Luci Gabel

I'm Luci, MA, Exercise Physiologist, MBA, Certified American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Exercise Physiologist and American Counsel on Exercise (ACE) Personal Trainer and Health Coach.

Because of my extensive education, wide range of experience, and the way I work with clients, I'm more of a coach than a trainer. I work with clients on the entire spectrum of a healthy lifestyle: I give them optimal exercise routines for their body and goals, we clean up the diet, we work on time management, food planning and stress reduction. All of this can be done virtually via phone or video conferencing, (which brings down the cost of the appointments) and in-person when needed.

My clients are those who want to: 1.) Take their fitness and nutrition program to the next level. 2.) Begin to exercise safely again after injury or illness 3.) Fine tune diet and exercise to work smarter and not harder 4.) Make serious lifestyle changes to better their health 5.) And care about being led by an expert in the field.

Most of my clients live in the Washington DC area and the San Francisco Bay Area and my virtual office allows me to work with anyone around the globe.

Once I've helped a client get started, or get over significant hurdles, if he or she would like a personal trainer to assist in the daily workouts my company, LuciFitLLC will provide a top-of-the-line professional. LuciFit trainers make each workout exciting, fun, and safe, and ensure you're sticking to the plan we've created. I keep in close contact with all clients who work with my trainers to make sure they're happy, and I provide them with oversight, spot-training and coaching throughout the year.

If it's group coaching you prefer I lead online group coaching programs for clients worldwide. My online program was written up in IDEA Fitness Journal in October 2014. If it's in-person group training you want, my trainers and I are available for that as well.

My corporate workshops, wellness programs, and educational lectures are backed with the science of exercise as well as nutrition, combined with stories and anecdotes from real-life experiences. Please feel free to check out my website here:

I have been honored to make national media appearances, my writing has been published in a variety of magazines, newspapers and websites, and I have a couple of books forthcoming.

The Details: I have a master’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of Maryland (UMD) and a master’s in business management from John Hopkins’ University. My nutrition education comes from the University of Hawaii and the University of Maryland. My master’s thesis investigated one of the many relationships between exercise and DNA, particularly the vitamin D receptor genotype and insulin sensitivity.

I enjoy all types of exercise, both in the gym and outdoors. My regular workouts these days consist mainly of strength training, running, biking, yoga, and Pilates. I love to throw in something different whenever I can just for fun - and I encourage my clients to do the same!

I love to travel and enjoy writing about that in my blog ( I also publish healthy delicious and easy meals with influences from around the world.

I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do from Seoul Korea. I competed in triathlons while living in Hawaii. I've been a practitioner of yoga since my first experiences in New York City in 1993 (Iyengar is still my favorite style). I attended the Physical Mind Pilates Instructor Training in 1997 with Lisa Ortega Robertson in Hawaii, and have incorporated Pilates in my training style ever since.

In addition to consulting individuals, I've been a consultant and manager for several five-star clubs and spas around the world. I was the director of The Point, a five-star U.S. government funded health and fitness club in Seoul, South Korea where I received the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service from the U.S. Department of the Army for leading the club to its first profitable year. I directed the personal training department at the Honolulu Club, the premier fitness center in Hawaii. There, my staff training and new service offerings led the department to higher profit margins and a more confident personal training department. I consulted for SomaFit Fitness/Spa, a startup in Georgetown, DC, that grew to a five-star facility under my management in just two years. SomaFit won multiple awards and received national press from periodicals such a Yoga Journal, Pilates Style and American Spa.

Please contact me if you'd like to work with me to get you on the road to health and wellness, if you'd like me to help you start a corporate wellness initiative, or if you'd like to employ my expertise in making your facility a five-star location.

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About Me


  • BA, Physical and Psychological Health, State University of New York at Binghamton
  • Master's Degree, Kinesiology/ Exercise Physiology, University of Maryland College Park
  • Master's Degree, MBA - Business, Johns Hopkins' University

Certifications / Trainings

CPR Certified

American Heart Association
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Expires: Feb 28, 2014
American Red Cross
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Expires: Feb 25, 2021

AED Certified

American Heart Association
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Expires: Feb 28, 2014
American Red Cross
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Expires: Feb 25, 2021

Additional Information


$150.00 / hr, Rate is reduced when a package is purchased, and for online and phone meetings.

Payment Methods

Cash , Cashier's Check , Credit Cards , Personal Checks

Years Experience


Awards & Accomplishments

  • Online Coaching Program,, Highlighted in IDEA Fitness Journal, October 2014
  • Commanders Award for Civilian Service, for running a club that provides excellent customer service to DOD Members and guests.
  • Online Coaching Program,, Highlighted in IDEA Fitness Journal, October 2014
  • Commanders Award for Civilian Service, for running a club that provides excellent customer service to DOD Members and guests.

Languages Spoken




2 Ratings

5.0 out of 5 Stars

  • by Bonnie Sen on Nov 16, 2014

    Luci is a life changer.

    I have been working with her for about 4 months after being pretty sedentary for the past couple of years, and we slowly working on diet, nutrition and exercise to the point where I can make healthy decisions on my own.

    Just a few of the ways that my lifestyle has changed since working with Luci are:

    In the first month, I lost 7.5 inches to include 2.5 inches around your waist.

    I'm exercising regularly for the first time in 5 years. It's gotten to be such a good habit, that when you don't exercise you feel terrible!

    I planning healthy meals so you don't fall off track when you get busy.

    I've explored some new recipes and new combinations of food that you enjoy and have now made them a regular part of your routine.

    I'm learning about what it's like to be fit and healthy for life, not for the short run.

    Total life changer! Thank you Luci!

  • by Gerry Solomon on Oct 24, 2014

    I'm a busy executive who works hard and still likes to be active on a regular basis. Luci was the ideal trainer, nutritionist and lifestyle coach for me. I was not looking for simply a trainer. Luci was a complete life coach. When I communicated my needs, she listened, and came up with a program that fit my life style.

    In terms of my exercise routine, I've been working out for a long time and she gave me useful tips that made my workout better and more efficient. Additionally, she offered much more to meet my overall needs. She perfected my form and gave me yoga and Pilates exercises to balance out my intense weights workout. Online, she gives me exercise videos to follow and do on my own. As I improve and get stronger, she increases my workout appropriately.

    She also helped me change my diet which made a difference in how I look and feel. She showed me how to make easy, healthy eating choices daily, and taught me secrets to nutrition success that did not conflict with my busy lifestyle.

    Ultimately, since I've worked with Luci I'm stronger, no longer have back or other pains, my chest and shoulders are more open and my wife says I have better posture and better looking biceps.