Thursday, February 28, 2013


I pulled the trigger last night and registered for Charles Poliquin's BioSignature course. I have been wanting to learn more about BioSignature Modulation for the past 6 months and now in May I will get the chance. I really dove into the research due to what I have been personally dealing with hormonally for the past few years. There are under a dozen people in Austin who have training in BioSignature testing so I am excited to be one of the few.

1. Learn the correct way of marking and measuring the Poliquin™ BioSignature Modulation Sites using calipers.
2. Understand the roles of key hormones directly correlated to the 12-point Poliquin™ BioSignature Modulation Sites.
3. Understand the basic nutritional and supplement strategies to use based on a clients Poliquin™ BioSignature Modulation Assessment. - See more at:
BioSignature testing involves measuring 12 sites on the body with calipers. The results from each of the skin folds is put into a formula and ranked from 1 to 12 from highest (needs the most improvement) to lowest. Based on the results, a BioSignature Practitioner can implement nutritional and supplemental strategies for clients based specifically on their needs.

The academia nerd comes out of me when I get to learn something new. Prior to attending I am required to read 11 articles and suggested to read 7 books. Love it! At the completion of the 3-day course, I will know the correct way to measure and mark the BioSignature sites using calipers and understand the roles of key hormones directly correlated to the 12-point BioSignature modulation sites.

So, if you have ever wondered "why do I gain weight here and not here, or how have I all of sudden changed physically but nothing from a dietary or training aspect has changed." There is a very good chance it is your hormones.  I am so excited to implement BioSignature testing when I complete course, because each recommendation will be specific to YOU. No more guess work trying to figure out what supplements you need, and do not need, OR what diet is best for you.

Stay tuned for more details after the completion of the course.

1. Learn the correct way of marking and measuring the Poliquin™ BioSignature Modulation Sites using calipers.
2. Understand the roles of key hormones directly correlated to the 12-point Poliquin™ BioSignature Modulation Sites.
3. Understand the basic nutritional and supplement strategies to use based on a clients Poliquin™ BioSignature Modulation Assessment. - See more at:

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Harlem Shake

Now this is a true Harlem Shake. WOW. If only I knew a place in Austin where we could dance like this but not be scared for our life, I would be there every weekend! I would love to trade personal training for 1-on-1 dance lessons. Straight up hip-hop dancing and fun. We can throw some salsa and country in there too, but that's for later.

Email me at if you're interested in a trade.


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Showout makeover

A big thank you to Weston Carls for designing my SHOWOUT logo! It is exactly what I was going for, and he captured my ideas perfectly. I'm super excited to be launching my new website within the next month. All my blog content from the past 4 years will be transferred over as well as a serious upgrade to all my other pages.

I have a few ideas for apparel, but what would you like to see on a website from a coach/personal trainer? Nutrition, workouts, supplementation, life lessons, goal coaching, etc. Let me know.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Bring A Friend

Once a month I am picking a specific day for Bring A Friend. I want everyone I coach to have the opportunity to bring as many of their friends as possible to try out our Relentless Boot Camps.

Tony & Christina
 In the Tu/Th 6:30am Level 2 boot camp at O.Henry, Michelle brought Christina & Tony. Not only do they work with Michelle and are prepping for the Austin Marathon this Sunday, but they are engaged. A couple that works out together, stays together.

Sheerin brought 2 of her friends to the Tu/Th 8am Level 2 boot camp at Barton Hills Elementary. Sheerin was dressed for the occasion in her Valentine's Day socks.

Valentine Day socks

If you don't have a friend in any of my boot camps, but you are interested in giving it a try, then email me at and I can work with you.

Don't miss our  next free community workout open to everyone on Saturday, 2/23, at 8:30am at Townlake under the Mopac Bridge. Get there early! We cap at the 1st 60 people.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Adrenal Fatigue

MWF 9:15AM Women's only class at CrossFit Central Downtown
You always feel tired for no reason. You have difficulty getting out of bed even if it’s not for the 5:30am CrossFit class. You feel rundown or overwhelmed. You struggle with bouncing back from stress or illness. You feel more awake and focused after 6pm than you do all day. These are all signs and symptoms of adrenal fatigue.
Adrenal fatigue is a collection of signs and symptoms that results when the adrenal glands function below the necessary level. It is most commonly associated with intense or prolonged stress. As the name indicates, its number 1 symptom is fatigue that is not relieved by sleep. You may look and act relatively normal with adrenal fatigue and may not have any obvious signs of physical illness, yet you live with a general sense of unwellness, tiredness or melancholy feelings. People experiencing adrenal fatigue often have to use coffee, cokes and other stimulants to get going in the morning and to prop themselves up during the day.
What I love about coaching is the focus on the overall health of an individual. Getting people ripped, strong, and lean is what I love to do; however, I will not allow this to come at the expense of one’s health. I have been coaching CrossFit for over 4 years and one thing I have learned is that sometimes less is more. Yep, I said it. You do not have to train 7 days a week to get the body you want.
If your body is beat up, run down, and simply not recovering, then take a day. Sleep. Completely rest. Our bodies are smarter than we give it credit. You will not put on 10lbs and lose all your strength by taking a rest day. It actually will help you reach your goals more quickly.
The body repairs and strengthens itself in the time between workouts, and continuous training can actually weaken the strongest athletes. Rest is physically necessary so that the muscles can repair, rebuild and strengthen. For recreational athletes, building in rest days can help maintain a better balance between home, work and fitness goals.
Building recovery time into your training program is important because this is the time that the body adapts to the stress of exercise and the real training effect takes place. Recovery also allows the body to replenish energy stores and repair damaged tissues. Exercise or any other physical work causes changes in the body such as muscle tissue breakdown and the depletion of energy stores as well as fluid loss. Recovery time allows these stores to be replenished and allows tissue repair to occur. Without sufficient time to repair and replenish, the body will continue to breakdown from intensive exercise.
My advice is not to compare yourself to the person next to you. Everyone is on a different fitness journey with different fitness goals. If someone has what you want, then ask what they are doing daily. I guarantee it is plenty of sleep, proper nutrition and supplementation. Listen, give back, and take care of your body. It is a gift.

Friday, February 8, 2013

City Attorney: Relentless Athlete

Karen is a rockstar and true inspiration!  Karen has been an athlete with Relentless Boot Camp for 3 ½ years. She was one of my very first clients when I started coaching my own classes.  As the City Attorney of Austin, Karen’s job is fast paced and extremely demanding, but that does not stop her from getting in three 5:30am boot camp workouts every week with myself and Coach Chelsea Ross.   The number one reason Karen joined boot camp over 3 years was to do something good for herself.  Fast forward and the quality of her life has completely changed!
Karen writes:

“Boot camp significantly improved my quality of life. It makes my daily routine easier to manage. It inspires me and gives me a great sense of pride and accomplishment to know that I can maintain a relatively high level of physical activity. I tell people that I start my day by doing some of the most difficult work I will do all day (running sprints, lifting kettlebells, burpees, etc). Relentless boot camp gives me the peace of mind and confidence to believe there is nothing I can’t handle on a daily basis. I work in a very fast paced environment providing service to others. Boot camp gives me the opportunity to spend time doing something for myself

Read the rest of the story HERE on The Triune.


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

SARAH: 2012 Success Story

I started coaching Sarah in Relentless Boot Camp last January and since that time she has changed inside and out. She is fierce, strong, and determined. Sarah has a heart of gold and has truly transformed her life as well as the lives of individuals she interacts with daily. I am honored to coach this lady every Tu/Th in the 6:30am Level 2 boot camp at O.Henry Middle School. Meet 2012 Success Story!

Read Sarah's story below...

I had what I thought was an active, healthy lifestyle. I rode horses several times a week and worked out at the gym but there were no real results. My emotional and mental fitness actually declined as my disappointment grew with my lack of achievement. Even after training and running a ½ marathon, I still felt “soft” & out of shape. My diet was low-fat, and high carb consisting of grains, dairy, lean protein & some veggies, which I thought was on track.

I won a month’s worth of Relentless Boot Camp as a raffle prize at a charity event. I held onto the gift certificate for almost a year, but being at my heaviest & feeling pretty frustrated with my body, I was ready to try something different than the sporadic gym visits mixed with an occasional run at Town Lake.

Since joining Relentless Boot Camp my results have been amazing. My energy is consistent through the day, and I have never felt better. The physical changes have been dramatic, but the mental benefits were my biggest surprise. I feel like I can power through any challenge that comes my way during a workout or at anytime throughout my day.  I also feel a genuine sense of accomplishment as I am held accountable to my goals.  My diet is now primarily Paleo/Zone and is the foundation of it all.

I lost 26 pounds and dropped from a size 8 to a size 4

Every time I go into a class I feel I’m growing.  My mindset has changed from, “I can’t do this”, to“maybe I can survive a little more” and now, “I can & I love it!” I enjoy seeing how far I can push myself now and the boundaries being blown away. It keeps me moving forward, wanting to do good work because of the support and encouragement I get from my amazing Coach Megan Parsons, my partner Carrie McDonald, my supportive boyfriend, and the whole amazing group at O.Henry. Without the confidence and enjoyment I’ve gained from Relentless Boot Camp, I would have never also added CrossFit Indoor classes to my routine.