"It is astonishing how elements that seem insoluble become soluble when someone listens, how confusions that seem irremediable turn into relatively clear flowing streams when one is heard. I have deeply appreciated the times that I have experienced this sensitive, empathic, concentrated                                                                     listening." -Carl Rogers

Experience 

PJ Monson M.S., NASM, PN1 graduated from Clemson University with a double BA in Communication and Performing Arts. She recently earned her Master of Science in Public Relations and Corporate Communication from New York University. Accredited with the National Academy of Sports Medicine, PJ has trained in several major cities including Chicago, Washington D.C., Madrid, Spain, and now New York City. PJ primarily focuses on motivational weight loss programs for women, functional training for long distance runners, circuit training, bridal boot camps, and tools for developing a stable healthy lifestyle. In addition to NASM, PJ is certified in kettlebell training, TRX resistance training, and pre/post natal care. She is also a NASM certified performance enhancement specialist (skills in strength, power, and endurance training for athletes), and most recently became a certified nutritionist with Precision Nutrition.  

My Clients

Thanks to Skype and numerous moves between cities, I have had the privilege of coaching clients from all over the world. Though I work with a lot of recurring issues such as stress-management, weight-loss, and self-esteem, each of my clients bring something unique to the table. Most of the people I work with are females between the ages of 25 and 55, however, I am open to anyone in need of guidance. 

My Philosophy

I believe strongly in the mind body connection. A background in personal training taught me that a person's physical health can be a direct reflection of his or her mental and emotional health. It also became clear that progress, in terms of physical goals, could not be made unless the mental and emotional stressors are dealt with first. It is my belief that everyone already possess within themselves the tools needed to achieve their goals but need help in discovering and utilizing these tools towards building their own unique mojo.

My Coaching Style

I use the word mojo a lot when referring to my clients' natural workings of their brain, i.e. their motivations, natural instincts, daily habits, and on going inner monologues. It is important for me to understand my clients' core values, beliefs, and long term goals. Only then, can I begin to discover what would truly motivate that person to start the process for change.  It is my belief that when it comes to working towards a "better self," there are a million different paths to success. Coaching sessions are about finding the one that works best for you and walking that path together. I love helping people work through the problems within their lives as well as restoring meaning and bringing fulfillment.