Coach Z

I have been an athlete all my life, and I could never look the part. I rowed as a DI rower, I ran marathons and ultra marathons, yet I was still “pudgy.” Then I found heavy lifting and CrossFit and was amazed at how some women and men looked. They were so muscular, lean, and toned. I thought as long as I worked hard and ate “clean,” I would look just like them. I put in so much work and pushed myself every time I went to the box. I looked much better, but I still looked soft.

Then I got a nutrition coach and, slowly but surely, my view of food changed. I could eat things that made me happy, and I started looking like I actually did something athletic. I had a solid educational base when it came to nutrition: Paleo, Zone, Atkins, everything! There was a missing link, though, and once I saw it, I realized that I could help a lot of people.

Certifications / Education / Experience

  • CrossFit Level I
  • CrossFit Level II
  • USA Weightlifting Level I
  • USA Rowing Level I
  • CrossFit Endurance Specialty Course
  • Precision Nutrition, Pn1
  • Carl Paoli Movement Seminar
  • Brute Strength Seminar
  • StrongFit - Julien Pineau One Week Workshop at CrossFit Invictus
  • CrossFit Regionals Judge 2011-2015

More About Me

What do you love most about being a coach?
Helping others is my passion. I LOVE the personal interaction.

What’s the most important piece of advice you would like to share with someone who is looking to improve their nutrition?
Start slow. It did not take you 30 or 90 days to gain the weight you want to lose. Be patient with yourself.

What is the #1 most important thing someone should know about working with their own nutrition coach?
Your coach wants to see you succeed. There is nothing better than a happy client. So please be honest with your coach. Tell them your struggles and your successes, they will always be there for you!

How has improving your nutrition changed your life?
It made me more confident. It made me more at peace with myself.

How do you workout?
Everything. I do what I enjoy and what I can fit into my schedule. Walking. CrossFit. Bodybuilding. Yoga. Bodyweight movements. Anything I can do to move a little here and there depending on what my schedule allows.

Are you married? Do you have kids? Any animals?
Married my best friend. No kids but two adorable Italian Greyhounds.

Describe the meal you could eat every day for the rest of your life.
Steak, potatoes and broccoli. Steak must be rare!

What is your favorite treat?
Ice cream!!!

What are your favorite TV shows - past and present.
Lost - all time favorite.

Do you have any hobbies?
I love photography and I love cooking. Although cooking is not really a hobby anymore, it's something I do everyday!

What are you most passionate about?
Helping others improve their life.

What is something you want others to know about nutrition?
Carbs are not the enemy.

What is the biggest nutrition myth that you would like to disappear?
No one needs to EVER detox their body.