I am a NASM-certified personal trainer as well as a trained actor and dancer with a passion for helping people reach their strongest and healthiest potential. I am currently a Master Instructor at a barre studio with locations in Williamsburg, Dumbo and Harlem, where I co-lead teacher trainings and have helped create original formats. My classes are known for their intensity and challenge, but are always fun. I specialize in workouts and training that is:
- low-impact but high-intensity
- focused on lengthening and toning the entire body
- modified for knee/hip and joint injuries
- incorporates barre technique
But I am also able to accomodate many different needs and goals! I'm passionate about helping people reach their strongest, healthiest potential and know first-hand how the benefits of a fitness and wellness regiment can transform your life. Looking forward to working with you and helping you build your strongest and healthiest self.
Areas of Expertise
- Core and Balance
- Flexibility and Mobility
- Muscular Definition
- Myofascial Release
- Strength Training
- Injury Prevention
- Stress Reduction
- Weight Loss
- Corrective Exercise
NCCA Accredited Certifications
BFA in Drama-Musical Theater from NYU
Who I Especially Like Working With
Actors, Beginners, Brides-to-be, Cancer Survivors, Dancers, LGBTQIA, Models, Peri/Post-menopausal, Pre/post-natal, Runners, Women
Medical Conditions Experience
Anxiety, Asthma, Back Pain/Issues, Bone/Joint Injury, Hip Pain/Issues, Hypertension, Joint Pain, Knee Pain/Issues, Lower Body Pain/Issues, Neck Pain, Plantar fasciitis, Postural Issues, Pregnancy, Shoulder Issues, Stress
Additional Languages Spoken
Always love Portia's classes. Challenging but fun and well-paced. My favorite Shaktibarre instructor.
Really love these barre classes, Portia was really great! A good mix of making sure you were comfortable in the exercises as well as pushing you.
Love Portia- her classes are challenging, fun and she knew my name during class which I loved.
Love Portia's classes. Great am workout at a fab studio!
Portia is the best!
I had the pleasure of working with Portia after having a several surgeries. I had past experiences with several types of yoga but was apprehensive to resume my training. My confidence along with my upper body strength was weak! Portia was the perfect instructor. I found her sensitive, caring, kind and when needed firm and persistent. Of course, no need to mention she is a well trained professional. She greeted me on the first day by asking what my goals were and established a workable plan of action. This plan included the type of music I enjoyed working with to how much time had available to practice on my own. No question was unimportant or irrelevant. Her firmness and persistent nature was seen when I wanted to stop and not challenge myself! She is awesome and I am happy that I had the opportunity to work with her.