Fortify Your Frame, Inc

Fortify Your Frame, Inc

4.9 (14)
1 employee
21 years in business

About this pro

Being dual degreed and earning several fitness certifications, I can honestly offer my clients knoweldge and skills that many trainers can't. I have empathy, having endured many injuries/surgeries over the years, I undertsand the necessity of modifying activities for success. I also understand there is no cookbook approach to fitness. Personal training is just that, personal.

I enjoy seeing my clients progress in weight loss. I love hearing stories on how our exercises sessions helped them in daily life situations. I take before and during the journey pictures. Seeing the expressions when clients see side by side pictures is the most rewarding feeling. Whether it was weight loss or posture improvements, changing lives makes me happy and truly love what I do.

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Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
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14 Reviews


  • Darlene Shipman

    Shari is very well educated and will work around any issues you may have. She cares and made working on my balance and physical activity interesting not intimidating.

  • Patti Seitzman

    Share Kalkstein is very knowledgeable in her field of fitness training, especially for people who have physical problems (i.e. spinal and muscular) that can interfere with their fitness. She knows how to strengthen the specific parts of the body to compensate for and help us to heal.

  • Bonnie Salmon

    I have used Shari on and off for about 8 years. She is an expert in "the aging spine". I don't like to think of myself getting "older", but I've had numerous issues over the years (neck injury, alergies to meds that created havoc in my body) and most recently breast cancer with the side effects of lymphedema and neuropathy. I would only trust Shari to help me get back on my feet. She is an expert in not only making sure you don't hurt yourself, but in how to be the best you can be! Strong, balanced, and empowered to take on any problem. A number of years ago I sent my now 88 year old mom to Shari. Again, I wouldn't trust anybody else. Shari has made her stronger and helped her with many of her issues. I trust her - and so should you!

  • Kari Saifman-Price

    Shari is an amazing motivator. After several years of not exercising, due to a leg injury, Shari worked me up slowly. She was patient, but pushed when she thought I was ready. After assessing me completely, she knew what I was capable of better than I did. I found her to be an extremely knowledgeable individual. I would definitely recommend Shari Kalkstein to anyone of any and all fitness levels.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

1st session is free. I review health history, medication, current activity level and discuss goals. I have a comprehenssive assessment, as well as body composition scale for those with weight loss goal. From there, we together determine if 30 or 60 minute sessions will be most effective and schedule. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?


Unniversity of Texas at Arlington – Arlington, Texas
Bachelor of Arts in Exercise and Sports Studies – May 1993

Broward Community College – Davie, Florida
Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant – April 1990
Associate of Science in General Education – December 1989
Member of Phi Theta Kappa – Honors Fraternity

University of South Florida – Tampa, Florida
Associates of Arts – August 1988


Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
• National Strength and Conditioning Association

Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C); Certificate of Enhanced Qualifications for Exercise & the Older Adult
• American College of Sports Medicine

Certified Personal Trainer (CPT); Certified Medical Exercise Specialist (CMES)
• American Council on Exercise

Certified Ageless Grace Educator
• Ageless Grace

Functional Aging Specialist (FAS)
• Functional Aging Institute

Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant
• Florida

CPR, First Aid and AED Certified

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How did you get started teaching?

I started my career as a Physical Therapist Assistant, after a life-altering automobile accident. I withdrew from college, rehabbed for long time before starting down a new path. I have been working in the fitness industry since graduating with my Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Studies in 1993.  

What types of students have you worked with?

My clients range from >50-99 years of age. I love working with older adults and enjoy the excitement as their lifestyle changes. My younger clients tend tyo have special needs, such as: MS, Diabetic, Breat Cancer, Obesity, etc... I work with clients who need a little TLC and motivation. My education in therapy really help guide my special clients.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Make sure the personal trainer you hire is properly educated and certified. 

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