Carene Kelsey

Riley is amazing! I came to her with some pretty big goals- at 30 with 2 kids and a full-time job, I was looking for a trainer who would trust me to work out on my own and follow the diet without the multiple weekly meetings. I had already had a fitness regime in place, however, my body was complacent and I wasn’t seeing the results I really wanted- a bikini fitness model body. Riley was not only ecstatic to become my trainer, but so open to my reality of “I can only see you a few times a month, so please trust me to work out on my own”. She gave me the tools I needed to start- friendship, trust, a diet (lifestyle), and my work out routines. Within weeks the changes in my body physically and physiologically, self-esteem, and overall well-being had been amazing- so amazing, that I had become and am now addicted to the lifestyle. I am the smallest I have ever been in my adult life (heck, teenage life too). I dropped 2 sizes in about 12 weeks, am tight, fit, strong, healthy, and feel so good about myself. Riley has been there every step of the way- she really knows what she’s doing as a personal trainer! She’s not just trying to get you in the door and tell you what to do, but really takes the time to understand your goals and then gives you the correct tools to make it work for your body. She personable, a motivator, trustworthy, and is always looking out for my best interest.

The excitement on Riley’s face each time I took measurements or each time I finished a work out with her was more than enough to tell me I’m kicking butt. I feel better than ever as a mom, wife, and woman thanks to Riley. I hope to keep her friendship and mentorship for a long time. Next, possibly a bikini competition show, however, I am not sure I am quite ready to train for that. BUT, I’m going to work with Riley anyhow to see where it takes me and my body. I highly recommend her- she’s awesome!! Thank you, Riley.

Veronica Ibarra

I’ve been working out with Riley for two years and counting. I’ve stuck with her through four gyms, and though I grumble she keeps me motivated. I started working out with her because my blood sugar levels were concerningly elevated prompting my doctor to caution me about the possibility of developing diabetes. Among the recommendations were increased exercise and attention to diet. Riley has been instrumental in both respects helping me to be mindful of my eating habits and keeping me on track with workouts. As a result my blood sugar levels have kept me from the diabetic threshold. I have also lost weight, toned up, lost inches, and have improved my overall endurance, which has enabled me to keep up with my kids better to boot.

Sheree Maness

I have been working out with Riley for almost 7 months. Over this time, I have lost 21 pounds and improved my overall health tremendously. We do a wide variety of exercises and each workout is always different and fun. We get a lot done in our sessions but still manage to find some play time dancing. I love how the workouts are personalized for me and my goals. She has really made a difference in my life and I wouldn’t trade her for the world!

Ashley Gravely-Penn

Riley Holman is a truly excellent trainer. She is the perfect combination of tough (“Riley, you’re KILLING me!”) and warm (“Ashely, you are doing SO well”), and she works with the whole person — mentally, emotionally and physically. Because of her efforts, I am well on my way to achieving the personal goal I set for myself. I recommend her without reservation. I’ve been working with Riley for almost 3 months and have seen amazing results in that time. She has managed to get my body feeling stronger and healthier…the way it was in high school & college. Riley is passionate about fitness and it shows through the energy and enthusiasm she brings to every session. Her easy going, friendly personality creates a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere. She makes each workout challenging, creative and most importantly, fun! She also places a high value on correct form with each exercise. She motivates me to push past my perceived limits to get results. I have incredible energy, my balance and flexibility have improved immensely and I’ve awakened my muscles that have been asleep since my college days.  If you are serious about changing your life for the better, Riley will lead you every step of the way. I know I am excited about the months ahead!

Tim Vail

A few months ago I met a pretty incredible young woman.  I am not an easy person to please, and it takes a lot to impress me, so when I make that statement…..I REALLY mean an incredible young woman!!!  Her name is Riley Holman.

At the gym, I had observed her from afar over a long period of time as I do many members and trainers.  I was impressed with what I witnessed.  As I moved through 3 trainers during the past couple years, I wondered what she would be like.  Who would have guessed that our paths would eventually cross.

I had made general improvements in terms of cardio and strength and had lost 20 lbs but lacked a specific focus and needed to form a true bond with a trainer.  Little did I know that when I lost my last trainer and was assigned another, that at my first meeting I would be face to face…well, I should say her face to my chest, with the Holmanator.  I was excited to finally meet her.

I couldn’t believe she was 20 and still in school.  Exhibiting a maturity level far beyond her years, I was impressed with her knowledge, desire to continue learning, her willingness to help, and her insistence on excellence both from herself and her clients.

Our first appt together involved a detailed interview…the best I ever had…of my needs and wishes and what injuries plagued an older guy like me.  Following that, I have loved absolutely EVERY minute we have spent together during our short time together (except for playing the Fish Game)!!!

What has mattered most to me was not the victories or defeats I have had when exercising with her, but knowing that my best 20 year old friend was with me and supporting me.  We may be separated by 33 years in age, but I feel a special bond with her as a friend, as a mentor to me as I hope I can also be to her, and as my trainer.

We have laughed a lot, worked a lot, talked about silly stuff, and serious stuff too.  I have made improvements under her tutelage that I made with no other trainer.

I hope to retain my Body by Holman physique which is still changing and take it to a higher level, but it won’t be the same or as fun without her.

Our working relationship has not ended the way in which I thought it would.  I figured we would exercise off into the sunset up until my last day in Greensboro.  Life did not turn out that way.

It is safe to say that as we both move forward she will replace me with other clients to fill the hours and pay the bills, but it will be impossible for me to find another Riley.  She’s truly one of a kind!

She’s the perfect daughter I never had, but she’s also like having a younger sister, and most importantly she is my lifelong friend.  I’m going to miss her more than she knows.  I hope we remain friends and that she includes me in updates on her schooling, life, loves, and heartbreaks as we both grow older in tandem.

Riley…you’re simply the best!!!

Much love and only the best wishes!



Timothy J. Vail

Vice President, Sales and Marketing

BauschLinnemann North America, Inc.