Strength Training

Each client will go through an assessment to evaluate his or her current level of muscle strength and endurance, flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, balance and stability, posture, and overall physiological load. Based on these assessments I will compose an overall training program that generally spans 6-8 weeks with specific goals for that cycle.

The assessment is very important, especially considering the overall stress load a client is under. For example, if you are already under a great deal of physical and emotional stress and that stress is not accounted for in your exercise program, you may be at higher risk for an injury or may spiral into further physiological imbalance (illness or compromised ability to burn fat). Ever wonder why some people work out all the time and are still overweight? This is why. You must learn how to take a step back, to allow the body to heal, before you can take 2 steps forward to increase lean mass and burn off fat mass. I will teach you how to do that.

I take all the guesswork out of what needs to be done physically, when working with me in a private training session or when you are working out alone, so that you can maximize the time you have available for training. You may choose to work side-by-side with me during your entire program or you may choose to have your program taught to you to complete on your own. Both methods are effective as long as each exercise is performed correctly in accordance with your program.
I also specialize in pre- and post-Natal training and “Bridal Boot Camps.”

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Pre- and post-natal fitness

I have been working extensively with pregnant clients for 16 years. In the absence of obstetric or medical complications, pregnant women are encouraged to exercise during pregnancy to maintain cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and proper joint range of motion. I design each woman’s program to meet her needs and abilities while adhering to the exercise guidelines specified by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Women who exercise during pregnancy often report maintenance of muscle tone, less back pain, more energy, better sleep, more stable moods, heightened self-esteem and, best of all, more ease with the delivery.

After delivery, you may begin to exercise as soon as you have clearance from your doctor, generally 4-8 weeks postpartum. Participating in a post-natal exercise program is the best way to return to your pre-pregnancy weight, regain core strength and stability, maintain good posture, safely increase muscle tone and cardiovascular endurance and learn the proper biomechanics for lifting and carrying your ever growing baby!