About Elevate Strong

Posted by Elevate Strong June 23rd, 2020

My passion is people. My purpose is to inspire, elevate, and help you realize your fitness goals through my personal training and nutrition coaching.

Whitney Preslar, AFAA Certified Personal Trainer About Elevate Strong in Winston-Salem, North Carolina Elevate Strong began in 2014 as a result of a growing part-time personal training business. Providing clients with a customized approach to their fitness and health goals, I am an AFAA Certified Personal Trainer and offer both accountability and compassion with each of my clients. I enjoy sharing my passion for fitness and health and am inspired help others realize their goals. I am also an HCI Certified Health Coach. I am experienced in coaching ASFA cycle, Lotte Berk Barre Method, Les Mills Body Pump, HIIT, CrossFit, heart rate based interval training, and POSE method running. My ballet background gives me a unique understanding of body mechanics, mobility, and postural alignment. I apply these skills in my personal training sessions to correct muscular imbalances for proactive injury prevention. I have trained clients a wide range of athletic abilities and strive to balance strength, endurance, and flexibility with power, agility, and speed in my personal training sessions. “My true passion lies in encouraging others to reach their health and wellness goals and realize their full potential, whether the goal is weight loss, building strength, or overall health. I am dedicated to the empowerment of others, and fitness is my chosen vehicle. Diet and exercise go beyond calisthenics. They don’t only change your body; they also change your mind and attitude. You will become a stronger, more capable person and take control of your life. I don’t just teach it; I live it!”  If you have questions about my personal training or online fitness & nutrition programs, contact me at Elevate Strong today to schedule a consultation. I look forward to working with you!

As any woman knows, losing weight isn’t just about physical health, but emotional wellness as well.  I turned 43 back in December and had tried about every diet imaginable.  After a lot of hesitation, I joined a gym in April of last year.  I started working out about 3 days a week.  I had sporadically worked out for years but never found a “good fit.”  I really struggled when I first started and immediately could tell how out of shape that I was.  I started to increase my workouts to 4 days a week but was not losing any weight.  I was beginning to feel frustrated and wanted to give up.  I was talking to a friend about it and she said, “you are not going to see the results you want until you change your diet.”  That hit me like a ton of bricks, but I knew she was right.  I didn’t feel great in my skin and I knew I had to replace my old habits with new, empowering ones. I happened to ask a close friend about what they had done for dieting in the past and they said had I ever heard about counting my macros?   I replied I had not, but immediately got online and started to research it.  I heard about Whitney’s program and reached out to her on Facebook messenger.  She immediately responded and sent me the information to look over.  I met with her and talked about my expectations. To be completely honest, I came back after the meeting and told my fiancé that I wasn’t sure that was a diet that would work for me.  He said you should give it a try. I am the type of person who needs to have accountability in a diet, so having to log every bite of food and weigh each day, was what I needed!  A key part of my journey has been keeping an online food journal so I could chart my progress.  Posting my meals and weight each day really helped me stay on track.  I have to say that losing weight during a pandemic was extremely challenging!  I saw a meme on Facebook that showed a person trying to squeeze into their clothes after a big weight gain because of the pandemic.  I took that as motivation to say, “that is NOT going to be me!” Since the gym was closed, I decided I had to continue to work out consistently from home.  I increased my cardio to 7 days a week.  That extra cardio has helped me tremendously with my stress levels (as I am home all day long with a 15 and 12-year-old)!  I also added strength training at least 2-3 days a week.  My cardio consists of 30 minutes on the elliptical and YouTube exercise videos.  I use moderate weights and mini bands for the strength training.  I am not much of a cook, so I rely on Clean Eatz for my meals.  I usually fix my own breakfast and have the prepared meals for lunch and dinner.  Portion control is huge for me because I have always been a snacker. I usually crave sweets, so I have snacked on Greek yogurt to help me with those cravings.  I couldn’t have been successful on this journey without the support and guidance from Whitney and the accountability of the weigh ins and photos.  Whenever I looked back at my week one photos, that gave me the motivation to keep pushing forward!  I also had great support from my amazing fiancé.  He constantly supported me and always praised me on how great I was doing.  I had been telling him for 4+ years that I wanted to lose 10-15 pounds.  I had initially set my goal to lose 20 pounds and here I am, 18 weeks later and down 27 pounds!  I feel AMAZING and if I can inspire anyone else to feel like this, then that will be my proudest accomplishment throughout this journey!!  

Becky B.

I had to re-learn how to eat, and I realized having a scale does matter. Since my college days, my weight had yo-yo’ed by about a 20-pound range without me even realizing it! I had always thought, I don’t need a scale. Weight doesn’t matter. But having to buy all new bigger clothes did matter to me when I was heading toward my highest weight ever, and I decided something had to change. I had way too little protein in my diet. Carbs and fat were yummy, and that’s what I ate! We also did a lot of takeout because we had two young kids and two demanding jobs. So, learning to re-balance my diet with much more protein than I was used to was a big learning curve. Also learning that, for me at least, what I ate mattered more to my weight than how much I exercised. (Though I wasn’t doing enough of the latter either!) Tracking with My Fitness Pal was so eye-opening. I thought you could eat unlimited “healthy” fats. Um, no. With your help, I really learned the value of each kind of macro and what was worth it to me to eat – or not. I started cooking, which gave me far more freedom to eat more and know exactly what I was putting in my mouth. I am not an extremes person, so a diet that would eliminate a food group for me wasn’t an option. I have loved both the accountability of working with you on my nutrition and fitness and the flexibility this way of life permits. And that is truly what it has become for me – a way of life that I have been able to maintain even as my job got even crazier and the work travel demands grew. It isn’t easy, but it is achievable – even during a pandemic-induced quarantine. 🙂

Colleen W.

Have you ever watched someone workout and think to yourself, “Wow, goals!”….Well friends, that’s her! She has a true passion for helping people meet their wellness goals. Say it with me, W E L L N E S S! Not just fitness. She’s helped shape my life for the better and I’m so pumped to start this program with her. Take a chance, leap in the right direction, go for your wellness journey ♥️

Chelsea P.