Allow me to introduce myself…

I’m Sarah Laspas, a certified personal trainer (and self-defense instructor … more on that later) in Evanston, Illinois.

I’ve had clients say things like, “Both my physical and mental lifestyles have changed dramatically,” and go on to do things like trek to Everest Basecamp (and even flatter me with statements like, “I would train with her every day if I could.” *humbly flips hair*)

And now?

I want all of that for you. Though feel free to swap Everest for your adventure of choice.

Why am I the trainer for you?

BECAUSE you really want to want to work out. But you don’t know what to do or how to do it; all you do know is that you really want the elliptical to go f*ck itself. #conundrum

BECAUSE you’re annoyed — you have pain you never used to have and your body’s not moving the way it used to move. Not to mention, maintaining muscle feels so. much. harder. these days.

BECAUSE you have energy envy. You’d love nothing more than to experience that exercise “rush” everyone seems to get, but all you feel is sluggish. And lazy. And, dammit, you’re not lazy. And you’re sick of feeling like you are!

That’s exactly where I come in.

I started Muscles and Moxie™ to help highly ambitious types like you build the bodies they need to live active and adventurous lives. And whether to you that means being strong enough to hike the Tour du Mont Blanc (next on my list!) or having the body confidence to do it with the lights on without thinking twice … it’s not too much to ask. And I’ve got you.

From guiding you through a fitness program that hits the sweet spot where your wants and needs intersect to dishing out all the juicy what’s, why’s, and how’s (knowledge is power, my friend), I’ll have you confidently reveling in your newfound strength (and muscle tone-ness!) in as little as 12 weeks flat.

So the next time you find yourself in the weightroom wading through a sweaty sea of gym bros or in a new group fitness class filled with a bunch of regulars, you’ll never have that “Am I ever gonna measure up?” moment again.

BEST PART: No next-day agony required. Because not being able to walk the day (or week) after a workout is just obnoxious. And when it comes to exercise? Punishment is NOT the point.

Ready to find out what is? Click here to check out my personal training services.

Wanna know how good I am?

Peek inside my virtual shoebox of love notes from happy clients here.

Wanna know more about me?

Here are a dozen facts, in no particular order:

1. I love fitness, but I hate the fitness industry. I hate the “inspirational” quotes like no pain no gain, the strategically angled and overly edited photos flooding social media, and the 30-day challenges that only offer short-term results. There’s a lot of BS out there, and I want to help you sift through it.

2. I have a Boxer/Australian Shepherd rescue dog named Lucy. She lifts her leg when she pees. A true (four-legged) feminist.

3. I was never an athlete and used to hate working out. It didn’t come naturally to me at all. So, I know firsthand the importance of keeping exercise simple and fun.

4. Before becoming a personal trainer in 2016, I spent over a decade in the legal field. I even earned my M.S. in Criminal Justice; my final project was on preventing the sexual victimization of female college students. Fast forward to…

5. Last year, on a whim, I signed up for a self-defense workshop, which renewed my passion for crime prevention. I went through IMPACT‘s Core self-defense program shortly thereafter, started practicing Muay Thai, and completed R.A.D.‘s instructor certification training in Spring 2019. Most recently, in November 2019, I graduated from IMPACT’s Defense Against Multiple Assailants program. Click here to learn more about my private, small group self-defense training for individuals and businesses in Chicago and Evanston.

6. My husband and I met the good ol’ fashioned way — in a bar, over Halloween weekend. Our first date was a week later: A football game between my alma mater, Penn State, and his, Purdue. We’ve been together ever since … a match made in Big Ten heaven.

7. I take great pleasure in putting together IKEA furniture. I’ve been told that makes me a masochist.

8. I took an 8-week long storytelling class at Second City to face my fear of public speaking. It ended with a final performance on a Second City stage that real people bought real tickets to see. It was terrifying. And exhilarating.

9. I’ve run multiple marathons and 200-mile relay races despite growing up with asthma. I went skydiving even though I’m wary of heights. I did a 10-mile hike in the Andean Mountains of Colombia on the tail end of food poisoning. “Can’t” is probably the only four-letter word you’ll rarely hear me use.

10. However, I truly can’t go to bed until I’ve washed my face. Whether I’m in a smelly van with five other people doing an overnight relay race or on a sketchy overnight train from Prague to Budapest, it gets done.

11. I LOVE what I do. I love encouraging people to escape their comfort zones. I love proving to people that fitness is only a bitch if you’re focused on the wrong things at the wrong times for the wrong reasons. And, most of all, I love watching people get stronger than they ever thought possible — physically, mentally, and emotionally.

12. That’s what I hope to do for you here … help you look and feel your best. Not just for the next 30 days. But for life.

Ready? Click here.

Wanna see my fancy schmancy, written-in-the-third person bio? You’ve got it!

Sarah Laspas, owner of Muscles and Moxie, LLC, is a personal trainer who helps women build the bodies they need to live active and adventurous lives.

Having had clients say things like “Both my physical and mental lifestyles have changed dramatically” and go on to do things like trek to Everest Basecamp, she’s seen time and again how embracing the weightroom is a game changer when it comes to getting stronger, moving better, and looking and feeling your best. Sarah also knows firsthand the importance of keeping exercise fun, functional, and varied; as someone who was never an athlete and used to dread workouts, she can say 100% that’s the key to finding (and keeping) your fitness flow.

Sarah is known for her approachable training style and is all about you escaping your comfort zone, both inside and outside of the gym, and upleveling your badassness every step of the way.

Think we might be a good fit to get you fit? Check out my personal training services HERE.