Mackenzie De Jesus
My love for sports and fitness began when I was very young with competitive figure skating, which transitioned into basketball and ultimately into a love for just being in the gym. I cannot remember a time in my life when fitness was not a major contributing factor in my lifestyle.
Being a highly active kid, teen, and young adult came with its price. I, more than once, found myself faced with various injuries, most of which served as learning lessons and motivating circumstances. Whether it was a couple of serious concussions or a damaged knee, the knowledge I gained through each unfortunate situation guided me towards wanting to learn more about how we, as humans, function on multiple levels.
I obtained my B.S. in Clinical Psychology from Robert Morris University, where I had a slight obsession for brain trauma and concussions. It was also my first real taste of research and all I needed to decide to pursue my M.S. in Experimental Psychology at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, FL. I focused my master’s on exercise and how it influences cognitive functioning. From that point on my mindset started to transition away from just being about brain functioning and more towards how we function collectively on a physiological level. Whether it was in the gym, in the kitchen, a lab or a physicians office, I have tried to surround myself with as much of the endless knowledge out there with the hopes of learning how to implement it into a healthier lifestyle for me and my clients. Ultimately, that is what I base all of my programs around.
As your coach at OPEX, it would be my hope to teach, support and motivate you as you progress towards achieving all of your personal fitness and wellness goals. I believe that we all have the ability to change and take control of the life we want for ourselves, it is just about finding the right regimen for you and your needs in order to make it happen.