Hi! I'm Suzanne Reilley. I'm a Virtual Fitness and Lifestyle Coach.
Back in 2008 I was working as a personal trainer in a gym. My clients were doing great, and my peers respected me professionally. Yet in a way I felt really... restricted.
At first, I felt it at an almost imperceptible underlying level. The feeling crept up slowly and I think it had to do with a number of things. I felt that as a professional, I had to be training clients in a traditional sense, in a gym, doing lunges, squats, ab exercises... all the normal stuff you might think of when it comes to getting fit.
I was really careful to stick to conversations about exercise and food, which is what my clients hired me for. Even though I KNEW that going deeper into their emotional life, relationships and lifestyle would make a difference in their results, I simply didn't think it was appropriate to ask.
Over the course of many years, I learned that I was really onto something by incorporating my own whole life into my fitness goals. I started eating food that I actually enjoyed. I started doing activities that I loved. I moved to a city I always wanted to live in, that had lots of sunshine and warm weather. I got more sleep.
It became effortless to be fit, to live at MY own ideal weight by meshing my desires, my joy and sound exercise principles into one. I also cut myself a LOT of mental slack. Turns out, this process doesn't have to be so hard.
The happier I was, the easier it became. It's amazing how much fitter I got once I stepped outside the gym, chilled out, listened to my own preferences and had fun with it. Of course I incorporated exercise principles. But I made them work for me. Made them bend to my own likes and dislikes and incorporated them with me as a WHOLE person in mind.
I learned that I can do sound professional work AND make my own rules with what I offer. My current clients get to share any relevant details that they want. They incorporate any likes, dislikes and desires that they want. My clients got great results before, and they get even better results now.
They get such great results because I work WITH each part of each person, instead of against them. You're not going to be put into some cookie cutter regime that you can't stick with or a diet that feels horrible. That's just not me and honestly, it doesn't work.
Even back in the day, my most successful clients, Kim who lost 101lbs and Nathan who lost 70lbs both respectfully incorporated cheesecake, steak and fried chicken into their eating habits. And guess what? As of the time I'm writing this, it's 6 years later and they're both still rocking their weight loss success. Because there's no regimen to recover from. No sucky period of deprivation. Simply small, moderate changes that created big, lasting results.
One of my clients started taking pole dancing classes. She always wanted to try this and she's having SO much fun! She's loving the moves and her new shoes and her new friends from class. The classes are crazy effective for burning fat (I can tell you more about why some other time). She only has to go twice a week to see incredible results. She began to feel so much lighter, just as a person, only 2 weeks in.
We also realized that her packaged food habits could be freshened a bit (a BIT! ...we did NOT clean out the cabinets or anything crazy like that). 2 weeks of incorporating a few fresh, organic foods that she chose from the grocery store and her severe acid reflux cleared up.
Another client of mine has a big family. After we discussed the details of her lifestyle and her preferences, we curated a really doable plan. First, she breathed a HUGE sigh of relief. (It's a lot easier than she thought it was going to be). In practice, she's modeling healthier behaviors for her kids that they're naturally picking up on, she's strengthening her oldest son's leadership skills by putting him in charge during "mommy's uninterrupted exercise time."
He knows not to interrupt and exactly under which circumstances TO interrupt. She's majorly curbing her overeating. She's exercising a LOT less than she thought she had to, because we tailored her exercise plan in a way that's highly effective (nope, you do NOT have to work out every day. I actually have no idea where this 'little bit every day' idea came about. Unless you're truly enjoying it, it's SO not necessary ...and who's got time for that? ok rant over, ha!)
Anywho, this client is getting SO many benefits from the 2 hour session we did together, they're actually too many to list here. What's great is that they're all benefits that she let me know were really important to her.
That's my goal, to help you get as many benefits and side benefits out of our time together as possible. Have as much fun as possible, and OH! live into your sexiest, best self in the process.
I've worked individually with over 100 clients and have helped 1000's more through my teaching, courses, ebook, and interviews.
The clients who come to our sessions prepared, ready and committed to see lasting change generally see an average weight loss of 1-2lbs per week. This IS the professionally recommended rate of weight loss, for safety, lifestyle integration and lasting change.
(It may sound boring. It feels boring even to write. 1-2lbs, woo-hoo. It's much slower than many other pros will promise you, but you gotta ask yourself, did that radical 7 day or 15 day or 30 day diet or cleanse or program really work for the long term? If so, I'm truly happy for you. If not, let's talk).
If you can accept where you are, trust in the process and have fun along the way, it won't be terrible to lose 12-24 pounds at the end of 3 months. At the higher end of that 1-2lb range, you could lose 24-48lbs at the end of 6 months, if you have that much to shed.
Kim Levine lost 101lbs over the course of 2 years. 6 years later, she's still living at a healthy weight. Incorporating cheesecake and steak into the mix.
This is her!
“Suzanne helped me understand the mechanics of weight loss; that cardio wasn’t enough to actually lose weight and that weight training would help build muscle which in turn would speed my metabolism and allow me to burn more calories. We also discussed nutrition and she helped me understand how I might be short-circuiting my efforts through poor diet choices. Suzanne encouraged me to not cut out the foods that I liked but to include them in moderation. I think this way key because I was able to sustain this new way of eating without depriving myself at times of the foods that I’ve always loved."
-Kim Levine, Executive VP and CFO of CityFirst Bank in Washington, DC
Nathan Weiner lost 70lbs over the course of 4 years. He seems to be fitter and happier on Facebook every time I see him pop up in my newsfeed. As far as I know, he still respectfully incorporates ice cream and fried chicken into his diet.
Here's a Q&A with Nathan that I'd like to share. We had this email chat a while after we ended our work together.
Q: How much weight did you lose during our time together?
A: In our time together, over 6 months, I lost about 30 pounds. I started at around 235 pounds.
Q: How much weight did you lose from the day we started together until now? The commitment on your part was HUGE, as well as your follow up to find other trainers you wanted to try, your commitment to getting more cut, lifting heavier, changing up your routine... so what was your overall weight loss success?
A: In total, I lost about 70 pounds. The weight loss occurred slowly over 4 years. I insisted on NOT dieting, but rather changing the bad habits that I inherited from my family. I still have my struggles with food, mostly around knowing when to stop when food is served family style. Otherwise, I have changed my diet, continue to exercise about 4 times a week, completed the Tough Mudder, bought and use a road bike and have completely changed.
"The biggest thing that was great about Suzanne was that she developed a plan that was doable and that I enjoyed. I always felt comfortable, felt like we connected personally, and had fun. I have been done for months and am driven, but continue to use elements I learned from Suzanne.
Suzanne used a lot of different techniques with me, and I always felt like I was in good hands."
-Nathan Weiner, Rabbi
You can read in-depth case studies on both Nathan and Kim in the How to Lose 20 Pounds eBook and Audio Course. There are many aspects of their journey that you can learn from and apply to your own life.
You may want to hear about where I've studied and other work I've done.
I have a B.S. in Exercise Science from West Chester University in West Chester, PA. I graduated with honors. I'm also an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer. It's a highly regarded certification within the industry.
I'm one of the resident coaches as part of Jeannette Maw's Good Vibe University.
Tom Corson-Knowles quoted me on his blog here. You can find one of my very favorite recipes listed there too.
The Washington Post quoted me in this article about putting a healthful spin on happy hour.
Do you remember DailyCandy? It was an addictive and wildly successful newsletter and website for fashion and lifestyle-conscious women.
According to Inc. Magazine, Dany Levy the website's founder had amassed 2.5 million subscribers. DailyCandy featured me when they were at the top of their game and also nominated me for DailyCandy's Sweetest Things award that same year. Unfortunately, the company doesn't exist anymore! Hopefully the links will still take you to the article.
If you're more academically inclined, you might also like hearing that I taught fitness concepts and conducted exercise-related tests with research participant groups at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.
The Mom's Club of West Hollywood, and Santa Monica College invited me to speak. I also appeared on local TV in Washington D.C. and Santa Barbara, CA.
Demand Media published 32 of my professionally produced videos to eHow and AZ Central Healthy Living. Firm Body Evolution in West Hollywood, CA was kind enough to let me use their space for filming.
I was invited to be the Featured Guest Expert for Kim Acedo's Flourishing 50's Membership Group. I did a guest expert interview for the members of Jeannette Maw's Good Vibe University as an LOA Savvy Fitness Coach. Speaking on podcasts and for membership groups is one of my very favorite things to do. To book me to speak on your podcast or to your virtual community, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I'm the author of How to Lose 20 Pounds, what to do (and what not to do!) to lose weight once and for all. It's fun to read and comes with an audio version as well.
One reader was literally so engaged, she let her kids yell and fight for a feeeeew more minutes, and a few more so she could keep turning the pages. (Seriously). A few people reported back that they felt that the advice was simple, doable and that they lost 10lbs or so in about 6 weeks.
"Suzanne's approach to weight loss and fitness is unique, effective, and lasting because it is very easy to follow and extremely realistic. She is very in tune with the how the average person struggles with weight loss and creates a plan that you can actually stick to, and feel great about it then process.
People should run, skip, whistle, and sing their way towards learning Suzanne's methods. They are not quick fixes, they are solid tools that you can use to make permanent changes in your life, in small steps, to feel and look the best you didn't know was possible."
-Jess Kwerel, Nationally Board Certified mental health counselor, a dog lover, and life long student of healthy, whole body living
"Suzanne is an exceptional trainer. Not just because of her technical knowledge, but because of her personality and effectiveness as a motivator and communicator. This unique combination of skills gives her the ability to reach a wide range of clients. Suzanne knows how to get results through challenging workouts, while avoiding unnecessary stress or injury. She is very fun to work with and I highly recommend her to anyone who wants to get fit!”
-Michael Donovan, Senior Advisor, Federal Occupational Health
So what about you? Would you like to breathe a huge sigh of relief, learn how fitness can work for YOU and feel and look the best ...in a way you didn't know was possible?
If you like to learn by yourself at your own pace, grab the How to Lose 20 Pounds ebook + audio combo.
For help with overeating, check out the How to Quit Overeating, Without Crazy Tracking or Frustrating Dietary Restrictions Audio Course.
Perhaps you want to get full-on support, motivation and accountability with highly tailored 1:1 private coaching. Rates start at $150 per hour, and our work is tailored exactly to what you want and need most. Email me for availability. email@example.com
“I felt that I made considerable progress even though I was working with you only once a week. You were organized and inventive for each of my sessions and I appreciated your recognition of my limitations and requests. You were always up beat and positive, you've good people skills. I would be more than happy to recommend you if you should ever need a referral.”
"Suzanne listens to your goals and tailors the workouts to meet those needs. Her challenging exercises are creative and unique, which keeps the sessions fun and exciting. In addition, her laid back and witty personality makes her a pleasure to work with. I would recommend Suzanne to anyone."
“Before I hop on the plane to Germany I wanted to say I love you. I am so so so thankful to have you in my life and I would not be sitting here doing what I always dreamed of if I didn’t have you in my life. You are such a beautiful soul and I am blessed to know you.”
-Kat Blacknall, Stylist