Hi, I’m Diane.
I’ve pretty much always been into fitness. I can remember being in junior high, slipping into my matching leotard and headband (What? It was the ‘80s) first thing in the morning, grabbing my tiny dumbbells and ankle weights, and hustling downstairs to do Tamilee Web’s Abs of Steel. Fast forward a few years, and I may have lost the headband, but I’m still all about physical challenges. Barbells, kettlebells, running races, triathlons, Spartan races, you name it; if it’s a workout that involves toughness and strength, I’m so in. Combine any of these with a great group of people, and I’m happy.
I became an instructor so I would always have a group to get sweaty with. I love teaching, sharing my geeky knowledge about all things fitness, and getting people excited about challenging themselves.
But fitness isn’t my only passion. Growing up with a naval submarine officer father and community health center nurse practitioner mother, I’ve always understood the importance and value of service. In a past life, I did a year of service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corp, earned my MBA in nonprofit management , and worked in nonprofit service, policy, and management jobs. And direct service and philanthropy remain a strong calling for me. That’s why I’ve been a volunteer coach with the Special Olympics, regularly volunteer with my family, and have run the Boston Marathon twice (raising over $30,000) for charity. After I realized I couldn’t live without both fitness and service playing strong roles in my life, I finally decided to combine my two passions, and Power Within Fitness & Coaching was born.
Power Within is built on these tenets:
There’s an athlete in all of us. It just needs a little nurturing.
Develop and celebrate what your body can do. It’s different, and awesome, for everybody.
Quality over quantity. Five flawless reps are better than 50 crappy ones. Safety and longevity of training are high priorities.
There’s power in positivity. Believe you can and you will.
Community is key. Having people to support, celebrate, and commiserate with you is important, both in our fitness journey and in life.
Giving is good for you. Research shows that helping others isn’t just good for you emotionally but physically too.
Wannabe by Spice Girls is the greatest workout song of all time. Ok, we can agree to disagree on that one. I’m also happy to mix in a little Pink, Queen Bey and 90’s hip hop. And if a stereo isn’t available, no problem, I’ll just belt out Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love a Bad Name” and you’ll get movin’.
While not officially recognized for my awesome (awful?) taste in music, I do have these official qualifications:
Over 12 years experience coaching and training people of all abilities
Certified personal trainer (NASM)
Certified group fitness instructor (AFAA)
Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) Certified Coach
USA Track and Field (USATF) Level 1 Certified Coach
Functional Movement Specialist (FMS)
Power Pilates Mat 1 Certified
In addition to being a trainer and coach, I’m also a mom of four, an avid runner, and a relentless smiler.