Christine is awesome! I always feel accomplished after her training. I am not one to EVER workout but recently started traveling for work which left me no choice. She has taught me the correct way to exercise, and after a short three weeks, I already feel better – more energy, sleeping better, and more strength. Not only does she provide an excellent training session during our face-to-face workouts, but also sends detailed customized routines (e.g., in-hotel room workouts). Due to my ignorance, I always felt the proper way to workout was to do mostly cardio, but she immediately implemented weight training and while it burns the next day, I can feel the difference! I’m now hooked.
Elizabeth R. Cambridge, MA
Before I met Christine and started working out with her, I suffered from moderate to severe sciatica. I experienced a constant 6 – 8 out of 10 pain dawn till dusk. It was difficult to sleep through a night and at its worst my left foot would go completely numb. I had spent roughly 5 years with an understanding that “I need to strengthen my core,” but I had no idea how to do that, why it needed to be done or what to expect in the short term.
In January of 2012 I was fed up with living in pain so I went to a Clinic specializing in pain located in Waltham. They performed an MRI and confirmed sciatica as the cause of the pain, specifically an L2-L3 disc bulging and putting pressure on the sciatic nerve. A physical assessment showed that my abs were weaker than my lower back resulting in too much curve in my lumbar and thus the bulging disc. They gave me a prescription for 800mg of IBuprofen, a cortisone shot in the lumbar spine and physical therapy. All well and good until the effects of the cortisone wore off, the IBuprofen caused a minor stomach ulcer and the physical therapist turned out to be strengthening my BACK!
I stopped going as the cost was high, the payoff was low and I felt I needed something else. Next I tried a chiropractor. I had full torso and neck X-rays done, and another physical assessment. This professional told me my neck was out of alignment which was causing my shoulders to compensate and in turn my hips resulting in one leg shorter than the other and his conclusion for my pain. Fast forward 6 months and I still had back pain with little or no improvement in my posture.
Sound like a familiar run around? My guess is that those suffering from sciatica have a similar story.
I started working out with Christine January of 2013. I told her my history as above and asked her to help me get pain free. She focused in on the problem immediately and started me out with lower weight, high repetitions and the special ingredient, Destabilization! I had never lifted weights and only used machines occasionally. I was always more of a cardio kind of guy and associated lifting with bulky muscles and protein shakes. I had always thought the advice of “strengthen your core” meant I needed to do situps. In a matter of 2 months I had reduced pain. Here I am now, 8 months later and I am completely pain free! It doesn’t suck that I can lift 3 times what I could when I stated either.
Another indication that Christine really knows her stuff is her ability to adjust a workout on the fly. Before each workout I tell her what is bothering me such as my shoulder from volleyball, kink in my neck from a bad sleep position or just a headache from dehydration. She is able to adjust my routine so that I still get my full body exercise while avoiding the injury.
All of the extra benefits of being fit aside, being able to go through a day without back pain is priceless. Having gone through all the various analyses and treatment plans I can conclusively attribute my recovery to Christine. For that I am truly grateful.
I’ve always been one of those guys that goes to the gym and works out on his own. I figured I knew all the basic movements/exercise for each machine or free weight in the gym, so why bother working with a trainer.
Well, that was until I started training with Christine. Christine donated 8 training sessions to our mutual friend’s fundraising event for Dana Farber Cancer Institute. And lucky enough for me, I was the person who ended up winning that silent auction item.
I started training with her a few weeks later and I was impressed right off the bat. I ended up training with her for 3 months and I saw some serious results.
Christine listened to me and asked me all the right questions to figure out what my problem areas were and what my ultimate goals were. One of the things I really appreciated was that Christine cared to ask how each one of my problem areas (elbow, toe, lower back) were feeling before each session and she catered the workout around my needs to result in minimal pain and maximum results.
I am happy to say that for the first time in two years, I am no longer feeling the pain in my elbow, or my lower back and the muscles surrounding them have significantly strengthened.
Christine was/is awesome! She knows her stuff and will really help you accomplish your goals! Some of the mistakes I was making while working out were never noticeable to me until Christine pointed them out. And once she did and I made some minor adjustments, that’s when I started to see some real results! I would highly recommend training with Christine to anybody looking to finally take control of your body!
Gerard Jiro Barsoum
I can’t rave enough about Christine — she has been fabulous for our 14 year old daughter and our family. She fell into our lives last summer, like manna from heaven. Now she feels like part of the family. A keeper for sure.
Our youngest daughter was diagnosed two years ago with an autoimmune disease that prevented her from doing any team sports or much physical exercise at all. She had to take a lot of steroids and spend too much time in the hospital. That she didn’t look sick in any real way sometimes made it harder for her to explain to middle school friends (not the most forgiving group) why she was sitting it out on the sidelines during gym. The inactivity plus the steroids plus the carbs that provided some comfort all combined to cause weight gain and a real loss of stamina. Hard at any age but perhaps especially at 13. When our daughter thankfully went into remission and could again exercise vigorously, we knew it was time to act.
Enter Christine – a bundle of fun, enthusiasm, and can do energy. Our daughter was reluctant to work with a trainer, perhaps understandably a bit fearful to get going again. But within the first hour, Christine had her hooked — sweating and moving and hooked.
Three months later and there’s never a day, no matter how tired or “adolescent” she’s feeling that she’s not ready to work with Christine. They’ve worked out in the pouring rain, indoors on the stairs, they’ve cooked healthy meals together, and our daughter has gotten more toned and confident. Christine is a true mentor for our daughter, and we’ll do whatever it takes to keep her part of our family. If you’re smart, you will too!