We Make Vocal Health a Priority for Fitness Coaches

Teaching fitness instructors how to protect their voices for a lifelong career in the fitness industry!

Private and In-studio Small Group

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Liz Peterson Orangetheory Fitness Vocal Health for Colorado

Are You in The Fitness Industry Looking for Voice Training?

Did you know that school teachers and fitness instructors are the largest group of professionals to be diagnosed with a voice injury? Once the voice moves from feeling fatigued to injured, fitness coaching is indefinitely suspended, and speech therapy or surgery would be required.

When the vocal mechanism is compromised, fitness coaches, as well as gym owners, experience:

  • Coaches requiring a leave of absence to regain their voice creates a staffing issue.
  • Members are frustrated when they can’t work with their preferred coach.
  • The reliability of the fitness studio or coach is at risk when there are too many absences. Members are frustrated and may feel they did not receive the full value of their costly membership dues.

You can keep your voice healthy and safe from injury. With our vocal health training, injuries can be prevented or rehabilitated. Contact us today to learn how to coach in the fitness injury with high energy and no injuries to your vocal health.

Did you know?

Our training teaches fitness coaches how to keep a healthy voice to avoid harmful vocal injuries by:

  • Revealing specific harmful habits that can create a voice injury during group classes without coaches realizing it.
  • Correctly identifying where the best voice placement is located to safely coach high-intensity group classes.
  • Coaching from a diaphragm breath. Many fitness coaches know how to take a diaphragm breath. It is another coordinated effort to continually teach from it and make it a habit across routines.

Often instructors comment how easy it is to slip out of the new skills and go back to old unsafe voice habits without realizing it.

What Our Vocal Coaching Entails

We provide hands-on coaching during our training. Coaches cue up the music and demonstrate their routines while maintaining their voice and breathing skills. They are evaluated to ensure they are in their optimal vocal pitch range and instructing from a diaphragm breath. Coaching habits that can cause a voice issue are identified on the spot.

Make vocal health a priority by understanding voice mechanics and coaching with a safe and healthy voice

  • Elizabeth Peterson M.A., CCC-SLP is a licensed speech-language pathologist and voice coach with over 20 years of experience with a specialty in voice mechanics and operator of a Denver private practice for over 10 years.
  • Author of Coach Your Voice to Optimal Health: Avoiding Voice Injuries for a Life Long Career in The Fitness Industry (2023).
  • Trainer to Orangetheory Fit coaches on how to maintain a safe and healthy voice in the state of Colorado.

Testimonials & Success Stories

Nelson Ramos Ruballos
Nelson Ramos Ruballos
2024-01-02
I came to Liz with a heavy Hispanic accent and struggling to effectively communicate my ideas. By the second session, my friend who brought my accent to my attention recognized that I had drastically improved my speech!
Fiyin Aregbe
Fiyin Aregbe
2023-11-25
Elizabeth did a good job of explaining the technique behind voice intonation in order to speak clearer.
Dominika Kaminska
Dominika Kaminska
2023-11-07
I reached out to Liz for interpersonal coaching and I’m so happy with the results! I struggle to make connections and don’t know how to approach people or maintain conversations. Once I approach someone, I never know where to go from there. I have many gaps in knowing how to connect with people beyond a surface level. Liz has been helping me bridge those gaps and I’ve been able to make new friends and know how to communicate very quickly. I’ve also been learning so many new skills that I wasn’t aware of. She’s also so great to work with, I love her energy and I enjoy the conversations we have. She’s honest, fun and she’s got my best interests in mind. I’ve been getting so much insight about myself, and I’ve gained a larger awareness of the things that are holding me back. Every meeting we have I get actionable and specific assignments for me to use in the real world and they always pay off. I feel myself becoming so much better at my social interactions and I’m so happy. I’m so grateful to work with Liz, thank you so much for helping me be less socially awkward and misunderstood 😊
Max Liu
Max Liu
2023-11-07
When I started sessions with Liz, I wanted to get better at American intonation, and she delivered! Liz has been amazing to work with, she takes the time to custom-build a plan to help you speak and sound like a strong leader. Liz has a way of teaching that is easy to understand. Her method is clear and simple, which means I could follow along without any trouble. It's been amazing to see how much I've improved.
Kevin Schaal
Kevin Schaal
2023-11-06
Liz gave me many useful tips and techniques for improving the sound quality of my voice. She is understanding and caring. She's clearly an expert in the field and I would highly recommend her. Thanks, Liz!
Heather Hukari
Heather Hukari
2023-11-05
Elizabeth is a fantastic instructor in all areas or speech. I have seen her help people immensely with their public speaking and leadership skills, along with VASTLY reducing accents in people who aren't native English speakers. She literally knows everything about speech! I would highly recommend booking a call with her to see how she can help you specifically. You won't regret it. She's a true pro and gets people RESULTS.
Sumana Moole
Sumana Moole
2023-10-23
Liz Peterson is a true gem in the world of speech coaching and speech-language pathology. With a unique niche that focuses on the intricate connection between voice utilization, communication style, and leadership persona, Liz has become a beacon of guidance for those seeking to speak effectively and with unwavering confidence. Her passion for speech therapy is palpable, and it shines through in her work. Liz's dedication to helping individuals harness the power of their voice and communication skills is both inspiring and transformative. If you're looking to unlock your full potential as a communicator and leader, Liz Peterson is the professional to turn to. Her elegant approach to teaching and coaching will undoubtedly help you find your voice, both figuratively and literally, and propel you toward success in any endeavor. Liz is not just a speech coach; she's a catalyst for personal and professional growth through effective communication.
Tetiana Kholevan
Tetiana Kholevan
2023-03-29
Elizabeth was very helpful for my accent reduction and speech improvement. I worked was Elizabeth for over 5 months. We worked on exercises to improve my pronunciation of the most difficult sounds. I noticed a significant reduction in my accent and other people noticed it as well. Also, I worked on improving my presentation skills, which helped me make my speech more clear and have a better intonation when I speak. I am very grateful to Elizabeth for my progress. I would highly recommend Elizabeth to anyone who is looking to reduce their accent and improve their speech.
Yvelande Brice
Yvelande Brice
2023-03-13
I had great experience working with Liz. My speech was choppy, fast, and mumbled. Liz took time to help me reduce my accent, and speak better English in American Intonation. I saw good result after our first session.
Yanny
Yanny
2023-03-01
I have been working with Elizabeth for almost a month now. She is an amazing speech therapist. My intonation has improved so much with her help. She explains things clearly, and she knows people who have the same first languages sharing similar common “mistakes” or patterns as they speak American English. She is a true expert.

Corporate Clients

Membership Affiliations

asha logo

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (asha.org)

CSHA logo 457x128 1

Colorado Speech Hearing Association (csha.org)

 

download

National Speakers Association Colorado (nsacolorado.org)

Look What Former Clients Say about Working with Us!

“Liz’s program looked very interesting to us to get us better prepared for presentations. I am an engineer and have not had any public speaking training. We are going to be much better prepared with her methodology. She is such a dynamic person with a lot of energy. She can really teach you how to deliver your message. She is very good at what she does and this training was very helpful for us. We would like to have her back.”

- Andrew

“Her class has taught me to slow down. Liz’s teaching style is so different from what I have had before. She is about how to deliver that message clearly and with impact. She also focuses on how you sound. You know that when you sound good that you are confident. She knows that based on how you sound is how you will appear. Her training has helped me so much. I feel ready to deliver a presentation.”

- Preston

Begin Healthy Voice Training Today.
We Offer Two Training Methods:

Onsite Training Your Team

We come to your studio and work with your coaches onsite.

Private Voice Coaching

We offer private voice training for fitness coaching online or in Denver.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens to the voice during high-intensity group classes?

When coaching fitness classes, you are placing a high demand on the vocal mechanism. When excited about the routine, client performance, and speaking over the loud music, vocal health is not on the coach’s mind. The voice is overworked and strained during fitness routines and over time can result in a voice injury.

What are the signs of a strained voice or a voice injury?

  • When fitness trainers have a hoarse vocal quality during or at the end of a routine or the voice begins to hurt during the class.
  • The voice mechanism hurts most of the time and feels hot or sore when swallowing or talking outside of class.
  • Get a sore throat from the flu and the hoarse vocal quality remains for several weeks or months long after the cold has passed.
  • The voice has a consistent hoarse or strained vocal quality sound to it.
  • Feels like something is stuck in the throat and it can’t clear.

What is the treatment plan for a strained voice due to fitness coaching?

If it is caught early and treatment begins immediately, the voice issue can be resolved with a break from coaching, voice exercises, discontinuation of harmful behaviors that caused the voice injury, and incorporating new healthy and safe voice habits. If the voice issue becomes more developed, then a lengthy break from fitness coaching may be recommended along with formal voice therapy from a speech-language pathologist and working with an ENT.

What are some common voice injuries that can occur from a strained voice?

Vocal nodules and polyps. A vocal nodule is located at the 1/3 anterior region on the vocal folds. Vocal polyps are fluid-filled sacks that can be anywhere along the vocal folds and vocal region. Both issues can cause pain and a severe hoarse and strained voice making communication very hard to hear and understand, and often suspends or ends a fitness instructor’s career. Treatment is often surgery and formal speech therapy for several weeks. Given that many fitness coaches freelance and do not have medical insurance, educating themselves to avoid a vocal injury would be the best practice.

What are the two most important skills for fitness coaches to do when coaching fitness routines?

Coach from the optimal pitch range and instruct from a diaphragm breath. Optimal pitch is located in the lower throat, and it is the safest place to coach from because the vocal folds operate at their best in that area and it is the safest place for the voice during high-demand speaking situations. Many fitness coaches know how to take a diaphragm breath, however, coordinating speech and diaphragm breathing can be tricky to blend the two skills. We teach our fitness instructors how to coach from the optimal pitch range while speaking with a full diaphragm breath. It’s a small learning curve but necessary to maintain a safe and healthy voice during fitness instruction.

We Make Vocal Health a Priority for Fitness Coaches

Teaching fitness instructors how to protect their voices for a lifelong career in the fitness industry!

Private and In-studio Small Group

fitness coach 2
orange theory

Liz Peterson Orangetheory Fitness Vocal Health for Colorado

Are You in The Fitness Industry Looking for Voice Training?

Did you know that school teachers and fitness instructors are the largest group of professionals to be diagnosed with a voice injury? Once the voice moves from feeling fatigued to injured, fitness coaching is indefinitely suspended, and speech therapy or surgery would be required.

When the vocal mechanism is compromised, fitness coaches, as well as gym owners, experience:

  • Coaches requiring a leave of absence to regain their voice creates a staffing issue.
  • Members are frustrated when they can’t work with their preferred coach.
  • The reliability of the fitness studio or coach is at risk when there are too many absences. Members are frustrated and may feel they did not receive the full value of their costly membership dues.

You can keep your voice healthy and safe from injury. With our vocal health training, injuries can be prevented or rehabilitated. Contact us today to learn how to coach in the fitness injury with high energy and no injuries to your vocal health.

Did you know?

Our training teaches fitness coaches how to keep a healthy voice to avoid harmful vocal injuries by:

  • Revealing specific harmful habits that can create a voice injury during group classes without coaches realizing it.
  • Correctly identifying where the best voice placement is located to safely coach high-intensity group classes.
  • Coaching from a diaphragm breath. Many fitness coaches know how to take a diaphragm breath. It is another coordinated effort to continually teach from it and make it a habit across routines.

Often instructors comment how easy it is to slip out of the new skills and go back to old unsafe voice habits without realizing it.

What Our Vocal Coaching Entails

We provide hands-on coaching during our training. Coaches cue up the music and demonstrate their routines while maintaining their voice and breathing skills. They are evaluated to ensure they are in their optimal vocal pitch range and instructing from a diaphragm breath. Coaching habits that can cause a voice issue are identified on the spot.

Make vocal health a priority by understanding voice mechanics and coaching with a safe and healthy voice

  • Elizabeth Peterson M.A., CCC-SLP is a licensed speech-language pathologist and voice coach with over 20 years of experience with a specialty in voice mechanics and operator of a Denver private practice for over 10 years.
  • Author of Coach Your Voice to Optimal Health: Avoiding Voice Injuries for a Life Long Career in The Fitness Industry (2023).
  • Trainer to Orangetheory Fit coaches on how to maintain a safe and healthy voice in the state of Colorado.

Testimonials & Success Stories

Nelson Ramos Ruballos
Nelson Ramos Ruballos
2024-01-02
I came to Liz with a heavy Hispanic accent and struggling to effectively communicate my ideas. By the second session, my friend who brought my accent to my attention recognized that I had drastically improved my speech!
Fiyin Aregbe
Fiyin Aregbe
2023-11-25
Elizabeth did a good job of explaining the technique behind voice intonation in order to speak clearer.
Dominika Kaminska
Dominika Kaminska
2023-11-07
I reached out to Liz for interpersonal coaching and I’m so happy with the results! I struggle to make connections and don’t know how to approach people or maintain conversations. Once I approach someone, I never know where to go from there. I have many gaps in knowing how to connect with people beyond a surface level. Liz has been helping me bridge those gaps and I’ve been able to make new friends and know how to communicate very quickly. I’ve also been learning so many new skills that I wasn’t aware of. She’s also so great to work with, I love her energy and I enjoy the conversations we have. She’s honest, fun and she’s got my best interests in mind. I’ve been getting so much insight about myself, and I’ve gained a larger awareness of the things that are holding me back. Every meeting we have I get actionable and specific assignments for me to use in the real world and they always pay off. I feel myself becoming so much better at my social interactions and I’m so happy. I’m so grateful to work with Liz, thank you so much for helping me be less socially awkward and misunderstood 😊
Max Liu
Max Liu
2023-11-07
When I started sessions with Liz, I wanted to get better at American intonation, and she delivered! Liz has been amazing to work with, she takes the time to custom-build a plan to help you speak and sound like a strong leader. Liz has a way of teaching that is easy to understand. Her method is clear and simple, which means I could follow along without any trouble. It's been amazing to see how much I've improved.
Kevin Schaal
Kevin Schaal
2023-11-06
Liz gave me many useful tips and techniques for improving the sound quality of my voice. She is understanding and caring. She's clearly an expert in the field and I would highly recommend her. Thanks, Liz!
Heather Hukari
Heather Hukari
2023-11-05
Elizabeth is a fantastic instructor in all areas or speech. I have seen her help people immensely with their public speaking and leadership skills, along with VASTLY reducing accents in people who aren't native English speakers. She literally knows everything about speech! I would highly recommend booking a call with her to see how she can help you specifically. You won't regret it. She's a true pro and gets people RESULTS.
Sumana Moole
Sumana Moole
2023-10-23
Liz Peterson is a true gem in the world of speech coaching and speech-language pathology. With a unique niche that focuses on the intricate connection between voice utilization, communication style, and leadership persona, Liz has become a beacon of guidance for those seeking to speak effectively and with unwavering confidence. Her passion for speech therapy is palpable, and it shines through in her work. Liz's dedication to helping individuals harness the power of their voice and communication skills is both inspiring and transformative. If you're looking to unlock your full potential as a communicator and leader, Liz Peterson is the professional to turn to. Her elegant approach to teaching and coaching will undoubtedly help you find your voice, both figuratively and literally, and propel you toward success in any endeavor. Liz is not just a speech coach; she's a catalyst for personal and professional growth through effective communication.
Tetiana Kholevan
Tetiana Kholevan
2023-03-29
Elizabeth was very helpful for my accent reduction and speech improvement. I worked was Elizabeth for over 5 months. We worked on exercises to improve my pronunciation of the most difficult sounds. I noticed a significant reduction in my accent and other people noticed it as well. Also, I worked on improving my presentation skills, which helped me make my speech more clear and have a better intonation when I speak. I am very grateful to Elizabeth for my progress. I would highly recommend Elizabeth to anyone who is looking to reduce their accent and improve their speech.
Yvelande Brice
Yvelande Brice
2023-03-13
I had great experience working with Liz. My speech was choppy, fast, and mumbled. Liz took time to help me reduce my accent, and speak better English in American Intonation. I saw good result after our first session.
Yanny
Yanny
2023-03-01
I have been working with Elizabeth for almost a month now. She is an amazing speech therapist. My intonation has improved so much with her help. She explains things clearly, and she knows people who have the same first languages sharing similar common “mistakes” or patterns as they speak American English. She is a true expert.

Corporate Clients

Membership Affiliations

asha logo

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (asha.org)

CSHA logo 457x128 1

Colorado Speech Hearing Association (csha.org)

 

download

National Speakers Association Colorado (nsacolorado.org)

Look What Former Clients Say about Working with Us!

“Liz’s program looked very interesting to us to get us better prepared for presentations. I am an engineer and have not had any public speaking training. We are going to be much better prepared with her methodology. She is such a dynamic person with a lot of energy. She can really teach you how to deliver your message. She is very good at what she does and this training was very helpful for us. We would like to have her back.”

- Andrew

“Her class has taught me to slow down. Liz’s teaching style is so different from what I have had before. She is about how to deliver that message clearly and with impact. She also focuses on how you sound. You know that when you sound good that you are confident. She knows that based on how you sound is how you will appear. Her training has helped me so much. I feel ready to deliver a presentation.”

- Preston

Begin Healthy Voice Training Today.
We Offer Two Training Methods:

Onsite Training Your Team

We come to your studio and work with your coaches onsite.

Private Voice Coaching

We offer private voice training for fitness coaching online or in Denver.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens to the voice during high-intensity group classes?

When coaching fitness classes, you are placing a high demand on the vocal mechanism. When excited about the routine, client performance, and speaking over the loud music, vocal health is not on the coach’s mind. The voice is overworked and strained during fitness routines and over time can result in a voice injury.

What are the signs of a strained voice or a voice injury?

  • When fitness trainers have a hoarse vocal quality during or at the end of a routine or the voice begins to hurt during the class.
  • The voice mechanism hurts most of the time and feels hot or sore when swallowing or talking outside of class.
  • Get a sore throat from the flu and the hoarse vocal quality remains for several weeks or months long after the cold has passed.
  • The voice has a consistent hoarse or strained vocal quality sound to it.
  • Feels like something is stuck in the throat and it can’t clear.

What is the treatment plan for a strained voice due to fitness coaching?

If it is caught early and treatment begins immediately, the voice issue can be resolved with a break from coaching, voice exercises, discontinuation of harmful behaviors that caused the voice injury, and incorporating new healthy and safe voice habits. If the voice issue becomes more developed, then a lengthy break from fitness coaching may be recommended along with formal voice therapy from a speech-language pathologist and working with an ENT.

What are some common voice injuries that can occur from a strained voice?

Vocal nodules and polyps. A vocal nodule is located at the 1/3 anterior region on the vocal folds. Vocal polyps are fluid-filled sacks that can be anywhere along the vocal folds and vocal region. Both issues can cause pain and a severe hoarse and strained voice making communication very hard to hear and understand, and often suspends or ends a fitness instructor’s career. Treatment is often surgery and formal speech therapy for several weeks. Given that many fitness coaches freelance and do not have medical insurance, educating themselves to avoid a vocal injury would be the best practice.

What are the two most important skills for fitness coaches to do when coaching fitness routines?

Coach from the optimal pitch range and instruct from a diaphragm breath. Optimal pitch is located in the lower throat, and it is the safest place to coach from because the vocal folds operate at their best in that area and it is the safest place for the voice during high-demand speaking situations. Many fitness coaches know how to take a diaphragm breath, however, coordinating speech and diaphragm breathing can be tricky to blend the two skills. We teach our fitness instructors how to coach from the optimal pitch range while speaking with a full diaphragm breath. It’s a small learning curve but necessary to maintain a safe and healthy voice during fitness instruction.