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About Cara

My training style is informed by my love of strength sports and my background in performance movement – feeling the body from the inside to express and control the exterior. The mind and body are not separated, and the training experience I give my clients leaves them stronger, fitter, and feeling better than when they met me. We don’t live in bodies, we ARE bodies. You will learn classic strength movements like squats, deadlifts and presses as well as how to perform dynamic moving exercises like walking carries and sled movement - all of which build muscle, improve conditioning, and body-awareness. I stress quality of movement and proper mechanics; I want my clients to learn how to lift and exercise in a way that they can sustain for life, injury-free.

Learning to lift is like learning to cook; everyone should know how, but everyone needs to be taught. As a competitive Strongwoman athlete with 16 competitions under my belt who works with a coach herself, I understand that coaching is a role that grows as the relationship with the client grows. I am here to help you explore your abilities, discover new ones, and get on the path toward discovering your body's potential.

My favorite client story

I have a client in her mid sixties who came to me with the goals of "staying healthy, getting stronger, and being able to keep up with my grand children," - she can now deadlift 1.5 times her body-weight, has seen an increase in bone density, can chase her grandkids around all afternoon, not to mention open the toughest of jars (which used to be a significant issue due to the arthritis in her hands).

My favorite exercise

The Farmer Carry - Any ambulatory (walking/moving) exercise where you put your body under a significant resistance are what I call the "Bullet Proofing Exercises" due to the variety of ways in which these movements challenge and strengthen the entire body, from your feet to your upper back, and everything in between. They are a staple of my training programs, from the aging and post-surgery demographics to the aspiring strength athletes. Few things will make you as strong and resilient.

My favorite quote

“If it is important, do it every day. If it’s not important, don’t do it at all.”
? Dan John

My training philosophy

Start with the basics of proven strength science - squat, dead-lift, push, pull, carry. Strive for consistency in the small things. Challenge yourself, don't kill yourself. Train intelligently, not randomly. "There are no limits, only plateaus," (-Bruce Lee) and "you must go beyond them."

My training experience

3+ Years Personal Training, 2 years of competitive strength athletics (Strongwoman)

Areas of Expertise

  • Nutrition
  • Strength Training
  • Weight Loss
  • Muscle Gain
  • Functional Training
  • Wellness

Additional Certifications

NCCPT SmartFit Certified Personal Trainer

Who I Especially Like Working With

Post-rehab, Seniors

164 West 25th Street, 2nd Fl

New York, NY 10001

No Gym Membership Needed!

Whenever I tried to work out myself I would focus on cardio. I always thought that losing weight meant cardio. When working with previous trainers - they would focus on cardio! I found that so boring and never stuck with it. Cara really switches up the exercises and we never do the same thing twice. I look forward to coming to the gym for the first time in my life. We focus on strength training and it makes me want to push myself. Cara is very patient. She explains things different ways until I understand them. She not only makes sure I understand the movement but also why we are doing it and which muscles it is working. Definitely worth my time and money.


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