Having a healthy body is so important to living a vibrant, happy life. I’m Elisabeth Castleman, and I’m an ISSA certified personal trainer. 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.
I got into the gym a bit later in life, after spending my childhood and teenage years riding and showing horses. That was my life and passion for many years. In college, I felt myself being pulled in many directions and I ended up stepping out of the riding world. I found myself with free time and a lack of physical activity, so I started going to the gym because I wanted to stay active. 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. After that, I switched my focus to powerlifting. I focused on getting stronger every day and, while on that journey, I began to realize how much I wanted to help other people get stronger and change their own lives. I’d spent plenty of time in the gym not having a clue what I was doing, and my learning curve was slow and steep. It wasn’t until I learned about how to train properly and stick to a program that I started seeing changes in my own body and strength.
That’s how I help people now- by taking away the confusion and second-guessing and creating training and nutrition programs that work and get results. This is my “thing” now. Fitness is what I love and am passionate about, but a lot of people don’t feel that way, and that’s okay. Maybe that’s you, and you just want someone to lead the way and give you all the tools you need to achieve your goals. As a coach, my job is to do just that, while instilling a sense of joy and dedication along the way.
Today, my ambitions in the gym are a mixture of bodybuilding, powerlifting, and a bit of calisthenics! I’m learning new things all the time-my fitness 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.