I began training with Lori Decker when I moved to New York in late 2007, however I was leery as I had had back surgery earlier that year and even after many months of strenuous physical therapy my back was extremely weak. Although I had always enjoyed exercise, I knew that my back was not fully rehabilitated and it had been months since I had been able to work out the way I would have liked. However, I instantly knew I was in good hands as Lori took all this into consideration and custom designed a fitness plan tailored to my body’s needs. It seemed that in no time Lori had strengthened my core and I was thrilled to discover that my back had never felt better. Even though I now consider myself to be fully recovered, Lori continues to take great care in protecting my back (and all weakened areas) before she recommends any exercise to me.

If you are like me and have trained with other fitness experts, you may be used to a lot of high intensity, plyometric style workouts which may have contributed to injuries such as the one I suffered. Prior to Lori, I have never worked with someone who is so concerned with individual physiology and takes such great care of your body while getting GREAT results. In addition, Lori always takes the time to explain the purpose of each exercise and the proper form.

Finally, I have to tell you the tremendous benefit of Lori’s expertise to me as a mom. Lori’s fitness plan enabled me to work out right up until I delivered my first child in 2009. Thanks to Lori, a mother of four, I felt great my whole pregnancy, was able to control my weight and had no back pain or health problems. At the hospital, I watched as many other mothers hobbled around after delivery while I was up and ready to start the next exciting chapter of my life.

Even though the next chapter involved many long days and sleepless nights, I still wanted to get back in shape. Lori was extremely supportive and managed to make exercising safe and fun even when I showed up exhausted after a long night with my son.

In short, Lori started out as a personal trainer and has since become a dear friend. Some days, I realize she cares as much or more about my personal and fitness goals than I do. She is dedicated, enthusiastic and professional and has truly made a difference in my life. I have never felt better and whenever I feel like slacking off or need some inspiration, I visit Lori and she gets me back on track with a fun, fulfilling and productive work out!

— Jennifer Thorne


For the fourteen years that I resided in Rhinebeck, New York, it was my pleasure to call Jan Labriola my personal trainer and friend. As a local business owner of Rhinebeck Pilates, and an active member in the health club where Jan taught and managed group fitness programs, I witnessed first hand how Jan’s congenial spirit endears her to others. She is generous, kind and supportive to those around her.

Jan’s personal acumen distinguished her as a valuable asset to the fitness community which she was involved. She is a trusted teacher who conducts her affairs with dignity and individual accountability.

It is without hesitation that I recommend Jan Labriola. If you would like further elaboration, feel free to call me at (917) 428-8443.

— Rose Ann Serpico, Serpico Powers