Welcome! I’m Gillian Byers and I’m excited to offer highly personalized physical activity training Online and in Newberg, Oregon.
Following is one clients story of training with me:
“I asked Gillian if she would help me create more movement in my life. I’d been following her for years and trusted that she was inclusive, but was still rather nervous to meet with her. Every previous experience I’d had with a personal trainer was negative and I feared it was just not possible to have a trainer who didn’t seem to hate my body. When we had our initial consult, I knew I was in good hands. She’s caring and genuine and actually listens.
Still, I wasn’t exactly excited to begin “working out” – we arranged to meet once every three weeks, mainly so I would have at least some kind of anchor to keep my desire for more movement present in my life. I was nervous also about meeting on Skype – would she really be able to tell if I was using the right form? To top it off, I have a bad webcam that can only capture half of my body at any given point, so I was worried about having to continuously jump up and readjust the camera.
All of this was pointless fretting – Gillian is gifted at being able to help you find the proper form by listening to your own body. It’s amazing. Our first day, she taught me how to do squats correctly, and I didn’t have to mess with the webcam at all. She taught me how they are supposed to feel and I now forever know if I’m on form or not. Not one single trainer or yogi in my history managed to do that, even though they were standing right there with me. (And it’s so cool that now I randomly show friends and family how to do them, because no one believes me when I say it doesn’t hurt your knees at all!)
A few months passed; it was midwinter, and I was dreading a session where I knew I’d be on a thin mat on my cold wooden floor. I’m physically able to do it, but just hated it. I felt so high maintenance when I asked Gillian if there was any way we could work the same muscles without having to get on the floor. I was expecting her to politely explain that it wasn’t really possible. Instead, she lit up and immediately transformed all of the exercises to standing versions of them. There is nothing that feels more luxurious than to have someone tailor make a routine so that it is perfect for you. That day, she started healing my relationship with working out. I’ve never dreaded a session again, because Gillian will always find a way to tweak things so they fit me perfectly. (And as a bonus, she seems to find it an incredibly fun puzzle and gets excited when a new issue comes up.)
Gillian knew the exact right time to challenge me. She could tell I was ready for more, and suggested several options to move more often. We now meet once a week. I find myself randomly practicing balancing exercises while riding the elevator at work. A few weeks ago,I decided to buy a small set of weights, because I want to to see how I can progress up past the cans of tomatoes I’ve been using. (Gillian is also a bit of a MacGyver with equipment, by the way. She will make it work with whatever you have on hand.) I didn’t really think it was possible for me to get excited about hand weights, but here we are, and it is thanks to Gillian.
If you are looking for someone to “whip you into shape” you will want to hire someone else. If you are looking for someone to help improve your strength, mobility, balance and flexibility in a gentle sustainable way, you are in the right place. If you want someone to help you heal your relationship with exercise and your body without ever having to say a word about it, hire Gillian. ” – Liz Conners
Are you ready to build strength, endurance and ease of movement in ways that feel good to your amazing body?
Are you done with a one size fits all program? Are you so over shame as a motivator?
Are you ready to have fun and feel good, right now?
Together we create a physical activity program tailored to your unique needs and wishes, empowering you to move through the world with greater ease. Whether that’s hiking in the alps or carrying your own groceries and playing with your kids.
I’d love to show you how to use physical activity in a way that feels good right now, right where you are.
Click HERE to take a quick feel good movement break right now!
Being Mindfully Active is about meeting yourself where you are, not where you were or where you feel you should be.
And, you may not know it, but doing that is what feels great about exercise. It’s not about weight or punishment.
It’s about meeting yourself here in your body right now, any time, any where.
I enjoy creating physical activity programs that fit your unique life situation.
The options are almost endless and it makes a huge difference when you discover the ways your particular body likes to move!
“Gillian provided me with amazing support and over time I started an exercise routine little by little thanks to her encouragement and it was all about what worked for me!”
~ Sara Wagers Virtual Biz Partner
Ready to explore working with me? Click here to schedule a free Tea and Exploration session. My number one goal is to give you the information you need to make the best decision for you! Not to convince you to work with me. Hope to chat soon!
Photos on this page by the fabulous Vivienne McMaster