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Fitness has always been an important part of my life. At the age of 2 I took my first dance classes and by the time I was 6 I was performing with the Joffrey Ballet at Chicago's very own Civic Opera House.
I continued dancing until junior high school when I took up youth cheerleading and poms. It was around this time I first took up an interest in health and exercise.
In high school I was a member of the pom team for four years and during my senior year took strength and conditioning classes. I was one of the few girls in the class and learned a great deal from lifting weights with the guys.
I attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and graduated with high honors while receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology. I was also a four-year member of the Illinettes-the official dance team of the university.
After graduation I went to for Walt Disney World Resorts and learned a great deal about customer service during my time in Florida.
Upon returning I began personal training and teaching group exercises classes at the Rush-Copley Healthplex in Aurora, IL. In 2007 I became a member of the Bulls cheerleading team, the Luvabulls.
I then began personal training for Crunch Fitness at Marina City. Working at Marina City gave me the opportunity to work and learn from some of the most knowledgable and successful trainers in the city.
Fitness played an important part of helping achieve my next goal: being crowned Miss Illinois USA 2009. A few months after winning the title, I was on an international TV broadcast in my swimsuit competing for the title of Miss USA. Although I didn't walk away with the new crown, it was a wonderful experience.
Currently, I am the new official fitness training sponsor of the Miss Illinois USA and Miss Illinois Teen USA pageants. I am currently acting and am still a member of the Chicago Luvabulls. I am personal training again and I love blogging about fitness for ChicagoNow.
Please let me know what you'd like to see in the blog and send any fitness questions you have my way. I'd love to help! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.