Weight Neutral. Joyful. Fitness Expert.
Watch out! You think you're just having a good time and feeding off Maria's boundless energy and hilarious sense of humor and then all of a sudden you realize you've finished a challenging full body workout that met you exactly where you are. She's tricky like that, which is why she's the best.
I just can't recommend Maria enough.
I am an ACE Certified Personal Trainer (2003), and ACE Fitness Nutrition Specialist (2022). I have worked with thousands of women over the past 2 decades as a fitness professional. I have a passion for weight-neutral and sustainable fitness and wellness.
Apart from my private coaching sessions, available both online and offline, here's a look at some of the fitness-related ventures I've pursued:
- I founded Fitness In Menopause, a blog and supportive community for women in peri/menopause.
- I created the New Moves™ in Menopause Coaching Program for women in peri/menopause improve their quality of life and body image through science-based coaching, one-on-one customized support, and community.
- I created a NASM, AFAA, and ACE-accredited CEC course for fitness professionals.
- I am an IDEA Fitness Expert, where I teach fitness, health, and wellness workshops and seminars.
Dr. Maria Luque and her program, [New Moves Masterclass] gave me back my life! In fact, an improved life! I am much more balanced with my approach toward movement, nutrition and mental health in addition to the physical. Being somewhere in the perimenopause and menopause spectrum, I did not understand what was happening to me. I felt scared and alone. My lifelong love of fitness seemed to disappear overnight, and in its place came brutal hot flashes, weight gain, moodiness, forgetfulness and a loss of a sense of self. Just when I was about to throw my hands up in the air and insist my husband divorce me because I was incurably insane, I heard Maria speak on the podcast, “Thriving Through Menopause.” I contacted her immediately. I was elated when she emailed me back. I knew I had finally found true help and support. Maria’s approach to fitness is refreshing, inspiring and most importantly sustainable. Her genuine passion for her work shines through her. She is my cheerleader, my confidante, my teacher, my trainer and my inspiration.
Maria’s [New Moves Masterclass] course was a life changing event for me! ... Maria herself is absolutely amazing!!! Not only is she incredibly knowledgeable, she is also funny, warm and has a real talent, making you feel good about who you are and where you are in the process of learning to live a well-balanced life of self-acceptance, movement, and realistic expectations. ... You will learn so much about how to move and even enjoy it, and also about how NOT to pay attention to the many voices out there trying to make money out of your distress by inviting you to go on useless (and unhealthy) diets, cut and alter your body, or buy lots of clothes “to hide your belly.” I cannot overestimate the positive impact working with Maria and taking her course had and continues to have on me personally. It is the best thing any woman struggling with some of the challenging mental and physical aspects of menopause should do.
I initially joined [New Moves] Master Class in search of tailored workout ideas and a weight-loss plan. What made this course stand out for me initially was that Dr. Maria focuses on women in menopause, and she has been a positive influence in my Austin fitness circles for 10+ years. What I took away from this course resulted in so much more. I have realistic and achievable goals. Maria helped me distinguish between what I truly enjoy doing to reach those self-care goals and have fun doing it. I track my progress in a way that makes sense to me. Even though I liked a variety of activities before, I am crystal clear on what types of exercise I want to do, versus what I should do, and how those two can overlap. Even better, I have a deeper appreciation for the phase of my life that I am in. Every aspect of the course has contributed to the best version of myself at at time when I needed it the most.
It is with immense gratitude that I recommend Maria. Having her as my trainer over the years was a true gift, especially during the challenging phase of menopause. Maria's profound understanding and specialized expertise in assisting women through their menopausal stages proved invaluable to my physical and mental well-being. It wasn't just about the fitness routines; it was her unique blend of neuroplasticity techniques and strength-building exercises that truly set her approach apart. I genuinely believe that Maria is a significant and transformative force in our community. I eagerly anticipate seeing her extend her wisdom to an even broader audience, and I wholeheartedly believe that many others will benefit from her guidance as I have.
Without a doubt, Dr. Maria Luque is one of the professionals I trust the most when it comes to my health and wellness. Two years ago as a mom to a then 18-month baby, I was suffering with a lot a back pain that was making mothering and lifting my baby almost impossible. After months of physical therapy, my physical therapist basically shrugged his shoulders and said he didn't know why I wasn't getting better. ... I found Dr. Maria. Within a month, my back pain was gone, and I can say that after 2 years of working 2-3 times a week with Dr. Maria, I am stronger now at 42 years old than I've ever been in my life, and I no longer have ongoing pain. Dr. Maria is one of those rare health and fitness professionals that combines extensive education with care, kindness and respect for what a woman needs as they get older. I trust her completely and know that she has my best health in mind each and every time we meet.
Maria is the absolute best! She is an incredibly creative and supportive coach. Her workouts are always challenging and interesting - I never get bored - and I easily get bored. But even more importantly, she is a compassionate champion who listens, is open to feedback, and challenges me to keep moving forward. I came to Maria a couple years post-menopause after having a coach who was really harsh and fought & judged me every step of the way. That was really hard and actually made me feel pretty terrible about myself. But with Maria - it has been the total opposite. She brings humour, and understanding to all your ups and downs. Not only do I feel seen, but I feel stronger than ever. Thank you Maria!
My experience spans 17 + years working with FIM and Dr. Maria Luque. She has been my trainer since the start of my wellness journey when my children were little, and she has seen me all the way through menopause. It is because of Dr. Maria that at 56 years of age, I'm in the best shape of my life. The depth of her knowledge is incredible. I felt informed, prepared, and supported through all stages of my menopause. None of it took me by surprise or was even upsetting because Dr. Luque's approach is based on science and rejects the fiction of believing that women are no longer vital and resigned to decline. I'm so grateful to have found her and consider her a dear friend. And don't worry; you don't need to be approaching menopause to work with Dr. Maria. My advice is to begin your journey with her as soon as possible and expect the best because that's what you'll get.
In a sea of gyms, programs, trainers, I feel so fortunate to have met Maria Luque. I’m not an athletic person but I enjoy every workout with her. Ever positive, she makes exercise fun by bringing variety to each session. She has also taught me so much about physiology and the natural changes that come along in life. In an age where it seems there is no mystery left, it continues to surprise me how much I did not know about my own body. Maria is the best!