“When I was six months postpartum, I felt really down about how my body looked and functioned. I was frustrated and confused because I’d had no real direction from my doctor regarding how to exercise and I felt like I had no core strength. Finding the time to take care of myself seemed daunting as new mom.
I heard about Laura via Facebook and contacted her for a consultation in July. At our initial appointment, she confirmed I had moderate abdominal wall separation or diastasis—hence the lack of core strength—and reassured me that anything she programmed would improve my situation, not hinder it. We agreed to work together twice a week. I scheduled cardio exercise in addition to those sessions.
After three months, mentally, I feel like I’m a better wife and mother because I’m making time to work on myself. Physically, I feel my core and arm strength returning, which helps me tremendously while carrying, picking up, and chasing after my daughter. My posture has also improved!
In addition, Laura and I have worked on the connection breath and, most recently, prehab exercises for running so I know I’m engaging my pelvic floor so I’m not overdoing my training. Laura is great about keeping me accountable for efforts outside of my sessions. Her pre- and postnatal certification allows her to coach in a way that is safe and effective for moms.” Amy Johnson, current client
“Before I enlisted Laura as my trainer, I lacked the motivation to work out, especially because I didn’t want to do it alone. In the past, I’d mostly done cardio, so I wasn’t as familiar with weight machines and how to use them.
I think a lot of people are self-conscious about asking for help when it comes to fitness goals because they feel like they should know how to perform exercises or watch YouTube tutorials to learn, but that didn’t resonate with me. I felt really disconnected and wanted to work with someone who knew what she was doing but didn’t judge my lack of strength.
Working with Laura has increased my confidence with lifting. She pushes me and gives me feedback so I know when I’m improving. If I need to adjust a specific exercise, Laura makes sure I know how to execute it correctly. She’s open and honest, but most of all, knowledgeable.
Waking up earlier and working with Laura twice a week has helped me tremendously. I’ve seen my quality of life improve and I’m happier than I’ve been in recent years. Exercising and getting stronger have helped me see what relationships in my life were toxic and eliminate unhealthy food habits.
Laura assists not only with the physical component of this journey, but also the mental one. She’s a great asset to have on your team!
Prepare to work hard and see the results. The best things take time.” Jen Fortuna, former client
“I decided to hire Laura for multiple reasons. One was to ensure I was exercising correctly so I would not injure myself and another was to improve my strength and flexibility.
I had tried other trainers, but did not feel a connection. Working with Laura has been wonderful because we discuss everything that is happening in my life—a struggle with weight gain, a family challenge impacting my drive, physical issues and even relationship issues. She listens and then pushes me to use the time with her to refocus and reenergize.
Before I started working with Laura, I was hesitant to try certain exercises. Now, I feel confident and self-assured, and I have faith in my abilities. I also make healthier choices.
My husband joined me three months in, and taking this journey with him has been amazing. We are both feeling more positive about our relationship.
Laura is a very upbeat coach—she gives encouraging feedback and recommendations. She is interested in making me “a better me” and she is “all in” with her training. She truly cares about her clients and their needs, and she is dedicated to helping them reach their goals.” Tina Dame, current client
“Although I box regularly, I began working with Laura in May of 2017 to increase my strength training. I realized after observing non-attentive trainers that I was getting better individualized attention and Laura has strong communication skills. She demonstrates proper technique and ensures that I’m doing things correctly. Laura is committed to my sessions by being prepared and not just going through the motions with me. If I pose a question that is out of her scope, Laura researches and finds the answer for me through her network. Since May, my eating habits, self confidence, endurance and muscle strength have all improved. I’m proud of the fact that at my age, I’m pushing/pulling sleds, lifting more weight than I thought possible, and getting through the high intensity interval training portions of the workouts. Laura’s coaching style embraces encouragement, support, and inspiration.” Kim Koncelik, former client