Hi, I have been a NASM certified Personal Trainer for over 20 years. I am also a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant and work part-time in an outpatient orthopedic clinic treating patients. I customize workout programs for people of all ages and abilities at my gym in Gaithersburg. I will travel 5-10 minutes to a client. My website is www.fitnessandmedicalexercise.com or text me at 240-506-1031. My rates start at $70 an hour or $55 for 45 minute sessions.
May you always feel healthy, safe and well.
My work is a lot of fun and I enjoy it so much, I don't consider it to be work.
Laurie makes it fun to work out! I always look forward to going!
Laurie Gordon is Montgomery County’s best kept secret when it comes to fitness and musculoskeletal health. I met her playing on a mixed doubles tennis team 12 years ago. I hired her as my Personal Trainer nearly 3 years ago. I waited this long because I thought it was ridiculous to have an instructor by my side to go through such obvious exercises. I “should” be able to do them by myself, I thought. But it turns out, there are lots of ways to do exercises wrong, and technique really matters. Further, I am not so unusual that I need a little regular encouragement to stay in shape. Using Laurie’s guidance is a way of being kind to myself. And the body, I’ve learned in my work with her, is a quite complicated thing to understand and manage. Ignorance is not bliss. When we first started, I couldn’t play two sets of tennis before my inner thigh muscles would freeze up quite painfully, and I would walk off the court, bent over from the pain. I also have a partially torn right PCL, in my knee, which is irreparable and my knee would ache badly. On top of the knee and inner thigh muscles, I periodically got tennis elbow. Since I was totally dependent on tennis for exercise, the downtime would cause me to get painfully out of shape. I quickly found out that Laurie doesn’t just throw a bunch of exercises at you. She actually gets to know you and thinks about your specific needs — constantly and continuously. You will leave with a home routine, but can come back for more. I use a mixture thereof. And my routine keeps being further refined as I get stronger. It wasn’t long before I was back on the court with no symptoms. I was amazed how quickly and easily the groin muscle problem was eliminated with “sliders”, one of her magical exercises. Now I play injury-free to my heart’s content and know exactly what I have to do to stay in shape and prevent injury. And, recently, my shoulder started hurting a bit from serving. No more. At her instruction, I carry a little hand weight in my bag and do circle eights with my shoulder and arm circles before each match. End of problem. Positively magical. I’m blasting serves harder than ever before, at age 72. At first, when she would get that “come on, you can do more” look on her face, I thought of her as “Our Lady of Pain!” Now, I realize that she is actually very careful not to go too far and knows exactly what that means for each person. I feel very comfortable pushing my limits under her watchful eye. If you want a calm, patient, caring, and thoroughly enjoyable personal trainer in your back pocket, to help with whatever you’re involved in, be it post-rehab, just staying in shape, or competitive sports, Laurie is so special and valuable, I have no words.
Laurie helped me become a better athlete. When I met her I was playing basketball 2-3 times a week and doing regular cardio workouts at the gym or riding my bike outside. I would throw in some push-ups and crunches and call it a workout. I finally decided I should learn how to use the weight machines at the gym to gain more muscle mass and I knew I needed to improve my flexibility. Laurie worked closely with me to make sure I learned how to set up the machines properly, use the right form and push as much weight as was safely possible for me. My wife and kids noticed the gains I made in muscle definition and an added bonus was I shed about eight pounds. She also taught me flexibility exercises that I use to this day. We worked together for about 18 months at which time I felt confident enough to workout on my own and have continued to do so. We “cracked each other up” during the sessions with situational jokes and shared life experiences which made the time enjoyable. I would recommend Laurie as a trainer without any hesitation.
I am a snarly septuagenarian who grunts, grumbles (and Laurie claims), complains during every session I do with Laurie. Despite this treatment, she shows up cheerfully every week with a fresh set of exercises for me to complete. I must admit that I feel much better; I have shed 12 pounds; and I have lowered my cholesterol significantly. So, I somewhat grudgingly and only a very slightly reluctantly recommend Laurie to anyone who needs a great Personal Trainer. [And, of course, that’s everyone!] ‘Hrrrumph’
I start with an initial meeting to evaluate the client. This meeting is $25. We set goals and do some exercises during the initial meeting.
I am a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant and a NASM certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Specialist.