Performance Fitness Client Spotlight – Meet Beth L.

Beth L. is a prime example of the magic that can happen when you tweak your fitness program.

Now tweaking doesn’t mean having exercise ADD. You know hopping from modality to modality – doing the Barre method one month, doing Kickboxing the next, and pounding the pavement with your running shoes the month after that. Tweaking means looking at your program and what (if anything) may be missing and adding that element in. That’s exactly what Beth did when she joined Performance Fitness. She was already (and has continued) doing “cardio”, but wanted to add strength training to her program. Beth tried a Kettlebell class with me in May of 2013, and she’s been a wonderful addition to the wacky P. Fit community ever since.

Not only has Beth gotten stronger with Kettlebells, but she’s added muscle AND gotten leaner – down ten pounds and in a size smaller pants since she first started with us.

Time to meet Beth!

Name: Beth L.

Hometown? Dover, OH

Occupation: Professor of History at Philly-area university [Yeah, Beth is a smarty pants. She does a good job at being, ahem, “down to earth”, at kettlebells though]

Pets: Some kind of goldfish named Spotty

Children: Mark and Katie

Spouse: Damon

How long have you been training with Performance Fitness? A little over a year

Hobbies? Watching WOWs [Workout of the Week Videos] from Performance Fitness. When I’m not watch WOWs, I play the euphonium. I’m taking lessons again and hope to be in the university Wind Ensemble. I also enjoy baking, hiking and biking with my family, and downhill skiing. I’m happiest when I’m active.


Favorite Magazines: What are those? New York Magazine and The New Yorker

Favorite Blogs: Performance Fitness, of course and BuzzFeed quizzes

Favorite quote: “A teacher affects eternity; (s)he can never tell where his(her) influence stops”, Henry Adams  

Favorite book: Cutting for Stone

What inspires and motivates you to workout? Working out brings out the best in me; I feel great. There’s nothing like a great workout to make me feel like I’m on top of the world.

You were already fit when you started with us, what made you decide to join kettlebells? I wanted to incorporate more strength training.

Favorite Kettlebell Exercise? 2-handed swings, but I’d have to say that Kettlebells in general are my favorite exercise.

What fitness and/or weight loss results have you achieved since joining kettlebells? I’ve lost 10 pounds, added muscle [Note from Michelle: Beth’s arms and shoulders are JACKED], I’m in a size smaller pants, and I have less back pain.

What are your 3 big goals for the next 3-6 months?

  1. Snatch the 20 Kilo kettlebell
  2. Stay lean and maintain weight
  3. Continue strengthening my quads

Bacon or ice cream? Neither. Chocolate.

Favorite 80s band? REM or The Cure

What would you tell someone who was thinking about joining Performance Fitness? You can find a lot of trainers and boot camps out there but a lot of them don’t know what they’re doing. You’ll not only work with smart and intelligent trainers, but they’ll also be highly motivational.



  1. Beth on June 19, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Did I really say that one of my goals was to snatch a 20kg or did Michelle make that up?

    • michelle on June 19, 2014 at 10:03 pm

      Nope. Those words came from your mouth.

  2. elise a. miller on June 20, 2014 at 8:35 am

    i want to see that snatch.

    • michelle on June 20, 2014 at 2:06 pm

      Oh, Elise…

  3. Beth on June 20, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    When I get to 20, I’ll let you see it, Elise.