, observations, and opinions. And eventually I started to realize that I knew what I was talking about and that I could help people. I wanted them to see that most of the shit fed to us in this industry is smoke and mirrors— lots of performance-enhancing drugs, starvation, insecurity, sexual harassment, ego-mania, narcissism, racism, sexism, ageism, ableism, classism, and homophobia. And worst of all, 90% of fitness professionals have no fucking clue what they’re talking about. The bar to become a trainer is so painfully low and most can barely teach the most basic movement patterns. Yes, even those with lots of letters after their names (CSCS, for example). That’s just a fact. No wonder no one ever gets anywhere and loathes the gym and everyone in it. And distrust trainers because all they ever got was hurt.
My unique take on fitness
I’m not perfect. I have made many mistakes along the way. But I am dedicated to constantly trying to improve myself so I can show you how incredible it feels to be strong and as physically independent as possible. I want to show you how to enjoy food, both as fuel and as one of life’s greatest pleasures. I want you to see that your body is fucking amazing as it is. You can learn to love your legs or your stomach or whatever else because you will learn what they are capable of accomplishing for you. Big legs? Big squat. Broad shoulders? Killer bench. Long arms? Monster deadlift. Yes, as you develop muscle you’ll like how they LOOK better, but you’ll also gain an appreciation you didn’t know was possible. I know because I have done this for myself and so many others.
From my specialties I’ve developed a system that can help you learn how to control your own body to prevent injury, troubleshoot form, make you strong as hell, and most importantly make peace with your incredible body and all the amazing things it does for you.
Fuck the fads. Fuck the idealized conventional idea of fitness. Fuck the lies. Fuck the drug abuse. Fuck the starvation. And especially fuck the bullshit exhaustion workouts that will do absolutely nothing for you in the longrun. We have developed a better way. Come with us.
- ACE Certified Personal Trainer
- BASI Pilates Certified Comprehensive Instructor
- RKC Level 1 Kettlebell Instructor
- Kabuki Movement Systems – Fundamentals of Movement, Advanced Athlete Prep, and Certified Instructor
- Precision Nutrition Coach Level 1
- Functional Movement Screen Level 2
- TRX Qualified, Group and Private