Health Spa Napa Valley

August 2, 2011 by Emily

I will be at Health Spa Napa Valley in Saint Helena on Tuesday, August 9th from 6pm-9pm and Wednesday, August 10th, 7am-10am. Let me know if you want to learn how to use the TRX, need some help with a new cardio routine or just want to know your target heart rate zone!

I will soon be calling all new members to offer them their complimentary fitness orientation. If you know anyone who just joined, let them know they can meet with me for a full hour to discuss goals and devise an efficient workout plan. If you have not received your fitness orientation, let me know and we can set something up!

Let me help you live your healthiest life!

Officially Under 400-lbs!

August 1, 2011 by Emily

Some of you may have read one of my first posts about the client I started training at the beginning of July weighing over 400-pounds. Well, today, Aug 1st, was (dun, dun, dun…) weigh-in day!

I have to admit, man was I stressed out about taking his measurements today! It was all I could think about last night and this morning. While driving to meet him today, I found myself reciting what I was going to say to him if he hadn’t lost weight – a pep-talk of sorts, something to keep him from getting discouraged; whatever I was to say, JUST KEEP IT POSITIVE!

I wouldn’t have been so nervous if he hadn’t been a little too eager last week. You see, he found a scale, and… decided to test it out. Ggrrr. He knew measurements and weigh-in day was just around the corner, but he couldn’t help it! He just had to step on. Frankly, I don’t blame him. He had been putting forth such an amazing effort during our sessions and was going to the gym on his off days to do the homework I was giving him. He just had to have lost weight, right?!  …4 pounds. 4 pounds?!

He told me about the scale incident the next morning and I could see the disappointment on his face. He had done numerous diets in the past which were all more successful than this painful, grueling, tormenting thing called exercise. Why shouldn’t he just go back to the Atkins Diet, or reactivate his lifetime membership at Nutrisystem and quit the gym!? My heart sank too, but I couldn’t let him know how discouraged I felt. I explained to him that it was a different scale and it may not have been calibrated correctly, he has been under great amounts of stress (his mother just passed away 2 days prior) which can cause people to hold onto unwanted weight and ultimately, it’s really about how the clothes are fitting and what the tape measure says, not the number on the scale.

He promised me he would stick with the exercise and acknowledged the fact that he never should have stepped on the scale by himself. He should have waited for the following Monday – our official weigh-in day.

He arrived to meet me today 10 minutes early. He told me that he went for a walk on Saturday, moved stuff out of his mom’s apartment and went to the gym on Sunday where he completed 30 minutes on the bike. He was nervous too. We started measurements…

-0.25 inches at neck (hhmmm, I was expecting more…)
-1 inch at chest (OK, that’s a bit better)
-0.5 inches in both arms (still a bit nervous)
-1.75 inches at waist (that’s more like it!)
-3  1/8 inches at hips (now THAT is what I am talking about!!)

He lost a total of 7.75 inches!

Official scale time… it took what felt like 5 minutes for the digital scale to finally spit out a number. Seriously, those red dots waved and swirled and paused, and then waved again, and again, and swirled some more and then… 398.1! WOOHOO!! Officially under 400lbs AND 10.5 pounds lost since July 5th! The widest smiles came across both of our faces and a big high-five was given. Man, was I happy and oh so relieved! He was too. He couldn’t wait to get home and text his wife.

1 month and 10.5 pounds down. Many more to go, but we certainly stepped out on the right foot! Until Sept 1st…!

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July 31, 2011 by Emily

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July 31, 2011 by Emily

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6-Months in, 72-Pounds Down!

July 31, 2011 by Emily

I received a text message this morning that said,

“1st to finish, 25:21!! 40sec better than last time!”

It was a text message sent from my client, Eric. He had just finished a 5K race and was the first to cross the finish line. This is a client that I cannot be more proud of and not to mention, a personal trainer’s dream client!

Eric came to me in January, with a goal to lose 70lbs. I remember sitting with him in the office talking to him about his fitness goals. He patted his stomach and said, “I just need to get rid of this.”  I sensed a bit of desperation, like nothing he had tried on his own had worked before and he was ready to do anything. I could tell the first day we met he had so much life in him. He just wanted to feel better again!

We started training that evening – one of the first Thursdays in January and agreed to meet every Thursday from there on out until he felt comfortable on his own. We started simple, going through machines he had done before, but needed refreshing on – the muscles started to tingle and the distant memory of high school athletics soon came to a forefront. We discussed cardiovascular training and I gave him homework to do before we met again. The 2nd time we met, I kicked up the intensity and incorporated full-body, functional movements using solely dumbbells and cable machines. The lungs woke up and reminded him how long it had been since they had been used to full capacity. By the 3rd session, I had him doing interval training along with his full body movements using the stability ball, a bosu and some medicine balls. He was drenched by the end of the hour. And… He was hooked.

On his days off from meeting with me, he would practice everything that we did in previous sessions plus his 30+ minutes of cardio. He started coming in twice per day some days, and the weight started falling off. I pulled out all the stops in our sessions, pushed him to the point of complete muscle fatigue and exhaustion. We both looked forward to Thursday at 4:15. He looked forward to working out at an intensity he could never get to on his own and I loved pushing him beyond what he thought were his limits. Eric followed through on every piece of homework I threw at him, he was eating right and completely focused on his goal.  He signed up for the fight for air climb in San Francisco (raising money and awareness for the American Lung Association), so I had him start climbing stairs as part of his cardio. He completed the 52 floor stair climb in 14:49. He signed up for his first 5K soon after and I gave him a goal to finish under 30 minutes. He finished in 26:01. I convinced him to sign up for this most recent race (in the midst of his muscled building/non-endurance training phase), and he shaved 40 seconds off his first 5K, AND finished 1st! (Next goal: 10K, then some triathlons!) :)

We finished our training packages in May, Eric had lost 64 lbs and was around 20% body fat! The other day when I spoke to him he was weighing in at 192-lbs (72-lb loss) and when we took his body fat, it was 17.4%! Eric checks in with me weekly to discuss what he needs to do with his workouts and I retake his measurements monthly. We revise his training model every 6 weeks so he doesn’t get bored and he is now even studying for the NASM personal training certification exam to become a personal trainer!

Not everyone is as driven nor as focused as Eric when it comes to losing weight. Eric definitely had his ups and downs and times when he had no desire to come into the gym. I had to remind why he came to me in the first place. He is at a point now with his training that it is just part of his everyday life. His friends and family are in complete awe of his transformation and support him 100%.

Eric has played a major role in my career as a personal trainer and I feel honored to have played such a major roll in the last 6 months of his, now super-healthy, life!  Thank you Eric, you are amazing!

Read Eric’s testimonial!

I am also at Health Spa Napa Valley!

July 29, 2011 by Emily

I will soon be teaching 30 minute small-group TRX classes as well as taking on private clients at Health Spa Napa Valley in Saint Helena starting the week of August 8th.  Look for me Tuesday & Thursday evenings and Wednesday & Saturday mornings (to start).

TRX is a suspension style/body leverage training method using your own body weight against gravity. It is an amazing full body workout, burning some major calories and targeting core musculature. Grab a couple friends and let me know when you’re interested! We’ll pick a time and get you started!

Open for Business!

July 27, 2011 by Emily

I am now officially taking clients on Wednesday and Saturday mornings as well as Tuesday and Thursday evenings! I am ready to kick some butt in your home or in a local park within Napa Valley! If you, or anyone you know, wants to get in shape, learn a new routine or just step up the current regimen, let me know. – or – 203.530.0315

“A Lifelong Slug – Into a Gym Addict!”

July 26, 2011 by Emily

As a Master Trainer in NYC, I worked closely with the corporate sales department for New York Sports Clubs as their “fitness expert” visiting companies, on-site, to talk about membership and the personal training programs that we offered.  Members of the corporate sales department and I became quite friendly, so it didn’t come as a surprise to me, one afternoon, when Dave (a man in corporate sales) called to tell me that he had just signed up a gentleman for a membership at the man’s law firm and he was interested in personal training. Dave explained to me that the lawyer was 51 and had never been a member of a gym, was a bit intimidated and was looking for a friendly, non-intimidating personal trainer.

I emailed the lawyer and his reply was as follows:

“You are dealing with a total novice here.   Better know that up front.  I’m 51 years old and I haven’t been inside a gym except to meet friends after their workout, since 1974.  So I need to know everything.”

Tuesday April 14, 2008: In walks, Norman, the 51 year-old novice - weak, tight and shaky muscles, a die hard foodie and wine lover, a true New Yorker, an optimistic, humble and gentle soul. The first day of a long journey, a blossoming friendship and the beginning of some major body transformations!

He bought 20 sessions after our first meeting and sent me this the next day:

“Hi Emily.

I want to tell you just how much I enjoyed the session.  It made me almost want to kick myself for waiting so long to get back into the gym. Thirty years.  WAY TOO LONG.  So I’m looking forward to more productive work.  Thank you again for the jump start.  I really appreciated your patience and how attentive you were.

That first session was an eleven on a ten point scale and I really appreciated it.”


By the end of April he was writing, “the scale is giving me the lowest number I have seen since 1994!!!!  And I’m also wearing a shirt that I haven’t worn in two years.  Something is going on and it’s something good.”

And, by the end of July, I received this note from the corporate office of New York Sports Clubs:

“Dear Dave:

One of my life rules is that if you reserve the right to complain, you have an obligation to compliment. This is a compliment. A BIG one.

I joined NYSC back in April – you may remember – through my company’s corporate plan. You suggested Emily Lorandeau as a personal trainer.

It’s been a PERFECT match from day one. I LOVE her, and I believe she’s turned me – a lifelong slug – into a gym addict. I go at least six times a week. And it shows. Putting aside the things that you can’t ‘see,’ what I CAN see is 25 pounds less of me. And we got much more to go. What I CAN see is that every single time I have a session with Emily, the weights go up, the reps go up, and I’m not afraid to press.

As it happens, I’m going in for some minor surgery tomorrow that is going to keep me away from the gym for about two weeks. Emily has been very firm ‘I want to know what the progress is, because I want you back here as soon as possible. We can’t lose momentum now.’ She’s right. This has been a complete success.”

Norman and I trained together until I moved out of NYC in January, 2010.  In that time, he learned how to run and push himself beyond his limits. He started running on his own in the gym and outside, he would meet with me twice per week, religiously, and eventually entered his first corporate challenge and finished! Norman lost over 50 lbs during our time together and continues to train with a trainer I set him up with in NYC.

I miss him dearly, but fortunately for me, he loves San Francisco and visits at least once/year so I get to see him when he comes into town! :)


See Norman’s testimonial on the testimonial page!



Small, Yet Significant Step To A Very Large Goal!

July 25, 2011 by Emily

I started with a new client on July 5th, 2011 and we’ve been training together 3 times per week. He would be considered borderline morbidly obese, weighing in at over 400lbs. He finally came to a critical turning point in his life, after the Dr. looked him straight in the eye and said, “you HAVE TO lose weight,” he decided to join a gym and get a trainer – me!

The first day we met, I brought him through a series of movement assessments: He was unable to lift his right arm higher than chest level. He is so tight and has so much calcium build-up and scar tissue within the shoulder joint and muscles, that he has extremely limited range of motion. We started gradually building up his cardio endurance on an upright bike since he is currently unable to do the treadmill or an elliptical trainer because of the impact in his knees – but that doesn’t mean we won’t get him on one eventually! :)  One of my main objectives is to work on his stiff joint and muscles by foam rolling and stretching.  After 20-30 minutes of cardio, I have him spend the next 20 minutes foam-rolling his low back, upper back and arms (standing, against a wall – not on the floor) and stretching to try to increase the ROM.  2 weeks after our start day (it was a Monday) we started adding some resistance training for the upper body (single-arm cable chest presses, single-arm cable rows and torso cable rotations). When I saw him the following day (Tuesday) – on his own, doing his “homework,” he was excited to show me that he was able to actually touch the top of his head with his right hand – something he has not been able to do in nearly 15 years!!

A small yet significant step in a long, hard goal ahead. I just can’t wait to re-take his measurements and weigh him in at the beginning of August!

Just getting started!

July 22, 2011 by Emily

I am very excited to be starting my own personal training business in Napa Valley. It has been a long time coming! Bare with me as I get through the website set-up process, but don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like to set up a consultation for personal training at your home or in a local park!

I look forward to helping you live your healthiest life!