Official Website of Sarah E. Rippel, BS, CPT, FMS


Dear Fellow Fitness Enthusiast,

I’ve been a personal trainer for over 15 years. A decade ago, I began working with clients in their homes. For the past four years, I’ve made this the focus of my personal training business. There have been numerous obstacles along the way, but I can honestly say that I was always meant to be a fitness professional. I had a few “departures” from this path. For a few years I believed I was meant to become a doctor. For another year or two, I believed Physical Therapy was my future. I couldn’t have been further from the truth. Every time I strayed from my true passion, personal training, I lost that “spark.” I became more of a “human doing” versus a “human being.” I am happy to say that since then, I learned to LOVE life and love what I do!

3946214460_306275687eI simply love helping people discover that being healthy isn’t as difficult as they once thought. I have also always loved the human body and its amazing systems. It’s quite simply the most amazing machine known to man. The human body is meant to move. Being able to promote (and at times, even restore) health in those I train is extremely rewarding for me. To me, personal training isn’t a job – it’s my life. I was once said to me “if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.” This is completely true for me. I love what I do!

Furthermore, I have come to love working with clients in their homes and outdoors.  I don’t subscribe to one style of training, as I feel no method by itself can be considered comprehensive.  I prefer to “fuse” the methods I feel are most effective into workouts appropriate for each and every one of my clients, based on their goals, fitness level, surroundings, and unique style of learning.  The foundation for each of my clients’ programs is bodyweight training.  Once a client has demonstrated the proper levels of stabilization, body control, and overall strength, I “kick things up a notch” by adding tools such as kettlebells, resistance bands, and medicine balls to their workouts.

I am also a triathlete! If you have even an inkling of a desire to give the sport a tri (lol), I really suggest that you go for it! I’ll gladly offer any suggestions and advice to fellow newbies!

My clients want to feel and look their best, so they can get the most out of life each and every day.  Fitness is a journey, not a destination – train for LIFE!  Are you ready?

Yours in Health,

Sarah E. Rippel, BS, CPT


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ME BCIf you’re curious, my old website can be found at:

I occasionally write articles for

I am a featured writer for “TRAINER NATION.

I am a moderator at Super-Trainer Forums and The Fitness Bootcamp Inner Circle.

If you would like more information on training with me, please send an email to:


  • BS in Exercise Science – Fitness & Wellness Promotion, Texas Tech University, August 1999
  • Post-graduate coursework towards Masters in Preventive and Rehabilitative Sports Health, 2000
  • Post-graduate coursework to fulfill requirements for application to medical school, 2001-2002
  • Certified Personal Trainer – ISMA, 1995
  • Certified Sports Nutrition – ISMA, 1995
  • Keiser Power Pacing Certified Instructor – 1997
  • Resist-a-Ball Certified – 1997
  • Certified Personal Trainer – ACE, 1999
  • Reformer I Certified – The Pilates Coach, 2006
  • Resisted Movement Training – Premier International, 2007
  • Movement Based Appraisal (MOVE) – 2008
  • Member of IDEA
  • Ongoing continuing education includes: Sport Specific Program Design, Enhanced Lower Body Program Design, General Program Design, Special Populations, Functional Integrated Training, Flexibility Training, Functional Anatomy, Periodization, Corrective Exercise, Core Training, Functional Program Design, Integrated Training Progressions, Functional Flexibility, Active Isolated Stretching, Kinetic Chain Assessment, Optimal Performance Training

51 responses

  1. David Lawson


    you ROCK. I just got into kettlebells a couple weeks ago and came across your -Kettlebell Circuit- video on youtube. from there I found your site, and your fantastic Outside The Box kettlebell video instructions. I love them… you have a way with combining movements in a way that is simple and natural. I’ll be a frequent visitor and will direct other kettlebellers to your site.


    February 15, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    • THANKS, DAVE!!!!!!!!! 🙂 So glad i’m giving you some ideas! Let me know if you have any questions/suggestions, and great to have you here!

      February 16, 2009 at 11:44 am

  2. chriskolba

    Sarah, thanks for visiting my site! Your site is great and i look forward to exploring more of it! I like the way you think and train! Keep up the good work girlfriend!
    Train Hard!

    March 8, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    • Thanks, Chris!!!!!!!
      Ditto for sure! 🙂

      March 8, 2009 at 6:55 pm

  3. I love your site. Keep it up !

    March 28, 2009 at 10:16 am

    • Thank you!

      March 30, 2009 at 10:05 am

  4. i enjoy your videos…email me sometime.

    April 4, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    • Thanks, Michael!
      I will! I dig your approach and love what you’re doing for communities! Thanks for keeping it real!
      Yours in Health,

      April 5, 2009 at 8:10 am

  5. Sarah,

    Thank you so much for what you do!

    Inspiration at it’s best!

    Chris R

    April 9, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    • Thanks, Chris!!!
      You are an inspiration as well! 😀
      Yours in Health,

      April 10, 2009 at 11:11 am

  6. Sarah,
    Nice site! Not sure if we had any classes together, but I’m a ’01 TTU grad in ESS. Found you through that awful kettlebell clip Jillian Michaels was so kind to share with us. Thanks for posting that! Have you been to RKC?
    Jason Marshall, RKC

    April 15, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    • Hey Jason!
      I graduated in August of ’99, so it’s possible! Thanks for stopping by and saying hi! Glad you got a kick out the the Jillian clip. People have been going nuts over that craziness! No, I haven’t been to RKC but definitely want to attain some sort of specialized cert this year…IKFF CKT, CST, or RKC. I’ve managed pretty well on my own, although I feel there’s a lot I could gain from working one-on-one with an instructor. Gonna check out your website!
      Keep in touch!
      Yours in Health,

      April 15, 2009 at 7:54 pm

  7. Liked your website and you encourage me to continue as a personal trainer since 1979. Keep up the good work.

    Mike Walker

    April 29, 2009 at 4:04 am

    • Hey Mike!
      Thank you! I am flattered! 🙂
      I am inspired by YOU! Since 1979? That is AWESOME!
      You keep it up too!
      Yours in Health,

      April 29, 2009 at 12:17 pm

      • Sarah……I coached and taught fitness and nutrition in college ( Clearwater Christian College) for several years and saw this site and said DARN….thats my nephew YOUNG Mike Walker ….keep up the good work…started my teaching and coaching in 1963 …PS I DID win my first game as a head coach…LOL

        September 6, 2009 at 3:12 pm

  8. Nicole Remeikis-Bishop

    Great website! I train with Shawn Chevalier who has his own website & owns Hardbody Outdoor Fitness. You and Shawn are extremely inspirational. Thank God for great trainer’s in this world!

    April 29, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    • Hey Nicole!
      Thank you! Shawn is awesome! I have been talking to him about bootcamps, and he’s a great guy! Maybe one day i’ll get to hang with the great “Chev”! That reminds me, I need to email him back right now! 🙂
      Keep training hard!
      Yours in Health,

      April 29, 2009 at 4:17 pm

  9. As far as KB instruction stay on your own RKC ect.. are over rated. People come to you no matter what your letters after your name are.

    You are an assest to the fitness community keep up the good work and save your money on over priced KB certifications.

    You can order a KB DVD and learn the same info presented at a KB cert.

    Mike Walker

    May 4, 2009 at 7:11 am

    • Hey Mike!
      It’s souch a touchy subject right now. Everyone seems to have their own cert, and I really feel pressured to attain one of these in order to “appear” knowledgeable & proficient. My thing is, I KNOW i’m knowledgeable & proficient…i’ve been training clients for 14 years now. A specialized cert can’t replace that. I feel i’ve learned a TON simply from watching Steve Cotter & Anthony DiLuglio, and a few others…not “live” and in person…but through their DVDs, websites, etc. There are a ton of resources out there, and if you’re able to use them, learn from them, and apply the material, I feel you’re miles ahead of most people!
      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your feelings! I checked out your site and you have an awesome thing going!
      Keep in touch!
      Yours in Health,

      May 4, 2009 at 7:23 am

  10. Good AM Sara:

    I am headed to RI on the 14th throutgh the 17th to train UFC MMA. I t has been a good week I am now also finishing my last year as WAC High School strength and conditioning coach. My littl fitness studio of 5 years now is doing good in this economy. I started out at the Unv of Ark Phy ed. Worked 24 years NFl strength coach left in 2005. Open studio and coach at WAC high school here in Milwaukee. Give me a call some time let’s shoot the $%#@. I like your style of training and website. Keep up the good work.


    May 6, 2009 at 6:37 am

    • Mike,
      Awesome! Sounds like you’re doing some killer stuff, and it would be great to chit-chat! I may just surprise you with a call! 🙂

      Yours in Health,

      May 6, 2009 at 6:59 am

  11. have a good day i just updated my website.


    May 6, 2009 at 7:27 am

    • Great!
      I’m gonna check it out right now! I have 5 minutes before I gotta jet! 🙂

      May 6, 2009 at 7:37 am

    • Looks good! I like your statement and the fact that you used the term “big box” gyms…I dig that! 🙂 I have an ex who runs a Krav Maga school. I wish I could get back into doing Muay Thai…I took it up for a month years ago and LOVED it but had to stop b/c of schedule conflicts. I wanna see you start up a blog! It doesn’t take too much time, and you can link it to your site. You could feature pictures of clients, success stories, etc. It would definitely be interesting and I will be your first subscriber!

      May 6, 2009 at 7:41 am

  12. how was your day

    May 7, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    • Awesome, Mike!
      How was your’s?
      Glad it’s almost Friday tho!

      May 7, 2009 at 8:03 pm

  13. Hi Sarah, found ur site, its fanatstic, im a trainer based in the UK… are you on twitter?
    Do you think that bootcamp site worth £9 a month is worth the money? Id value ur opinion,
    Thanks, Charlie 🙂

    May 8, 2009 at 10:32 am

    • Hey Charlie!
      Thank you! 🙂
      Heck yes i’m on Twitter! I love it! Sending #followfriday shoutouts as we speak!
      I am a moderator over at the forums! I have been busy with lots of stuff but am trying to get on there daily and hype people up! We can all benefit from sharing ideas!
      Yours in Health,

      May 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm

  14. mike walker

    headed to PHX to train a MMA UFC fighter then on to CA for same thing. Have a good weekend call me 414-241-0463

    May 21, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    • Awesome, Mike! sounds like a blast!

      May 21, 2009 at 10:00 pm

  15. mike walker

    Hi Sara just got back at 3:30PM from PHX and CALI had a very good working vacation.

    Glade you got away too. Ya UG back to the grind at 6:30 Am also. 🙂

    May 25, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    • Hey Mike!
      Back at it today! woohoo! Good feeling, despite being insanely tired, lol!
      Have a great week!

      May 26, 2009 at 10:27 am

  16. Hey Sarah. I just came across your website. It looks like your doing a great job. I have a couple questions. When you get a chance drop me an email.

    Denver Benton

    June 8, 2009 at 8:58 am

  17. lin

    just looked your website after attending the BAofA
    please send me infor on prices/personal workout programs you offer

    June 18, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    • Hey Lin!
      I’ll shoot you an email! 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by!
      Yours in Health,

      June 19, 2009 at 1:45 pm

  18. I want to be you!! I recently quit my PR job and am studying to be a CPT with NASM…for all the same reasons you listed!

    July 14, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    • YOU GO, Ashley! 🙂
      That rocks! That is completely awesome!
      Great choice for cert, btw!
      If ya need any pointers, advice, have random questions, etc, feel free to shoot me a tweet or whatnot!

      July 14, 2009 at 1:51 pm

  19. Ty Barrett

    My name is Ty Barrett. I am the manager of Foxy’s Fitness Centers. We have the Art of Strength franchise for Baton Rouge. I noticed you have a link to their site and was wondering if I could talk to you a little about the program. If you could either call me or email me I would appreciate it. My number is 293-9301. Thanks.

    July 17, 2009 at 10:38 am

    • Hi Ty!
      I’ll shoot you an email. My thoughts on AOS right now are perhaps a bit too “non-rosy” for a comment here. 🙂

      Yours in Health,

      July 17, 2009 at 3:03 pm

  20. Hey! Just found your site through Twitter. Very cool stuff! There needs to be more women like you in the industry! I haven’t had a chance to look for an email subscription, but I’m on my way!

    July 18, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    • Hey Dave!
      Thanks a bunch! I hope i’m setting a good example for female fitness pros all over the globe! I would like to see more women doin’ their thang & not being afraid to step out on their own. What’s so great about our industry is the fact that we can pretty much pave our own way, so to speak. Who wants to be the same as everyone else? That’s BORING! Those who set themselves apart are those who rise to the top!

      Keep up the good work yourself! 🙂

      Yours in Health,

      July 19, 2009 at 1:03 pm

  21. Hey Sara how are you.

    I updated my website hope you are Ok


    September 6, 2009 at 4:07 pm

  22. stacy

    Just found your website by chance. I graduated in ’87 from TTU w/ a BS in Corporate and Industrial Fitness (original degree title). I am also an RN, having worked Cardiac Rehab at the LifeStyle Centre in Lubbock. Now living in Maryland and have fallen back on my CPT through NASM. I am the director of personal training for a World Gym franchise. I would love to break away on my own, but find it hard in this economy to get up the courage to do so LOL. I live in a fairly rural area and worry about the ability to draw in clients.
    I love what you have been able to do!!! Nice to see another female from Tech…go Raiders!!!!

    September 10, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    • Hi Stacy!

      Thanks for stopping by and saying HI!
      Feel free to pick my brain! I’ll pass along anything that may help you! Heck, i’ll shoot ya an email right now and we can chitchat!

      WRECK ‘EM!!!

      Yours in Health,

      September 11, 2009 at 12:32 pm

  23. Nestor

    Hi Sarah

    I just watched your hip internal rotation videos and have two questions regarding the standing internal rotation. Im sorry if this isnt the right place to post questions. When doing the exercise do the toes of the feet remain pointing forward throughtout the exercise or would it slide out slightly? Second question, in the video you said that when turning to the left the right hip is being internally rotated does the left hip get interally rotated also?


    November 22, 2009 at 6:21 am

    • Hi Nestor!

      By keeping the toes pointed forward, internal rotation is better facilitated! 🙂

      You are correct! When turning to the left and pivoting the right leg, the right hip is being internally rotated b/c of the pivoting action. The left hip is also driven into internal rotation because of this. The way I see it, this dual internal rotation is a product of a contraction on the right and a stretch on the left.

      Thanks for your comments!
      Yours in Health,

      December 3, 2009 at 9:41 pm

  24. Hi,
    I want to take a moment and send you an e-mail after I found your company on Twitter. I wanted to pass along that I have created an online forum for fitness professionals and people who train athletes like yourself. We are just getting the forum up and running and would love to have any and all advice and topics that you’d like to post online. This should be a good way for you to get more exposure about your company and what you do. I would love to be able to provide a link exchange between our two sites.
    So check us out at

    Let me know


    December 30, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    • Hi Beau!!!!

      I will do what I can to become active on the forum! I used to post to several forums, and was a moderator at a few (still am at The Fitness Bootcamp Inner Circle, but i’m a big slacker, lol). There is a big need for interaction within our community, and if it can be done so in a positive manner (without the trash-talking and needless cutting down of less-experienced trainers, for example…or the humongous egos) then i’m all for it! I was quite active on Super-Trainer for a good while when the forums were around, and it seemed I was constantly battled by this ego-maniacal dude who went by the handle “warrior.” I don’t know why, but he had an issue with me…perhaps because I speak my mind?! 🙂 lol Anyhow, I am gonna check out the site and will put you on my links list right now!

      Thank you and happy 2011!
      Yours in Health,

      January 3, 2011 at 9:28 am

  25. Hello Sarah, say your “Pseudo Cossack Stretch Progression” and thought it was great. Tried to check out your e-book but it looks like you link is either in a loop or no longer active. Hope you get it working soon! 🙂

    Thomas from LA.

    July 28, 2011 at 12:55 am

    • Hi Thomas!
      Thank you! Great to meet you! Also, thank you for letting me know about the link issue – I will get that checked out tomorrow!!!!! I plan on doing a few more ebooks…the “to do” list is quite long, lol!
      Have a great week!

      August 10, 2011 at 4:02 pm

  26. Sue

    Hi! I’m Sue, and I’m from SlimKicker, a fitness/diet app and site. I came across your blog a few days ago and it captured my interest!

    I’m contacting you b/c we’re about to release a fitness tracker (similar to FitBit) early next year, and are looking for bloggers who would be interested in receiving 1 for free to review when it is out (negative or positive).

    Would you be interested in doing this? You can email me at: sue (at) slimkicker (com) with ‘Review’ in the email heading if you are.

    In case you don’t know, our site SlimKicker basically turns your fitness/diet goals into a level up game. The tracker will work with the website, and allow people to track calories burned and number of steps they walk automatically. The more they exercise, the more points they rack up! That’s basically how it will work.

    Anyway, hope to hear back either way…

    – Sue
    P.S. You can choose not to approve this comment as this is more of a private comment 🙂

    October 25, 2012 at 7:24 pm

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