Thanks for stopping by. Since you clicked the about tab, you’re probably wanting to get to know more about who I am, why I am doing what I do and most importantly, what I can do for you.
So, I’m Rachel. That’s Sydney in the picture with me. We’re happy you found us!
I am going to cut to the chase and tell you that the biggest part of what I do for people is cut through the bullshit.
I am not here to sell you a 6 week program making promises that I can’t keep.
If you are looking for a quick fix or a jump start that will get you the abs and ass of your dreams in mere months, you’ve stumbled into the wrong place. Hey...it’s not that I have anything against wanting those things, I just do things a little different.
I work with people that want to change their lives and they realize it’s not going to be a trendy workout or the most popular fad diet that’s going to get them what they want. I work with people that want a lifestyle that fits who they are. They’ve tried it the other way around…morphing themselves into someone else’s idea of a perfect lifestyle. It’s no fun and quite frankly, it just doesn’t work.
When you approach health and fitness wholeheartedly, meaning that it honors who you are mind and body, your whole life will follow suit. Relationships get better. More opportunities arise because you are more confident and living more in alignment with yourself and you can even find yourself more comfortable financially. It’s all connected.
So, why should you listen to me?
Well, I have been there. I have been super fit and miserable. I have also been out of shape and miserable. I have been sick. I have been injured. I have been in that place where you just feel completely stuck and unhappy. I have managed a chronic, incurable disease since I was a teenager. You can read more about my personal story below.
I have made mistakes. Lots of mistakes. But, I have also had incredible results with my clients. My clients tend to be long term. (I am coming up on a 19 year anniversary with one of my clients.)
My intuition and skill has grown tremendously through my own personal struggles and even more so with having the experience of working with many different types of clients over the years. I know you are unique and I have learned not to assume two cases that are similar need the same thing.
I don’t just have the experience, I have the “official” stuff too and you can read more about that below.
I am dedicated to making total health and total fitness DO-able for ALL!
I haven’t always adopted a wholehearted mindset around being fit. I grew up in a home where my mom cooked meals every night and they were generally what was thought to be healthy at the time. We always had packed lunches that probably weren’t much better than the hot lunches in hindsight, but, from the knowledge we had back then, we were eating well.
On weekends I got to eat all the garbage I wanted. My gram would take all of us grandkids grocery shopping on Friday to stock up for our sleepovers. We spent every weekend we could over there and it was the best. She would make popcorn on the stove and it wasn’t Jiffy Pop! A roasting pan would get filled up and we all sat around it chowing down while we watched ON TV (anyone remember that?). Back in those days fitness or health were so far from my mind. If I were someone observing me, I would worry about my future health.
I was downright skinny most of my younger life. I didn’t think much about it. I rode horses and was active non-stop. I ate whatever I wanted. In fact, I had a really nasty habit in high school that you can read about here.
The thing is, although I looked great, I felt pretty awful on the inside. I hated my body.
I hated my body for being bony when I was in middle school. I thought I was fat in high school. (I was around 105-110 pounds all of high school). I hated how white my skin was. I hated the fact that I had freckles. My hair was too straight. I hated so many things about myself I am pretty sure I could not have named anything I liked.
I also started suffering from endometriosis at the age of 13. It went undiagnosed until I was in my 30’s. It played a really big role in hating my body back then. The pain was excruciating and the disease itself made every-day life as a teenager way more difficult than it already is for most.
I have been all over the gamut with my fitness level. I have been super fit. I have been out of shape. I was well into adulthood before I stopped hating my body at any fitness level. You know what? You can’t show up in the world the way you should when you are so busy hating on yourself. And, to make matters worse, I was coaching other people. I felt like a fraud. The pressure we put on ourselves is bad enough, but, the pressure there is to look a certain way when you are a trainer is pretty rough.
I really started to transform after my diagnosis of endometriosis. #1 I finally had someone give me a reason for not being able to function the way I wanted to and the way others were able to. #2 I wasn’t going to accept that I would have to be on heavy drugs and have multiple more surgeries. I started to look at the world in a whole new way. I chose a holistic approach to treatment. I opted for no more drugs or surgery. I was researching everything health and fitness constantly.
I got even better at coaching people. I became much more empathic and eventually ditched a lot of what I knew with creating programs for myself and for clients. I ditched the strict planning for a more intuitive approach. Clients were happier and getting better results. I was happier and had a lot less down time.
I am still a work in progress, but, isn’t that what life is about? The difference today is that I am happy with where I am. As a result, my health is better. I feel better and I look good.
When I am not blogging, working with clients or coaching ice skating, you can find me playing around in the gym, hiking, trail running or just hanging out with my dog, Sydney, friends or family.
The Official Stuff
Rachel is a health and fitness expert holding certifications as a personal trainer and a health coach through the American Council of Exercise and as a Holistic Life Coach. She has an education in physical therapy and almost 20 years of experience helping people achieve total health and fitness. Over the years she has worked with a wide variety of clients ranging from kids to the elderly, with goals ranging from performance enhancement to improving health to get off of medications to changing physique.
Rachel makes education a priority. She strongly believes in continuous learning and that it is important to invest in education to better serve people. She attends seminars, workshops, and summits regularly.
She has been active in the sport of figure skating as a participant, and currently as a coach. She was an active competitor in equestrian hunter/jumper events beginning at a very young age and today she enjoys trail running with her pal, Sydney.
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