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About Leila

When I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health Education at the University of New Mexico in 2002 and then took a year of nursing coursework and sciences, worked for many years performing health assessments, education, research, and disease analysis related to health care in the community, I realized a compassion for patients who suffered physically and emotionally from health-related traumas. There I gradually discovered how these patients come to grips with their response mechanisms to external influences, which facilitates improvement in health. I also discovered that many of their diseases and health related problems could easily be resolved with proper nutrition and exercise. The process requires knowledge of solutions to serious health issues good listening skills and a heartfelt interest in helping people improve their quality of life, qualities about which I am passionate. I have also struggled with my own health related hormonal problems and therefore had to delve deep into my studies on how to heal hormonal imbalances through holistic means such as nutrition, exercise, lifestyle changes and stress management techniques.

“I won’t just train your body – I’ll IMPROVE your body from the inside out – a holistic approach to exercise.”

I took gymnastics and karate when I was a youth, spent a few months hiking through Utah and continued my athleticism throughout my adult years not only in the gym with strength training and conditioning but also doing Muay Thai, Pilates, Yoga, Aerobic kickboxing, Swimming, Dance (Flamenco, Salsa, Merengue), running, bootcamps, climbing, racquetball and anything else that peaked my interest. I realized at a very young age how perseverance and dedication through physical endurance can help one with self-worth, self-esteem and confidence to be a productive member of society not to mention, I had a passion to want to help others do the same.

Perhaps for these reasons did I continue educating myself in health care, obtain various nationally recognized certificates as a Personal Fitness Trainer, Animal Flow instructor, Eldoa Method training and, work with one of the best training agencies in Chicago. A few years later I moved to South Florida and gained more education and certifications through one of the top international training institutes of advanced training and corrective exercise, the C.H.E.K Institute and then worked with one of their most brilliant staff instructors, Dan Hellman with H3 who, also is the best Physical Therapist in the nation. I also studied one of the most progressive holistic nutrition programs in this day with a focus on hormones. A few years ago I decided to relocate to Southern California to be closer to family and, I love it.

As a trainer and health/wellness consultant, I have helped clients from many walks of life from all over the nation achieve through exercise and dietary programs healthier states of being. The sense of personal satisfaction in seeing my clients lose weight, improve self-esteem, overcome vertigo, bipolar disorders, rehab injuries, or fibromyalgia, and gain a heightened sense of perception fuels my continuing interest in how nutrition and movement affect the human body. In addition to keeping my own self fit, my continuing education includes informative literature in the social sciences, a holistic nutrition program, mental health, causes of disease as well as common and alternative remedies while at the same time striving to understand the physical, emotional, psychological, socio-cultural, cognitive and environmental components of injury and illness.

I have been a personal trainer and lifestyle/exercise coach for over 12 years, and I am very passionate about helping others to get fit and healthy. I work with people from all backgrounds and ages, and understand that each individual requires a unique custom built personal training program to meet their specific needs and achieve unique goals.

I have an extensive amount of education and experience, including a Bachelor’s of Science, C.H.E.K. Level 1 Practitioner, ACE Certified, Animal Flow Certified Instructor, SOMA Golf, ELDOA Method, studied holistic nutrition, worked with one of the top in home training institutes, as well as one of the best physical therapists in the nation. I love learning and trying new modalities of exercise as well as getting more education on methods to help my clients with back pain or, other ailments.

It is important to hire a personal trainer that has extensive knowledge, education, and technical skill, so you reach your exercise and health goals and decrease the risk of getting injured.

 

What is a holistic personal trainer?

The body is a whole organic unit, and my personal training style focuses on the primal patterns (squat, lunge, twist, pull, press, gait, and bend) or integrated movement, rather than just machine training in a single plane of movement.

I teach my clients how to connect and get stronger from the inside out by thinking more positively, eating good quality ‘real’ foods, decreasing stress, and sleeping better at night to repair. After all, your thoughts are your reality, so it’s not enough to just lose weight. It’s a lifestyle change that is aimed at enhancing your overall well-being and quality of life, not just a short term solution to weight loss and exercise.