Intern - Front Desk
Rachel has always been enamored with sports and fitness. Growing up, her parents put her in every sport camp they could think of from tennis, basketball, and even surfing. If you can name it, she’s probably played it. It was through these opportunities where Rachel realized she was passionate about volleyball and lacrosse, both of which she played throughout her high school career. During her final year of high school, Rachel was named the #1 female lacrosse goalie in Southern California, and this landed her a few offers from NCAA Division II schools. Unfortunately, with disappointment, a back injury halted her dream of pursuing lacrosse in college.
After graduating high school, Rachel wanted a fresh start. She left Los Angeles to attend the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), but struggled to acclimate to her new classes, surroundings, and lack of participating in an organized sport. During this struggle, Rachel gained approximately 65 pounds. While being at college and living away from home, Rachel wasn’t eating home cooked meals but rather she was frequently eating out and eating whatever she desired without being mindful of the quality or quantity of food she was consuming. Eventually, Rachel came to the realization she needed another change; she needed and wanted a new environment, new university and to make a lifestyle change. She began to alter her diet which included eating meals at home a minimum of 4 days per week where she focused on consuming proteins, carbohydrates, and dark leafy green; she also added in more physical activity to her daily life which included hikes and evening walks. It was only a matter of time with these changes as she watched her scale weight begin to go down. By the end of the year, Rachel lost a total of 68 pounds, was feeling better than ever, and found a new interest in which to pursue her education, exercise and nutrition.
Currently, Rachel is attending San Jose State University (SJSU) where she maintains a 4.0 GPA, and she is an active member of the Phi Kappa Phi honors society. Her undergraduate area of study is Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise and Fitness. Upon graduation, Rachel plans on taking the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification exam as well as pursuing an advanced education in Physical Therapy. Her goal is to incorporate a holistic strength and resilience training approach into her physical therapy practices.
When Rachel is not at Red Dot Fitness, she is spending time with her friends and family or playing ‘Just Dance’ on her Wii. Rachel thrives on pushing herself both inside and outside of the gym, and she is always ready to give 100% to anything she does. When she was younger her dad used to tell her “whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right” and since then she strives to make herself and others better everyday.