May 22, 2015
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
Strength & Conditioning Specialist
Corrective Exercise, Weight Loss, Nutritional Specialist
I take genuine pleasure in recommending Karen Saroyan to anyone looking for a personal trainer.
Ms. Saroyan has been my mentor and trainer since 2013. When I arrived on her doorstep I weighed 165 pounds. Currently my weight stays around 118. At first I could not do a single push up and really didn't care much. Ms. Saroyan handed me her copy of "Younger Next Year" and suggested I give it a read. That is where we began.
For me it all comes down to energy to live and enjoy life. With her help I changed my cooking and eating habits and started a little weight lifting. I purchased a fitbit and started walking. Nothing heroic but I began to see my body change. I felt more energized, my mind seemed sharper and I started to drop a few pounds. A year went by and I was beginning to believe I could be stronger. I saw my arms were becoming firmer more defined. We added a second workout during the week and now I am doing 23 pushups (real push ups) pumping 25 lb. shoulder presses and deadlifting 90 lbs. Oh I guess I should mention I'm 65 years old.
I also run, spin, and do yoga however the foundation for all my workouts is weight training with Ms. Saroyan. I was really amazed to find out our workouts burn as much as 450 calories per 1-hour session. That is more than running, spinning, or biking. I've become a real fan and it's due to Ms. Saroyan's specialized circuit program she's developed over many years for maximum muscle response. Ms. Saroyan's specialty is 50+ postmenopausal women. She targets areas of hormone, bone and muscle loss. Her energetic and enthusiastic belief that anyone can achieve the same results is unwavering. She's skilled, dependable, and professional.
When I'm not feeling up to doing a work out, she takes charge and tells me that's what she is there for. Then the music is turned up, and she asks if I can just do 10. I end up surprising myself with far more of a work out then I thought possible. This is my opinion and experience, of course, but I like the changes I've made and plan to stick with Ms. Saroyan.
University of California Santa Barbara
Environmental Studies Program