Hi there, My name is Lisa and I absolutely love fitness! Probably annoyingly so :-) Haha. As a gymnast from a young age I spent a lot of time developing my skills as an athlete and enjoyed it. After about 13 years of being a club gymnast I switched gears to be a college cheerleader at University of Michigan. It was incredible to be part of an amazing team and continue to stay fit as well as get a degree in Biopsychology and Neuroscience. After undergrad, I worked as a trainer for two years, led group fitness classes and was a idoor cycling instructor. It was a truly fantastic experience and it really never felt like work.
After those full time years, I decided to pursue dentistry as I have always been big into science and health care. Through school at NYU, I still continued to teach spin classes and group fitness classes like Strength and Conditioning or Bosu classes. I didn't have quite as much free time but couldnt pull me away from it. Thus, why I now am working part time as Personal trainer and Dentist. Hmm... I wonder who would you rather see? Haha
Ok! Enough talking about myself. My goal is to help you achieve your goals! A lot of what we can do together is based on setting specific goals and giving the proper time to achieve them. Whether it is weight loss, strength gains or sport specific we can come up with an exercise plan tailored perfectily for you. I have been fortunate enough to work with many different ages and experience levels. My goal is always to keep things interesting and fun where you are looking forward to working out.
I would love to meet you and help you reach all your fitness goals!
My favorite client story
Wow tough one. I do pride myself on having very successful trainees and it is hard to pick just one. I guess one I will talk about Sarah (not real name). Sarah was 48 and had been in a very challenging and abusive marriage. She came to me after recently being divorced to help feel better and lose weight. She had 3 children and didn't have much time to herself. When I met her I could feel her sadness even through her seemingly bubbly personality. She had a goal of losing 25 lbs and to become more fit overall. She struggled with not having any energy to play with kids or do much of anything but watch tv.
When younger she was about 90 pounds lighter than present. But like a lot of women, after each pregnancy she kept a little extra weight on. After that there was the strain of being a mom, working full time and a unsupportive husband. This caused additional weight gain as well as more negative body image. She used food to cope with stress. This is very common. She also didn't have a ton of time to work out. She gave so much to her family and work that working out was not possible.
On our first meeting, I spent time getting to know Sarah. I wanted to know all the normal stuff . Like do you like running or lifting weights. Whats your favorite exercise and so on. But also I wanted to know how I could help her. She had been taking care of everyone else and somehow she didn't feel that she deserved time to her self. In my mind all I could think is for this time together we are going to get fit, have fun and Im gonna do my absolute best to make her reach her goals.
So we set some goals. Pretty easy ones at first but they evolved as she improved her cardiorespiratory system and strength. I went at a relatively slow pace because she hadn't worked out in a long time.
Throughout the months, I truly looked forward to sessions with Sarah. She was losing weight, getting stronger and moving forward with her life. We crushed her initial goal of her losing 25 pounds and kept moving forward. Over the course of next few months she continued to get fit cardiovascularly , more flexible and more overall muscle tone. She looked like a different person! When everything we reached our final goal she had lost 100 pounds and weighed less than she did in high school! We are now in a maintenance phase and she has kept weight off and stayed fit for 3 years.
She recently remarried and so glad she has made a new life for herself.
I know its sounds cheesy but exercise can change your life in the best way, It helps with stress reduction and release great endorphins in the body. So it's worth the hardwork.
My favorite exercise
I really enjoy HIIT . High Intensity Interval Training . It just works for me . Not all people love it so thats why I like to try many different types of workouts with individuals.
My favorite quote
"The only bad workout is the one that didn't happen"
My training philosophy
Lets reach your goals however we can. This will be different for everyone. I usually start slow and see what we can achieve together. If you want to puke first visit I'm not your trainer. This is to help you be able work out on your own, enjoy workouts and meet goals.
My training experience
I have been a trainer for 10+ years.
Areas of Expertise
- Strength Training
- Weight Loss
- Muscular Definition
- Muscle Gain
- Stress Reduction
- Flexibility and Mobility
- Cardiovascular Conditioning
- Cross Training
NCCA Accredited Certifications
BS in University of Michigan, DDS from NYU College of Dentistry
Who I Especially Like Working With
Bariatric, Beginners, Brides-to-be, Cancer Survivors, Dancers, Men, Middle-aged, Overweight/ Obese, Pre/post-natal, Student-athletes, Women, Youth
Medical Conditions Experience
Depression, Knee Pain/Issues, Limited Mobility, Obesity, Plantar fasciitis, Pregnancy, Shoulder Issues, Stress, TMJ
Training Areas Served
In-home, Outdoor or Virtual Training
Lisa is a wonderful trainer! Always thinking of creative ways to get me in shape. Very fun personality as well. I highly recommend her :-)
I have had several personal trainers through out the years but none as knowledgeable and awesome as Lisa. My sessions were fun, informative, and highly productive. Her enthusiasm and love for fitness makes training fun. She pushes you, teaches you, and helps you through out the session. I highly recommend her!