I have always enjoyed participating in a wide variety of activities to maintain my own interest in fitness, and like to do the same for my clients. I change things up regularly so that people look forward to exercising - fitness should be fun, not a chore!
Many but not all of my clients are middle aged, where I think I have a niche--my peer group! However, I have experience with clients of all ages, fitness levels, and also those with disabilities.
I am a big proponent of functional training--that is, exercises that mimic or enhance our everyday movements. With my total body approach, I have been able to help my clients, not only to become more cardio-fit, strong and toned, but also to improve balance and coordination...something very important as we age!
When I moved to Cape Cod 11 years ago, I became a Certified Pilates Instructor, and owned my own Pilates studio in Hyannis for a time. I folded some of my training clients into that practice. Through Pilates, I have helped move clients toward stronger core muscles and less back pain, better balance and improved flexibility.
I have been lucky to work in fields that follow my passions: fitness and food! I have been a professional chef for more than 20 years, catering to many clients with an interest in healthy meals (and let's not forget the word "delicious!").
My approach to training is TOTAL BODY utilizing multiple disciplines including functional strength training, often with compound exercises on unstable but controlled surfaces. I believe in a progressive approach to the resistance and difficulty level, and in working the core at the same time as other muscle groups.
I also love partner personal training--and many of my partner clients are not equal in their fitness levels, but it all works out for everyone. I had two clients, friends Laurie who was 51 and worked out all the time, and Michelle who was 35, gave birth to twins the previous year, had weak abs and a hard time finding the time for exercise. I made the sessions fun and effective for both of them in spite of their different needs.
I am a professionally trained Weight Loss consultant and healthy meal planner, which are services that many of my clients find extremely helpful!
Finally, I am Pre-Natal certified, so I can safely work with Pregnant women who want to maintain fitness and help their pregnancies go smoother. Additionally I have worked with women fresh out of pregnancy, helping them lose weight and get their figures back, and creating programs for them to continue while balancing the demands of motherhood.
I serve Cape Cod either with remote training such as through Zoom or FaceTime, as well as appropriate physical distance training in your home or yard, observing safety protocols using mask, gloves, distance and disinfecting. I am tested every other week at my part-time job, where I work in a retirement community. My services as a personal chef, which include cooking instruction or prepared homemade healthy meals made fresh and delicious, and delivered right to your home.
My enthusiasm, hands-on experience and knowledge of diet and exercise would be an enhancement to anyone's workout. I have been a member of various fitness facilities my whole adult life, taking a variety of classes, from dance to bootcamps to Pilates and yoga, working out at least four to five times every week. I don't just preach my advice--I live it!
"When I began working with Dawn Boulay, I was under weight, the product of bad eating habits, and had no physical endurance. I could hardly ride my bicycle (which Dawn encouraged me to invest in) up a moderate incline without huffing and puffing. I was using inappropriate weights and using them ineffectively, with what I now realize, was bad form (no wonder my elbows hurt!) To make matters worse my blood pressure was very high.
In terms of my own experience, I stopped skipping breakfast, began eating more balanced meals, worked out harder and more consistently. My blood pressure plummeted 45 points, I gained 12 pounds, and within a few months was able to complete challenging cardio work outs, and now zip all over town on my bike, including hills! I feel better, and my friends tell me I look better!!
Because of Dawn’s experience and expertise in personal training as well as a degree in the Culinary Arts, with her focus on healthy eating, my quality of life has improved dramatically. I can vouch for Dawn in that she is skilled in developing a multi-faceted and highly personal approach to restoring one’s physical health."
Rob Allen, Boston
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