ENDURE MOVEMENT AND WELLNESS
Personal Training and Movement-Based Coaching for All Bodies
EMPOWERING MOVEMENT IS WAITING FOR YOU.
Getting in shape shouldn’t be a punishment. It’s an amazing and empowering lifestyle decision that anyone can make. I believe in finding the pleasurable side of movement; and while there may be a sore muscle or two along the way, the benefits are worth the discomfort. I have developed my training regime by working with a variety of people, and always love adapting my program to new clients.
Em Bowen, ACE Certified Personal Trainer
My work as a personal trainer and movement coach evolved from my own experiences as an athlete, as an educator, as a queer person, as a writer, and as a human with a body. As a lifelong runner and competitive rugby player for over a decade, I’ve always found movement and “exercise” training to be essential to increasing athletic performance. Unfortunately, this increase in performance has not always resulted in what I would call wellness.
The truth is while I’ve always been an “athlete” in some way or another, I haven’t always felt attuned to my body. Being heavily steeped in toxic movement and diet culture prevented me from being in true dialogue with my body. It ultimately resulted in injury, sporadic commitment to exercise, and a serious lack of happiness while moving. It took me years (and lots of deep inquiry) to gain consistency, wellness, and joy from my movement practice.
My intention is to share what I’ve learned along the way with my clients. To help them to move better, move longer, and move more joyfully. To assist them in identifying stories in their body and then retell those body narratives in a way that promotes longevity, resilience, and joy. I want to help folks find a way to exist in their form that does not frame movement as punishment or movement as making up for something. I want to help folks use movement as a way to develop a personal relationship with the body.
My wildest dreams of strength and athletic performance have come to fruition from disconnecting from what I was taught and connecting into a deeper knowing of myself and my body. I hope to help my clients, no matter their goals and desires for themselves, to tap into this same joy I’ve found.
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"I began my movement journey with Em in February of 2019 with the goals of increasing strength with functional movements, improving balance and mitigating pain. I was a college athlete and many injuries along the way shifted how I could use my body; as such I was hesitant to delve into high intensity interval style training. Em was thoughtful and attuned, learning how my body moved and working with it to construct challenging routines that helped me see my competencies, rather than my weaknesses. Through Covid, our workouts shifted to online and "Emercise" as we have dubbed it, a whole family activity. When we asked our teenage boys if they would prefer to bow out of our 3x/week Emercise, while they each groaned at the pain they knew they might feel, they both said that they wanted to keep up with it...if that's not a testimony to Em's awesomeness, I don't know what is!"
"Em is more than a trainer. They truly dig deep to find the best ways to encourage people to meet their goals. I remember after I met my initial goals, Em and I were setting new ones and I was having difficulty verbalizing what I hoped to achieve. Em suggested working on my emotional relationship to my body and to movement, and moving towards undoing the damage from societal pressures. I credit Em with helping me feel more at home and at peace in my body. Also, now I can do a 2 minute plank!"
"I appreciate the professionalism and customized experience I have when training with Em. Em understands my abilities and my goals, and designs my workouts accordingly. What I value the most is that our sessions are always perfectly paced to keep me engaged. I stay consistently interested and excited each week because I’m constantly building new skills."