Monae has always been interested in exercise and nutrition as a way of life. Growing up she excelled in sports and dance, and even ate healthy as a teenager! She remembers one summer day when she was about 16 years old, announcing to her parents and 3 sisters as they were all gardening, “this is the only body I get--I need to take care of it!” So, when she went to college it only made sense for her to study her passions--exercise and nutrition. She graduated with a degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Nutrition and immediately began educating & motivating people to adopt a healthier lifestyle. She is a Certified Personal Trainer, as well as a Certified Group Exercise Instructor and Kickboxing Specialist. She also has a Counselor of Natural Health degree through the College of Natural Health.
She competed in Cross Country and Track at the collegiate level during her 4 years at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Also, while there, a campus ministry had a positive impact on her life and she vowed to give at least 1 year of her life back to a campus ministry. In 2002 she fulfilled this commitment and moved to Brussels, Belgium to work with university students. She liked it so much that she ended up staying 2 years instead of 1. Then, she moved to a small town in northern France and taught English in the public school system. While living abroad she got to share her expertise in fitness and nutrition by working one-on-one with college students and other adults. She even got to teach fitness classes in French.
Monae and her husband Phillip, along with their daughter Simone, are happy to call Omaha their home.
They frequent the farmer’s markets and health food stores to find organic and healthy choices, as well as tend a garden together where they grow many of their own veggies. Cooking healthy, gourmet, and in-season meals is a way they enjoy passing time together. They also love to be active together as a family. One of their favorite things to do is simply going on a walk and ending up at a near-by outdoor track to play games and run together.
Monae has been personal training and teaching fitness classes since 1999, and loves to work with people who are eager to develop life-long healthy habits. Two of her favorite fitness classes to teach are TRX and Circuit Training. She has been working with the TRX since 2007 and has been teaching Circuit Training since 2005. She loves how both classes easily accommodate beginners and advanced exercisers. Her next fitness endeavor is becoming certified in STOTT Pilates.