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Laura Acosta

Gainesville, FL 32601

Laura Acosta (MS, RD, CSSD, LD/N) is a nationally-recognized expert in health and fitness. She holds certifications from ACE, AFAA, PIA, and SCW, and in 2011 she was recognized by the American Council on Exercise and Life Fitness as one of the nation’s top 11 Personal Trainers to Watch. She regularly presents personal training certification workshops for AFAA, Yoga instructor certification workshops for FiTOUR, and Pilates instructor training workshops based on her book "Mat Pilates for Fitness Professionals".

In addition to her credentials in the fitness industry, she is also a pioneer in the field of nutrition. She holds a master's degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Florida, is a registered and licensed dietitian, and has earned the prestigious title of Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD). In 2009, she wrote and developed the comprehensive weight management program "Living Lean: 8 Steps to Success", and she has been quoted as a nutrition expert in numerous stories for a variety of media outlets.

In 2008 she opened her studio, LifeStyle Wellness, with a mission to educate and inspire her clients, and to empower other fitness professionals to impact lives around the world. In just five years, she built LifeStyle Wellness from a one-woman show to a staff of over 20 fitness professionals and hundreds of clients. Most recently however, she has turned her attention to the world of academia, accepting a full-time position on the faculty of the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department at the University of Florida. She looks forward to the opportunities this new position will bring to inspire change in the health of our nation and our world, by teaching and mentoring the next generation of health and nutrition professionals.

Laura looks forward to hearing from you! Please feel free to contact her anytime, at: ljacosta@ufl.edu

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About Me

Degrees

  • Master's Degree, Nutrition/ Dietetics, University of Florida
  • Bachelor's Degree, Nutrition/ Dietetics, University of Florida
  • RD, Registered Dietitian, Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR), Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Years Experience

11-15

Certifications / Trainings

ACE - Certified Personal Trainer
Verified
AFAA - Group Exercise Certification
Verified
AFAA - Kickboxing Certification
Verified
AFAA - TeleFitness Certification
Verified
FiTOUR® - FiTOUR® Primary Yoga Certification
Expired
FiTOUR® - FiTOUR® Indoor Cycling Certification
Expired
Pilates Institute of America - Pilates Instructor
Agency Unavailable

CPR Certified

American Heart Association
Expires: May 06, 2018

AED Certified

American Heart Association
Expires: May 06, 2018
American Heart Association
Expires: Dec 31, 1969

Liability Insurance

  • Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Co

Additional Information

Rate

$0.00 / hr

Payment Methods

Awards & Accomplishments

  • ACE and Life Fitness - top 11 "Personal Trainers to Watch" (2011)

Languages Spoken

English

Gender

Female

2 Reviews

5.0 out of 5 Stars

  • by Cindy Noel on Jun 25, 2011

    I have been working with Laura and her trainers for about 2 years. Her classes are dynamic, challenging, diverse and keep me motivated! She is an excellent class leader with her originality and her passion. I used to try and go to the gym, but got bored with same old routines and always quit after several months. With Laura's classes, I am always challenged with new, more difficult sequences and routines and I am never bored. This has kept me coming back over and over for the last 2 year.

    Cindy Noel
    D'Lites Emporium, Gainesville, FL

  • by Laura Acosta on Jun 01, 2011

    Come try a free class or personal training session, and enjoy a free half-hour consult with a registered dietitian!