Born and raised in Fresno, CA, I had always been very active and had a semi-healthy lifestyle. I say semi-heathy, because although I was active, I paid little attention to my diet and mental health. While attending college in Southern California, I was exposed to two environments that were on complete different sides of the spectrum. One was the Los Angeles night life that was extremely unhealthy and the other was the fit-spiritual-vegan extremely healthy lifestyle. I experimented with both, and this is what eventually led me to what I do now. To read more on my full background with details, see my "The journey to ThriveFit" on my blog. In summary, I developed generalized anxiety and "situational depression," which is why I believe in healthy eating, moving and mindful practices. It is the reason I am so passionate about personal training and living a balanced lifestyle, because I know what it feels like to be extremely unhappy, and not "feel" comfortable in your own skin. It's no fun, and I don't wish for anyone to feel like that. I try to emphasize inner beauty and strength over physical appearance because your health truly begins on the inside, and is what will carry you forever. That's why I also emphasize longevity, because I've witnessed too many people suffer from cancer and other illnesses that could have been prevented with a healthy lifestyle. This also leads to treating your body with love and respect by fueling it with healthy foods, moving the body, and maintaining a positive mindset. I know when I am treating myself with love and the self-care I deserve, by living my life in a healthy balanced way, I found that I am able to be my best self. That is why I LOVE to train and share my experiences. I look forward to working with all individuals looking to lead healthier lives. Physically, mentally, and/or emotionally.
After years of being unhealthy and overweight, deciding to regain my health was the greatest gift I could have given myself. Shortly after making that decision, I fell in love with movement. I fell in love how amazing I felt when I fueled my body with good food, good movement, and good thoughts. I fell in love with the feeling of overwhelming pride when I set goals and ACTUALLY achieved them. I fell in love with myself through this process of becoming a healthier person inside and out, and am still learning every day. Whether we are brand new to exercise, or have been active our whole lives, I truly believe everyone can benefit from a one-on-one customized training approach. Would you like to build strength and endurance? How about increase balance, flexibility and coordination? I love seeing the diversity of people’s individualized goals, and helping clients achieve them while building lasting relationships is such a rewarding experience!
Danielle Sowden - Co-founder/Personal Trainer
Alexis Salazar - Owner & Co-Founder/Personal Trainer
"Sara Lazar, a neuroscientist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, was one of the first scientists to take the anecdotal claims about the benefits of meditation and mindfulness and test them in brain scans." - The Washington Post