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Information on Personal Training & Tabata Bootcamp


  • Taking (Jan. 2020) an online course, Science of Exercise, through University of Colorado at Boulder.

  • November 2019, listened to Ryan Glatt, with Pacific Neuroscience Institute, give an informative lecture entitled, Brain Health and Exercise : Programming for the Future.

  • Participated in a question and answer webinar on May 21, 2019 conducted by the Parkinson Society British Columbia regarding balance and falls.

  • May 14, 2019, attended a workshop, Improvisation to Improve Parkinson's.  This fun and educational workshop was led by Robert Cochrane. There were numerous neurobic activities demonstrated and practiced by the group. 

  • December 2018, traveled to Los Angeles and participated in a level 1 boxing class at Box 'N Burn Academy.

  • November 2018, traveled to San Diego for an all-day conference by the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society that covered aspects and treatment of PD.

  • Completed TRX Functional Training course in April 2018.


  • In 2018, I focused more on my Parkinson's program.  I read books and papers on neuroplasticity and decided to include a neurobics element to my classes.

  • In December 2017, I launched my own Parkinson's fitness program.

  • August 2017, traveled to Indianapolis to complete the Rock Steady Boxing (RSB) training workshop. RSB is a Parkinson's specific fitness program that incorporates non-contact boxing into their classes.

  • Attended a weekend Pilates Mat and Reformer workshop in March 2017.

  • The year 2017 started with a workshop covering the TRX Suspension Trainer. 

  • Decided in 2016 to specialize in 30 and 45-minute workout sessions only.  You can get a lot done in 45 minutes and clients who were initially seeing me for 60-minute sessions were quick converts to 45 minutes! 

  • Completed online course, The Gluteals and Their Link to Low-Back Pain, through IDEA Health and Fitness Association (August 2016).

  • Three-day Pilates Reformer workshop at Center of Balance, Mountain View (November 2015).

  • Lots went on in 2015!  Expanded my gym by purchasing equipment that helped with functional training (e.g. sandbells, body bars, medicine balls, and suspension trainer).  I like to incorporate a balance of both mobility and stability exercises, and off-load work (a weight is only on one side of the body).

  • Attended the World IDEA Health and Fitness Conference in Los Angeles in July 2015.  Completed workshop and received BOSU trainer certificate. 

  • In 2015, took an online course concerning Applied Functional Science from the Gray Institute.

  • June 2014, participated in second Tabata workshop. This workshop was led by Mindy Mylrea, fitness professional and creator of Tabata Bootcamp.

  • In 2014, started my business, Virginia Trainer. Clients came for 30, 45 or 60-minute workouts.  

  • Completed in March 2014, seven-week online course, Nutrition, Health, and Lifestyle : Issues and Insights, through Vanderbilt University.

  • Attended Somatic classes (2013-2014). Somatics is a mind and body approach to releasing contracted muscles by using gentle movements.

  • Completed in December 2013, a three-month online course on the upper limb from the Perelman School of Medicine, Univ. of Pennsylvania.

  • CPR/AED certification through the American Red Cross (June 2014, 2016 and 2018).

  • In 2013, held a part-time position as a personal trainer.  Also, traveled to Seattle and Sacramento for workshops - I received a Metabolic Trainer certificate through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and Tabata Trainer certificate from Tabata Bootcamp.  When you hear Tabata, think high-intensity interval training.  

  • Member of IDEA Health and Fitness Association (2012-present).

  • In April 2012, completed an 18-hour Physiology and Fitness lecture series.

  • In 2012, completed an eight month internship at a health and wellness center in San Jose.  Worked three days a work for 15 hours a week.  Observed and worked alongside personal trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, massage therapists, a health coach, and chiropractor. 

  • Degrees from New York University (MA) and the College of Mt. St. Vincent (BA).  Studied at the Sorbonne, Paris III, for one year.




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