a collection of client-submitted feedback based on working with
From Sandra Tucher, "Tracy is extraordinary. She is knowledgeable and experienced, yet her coaching is never stale. Her class is always thorough, rewarding, and inspiring.
Tracy's unique and original warm-up prepares students perfectly for the challenging work ahead. As she builds the practice, she blends strenuous poses with restorative postures. Her clever composition allows students to reach their limits within a series but then recover and prepare for the next series. It is obvious that Tracy has thought about the benefits and risks of each posture and then used her insights and experience to design sequences that balance, strengthen, and stretch perfectly.
Tracy's instructions are precise but not wordy. She explains every move clearly, enabling students to go to their edge but not risk injury. Her class is physically among the most difficult. Yet, despite the physical chaos, she introduces calm into the practice. Her coaching is suited for everyone, yet it is personal. She motivates students and guides them to get the most out of each class. I've practiced yoga for over ten years and sampled teachers across the country. Tracy is simply one of the best."
From Maya Watts, San Francisco, "Tracy is the best trainer and yoga instructor that I have ever had. I first met Tracy when I started attending her power yoga class at the Yoga Source (Palo Alto). I quickly became a fan because Tracy really pushes you to do your best - every class, every time. Her instruction is calm and clear yet extremely motivating and rigorous at the same time. I was so inspired by Tracy's classes that I wanted to get personal training from her as well. I was preparing for my wedding at the time, and also just wanted to take my fitness to the next level. Tracy and I starting training one-on-one, and within a few short months, she helped me change my entire approach to life and fitness. She not only gave me very useful tips about health and diet (that I still use today), but also she really worked with me to address my specific needs. Above all, Tracy is a pleasure to work with - she is incredibly kind and genuinely cares about her clients. I am so lucky to have found her!"
From Krista Canfield, "I've been practicing various types of yoga (Bikram, vinyasa, etc.) for a few years now and can honestly say that Tracy is one of my top three instructors of all time. Every time I take one of her classes I either learn a new pose or a tweak to a position I don't know which helps me be a better yogi. She currently teaches yoga classes at LinkedIn where I'm an employee. (We have a corporate fitness program.) Rather than a lot of meditating (which is fine for some folks, but not exactly my style), Tracy makes you WORK in her Power Yoga classes. Every class is different and she makes every muscle in your body feel like it got a fantastic workout. She challenges her students to get out of their comfort zones and try new positions which is something I really love about her classes. My only complaint is that she doesn't have more classes available for me to take! I wish I could take her Power Yoga class every day of the week."
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From Susan Woods, "As someone who suffers from Osteoarthritis and Fibromyalgia, and lives with chronic pain on a daily basis, I have to be very selective about who I train with. In the wrong hands, I could potentially be damaged from poor training methods. Tracy Gulbransen is knowledgeable, smart, skilled, trustworthy, and simply the best personal trainer I have ever worked with. In addition, she is sweet, kind, accepting, understanding, loyal, fun to be with, and so has over time become a dear friend. As much as I hate exercising, I love working out with Tracy. I look forward to our time together, knowing she will make it as pleasant as possible while still pushing me to my limits. The changes in my body, mind, and level of pain during the years I have worked with Tracy are nothing short of remarkable! Tracy Gulbransen comes with my highest recommendation."
Thank you Tracy,
From Agnes Bartha, MD: "Hey Tracy, I just wanted to let you know how inspired, calm and focused I feel after your power yoga classes. Since I've started learning yoga with you over a year ago, I have become so much more aware of my body, the way it works, and the way my mind connects to it . You have taught me more about body-awareness than any anatomy class I have ever taken. I also appreciate the variety of poses you introduce to us, and how you gently challenge us to leave our comfort zone.
When we actually take that leap of faith, and are able to do something for the first time that we never thought we could do, the exhilaration of success is indescribable!!"
Thank you! Your friend,
From Massy Mehdipour, P.E., Founder and CEO: "Tracy, I am very pleased with the method, enthusiasm, energy, and motivational aspect of your teaching. I have seen a huge difference in my strength and flexibility in just the 10 sessions that we have worked together."
Thank you very much,
From Jane Stocklin, "I have been taking classes from Tracy for almost 3 years. Because Tracy is an excellent teacher, she has cultivated a loyal following of students. We all recognize her skill and abilities. Her class has become a top priority in my life! I always appreciate the variety in her sessions. Since the predictability is gone, she gets you to work much
harder than you had planned! I feel good and have greatly increased my strength and flexibility."
Thank you Tracy,
From Jack Bradley, CEO Packet Design, Inc., "I've been training with Tracy for the past year and have been extremely satisfied with the results. The regime has been tough but as we all know you don't get results without pushing the limits at times. Not only has the training been beneficial and enabled me to fully rehab from knee surgery but they've been fun too. In addition to the physical benefit I find I have more energy which has carried over to all aspects of my life, whether it be work, family activities, or hobbies."
Thanks for all your help, Tracy,
From Abe and Marian Sofaer, "Tracy is a great trainer. She knows what each of us needs to improve our health and capacities. She also has an enormous repertoire of exercises, on which she continuously draws. This keeps us interested and involved. She is reliable, fun, and totally professional in her commitment to her clients."
Abe and Marian Sofaer
From Tom Adams, Venture Capitalist, "Working with Tracy has changed my life. When I began training with Tracy a little over a year ago, I was recovering from a ruptured disc and experienced quite a bit of pain just walking. Running was out of the question. To make matters worse, I had developed adult onset asthma. Understanding my particular challenges, Tracy developed a program to strengthen my core and overall conditioning. Over time, as I became stronger, she added cardiovascular and more intense strength training.
Today, I am stronger than I was prior to the disc injury and can run and workout as intensely and as often as I want. Over the years, I have worked with several trainers and none is as knowledgeable, talented or professional as is Tracy. If you follow her lead, you will get the results you want. She is the best."