How many places have you lived and where?
I grew up in Dallas, lived in Austin for four years while I was in college at UT, and I have been back in Dallas for eight years. I also traveled abroad and lived in Seville, Spain for six months during my junior year in college.
What is your most memorable vacation?
My most memorable vacation would have to be my honeymoon. There is nothing better than getting away after the fun, yet craziness of wedding planning.
What is your favorite way to de-stress?
Without a doubt, my favorite way to de-stress is to put on my headphones and run the Katy Trail or White Rock Lake. There is nothing better than totally tuning out, being outside and getting in a good sweat.
What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
Now that it is SUMMER, I would definitely say that my favorite guilty pleasure is sitting by the pool with some good, trashy gossip magazines. I love to read up on my closest friends. :) I think we are on a first name basis; although, they have NO idea who I am.
What makes you laugh?
Nothing makes me laugh more than the hilarious things my 16 Kindergarteners say. My family always tells me that I need to write down all of their quotes to make a book.
Why did you want to become a BEYOND trainer?
I have a passion for teaching Pilates and I’ve always loved indoor cycling. When I was approached to teach both at two amazing studios with the coolest, most welcoming people, it was an easy decision! From the minute I walked into BEYOND, I knew I had found a place where I would enjoy working and learning…all while having a great time!
How has the BEYOND workout changed your body?
BEYOND has the best classes with upbeat music, fun clients and instructors, and an energy that is electrifying and motivating. You can’t help but break a sweat, get in an awesome workout and define all those muscles from head to toe.
What do you like best about teaching classes?
Just like teaching Kindergarten, being able to see the change in people’s lives is the best part. And with Pilates and Pedaling, not only do you get to see a change mentally; you get to see a change physically.
What can we expect from your class?
I am pretty energetic. You would think that I might not be after six hours with 6 year-olds, but I hope that each client leaves my class feeling like they got a KILLER workout, but not feeling like they were “working out” while doing it.
Who inspires you and why?
I definitely have to say my mom! It sounds a little cliché and cheesy, but she is truly the kindest, most thoughtful, fun-loving and happiest person you will ever meet. If you know my mom, you know that she also LOVES holidays and makes each one so special and memorable.
What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
Chore or chores?! I am a HUGE neat freak and can’t stand when anything is out of place, but I also don’t like spending time on the dishes, laundry or making the bed. They all drive me crazy, but I can’t leave them undone.
What is your favorite time of the day/day of the week/month of the year?
I LOVE Saturday mornings during the school year and every morning during the summer! I am definitely a morning person, but I love nothing more than waking up early, making a cup of coffee, and just having a little alone time before the day really gets started. If I can also fit in a “TODAY Show” viewing, that is always an added bonus.
What was the last movie, TV show or book that made you cry or tear up?
This is a little embarrassing…I just watched “The Vow”—worst acting ever, but I cried my eyes out!
What do you miss most about being a kid?
Building tree forts with Christmas trees after the holiday or riding my bike around the neighborhood trying to get “lost.”
If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to?
When I was a little girl, I always wanted to be Mackenzie. If my sisters or I ever played house or school, which was often, I would always have that as my name. I have to say that I now love my name and wouldn’t change it.
Which celebrity do you get mistaken for?
I can’t say that I am ever mistaken for a celebrity :), but if I could choose to be mistake for one, it would be Reese Witherspoon.
The best part of waking up is?
Starting a NEW day! No matter what happened yesterday, you get a fresh, new start.