Shelby Corman, Pharm D
Before I started training with Terra three years ago, I had not set foot in a gym for at least a decade. I had gained about 30 pounds over two years and was grossly out of shape. Hiring Terra has turned out to be one of the best decisions I've ever made. At the beginning, she was very patient with my lack of experience and took the time to understand my fitness goals. She encouraged me to push past what I thought I could do, but never in a way that was forceful or intimidating. As I made progress, Terra's approach evolved with me so I was continually challenged. As a result, I dropped four sizes and am in the best shape of my life. I am not exaggerating when I say that Terra changed my life! She is truly committed to seeing her clients succeed and is willing to do whatever she can to make that happen.
Blair Capitano, Regional Medical Research Specialist
I belonged to one of those expensive, impersonal state of the art gyms with the sparkly machines and shiny people, which I rarely visited. During my monthly visits, I burned more mental than physical calories rationalizing myself out of those last 3 reps or those 10 extra minutes. I was bored with the machines, intimidated by free weights, pulleys and ropes and wanted to high tail it out of there as quickly as possible. I was tired, lazy, unmotivated, chubby and turning 40 in a few short months. I am happy to say that Terra escorted me through that threshold of a new decade into the best shape of my life! Before I realized it, I actually had muscle definition and enjoyed getting there.
Terra is subtly demanding, confident, inspiring, non-intimidating, challenges you to your personal best, carries a breadth of knowledge and continuously works variety into your routine. She genuinely cares about her clients and will never let you skip that last rep, but inspire you to do 5 more. I have worked out with Terra for 3 years now and may proudly walk into any gym and have the know how to use any equipment available including free weights with the big boys. Were it not for Terra, I'd be feeling my age. Through terraFITNESS, my age feels better than ever!
Terra helped me with strength training in preparation for a "comeback" in my amateur running career. When we first met, I had let my job take precedene over my health. I was out of breath just walking up several flights of stairs. With her help and motivation, I completed two half-marathons and several smaller road races. Terra is tough, but allows you to work at a pace that pushes you to the next level. We also did some work outside at the track near my house to break up the scenery. She customizes a plan that works for your life and helps you to meet your goals. Most importantly, I felt better and healthier after our sessions. And what is more important than your health?
I tend to be independent when it comes to fitness. I spend a lot of time reading and researching to figure out for myself what I need. Then I try to work out on my own. It's been helpful having Terra as my "online" personal trainer. She doesn't judge or make fun of me for not being a fitness queen. She's answered a lot of my questions, given me suggestions of what to do and reminds me of my fitness goals. It's kinda cool to have an online trainer and quite effective to be scolded on IM for not following the plan. These interactions have motivated me to get my gear on and get moving without someone breathing down my neck. Thanks, Terra!
Terra is an outstanding personal trainer- one of the BEST in the Pittsburgh area! She really takes time to understand her client's goals and physical strength and then creates a unique workout/nutrition plan to tailor each individual's needs. Terra is motivational, organized, and cares about each and every one of her clients. After working with Terra for only a short period of time, I am starting to feel stronger and more energetic. I could not have asked for a better personal trainer!
Ronia Holmes, Graduate Student
Like most students, I gained the Freshman-15 (+70) while in undergraduate. I entered college at 120 lbs. and a size 3; I left school at such an enormous weight and girth my own mother didn't recognize me at the airport!
I tried working out before, and eating healthier, and I just couldn't seem to stick to any plan. Finally, after enrolling in graduate school, I decided enough was enough. I was a miserable recluse and getting more miserable and more reclusive every day - and I wasn't even 25 yet! I thought a personal trainer might be just what I needed - someone to hold me accountable to a plan, and force me to stick to it.
I got so much more than that when I began training with Terra. Terra's simple, no-nonsense approach to weight and health management opened my eyes to everything that was wrong with me mentally about exercise and eating properly. Terra is a very enthusiastic woman, and the joys of her life spill over into her training methods - just talking to Terra during our sessions made me realize that being healthy wasn't just about being 'thin': it was about enjoying all those things I'd denied myself because of my weight. In just a few weeks with Terra, I stopped obsessing about fitting into a smaller size, and simply decided to strive for a stronger body capable of keeping up with the fun things I really wanted to do, like hiking and dancing.
I am still training with Terra, and I look forward to our weekly sessions. She has helped me realize that I don't have to be an Olympic-calibre athlete to reach my fitness goals. Exercising and eating healthy is no longer a chore, but simply a part of my daily life. I feel wonderful! I'm happy and more confident, and prouder of my body with each passing day.