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About Katharine

Lifelong health and fitness enthusiast and Certified Personal Trainer. My continual fitness journey is driven by the desire to become the best, strongest, and most healthy version of myself. I hope to support you in doing the same! I promise to meet you where you are, and design a safe, challenging, and effective workout plan to help you achieve your goals. 

My favorite exercise

Planks! A strong core is key. Plus, there are SO many variations.

My favorite quote

“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable. Every step toward the goals requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.” -MLK

My training philosophy

I train because it profoundly effects my quality of life. When I am physically fit and strong, I have more energy, sleep better, think more clearly, have fewer aches and pains, and I feel happier, calmer and less stressed. The mental health component of exercise is REAL. Our bodies and minds are meant for movement, so let's keep it that way!

My training experience

My background is in Functional Training. There are different perspectives and definitions on this, but here is mine: Functional Training builds flexibility, mobility, and strength by utilizing the body's natural movement patterns (Push, pull, hinge, squat), unilateral training, and deep core strengthening. Training this way helps you to decrease pain and prevent injury, move better, and feel better.

Areas of Expertise

  • Core and Balance
  • Strength Training
  • Weight Loss
  • Muscle Gain
  • Functional Training
  • Cardiovascular Conditioning
  • Wellness

NCCA Accredited Certifications

ace certification ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor
ace certification ACE Certified Personal Trainer

Additional Certifications



Master's Degree in Social Work

Additional Languages Spoken


Training Areas Served

In-home, Outdoor or Virtual Training

5600 Central Ave

Ocean City, NJ 08226

Session Surcharge: $15

No Gym Membership Needed!

Katharine is great! I have worked out with Katharine at her house and in the park, both were challenging and fun. The next day I wasn't so sore that I could not walk but I was sore in places I have never been sore before! Looking forward to the next session with her.


Katharine is really the best trainer in Philly. She has a super friendly and approachable attitude and makes you feel very comfortable working with her, no matter what your fitness level is or body type. However, she is not afraid to push you! I really appreciate her general approach to fitness and health and she is awesome a creating a workout plan that is realistic and effective. WORK WITH HER! You won't be disappointed. PS. Don't be fooled by her...she may be tiny but she is all muscle.

Caroline E.

Katharine was phenomenal, the reason for this is twofold: 1) Katharine was very, very knowledgable. Before I worked out with her, I thought working out was just lifting stuff, over and over again. And again. I was ignorant of the science and care that went into the whole endeavor. Therefore, when I worked out with Katharine, I appreciated it greatly when she explained the science behind each movement and what it did to my body, even as basic yet crucial as how to breath well during exercise. In short, Katharine taught me a great deal; she knew what she talked about; I look forwarded to our sessions every time! 2) Katharine was very patient and nurturing. Before our sessions, my body was weak and very, very stiff -- my body would get tired quite soon and I could take a while to finish a set. But she was very patient with me, and yet continued to challenge me. In doing so she helped me realize that working out actually required one's effort of mind, or will, before body. So, with Katharine, both my mind and body were working out. I found that very helpful! I would conclude by saying that working out with Katharine was a holistic and efficient experience, intellectually and physically, and that she totally exceeded my expectation and made working out meaningful, and worthwhile. Katharine was a phenomenal trainer and teacher, and I highly recommend her!

Wyatt L.

Katharine was amazing! Very encouraging and motivating. The workout was challenging but not to the point where I felt sick. I recommend anyone sign on with her. I promise no one would be disappointed. Katherine is absolutely great and I can’t wait for our next session!

Genevieve R.

Great coach and partner! Katharine has been great to work with. Even meeting virtually, she's well attuned to how much effort it's taking me to move through the workout and adjusts as we go. The workouts she has designed for me have been challenging without feeling impossible, and I feel confident that I'll be able to reach my goals with her help.

Jessica L.

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