My Story

fb-and-site-5Hi, I’m Elisabeth Castleman, and I’m an ISSA certified personal trainer.  

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.   I had no idea what I was doing, but it was something different from running, so I was willing to try.  Immediately, I was hooked.  I spent all of my time either at the gym or reading and researching training and nutrition.  I hired a good coach and began applying all that I was learning, and after training hard for about a year, I entered a bikini competition.  I won my class, made some friends, and forced myself out of my social anxiety shell.  I had a great time and learned a lot about myself- mostly that what I really care about is true wellness, health, and intuitive movement, not aesthetics, being lean, and counting macros. I began to realize how much I wanted to help other people learn how to eat and train to nourish, not punish, and change their lives along the way.

 fb-and-website-2-editedThat’s how I help people 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 workouts 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 with movement and good food.

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.

My Philosophy

         website1-edited Having a healthy body is so important to living a vibrant, happy life.  My mission is to get you to exactly where you want to be with your health and fitness in a sustainable way. This means a kind of training that you enjoy, and a nutrition program that fits your life.  

Everyone I work with starts in a different place, and I will teach you that it is absolutely possible to get the body and fitness level you’ve always wanted. My view of health and fitness is holistic and takes into account every aspect of your life and work, your current body composition, your exercise and diet history, and your goals for the future in order to create a program that works.

It’s easy to get “lost” in the misinformation and end up making choices that lead to negative consequences.  My philosophy is based on utilizing proven strength training principles to deliver maximum results for fat loss, muscle gain, and increased mobility.   I specialize in helping busy professionals achieve their goals with a time commitment that fits their life.  I deliver a service that is completely tailored to the individual-every person is going to require a different training and nutrition protocol in order to reach their goals.  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.

If you…

  • Want to start your health journey but have no clue how to start
  • Live in the Baltimore area and want one-on-one training
  • Want to become stronger, fitter, and more mobile but can’t commit to a schedule with a personal trainer 
  • Want to learn how to create a strong, healthy body that you can sustain
  • Want to change your approach to nutrition but think healthy food is gross and boring
  • Want to actually learn from a personal trainer so you don’t need one forever
  • Want to cultivate a healthy, happy relationship between your mind and body
  • Want to get stronger and fitter and feel more vibrant and healthy without dedicating long hours to the gym

Then we’ll be a great fit for each other.  Check out my programs here, email me here, or book a free 15-minute phone consultation here.  Check out the people who have loved working with me here!

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