The fitness industry has been trying to profit off of our insecurities for nearly a century, leading to most people feeling bad about themselves and avoiding activities and habits that could lead to better health and a better quality of life.
The mission of Uplifting Movement is to provide an approach to fitness that's focused on enjoying daily activity, growing stronger sustainably and fostering a positive relationship with your body. I want to help people of all types reclaim the joy of movement and feel proud of what their bodies do for them!
Dan and Natalie at their home in Harrison ME, 2021
I am certified by the American Council on Exercise as a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, pain-free movement coach and fitness nutrition specialist.
As a child, being one of the fat kids in class gave me a clear understanding of fat stigma and how it can hold one back from enjoying movement and feeling confident. I avoided exercise because I felt my larger body was a target of criticism from my peers, and all the exercise opportunities presented to me put my lack of athleticism on full display in a competitive environment. I hid from the possibility of being singled-out as different from my more athletic friends. Eventually I learned in my teen years that I actually did love moving my body by running, cycling and lifting weights. I lost weight and avoided the stigma, but still struggled with body dysmorphia and was never at ease.
By pursuing more knowledge about movement and learning from many wonderful and talented people at various gyms in Boston, I eventually learned to repair the toxic relationship I had with my body. I committed myself to building healthy habits and focusing on exercise that brought me joy. I realized that we should all strive to be comfortable in our bodies, living healthy lives, and doing the things we love to do! With this direction and purpose I moved back to Maine to start Uplifting Movement and help others find joy through strength.
Karma Yoga Studio in Cambridge, MA, 2018
Fun fact – I'm a classically trained oboist and saxophonist and I play with several grouops in western Maine!
ACE Certified Personal Trainer
ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor
ACE Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
ACE Certified Pain-Free Movement Specialist
BM Oboe Performance from The Boston Conservatory
MM Oboe Performance from The Boston Conservatory