Sarah has been a trainer for six years. She is also a certified Functional Range assessment and mobility specialist and strength coach, as well as a Pain-Free Performance Specialist. She helps clients feel better in their body, move like butter, and get stronger, inside and out — AKA build muscles and moxie ;) She believes training to LIVE LIFE confidently and without pain is invigorating and worth making time for. She lives with husband, Peter, and their Boxer/Australian Shepherd mix rescue dog, Lucy.
What made you want to be a personal trainer?
I'm a "retired" marathoner and started unofficially training my running buddies back when I still worked in the legal field, specifically on how to strength train to stay injury-free while doing long distance runs. Not-so-surprisingly, helping people stay out of pain and feel confident in their bodies was way more rewarding than practicing law … so I quit in 2015, got certified as a personal trainer in 2016, and have been training full time since 2017!
What do you think your secret superhero skill is that makes you an amazing trainer?
I have a knack for reading people when they walk in the door and quickly figuring out what they need from me that particular day, not just physically, but also mentally and emotionally. Sometimes that means more or less talking, altering the pace or intensity of the session, or scrapping the planned programming entirely and replacing it with that person’s all-time favorite movements. Making sure my clients leave feeling better than when they walked in is top priority.
Do you have a training mantra for your clients?
I’ve been told I help bridge the gap between physical therapy and traditional training. Getting back into a fitness routine can be intimidating and scary when you’re still recovering from pain or injury, but due to my experience with joint strength and mobility and my specialization in pain-free performance, I’m able to meet folks where they’re at and keep them safe as their training program progresses. It’s all about building strength from the inside out -- literally and figuratively -- so you can get your body back to doing WHAT you want, WHEN you want.
Can you share a favorite client accomplishment?
I have two! One of my clients is a stroke survivor who came to me 2019 with the goal of doing ONE push-up, and now he's doing ten burpees in a row (his 2022 goal! Next up: Pull-ups.). Another client came to me having gone through multiple stints of physical therapy over the course of 10 years for her chronic neck and back pain; we finally discovered the root of the problem, and she is now pain-free and back to doing activities she never thought she'd be able to do again.
What three words would your clients use to describe you?
Approachable, encouraging, and fun.
Where can people find you when you aren’t at TruFit Studios?
I can be found @muscles.and.moxie on Instagram and Facebook
If you'd like to learn if Sarah is the right fit for you, please visit here.