Lori Barker, Personal Training Specialist and Yoga Instructor

Certified Personal Trainer, NASM

Certified Yoga Instructor, RYT200

AA Kinesiology, Cabrillo College

Senior Personal Training Specialist, Ace Fitness

MBA, Santa Clara University

CPA, State of Minnesota, Inactive

BS, Accounting, University of Minnesota

Your Yoga & Training Specialist!


Lori became a Personal Trainer certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine in 2015. She  also teaches group Aqua Fitness. As a past Silicon Valley executive, she understands how to adapt fitness to your busy schedule and she loves to have fun helping people quickly turn back the clock to become healthier and happier at any age.  She is passionate about supporting your individualized goals by prescribing successful exercise programs focused on body fat reduction, strength, flexibility and mobility.  Even when parts of the body aren’t fully cooperating, Lori will leverage her own past experiences to help you find gentle ways to stay active and enjoy yourself!

Lori has been a yoga student since the 1980’s practicing various traditions from Hatha, Iyengar and Ashtanga to Kundalini and Kriya. She is a certified Aqua Kriya pool yoga instructor and most recently completed her 200 hour Yoga Alliance certification under Linda McGrath, Nicole Smithson and Ann Weismann at YogaSource Los Gatos. She is passionate about supporting your student goals with dynamic yoga classes focused on increasing flexibility and mobility through gentle postures practiced at a fun lively pace.

Lori’s other fitness experiences include skiing, running, hiking and windsurfing. She also owns an organic farm in Santa Cruz.

Lori really loves helping people improve their health and I know she will go the extra mile to help her clients with strength training, mobility and eating right!

She is particularly good at working with inexperienced members and people trying to get back into shape.

Dan Benton

Previous Wellness Director, ClubSport

The closing of the APJCC was the first impact I felt from the Coronavirus pandemic. I had been working with PT Lori Barker for the two years since I had extensive back surgery, and I was worried that the progress I had made recovering would be interrupted or even negated.  I was happy to learn that I would be able to continue at home through our twice weekly Zoom sessions.  The App was easy to download, the quality of the interaction with her was smooth and my hourlong routine was as challenging as when I had access to all of the machines at the gym.  In fact, I have been very impressed with the ingenuity she has shown in finding new exercises to work the same muscles without heavy weights and the other equipment no longer available to me.  While I continue to take walks everyday, just having someone to remind me twice a week to add a good weight bearing exercise session is worth the cost, as I know that I would find ample excuses to put them off if left on my own. 



I had been working with a personal trainer, Lori Barker, at the JCC for over a year and felt it was really helping me both mentally and physically. When the JCC closed due to the virus I felt everything I had accomplished would be wiped out and I would revert to my “old self”.

After about a week of inactivity Lori informed me she would be offering on-line sessions and for the last 6 weeks I have been having workout sessions in my home twice each week. I really enjoy these sessions and even though I don’t have all of the equipment available at the gym, Lori is very skilled at building a workout based on the equipment I do have. This on-line training has been so helpful to me in keeping me physically active and giving me something to look forward to during our shelter-in-place.

Thanks Lori,


Herm G


I’ve known Lori for many years and we have had a great time exercising together! She has given me a lot of help and support as she continues to be up on the latest anatomy, nutrition and physiology.

This information has helped me prepare for various 10K’s, half marathons, and other fun runs. Thanks Lori!

Terri Ettinger

Runner, Skier, Tennis Player

Lori Barker