Evelyn Park-DoobVerified 5 Reviews
I began Birch & Iron Fitness last year because I was tired of an industry telling people they are broken and need to be “fixed,” then profiting off of their insecurities. I train people to move in optimal ways, not only in the gym, but in every life moment, resulting in increased energy dramatically positive physical changes that aren’t dependent on a scale, and overall wellness. My approach to fitness is based in finding sustainable lifestyle habits that will stay with my clients. Get off the diet/ weight loss roller coaster and discover a new approach to sustained lifelong fitness!
My favorite client story
(Shared anonymously and by permission) One of my favorite success stories is of my client who, after being diagnosed with heart disease, and diabetes and feeling like life was happening to her, decided to make her health a priority. I took her from just using the treadmill to finding a consistent cardio and strength training routine that would really address her unique health issues. With consistency, dedication, and TIME, not only did she maintain her smallest size since high school, but she reversed her type 2 diabetes and was taken off all but one of her medications by her physician. We both cried tears of joy that day!
My favorite exercise
Anything body weight!! Seriously though, my favorite is helping the client find their favorite exercise.
My favorite quote
“Justice is love in public.” - Cornel West
My training philosophy
I don’t believe that exercise is punishment or that anyone “owes” society fitness or a certain body type. Whether you have never exercised before, or you are an elite athlete, I meet you where you’re at on your fitness journey and will guide you to unlocking your potential.
My training experience
With more than 30 years experience, I danced as a professional ballerina and have been in the fitness industry since 2004. You name it- TRX, kettlebells, strength and conditioning, cycling, dance, yoga, rock-climbing, I have done it.
Areas of Expertise
- Core and Balance
- Flexibility and Mobility
- Functional Training
NCCA Accredited Certifications
Schwinn Indoor Cycling Certification, TRX Functional Trainer, TRX Suspension and Rip Trainer, TRX Certified Suspension Trainer Level 2, ACE Prenatal/Postnatal, BTS Group Centergy, Dance/Hip Hop Aerobics Instructor
BA in French, BS in Mathematics
Who I Especially Like Working With
Dancers, Disabled, LGBTQIA, Post-rehab, Pre/post-natal, Seniors, Women
Medical Conditions Experience
Autism, Back Pain/Issues, Bone/Joint Injury, Depression, Diabetes, Hip Pain/Issues, Hypertension, Knee Pain/Issues, Lower Body Pain/Issues, Obesity, Piriformis Syndrome, Postural Issues, Sciatica
Additional Languages Spoken
Evelyn is an amazing trainer. I’ve been working with her weekly for almost 6 months and I can see and feel a difference. I like to call her the ‘velvet hammer’. She pushes me to the edge of my capabilities and expects a lot from me, but has an encouraging way of doing so. Of all the trainers, coaches, classes I’ve ever attended, Evelyn very focused on proper form and functional fitness. We’ve worked on posture and flexibility while nailing core strength and general whole body exercises. After my workouts I love the post summary email she sends me and it gives me the opportunity to do it on my own later in the week. I can’t say enough good things. I highly recommend Birch And Iron Fitness and Evelyn. Lastly, Evelyn has a great personality, and is extremely bright, articulate and thoughtful in partnering with you on your wellness journey.
Evelyn at Birch & Iron has been instrumental in helping me reach my goals. She makes working out a lot of fun and avoids monotony by varying the program very well. She genuinely cares and invests in her clients so much. Evelyn is also very knowledgeable. I highly recommend Birch & Iron, especially for beginners!
Working out with Evelyn was exactly what I was looking for. She approaches fitness from a body positive point of view, where goals center more around strength and overall fitness then weight loss. She was able to work with me within my limitations and stressed the importance of listening to the body and self care. She would make modifications as needed for my large figure and understood how to excersize my desired target areas while teaching me about fitness overall. She pushed me to strive for my goals with positive reinforcement and has allowed me to feel stronger, healthier, and happier with my bodies capabilities. I would highly reccomend Birch & Iron for anyone looking to improve thier fitness while also maintaining healthy body image!
I enjoyed my first exercise session with Evelyn very much. She is truly professional and very knowledgeable about the proper technique of exercising. She understands my needs and will help me reach my goal to return to a healthy lifestyle.
The best trainer that I met in these 3 years since I moved to the states. I've been training with Evelyn for more than 6 months already, and I can see the changes happened on my body since the first 3 months that we began. Thanks for Evelyn, she's professional and knowledgeable. Not only training for more capability on strength and core powers, but also helps on building my muscles in a perfectly shape. I am so glad that I made the right decision to hire her and help me workout more efficiently. And she made my training sessions so enjoyable.
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