Testimonials


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ANNE R.

I was a very active student/person until I came to college in the US. I stopped playing basketball and running. Part of the reason I stopped was because life was just so busy in college compared to high school and it's also because I had a campus job. In my opinion though, I feel like the main reason was because I didn't have the self discipline to make myself go to the gym when I was supposed to be there. There was no coach to ask me why I didn't show up . There was no one I had to answer to and just like that I stopped my active life. Other than the fact that I started gaining weight, not working out became a huge concern when it became hard for me to even walk up two stories without running out of breath; my heart rate was very low and I just couldn't take it anymore. I wanted to go back to my active lifestyle. I heard about Sal‘s program-StrongHER Girls™ and I wrote to her. I was very honest to her about my fitness journey and I told her all I felt was going to make her coaching for me the best. And she listened and for every program she created for me to follow, she put into consideration all I had told her. And that's why I think she's the greatest coach anyone can ask for. Putting her clients needs first is the best thing you can ask from your trainer and Sal has got this. Getting back to the gym is very hard. It's very challenging and most of the times, we give up because we just can't keep up. I remember missing gym for an entire week and I was so embarrassed to tell Sal what had happened because I thought she'd judge me but she did not. She rather encouraged me to keep going and mentioned that the first few days and weeks were going to even break me but that was okay. So yes, with her coaching you'll be motivated to keep doing your best however difficult things get. With Sal you'll not only become fit but you'll have another kind and beautiful soul to call a friend. I'm so glad I joined StrongHER Girls™ and I'm sure everyone who joins her team will become the best versions of themselves. It's just a matter of time.

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Minori K. Sal's classes helped me with learning how to use weights in the gym, which was something that I tended to stay away from because I didn't know how to use them. I became more confident to try new things and wanted to work on my fitness, not for the look, but to make myself feel more healthy. I became more aware about how to properly workout different muscle groups, which was helpful to understand what workouts I needed to do. Having a motivator like Sal was so helpful in keeping me on track and more persistent. I enjoyed learning from her and I'm so grateful for my time with her!
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VANESSA A. Sal is an amazing coach and I recommend her to everyone who mentions wanting to get in shape. Sal is my first coach and I have been with her for over 2 years through different phases, from trying to get back in shape, to cutting weight, to wanting accountability for my lifting sessions (which were in conjunction with Muay Thai training), to, finally, focusing exclusively on powerlifting and building strength. At each step Sal was supportive, understanding, while still continuing to push me. I loved our coach-athlete dynamic; I felt as if I was ultimately in control of my fitness journey and she was my expert friend providing me with her extensive knowledge while still respecting me as a whole athlete and person. She encouraged me to continue eating the foods I enjoyed and not restrict myself, and if there was a day I overshot my macros and started feeling guilty she remained supportive and helped me feel better. Sal is the best coach I’ve ever worked with.
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Amanda E. Sal, above all, is a gem to work with and be around. She knows exactly what to say and when to say things when it comes to motivating you to do better for yourself. Super understanding, and I believe that's what's missing in the industry right now. Not to be confused with not challenging, the stuff she has you do tests you, but it's doable. Definitely a breath of fresh air.
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Leo S. Sal is a fantastic strength and life coach. She doesn’t just look at how much you can lift physically, but how much you can carry mentally and emotionally. In addition to your strength training, Sal is knowledgeable enough to help guide your diet, sleep, and meditation schedules. Her programs and coaching are comprehensive and completely personalized for your personal, physical, and psychological goals. She is extremely accepting and respectful of gender diversity and understands the importance of working around physical limitations or adjusting a program to meet someone’s specific needs or goals. She is also just generally an inspiration to me because I’ve seen firsthand how she pushes through her own struggles everyday. She’s a true badass tbh. If you work with her and stick to the program you’ll be impressed with your progress by just the 2nd week guaranteed.
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Jay S. Sal approaches health and fitness training with consummate professionalism and genuine care. Not only is their knowledge base varied and deep, their instinct and ability to connect with clients is unparalleled in this industry. I myself am a certified personal trainer and I have never - and I cannot stress this enough - worked with another person who combines an empirical approach to strength training with safe and effective nutrition consulting so well. Sal is a truly gifted trainer and a wonderful person. I wholeheartedly recommend their services.
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Diego M. Coach Salma Nakhlawi offers a unique training experience that will not only push you to your physical limits, but challenge you mentally. Her holistic training approach is tailored specifically to help each individual athlete reach their maximum potential. If you are serious about fitness and becoming StrongHER than you were yesterday sign up today!
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Ivey N. Sal took my workout routine to the next level and taught me how to feel comfortable in the weight room. Before I met her, I only focused on cardio. Now I incorporate weights all because she gave me the tools to do so. Sal showed me that even as a womyn I had a place at the gym. Thanks, Sal!
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Em Same kid, same outfit, 4 years apart. That first photo lives on a bulletin board next to the front door of my apartment. I caught a glimpse of it today as I was leaving. I recognize I wasn't actually happy when that photo was taken. My brain was healing from a concussion, I was trying to make everyone around me happy, I was struggling with body image issues and too embarrassed to ask anyone for help. 4 years later, my brain is healthy, I'm learning to put myself first, and I'm mending my relationship with my body. College sophomore Em would be proud ❤ All my love to Sal and her business for helping me discover a love of lifting. She's truly doing the good work to empower womxn/femme/trans/gnc folx and if you haven't yet, look into her coaching services. She's the best ❤
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Jacob V. Sal has helped me go from a skinny 145 lbs college freshmen to a healthy 200 lbs. She helped lay down the foundation necessary for me to begin my own training and introduced me to plenty of new exercises. Not only did she push me past my limits but she also was willing to work at my own pace. She checked up with me weekly and offered plenty of helpful dieting tips. Every week brought new and exciting challenges at the gym and she motivated me every step of the way even when times were tough.
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Doug W. Salma Nakhlawi is a strong woman. She does a superb job balancing time between family, friends, the gym and professional life to ensure that she is not only physically, emotionally and mentally healthy, but constantly striving to improve herself and those around her in every way. Even with her tremendous internal drive that propels her to realize her own ambitions, she is always willing to take the time to provide those around her with whatever they might need most — be it a receptive ear, an open heart, or some thoughtful advice. Her caring nature and genuine intent guarantee that she will help guide you to meet and exceed your goals, and her lively personality means that you’ll surely have fun along the way!
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Naina H. I don’t exactly fit the demographic of StrongHER Girl’s target audience, but that didn’t stop Sal from offering vital guidance and support for my fitness journey. I was at a low point in my life, having developed nasty habits and attitudes during my first two years of college, and I needed to make a change. I knew that mental and emotional self-improvement alone wouldn’t be enough; I needed to embody the change I wanted to see as well. Naturally, I started going to the gym, but the results were excruciatingly slow, and I became discouraged. When I shared my situation with Sal, she immediately knew what I had to do. She offered both emotional and technical advice, which rendered my workouts more deliberate and effective. She gave tips on injury prevention, diet and technique, which altogether helped keep me ambitious and persistent throughout the process. Before meeting Sal, I had almost nothing to show for a year of casual gym-going. After her intervention, I was able to gain 25 pounds in 3 months, which is a testament to the efficacy of her methods. I consider anyone to be involved with StrongHER a fortunate individual, as Sal’s coaching is a near-perfect guarantee of success.