Our Story

Her Strength Studio was born out of the philosophy that a female-focused training should have its own principles, its own space, and its own community. Founder Nora Matthew began focusing on training women in 2013 after learning women needed something more before, during and after pregnancy. So she tried something different. Pregna-Fit, her signature prenatal strength training program, formed a close-knit community of moms that progressed from pregnancy to postpartum and well beyond. Women of all ages and stages now find a place to move, be challenged, and build confidence at Her Strength.

Meet Our Team

At Her Strength Studio, we believe that strength goes much further than the physical body. We practice real functional movement within a supportive community. Our vision is to support every woman who walks through our doors on her journey to build a healthier, happier version of herself, regardless of her background, age, or experience.

Meet Coach Nora

Founder of Her Strength Studio

Nora Matthew is the founder of Her Strength Studio. She first found a love for health and wellness as a Division I collegiate sprinter in 2009. As an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Personal Trainer, Nora trained populations from young athletes to geriatrics and finally found her passion in working with women of all ages. After having her first baby in 2012, Nora created Pregna-Fit, a unique strength training and labor preparation method for all stages of pregnancy. The program expanded in 2014 to include rehabilitative exercise from 6 weeks postpartum, Mommy & Me Strength classes, and the Mama Strength small group training program. In 2017, Nora envisioned a studio that focused primarily on women’s health. Seeing Her Strength Studio come to fruition has been one of the most nerve-wracking and exciting times in her life to date, and she would not have it any other way.

Meet Coach Nora

Founder of Her Strength Studio

Nora Matthew is the founder of Her Strength Studio. She first found a love for health and wellness as a Division I collegiate sprinter in 2009. As an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Personal Trainer, Nora trained populations from young athletes to geriatrics and finally found her passion in working with women of all ages. After having her first baby in 2012, Nora created Pregna-Fit, a unique strength training and labor preparation method for all stages of pregnancy. The program expanded in 2014 to include rehabilitative exercise from 6 weeks postpartum, Mommy & Me Strength classes, and the Mama Strength small group training program. In 2017, Nora envisioned a studio that focused primarily on women’s health. Seeing Her Strength Studio come to fruition has been one of the most nerve-wracking and exciting times in her life to date, and she would not have it any other way.

Meet Elizabeth Graydon – CPT / LMT

Elizabeth comes to Her Strength with 14 years of experience in the fitness industry. Her career started in Nashville, TN where she became a certified trainer through the NSCA in 2004. There she worked as a personal trainer for clients of all ages, led a “Women on Weights” program, assisted in a marathon training program, and also taught senior strength and Silver Sneakers classes. In 2007 Elizabeth moved to the Albany area where she became a NY state licensed massage therapist in 2008. Since moving to Albany she has worked in top local gyms and studios, as well as in private massage practice, and has taught courses at the Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy. Elizabeth is also FMS (functional movement screen) certified, and has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from St. Lawrence University. Elizabeth’s specialties are functional movement, kettle bell training, women’s fitness, and massage therapy. When she’s not at the studio Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her family. They can be found camping, hiking and riding bikes in the summer, or downhill skiing and sledding in the winter.

Meet Elizabeth Graydon

CPT / LMT

Elizabeth comes to Her Strength with 14 years of experience in the fitness industry. Her career started in Nashville, TN where she became a certified trainer through the NSCA in 2004. There she worked as a personal trainer for clients of all ages, led a “Women on Weights” program, assisted in a marathon training program, and also taught senior strength and Silver Sneakers classes. In 2007 Elizabeth moved to the Albany area where she became a NY state licensed massage therapist in 2008. Since moving to Albany she has worked in top local gyms and studios, as well as in private massage practice, and has taught courses at the Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy. Elizabeth is also FMS (functional movement screen) certified, and has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from St. Lawrence University. Elizabeth’s specialties are functional movement, kettle bell training, women’s fitness, and massage therapy. When she’s not at the studio Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her family. They can be found camping, hiking and riding bikes in the summer, or downhill skiing and sledding in the winter.

Meet Barb Biagioli – HHC

As a board certified holistic health coach and nutrition counselor, Barb works with women and families to improve their health by changing their eating habits. Her unique method uses humor to break down the latest nutrition science into understandable language and actionable steps. She received her nutrition training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s cutting edge Health Coach Training program. Her education has equipped her with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, practical lifestyle management techniques, innovative health coaching tools and preventative health as taught by some of the world’s top health and wellness experts – Dr. Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra, Dr. Walter Willet, Dr. Christine Northrup, Dr. David Katz and Geneen Roth. Drawing on these skills and her knowledge of 100 different dietary theories, she works with clients to help them make lifestyle changes that produce real results and reach optimal health. Barb has a passion for plant-based eating, expertise in prenatal and postnatal health, and childhood health and wellness. Barb lives with her husband, Bryan and their daughter, Eloise in Saratoga, NY. Her daughter also loves healthy food – lentils, plums, berries, oatmeal, apricot, broccoli, quinoa, pesto, hummus, nut butter on toast and her very favorite, sweet potato. Barb joins Her Strength Studio to meet with women who are seeking nutritional guidance. To book a 30 minute nutritional consultation with Barb, click here to purchase and schedule.

Meet Barb Biagioli

HHC

As a board certified holistic health coach and nutrition counselor, Barb works with women and families to improve their health by changing their eating habits. Her unique method uses humor to break down the latest nutrition science into understandable language and actionable steps. She received her nutrition training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s cutting edge Health Coach Training program. Her education has equipped her with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, practical lifestyle management techniques, innovative health coaching tools and preventative health as taught by some of the world’s top health and wellness experts – Dr. Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra, Dr. Walter Willet, Dr. Christine Northrup, Dr. David Katz and Geneen Roth. Drawing on these skills and her knowledge of 100 different dietary theories, she works with clients to help them make lifestyle changes that produce real results and reach optimal health. Barb has a passion for plant-based eating, expertise in prenatal and postnatal health, and childhood health and wellness. Barb lives with her husband, Bryan and their daughter, Eloise in Saratoga, NY. Her daughter also loves healthy food – lentils, plums, berries, oatmeal, apricot, broccoli, quinoa, pesto, hummus, nut butter on toast and her very favorite, sweet potato. Barb joins Her Strength Studio to meet with women who are seeking nutritional guidance. To book a 30 minute nutritional consultation with Barb, click here to purchase and schedule.

Meet Erin Svare – CPT

Erin Svare is a Post Natal Fitness Specialist and a Certified Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine. She is a passionate Women’s Health Advocate and a Registered Yoga Instructor. Erin has 15+ years of experience in the fitness industry and is a mother of three young children. Erin’s approach has been influenced by her love for movement, coupled with her varied birth stories and postpartum experiences. Erin is committed to educating women about their bodies and sharing the many resources available to them. Her goal is to make the postpartum experience better for women and to be what she needed after her babies were born.

Meet Erin Svare

CPT

Erin Svare is a Post Natal Fitness Specialist and a Certified Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine. She is a passionate Women’s Health Advocate and a Registered Yoga Instructor. Erin has 15+ years of experience in the fitness industry and is a mother of three young children. Erin’s approach has been influenced by her love for movement, coupled with her varied birth stories and postpartum experiences. Erin is committed to educating women about their bodies and sharing the many resources available to them. Her goal is to make the postpartum experience better for women and to be what she needed after her babies were born.

Meet Angela Luizzi – CPT

Angela’s passion for health and fitness developed as a Division I collegiate soccer player. Her athletic and fitness experiences inspired her to help others reach their health and fitness goals. After graduating from the University of Albany with a bachelor’s degree in human biology she pursued her personal training certification through the American Council on Exercise. Using her knowledge of performance training, kettle bells, and functional movement she trains clients of all ages and all fitness levels.

Angela Luizzi

CPT

Angela’s passion for health and fitness developed as a Division I collegiate soccer player. Her athletic and fitness experiences inspired her to help others reach their health and fitness goals. After graduating from the University of Albany with a bachelor’s degree in human biology she pursued her personal training certification through the American Council on Exercise. Using her knowledge of performance training, kettle bells, and functional movement she trains clients of all ages and all fitness levels.

Dr. Alison Brown – DC

Dr. Alison Brown lends a clinician’s eye to the Her Strength Team. Her background includes a degree in Sports Biology from Springfield College where she competed on the Women’s Soccer team and was named co-captain. She continued her education and graduated Magna Cum Laude earning her Doctorate in Chiropractic (D.C.) from New York Chiropractic College. Her post-graduate training includes Advanced Certification in Pediatric Chiropractic and certification in the Webster Technique for treating pregnant women. Alison offers post-natal rehabilitation based on training from Jessie Mundell, Girls Gone Strong, and a diverse background of movement education which includes training and certification in the Functional Movement Screen (FMS), the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS), and the Graston Technique. For her clinical work, she sees patients at Brown Integrated Chiropractic in Schodack, NY. When she’s not treating patients, or coaching at Her Strength, you can find her staying active with her two energetic boys.

Meet Dr. Alison Brown

DC

Dr. Alison Brown lends a clinician’s eye to the Her Strength Team. Her background includes a degree in Sports Biology from Springfield College where she competed on the Women’s Soccer team and was named co-captain. She continued her education and graduated Magna Cum Laude earning her Doctorate in Chiropractic (D.C.) from New York Chiropractic College. Her post-graduate training includes Advanced Certification in Pediatric Chiropractic and certification in the Webster Technique for treating pregnant women. Alison offers post-natal rehabilitation based on training from Jessie Mundell, Girls Gone Strong, and a diverse background of movement education which includes training and certification in the Functional Movement Screen (FMS), the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS), and the Graston Technique. For her clinical work, she sees patients at Brown Integrated Chiropractic in Schodack, NY. When she’s not treating patients, or coaching at Her Strength, you can find her staying active with her two energetic boys.

Meet Amanda Blount – BS

Amanda, originally from California, is a nutritionist with a love for REAL food and a keen interest in personal training. Amanda, a professional contemporary dancer, is studying for her ACE Personal Trainer certification and will be shadowing each of the trainers, attending/shadowing classes, doing intake/consultations, and generally helping us out in the studio!

Meet Amanda Blount

BS

Amanda, originally from California, is a nutritionist with a love for REAL food and a keen interest in personal training. Amanda, a professional contemporary dancer, is studying for her ACE Personal Trainer certification and will be shadowing each of the trainers, attending/shadowing classes, doing intake/consultations, and generally helping us out in the studio!

Testimonials

“Last night was my first time at Her Strength studio and it was great! Nora is fantastic and extremely knowledgeable, I really enjoyed doing different exercises in a group setting. I worked up a good sweat, felt strong and accomplished by the end of class. I can’t wait til next week!”

M.S.

“I can’t say enough about Nora and Her Strength. Nora is extremely knowledgeable! She taught me how to rehab properly after my first child and to train safely during my second pregnancy. I continue to train at Her Strength for more than fitness. Nora has built a community of strong and caring women who lift each other up!”

C.G.

“Nora is a true professional and working with her is an absolute delight. Her small class sizes allow her to cater to each of her clients needs. She is the expert in the Capital Region when it comes to female/pregnancy/postpartum fitness and her knowledge of female anatomy is invaluable!”

L.C.

“Nora is extremely knowledgeable! I felt great through both of my pregnancies due to her workouts!!”

C.B.

“I’m so glad that Nora (who was pregnant with her third little one at the time) approached me when I was 6 months pregnant and talked to me about the importance of staying active and strong during pregnancy. I felt confident working with her during those final months of my pregnancy, and continue to entrust her with my health and fitness to this day. I definitely wouldn’t be as strong as I am now without her guidance. She’s constantly challenging us to work harder, but not so hard that we forget to listen to our bodies. I’m glad to call her my trainer and my friend, and am thankful for this wonderful little community of strong women that she’s helped to inspire and empower”

L.S.

“Nora and her passion for women’s health/fitness truly shows in her studio, Her Strength. Having Nora as my trainer for two years, it has been given the opportunity to be surrounded by so many amazing women that allows me to strive to be the best I can be physically, mentally, and emotionally not just for myself but for my family! It’s true when they say,”The most beautiful thing a woman can wear is confidence” and that’s exactly what Nora strives to do for us women!”

C.B.

“Working out surrounded by women throughout their pregnancy, right up until their due date is so empowering! Nora is an amazing trainer and really takes her time to watch how everyone is moving to make sure you are truly working the right muscle groups. Every class is awesome and the new studio is gorgeous!”

S.P.

“Love being able to work out safely during pregnancy with someone who is well trained and knows what she is doing. The new studio is beautiful and its great to be surrounded by other pregnant women!”

C.E.

“Nora is knowledgeable and creates a warm, welcoming environment for all her clients. Her Strength is more than just a fitness studio; it is an empowering community for women, especially moms!”

T.H.

“I would highly suggest Nora’s her strength class, the workout is challenging and small enough that it feels like a personal training session. Also the studio is beautiful and clean!!”

L.C.

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