Maria has been in the fitness industry since 1990. At that time, she began working as a fitness instructor while pursuing a degree in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Maria went on to attain a Masters of Public Health with an emphasis on Health Education and Promotion from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She holds personal training, fitness and nutrition certifications that include National Academy of Sports Medicine-CPT, C.H.E.K. Nutrition and Lifestyle Coach and American Kettlebell Club Lifting Coach, and Facial Stretch Therapist- Stretch to Win Institute. She continually strives for improvement as a fitness professional seeking knowledge that will benefit her clients and students by attending continuing education courses and workshops regularly. Her areas of expertise include fitness coaching, group exercise, yoga and pilates.
As a business woman, wife and mother of 3 children under 10 years of age, she understands the challenge many women face when it comes to achieving balance, managing stress and living an active lifestyle. She loves the opportunity and the experience of partnering with her clients to achieve their fitness goals and helping them to reach beyond their greatest potential through healthy lifestyle practices.
Whether you want to defy age, be a better athlete, look better naked or just be able to do a push up… she believes no goal is unimaginable or unobtainable, as she will work with you for the right program, coach, hard work and dedication. This leads to her clients feeling, performing and looking their best…or being just plain FABULOUS!