- B.A. Architecture, UC Berkeley
- M.A. Kinesiology, Saint Mary’s College of California (in progress)
- NASM Certified Personal Trainer
- AFAA Certified Group Exercise Instructor
- SCHWINN Certified Cycle Instructor
- American Red Cross CPR/AED Certified
- Wellcoaches Certified Wellness Coach (In Progress)
Good health and fitness have been Miwa’s greatest achievements. Growing up, although she participated in recreational activities such as dance and color guard, Miwa never considered herself as an athlete. As matter of fact, she hated to exercise. PE class was her least favorite class in school and the mile-run test was her worst nightmare! However, things changed when Miwa was diagnosed with stress-induced stomach ulcers during her junior year in high school. In order to overcome her ulcers, Miwa began to exercise to manage her stress and changed her diet. Today, she is ulcer-free! Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a priority. Recently, she completed her first full marathon!
Miwa has been teaching Group Exercise classes since 2006. She teaches various classes including kickboxing, step, body toning, circuit training, cycling and core training. Miwa has also trained instructors to teach group exercise classes. She is trained in A.I.S. & P.N.F Partner assisted stretching through NFPT. Miwa has also been working as a wellness coach helping clients change their lifestyle and achieve their health and fitness goals. Miwa also facilitates workshops on goal setting and motivation.
Miwa loves to stay active and to explore different ways to challenge her own fitness. She enjoys long distance running, hiking, snowboarding, and hot yoga. She is also currently training to play Taiko with the San Francisco Taiko Dojo. Besides staying active, Miwa also enjoys to cook and spend time with her friends and family. Miwa is also a huge pug lover and loves to play and go on walks with her two pugs.
I believe that there is no right way or wrong way to achieve health, fitness and overall wellness. Everyone has different goals and different ways of achieving them. One person’s perfect training regime may be someone else’s overtraining. The important thing is to find what works for you. Each of us has the power and capability of setting and achieving our goals but we sometimes just need someone to help us define them, carve out a plan and keep us on track. Every day I strive to achieve balance and moderation to maintain a healthy lifestyle while enjoying and living my life to the fullest. I find that it is important to set and achieve goals to stay motivated but it is also important to enjoy the process and to live in the moment.