Emma Peel

ISSA Certified Personal Trainer

BA, Global Health, Spanish

I found my passion for sports and exercise at a young age. Both my parents led active lives, and through them I was introduced to track and field, horseback riding, cross country skiing and both indoor and beach volleyball. I received a full-ride scholarship to play four years of Division I beach volleyball at Mercer University, where I had the opportunity to travel across the Southeastern United States and compete at a high level. It was during those four years that I developed an affinity for Olympic weight lifting, High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), and team-oriented workouts. 

Following my collegiate career, I moved on to the next challenge: marathoning. I trained for and finished my first full marathon in 2018 while simultaneously training to become a certified yoga instructor. I completed 200 hours of yoga teacher training in August of 2017 and went on to teach heated vinyasa yoga at a number of studios in the Portland area. 

In 2018, I joined the Peace Corps and served as a Community Health volunteer in Ecuador for two years, where I continued to utilize my knowledge and passion for yoga and fitness to inspire Ecuadorian youth to live healthier, more active lives. I earned my Personal Trainer Certification from the International Sports Science Association in July of 2020 and specialize in HIIT and strength and conditioning, as well as both vinyasa and restorative yoga. 

I view fitness as a lifestyle, not a fad, and aspire to help others reach that same conclusion through supportive, challenging and empowering movement. Exercise has the ability to relieve pain, increase strength and independence, improve mood and anxiety, and fortify self-confidence. By helping you to realize your own capabilities, I aspire to guide you into a fulfilling, healthy and individualized fitness lifestyle.