About Me

Welcome to Planks and Planes! I’m Samantha, 20-something year old living in Southern California since birth. I recently left the “corporate world” to follow my passion in the health and fitness world. I am an Orangetheory Fitness studio manager by day, fitness instructor by night and a traveler always. If we were meeting in person I would suggest we meet at Starbucks because my love for a Skinny Macchiato runs deep. During the summer you can find me at the beach while the mountains call my name in the winter. My biggest cheerleader is my husband who supports me in every crazy idea I have. He joins me in every race I complete, attends all of my group fitness classes and lets me plan multiple trips at a time. My daughter Emma is the light of my life. Stating this to people often results in people asking me how old she is. Then I must fumble over my words explaining she is actually my English Bulldog, not an actual child.

I am a certified group fitness instructor. I have taught at multiple gyms in the past but currently coach at Orangetheory and teach cycle at private women’s gym. I have certifications for Cycle, Bootcamp, Body Works and TRX. My teaching job helps support my fitness and traveling hobbies. Teaching is such a rewarding passion. I love being able to motivate and push others during their workout which I hope will also inspire you. I’ve completed numerous races but between 5ks, triathlons and half marathons, I am still working to find my personal sweet spot in racing. This year I have my sights set on finally conquering the full marathon.


Wanderlust is one of my favorite words because it is the perfect description of my strongest desires in life. I got my first passport less than 2 years ago so I am making up for lost time. Once I experienced my first international trip I realized I will never be the same. Traveling is definitely a past, present and future hobby for me. While coming off the high from my most recent trip, I start the planning of my next trip while making a list to pick where I want to convince the husband we should go next. At a minimum I aim to take one domestic trip and one international each year. I’ve been fortunate to exceed this so far with planning, budgeting and lots of research!

Why Planks and Planes? The blog name is a perfect combination of two of my loves: Fitness and Travel. I started Planks and Planes to document my workouts, races and trips. Creating workouts, sharing my enthusiasm for fitness and inciting passion for travel make me happy. My hope is this blog will pass on some of my happiness to you.

If you want to see the real happenings of Pinterest addict follow me on Pinterest. If you want to see adorable pictures of my dog, workouts and travel pictures follow me on Instagram. I will try to limit the Emma pictures but I don’t know if I can make promises (#prouddogmom). If you have any questions, want to work with me or simply want to chit chat, email me at planksandplanes@gmail.com.



Disclaimer: I am not a registered dietician or doctor. All content on the blog is based on my own personal knowledge, experience and opinions. It is not meant to offer professional exercise or nutrition advice. Consult a doctor or healthcare professions for specific questions, needs or advice. Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions or concerns.

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