Certifications: NASM Certified Personal Trainer, graduate of the 12-week Hyatt Training internship program, Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certification, Barbell Rehab Method Certification
Education: BFA Photography from California State University, Fullerton
Proudest athletic achievements: Running a half marathon, getting and staying fit (and losing 35 pounds!) after years of chronic illness
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 and fatigue significantly 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!
Novice and intermediate strength training; women-focused fitness; fat loss, building muscle, and body recomposition; injury prevention; nutrition coaching and assessment; confidence and skills building.
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 Southern California. 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 more than a decade 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.
What her clients say
“Elana is wonderful. She has helped to get me through this last year. She is professional, knowledgeable, super funny and kind. My workouts are varied and challenging – but always fun.”
“Elana is a GEM! I cannot say enough good things about her. She is creative, communicative, encouraging, funny and challenges me to do my best. I am constantly amazed at the depth of her knowledge in personal training and nutrition and how she is able to keep the instructions, stories, workouts, etc. fresh and motivating.”
“Elana is just a total 10/10–I legitimately love working out at Hyatt Training with her help and guidance. She is so kind and warm, pushes me, and also adjusts for me as needed if I am struggling or too tired. She’s an awesome trainer.”