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Not a natural-born athlete, Elizabeth was always the proverbial "last kid picked" for every team. She bumbled through life with an aversion to anything physical until she was well into middle age, when she suddenly discovered an unlikely passion for weightlifting and threw herself into the sport with a ferocity not typical of the average grandmother. She is now a firm believer that it's never too late for even the most deconditioned non-athlete to develop a genuine affinity for fitness and overcome the obstacles of aging to achieve a strong, healthy, athletic body.

In 2008 Elizabeth moved to Bainbridge Island from the heart of Louisiana's Cajun country where she had worked for four years as a strength training coach and competed in local power lifting events. Prior to that she has been employed as a food chemist, an editor, a rosarian, and a professional humor writer. In addition to being a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), she holds a B.A. in neurophysiology from Wesleyan University, a certification in the Biomechanics of Resistance Training from the Cooper Institute in Dallas, and a certification in Group Exercise from the National Exercise Trainers Association. She is certified in CPR/AED and First Aid.

Besides pumping iron, her unrelenting passions include old ugly dogs, tiny unconventional living spaces, and the music of Louisiana. She will be happy to show you her biceps and/or pictures of her newest grandchild.





  • Bio-mechanics of Resistance Training Certified

  • Certified Group Exercise Instructor

  • AED/CPR Certified

  • B.A. in Neurophysiology