Trish Blackwell believes that we can become more of who we were created to be by investing daily in our mind, movement and meaning. She celebrates the purpose and calling in every person she meets and teaches people how to have the confidence to live courageous in order to make a contribution to this world that deeply matters. It is when we become more of who we are that we can ultimately live out our full potential of who God created us to be.
Blackwell is a recognized fitness professional and thought leader committed to inspiring others to live with more confidence, health and happiness from the inside out. Her unique, three-pronged approach – motivation for your mind, movement and meaning – offers a holistic focus on personal growth and development. Particularly passionate about bringing hope to those who struggle with perfectionism, negative body image, eating disorders, compulsive exercise or confidence issues, Blackwell has become the leader on image issues in the fitness industry. Her own struggle with eating disorders and body dsymorphia plagued her for a full decade, though she hid it well behind a façade of perfectionism and feigned happiness. Trish knows what it feels like to feel trapped inside of your own body and is committed to helping others find the freedom to love the skin they’re in that she was finally able to find through her journey. Confidence coach, life coach, personal trainer, author, speaker and podcaster, Trish inspires her community across the world to conquer life with confidence.
A graduate of Davidson College (B.A. French, cum laude), Blackwell was a full-scholarship Division I swimmer. After Davidson she moved to France where she competed in swimming internationally as she taught English in the French school systems. It was in France that she discovered self-acceptance and how to live life to the fullest.
Her personal journey has taken her through many stages of negative and toxic living: destructive perfectionism, an eating disorder, a broken heart from an abusive relationship and sexual assault that threw her into a deep depression. Trish learned to train her mind, declaring herself to be victorious over her circumstances, not a victim of them. Now Trish knows that it is never too late to pursue living the life of your dreams. She coaches people across the globe to make radical lifestyle changes so that they can let their unique story and purpose shine.
Blackwell is the author of Insecurity Detox: A Breakout Plan to Rejuvenate Your Body, Mind and Spirit, released in 2016 by Howard/Simon & Schuster. She also wrote The Skinny, Sexy Mind: The Ultimate French Secret, a book on transforming one’s body and life through discovering the keys to confidence. Additionally available is her Amazon Best Selling Kindle e-book, Building a Better Body Image: 50- Days to Loving your Body from the Inside Out, a 50-day journey to living happier and healthier in the skin you are in. Blackwell was also recognized as “The Entrepreneur to Watch of 2013” by entrepreneurial guru Ali Brown and is committed to making a massive difference with her life.
Trish spends her free time running, surfing, snowboarding and writing with her husband Brandon Synan. Her triathlon career permitted her to compete for Team USA at the 2010 Duathlon World Championships in Edinburgh, Scotland and at the 2010 World Half Ironman Championships in Clearwater, Florida. She completed Ironman France in 2011 and continues to compete in half-marathons and marathons, of which her personal best times are 1:27 and 3:14 respectively.
She loves puppies, coffee, coaching others to excellence and the color pink. She and Brandon love doting on their first child, Eleanor Lucia Synan (“Ellie”), born in February of 2015 and playing with their Irish Terrier Finnegan. They live in the Washington DC area and as a family are committed to learning more and loving more every day.