Looking to get stronger? Healthier? Interested in weightlifting, yoga, kettlebells? Then let’s work together! We’ll use strength training and yoga to get you to your goals. Together we’ll create a fitness program tailored to suit your interests, availability, and fitness level.
I’m not only a personal trainer, I’m also a physical therapy aide with experience teaching exercises prescribed by a physical therapist, so proper technique is crucial in my sessions. Many of my clients came to me while nursing an injury back to health with physical therapy, so I work closely with their physical therapist to ensure their program is safe and appropriate depending on their specific needs (e.g. wrist patients who need to work around weight bearing on hands, shoulder patients who can temporarily only work on legs etc).
Everybody deserves a healthy body. Let’s get it!
My favorite client story
I train a husband and wife together, both are in their 70s. They came to me with pain in their knees and backs and a goal of feeling healthier and stronger. After 6 months of dedicated effort, both clients now have no pain in their knees, better endurance for walking farther faster, and increased strength for lifting things around the house.
My favorite exercise
This is a tough one, because there are a lot of great exercises that meet specific needs.. I’ll have to give a top two:
1) Walking: This is a simple one because most of us are already pros at walking! Almost everyone could benefit from adding a little more walking to their daily lives.
2) Squats: Any kind of squats - Bodyweight squats, Barbell squats, Kettlebell squats, sitting in a chair then standing up, Single leg squats, Split Stance squats.. The list could go on and on. The squat is a fundamental movement pattern that if trained and maintained will help you stay athletic for more years.
My favorite quote
From one of my yoga teachers, her name is Birgitte. It was during a yoga class in a pose where you're standing with your feet wide apart and bending forward. She was telling the class how it isn't important that the crown of your head reaches the floor. I laughed out loud when Birgitte said "And indeed maybe one day it does; your life is not going to change, alright? Your head is just touching the floor." She's absolutely right!
What I like about this quote is that it tells us two things:
1) Every exercise or yoga pose serves a purpose, and the purpose is generally not "to look cool like the pros". The purpose could be ... to get you stronger! Or maybe to get you more mobile! Or maybe to improve your balance! Or maybe something else entirely! Figure out exactly WHY you're doing something and things will fall into place better.
2) Whether or not you're good at an exercise or yoga pose does not change who you are as a person nor does it change the quality of your life (for 99.999% of people). Everything is about context. Whatever you do needs to contribute to making your experience of life something generally GOOD. I find it helps to think more about the process rather than about an end goal. The process of perfecting an exercise could be one of the things that is contributing to you finding contentment or happiness in life. And if that's the case, then keep doing that process because it's working.
My training philosophy
Find exercises that feel good. Expand from there. Progress slowly so we can do our best to avoid injury.
Also whatever kind of exercise program you do (or coach you spend time with) needs to contribute to you finding contentment and happiness in life.
My training experience
I prioritize optimal form from my 5 years teaching exercises as a personal trainer and physical therapy aide. Building on that, my analysis of a client's form is shaped by my Barbell Rehab Certification from 2022 so that I make sure to consider that "perfect form" differs a little from person to person. Through my 5+ years of teaching yoga, I watch for breathing patterns as a tool to improve the quality of your exercises and yoga poses, because the quality of your breath tells me a lot about the quality of your movement.
Areas of Expertise
- Core and Balance
- Strength Training
- Flexibility and Mobility
- Injury Prevention
- Stress Reduction
- Corrective Exercise
NCCA Accredited Certifications
RYT 200 Yogaworks, NASM Corrective Exercise Speciaist, Barbell Rehab - Low Back Pain Fundamentals
BA from UC Berkeley
Who I Especially Like Working With
Beginners, Middle-aged, Post-rehab, Rehab, Seniors, Youth
Training Areas Served
In-home or Outdoor Training
719 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Session Surcharge: $15
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