Weight Lifting for Every Woman
Lioness Fitness isn’t like other gyms you’ve been to.
First, we believe that bodies are amazing. All of them. Including yours, right now.
We want to show you what it can do, and then watch that knowledge change your life.
It doesn’t matter how fit you are or aren’t when you walk in this door. You’ll feel like a badass when we hand you a barbell, a kettlebell, or some battle ropes.
And you’ll quickly realize that if you can do hard things here, you can do hard things anywhere.
We turn gym-haters into gym-junkies. We talk and laugh through every single class.
We dare you to NOT have fun here, even if you’ve never enjoyed a second of exercise in your life.
We teach women to move their bodies the way they’re meant to move, keeping you injury-free and strong in all the right ways as you navigate your daily life.
(If you wanna be playing tennis with your girlfriends in your 80’s before your afternoon Old Fashioned, the time to prepare is NOW, girl.)
Want to lose weight? Cool. Don’t? Also cool. We don’t assume, and we don’t obsess about it (trust us: it only makes the process worse.)
What we want for you, most of all, is to move better and feel better (physically and mentally), so you can enjoy life better, both now and later.
We’ve done our research, and we know what many fitness professionals are just starting to recognize: that every woman on earth would benefit from lifting weights, regardless of goals, lifestyles, and limitations.
We are proud to be a gym that cares deeply about women and strives to give them what they need to be the most energetic, functional, confident possible versions of themselves.
What Women are Saying
Female Fitness: Redefined
We believe that fitness has been underserving women for years. And we’re here to change that.
We’re tired of watching fitness programs work women into the ground, leaving them exhausted, injured, and ready to quit. (All current research clearly points to the fact that working smarter > harder.)
We’re tired of the assumption that all women are (or should be) trying to lose weight at all times. (Especially since all the fixation on weight loss is leading to less success in losing weight.)
We’re tired of watching fitness programs prey on postpartum moms during an unbelievably tender time in their lives, pushing the “pre-baby body” agenda rather than encouraging thoughtful, compassionate postpartum recovery.
And we’re just plain tired of watching the effects of all this pressure on our culture. All of the self-loathing and self-punishment is distracting us from being the strong, confident, compassionate LIONESSES we were meant to be.
Meet Our Team
All Certified Personal Trainers, women, and moms.
Owner / Trainer
Kim is passionate about fitness for women, and especially for fellow moms. She loves teaching group fitness classes, but even more, she loves educating women about their bodies and what they can do.
Kim is certified as a personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, has specialty training in pre- and postnatal fitness, and holds a certification in Les Mills BodyFlow (a type of yoga).
At the gym, she keeps her own workouts varied with olympic-style weight lifting, traditional strength training, kettlebells and TRX, running and rowing, and (very very important to her sanity) yoga.
Kim is mom to three kids – Mason, Joshua, and Leah – and a proud UW-Madison alum (Journalism/Spanish). Her hobbies outside of fitness include reading and writing, camping and hiking, and eating and drinking tasty things.
Assistant Director / Trainer
Bethany loves learning about everything fitness and health related! Moving her body and becoming stronger has been a game-changer for Bethany’s sense of overall balance in life, especially as a mom. She began her fitness career teaching Les Mills BodyPump and grew to love weight lifting through that. She also holds certifications in a cycling class called RPM and a high intensity interval class called Grit (both Les Mills classes), and also is a certified personal trainer through NASM.
Training women to lift weights has by far become her favorite way to share health and fitness! She loves seeing people both move and feel better, and has loved building friendships with those she trains. Her own exercise routine involves a variety of workouts to keep things interesting –weight lifting of all kinds, cycling (because it’s fun!), running, and yoga.
When not training and running around with her two young kiddos, she enjoys trying new coffee spots with her husband, cooking/tasting different cuisines (Indian food is her favorite), traveling anywhere that involves a beach, and reading.
She loves sharing her passion of helping people find overall wellness through exercise, as a way to balance both the mind and body. Also, she is a firm believer exercise should be fun and challenging – NOT torture! Because who has time for that, anyway?!
Training Team Manager / Trainer
Fitness is a passion of Lauren’s because she believes that the challenges that we push through and the goals that we meet in the gym shape our mindset to be successful in other avenues of life. Lauren also enjoys helping women carve out time for themselves in order to meet the physical and emotional demands of being a parent.
Lauren is a certified personal trainer through The American Council of Exercise (ACE) and has experience working with special populations including pregnant and post-partum clients.
As an avid runner she enjoys participating in the many races Madison has to offer. Lauren also likes to keep things fun and challenging in the gym with a mix of heavy resistance training, HIIT cardio classes, and spinning.
Outside of the gym Lauren is busy keeping up with her kids Lucy and Deacon. As a proud UW grad she loves anything and everything Badger. In her free time she enjoys baking, gardening, and “pintresting”— preferably in yoga tights with coffee.
General Manager / Trainer
Raised by runners, Kelley learned the importance of movement and its positive effect on mind and body at a young age. Although her personal workouts included HIIT classes, spinning and kickboxing, the majority of her time was spent running. She began pounding the pavement in college and ran half and full marathons in her mid-20s. A lingering sports injury has slowed her down a bit, but she still finds time to lace up and lose herself in a good playlist exploring the streets of Madison.
After the birth of her second child Kelley took a sabbatical from her first career in music education to pursue the role of stay-at-home-mom. Her desire for adult connection in a world of nap schedules and goldfish led her to Kim. She needed something to shake up her workout routine, but strength training was always something she had avoided. Kim and her Lionesses changed all that. Weightlifting has kept Kelley’s workouts more interesting and challenging; the support of these awesome women keeps her motivated to push herself every day.
Outside of the gym Kelley enjoys hiking with her partner and two kids, baking delicious treats, catching up with friends, and party planning.
Kelley is a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and is excited to share her love of weightlifting and her passion for teaching with future lionesses.
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