For all of you seriously thinking about getting
a personal trainer, I highly
recommend Maria Mikola.
She is extremely inspirational and motivational. Working out had been a regular
ritual in my life when I started training with Maria. I decided to get a trainer
to change things up from my usual routines and get some motivation to help me
reach my goals. Anyone that works out knows that working out alone can get
boring and having that extra push makes a big difference. Especially when
working with weights alone, it’s hard to reach your fullest potential without a
partner/trainer in handling the weights safely. Maria is highly knowledgeable
and has a great passion in what she does. In the time we worked together Maria
motivated me to work hard and I had a blast doing it. I always looked forward
to our workouts. She created a routine that was tailored to my specific needs
along with a nutritional plan that coincided with my desires to build muscle
and decrease body fat. The combination of my training with Maria and her
nutritional advice made it much easier and more enjoyable to reach the level of
fitness I desired. I lost 7% body fat and have maintained it, in large part
thanks to Maria. I have gained much knowledge and Maria continues to be
available when I have a question or need advice. She did specific training with
my daughter to help her with her dance and gymnastics. Maria is a real
professional and I highly recommend her.
- S. Hardy
been training with Maria for almost a year. Maria is the most motivating person
I know. She has helped me get stronger and to feel really good about myself.
She gives 100% to me and so it makes me always strive to give myself 100%. I
look forward to our workouts together. Thanks Maria, finding you has been the
best thing I have ever done for myself.
- B. Plain, homemaker & mother of 7
I had been
working out for approximately 1 1/2 years when I began to have increased
problems with back pain. I stopped going to the gym for approximately 6 months,
when I realized I was not getting any better. Knowing this and following the
advice of my doctor I decided to begin work outs again - but this time with a
personal trainer. Maria Mikola came
highly recommended by a friend. I have been working with her for approximately
10 months and the gains I have made have been incredible.
My back pain is
controlled most of the time without medications. I have been increasing my
weights. Maria continues to find new exercises that allow me to make gains and
without injury to my back. She also has given me numerous stretching exercises
- especially focusing on the back that help immensely. My family physician as
well as an orthopaedic physician are impressed with the gains.
definitely been the best investment I have made.
- G. Houston
I bowled the best I have bowled, perhaps ever. My core stability has vastly improved (I no longer fall off balance as I deliver the ball) and though I am probably still throwing the ball about 15-16 mph, I was really in control. When I
released the ball, it went where I intended it to go (not always the case in the past).
Everything just seemed to come together last night! I know the intent was
for Maria to help my husband improve his strength and stamina, and that has definitely happened, but I was truly considering giving up bowling, because I had gotten so bad. Now, with Maria's help, I am excited about the sport again, so Thank you!
- D. Sinclair
On May 3rd as I was doing my last set of chest exercises I felt
a pop in my shoulder. When I woke up the next morning I could barely move my
arm -- it was literally hanging at its side and the pain in my shoulder was
intense. I thought I had seriously injured myself and thoughts of shoulder
surgery swirled through my head. Someone I know suggested I get in touch with
Maria. I emailed her and she sent me back a list of questions to answer. I
answered them all and she emailed me back that she had a good idea what was
wrong (she was of the opinion I had a proximal bicep tendon injury) and told me
her fee to help get me better. She also calmed me down about my fear of
surgery. I gladly agreed to pay her fee and she sent me back a program of
specific shoulder strengthening exercises that target certain muscles along
with a schedule of when to ice and a recommendation of a natural
anti-inflammatory cream and exactly when to use it. Most trainers would just
stop there, but Maria emailed me a few days later to check up on me and see how I
felt asking me very targeted questions and offering additional advice. Every
day I felt a little bit of improvement. It is now May 12th and I can lift my
arm over head with only a tiny bit of discomfort and I have recovered
almost all of my range of motion. I cannot thank Maria enough for her expertise!! I recommend anybody who wants to get in better shape or rehab an injury, hire
Maria -- her knowledge, thoughtfulness and caring are worth every penny !!
- J. P., New York