About Amy


I am a mom, a wife, a quasi-attorney and a fitness instructor/coach.  I have been teaching group fitness classes since 1999 and love sharing my passion for fitness and nutrition with others.  I have taught all over San Francisco and began teaching in Marin in 2010.  I teach pretty much every format with exception to dance and step and I don’t pretend that I can teach either…well, because I just lack the motivation needed to really learn these two formats well.  Also, I just love that there are so many modalities out there that are so much fun to teach, so I focus on teaching what I love and enjoy.  When you teach what you love, it completely comes through in your teaching and you are better at what you do because of that love.

My approach to fitness?  Everyone should commit to move every day for at least 30 minutes.  Do I think you can be in amazing shape by walking 30 minutes a day?  No, but everyone starts some place and starting and committing to any type of exercise is better than not committing at all.   I believe that everyone should include strength training, cardio and flexibility exercises into their workouts.   I want everyone who comes to one of my classes to use that time to just focus on themselves and their workout.  I ask folks to set their intentions and goals for each workout, no matter how small, I find that everyone works a little harder with a set goal in mind.  For those who don’t have gym memberships or choose to workout at home, I offer creative programming and also endorse at home workout products such as P90X and Insanity, two awesome products offered at http://beachbodycoach.com/basefitmarin

I know that a healthy body is made only in the gym, it starts in the kitchen; so nutrition is key.  After more than 10 years as a vegan, I transitioned to the Paleo diet for about 9 months, but found that just didn’t make me feel any better and my health numbers weren’t changing, so I went to an ovo-vegetarian diet, keeping whey, eggs and minimal yogurt in my diet.  With a strong love for vegetables and fruits, this compromise has been much easier and enjoyable for me.  I start each day with Shakeology Chocolate Shakes (http://myshakeology.com/basefitmarin).  I switch between regular whey chocolate and vegan chocolate.  I eat 4-5 more times a day in small meals to keep my blood sugar from dropping.  I keep processed foods out of my diet and eat clean with the occasional splurge.  I strongly believe in 1-2 cheat meals each week as allowing yourself those special cheat meals really helps you stay on track with eating for the rest of the week.

In my ideal world, I would have 90 minutes a day to commit to my own workouts, but with a full-time (non-fitness) job and two young kids, I have to try to get in short workouts when I can.   I know that everyone is busy and time is a valuable commodity, so I try to pack as my punch as possible into the classes I teach.  I give 100 percent and I expect the same from others.  Every person has the potential to reach his/her goals.  I have adopted the motto: “If you want it badly enough, you will find a way; if you don’t, you will find an excuse.”

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