Testimonials

I starting working out with Betsy in July ‘06. I had already slimmed down and built up endurance with lots of cardio, but couldn’t make any headway on improving my overall muscle tone and firmness. In the first 6 weeks I started noticing more definition; adding muscle and losing weight. By the following spring, I hadn’t really lost much more weight, but realized it was the first time I was proud of the way I looked in a bikini since high school (which was a very long time ago). I’m so excited now to hit the beach and not worry about keeping myself wrapped up in cover-ups the whole time.

~ Mandy Waldorf Graham


Betsy McNally Laouar is the real deal folks. If you are serious about making lifestyle changes be it fitness, nutrition, or both, look no further, she is the trainer for you.

From the moment I was “introduced” to Betsy two years ago I knew I wanted to hire her to train me. I could relate to her story and she could understand my struggles with what life is like living as an expat in France. Her credentials are outstanding and she offers something many fitness trainers do not, she has spent years extensively studying nutrition at the university level. Her suggested meal plans were easy to follow and the workouts inspired me to take my fitness to the next level while allowing me to work at my own pace.

Don’t be like me and wait two more years to hire Betsy; sign up and figure out how to make it work. My excuses were always it wasn’t the right time because “I have a baby and a toddler”, “I need to focus on learning French”, “My kids are on holidays for two weeks out of this session, better wait for the next one” the list went on and on. Finally, I became fed up of trying to do this alone and decided it was never going to “be the right time” and signed up on a whim. Guess what? I wasn’t eating enough, I wasn’t eating enough of the right stuff, and I certainly wasn’t pushing myself enough in my workouts. Now, I’m making better choices with what I eat and finding the time to fit working out into my schedule no matter what life throws at me (yes, even if this means getting up early in the AM).

Sarah C., France


I’ve been training with Betsy for about 8 months and I like to be challenged! With the techniques Betsy has taught me, I have toned and strengthened my body which I hope will help me to stay in shape for the rest of my life. I feel better, I have more energy, strength & flexibility. In addition, I’m more toned than I have ever been. I have a better understanding of how each muscle group works, and how to incorporate these muscle groups into my workout. Betsy’s an extreme advocate on how nutrition plays a vital role in exercising or simply staying fit. When I attend a session, I’m always excited to see what different types of exercises she has planned. I respect her sensible and careful approach Betsy puts into our sessions and always answers my questions thoughtfully and truthfully. She is upbeat, positive, outgoing, and pushes you hard so you can achieve goals. She’s been instrumental in helping me achieve my personal fitness goals. I would highly recommend Betsy to anyone looking to work hard for desired goals whether it be strength training, weight loss, or training for a sporting event.

~ Gina Calabrese Giles – Chicago IL


I am, among other attributes, “body by Betsy”. The result of Betsy McNally Harris’ knowledge, skills and abilities focused on me! Betsy is a teacher by profession, a former gymnast and body builder in competition and owns a number of certifications in fitness training.

I trained w/ Betsy for over a year until she relocated. Betsy’s approach was total, individualized to my goals and what would be healthy for me. She attended to my body, mind and spirit. During that time, I added lean body mass; improved flexibility, core strength, balance, and my eating habits/diet; and would come away from training sessions, fueled by endorphins, and that delicious sense of well-being.

I give Betsy my highest recommendation as a trainer. Get your “body by Betsy”.

~ Judi S.


I am not a real fan of working out, and I’ve realized the only way I consistently work out is when I have a personal trainer: someone to hold me accountable to work out on a regular basis, to hold me accountable during the workout, and to challenge me more than I would if I were working out on my own. Specifically, my lower back had really started bothering me quite a bit over the previous 6-12 months. I had been to the doctor and had been to physical therapy, but nothing seemed to be helping. My daughter just seemed amused that mom was getting older and starting to have back problems. For me, it wasn’t as amusing. I felt too young to be having these types of issues already. A few years ago, Betsy held a summer boot camp, which I attended one day a week for about 45 minutes. She asked those of us in the group what we wanted to work on or what we needed to work on. As expected, we all said something different; my comment was to work on reducing stress and pain I fel t in my lower back when I would bend over. Betsy said I had a weak core and incorporated core exercises into our total workout. It was a tough workout, but I felt really good at the end of each session. After the 2 or 3 month boot camp ended, my core was MUCH stronger. Each workout was a mixture of cardio and strength training for the whole body, so my overall fitness was much better as well. I play softball, so the overall strength and improved cardio only helped me in softball as well. To this day, several years later, my lower back no longer bothers me, and I have Betsy to thank for that. I continue to try to make sure I’m keeping my core strong so I won’t have back issues again. I have had good workouts from other trainers, but no one has been as great of a trainer as Betsy. I wish I still lived somewhere near her. If I did, she would definitely be my personal trainer for life! Miss you, Betsy!

Janet Nelson – Mason, OH