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SONJA FRIEND-UHL

Sonja's ability to motivate others and lead by example are the keys to her success as a fitness and nutrition professional.  She has trained people of all ages and abilities for nearly 20 years. A skilled fitness programmer, Sonja holds Personal Fitness Training Certifications with ACSM and AFAA as well as AFAA specialty certifications in Youth, Senior, and Pre-Natal Fitness. Sonja is also an ACE Certified Health Coach which allows her to work with the allied health field caring for clients with more critical needs such as Diabetes, Lupus, Epilepsy, Heart Disease, Obesity, Cancer, Auto Immune conditions and many other health challenges. She is also a USATF Certified Running Coach, a Nutrition & Weight Loss Certified Counselor and CPR/AED Certified. 

Sonja has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the College of William and Mary.  She has published fitness and running articles in Runners World Magazine and Health & Fitness News.  A natural and motivating public speaker, Sonja has performed as the keynote speaker for race expos, athletic banquets, Rotary Club functions, and national TV affiliates. 

Certifications:

* ACE – Health & Wellness Coach
*ACSM, AFAA Certified Fitness Instructor
*ACE – Sports Strength & Conditioning Specialist 
*USATF Certified Running and Track & Field  Coach
*BoxMaster & Human Sport Master Instructor
*Schwinn Certified Cycling Instructor

 Interests and Achievements:

*D1 Scholarship Cross Country & Track athlete for the College of William & Mary ('93)

*Competed in the 2000 U.S. Track & Field Olympic Trials in the 1500m

*Member of 7 United States Road Racing World Teams 

*Former Surf Lifeguard and Beach Flags World Champion

*Classical Pianist and Member of the Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music since 1979

*Three Time Wellbridge Corporation Fitness Director of the Year (2002-2005)

*Lead Master Trainer for Star Trac Fitness since 2006

*Former founder & owner of Fit Studio in West Palm Beach, FL (2005-2009)

*Current Women's Masters Track & Field World Record Holder in the Indoor Mile (4:44.81)

 *U.S. National Record Holder in the 1500m (4:16.90)

*Grateful Mother of 2 beautiful girls who inspire me every day!

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