Lesson Details



Sara delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 18+

Teaching since:
September 2000

Writer, Health Consultant, Fitness Expert, Songwriter, Recording Engineer, Hyper-focused Problem Solver

I'm making myself available for consultations through Take Lessons in all the areas I have a specific and considerable amount of expertise. This way I can keep all my appointments in one place, and make it easy for you to schedule time with me.

I want to empower you in any way I can. Whether you are looking for help with brainstorming about your health, fitness instruction, cargo van conversion, songwriting, recording, or self-publishing, I can help.

If you want to do fitness lessons with me over Skype, I can do that, too! My specialties include exercise for the chronically ill, lower back pain, and creative toning exercise that work like magic to tone and lift in all the right places.

Are you dreaming about recording your songs? If you would like me to mix and master your album, I'd be happy to do that. Or we can work together so that you can learn all the skills you need to mix and master your albums on your own for years to come. Hear my work on Bandcamp. This song was recorded in a hotel room, mixed and mastered on a laptop.


Are you self-publishing a book? I can help with that and even have a publishing coop to help you. I'm happy to read your manuscript and give you feedback about development.

Read my self-published books on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2djTGPB

Visit me on my website to learn more about my consulting business, writing, songwriting. www.sararileymattson.com

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Recording Artist
Mar 2015 - Present
Sara Riley Mattson

My first album and a few singles can be found here: www.sararileymattson.bandcamp.com

Master Trainer
Jan 2004 - Present
Rainy Day Fitness

Master Trainer in all things fitness. I specialize in helping people get great results using body weight and simple equipment. My goal is to empower all my clients to learn and know as much about their bodies as possible.

Personal Trainer/Pilates Teacher/Yoga Teacher
Sep 2000 - Present
Bally's/Bodies in Balance/Rainy Day Fitness

Stretch, strengthen, laugh, lift, rest, repeat. Helping people get fit and have a great time doing it. My mission from the beginning.

Physical Therapy Intern
Jan 2004 - May 2004
Tuality Physical Therapy

Semester-long internship focusing on back, knees and shoulders.


Pilates Apprenticeship
Sep 2005 - Aug 2006
Bodies on Balance
Sep 2003 - May 2005
Portland State University
BS Sport Science
Sep 1994 - May 1998
University of Iowa


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Mar 2007

All things you can do with a Swiss ball.

Certified Personal Trainer
Oct 2003

Top-tier certification. 98% score.

Pilates/Yoga/Stretching/Master Trainer...
Sep 2001
Balanced Body/TheMethodPilates/YogaFit...

I've been collecting certifications for 15 years and at last count I had earned certs from 14 different workshops in addition to my degree, 9-month apprenticeship, and 4-month internship. Like most experts, however, my best skills as a teacher come from experience and a creative approach to helping my clients with their goals.

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Personal Trainer of the Year for Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA
May 2005
Bally Total Fitness

Photos & Videos

The first groupie is always special.  :)

A scene from my studio in Portland.

Photo by Sara M.


6 Reviews

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Holly Oct 4, 2016
Health Coaching · Online

Oh my gosh I cannot even articulate how thrilled and relieved I am to have had a conversation with someone who has figured out what I'm trying to do. It's an amazing sense of emotional connection and validation but on top of that it will save me tons of money by not having to make all the mistakes that she's already made. I don't have money to waste and this is a perfect investment.

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Christa Oct 2, 2016
Writing · Online

Sara is SO encouraging and inspiring. Her analyses of my writing, style, content, and logic has helped me incredibly. My latest book is a completely different genre than my usual, but Sara's help has given me the confidence that I have created a good product despite my inexperience and even former dread of writing this book. I have actually become excited about my book, largely due to Sara!!! In her own books, Camp Like a Girl and Migraine: Finding my Own Way Out, one can easily see her talent for narrative and artistry in writing. I highly recommend Sara Riley Mattson for instruction in writing.

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Tyler C. Aug 12, 2015
Singing · In home

She is great. My daughter really enjoyed her first lesson and can't wait to go back again.

Tyler C. Aug 12, 2015
Singing · In home

She is great. My daughter really enjoyed her first lesson and can't wait to go back again.

Lori Jul 28, 2015
Personal Training · Online

I have used Sara's services in her home, in my home and online. She is an amazing teacher whose zest for knowledge and willingness to share that knowledge is truly inspirational in any venue she is teaching. Although I used Sara's personal training services, she inspired me to begin taking guitar lessons after she shared her music with me during a training session. Sara is one of the best teachers I've had over my lifetime.

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Peter D. Jun 13, 2015
Piano · In studio

Sara is my favorite music teacher. She's always so much fun and is endlessly creative. She has helped me start recording some of my song ideas and fill out covers. She is so positive and encouraging in helping an individual realize his or her potential.

I've also had the opportunity to do workouts with Sara for many years now and she is an amazing trainer. Really smart, tough and creative. Her training style matches her artistic temperament so there is always a lot of variety. She believes I can do it and so I do! (She also tells great stories so my workouts go fast and have lots of laughter.)

I would recommend Sara to anyone looking to improve his or her music skills and/or health.

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