fb-and-site-5Hi, I’m Elisabeth Castleman, thanks for stopping by!  I’m a movement coach and nutrition nerd, and I help people connect to their bodies with mindful movement, functional training, and healthy, intuitive eating.

My mission is to get you to exactly where you want to be with your health and fitness in a sustainable way.  My view of health and fitness is holistic-the body, mind, and soul connection is incredibly powerful and in order to make lasting, positive changes, we must find a system that fully nourishes all three.

My movement and training styles are influenced by all the kinds of training I’ve done: weight lifting, yoga, bodyweight training, functional range conditioning, Animal Flow, and gymnastic movements.  This has made me a well-rounded coach with the tools to help you create an incredibly strong, powerful, and healthy body.  With me as your coach, we’ll focus on strength, mobility, flexibility, breathwork, and FUN.

You won’t see me giving out strict diet plans- I work together with my clients to create a sustainable, enjoyable way of eating that with help you reach your goals and feel healthier, stronger, and more vibrant.  My nutrition philosophy is intuitive eating, and learning to fuel your body with the proper foods that humans are evolved to eat while ditching food guilt and anxiety.  It’s a non-diet approach that will help you learn to tune into and trust your body again.

  My desire is for you to build a healthy, fit body that is easily maintainable, be surprised by how strong you’ve grown during our time together, and to take that strength and apply it to every aspect of your life.

My Story 

I got into the gym a bit later in life, and I was never an athletic kid growing up.  In college, I felt myself being pulled in many directions and I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I started going to the gym to have something else to put my mind to besides worrying about my future.  At the time, “the gym” meant running.  I really didn’t know what other athletic endeavors existed outside of that.  I realized pretty quickly that I didn’t like running very much, but I wasn’t sure where to go next.

  I began lifting weights by cautiously copying some other people I saw in the gym.  This eventually led me to competing in powerlifting and bikini competitions.  I got really strong, really lean, and really “perfect”-looking, and I also got really miserable.  I got so wrapped up in training that all other aspects of my life began to suffer, including my health and relationships.  Training came first; I thought of nothing else.  This led me down a strange and sometimes scary path- but I learned so, so much on the journey that I wouldn’t trade it for the world.  Now, my movement practice looks much different.  I combine yoga, mobility, bodyweight training, and weight training into a system that I love.  I accept my body for whatever it looks like, and I only exercise when I truly want to.  I have a whole new view on health and fitness, and it is my passion to get others to this point of acceptance and joy.  Through this process, I learned that what I really care about is true wellness, health, and intuitive movement- not aesthetics, being lean, and counting macros. I realized that I wanted to help other people learn how to eat and train to nourish, not punish, and change their lives along the way.

 img_0295That’s what I do now, by taking away the confusion and second-guessing of diets and rigid programs that aren’t fun, and instead cultivating a sense of joy and sustainability with movement and nutrition.  This is where the “Body Balance” comes from- creating a harmony between your body and mind, learning to love your body and treating it well.

Fitness and nutrition aside: hiking and backpacking is my absolute favorite thing in the whole world and I dream of the day where I can live in a little cabin in the woods.  I also love to travel, am always down for a good book recommendation, and I have the cutest dog in the whole state of MD (no really, she is…she’s a pomsky).

Maybe you’re passionate about all this stuff too, or you just want someone to lead the way and give you all the tools you need to achieve your goals. Either way, I want to help!

My journey has no end, and neither does yours.  You’re never too old, too out of shape, or too inflexible to get started and achieve something new.

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