Meet Our Team.
I joined the My Strength Studio team in January of 2015 after moving back to MN from Gulf Shores, AL. I was previously in the medical sales industry traveling the southern states, that ended quickly however when my little girl was born. After taking time off work to spend with Emory (and transition to the MN weather), I decided to follow my passion of fitness and nutrition, which is what led me to My Strength Studio. I have truly enjoyed every.single.day. at My Strength Studio! Having the opportunity to help improve our clients everyday living has been so rewarding. I love to see the look on clients faces when they experience “failure” for the first time, when they realize they CAN strength train pain free, or when they start to see the physical changes they have been working towards...I honestly love what I do!
When I am not at My Strength Studio I would love to say I am nestled up reading a book or kayaking, but let’s be real, I am probably in the kitchen concocting a new dessert, vacuuming (obsession), or chasing my toddler, and I would have it no other way!
Hope to see you soon!
After moving up to Minnesota back in February 2017, I feel privileged to call My Strength Studio home. I have lived and traveled all over the world, from growing up in Chicago to living abroad for just over a year in Australia and Thailand.
Through a series of different careers, I have finally come back to the industry that I have always loved, Health and Fitness. After getting my degree in Broadcast Journalism (with a Minor in Exercise Science) from the University of Central Florida, I spent the next few years in hospitality and journalism. Eventually I found my way back to the Health and Wellness field in Thailand where I received my 200-HR RYT Yoga Certification.
Although Yoga would not become my full-time pursuit it did introduce me back into the Fitness community I had been missing for so long. When I finally discovered My Strength Studio, I knew it would be the perfect fit. I’ve experimented with many fitness modalities over the years, but My Strength Studio provided the perfect balance of a scientific-based approach to training with real world results. From the moment I started doing my research, I was hooked. I’m beyond thrilled to be a part of this amazing team, and tight knit community at My Strength Studio.
I discovered My Strength Studio in December 2015 during my search for a safe, efficient, and effective way to improve my strength and metabolism. I’d read Body by Science by Doug McGuff, M.D. and was intrigued by the training protocols he proposed. Within a few sessions I knew I’d found a method of training meaningfully different from what I’d experienced before. The work I’ve done since then, under the support and guidance of the trainers at My Strength Studio, has improved my quality of life in so many ways.
Over the last few years I began to realize my priorities had evolved and I decided to retire from a nearly two decades long career in corporate strategic finance. Professional achievement and success can be incredibly gratifying but such rewards limit opportunities to invest in personal growth, health, relationships and community. Among the many new commitments I’ve made, one of the most important is to connect with and support others as they strive to achieve health, wellness and vitality, and personal growth.
In my off hours I enjoy the company of friends and family, walking and hiking with my dog Trixy, participating in Roller Derby, studying the martial arts, and spending time in the Northwoods. I’m rediscovering old pleasures and exploring new pastimes - there is so much to do! I feel such excitement and gratitude for the opportunity to work with you as you pursue your wellness goals!
Health and wellness have always been a passion of mine. In my college and early adult years I was an aerobics instructor, bicyclist, and running enthusiast. Over the years these activities took a toll on my joints, resulting in chronic knee pain. After an orthopedic specialist recommended curtailing sports to short walks and hikes, I was on a pursuit to find a safe way to exercise and strengthen the muscles supporting my knee. In 2012 I discovered My Strength Studio and was impressed with how their protocol works around injuries, while building muscles quickly and safely. Now I can hike pain-free and recently completed the challenging Manitou Springs Incline trail in Colorado!
When I am not training clients at MSS, I work at our peony farm, Swenson Gardens, with my husband Keith and our college-age kids, Britta and Luke. I also enjoy gardening, photography, water sports – and discovering really great coffee shops!
I am delighted to be a part of the My Strength Studio family and look forward to helping you achieve your lifestyle and fitness goals using a safe, science-based approach to exercise.
My aim in life is to help people thrive. I believe human flourishing begins with a right understanding that the human race was created with a complex and beautiful design which allows us abundant freedom to experience amazing things. I Co-Founded My Strength Studio in 2011 with my father and brother with the vision of helping people experience a full, vibrant life. Our company was designed with YOU in mind. As a husband to my high school sweetheart, and father to 4 (soon to be 5!) little ones, I am only growing in my understanding of the impact our business can have on individuals and families.
I am also thankful and proud of the Team at My Strength Studio! I am blessed to work with great people who are caring, kind, tough (in a good way:)) and passionate about helping our clients be at the top of their game!
If you are already a part of the My Strength Studio family, it is a pleasure serving you! If you’re not a part of our family yet, I have good news...there is still room for you to join us! We’d love the opportunity to serve you.
It’s time to live the strong, flourishing life you were meant to live!