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Headshot of Laura Merkel, of Laura Merkel Fitness.

Laura Merkel

Founder, Fitness Coach

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Laura has been dancing for as long as she remembers. As her love of movement grew, she recognized the importance of understanding the body in myriad ways. She elected to take anatomy, biology, and kinesiology courses throughout high school and college to better understand the human body and how she could use it most effectively and efficiently. Shortly after graduating from Hofstra University with a BA in dance performance, Laura moved to NYC. To supplement her dance training and earn a living, she began training in yoga (RYT 500), Pilates, and ANYA Bodywork. She quickly found her dance knowledge influencing her classes and her wellness background keeping her body in shape for dancing.


Prompted by a need for a change of pace, Laura moved to Austin in 2016. In the time since then, she's added barre fitness and rhythmic spin to her movement repertoire. She particularly enjoys working with prenatal and postpartum clients as well as folks who are new to fitness. In her group classes and with private clients, Laura takes a holistic, science-based approach, calling on these many fitness modalities, to help each person achieve their respective wellness goals.

Personal Statement: 

I am not a guru. I do not claim to have the "one true answer" to living your best life. Instead, I want to be a friend and companion on your healthcare journey. I can help you clarify your goals and I will offer resources to help you find your own personal expression of what it feels like to be "healthy and fit."

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