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About Terra

* I work only in Manhattan and remotely. Please feel free to message me with scheduling questions as I may be able to fit you in a time slot not shown. 

Working with me is an investment of your time and resources. I will make sure this investment returns dividends to your health. As your coach, my purpose is to use my expertise to help you reach your goals. I have committed myself to a life of learning and experience so that you can feel confident in your commitment to me as your coach. I offer:

20 years of experience in the fitness and health industry

Bachelors in Kinesiology from U of WI

Masters of Healthcare Administration from Columbia

10 years working in physical rehab

NASM certified personal trainer with certifications in Olympic lifting, Kettlebells, Pre/Post Natal, Tai Qi, and Qi Gong

Precision Nutrition Level 2 Health and Wellness Coach (candidate for board certification)

ISSA Specialist in Performance Nutrition

Pilates mat, reformer, and chair

After an initial consultation, my clients receive a personalized fitness and nutrition program that outlines the path to their goals. Your daily activity and recovery are monitored and tracked to ensure you are making progress outside of our sessions. 

***I am now working with clients living with chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and Long Covid. I have designed a program with the input of specialists to help clients manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life.***

My favorite client story

Every client's journey is their own and they have the chance to create their own story. I am the coach that provides the tools for them to create the path to their results.

My favorite exercise

Anything done with intention and intensity

My favorite quote

Fail to plan is planning to fail

My training philosophy

A training plan should be purposeful, challenging and progressive
A workout makes you sweat but training makes you an athlete

My training experience

I've done the gamut from triathlons, martial arts, Tai Qi, bodybuilding, and pilates. Now I believe in a healthy balance of challenging workouts and quality nutrition.

Areas of Expertise

  • Pilates
  • Strength Training
  • Sports Performance Training
  • Weight Loss
  • Nutrition
  • Core and Balance
  • Posture
  • Kettlebells
  • Injury Prevention
  • Stress Reduction
  • Wellness
  • Corrective Exercise

NCCA Accredited Certifications

NASM Certified Personal Trainer

Additional Certifications

ISSA Performance Nutrition Specialist, PAI Mat, Reformer Pilates Instructor, Kunyu Mountain Shaolin Martial Arts Academy Tai Qi - Qi gong, Precision Nutrition Level 2, FMS Level 1, Kettlebells Levels 1 & 2, CPR/AED/First Aid, BS in Health Science


BS Kinesiology, Univ. Wisconsin, Master's Degree in Healthcare Administration from Columbia

Who I Especially Like Working With

Actors, Bariatric, Beginners, Bodybuilders, Brides-to-be, Disabled, Middle-aged, Models, Overweight/ Obese, Post-rehab, Pre/post-natal, Rehab, Seniors, Women

Medical Conditions Experience

ACL tear, Anxiety, Bone/Joint Injury, Depression, Diastasis Recti, Hernia, Infertility, Joint Pain, Joint Replacement, Knee Pain/Issues, Limited Mobility, Lower Body Pain/Issues, Neck Pain, Obesity, Osteoporosis, Plantar fasciitis, Postural Issues, Prediabetes, Pregnancy, Rotator Cuff Issues, Sciatica, Scoliosis, Shoulder Issues, Stress

Training Areas Served

54 W 39th Street

New York, NY 10018

Session Surcharge: $35

No Gym Membership Needed!

230 East 53rd Street, New York, NY

New York, NY 10022

Session Surcharge: $35

No Gym Membership Needed!

10 Hanover Square

New York, NY 10005

Session Surcharge: $25

No Gym Membership Needed!

I am 54 years old and started working out with Terra a year ago. Although I was not terribly overweight, I had lost muscle mass, and fat had accumulated around my torso and on my thighs. I had terrible brain fog every afternoon to the point where I could barely function at work by 4 pm. I had problems regulating my blood sugar and low energy overall. After working out with Terra for a few months, I started to feel better. Terra comes to my home twice a week for an hour-long workout where we do core and Pilates exercises, and then interval training using an elliptical and weights. Terra also gives me "homework" to do every day which includes walking, and I try to do at least one more workout during the week on my own. Terra also provides good life coaching advice while you are working out with her: to create your core values such as exercising, eating right, and thinking positively about living a healthy, balanced life. Terra is a highly educated trainer who understands the physiology of the exercise program that she tailors to your individual needs. A year later, I feel so much better! My core is much stronger, my shoulders are broader and more muscular then they've ever been. My arms and legs are toned, and I even have muscles above my knees now, instead of fat. I haven't changed my clothing size, but clothes fit and look better on me. I no longer have blood sugar drops during the day and the brain fog happens much less frequently. I am feeling much more positive about life in general, and I know a lot of this is because of having Terra in my life!

Katherine M.

I highly recommend Terra to help you reach your health goals - both physical and mental. Terra practices what she preaches.....consistency, challenge oneself, self reflection and ownership of your health. Under Terra's guidance, I've vastly improved my core strength and my running form. I'm stronger than I have been in years (after having 3 children). I feel good about my physical fitness and overall health. Thank you Terra!!

Lona M.

Knowledge is the key on any journey, and because of Terra I was able to start off on the right foot. She gave me an appreciation for how good health, nutrition and fitness could affect my life and make me a better mommy. Because of her guidance, I've created a lifelong habit that has not only made me feel better, thereby giving me more confidence, but I also got my pre-baby body back and look even better than before!! Would I recommend her? Hell yeah! (As long as it doesn't interfere with OUR session ;)

Kanya G.

Terra's been a great trainer for my husband and I. She's been really flexible to listen to both of our needs and to help us move towards our different physical goals. My husband was coming back from a shoulder injury that Terra has been very careful to work around. She clearly knows her stuff and helps us workout in a smart way to prevent re-injuries. Her workouts are very challenging, but they are the right type of "challenging". The workouts are focused on where we are and our capabilities. We highly recommend working with Terra.

Zac & JO

As a current client of Terra’s, I can attest that she is absolutely the best personal trainer I have ever worked with. Whether you are bulking up or slimming down, trying to improve your health or just improve your strength, Terra has the background and the commitment to help you succeed. I first began training with Terra in 2013. I rapidly improved my strength, Cardio, and endurance. I have never gotten results like these from any other trainer. I believe this is because she not only understands the science of personal training, and also understands the science of motivation. When you feel like you can't keep going, Terra will get you there. Terra was very much able to help me achieve my PR in the New York marathon.  Without her help and guidance, I’m positive I would not have been able to achieve the great results. No matter what your fitness goals, I am certain that Terra will be more than able to help you get there!


LOVED meeting with Terra. She took the time to listen to my unique needs and built a program that made sense for my body. She's compassionate and personable, and great to work with!

Ciara U.

I was working with Terra for a few months before the Pandemic took hold. When I began, I was overweight and very stiff-jointed. I had trainers in the past, so I was prepared to work. The difference here is who knew working out could be fun. We did stretching, squats, deadlifts, beginner's push-ups, and my favorite; I got to put on boxing gloves and work out a little frustration. Who knew I would feel ever so much better after Terra's visit. After the city closed down, Terra and I continued our sessions via Facetime. We adjusted to this new world. I continued to workout during the week. Unfortunately, I lost my job due to Covid, so my world needed further adjustments which meant giving up any extras. I miss Terra and our sessions and the way she kept me motivated. Now, I continue to workout. I have a glider, tons of weights, and places to attach rubber ropes that I can pull.

Geri G.

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