“Clean your room then” was Mom’s response to my siblings and my lament that there was nothing to do. Suddenly there were all kinds of things to do, outside, none of which had anything to do with cleaning but everything to do with running, climbing, riding, throwing, jumping. We lived at the closed end of a cul-de-sac that served as our track, ball field, biking course. We had a huge backyard that went to the alley, and 2 houses down we would be at the neighborhood park. In 4th grade I started playing basketball, thanks to my teacher, Max Contreras, who told the boys to pick me for their team (he would if they didn’t) and to pass the ball to me. I pretty much sucked at the beginning (at least I could run and keep up), but since I played at Chapman (College) University, I’d say my skills improved from those early playground days. I also played soccer starting in 7th grade and into my early 20’s. I knew intuitively that being stronger contributes to being a better athlete, and usually being the smallest on the court, I knew being stronger would help make up for what I lacked in size. But the high school gym was for the football players, and certainly not for girls. It was in college that I finally got to start working out. This also fostered my curiosity in how the body works. I became particularly interested in how the body heals from injury, and in rehabilitation to get back in the game. So I got a degree in Sports Medicine. While in grad school, I took a job at a health club. It was there that I fell in love with helping every day people “get in shape”, some for the first time. I changed my Master’s studies from athletic training to Exercise Physiology and have been working with the “everyday athlete” ever since. I’ve long since traded in my basketball shoes and soccer cleats for bikes, road and mountain, a kayak, and a snowboard. And I still workout so I stay strong, fit, and healthy for my “new” sports. Heck, I workout so I stay strong, fit, and healthy for Life! What are your favorite activities? I can guide you to be strong, fit, and healthy, so that your body can keep up with Your Life!