Lila Riesen

Fitness Trainer

As a retired English and exercise science lecturer, Lila knows all things tech, health, and fitness. She doesn't let her head hit the pillow until the iPhone health app shows she’s at least gotten those 10,000 steps in.

Through the national academy of sports medicine, she is a certified personal trainer, fitness nutrition specialist, corrective exercise specialist, performance enhancement specialist, and group fitness instructor. She also has twenty years of martial arts training in taekwondo and teaches self-defense workshops.

Lila’s undergraduate studies were completed at Indiana University and the Australian National University in English. In 2017, Lila graduated with a Master's degree in English literature and linguistics from the University of Zurich in Switzerland.

In addition to her fitness certifications with NASM, Lila is a young adult author. Her YA novel, Free Radicals, will release with penguin random house in March of 2023. The book is inspired by her cashew-coveting Baba and all the Afghans fighting for peace, in the US and abroad.

While Lila lives in Southern California, she misses the heck out of the rain, sleet, and snow — and will argue up and down that writing on a rainy day is the epitome of a good time.