Personal Training

When it comes to fitness, age is just a number. 

You are only as old as you feel!  Have you noticed that your true chronological age feels out of sync with how old or young you feel in mind and body? 

In over ten years of personal training, I have helped many people achieve what they thought was impossible at their age.  For example:

  • A 64-year-old triathlete trained to successfully complete half-ironman triathlons without getting hurt;

  • An 82-year-old skier got in shape for opening day, lost 15 pounds and got inspired to ski 500,000 vertical feet that season;

  • A newly retired client hiked the 210-mile John Muir Trail with her son.

Yet as most of us age, we still worry about creeping decrepitude.  No one wants the long, slow, descent into inactivity, infirmity, and frailty.  This does NOT have to be your future.  

It’s NEVER too late to start getting into the best shape of your life  

There has never been a population of people over age 50 that are as active as we are now. Physiologically, we really have no idea what’s truly possible in terms of athletic performance for anyone over age 50.  We’re in a new era – and it’s exciting!  

Mammoth Track Club members stretching in front of snowy mountains

Is it time for a mid-life tune-up?

Everyone over age 50 has their share of challenges, from injuries and illnesses to major life changes.  With everything you juggle, if you’re not feeling great in your body you need to do something.  If the workouts you’ve been doing aren’t as fun or effective as they used to be, it’s definitely time for a reboot.

Enter the mid-life tune-up…When you work with me you will:

Learn exactly what you need to do daily to function and perform at your best so you can continue to live the life of your dreams.  Whether that’s getting down on the floor (and up again) to play with your grandkids or traveling the world to bike, ski or kayak.  You set the goal and I will help you get there.

Update your workouts to match your current reality and progress you towards your goals.  Exercise science has changed a lot in the last 20 years.  If you’re doing the same workouts you did years ago, it’s time for a change!

Get the support and accountability you need to make fitness and health a habit for life.

Age isn’t how old you are but how you feel.

-Gabriel Garcia-Marquez

Debbie is an exceptional trainer as she has in-depth knowledge and experience to adapt her programs to what I personally need on any given week. While anyone can go to a gym and work out, she puts it all together in such a way that it improves strength and functional movement.
Madeleine Brown

Mammoth Lakes, CA

Debbie has helped me so much over the past 2 months. I am 81 years old and trying to get in shape to ski this season. Her exercise program included many things I have never used and the improvements in my fitness have been great. 

Bob Weiland

Swall Meadows, CA

Few things compare to the positive impact working with Debbie has made on my life. Through her personalized exercise program, Debbie has helped me improve strength, flexibility, and balance. I feel healthier, am stronger, and in less pain.

Melissa Kay

Davis, CA

Personal trainer Debbie North using TRX Suspension trainer

It’s not complicated!! 

Movement throughout the day, every day, is the single best way to set yourself up for healthy and active aging. 

But it’s also not easy…

Fitting one more thing into a busy schedule?  Knowing where to begin so you don’t get hurt?  Everyone is different – posture, gait, health, mobility – and one-size-fits-all programs just don’t work the same for 20 year-olds as 60 year-olds.  

Let me help you find the unique path to fitness that will work FOR you rather than against you.  My goal is to improve your resilience as you progress towards your goals.  You in?

Let’s hop on a call to get your questions answered!

Frequently Asked Questions

It's been ages since I've exercised regularly. Will this work for me?

It is NEVER too late to get started, or to get back into it! Everything you start doing now will benefit you in the future.  If you want to be active and healthy, I can absolutely help you become more active and more healthy. In fact, it is a great place to start!  If you have more questions, please schedule a free consultation.

I am struggling with past/present injuries. Would you still work with me?

Currently nursing an injury?  Please get cleared for activity by a medical professional before seeking to work with me.  Otherwise, my answer is…let’s talk about it.  

Fresh out of physical therapy and wanting to rebuild your fitness program?  Yes, I can work with you.  

If old injuries are starting to nag you, I might be able to help you.  Even if I don’t think I can work with you effectively I would be happy to try to point you towards a professional, wherever you are, who can help.  Schedule a call and let’s talk! 

I have some medical issues. Are you experienced working with someone like me?

I have experience working with clients with a number of conditions, including cancer (in remission), joint replacements, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, autoimmune disease, bad backs, and arthritis.  Let’s discuss any medical issues you may have so I understand how the condition and the treatment affect you and your ability to stay active.  I can also coordinate with your medical team to provide the most effective physical activity and nutrition coaching support. 

To succeed, we BOTH need to feel confident that working together is the right course of action.  This only happens over the course of a real conversation, so please schedule a call with me

Where do you train clients?

Online, I can coach you anywhere you are at a time convenient for both of us.

In, Mammoth Lakes, California I will meet you at TEDD Pain-Free Mountain Living and Performance, 126 Old Mammoth Road, Unit 104.  We’re in the shopping center with Bleu and Good Life Cafe.

What technology do I need for an online coaching program?

You will need to have a computer, a tablet or a smart phone.  The apps and platforms I use are easy to learn, but really, if you can read and send and email and talk on the phone, we can work together.  I offer a free video phone consultation so you can try it out and see if you like connecting that way.

I'm having trouble finding time to work out now. How does this help me?

We are all busy but think of this as a way to reclaim your time and improve your quality of life as you reach your goals.  Once you start on-line coaching, I am certain you will notice you have:

  • More time: no more traveling to appointments or classes
  • Complete confidentiality: no more public discussions in crowded gyms
  • Freedom to roam: do your workouts or call in from wherever you are in the world.
  • No more excuses!

If you haven’t been scheduling time for your fitness on a regular basis, there will probably be an adjustment period.  It is important to acknowledge that adding something new to your schedule now means you might need to give up something else. To prepare for Fitness for Life you will want to think through what you might need to change in your schedule, and if this will affect anyone else in your life, in order to make this work for you.  It helps to have someone hold you accountable. That would be me. Let me know how I can help you.

How much does the program cost?

As you can imagine, prices will vary depending on the type of fitness programming best suited for you. 

Training with me in-person starts at $90/hour.

On-line, pre-programmed workouts delivered via email or app range from $49 – $579/month depending on how much coaching support you need. 

Hybrid coaching is a cool option also. You can meet with me when you’re in Mammoth or video call AND take your programs with you wherever you are via app. 

Please contact me for more details or to discuss the possibility of in-person or hybrid training.