Maria was born in Los Angeles, California but truly grew up in Tucson, Az where she attended college and earned her Bachelors in Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in Sculpture. When she wasn’t in the studio welding, painting or printmaking, she found that yoga was truly something she could go to with “disconnecting”. She realized it was her outlet and practiced religiously at home, in studios and in the outdoors. She has been practicing now for 8 years and teaching for 2. Maria came to Washington in 2014 where she got certified and has taught at gyms, studios and private sessions at clients’ homes. Maria was never an athlete but after her yoga metamorphosis, she realized how fond of her new found strength she actually was. This inspired her in finding new ways to promote and encourage others so she merged into the Crossfit community with open arms. She realized so much about herself there, which is where she discovered powerlifting late 2015 which changed everything. Maria now has competed three times, each time placing and had her biggest meet yet (USAPL Regionals in Spokane) in November where she placed 2nd! She recieved her certification this summer as a Powerlifting Coach and is still teaching fitness classes, as she loves teaching an array of classes. Maria believes that her place teaching here at Figures is quite a blessing since she thrives off seeing women appreciate their bodies and empowering one another through fitness. She believes women are equally capable and shouldn’t doubt their potential. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge with those wanting to feel better and get stronger, mentally and physically and by doing so, increasing the popularity for us women in the strength community.