Simona is Registered Dietitian with a Master’s in Nutrition and Dietetics from California State University at Northridge, where she is the Sports Nutritionist for the University’s Athletics Program working with over 400 Division I athletes and coaches. Simona also consults for the Marilyn Magaram Center for Food Science, Nutrition and Dietetics as the project manager of the Body Composition Assessment Program using the BOD PODTM.
For years, she has privately consulted a group of elite taekwondo athletes and since then,has evolved to assist other top athletes. Her athletic clientele come from various backgrounds: Taekwondo, Judo, Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, Beach Volleyball, Track & Field, Cross Country, Baseball, Water Polo, Softball, Tennis, and Golf. Her successful athletic career, (an eleven-time US National Taekwondo, a five-time Czech Republic National Taekwondo Team Member, an alternate for the 2012 London Olympic Games), and formal background in nutrition and dietetics have given her the edge to coach athletes on how to maximize their performance through nutrition.
Becoming a dietitian was almost an obvious path for me- competing in a sport with weight restrictions, living at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, I was lucky to have resources and guidance from the best athletic staff and facility. It started as a realization that good nutrition played an important role in my own health and performance.
She has spent the last ten years in Los Angeles under the mentorship of Scott Fujii and Progression Sports Performance (FightXP) improving and enhancing her competitive skills in Taekwondo, strength and conditioning, and nutrition. Her priority and mission is to help athletes build upon their personal growth and achieve their peak potential.
I understand that whenever highly talented, motivated, well-trained athletes meet in competition, the margin between victory and defeat is minimal. Attention to detail can make that vital difference. I want all athletes to know that dieting affects performance, and our eating and drinking patterns influence how well we train and whether we compete at our best.
Her approach is no gimmicks, no hype; she doesn’t dwell on any particular eating plans or a list of supplements or products to buy
There is a lot of information ‘out there’ about food, nutrition and performance-- I believe that can add to people’s confusion. I see part of my role as a dietitian as someone who helps individuals to develop the skills in order to ‘evaluate’ this information and choose what is best for them.
She works with her clients to target individual needs and specifications so they are consistent in achieving high level performance. She focuses on education, accountability, empowerment and setting realistic goals to adapt a healthy lifestyle.
Simona is available for one-on-one and remote individual sports nutrition counseling, sports nutrition coaching, sport team education, cooking demos and grocery store tours. She is dedicated to providing performance nutrition support to men and women of all ages, to the elite athlete and the everyday warrior navigating their way through life.
Simona is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Simona is also ServSafe Certified.