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Katie Dawkins absolutely loves teaching clients basic movements like squats, deadlifts, push-ups, pull-ups etc. These push/pull movements are the basis for any great workout. Her goal is to set clients up with good form and a library of exercises so they can feel comfortable stepping into any gym. Whether it’s in a session, with a friend, or on their own, she want clients to feel confident when moving their body.
Variety is key. If exercise isn’t fun, engaging, and challenging then why do it? Katie especially enjoys working with kettle bells and bodyweight training. Katie incorporates functional, natural movements into all of my workouts.
What do you find most rewarding about coaching? - The most rewarding aspect of coaching is watching a client get their first (_insert something awesome here_). Whether it’s stringing together 10 push-ups, getting their first pull-up, or doing a heavy front squat- seeing a client reach a goal or do something they didn’t think they were capable of doing is the best feeling
Staci Buford is a wellness enthusiast, fueled by LOVE + POSITIVITY!Helping people feel better about themselves is my thing. Active lifestyle training is her thing. Providing Fun, Effective Workouts is her thing. Loving fitness is her thing. Passionate living is her thing! She looks for adventure, gratitude, great food and good energy in each day.
Staci specializes in bodyweight and cardio training, as she enjoys teaching people how to move efficiently. Staci is drawn to clients who value the wellness benefits of exercise.
What led you to become a personal trainer? - I've always enjoyed physical fitness. Prior to becoming a certified trainer people would always ask me for exercise tips based on my love for exercise. I thought it would be great to become a professional expert!
What's your next personal fitness goal? - Finish a 5 and 10k.
Sarah is a cardiac rehab RN at Vanderbilt and has been an ACSM certified personal trainer since 2014. Whether working with patients/clients with limitations related to injury or acute disease, avid climbers or the fittest of the fit, Sarah focuses on sustainability and teaches people how to make safe exercise a norm in their daily routine. She believes the key to a healthy life is spending active time outdoors. Sarah is an avid climber, runner, biker and paddle border. Sarah recently placed first in the Women's 6 mile SUP 14' in the Music City SUP & Kayak race.
Sarah's favorite piece of workout equipment is your own body! She loves the way bodyweight exercises provide challenge, promote body awareness and can be done anywhere. Sessions with her are heavily focused on core strength and HIIT training.
Sarah's personal fitness goals include:
- Complete the Jack & Back, a 2 day 150 mile round trip bike ride, part of the Bike MS series from Franklin, TN to Lynchburg, TN and back.
- Progress in climbing to comfortably lead 5.11s
- Do 10 strict unbroken pull-ups
- Be an American ninja warrior!