Amanda Thomas

Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Fitness saved my life! At the age of 4 I was abused by someone I trusted and as a result suffered for many years with low self esteem and body image issues. I was good at hiding my emotions as a young adult but when the pressures of adulthood became too great I attempted to take my life, I was 23. In and out of doctor's offices, trying medicine after medicine I attempted to hide painful memories, my weight yoyo'd up and down until my metabolism finally quit working right. Side effects from the medications kept me lethargic so exercise was the last thing I wanted to do and food was my best friend.

I was 31 in the profile photo on the left. I just had my second child and almost given up on ever feeling or looking good again when I met the trainer who changed my life, Jason Coates. Jason not only gave me the tools I needed to change my body, he gave me the support I needed until I was strong enough to push myself. I will never forget how I felt the day I stood on stage in my first fitness competition. Proud doesn't define it. I proved to myself that day and hopefully others that anything you set your mind to is possible, that no matter what you've been through you CAN do whatever you set your mind to! Not only do I LOVE my job but I feel like the luckiest person alive because every day I get to change lives by paying the precious gift of fitness forward!

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Certifications / Trainings

NESTA - Personal Fitness Trainer Certification (PFT)
Expires: Mar 24, 2017

CPR Certified

American Healthcare Academy
Expires: Jun 10, 2017

AED Certified

American Heathcare Academy
Expires: Jun 10, 2017

Amanda's Locations

OC Fitness Concierge

303 Broadway Street
Ste 104-106
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Additional Information


$65.00 / hr, package pricing is available please email for more information

Payment Methods

Cash , Credit Cards , Personal Checks

Years Experience


Awards & Accomplishments

  • Cast in Turbo Fire Chalene Johnson, 2009 Powder Blue Productions:
  • American Sporting Goods - Cast Avimotion Instructional DVD:
  • American Sporting Goods - AVIA Fitness Endorsement

Languages Spoken




6 Ratings

5.0 out of 5 Stars

  • by Jean Samuel on May 19, 2015

    I’m one of Amanda’s older (age-wise) but previously not wiser clients. I had gone to a personal training studio for about two years a few times a week. However, there was minimal, if any, ‘personal’ training involved, in the sense of truly fashioning a custom program with a goal. When I decided to go with Amanda over a year ago, through the urging of my husband who has been doing physical training for years including yoga, she immediately became totally engaged in my training. Amanda makes a point of demonstrating and explaining the proper positions with weights and other movements. I also do some yoga and Pilates, and find her extensive training skills a source of improved knowledge for performing those exercises. I have noticed, as well, that she is totally engaged in her clients’ needs by the way she customizes and improves on her methods constantly. She will never bore you to death, and the workouts will leave you energized. It is never a chore to return for another session, as Amanda is totally motivating both personally and professionally. Anyone interested in acquiring a ‘real’ personal trainer, should definitely consider employing her skills.

    Response by Amanda Thomas on May 19, 2015

    Wow! Thank you so much Jean!! There are no words to convey how much this means to me so I will just say thanks for now and give you a big bear hug when I see you Friday!

  • by Lane Morris on May 14, 2015

    I've know Amanda for over 10 years now. She is truly an inspiration to me and many more. Amanda has helped coach me throughout the years with her expertise in health, fitness and most important the nutrition aspect. I'm currently 9 months pregnant, and Amanda has been my coach throughout this pregnancy. Thanks to her I have managed to keep my weight down, and have only put on 11lbs total during this pregnancy! Just want to say a BIG THANK YOU for always being here to pick me up, and keep me going! Your the best in the business:) Lane

    Response by Amanda Thomas on May 14, 2015

    Thanks Lane! You are a model student and I am so proud of how far you've come! 10 years in training makes you a vet!! Xo keep up the great work!

  • by Wendy Jaquez on May 13, 2015

    I have tried the twenty something trainers in the major gyms but basically they are incompetent. Not only that but they have no idea about struggling to be healthy in your weight and fitness. Amanda knows what it is like to struggle to lose weight and get fit and this personal experience makes her a uniquely competent and motivational trainer. Amanda is a lot safer then the gym trainers who push you without really focusing on basics and forms. Amanda is psychotic about maintaining good form and posture which means you work out the right way without injury. She also walks that fine line on pushing you to achieve results without pushing so hard that you get hurt or don't want to come back the next day. I also recommend Amanda if you want any reiki,massage or reflexology - it is worth every cent.

    Response by Amanda Thomas on May 14, 2015

    Wendy, you are the kind of client that most trainers only dream about. You bring it, every day and give 150%.
    I am the lucky one! Keep it up and I am going to have an incredible story to share that will help change people's lives. So proud of you!

  • by Lauren Golledge on May 13, 2015

    Amanda is a wonderful trainer, friend and motivation! She makes you feel as if you are her only client, and each session is created to fit all of your personal likes and needs. When looking for a trainer I wanted someone who could understand and relate to my situation, which she can! When we first started, she asked me what my likes and dislikes are about exercising, and worked with those :) Additionally, due to various injuries, I thought it would be very difficult to be able to workout, but in fact, Amanda is able to create workouts that doesn't strain them, while also working them just enough! She puts on music that I love, and makes the perfect atmosphere for exercise, while having fun :) She consistently checks in with me, to make sure that I am doing well, and to be sure that I am not getting bored of the various work outs! She has helped me regain confidence in myself and I love her as a trainer in every aspect! For someone who used to loath exercise, I now cannot wait until our next session! :)

    Response by Amanda Thomas on May 14, 2015

    :) crying over this, so sweet. I am honored and THANK YOU!! I have big plans for you!!

  • by TERRI CIANCI on May 13, 2015

    What a generous, kind and knowledgeable woman! I "met" Amanda via Facebook through a fitness project she had done a few years back. I was looking for some advice on said program and sent her a quick note via FB private message. Amanda not only returned my note, but provided me with an incredible knowledge base from which to start my journey into healthy living through both nutrition and fitness. I am a long distance client, but feel so very at home with Amanda. Thanks again Amanda for taking time to answer my note...I am excited to work with you and to know you - your own story and journey is very inspiring...I love that you "eat your own dog food"!! Terri C.

    Response by Amanda Thomas on May 13, 2015

    Dog food! I dont know about that but baby food maybe ROTFL! people are probably thinking no wonder her clients lose so much weight, she makes them eat dog food! Xoxox love you girl!! Thanks for the kind awesome and I am honored to be a part of your special journey!!

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