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About Courtney

In the 18 years I have been a trainer, I have benefited from working with people from all walks of life. I thoroughly enjoy working with people and new challenges as a trainer. Each session focuses not only on intensity but also on educating and motivating my clients. You can expect my undivided attention during each training session and a fun, upbeat atmosphere. Each workout will be tailored specifically to your goals and physical capabilities.

My role in improving my client's quality of life is as an educator, motivator, and designer of personalized fitness programs. I stress the long-term health benefits of improving one's strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular fitness, which invariably lead to better appearance, a positive outlook on life, and enhanced self-esteem.


My favorite client story

This is not fair to choose just one favorite! I have 3 pretty amazing stories so I ll keep it short. Laney lost over 100lbs. in 1 year. She was down to 150lbs. before I moved to Houston. No shortcuts, no diet pills, just eating clean and training 3 days a week with me. Morgan and Liz both came to me to prepare for their first figure competitions. Both are now placing in the top 5 at national shows, soon to earn their pro cards.

My favorite exercise

Squats, because if I have to choose just one, it is the most effective. Squats are considered a vital exercise for increasing the strength and size of the legs and buttocks, as well as developing core strength. Isometrically, the lower back, the upper back, the abdominals, the trunk muscles, the costal muscles, and the shoulders and arms are all essential to the exercise and thus are trained when squatting with the proper form.[

My favorite quote

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." Marianne Williamson

My training philosophy

My role in improving my clients' quality of life is that of an educator, motivator and designer of personalized fitness programs. I stress the long-term health benefits of improving one's strength, flexibility and cardiovascular fitness which invariably lead to better appearance, positive outlook on life and enhanced self-esteem.

My training experience

Independent Personal Trainer since 2003. Published Fitness Model since 2008. IFBB Figure Pro since 2010. Cancer Exercise Specialist for the Comprehensive Lifestyle Change Research study at MDAnderson since Feb 2013

Areas of Expertise

  • Strength Training
  • Weight Loss
  • Functional Training
  • Sports Performance Training

NCCA Accredited Certifications

The Cooper Institute Certified Personal Trainer
NESTA Certified Personal Trainer
ISSA Certified Personal Trainer

Additional Certifications

ACSM Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer

Who I Especially Like Working With

Brides-to-be, Cancer Survivors, Pre/post-natal

Medical Conditions Experience

Addiction, Back Pain/Issues, Bone/Joint Injury, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Joint Pain, Stroke, Stroke recovery

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