Client Testimonials5 Star Reviews
“…I want to sing your praises from the highest available peak to all who will listen!
…I recently had the great pleasure of taking your Body Empowerment Workshop. At the end of the three-week session, I was so amazed at how much better I felt with the adjustments to my posture and changes in how I walk and sit …I stopped just short of sharing the information with complete strangers! …To say that you change people’s lives is not overstating the amazing power of what you do!”
…Many of us have worked with coaches or trainers that knew a lot, but didn’t motivate us. You have a fun, patient, supportive way of teaching that made me want to continue…”
I credit Darla’s work with me for putting me in shape, at age 74, for successful spinal fusion and hip replacement surgeries and for recovery. We spent a year working on posture and alignment, hoping to defer surgery for increasingly debilitating spinal stenosis and hip degeneration.
My exercises, under her supervision, but increasingly on my own over the year, made walking, standing, and sitting tolerable for a good twelve months longer than would have been possible without her help. The exercises also gave me the strength and flexibility to undergo two surgeries in seven weeks and then to progress through standard physical therapy for two additional months with minimal pain.
Standard therapies left me with considerable discomfort and limited ability to walk and stand. Darla and I are again working on restoring posture and alignment, as well as muscle strengthening and joint flexibility. I am so relieved to be working with Darla again, my progress is steady and measurable and I feel that I am finally reaping the rewards of the surgery because of her program.
I am writing on behalf of Darla O’Brien, Owner of Designer Fitness. Before I begin…I must mention (Darla’s) patience with our phone tag. This demonstrates her committment not only to her work but also to her clients — and all of this without (even) knowing if I was going to be working with her. She still took the time to speak with me in detail.
Darla’s clients fill out a comprehensive medical evaluation (to help her understand) their physical and medical history. This was especially important for me. In addition to bringing…my service dog, I brought low energy and some chronic illnesses that often get the best of me. She greeted both of us with cold water, a welcoming smile, and genuine warmth.
Being brand new to the area this had meaning for me. She was friendly and inviting – not like a stranger that I meet for the first time. Being a psychologist I know how important this is. Building trust is basic to trying to help someone change life long patterns whether they are physical or emotional.
I was impressed by the depth of Darla’s knowledge about the workings of the body and how posture is an essential component of Pilates, proper exercise, and basic good health. Balance and alignment are key (elements of) her program…
Darla (has taught me that) “less is often more”, and (that) range of motion is very important — it’s far better to keep the integrity of a movement than to “go for the gusto” of the moment and overextend. I…strongly recommend Darla O’Brien as an instructor. She (is an) expert in the world of Pilates (and has) the ability to teach and impart instruction in a way each student can understand…and she is a kind person!
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I have had the good fortune to be a client of Ms. Darla O’Brien for the past ten years. Her dedication to her craft has helped me immeasurably in maintaining my physical health and general well being. Furthermore, she is one of the most responsible and professional in her craft with whom I have ever been associated. Please keep in mind, that (as a professional baseball player) I have dealt with trainers and fitness professionals for most of my life: Ms. O’Brien is right at the top of the list of those gifted few who are without peers in her business!