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About Cornelia

My name is Cornelia and I am a NASM personal trainer and former elite swimmer living in LA, originally from Sweden.


I love helping people find a healthier lifestyle and a healthy mindset around working out. Each session is uniquely designed for you and your goals. Everyone's body is different, and everyone's journey is different, but I train people to love their bodies where they are while working towards their goals. I want to make working out fun for you, and I'm always going to push you in an encouraging way. I'm all about improving your mood, your confidence, and your quality of life.


I have a full gym in my garage in Culver City that I would love to welcome you too! My availability varies, so please feel free to message me directly on here in case you don't see a time slot that you would like to schedule a session for. My clients range in all ages and I do travel to clients if that is more convenient for you. 


If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to contact me!
I look forward to meeting you and helping you along your fitness journey!









My favorite client story

All of my clients are unique and have their own personal stories of struggle and success!

But one that's extra special is my client who came to me after having a knee replacement. Within a couple of weeks of training together; her mobility, range of motion, and strength had increased tremendously. Not only was her knee better, but she also understood the benefits exercising had on her life in general. This client of mine is 60+ and has now been with me for over 3 years. It warms my heart to have her tell me on the regular how much her life has improved since we met, both physically, mentally, and spiritually!

My favorite exercise

Squats in all shapes and forms :-)

My favorite quote

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change

My training philosophy

Do your best, forget the rest!

My training experience

I have been an athlete all my life, NCAA elite simmer, and a NASM certified personal trainer since 2017

Areas of Expertise

  • Core and Balance
  • Strength Training
  • Weight Loss
  • Flexibility and Mobility
  • Muscle Gain
  • Posture
  • Kettlebells
  • TRX
  • Sports Performance Training
  • Myofascial Release
  • Cardiovascular Conditioning
  • Cross Training
  • Wellness
  • Functional Training
  • Injury Prevention
  • Stress Reduction

NCCA Accredited Certifications

NASM Certified Personal Trainer

Additional Certifications



BFA in Arts Management

Who I Especially Like Working With

Actors, Beginners, Brides-to-be, LGBTQIA, Men, Middle-aged, Overweight/ Obese, Peri/Post-menopausal, Pre/post-natal, Seniors, Student-athletes, Women

Medical Conditions Experience

Anxiety, Asthma, Back Pain/Issues, Bad Posture, Diastasis Recti, Hamstring Issues, Hip Pain/Issues, Knee Pain/Issues, Limited Mobility, Pregnancy, Stress

Additional Languages Spoken


Had Cornelia as a PT for a week during the holidays. And I must admit (for one that doesn’t really enjoy training) I had the best time! We were a group of people and she set the program so that everyone could do it. Which was really great since we weren’t all on the same level. highly recommend training with her!


Worked out with Cornelia for a week and wish I could have her as my personal trainer forever! For me who easily gets bored and need a lot of variation in my workouts she was great! She really managed to set together programs that was both (really) challenging but also fun. Experienced sore muscles that I didn't knew I had. I highly recommend Cornelia as a trainer!

Pernilla .

When I quit swimming professionally a couple of years ago I lost my motivation to workout, until I met Cornelia. She gave me back my love for a great sweat and pushes me like no other! Today I am in better shape than ever thanks to Cornelia. She has great knowledge and is very creative, which make all workouts different from one another, yet striving toward the same goal. I can highly recommend Cornelia!


I worked with Cornelia a few times right after the holidays to help me get back on track. I have never had so much fun while working out! She is fun and entertaining which makes our time together a blast! I would definitely recommend her to anyone!

David M.

Before it has been many years that I didn't really work out. I'm very glad to have Cornelia as a personal trainer during my short-term visit to California. Cornelia is extremely friendly and fun to work with! She helps me to push to my limit and she is very careful so that I always have my postures right and free from injury. I've learned quite a lot of training techniques and build up a regular training routine during the sessions with Cornelia.


I’ve worked with Cornelia for almost a year now and she is simply amazing! I’ve tried working with different trainers and she is definitely the best. Cornelia always creates different routines to work on all groups of muscles. She is a dynamic trainer. She incorporates knowledge from various disciplines and appreciates yoga. She always finds the best routine for me and adjusts it to my strength and energy level that day. I love how Cornelia always keeps in mind my goals. She is a great motivator and also so much fun to work with! I recommend Cornelia as a personal trainer to anybody who wants to get a great result while enjoying the process.


Cornelia is such an excellent trainer! Every morning she is full of energy and joy and helps you get through anything! She worked with me to find things I enjoyed and wanted to work on and adjusted the workouts to my needs. She also helped me better my eating habits and helped me find equipment that could help our workouts! I absolutely recommend her to anyone looking for a fun time but also down to work hard for what you want! You will never get bored with her as she is also very dynamic with every workout, which shows her dedication to giving you personalized training and taking into account your needs. Amazing trainer!

Ana C.

Great Personal Trainer. I’ve just finished my second personal training session with Cornelia. I can’t wait for our next session! She’s an excellent trainer and fun to work with. I highly recommend her.

Mike C.

From my first chat with Cornelia to talk about my goals, now through my 20++ sessions with her, she is everything I could ask for in a personal trainer. She is patient, knowledgeable, and positive and delivers a personalized session and experience every time! I knew I wanted to get back in shape and was anxious about the whole experience. Cornelia understood this, demonstrated great compassion, and has slowly helped me feel more comfortable and build confidence, making our weekly sessions something I look forward to.

Patrick H.

Cornelia is not only an absolute pro, she is delightful. She’s been my trainer for 3 years. She’s motivating, challenging, and observant. She listens. Every session is different and tailored to me. I’ve never enjoyed working out as much as I do now. I’m stronger, fitter and healthier. Thank you, Cornelia.


Cornelia is unbelievable! I worked out with her during my entire pregnancy and it paid off immensely! Besides being in fantastic shape, I bounced back within 3 weeks of giving birth, and it's all thanks to my Swedish viking trainer! Incredibly diligent, resourceful and kind, she was patient with me on my "off" days and pushed me when I felt good. Cornelia listened, too, which for a trainer is the most important thing. She listened to my needs, did research on the best methods to challenge me, all while making me laugh! I cannot recommend Cornelia enough, she is just fabulous in every way, shape and form!


How can I even begin to talk about Cornelia? She’s AWESOME!! I’ve been working with her for over two years. Yes, she is on time, committed, super friendly, positive and a great fitness enthusiast, but she is so much more than that. Cornelia is dedicated to helping you achieve your best self. She helps you set goals, has ever-evolving and interesting exercises, she works with your limitations and gently pushes you when it’s needed. She has a cool home gym or will come to you or work with you online. She has a lovely personality- she is warm, fun to chat with and had a fierce level of physical fitness. I cannot recommend her enough. I wake up excited to workout with her and see what she has in store for me!


I came to Cornelia with hip and lower back issues, which were annoyingly persistent despite my ongoing cardio routine. She really helped me with developing some much-needed experience in strength training, guiding my form and encouraging me along the way, which was nice as I was a total beginner in this area. She developed fun, creative routines that worked with my very limited home gym setup (a couple pairs of handweights, some bands, and a kettlebell set) and kept things interesting for each workout. The online sessions were really convenient and worked much better than I'd imagined, and the great thing is that you can work out with her while traveling (she can create routines that don't need equipment). Training with her has been a great experience, highly recommend!


Cornelia, for me, is the perfect trainer. She’s encouraging and knowledgeable - with the ability to pivot to any number of different targeted moves and stretches to accommodate an injury or issue. It’s never a boring routine - she’s fun to work out with, I’ve learned a lot about ways to strengthen my body, and the time flies. Working out with a trainer is the only way I keep consistent and see results. After developing some bad habits and middle-aged health issues, I knew it was time to find a trainer again. I’m so glad I connected with Cornelia. She is a GREAT trainer.


Cornelia is an exceptional personal trainer. I am in my late 60’s, overweight, had never participated in an exercise program and had recently been diagnosed as pre-diabetic. Cornelia started working with me on low intensity workouts that have gradually increased in difficulty. She also sent me materials about making healthier food choices. She has a wonderful method of incrementally adding difficulty to previously performed exercises. This method challenges me in each session while carefully avoiding overstressing muscles and joints. This makes the training regimen both interesting and enjoyable. I arrive back home feeling that I had a healthy workout and made progress. I recently visited with a few friends that I had not seen in a month. They commented that I had lost weight and looked pumped. What a thrill! Cornelia is not a “give me 5 more reps!” type of trainer. You will make progress and get into shape working with her, but she is just as interested in your exercise form as in your number of reps. If you are not using the correct form, she will make sure to instruct you or if necessary modify the exercise so that you maintain correct form. That is why I am making progress without any bothersome muscle aches or joint pain the day after the session. Cornelia maintains a comfortable and positive training environment. I wholeheartedly recommend her as a personal trainer!

Hilton C.

Cornelia is bar far the best trainer/fitness instructor I have ever had the pleasure of working with. I started working with Cornelia when I was 4 months postpartum to help with lingering hip issues and diastasis recti from pregnancy. She is extremely knowledgeable and provided appropriate training for each stage of my postpartum recovery. With my DR healed, I now work on strength training and more advanced exercises and I am healthier/more fit than I ever was prior to having a baby. I can't thank her enough for the welcoming and holistic approach she takes to fitness. It's now my favorite part of the week! 10/10!


Cornelia is the bomb! Not only did she steadily get my body back after the Pandemic (which did a number on my back), she's helped me build a stronger foundation for surfing. I'm a pilates instructor who loves to exercise, but Cornelia is teaching me expanded approaches to back, knee and hip strength. Her extensive knowledge as a woman who grew up in competitive sports as well as her sensitivity to injuries makes her a super find. She's also very attentive, organized and intuitive in her approach to her training sessions. She does an incredible stretch at the end of each session as well. My knees and hips have never been so strong! She really cares for her clients, and she's a lot of fun too.

Liz S.

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