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About Me

My name is Sara Fleming and I am a fitness and strength coach. 

I have a bachelor’s degree in biology and a masters degree in biochemistry from Georgetown University and spent 10 years as a medical researcher studying cancer and infectious disease before taking time off to start a family. I am certified through the International Sports Sciences Association and USA Weightlifting as a Certified Fitness Trainer and USA Weightlifting Club Coach and have coached elite powerlifters at the national and world level.  I am also a certified level 1 USA Track and Field coach and have worked with young track athletes, throwers, and coach my sons' middle school cross country team.  

I believe that strength is essential for a sound, functional body. I have found through personal experience, both with myself and others, that appropriate strength and conditioning can make the difference for those of us to whom genetics and biomechanics were not so kind. A balanced training program can prevent injuries, coordinate the uncoordinated, strengthen the weak, and hasten the slow. The foundation of a balanced training program, regardless of the ultimate goal, must be strength. Without strength, our joints cannot support the forces being applied to them, our muscles become unbalanced, and we cannot endure long periods of stress.

My main goal in training is to make it both fun as well as challenging. Being strong gives you more endurance, more energy, makes you run faster, jump higher, play harder, and helps you burn more calories at rest.  For athletes, it helps level the playing field and for everyone else, it contributes to a long healthy and happy life.  Everyone can benefit from getting stronger and anyone can get strong regardless of age or disabilities. 

I coach and train a broad range of ages and abilities and also serve on the ISSA faculty as a course developer, blog author, and adjunct professor.  

Have fun, get strong!

Sara Fleming

*I am currently not accepting new clients, however, I'm always happy to answer any questions you may have in an email, blog post, or article.

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