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I purchased eight personal training sessions with Jonathan. By the third session after the anger outburst he had, I knew I would never go back. I didn't receive a refund for the remainder of the sessions nor an apology. If you're looking for someone professional and that has somewhat of a filter, I'd suggest looking elsewhere.Jan 9, 2018VerifiedSparta Academy's reply
Hi Mariam, we understand Thumbtack won’t let you take this review down since the misunderstanding has been resolved. Here is your original review you posted “5 Stars: JJ is a great, personable guy and I got an awesome workout. Will definitely be returning. Highly recommend!!”
I am still in the early stages of personal training, but so far the experience has been good. Jonathan challenges me with workouts I wouldn't do on my own.Feb 11, 2016Verified
Prior to working with JJ, my lifestyle wasn't very active. I knew i needed a personal trainer to help with my exercise routine, and JJ was the perfect guy. Since I started working with him 2 months ago, I am now definitely stronger, and he'll push you during training but still make it enjoyable. He also pointed out the things I needed to maintain during my off days, such as cardio. I definitely recommend him to help anyone who wants to start an active lifestyle.Mar 3, 2015Verified
Jonathan is the perfect personal trainer for busy professionals. He is patient, focused, supportive, professional, and educated. But hes also hilarious and fun. Im completely drenched in sweat after every workout, but always leave the gym in a calmer state of mind and feeling a lot better than when I walked in. I love working out with Jonathan and so will you!Aug 7, 2014Verified
Jonathan has been a great addition to my exercise life. As I'm lucky enough to be a trainer of the 2012 KY Derby winner, my personal fitness had gone to the crapper. Jonathan has designed an environment to get me back in shape. I couldn't be happier since hiring Jonathan. Doug OMay 10, 2014Verified
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?It begins with a consultation on the phone or in person to discuss goals and past injuries. Then I provide an assessment of what we can achieve together and then I put together a comprehensive workout plan to get the desired results.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?Finding his calling in football and track, Jonathan learned to train hard and smart becoming the second team All-American Running Back JC. He moved on to professional football in the U.S. and Europe where he received multiple rushing and scoring records and titles. During these pursuits, Jonathan trained under NFL and SAC International speed coach, Charlie Parker, and Olympic sprinting and hurdling coach, Brent McFarlane, and was a class instructor at Barry’s Boot Camp. He also has experience coaching football as an offensive coordinator and running coach at championship level. Jonathan pursued mixed martial arts training, specifically Jiu Jitsu Black belt with the world famous Gracie family, Muay Thai, training at the world famous Fairtex Gym in Pattaya, Thailand and Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket, Thailand. He trained in Krav Maga, receiving his black belt at the Alliance world headquarters. He has trained with countless MMA, Jiu Jitsu and Kickboxing greats. Some accomplishments include: undefeated kickboxing record, the Gold Medal at the Pan-Am International Jiu Jitsu Tournament, the Gold Medal at the Southern California Pankration Tournament, the Gold Medal at the Worlds International Jiu Jitsu Championship, and multiple United States Fighting League national titles.
- What types of customers have you worked with?* Strength and Speed Training * Functional Kettle Bells * MMA, BJJ,Kick-Boxing Krav Maga and Pancratian * Sprinting and Flexibility Skill Improvement * Powerlifting, Olympic Lifting and Plyometrics