Elana Witt

With the right approach, everyone possesses the ability to get stronger and feel better, no matter where they’re starting from.

Hyatt Training Portland personal trainer Elana Witt

Hyatt Training Portland personal trainer Elana Witt

Elana Witt

Personal Trainer

Personality: Adventurous, competitive, intellectual, creative

Certifications: NASM Certified Personal Trainer, graduate of the 12-week Hyatt Training internship program

Education: BFA Photography from California State University, Fullerton

Proudest athletic achievements: Completing a half marathon, getting and staying fit (and losing 35 pounds!) after several years of chronic illness

About me

My approach to training is marked by great connections with clients, progressive programming, and excellent customer service. These qualities, combined with a voracious appetite for knowledge and a drive for growth, allow me to help clients get stronger, increase their fitness knowhow, and see themselves as total badasses.

I’m passionate about fitness because I know what it’s like to struggle with weight, chronic pain, and consistency–just like many clients do. After years of approaching fitness in unhealthy ways, I decided to throw myself at weight training. I felt completely overwhelmed by everything I didn’t know, so I hired a personal trainer. Once I consistently showed up, applied the expertise of a trainer, and committed to a growth mindset, I got strong, lost 35 pounds, and learned to trust myself to do hard things. My chronic pain, fatigue, and depression completely diminished, and I fell in love with the empowerment that comes with lifting heavy things. Now, as a trainer, it is my desire to share the gift of strength and confidence that comes from getting fit and healthy.

As my client, I will get to know you, fostering the trust that is critical to a successful trainer-trainee partnership. Then, I will help you crush your goals, get stronger, change your body, and gain confidence in yourself and what you’re capable of achieving. It doesn’t matter what your starting fitness level is, as long as you’re committed, consistent, and have a willing attitude!

Specialties

Novice and intermediate strength training; women-focused fitness; fat loss, building muscle, and body recomposition; injury prevention; basic nutrition coaching and assessment; confidence and skills building.

Philosophy

Using a well-planned approach to fitness (and a little patience!), clients can gain strength, confidence, and the ability to move better in their daily lives. I help clients achieve their goals through a trust-based partnership that incorporates consistency, hard-work, and a ton of fun.

Outside the gym

I was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California, then spent a decade living in Los Angeles and Orange County. My husband and I moved to Oregon in 2013 and we’ve been enjoying the gray skies and beautiful summers ever since.

I have been self-employed for 12 years as a wedding photographer, and often spend my summer weekends documenting great love stories. Being a creative person, I like to dabble in interior design, calligraphy, collaging, and painting. Of course, like any good Pacific Northwesterner, I love to be outdoors in nature hiking, camping, and visiting beautiful places. I adore coffee and drink it often (so often that I consider it a hobby).

My husband and I own Wildwood Taphouse in Hillsboro, where the community is warm and the beer is cold. We have a hilarious and spunky daughter, Hazel, who brings us immense joy with her jokes and her wild hair.