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About Vanessa

I'm a certified personal trainer, for both pregnant and non-pregnant women. I have extensive experience working with women of all fitness levels and all ages, and it is 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 specialize in strength training, which is the best way for anyone who is looking to tone, add lean mass, lose fat, and gain muscles and curves. It also comes with the benefits of improved posture, confidence, and life quality.


During pregnancy, there are certain fitness goals we need to put on hold, but in the meantime, we can work with a program that makes postpartum recovery smoother, faster, and healthier, so that you can get back to your desired goals faster, and do so safely. 


I can't wait to meet you, create a fitness plan tailored specifically to your goals, and get to work! :)


Talking to and meeting with clients is my favorite part, so don't hesitate to reach out for a free consultation. 



My favorite exercise

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

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.

Areas of Expertise

  • Strength Training
  • Muscular Definition
  • Muscle Gain
  • Posture
  • Wellness
  • Flexibility and Mobility

NCCA Accredited Certifications

ISSA Certified Personal Trainer

Additional Certifications

ISSA Transformation Specialist, Wageningen University Health & Nutrition, The Academy Group Fitness Instructor, AFPA Certified Prenatal and Postnatal Specialist, Pre/Post Natal


Santa Monica College, Sports & Nutrition

Who I Especially Like Working With

Beginners, Pre/post-natal, Women

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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