Monika Tarkowska-Carter

Whether you want to lose weight, gain muscle, tone up, increase your strength, flexibility or agility, recover from an injury or prevent one, feel and look healthier and better or condition yourself for your favorite sport, I can help. Wherever you are today, whatever your age or health history I can design a unique personal fitness program, based on solid science, that will help you achieve all your goals.

My underlying philosophy at Fitness Science, Inc. is that you are unique in every way. Your anatomical structure, genetic make-up, past experiences, motivation and learned behaviors all impact the way you will best respond to training. Through your work with me as your professional trainer you should not only expect to reach your goals quicker and more safely but also enjoy the process and learn how to maintain your new healthier lifestyle for years to come. Maintenance is where most people fail. This is real art and requires solid knowledge and direction, something you will never be able to learn from classes or tapes.

My professional philosophy stresses an integrated approach to well-being. My role in improving my clients' quality of life is that of an educator, motivator and designer of personalized fitness programs. I stress long-term health benefits of improving one's strength, flexibility and cardiovascular fitness which invariably lead to better appearance, positive outlook on life and enhanced self-esteem.

I believe good health and well-being would not be possible to achieve without attention to proper nutrition, good sleep habits, stress management and healthy environment - both physical and emotional. The challenge is finding the right balance between all of the above components. I hope to be your guide on the path to finding it.


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About Me



Certifications / Trainings

ACE - Certified Health Coach
Expires: 2023-05-31 07:00:00 UTC
ACE - Certified Personal Trainer
Expires: 2023-08-31 07:00:00 UTC
ACSM - ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
Expires: 2021-12-31 08:00:00 UTC
FDN - Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Certification Course
Pending Verification
NASM - Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
Expires: 2019-09-24 07:00:00 UTC
NSCA - Certified Personal Trainer
Expires: 2020-12-31 08:00:00 UTC

CPR Certified

American Heart Association
Agency Unavailable
Expires: 2021-12-13 08:00:00 UTC

AED Certified

American Heart Association
Agency Unavailable
Expires: 2021-12-13 08:00:00 UTC

Liability Insurance

  • ESIX (through NSCA)

Additional Information


$0.00 / hr, Depends on the package

Payment Methods

Cash , Credit Cards , Personal Checks

Years Experience


Awards & Accomplishments

  • IDEA Elite Level Trainer

Languages Spoken

English , Polish



8 Ratings

5.0 out of 5 Stars

  • by jane thomas on Feb 11, 2015

    I started working with Monika to get myself in shape for my daughter's wedding. I have used many trainers throughout the years and I must say that Monika is the most thorough trainer I have worked with. Her knowledge of everything from your fitness to nutrition to emotional wellbeing is extraordinary! I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to jumpstart their fitness regimen or reinvigorate your life completely. She is amazing! Really pushes you but is also very nurturing, her goal is for you to get the results you want and she definitely accomplishes that!
    Thanks Monika!

  • by Courtney Schnepf on Aug 07, 2014

    I came to Monika to get me in shape for my wedding. I had spent the previous year and a half as a consultant and due to the heavy travel requirements, had really let my diet and exercise routine fall by the wayside. When I met Monika, I had the goal to tone up a bit for the wedding and get back into the habit of exercising regularly. She explained her holistic approach and performed an assessment of where I was at, gave a top level explanation of the types of exercises she recommended, and also a time frame for when I could expect to see results. I was genuinely surprised when she described my existing activity level as "sedentary" and knew that I needed to make changes in my lifestyle. I subsequently bought a 3 month, twice a week package.

    I absolutely love Monika, but she does not let you get away with slacking off. She really works within your capabilities and gives you the confidence to safely push your limits to reach your goals. She writes new exercise circuits for every training session, so the exercises stay interesting. She also has a thorough understanding of how groups of muscles work together. By the end of 3 months, there was a dramatic difference. I didn't even realize that I hadn't been sleeping well until I started seeing Monika. I used to struggle to fall asleep and wake up maybe once or twice a night. I was tired and typically took naps throughout the day. After about a month with Monika, I noticed I had a lot more energy and realized I was having no trouble falling and staying asleep at night. I also wasn't napping. My reflexes have vastly improved and consequently, so has my hand-eye coordination. Even my posture, which I thought was pretty good before the training, has improved. At the end of the 3 months, I had lost 6 lbs of fat and put on 5 lbs of muscle.

    When I reached the end of my package, I was still a month away from the wedding, so I decided to sign up for another package. This time, Monika suggested I meet with her for nutrition counseling. Monika wrote up a couple sample meal plans and we discussed what I had been eating and what I should be eating. During our hour meeting, I learned so much about food and how it affects your mood and energy level. For the next month, I followed Monika's advice to the letter and was amazed to find that I didn't feel like I was sacrificing anything. Sure, I wanted to eat the donuts left in the office breakroom and have that second glass of wine, but I didn't feel like I was missing out by passing them up. At the end of the month, Monika weighed me and I had lost another 5 lbs.

    Honestly, when I first came to Monika, I thought I looked and felt fine and didn't really have any weight loss goals. I had NO IDEA there was so much potential to have a higher quality of life. As I've alluded to above, I've seen positive changes in my life as a direct result of training with Monika:. I sleep better, I have more cardio endurance, I've started running (something I never thought I'd enjoy), my body looks and feels better than it ever has, and I'm suddenly good at ping pong. Monika is truly worth every penny and I know you're going to love her as much as I do.

  • by Saul Kotzubei on Feb 19, 2013

    Before I decided to train with Monika Tarkowska-Carter, I researched over 100 trainers and tried out the five I felt were most promising. I ended up choosing Monika because she understood more than any of the others that different people need different kinds of training, and her experience with different approaches to training had great depth. I stay with her for those and other reasons. As my training needs change, Monika adapts the training. She really cares about my development, and listens to my individual needs regarding training. She's prompt, honest, and has a good, genuine spirit. I have gotten stronger and more flexible, and lost a lot of weight working with her, but more importantly I feel better. I couldn't have made a better choice. When I know people who are ready to make a real change in their lives, I refer them to Monika.

  • by User on Oct 26, 2011

    I have known Monika as a trainer for 16 years and have had a professional relationship with her for the last 11 years. She is very knowledgeable and I have sent and continue to send my patients to her for post-rehabilitation training. Monika is very proactive in seeking new medical and fitness related information from health care professionals and continuing education courses and makes it a point to provide the most up-to-date information about advances in her professional field to those of us who express interest in it. She takes very strong personal interest in her clients’ well-being and has proven a very valuable asset to my practice.

    Allen Letgolts,
    Doctor of Physical Therapy
    Los Angeles, California

    Response by Monika Tarkowska-Carter on Nov 09, 2011

    Thank you Dr. Letgolts for such kind words. I have always appreciated our business relationship as you are one of the few doctors I know who really cares about what happens to the patient once they leave your office and how well they are physically prepared to achieve or stay in a condition that will allow them to be pain free and prevent then from reinjuring themselves in the future.

  • by Andrea Brandt, Ph.D. MFT on Jan 21, 2011

    In the four years I have worked with Monika, I feel like I have gotten physically stronger, nutritionally healthier and have been educated in ways that I never imagined. I’ve had some physical challenges during this time and my workouts with her have always inspired me and made my recuperation much easier. I find her professional knowledge and personable approach, along with her passion for her life’s work, integral to my continued well-being.

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