Certified Trainer / Instructor. Sara is an alum of the National Personal Training Institute of Costa Mesa, and a certified personal trainer through National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
From a very early age she lived to dance: “To dance was to breathe. The only issue was my body. It never quite fit the mold. I also watched my mother struggle with her weight and I struggled beside her.”
It wasn’t until she become a mother herself that Sara discovered her passion for fitness. At 5’3″ she had gained over 40 pounds with her first child, and a year later found herself still carrying half of the pregnancy weight. She knew she needed to workout, but didn’t have the time to invest in a gym with a new baby and full time job. So she got creative and started working out in her living room. Getting started was tough, but eventually she felt herself getting stronger, happier, and with revived energy and better sleep.
After the birth of her second child, she decided to pursue her passion of becoming a personal trainer. “I now have the privilege of helping others live longer, happier more fulfilling lives by teaching them how to move and care for their bodies. And for that I am extremely grateful!”
Visible results come from invisible thoughts. Our mind is a very powerful thing, therefore I believe in combining mental fitness with physical fitness. Just like the individual specialized workouts, mental fitness can vary from person to person. Some people benefit from the addition of Yoga, while others find solace in reading or tapping into their creativity. My school of thought is based off of the idea that it’s important to find ways to give not only the body but also the mind and soul all it is yearning for. The key is to learn to work WITH the body instead of fighting against it.
WHAT IS IT LIKE TO TRAIN WITH YOU?
I like to really dig in and get to the core of what my clients are needing from me as well as what they are ready for. I feel it’s important to build a relationship from a place of trust and the ability to be open and vulnerable. I design custom programs based off my client’s goals and current level of fitness with long term sustainability in mind. I specialize in fat loss, and building muscle endurance and strength. I love incorporating resistance training, HIIT, and functional training, just to name a few.
WHAT MAKES YOUR TRAINING UNIQUE?
I’ve been there and I can relate. I’ve struggled with my weight from a very early age. I’ve gained 40+lbs each with two pregnancies and know what it’s like to have to fight for the extra pounds to come off with the addition of a newborn to care for. I know what it’s like to give up and allow stress, depression and anxiety to take over. I’ve been the busy full-time working commuter who’s had to find creative ways to get in the workouts despite 11 hour work days and children to tend to. I’ve worked through injuries and feelings of “never enough”. I’ve been the over-eater and the under-eater; but most importantly, my ability to come from a place of understanding and solution finding is what makes my training unique.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT YOUR JOB?
I love having the opportunity to work with amazing people who are working to improve, maintain and/or overcome. It fills my heart to no end to see someone make progress, build self confidence and gain self compassion. I absolutely love that I get to be there to celebrate with them as they conquer an exercise or task that once felt impossible!!!
Sara is not only a great personal trainer…