I have been active from a young age, where I bounced off the walls and ran into doors. Fortunately, I was shown other ways to channel that energy. Noticing the new-found strength in my body and experiencing the afterglow of a good workout, I became a devotee to body movement. Through the years, I studied dance, gymnastics, martial arts, running, swimming and Bikram Yoga.
As I worked towards excelling techniques and skill, the clarity and confidence I experienced was undeniable. Accomplishing each goal was empowering, powerful and reliably motivating for me to continue.
In 1980, I joined the fitness industry. Here, I could gain all the physical and mental benefits of my previous activities, but with a big distinction. I could demonstrate and instruct others how they,too, could achieve goals, become strong and flexible, only now, I get to share the joy and the afterglow of a good workout. This was so rewarding, I was hooked.
Years flew by and while my injuries were part of my earlier participation in sports, I still suffered from them. Understanding the mechanics of the body, the musculature and what it takes tounwind or reverse the effects of an injury, I was finally able to rid myself of the pain I once thought would be lifelong. This was a huge revelation for me. What I gained from that experience constituted a big step forward for me and it continues to serve me. My experience brought better health and mobility, but also a well of knowledge, empathy, understanding and patience as I work with my clients on various conditions, situations, injuries, etc. that we acquire as we travel through life.
Doctors along the way have often told me that I’m lucky to be walking. They have all told me to stop my activities because of the severity of my injuries and all the possibilities of something going terribly wrong. My answer was always the same…it is exactly because I am active that I am still walking. My activities keep me strong and upright. I had no intention of stopping, although I was and continues to be mindful and careful of my choices. Today, those same doctors now agree with me and they all say, “keep up the good work”.
Nutritional Coach – Weight Loss
I have always been interested in good eating and have studied nutrition for many years. More recently, I received my certification as an Exercise Nutrition Coach PN1 from Precision Nutrition. Currently, I am in their year-long Master Program. My studies in nutrition and in coaching has enabled me to guide my clients to reach their weight loss goals whether it’s 8 or 108 pounds. I am a firm believer that there’s more to weight loss that calorie counting. I work to teach you how to eat for a lifetime. After all, if exercise is the silver bullet for youthful active aging, nutrition IS its partner.
I work with middle age to older adults who want to achieve an active, healthy lifestyle, as well as, working with a variety of clients looking to gain health by losing weight, get trim and/or changing their body composition.
Donnalynn has been in the Fitness Industry for over 25 years as a Personal Fitness Trainer and a Group Exercise Instructor. She has taught in various places throughout the Bay Area and has held the positions of Fitness Director, Program Developer and Group Exercise Director.
Donnalynn has designed strength and conditioning training programs, functional and stabilization training programs for various populations. They include Active Aging Adults programs, Fit Lab 8 Week Program, Tumbleweed Fitness for children in day care, Beyond the Rush Hour, Junior Strength Training Program and Certification for youth 7-14 years, Group Exercise Community Outreach, Members’ Board and Group Exercise Skills Workshops.
American College of Sports Medicine – Certified Exercise Physiologist
Precision Nutrition – Exercise Nutrition Coach PN1
Aerobics and Fitness Association of America – Group Exercise Instructor