Personal Trainer's Bio
Personal Trainer | Cleveland, Ohio
I became interested in bodybuilding, strength training, weight training, and nutrition at the early age of 13. I started training and lifting weights to improve my performance and capability in football. As a result, I gained muscle and strength very quickly. My freshman year of high school my football coach encouraged me to compete in the 2000 NE Ohio Regional Powerlifting Meet at 135 lbs. I had to train and lose about 10 lbs to make weight. This was what really initially sparked my interest in training and nutrition as I didn’t want to lose strength while dropping weight. I ended up doing ok, considering I was going up against older competitors, and I had very little training experience. I placed 6th place in my class and tied the old meet record in deadlift for my weight class of 350 lbs. This was my first time deadlifting with anything other than a trap bar. From then on I was completely hooked, and this planted the seed for my future personal training career. I started reading everything I could on powerlifting, bodybuilding, and nutrition. My training was originally focused on powerlifting but, I knew from early on that I wanted to compete in bodybuilding someday, so I also included some more traditional bodybuilding exercises and methods. In 2006 I entered my first bodybuilding competition, because a couple of my friends told me they were going to compete, and I decided if they could do it so could I. I prepped on my own without a personal trainer or any real knowledge and made all sorts of laughable mistakes. However, I somehow ended up placing 4th in the open light heavyweights and 3rd in the juniors. My one friend that competed in the same bodybuilding show as I wanted to do another show soon after and offered to give me the training and nutrition plan he was using if I decided to compete again with him. I agreed and 3 weeks later won the open middleweight class. Since then I have competed numerous times in bodybuilding at the local, regional, and national level.
I began my career as a personal trainer in 2004. I started off in a corporate gym and was promoted after a few months to Training Director. I worked for a couple different corporate gyms running training departments and training clients until 2009. In 2009 one of my friends and I decided to open our own personal training company. We ran it together successfully for several years. In 2013 I founded Accelerated Fitness that I now co-own and operate with my wife Lindsey Cheatham. We practice what we preach, and we both still are active NPC competitors. Our mission is to inspire others and help them achieve their fitness goals.
Personal Trainer | Cleveland, Ohio
I became interested in the fitness industry in 2006. I needed to fill a couple prerequisites for nursing school, so I took up yoga and Pilates. Prior to this, I struggled with poor self-esteem and body image. This led to unhealthy ways of staying skinny. It was only after meeting my future husband and business partner Jeff Cheatham in 2008 that I realized how important it is to incorporate resistance training, cardio, stretching, and proper nutrition. Fitness and proper training quickly became a passion, and it was important to me to share it with others. I decided to earn my personal training certification through NASM so that I was able to help others achieve their personal fitness goals. Since then I have been able to give back by helping countless people reach their health and fitness goals. In 2009 my husband and personal trainer encouraged me to compete in the brand new NPC Bikini division. While I was hesitant at first because I have always had stage fright, I decided to go ahead and give it a try. I placed close to last in my first two shows. It was discouraging, but I wanted to do what it took to do better. I took some time off from competition to build more muscle and work on posing. In 2011 I competed again and took 5th place in my class. It was an amazing feeling, because I remember thinking if I can just get in the top 5, I’ll feel like my hard work really did pay. In 2012 I won my class at the Natural Ohio. My goal was to get on the national stage, but a month later, I found out I was expecting my first child, so I had to take some time off. In August of 2013, just seven months after delivering, I stepped back on stage to do a national show, since I was still qualified. Due to my pregnancy I had lost some muscle and didn’t do as well as I would have liked. Since then I have competed twice more both times winning my class. I plan to continue to compete in future events on the national stage and hope to eventually get my pro card. With all my experience I want to give back and help others learn what I have. I want to help them create confidence and belief in themselves and reach their goals, whether it is to step on stage and compete or just be more fit and healthy.
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