Richard S.

“Terry Smith-Harris provided Fitness Training to me from 10 to 11 on the 5th of August. He went out of his way to understand my physical preparation, my physical abilities (75 year old with surgically modified joints), my skiing-based individual approach, and the priorities of endurance and balanced leg strength as opposed to standard body-builder goals. He asked for additional clarification first and foremost during the assessment part of the training, and provided training that spectacularly fits my needs and provides me several new and effective activities which I believe will enable me to move toward to my fitness goals.”

~Richard S.

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Jenny L.

“When I joined Ballard Health Club, I was returning to exercise after a year of chronic injury pain. My goal for trying training was to find exercises that would help get my strength back and avoid injury. I had a specific practical goal of being able to carry heavy luggage around an airport in one hand without pain.

Hattie worked with me three times to develop tailored exercise sets according to my fitness level and to address specific needs. She walked me through all the sets and helped me improve my form. After these sessions, I met my goal of lifting luggage and now have a full repertoire of exercises I can use. Hattie was great to work with: knowledgeable, skilled, fun, and understanding. Based on my experience with Hattie, I’ve recommended training to others who have specific fitness goals but who don’t know how to reach them.”

~Jenny L.

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Elaine W. PT

“Thinking of toning your body?   Why not give Ballard Health Center's personal trainers a try?  I did.   I’ve been to a few gyms, but this one fit me perfectly.

When I hired Chassi Seppi, (personal trainer at Ballard Health)  she ascertained my specific needs.   I’m a 'mature’ woman who had let past knee surgery slow me down and knew I had some major work to do.


Now, mind you she’s one of those young athletic types… so I was a bit wary for a moment. However, Chassi carefully listened to my aspirations and came up with  a 1/2 hour weekly schedule that targeted my goals as well as addressed my hesitations and limitations. Every week with her,  I feel each session is designed for my benefit.  This continues to help me become a stronger person as well as gives me confidence to believe that I can reach my goals.   
The best part is, I don’t dread the visit to the gym.  No longer do I have to make excuses and find reasons to cancel my work outs.  This work out - is perfect for me.  It is doable. reachable,  and offers a pathway towards becoming a healthier and happier person.


I would recommend Ballard Health Center’s personal trainers.  Their guidance can show you ways to get in shape at the gym without 'back breaking' strenuous workouts and 'next day' sore muscles.  They can demonstrate ways that will encourage you to return each time with renewed energy and enthusiasm.  And hope. 

After all, isn’t that what going to the gym should be like?

Please feel free to contact this ‘mature’ woman if you would like more information.”

~Elaine W.

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Elaine W.

“Thinking of toning your body?   Why not give Ballard Health Center's personal trainers a try?  I did.   I’ve been to a few gyms, but this one fit me perfectly.

When I hired Chassi Seppi, (personal trainer at Ballard Health)  she ascertained my specific needs.   I’m a 'mature’ woman who had let past knee surgery slow me down and knew I had some major work to do.


Now, mind you she’s one of those young athletic types… so I was a bit wary for a moment. However, Chassi carefully listened to my aspirations and came up with  a 1/2 hour weekly schedule that targeted my goals as well as addressed my hesitations and limitations. Every week with her,  I feel each session is designed for my benefit.  This continues to help me become a stronger person as well as gives me confidence to believe that I can reach my goals.   
The best part is, I don’t dread the visit to the gym.  No longer do I have to make excuses and find reasons to cancel my work outs.  This work out - is perfect for me.  It is doable. reachable,  and offers a pathway towards becoming a healthier and happier person.


I would recommend Ballard Health Center’s personal trainers.  Their guidance can show you ways to get in shape at the gym without 'back breaking' strenuous workouts and 'next day' sore muscles.  They can demonstrate ways that will encourage you to return each time with renewed energy and enthusiasm.  And hope. 

After all, isn’t that what going to the gym should be like?

Please feel free to contact this ‘mature’ woman if you would like more information.”

~Elaine W.

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Maddy M.

Roxy has given me the push I need to get through a hard workout that I sometimes lose when working out alone. The variety of workouts and challenge is something I have needed to subside any reservations I did have going into it.

Just like with anything else, you get what you put into small group training. The more sessions you attend in a week, the quicker you will see results. Additionally, the more you utilize your time in training the better the results you will see - such as pushing the amount of weight you use or learning to work through discomfort vs. pain. I look forward to SGT every week and absolutely hate it when I have to cancel or reschedule my session, it is definitely worth trying out!

~ Maddy M.

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Aurora S.

“Absolutely recommend working with Chris. I am a fitness instructor and my biggest struggle is finding time for my own workouts. Chris has motivated me to prioritize my health and stick to a regular schedule for my workouts. He is a patient and thoughtful coach who meets people where they are while also encouraging to push to new limits. as someone who coaches people, I know this is a tough balance to strike and Chris does it so well. Highly recommend!”

~ Aurora S.

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Gina Y.

“I was nervous when I first started working with Lara because I really hadn't done any strength training in over 2 years and I was pretty out of shape. It takes a lot to be vulnerable with someone I've never met before, especially when I was not comfortable with my body or where I was physically. I was also intimidated working out in an open gym because there were other people who could witness my perceived physical ineptness.

I would highly recommend working with Lara. I feel that she truly cares about my goals and progress and goes above and beyond when she designs programs. She provides a truly personalized training experience, taking into account my fitness level, the idiosyncrasies of my body, and my frequent travel; in addition to our sessions, she provides recommendations for working out and stretching on my own. Additionally, Lara has a wealth of knowledge on the unique needs of women who want to strength train and she expertly applies this to the programming she designs for me. She takes time to explain and demonstrate the exercises in my programs and often provides additional background as to what muscles we are working and why she has chosen specific exercises. I've learned a lot from her over the time we've worked together, and she's great at mixing things up so I'm never bored, but continue to work toward my goals. Lara also happens to be a pretty wonderful human--she has earned my trust and I genuinely enjoy our sessions (even the terrible stretches she makes me do). :) She has not only helped me to become stronger physically, but working with her has also improved my confidence, and for that I am truly grateful.”

~ Gina Y.

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Kira A.

“I decided to join a gym for the first time after moving to Seattle last year. I was very overweight, out of shape, and more than a little intimidated by everything. I also had lower back issues and was afraid that lifting heavy weights would cause further injury.

Lara was patient, kind, and non-judgmental. She helped me feel comfortable with the equipment and created a series of progressive personal routines that are challenging, appropriate for my level, and took my physical limitations into account.”

~ Kira A.

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Maria C. FT

“I had some reservations [to working with a trainer], I was worried that it would too complicated for me to perform learn new exercises or that I would feel too frustrated to stick with a specific program. I was also worried that I could injury myself. My top goals when starting training were to prevent further back injuries at work and to improve my overall strength/functioning.

All the trainers seem like very knowledgeable individuals that understand how to tailor exercises to a wide range of individuals. Without a BHC trainer I would have never attempted exercises like deadlifts, and would have never found out how much I enjoyed them! Working with a trainer is also a great way to build-in accountability. I would definitely recommend working with a BHC trainer!”

~ Maria C.

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Maria C. PT

“I had some reservations, I was worried that it would too complicated for me to perform learn new exercises or that I would feel too frustrated to stick with a specific program. I was also worried that I could injury myself. My top goals when starting training were to prevent further back injuries at work and to improve my overall strength/functioning.

Lara was great, she clearly listened to my goals, and made all the exercises feel very accessible by breaking them down into small steps and coming up with easy reminders to how to perform them correctly.”

~ Maria C.

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Mariah K. FT

“I have always been intimidated by gyms, and I didn't even know where to start with building a strength routine. Moving beyond classes and cardio felt very overwhelming.

On top of being a great service, the fact that [Fitness Training is] included in the monthly membership cost makes it an incredibly good value. Being able to join this gym again was one of my top reasons for moving back to Ballard.”

~ Mariah K.

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Mariah K. PT

“I have always been intimidated by gyms, and I didn't even know where to start with building a strength routine. Moving beyond classes and cardio felt very overwhelming.

Lara helped me learn how to use the various strength machines and free weights, and designed programs that I could easily stick too. She really listened to what I was looking for and what I did or didn't like and helped me build a routine around that. Since I started working with her, I feel like I know what I'm doing and I'm much more confident in using the weights area of the gym.”

~ Mariah K.

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Seth S.

“Any concerns I may have had about whether or not Aeron would be a good match for my needs was offset by observing how well she worked with other members of BHC.

Aeron has an infectiously positive attitude that overcame my reservations and less than enthusiastic attitude toward physical challenges. It was obvious she didn’t just show up for a training session but had put thought into my concerns and objectives to develop an appropriate exercise routine.

Working with a trainer has its benefits. A trainer has experience with our physical needs and a variety of approaches to meeting them that can provide variety and appropriateness that most of us are not capable of doing on our own. They can provide motivation when internally it is weak.”

~ Seth S.

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Teresa

“I started with Aeron about 9 months ago. Since I have lower back arthritis and a meniscus tear in my left knee I'm always concerned about movements/exercises that don't compromise those 2 areas.

Aeron gives me feedback and helps me learn and to recognize correct body mechanics, ie, how to keep my back in a safe and neutral position, for example. And we work with front to back rather than side to side motions for my knee. Her communications reassure me and allows me to proceed without hesitation.

For me, there is a learning curve involved in appreciating techniques, movements and weights that are effective and safe, along with lots of practice. I'm not the expert. And having a knowledgeable trainer who is also a good communicator motivates me and gets me in the door.”

~ Teresa

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Stephen F.

“While [the staff at BHC] are all qualified and certified trainers, Aeron has been especially accommodating and helpful. She’s also unfailingly upbeat and responsive to my specific needs.

Overall [my] strength is clearly better. Partly, this is a result of changing the routine every couple of months, the importance of which I hadn’t recognized before my BHC workouts. As a result, no muscle group is left neglected.”

~ Stephen F.

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Jennifer F.

“An important element that a trainer should have is to give encouragement and inspiration. Aeron is an amazing cheerleader, always there to encourage, inspire and motivate. Her energy is positive and infectious.

I wanted to be challenged without feeling defeated. I wanted to see and feel real progress and was concerned I may not achieve that. She listened thoughtfully to my goals, and procured a workout to meet those goals. I think after working together the first time, she was able to gauge even better what I wanted. As a result, she was able to hone in on the perfect work out for me, and continues to build on that.”

~ Jennifer F.

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Glenda C. FT

“I’ve been a member of BHC for many years & all trainers I’ve worked with have been friendly, skilled & professional. You get the best results from a training program designed specifically for you, for your personal health & fitness needs, by a skilled professional trainer.”

~ Glenda C.

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Glenda C.

“Aeron is a positive force in my well being and a delight to work with!

I’ve been a member of BHC for many years & all trainers I’ve worked with have been friendly, skilled & professional. You get the best results from a training program designed specifically for you, for your personal health & fitness needs, by a skilled professional trainer.”

~ Glenda C.

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Charleen S.

“After having surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff, labrum and bicep, I was a little worried about re-injuring my shoulder. I was worried that I was out of shape after taking time off from my surgery. Aeron listened to my concerns and was receptive to my needs. Aeron also gave me choices on exercises if I was experiencing any pain or discomfort.

Aeron is a knowledgeable trainer who works with her clients to achieve results. Aeron rocks!”

~ Charleen S.

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Ben

“Lara is open and very good at adapting her training to accommodate different skill levels (complete novice in my case). I would use four words to describe Lara and her approach: knowledgeable, approachable, dedicated, and engaged.”

~ Ben

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