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I never thought I'd willingly wake up at 6 am for a 7 am class, but Carina's energy and unique approach make it my new routine. Unlike anything else, her classes are not only challenging but refreshingly different each time. Carina's classes are not just about fitness; they're about embracing change and discovering what your body is truly capable of.

Carina's deep knowledge in fitness and health goes beyond the routine exercises - she explains the 'why' behind each move, making every session a learning experience. Her passion for fitness shines through, creating a beautiful community through movement that I'm so grateful for.

Justine Talay

Although I’d always been a “gym rat”, my mind/body/soul connection to movement all changed as I faced my ‘60’s when I stepped into Carina’s Hot Pilates class many years ago! It wasn’t the class…. Simply, put, it was a journey of empowerment and support and true commitment to community that Carina embodies with her entire being. Her own personal journey of recovery through movement and decades of community support is what she is forever committed to giving to others. Strength in numbers of “high vibe” people without judgement is the motto that moves all of us forward. My husband and I are always committed to this community you have created, Carina Reid, regardless of where you are!

Sue and Rollie Day

The black belt of fitness classes. The Mt. Everest of motivators. Carina Reid will get you to give more effort than you ever knew you had. Her passion and energy for life ignite a fire in your soul that doesn’t allow you to give up. This is what sets her apart, she helps you find your inner motivation and then somehow gets you to turn it up to 11. What’s truly astounding, you’ll be sweating, muscles spasming, giving every last bit of what you got and she’ll show you how to find more, all while laughing and having fun. Carina is truly one of a kind. She takes you on a physical and emotional journey that leaves you feeling empowered and full of gratitude. Her many positive sayings have become common place in our household. Two years now and we still leave every class feeling better than when we showed up. She has changed our lives. Stronger than we’ve ever been. She’s right about what she always tells us: 'It’s a gift, you’re welcome'.

Jeff Hickey and Leah DiBiccari

Carina Reid is one of the most motivational and inspirational individuals that I have ever met. I was introduced to Carina when I stepped out of my comfort zone and took my first hot pilates class. She welcomed me to the class with open arms and made me feel like one of the 'regulars'. Carina is able to push you past your limits. Just when I’m about to give up or tone it down, she gets deep and pulls out that inner warrior to get me to push it to the next level. She is very passionate about fitness and mental health, and has an incredibly rare ability to connect with people at a spiritual level. Carina’s passion for fitness and mental health comes out via her emotions during her classes. One minute we are all crying with her, the next we are all cursing her name on what seems like our millionth burpee. Carina has been able to adapt to the current state of things by committing to daily workouts via live streaming, so those that need her services have it with a click of the mouse. Even though I’m watching her motivate us through a computer screen, it still feels like she is there in the room, pushing me past what I thought my limits were, to accomplish what I didn’t think I would be able to accomplish. Carina is a unique, one of a kind, passionate force of power and emotion. If you want to get an INSANE workout that pushes you to your physical and emotional limits, then Carina Reid is the trainer that you’ve been looking for.

Aaron Whiting

What I love about having Carina as my personal trainer is that I increased my fitness, strength, aerobic capacity and balance while working around a sports related injury. She’s an exercise and motivational expert, with passion, variety, kindness and wisdom and quite frankly the single best personal trainer I have ever had. I wouldn’t train with anybody else!

Susan RosenthalCross Country Bicyclist, Engineer, Santa Cruz local

I just wanted to start off by saying Carina is the most motivational,happy,caring and loving person I've ever met.When I first met her I was at my lowest point because I was locked up in Juvenile Hall but she always found a way to push me to my limits and to put a smile on my face. When I first heard we were getting a personal trainer I was a little skeptical because I hated working out, I never enjoyed it. When I first seen Carina I thought she was a little crazy because she has a lot of tattoos
and always has a smile on her face. My first session with Carina just honestly changed my whole mindset on fitness, I didn't want it to end because I felt so free in my body. I was drenched in sweat and couldn't wait for the next workout. She really does push you to your limits and in life sometimes that's all you really need to be successful. She made me feel like I can accomplish any goal I put my mind to, you just need to really want it. It's hard being in a cell at night with all your regrets going through your head but Carina gave me a coping skill to put my mind on something else. I remember always doing push-ups and burpees in my cell to make the time go by faster. I would always look forward to having workout sessions with Carina because she just brought out so much happiness and positive energy that I wanted in my own life.To this day I still keep in touch with Carina because she became a big part of my support system and my change to become successful in a positive manner. One of my goals is to become a personal trainer just like Carina because she has showed me a lifestyle that I truly feel free mentally and physically. Lastly, Carina is the best personal trainer in my eyes because she came from the very bottom and now she is full of joy and love. I remember her always telling me "I can't" is not in your vocabulary because your in control of your body so take over and push yourself!