Squad Leader

Elise Bernier

Elise Bernier


Movement has brought so much physical, mental, and emotional joy into my life, and it's my mission to share this with girls and teens. Team sports were always my thing, but it's simply not every child's path. Luckily, you don’t have to play a sport to love being active. Being active without the pressure of team sports is very powerful!

Our younger years shape our body and mind. My goal is to bring happiness to girls that they'll carry all the way into adulthood — this is the time to create healthy habits that support their wellbeing. Every child deserves to feel confident in her skin, proud of her unique talents and abilities, empowered to take care of her body, and feel included and connected with her peers.

I have always been active, and that led me to play Division I lacrosse in college. My love of health and fitness continued to grow after school, and I became an avid triathlete and swimmer, having completed dozens of races, including a Half-Ironman. I have a background in education and 12 years of experience working in schools, I am an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, an ACE Certified Youth Fitness Specialist, CPR certified, head coach of a girls and high school lacrosse program, and a dedicated volunteer for multiple organizations that work with youth from various backgrounds. I moved to sunny San Diego in 2007.


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“At Girl Squad Fitness we learn about the importance of exercise and our muscles, while working our bodies, and still developing great connections with the other girls. Elise always insures that everyone is comfortable and having a great time!”

~ 8th grade Girl Squad member