Testimonials

“There are several gyms and workout gimmicks out there, and there’s always a “latest fitness craze,” but there is only one Rae.  Hire her and you are making the best choice—not just for that hour or two a week, but for your total lifestyle.”

Katie Clark, St. Paul, MN
Client from October 2010-May 2011

When I first met with Rae it was October of 2010. I had just moved from Minnesota to Syracuse. I had dropped off in my fitness program over 2010 and was looking to get back into shape. I knew I had a way to go especially since I had just made a big road trip from Minnesota to New York.  Most of the foods we ate on the way unfortunately were fast food meals going through Indiana and Ohio.

I was pretty discouraged at our initial meeting. It included a weigh in and I was at an all time high from the past three years. Rae was very encouraging at this initial meeting. As she did my body fat assessment she said that my measurements actually showed I wasn’t as far out of shape as I feared and that how my skin was calipering meant I still had my athletic build in there somewhere.  This gave me encouragement that even though I had gained almost 30 pounds I still had the ability to bounce back. She said she had the confidence in me and wasn’t worried about me getting back into shape.

We worked out over the next few months about two times a week. Rae was perfect at challenging me with the exercises but not being so difficult that I would be discouraged and not feel like I could perform the routine properly.  She mixed it up constantly, one day TRX straps the next a circuit routine, and the next maybe weight machines mixed with kettle balls. Her exercises were always perfect for my fitness level and I was never bored.  I really enjoyed the sessions and was actually challenged physically and mentally to go beyond my limits.  I had trainers in the past at other big box gyms that would put me through routines with little to no creativity or challenge and would focus on only one aspect of my workout or body part. Not Rae! It was always new challenging and fun.

After working out for a few months I decided to change my diet. Rae all the while had been encouraging me to eat right without being bossy or judgmental. I knew the day I joined weight watchers, she could tell a light clicked on in my head and I was finally absorbing what she had been saying to me all along! She was a great mentor with diet. I remember one day right before joining weight watchers, I lamented the fact that the only effective weight loss tool and maintenance I have had work is tracking all my food. She told me that she had to track all her food too. Her telling me that truly changed me for a lifetime. I was under the impression trainers don’t have to watch what they eat and the work out enough for the perfect bodies.  Knowing she has to discipline herself too made her very relatable to me.

That is what I like best about Rae. She is a real person. She is a body builder and an amazing trainer. But at the end of the day while she is pushing you and asking you what you have been eating, she is treating you like a real human being with real problems and challenges. She not only is great at her job as far as showing you the most effective moves, she is just great at treating her clients with respect and concern. You don’t feel like you get a just a trainer, you get a mentor and a friend that is willing to dish out some tough love when needed once in a while!!

I relocated back to the Twin Cities, MN in May of 2011 so sadly cannot train with Rae anymore. But she continues to be an inspiration to me and the habits I formed with her I still carry with me. I like my new trainer, but he is no Rae!  When I took off all the excess weight I trained for a marathon this summer. Rae and I kept in touch and I was sure to e-mail her right away when I completed Twin Cities marathon in October. I feel like she started with me on a tough journey and I  my completion of such a feat is testament to her encouragement and belief in me even on the first day of weighing in with her.  I have continued running and weight training here in Minnesota. I recommend Rae to anyone of any age, gender and fitness ability. There are several gyms and workout gimmicks out there, and there’s always a “latest fitness craze,” but there is only one Rae.  Hire her and you are making the best choice—not just for that hour or two a week, but for your total lifestyle.

 

“It’s very easy for me to settle into a stale workout routine for myself after I take care of business for all of my athletes. Stale routines = plateau in fitness. And that is a waste of my precious time. Rae has pulled me from that plateau and has challenged me in new and exciting ways. I leave our sessions feeling physically spent and mentally rejuvenated! For me, this is heaven.”

Lisa Barnes Dolbear, Syracuse, NY
Client from November 2010 – Current

I never thought of hiring a personal trainer for myself before working with Rae. I’ve been training for endurance events for years on my own with consistent progress, and I’ve always managed to get myself in shape with basic exercises like push-ups, sit-ups, squats, etc. As a USAT-certified triathlon coach and an avid reader of fitness magazines and books, I’m also regularly exposed to the latest workout trends and fads.  But last November something changed. I agreed to try a TRX demo with a friend, and Rae was the trainer. Although I was initially drawn to the TRX straps as an alternative tool for training (it’s based on the same principles as push-ups, where you’re using your own body weight to work out with, rather than lots of dumbbells or machines), I quickly realized that Rae’s way of motivating and directing me through the movement was also unique. After that 30-minute demo session, I knew that I wanted to see where she could take me if we got together just one hour per week.

Working with a personal trainer is a luxury for me—not because I’m unable to come up with workouts on my own, or remain disciplined with a regular routine—but because it’s one of the rare times during the week that I am not in control of what will happen, and not responsible for coming up with the plan. I teach two cycling classes per week in the gym, and coach an intense winter tri training program for 16 weeks through the winter. It’s a lot of work to stay on top of all of those details, and very easy for me to settle into a stale workout routine for myself after I take care of business for all of my athletes. Stale routines = plateau in fitness. And that is a waste of my precious time. Rae has pulled me from that plateau and has challenged me in new and exciting ways. I leave our sessions feeling physically spent and mentally rejuvenated! For me, this is heaven.

Last fall I gained about 10 lbs in the off season, which is typical for me after a summer of racing. Rae helped me get the weight off in no time, but more than that, she dramatically improved my body composition. As an athlete, my concerns with weight have little to do with how I look in my jeans—for me, it’s all about how I will hold up through rigorous training and races that last 6-16 hours. Being leaner, with more muscle, means I’m stronger in my training and racing.

Since that demo event back in November 2011, I have stuck with Rae, and we train on average one hour per week. Through that time I’ve learned a lot. Yes, Icould use that learning to continue training on my own, but I’ve chosen to stick with Rae. I like to be the student for at least one hour per week. I like not knowing what she has in store for me for that grueling 60 minutes we are together. And I like the feeling of being accountable to the numbers she jots down when it’s time to take measurements. I know that working with Rae has made me a better athlete. She’s in tune with what I need as an athlete, and how those needs change depending on where I am in my season. She’s careful to avoid my legs if I’ve been on the bike for five hours the day before our session, and mindful of incorporating the core muscle group into most of the exercises we do together (in swimming, biking and running, the core is one of the most essential areas of the body). I’ll stick with Rae for as long as I can!

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