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Hello and welcome! I’m Rachel Baker.

Coach | Bodyworker

I am a UESCA certified ultrarunning coach, licensed CHEK level 3 holistic lifestyle coach and certified bodyworker who has motivated, supported, and guided hundreds of people towards their goals over the past 23 years.

Clients enjoy my humor, my undeniable belief in them, and my ability to see an entire picture rather than just pieces of the whole.

I have coached and offered bodywork services for the North Face Endurance Challenge, Aim Fitness Sports performance center, The Olympic Club of San Francisco, The Endurables of San Francisco, yoga practitioners, surfers, Jiu Jitsu athletes, Cross Fit athletes, emergency room doctors, optometrists, and more.

I competed for Team USA in triathlon for 5 years at the amateur level, I have stood on the podium dozens of times for triathlon and/or trail ultramarathon, I have faced multiple face plants and I have plenty of DNF’s under my belt.

My passions include my kiddos, my health, trail running and helping people become the best versions of themselves in this lifetime.

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As as child, you ran and you played.

You did not have to have a reason for it,

you just did it.

Listening to your body and taking care of yourself helps you stay in the energy of free movement without fear of injury and illness.

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Bodywork sessions are 60 and 90 minutes long.

I incorporate sports massage, myofascial release, Active Release Techniques, and somatic practices to support your goals.

My education started with a B.S. in athletic training and exercise sciences from Indiana State University.

I graduated in 1998 and started my bodywork education at IPSB in San Diego graduating in 2001.

From 2005-2009, I trained with Dr. Leahy and his team in Active Release Techniques to achieve full body training in this modality.

In 2010, I started my HLC training with the CHEK institute and am now a Licensed CHEK practitioner level 3 and UESCA Ultrarunning Coach.

I love helping athletes stay injury free.

I love helping athletes get back to the sports that they love.

Dr. Happiness: Acquire strategies for clarifying your dreams and keeping YOU motivated

Dr. Quiet: Experience daily work-in exercises that are easy to do and very repeatable

Dr. Movement: Apply work-out and Work-In™ principles to determine what is appropriate for you and your interests

Dr. Diet: Deepen your understanding of holistic nutrition and the necessary skills needed to help you achieve optimum health

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Run Coaching Services

Using the principles gained through my education in Athletic Training and exercise sciences, the CHEK institute and my specialty certification in Ultrarunning from UESCA, I help you put a plan together that makes sense for your current state of fitness (low or extremely high), your life outside of running, and where you would like to see yourself in the future.

I help you design a program that you are more likely to stick with and for the most part, enjoy.

Let’s address your obstacles and your strong points with honesty. Let’s aim for accomplishing your bigger picture dreams! Let’s use science and art to create something that actually makes sense.

What My

Clients Are Saying

Absolutely love the safety, the non judgmental loving space that Rachel creates in her sessions. Especially love her no-bullshit approach and attention to the most subtlest details. Forever grateful for you, thank you!


"Ever since I started working with Rachel, I've not only have got a lot better from my hip flexors and shoulder issues, but I have become so much stronger, flexible and confident all throughout my body and how I can perform with it while surfing, SUP surfing, slacklining, and any other possible way. I came about a year ago because I felt so weak and stiff, and could feel confident and secure to sit down and type on my computer or even drive for longer periods than 30mins... I was so frustrated from this I needed professional assistance immediately... my hips were destroying me and it was becoming worst and worst each day... I heard about Rachel from a friend, and so I would give it a try and have her work on my hip flexor problems... since then, I have learned so much about self healing, to hear my own body speaking to me, to forgive past situations keeping me down without knowing, and just to take care of me generally. Now that I have gain my self confidence back, I definitely recommend her as a really professional therapist, guide, trainer, and even a friend now! Thanks Rachel!"

Gerardo Bolanos

Working with Rachel has changed my life! I love to work out and push myself hard, but my back and knee were always bothering me. After some focused bodywork, she taught me some basic foundational movements that I seem to have forgotten. I now feel strong, more mobile and pain-free. I am feeling so good that Rachel is now designing a training program to prepare me for my first triathlon!

Matt V.

I have been in chronic pain for many years. Rachel was able to teach me foundational movement exercises that reminded my body of it's inherent wisdom so that it could move in a more efficient and functional way. I have the tools now to move my body forward. Rachel is truly a world class expert. She is highly skilled and knowledgeable, patient and passionate about her work. We also had her work with our two children who are active in sports in order to make sure that they were moving functionally and preventing future injury. They loved her as well.

Thank you Rachel!

Melanie LCSW


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I have always been drawn toward the human experience and movement.

I started running as a sport when I was 13 years old, became a Team USA amateur in triathlon, and fell in love with ultramarathon shortly thereafter.

This journey has taught me about self-care, listening to my body, understanding pain, and trusting the that I could accomplish what I set out to do.

I use my years of experience to guide and support trail runners, road runners, triathletes, and athletes of all sports.

I love it when my athletes are informed and self reliant. That is why much of my work is focused on really listening to the client to understand the overall picture.

I found out pretty early on that competing at higher levels was not a passive process. I had to do the work. But, I also had to learn about rest, recovery, and intuition if I wanted to stay healthy and running fast.