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About Vanessa

It's incredible how empowering a strong and resilient body is. Muscles look good on everyone, regardless of your fitness goals. As your personal trainer, I make it my priority to create a sustainable, challenging, and transformational program for you to reach your fitness goals and watch yourself elevate in every aspect of life.


I'm an ISSA-certified personal trainer in downtown LA. I'm happy to train at your gym, in-home, and online. 


Apart from having me as your strength training coach, I partner with a dietitian to ensure you get the best support & results from both ends. We deliver streamlined programs for you to follow and are your high-energy, feel-good support team.

My favorite client story

Starting with a personal trainer for the first time can be daunting and a lot of people are nervous leading up to the first session. So it's so amazing to me when those same clients later tell me that I managed to make them feel safe, comfortable, and empowered and that they're excited to come back for the next session. Training should feel accessible and tailored to your level.

My favorite exercise

Pull-ups for sure. Such an impressive exercise to master!

My favorite quote

Discomfort is the only thing standing between you and the results you want

My training philosophy

I believe in making fitness feel easy and accessible for all levels, instead of feeding the portrayed picture of it being something for the most advanced, disciplined, and hardcore people. There are training styles for every level, and with small steps and consistency, the results always come.

My training experience

I've trained since high school. I started, like most girls, on the treadmill to get the body I wanted. Realized that wasn't key to my goals, so I started lifting weights instead. Fast-forward 9 years, and I'm happier and more confident than ever in my own body.

Areas of Expertise

  • Strength Training
  • Weight Loss
  • Muscular Definition
  • Muscle Gain
  • Posture
  • Wellness

NCCA Accredited Certifications

ISSA Certified Personal Trainer

Additional Certifications

ISSA Transformation Specialist, Wageningen University Health & Nutrition, The Academy Group Fitness Instructor


Santa Monica College, Sports & Nutrition

Who I Especially Like Working With

Beginners, Women

Additional Languages Spoken


Vanessa is truly one of the most genuine, passionate, & caring trainers I've ever met. She goes above & beyond for her clients by helping them reach their fitness goals, coming up with ideas for meal plans, and researching workouts that make sense for them. I hired Vanessa to help me get in shape and about a month into our training I found out I was pregnant. Vanessa created a work out regimen for me that I could do throughout my pregnancy as well as during postpartum. She has motivated & inspired me to live a healthier lifestyle! I highly recommend Vanessa, she goes above and beyond for her clients!


Wow where do I begin. It's been a struggle as a female finding a trainer that you can be comfortable enough around yet still be challenged by and Vanessa is it! Trainers in the past would either be too aggressive and not listen to me when I tell them about my body, or they would simply not care at all and let me slack way too much. Vanessa hears me when I speak about my strengths and weaknesses and truly caters to them while pushing me out of the comfort zone. I really appreciate her motivation style and it's the first time I've seen actual results! Highly recommend Vanessa!

Tracy S.

I love the way Vanessa coaches with enthusiasm and understanding of my challenges, and her exercises are easy to understand and fun to follow. I’ve had other personal trainers, but Vanessa is, by far, the best!!


Vanessa is very devoted to her job and what I like most about her is that she’s very flexible in making workouts fit to each individual person even in a group setting. She’s very motivating by using different means of encouragement to make sure the clients not only accomplish the training sessions but also follow a healthy lifestyle in general.


I have been training on & off with personal trainers for years and Vanessa is by far the BEST! Her approach is very balanced and she motivates her clients & pushes them to their limits while also being gentle. She is also very sweet and I enjoy not only training with her but chatting with her as well. She is always willing to give advice on nutrition & training tips, even off schedule. Training with Vanessa is always challenging yet enjoyable.

Arpi A.

Working out with Vanessa has been an amazing journey for me. I’ve been training with Vanessa for about 6 months and I’m so proud of the progress I’ve made. She really cares about her clients and puts so much time and effort in creating an amazing workout plan. Not only she is professional and passionate about fitness, very knowledgeable about nutrition, but she’s also extremely organized and very flexible with her schedule. On top of that, she’s a very kind and down to earth person which actually makes workouts easier and more enjoyable. I can not recommend her enough. If you’re looking for a personal trainer, Vanessa is the BEST!!! Highly recommend!


Vanessa is a dream come true fitness trainer that has changed my life by changing the way that I approach physical training. She gradually took me from being someone unwilling to take on strength training to now being in the best shape that I’ve ever been in. I would recommend Vanessa over any personal trainer, fitness program, or even gym for that matter. Vanessa is professional, reliable, accommodating, patient, and unbelievably genuine. I only wish I would have found her sooner.

Maria R.

Vanessa is absolutely fantastic! She listened to me to really understand my approach to living a healthier lifestyle. She worked with me through my limitations and found workouts that fit. I already feel lighter and happier and supported. It’s nice to know you have someone so awesome on your team, lifting you up, and helping you on your fitness journey!


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