Elana Witt

I believe 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 personal trainer intern Elana Witt

Elana Witt

Personal Trainer

Personality: Adventurous, competitive, intellectual, creative

Certifications: NASM Certified Personal Trainer

Education: BFA Photography from California State University, Fullerton

Proudest athletic achievements: Completing a half marathon, getting and staying fit (and losing 30 pounds!) after several years of chronic illness

About me

I have been involved with Hyatt Training the past couple years starting as a client, then as an intern before becoming an independent trainer.  I understand first-hand what makes this place so special and what it means to have a trainer to help guide, inspire and support.  It is so amazing to be able to see my path come full circle and give back to an industry that helped me so much!

I’m excited to help others breakdown and reform wrong ideas they have about themselves. I hope to create a coaching environment where people feel encouraged to try new things and surprise themselves everyday, as they learn how physically and mentally strong they are. One of the greatest benefits about getting healthy in your body is growing to see yourself as a capable, valuable human in your mind.

Primarily, my ideal client is someone who is driven to grow in all facets: physically, mentally and emotionally. It doesn’t matter what their starting fitness level is, as long as they are committed, consistent and willing to get out of their comfort zone. I am also drawn to working with moms of young children, because those first several years after becoming a parent are insanely difficult for many women. They often feel disconnected from their bodies and are facing a completely new “normal” when it comes to life rhythms and self-care.

I’ll help my clients by …

  1. Living by example
  2. Being knowledgeable
  3. Offering encouragement and tough love
  4. Keeping them focused on their goals

Specialties

My specialties include strength and endurance training, postpartum exercise, injury prevention, weight loss and nutrition, muscle gain, and confidence building.

Philosophy

Through learning correct, functional movements, I want my clients to better understand their bodies and their capabilities while feeling empowered to achieve their goals.

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.