Holistic Personal Training

Body-positivity, chronic pain relief and strength development using kettlebells, yoga and functional training on Madison's Capital Square

Annie Forest Coaching and Studios


If medication or inappropriate workouts have failed you in your attempts to gain strength, ease chronic neck and back pain, or change body composition -- you're not alone. In a sea of information from the fitness industry, it can get overwhelming out there! Every day, we work with clients to find smart, sustainable ways to feel alive, energized and capable of living their full potential .

We see kettlebells, barbells, yoga, range of motion work and functional movement - even eye movement! - as a way to help your "survival brain" get on board with your goals and the life you see for yourself. We use a brain-based approach with each person who walks through our doors, evaluating individual nervous systems and taking into account their personal history, lifestyle and deepest hopes. Coaching for each client is different, often focusing on lifting form, metabolism, breathing, visual and vestibular requirements or looking at their capacity to experience themselves and their body clearly.


Do you frequently feel numb, looped in negative patterns or plateaued in your sport? Whether you need better deadlift mechanics, freedom from pain or just room to breathe in your daily life, the simple power of observation - without judgement - opens doors to massive reserves of untapped ability.


When was the last time you moved like you were five years old? Many people believe that workouts only count if you're miserable for at least part of it. But what if health was about pain-free living, stable and mobile joints, blasting through athletic plateaus with a smile and just goofing off and laughing? Join the fitness counter-culture. It's a lot more fun here.


Do you feel tired, cold or at the mercy of unpredictable mood or energy swings? Your metabolism is more than your ability to stay lean and it's connected to FAR more than your food intake! You can have healthy skin, regular energy levels, better sleep and a sense of wellbeing without the fat-shaming, diet-obsessed language we're so often subjected to.

Sometimes the solution to healing chronic pain, or reaching new levels of athletic performance is outside the box. We use a brain-based approach to the Strong First method of kettlebells along with yoga, barbells and alignment-based functional training to help you move toward your goals faster and with less fatigue and recovery time. Coaches walk alongside you, working with your very unique nervous system, to teach you how to reduce pain, get stronger, increase energy and improve your mental health.

By combining energizing workouts with meditation, mindfulness training and/or other complementary techniques, we individualize and work with you to meet your needs, with the added benefits of relieving stress, promoting relaxation, and gently supporting your body.

Many of our clients struggle for years, waging war against their body and their weight. Maybe you've tried every diet and workout regimen available, or are unfamiliar with the body you're now in. This doesn't mean there is something wrong with you, but that diets and systems are built like jeans: to fit "some" people! Everyone's body, brain and nervous systems are so different, so you can stop blaming yourself for "failure" at plans that are aimed at the masses. A personalized coaching approach works with your body, history and current life to introduce movement and nutrition choices that are easy to sustain and will provide nutrients to help you feel like your strong, energized, confident self. You can expect a gentle approach, positivity and inclusion for all bodies and an approach that will help you find joy in your body now and moving forward.


"...your optimism and positivity was immediately contagious. You always focused on being strong and aware of what your body COULD do not what it couldn't. This changed me in a way that I never imagined was possible."


"Thank you for all that you do for me! Your encouragement, belief and efforts to help me are very much appreciated..."


“Anne brings a truly unique mix of intelligence, humor, common sense and fun to the table. She knows strength work backwards and forwards..You will be well cared for and challenged to become your best, not someone else’s idea of your best.”
"I absolutely love working out with Annie! I was afraid to work out with a personal trainer as I didn't know if they would be able to manage my limitations of a chronic back issue, but I was more than pleasantly surprised! Anne is terrific about modifying exercises so they're safe for me to do. I also love that Anne is the type of trainer that is a super cheerleader for you and encourages you even as a beginner. I was self-conscious when we started out but quickly realized that Anne didn't expect me to be a muscled up version of a Barbie doll, which I really appreciated. She's passionate about what she does and loves making a workout fun, engaging and different every time so you'll always have something new to look forward to at each session. If you're looking for a personal trainer that will truly personalize a program for you no matter what your current level of fitness or limitations are, Anne is definitely the right choice! "


"Anne is an amazing trainer/coach! She is extremely knowledgeable about the body and working with kettlebells, and she always creates workouts that are challenging, but SUPER effective. I highly recommend training with Anne. You will not regret it!"

Colleen P.

All Your Personal Training Needs in Madison, WI

Our skilled, qualified instructors offer innovative, client-centered approaches that are dedicated to empowering and enabling YOU to become the very best versions of YOU!
To find out more about how Forest Coaching and Studios can help you, or to book an appointment, call us at (608) 301-5506.