I first met De when she was doing small group general population strength & conditioning classes. When I started the classes I was extremely over weight with limited mobility. The instructors rotated so I only got to work with De once a week. She was so much better than the other instructors because she provided me accommodations for the exercises I could not do because of my physical limitations. I felt like she cared about me and worked with me to get stronger and more flexible. I felt out of place because everyone else could do the workout and didn’t need special adaptations so I stopped going.
During COVID, my son who is a certified strength and condition coach and athletic trainer, worked with me to lose weight, get moving, and exercising again. We walked and worked out at home. Knowing he was going to go back to school, he felt it would be beneficial for me to get a personal trainer. The gym De had worked at was closed, so I thought maybe she could work with me as an independent, at the home personal trainer. I called her and fortunately, she was able to take me as a client. She has been very flexible and accommodating throughout my journey. She came to my house for several weeks where she adapted quickly, utilized the equipment I had, and supplemented that with her own equipment.
I’ve been working out with her twice a week for the past three months while also doing some of her videos on off days. Since I started with her, I’ve lost 16 pounds, but more importantly, I have gained strength as well as increased flexibility and balance.
She was vital in getting my shoulder to work properly. Following a lymphadenectomy with scar tissue buildup, I started having scapular dyskinesia which led to me using my shoulder incorrectly and ultimately causing significant pain. De did a better job at getting me to achieve proper muscle function than the physical therapist. She is extremely attentive as she watches you do every rep of every exercise to make sure you are doing it correctly. This attention to detail is not something you find in your run of the mill trainer. De really cares about her clients and ensures they are getting the most out of every workout. Through encouragement, kindness, and a touch of firmness, she makes doing the hard stuff seem much easier.
Once my son left for school, she has picked up where he left off in helping me to continue to lose weight. I text her photos of what I am eating. If I’m headed down the wrong path (such as too many carbs) she makes gentle recommendations for the next meal. If I’m late sending a photo, she checks in to make sure I’m okay. De is completely dedicated to helping you become a healthier and happier you.