ACE certified personal trainer

Debbie Smesko lightening bolt

8 Reviews
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About Debbie

Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person's physical, emotional, and mental states. Changing lives one exercise at a time!



My favorite client story

I have many favorite client stories but if I had to chose one, it would be my client who trained for the NYC marathon with me. We would get up in the dark, run our miles, do our strength training routines, go to work, take care of our families and repeat for several months. The victorious look on my client's face as she crossed the finish line was priceless!

My favorite exercise

One legged squat is one of my favorite exercises because it incorporates function, strength and balance all in one exercise. I have certifications in: GTS (Gravity Training systems) Personal Trainer, Post-Rehab. Power Plate Personal Training. ACE Certified Personal Trainer

My favorite quote

Don't say you can't, say you will try!

My training philosophy

Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person's physical, emotional, and mental states. Changing lives... One exercise at a time!

My training experience

Bio. As a trainer of 34 years, I have filled the role of group aerobics instructor, aerobic club director, personal trainer and post -rehab specialist. I have clients with medical conditions such as Parkinson's, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis. Doctors refer rehab patients to me. I have trained athletes and people looking to get fit and healthy. Changing Lives...One Exercise at a Time

Areas of Expertise

  • Strength Training
  • Weight Loss
  • Functional Training
  • Core and Balance
  • Flexibility and Mobility
  • Muscular Definition
  • Muscle Gain
  • Posture
  • TRX
  • Sports Performance Training
  • Myofascial Release
  • Cardiovascular Conditioning
  • Cross Training
  • Injury Prevention
  • Wellness
  • Corrective Exercise

NCCA Accredited Certifications

ace certification ACE Certified Personal Trainer

Additional Certifications

Gravity Training Personal Trainer


Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist CMTPT

Who I Especially Like Working With


Medical Conditions Experience

ACL tear, Ankle Injury, Anxiety, Arthritis, Artificial Knees, Autoimmune Diseases, Back Pain/Issues, Bad Posture, Bone/Joint Injury, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Fibromyalgia, Golfers Elbow, Hamstring Issues, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Hip Pain/Issues, Hypertension, Joint Pain, Joint Replacement, Knee Pain/Issues, Limited Mobility, Lower Body Pain/Issues, Lyme Disease, Menopause, Metabolic Dysfunction, Neck Pain, Obesity, Osteoporosis, Paraplegia, Parkinson's Disease, Piriformis Syndrome, Plantar fasciitis, Postural Issues, Prediabetes, Pregnancy, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Rotator Cuff Issues, Sciatica, Scoliosis, Shoulder Issues, Stress, Stroke, Tennis Elbow, Visually Impaired (Blind)

Address Provided Upon Booking

Tampa, FL 33556

No Gym Membership Needed!

I have been going to Debbie for over 10 years and would highly recommend her. Debbie has state of the art equipment, a large studio and all the conveniences you need. She has a vast knowledge of her craft and keeps her students informed with follow ups via email and always has extra time to discuss any questions. I always enjoy my workout because it is never repetitive and she works different muscles groups every time. She has made my quality of life much better and will always be grateful to her for that.

Mark S.

My husband and I have been training with Debbie for the past two years. My husband is 80 years old and has Parkinson's disease with all its symptoms and has difficulty maintaining a high enough blood pressure to remain upright. He has seen three different physical therapists in the past and none of them came close to helping him as much as Debbie has. She closely monitors his blood pressure during his sessions and adjusts his work out (standing, lying, sitting) as needed. She varies the workout each time and he has both strength and aerobic work in each session. He has developed strength and has increased mobility since working with Debbie. She has made a world of difference. She also trains me in the same sessions and has helped me with increased strength and balance. She really encourages us to try new things and do our best. She is a wonderful cheerleader. We are never bored and always enjoy Debbie's great personality and sense of humor. We feel so lucky to have found her!

Mary Ann H.

So blessed I found Debbie!! I am going on 50 now and have always been active but I tend to overdo it. I have caused myself many injuries and was getting to the point of needing more recovery time than exercise time. Debbie is a rehab specialist so she knows how to do things properly and not cause injury. Trust me, I have had trainers that did cause me injury. I feel safe and secure with Debbie while at the same time getting a great, sweaty, get-you-heart-rate-up type of workout. The workouts ALWAYS include weight training AND cardio. She has excellent equipment in her gym and is fully versed on each piece of equipment. Debbie also thrives on research and finding the best exercises/stretches for her clients and keeping up with the latest studies. Her workouts are individualized to each persons needs - no one ever does the same workout twice and no one is ever doing the same workout as anyone else. She is simply amazing and cares so much for each of her clients - she is family. Being Debbie's client has allowed me to live the active life I love so much. I was headed down an ugly path of injury but she showed me a better, safer path and I LOVE IT!

Ana G.

I'm a relatively new client (a little over a year) but have been impressed with the individualized workouts she creates for her clients based on your abilities and/or prior injuries. It's never the same workout so it does not get boring and keeps you engaged and wanting to come back for more. Always love the way I feel after each workout, I currently do two 90-minute sessions a week. As you progress and are able to do more, she will adjust the workouts to ensure you're getting the maximum benefit. She works with you if you have new injuries incurred from every day living and always shares new or relevant information, stretches or other "homework" she believes may be useful to her clients' general health and well-being. An incredible trainer (I've tried many in the past 5 years), beyond happy that I found her!

Toni D.

Debbie is an excellent trainer. No two workouts are ever the same. That is the great thing about her, she keeps it different and exciting while pushing you to become stronger and healthier person. I would highly recommend Debbie as a trainer to anyone without hesitation. She is a wonderful trainer and an even better person.

Aldo O.

I have been Debbie's client for many years and I look forward to my workouts now as much as I did the first day. I have two 90 minute sessions a week during which Debbie provides a workout tailored to my needs, including aerobic exercise (usually 400 calories a session) strength training, balance, floor exercises etc. She is constantly doing research to provide new and challenging workouts every session. I have had a broken hip, shoulder, kneecap and could be looking at a knee replacement in the future. Debbie has provided my rehab for all these injuries and pushed me so that I regained 100% function after every injury. Debbie's gym has state of the art equipment and is constantly being upgraded when new machines become available, such as the Power Plate. At 75 years of age I cannot imagine my life without Debbie and look forward to many more years with her. She is truly "the best"!

Roberta S.

I have been a client of Debbie's for over 14 years, and during that time, her expertise in health and fitness has helped me maintain strength, stamina and overall wellness. Her routines are innovative, her motivation is outstanding and her gym is outfitted with terrific equipment that engages all muscle groups for a full-body workout. What Debbie does that makes her even more of a fantastic trainer is that she takes the time to continually assess my body, and adjust my workouts to be highly effective and tailored specifically to my goals. Her positive energy and personality also plays a big part in her being so amazing at keeping me in shape and keeping my workouts fun. Debbie's a truly fantastic personal trainer that I would highly recommend to anyone who wants to get healthy, and have a great time doing it!

Tayseer Z.

Debbie has been personally training me for over 5 years now and she is the best. Her routines consistantly work the various areas of my body utilizing all the equipment she has available in her gym. She is very current and continues to mix it up so it never becomes mundane or boring. She is always looking for new ways to challenge her clients for a maximum result. I would recommend her to anyone who wishes to get a great workout whether it's once or ongoing. She is great!

Cammie A.

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