Polly Hawver is a certified strength & life coach.  Her passion for strength and self acceptance began in 2008 when she joined a commercial gym for the first time.

Polly has always been a very analytical person. It wasn’t until she exercised for the first time that Polly realized what it felt like to be present and alive in her body. As a child, movement was not part of her upbringing although she was always craving physical expression. Polly attempted to play sports with her friends on the elementary school playground. She quickly realized that she was unable to keep up with her classmates and quit soon after. 

One September morning in 2008 she got a hankering to go check out the local gym. Unexpectedly, she got hooked.

Practicing strength training, powerlifting and functional movement has forever changed her life. Through exercising, Polly experiences what it is like to be in touch with just how precious life is and how lucky she is to have the body she has.

Polly Hawver is a member of the Health at Every Size™ (HAES™) community and integrates that philosophy into her work on a daily basis. This means that her work functions from the premise that all bodies are worthy of acceptance and respect exactly how they are in this moment. Polly rejects the belief that we can only love ourselves when we look a certain way or get to a certain weight goal. Our bodies deserve love right now.

She believes in learning to listen our bodies’ cues. Polly supports her clients in eating food that is nutritious and nurturing. Finally, she believes that movement and exercise are intended to be fun and a celebration of life. In her practice, Polly takes an in depth look at her clients’ goals and makes achieving those goals fun and inspiring.




I am not young, strong, or lean, and take a dim view of exercise. A previous bad personal trainer experience had cemented my fear and loathing for “the gym,” so I was a reluctant new client when I saw Polly for a consultation.

After only a few weeks of individually tailored sessions, there has been measurable improvement in my overall strength and balance, and I am slowly rebuilding muscle in a knee that has become deconditioned over many years. The variety of exercises keeps things interesting, and I am slowly warming up to doing “homework.” Polly has been genuinely encouraging and supportive. It’s wonderful when the right person is in the right job.
— Gayle Miller, Olympia, WA