Client Testimonials


Rashad progress pics 2014-2015Rashad came to me last year with a project: He wanted to slim down and get in better shape by his 35th birthday, which was about 5 months away.

The beauty of Rashad’s story is how we created big changes over time by starting with the basics: taking stock of not only where he was at physically, but also taking a look at his lifestyle, the time he had available to exercise, and what his current eating habits looked like.

In taking the time in the first few weeks to identify areas that needed to change, we were able to come up with workouts that worked for his body’s needs and his schedule, start to change some shopping and eating habits, and started taking on how he thought about food.

Working on one habit change at a time, and talking each week about how to cook better, get more protein, move more, we were able to find ways to make new habits work harmoniously with Rashad’s life.

Through small, consistent efforts and changes, Rashad was able to shed excess body fat, increase his lean muscle mass, increase his energy, and take on new business ventures of his own–thanks to his increased stamina and confidence in his own ability to make change happen.

“When you asked me to write a testimonial on how you helped me, I had my mind set on writing some grand masterpiece. I wrote something down but it was not from the heart. Then I realized no words can express how happy and how grateful I am that you are as passionate as you are about helping people reach and maintain their fitness goals.

As we were coming to a close with our sessions I injured my left elbow, which was more than apparent during our last session together back in January. I took this time to rest my elbow and do a little experiment at the same time.

I wanted to see if I could maintain my new body weight just with how I ate and cooked. Then I took a pause from physical activity, I still took the stairs and cycled but not with the same intensity. My elbow really took 45 + days before I could put any weight on it without the pain returning. I didn’t even go swimming during this time.

When we stared I was about 229 lbs I am currently maintaining between 183-186 lbs depending on what and where I eat. Because you started with the basics and rebuilding me literally from my flat feet to my neck I am able to easily maintain a 44 lbs weight loss.

I feel great I have more energy than ever I’m more confident than I have been in years. I was just in Orlando with my children and I did not think twice about taking my shirt off at the pool or the water park in LegoLand.

I know I am as fit as my 17 year young self, definitely the same size if not smaller.

Any person under your care will benefit from your knowledge, compassion and comprehension of the human form. Thank you for what you have done for me and a healthier body.”

~ Rashad K.




“I’ll start out with a confession: I hired Kate because I wanted to BE Kate. I think in an awkward social moment I even told her that she had, “my ideal body type.” [read: she practices what she preaches. No one wants to go to a hairdresser with split ends and a bad dye job, savvy?] She managed to shake off that creepy moment long enough to agree to train me, and it’s a good thing for me that she did.

When I say, “good,” what I really mean is, “life-altering,” and “eye-opening.” The programs she personally designed for me were thoughtful, creative, and efficient, and I regularly left the gym feeling like a complete bad a** for having reached goals I was sure I couldn’t before, and for surviving another round of “washcloth workouts.”

My journey with her has covered more than just proper form, honest nutrition, and pushing through when she can tell I’m phoning it in. Kate changed my very perception of what fitness means, and taught me that comparison truly is the thief of joy. She showed me how to take pride in every little success, and how that success isn’t necessarily found in a number on the scale.

I couldn’t tell you what weight I started at when she began bestowing her wisdom upon me (the scale and I have since parted ways), but what I can tell you is that with her help, I have arrived at my own version of an ideal body type: a strong, capable figure that keeps up with three kids, competes in road races at a sub 9:00/mi pace, that eats with purpose and pleasure, and no longer binges or restricts while stuck in a cycle of stress and guilt. Most importantly, she helped me achieve one thing that never occurred to me was possible, and that’s wanting to be one person and one person only: me.





“I met Kate in June of 2012, when I signed up for personal training sessions with a friend. My gym attendance had inconsistent for a number of years. I immediately fell in love with her ‘Real Life’ approach to fitness! A year after working with her, I started experiencing horrible back pain. This pain led to the discovering of two degenerated discs in my lower back. Kate was AMAZING to work with! She tailored workouts that help me gain strength and mobility in my lower back, so that I was able to function well in everyday life! It was a LONG road to recovery, but Kate was patient, supportive, and a great resource! When I fall off the wagon, and need some encouragement to get back on and just keep going with no judgment, she’s the one I turn to. She’s a great cheerleader of even the smallest of victories! ”



I have had the pleasure of working with Kate Whetsel for almost or about a year in Katterbach Germany. This time in my life was rather challenging for 2 reasons.

First, we were in the throws of a deployment and dealing with all things children and making life work with just one person. This consists of never enough time, kids daily emotional challenges, our own emotional challenges because our spouse is gone, and of course anything that could go wrong will go wrong during a deployment. So Kate and I shared our struggles, our successes, and some hindsight laughter too. Our hour together was always a breath of fresh air. She is truly a caring individual and so easy to talk to.

Second, I was in a rough spot in my journey trying to lose weight from my second child. I didn’t gain much weight during pregnancy, but after his birth was colic and tons of sleepless nights, absolutely no energy and the pounds just packed on. Coincidentally all of that happened during a different deployment.

Well, we got over colic, taught our son how to sleep, so now it was time to take off that weight. I was doing Zumba at least 4 days a week and has lost about 25 lbs. and was feeling fantastic! I really needed to take off another 15-20 lbs though, so that’s where Kate came in. The cardio alone just wasn’t doing it, I figured “why not?” and signed up to get started with some weight training.

I immediately felt completely comfortable with Kate. There was no warm up period with her it just felt cozy from the start! She encouraged, she never had anything negative to say, always had an idea when I needed to get over a “wall” and best of all, I SAW RESULTS! The last 15-20 started to melt away! I felt strong, amazing, and happy!

Kate also started a snowball too. She spoke a lot about being happy with myself, not by standards of anyone else just my own. I have to attribute a lot of my loving myself and my body to Kate. She completely started it. I’m almost 40 and admittedly I’m not in the shape I was in when I trained with Kate. I’m in school, and working from home, and being a stay at home Mom all rolled into one so I don’t have all the flexibility or funds that I once had. But even with some extra pounds I can still say “I love myself”. A lot of my ability to say that started with Kate.

If you have the opportunity to train with this amazing lady you better take it! She knows what it is to be busy, motherhood is a priority, and her outpouring of love and encouragement is amazing! Her title “Real Life Fitness” is so genuine! Her training is for “real life” and Kate as a person is so “real”. She embodies her title completely! I hope one day I’m able to pick up with Kate again…….where we left off. Love her!!

~Deb McDougal


Jennifer B.

“Kate Whetsel is one of the best trainers I have had the pleasure of working with. I came to her for the sole purpose of building up the muscles in my legs to alleviate the knee pain I was feeling due to increasing my milage on my runs. In our initial visit, Kate actively listened to my concerns and wants, while educating me on the different muscles that work to support the knee. Thus began my journey of strengthening my core and glutes, as well as the rest of my body.


Throughout the process, Kate was always analyzing my progress and tweaking my individual program as needed. She is very supportive and she uses education and positivity, instead of fear mongering, to encourage her clients to succeed beyond their preserved capabilities. She is very inspirational and I am honored to work with such a wonderful person.”



“I had the opportunity to work with Kate during and after my pregnancy. Her knowledge of pre and postnatal fitness was above and beyond what I expected. Like every new mother, I wanted to return to my fitness regime quickly but she reigned me in and helped me transition into a regular workout routine safely and more effectively.

She is constantly educating herself and tweaking her methods which makes you (as a client) feel like your fitness is very important to her. Her general knowledge is extensive and I continue to return to her with questions. Unlike a lot of fitness professionals, she’s not there to boost her own ego or brag about her fitness prowess; she’s a great listener and is genuinely interested in helping her clients achieve their goals in a thoughtful manner.

I really appreciated thorough explanations about why we were doing certain movements or exercises which I believe is paramount to immediate and long term motivation and success. She really makes you feel like you are part of a team rather than simply her client.

I continually recommend Kate’s services to friends and acquaintances for her expertise, thoughtfulness, and “bedside manner” with clients. I honestly cannot say enough good things about Kate as a trainer; you can’t go wrong!”


Jami B.

“Kate is professional, personable, and travels with a treasure trove of training methods to suit a variety of fitness levels and goals. She has coached me not only on appropriate routines for my specific goals and proper movements during exercises but also body awareness, body appreciation, and attitude.

She is incredibly knowledgeable in her field and passionate about learning more to best meet the needs of her clients. Kate quietly instills confidence through her tailored workouts which while challenging, still attainable, enjoyable.

I recommend Kate without reservation.”


Emilie R.

“Kate is a fantastic trainer and teacher. She is super attentive and knowledgeable. I appreciated how safety conscious she was in our sessions. I was injured in the past when a trainer wasn’t paying attention but I never had that fear with Kate. She was also very encouraging and kind- a life saver when you’re facing a tough workout! Thanks for your help, Kate!”


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