Laura Thomas's active lifestyle began at 3-years-old as a pre-ballerina. Laura continued various forms of dance throughout her childhood and then switched to cardio and weights in her teen years. While not gaining the freshman 15 in college due to continuing an active lifestyle, Laura did learn the hard way in her early 20's when she started working a desk job, eating out and not exercising regularly.
At 24, Laura realized she had to make a change and joined a women's only gym where she returned to cardio and weightlifting. A friend introduced her to Clean Eating and Oxygen magazines and Laura started cooking better food and following different fitness professionals. She was able to lose the weight and then some and has continued experimenting with different exercise programs and semi-annual cleanses. With her ballet background, Laura is big on form when exercising and making sure clients are safe from injury or pro-longed pain. She has personally dealt with feet and knee injuries.
As an adult, Laura's passion for health stems from the many friends and relatives she has lost to diseases (both preventable and non-preventable) and people in her life who struggle with daily setbacks from their condition, whether chronic or unattended. Laura took 72 hours of class time and became an ACE certified trainer in December of 2016 after her desire to obtain the certification for a few years finally came to fruition. She obtained her pre-, peri-, postnatal certification from Girls Gone Strong in June 2018. Laura completed her 200 hr. yoga teacher training in March of 2021.
After sitting on the sidelines for too long, she has vowed to make a difference in your fitness goals.
Laura is also available for in-home training.
My favorite client story
Brooke and I worked in-person throughout her pregnancy, but we also reconnected a couple of months after she gave birth to her daughter. ??
When the pandemic hit, we pivoted to an online training program that coordinated with Brooke's work and child care schedule. Sometimes, this meant Brooke would complete two 60 minute workouts on her own, while other times, she broke it up into four 30 minute workouts. ?????
We continuously reviewed Brooke’s monthly program together, so we could make sure I was able to answer any questions/concerns she had moving forward. I could see when she logged her workouts or when life happened (as it does, right)? Brooke received video references for exercises, and was able to give me feedback if she needed a modification, or any other issue or complication that arose.
This allowed Brooke to complete her program and fitness goals from home, while also having time to enjoy hiking - and other outdoor activities - with her family once the weather warmed up.
Could she have jumped online herself and created her own program?
Absolutely! That can work for some people.
The benefit of hiring a fitness coach is having a personalized program created for you to guide you on your physical journey, while also taking into account your movement patterns, schedule, equipment access, and personal physical goals.
Personally, it's also really important to me that you are supported in a way that does not bypass your feelings, or make you feel guilt or shame. It is my priority as a personal trainer that you are seen and heard without judgement or assumptions being made about your lived experience.
My favorite exercise
My favorite exercise is a deadlift because I have been able to lift the heaviest weight!
My favorite quote
"As you start to walk out the way, the way appears." ~Rumi
My training philosophy
I am big on safety and knowing your limitations and then building from there. I have had former trainers ask me to perform exercises that were not for the faint of heart and I did injure myself, so I am big on form, function and reaching your goals set by you.
My training experience
I interned for a year at Cleveland Fitness Revolution and have been working out consistently for 12 years. I have known the Cleveland Fitness Revolution team since 2010. I have had consistent clients since May of 2017.
I am also a trauma-informed coach from a program called Cultivate and continue to do social justice work.
Areas of Expertise
- Core and Balance
- Strength Training
- Flexibility and Mobility
- Muscular Definition
- Functional Training
- Myofascial Release
NCCA Accredited Certifications
Who I Especially Like Working With
Peri/Post-menopausal, Pre/post-natal, Women
Medical Conditions Experience
Fibromyalgia, Knee Pain/Issues, Postural Issues
Training Areas Served
In-home or Outdoor Training
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