a doctor's success

Submitted by: Lisa Dougherty

Eric's Success Story

To Whom It May Concern,

Lisa is a consummate fitness trainer, superbly qualified. She is professional, knowledgeable and caring. I highly recommend her.

I first met Lisa through my wife. My wife wanted to lose her post-pregnancy weight and found Lisa through the Internet. It was a very fortuitous find. My wife told me how impressed she was with Lisa – her qualifications, her extensive education and training, her friendliness and genuine desire to help. It wasn't easy, but after several months my wife lost the weight in a healthy way, and gained muscular tone and definition as well. She looked great.

At the time, I had my own "training" program consisting of going to the gym, lifting weights and playing golf. I thought I was in fairly good health, and I had no desire to work with and did not feel a need for a fitness trainer. The only problem was that I had a frequent tendency to injure my shoulder which would put me out for weeks at a time. After my last injury, my wife persuaded me to train with Lisa and learn how to lift weights more safely. I admit I was tired of getting injured and I figured I had nothing to lose, so I swallowed my pride and went to see Lisa. My original plan was to train for a few sessions, learn proper weightlifting techniques and be back at the gym in no time.

Well, Lisa had other plans for me. At our first meeting, I was immediately impressed by Lisa, and how she took the time to know my strengths, weaknesses and fitness goals. As a physician, it was also important to me that her training methods and fitness philosophy were consistent with my own medical training. Despite all of my questions, Lisa was very patient, and was able to support her answers with articles and studies. I was very impressed with her knowledge of physiology and body mechanics. She was thoroughly prepared, showed me exactly how to do each exercise, taught me how to breathe properly and paced me according to my ability.

One of the things I really appreciate about Lisa is how she employs multiple modalities of fitness training. I find it challenging and fun to be able to do something different every month. Although my initial purpose was just to learn safe weightlifting techniques, I realized that this was a mere by-product of Lisa's bigger plan for me – that of building up core body strength and functional strength. Her use of different exercise activities even led me to do yoga, which I never would have done on my own – and much to my surprise, I found that I actually enjoyed it. Lisa's workouts are complete, training every part of your body. Her multifaceted training approach produces a synergy of core body strength, agility and endurance.

After nearly one year, I still train with Lisa. And during this time I have grown stronger, lifted heavier, eaten healthier and, best of all, I haven't injured my shoulder.


Eric Hsu, MD