Six months ago, I waddled into a gym for the first time over 100lbs. overweight and depressed-about the weight, and my life in general. My goal, the first one I can remember ever setting, was lose 100 lbs. some how some way. I had never worked with a personal trainer before, and assumed they were really fit drill sergeants who pushed you to work at their pace no questions asked.

Enter Dana Tabacco; really fit, but most definitely NOT a drill sergeant! Dana took me at my worst, started me off at a slow pace I could handle, and has always encouraged me to dig deeper and try harder. Her style is unassuming, very positive, confident, imaginative, persistent, and very witty. Not many people can make me laugh, especially when I am all rubber-legged and struggling to catch my breath. Dana has an incredible repertoire of exercises that always keeps things fresh and interesting. With the attention span of a gnat, I really, really appreciate that. I am always amazed at her ability to turn an empty hallway with no equipment into a heart-pounding workout. She conscientiously checks to see if I’m okay, reminds me to breathe properly, and makes sure I know how to do whatever exercise I’m doing the right way. She helps me to relax and be less nervous and self-conscious by inquiring about all aspects of a person’s fitness: diet, mood, interests, job, etc. What’s more, she listens to the responses I give and remembers to check back a few weeks later.

Forty pounds lighter, it is actually what I have gained that means the most to me. Through our thrice-weekly sessions, I have developed some self-confidence, inner calm, purpose, belief that I can reach my weight loss goal, ability to set other goals, and desire to try harder to be a better person in general. I’m not depressed, am taking less medication for depression, and look forward to what a new day brings. Improving my fitness has become a sincere desire, and I actually really, really look forward to my sessions with Dana. I leave the gym exhausted but happy about what we did.

To conclude, I would whole heartedly say Dana Tabacco is a very gifted personal trainer, my unknowing therapist of sorts, and a very sweet person in general, who has had a huge impact on my life. Training with her is one of the best decisions I have ever made, and a huge part of the newly-found grounding of my life.

Thanks Dana, you have been one of the best investments I have ever made in myself.

Kimberly C. Britz
In-Shape Member