I am a former gymnast, current fitness enthusiast, and full time physical therapist. I help other active individuals optimize their movement patterns to improve performance.
After starting my Instagram page @paradigmofperfection in 2017, I began to have a lot of active individuals reaching out asking various questions that required more in depth answers. And thus, I began online consulting.
It’s a little hard to do an about me page when you hate labels, but I’ll try my best.
With regards to fitness, I’m a former gymnast turned fitness enthusiast. I currently do a lot of calisthenics, hand balancing, and running, and some Olympic lifting and ninja. In August of 2012, I started lifting while competing collegiate gymnastics. Just before retiring from gymnastics in 2015, I started incorporating more running into my workouts. I began training calisthenics in the fall of 2016 and hand balancing in the spring of 2017. Then in the fall of 2017, I taught myself Olympic lifting, and later began ninja in the summer of 2018. In the Fall of 2018, I sustained a shoulder injury, but later went on to compete in Season 11 of American Ninja Warrior in the Spring of 2019. I finally had shoulder surgery in January of 2020 to repair multiple labrum tears and a rotator cuff tear.
I currently work as an outpatient orthopedic physical therapist with my Doctor of Physical Therapy. I completed an orthopedic residency in December 2019 and have become an orthopedic clinical specialist.
Choosing “Paradigm of Perfection”
I’ve always been somewhat of a perfectionist in every aspect of my life. Growing up I would be mad at myself if I didn’t get an A on every assignment and test. Even in grad school, where grades didn’t matter as long as you graduate, I needed that A…and an A- is not an A. In gymnastics, the goal was always to individually have that “perfect 10” performance so I can contribute to the team as much as possible. In life, I scrub my apartment down whenever there’s a chance of someone coming over, I bite my tongue to not offend others, I don’t drink, I try to go to bed early, and I study a ridiculous amount. Somehow I have come across to others as being put together and perfect.
You’d think that coming across as perfect would be, well, perfect. But it’s frustrating when you’re struggling to make it through every day. Your life can’t be that bad because so many other people have it worse. But, no one knows what goes on under the surface. When someone tells me that they wish they had their life figured out like I do, they don’t believe me when I laugh and say I really don’t. I’d have never thought that being perceived as perfect would be so isolating.
So, I chose Paradigm of Perfection as the name of my blog because of the contradiction between my view of myself and others’ view of me. In addition, I hope to shift my own paradigm of perfection as I work to improve myself while helping others do the same.
Anyways, welcome to my struggles of balancing working out, work, nutrition, my budget, and the rest of life!
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