The Training Habit

Irvine, CA

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How does your business stand out?

I genuinely care about each of my clients as I too had my own weight struggles for a long time. I know how it feels to change clothes over and over again, not eat something in fear of guilt or look in the mirror and not love myself. These feelings and experiences have led me to realize the mental, social and physical struggles that one goes through before deciding to make a change. I understand and empathize with what it feels like to build the courage and finally decide enough is enough and move forward. Most importantly, I know what it feels like to work hard and succeed!

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

To do something you have not done you have to think in a way that you have never thought. As a gym owner in Irvine my methods embody the essence of my own personal fitness philosophy - Change your mind, change your body!


Irvine, CA 92614

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9 Reviews
  • Shannon B. Dec 23, 2014
    I was looking for personal trainers in Newport Beach and found Fitness by Kai on OC Voters "Best Of", after reading reviews on multiple outlets I gave them a call. I am now my 6th month and have seen a dramtic increase in strength and muscle tone. Ill be honest what we do the gym is nothing special. We work out hard, like we should. What I feel is special is the care and.comittment I get outside of the gym. I get follow up texts, help when I have a question and a feeling constant accountability. They make me feel like I am with them. Its helped a lot. Down 12 pounds, down 7% body fat and have lost 6 inches overall!
  • Cathie R. Jul 29, 2014
    Found them through the OC HOT LIST as they were listed as the top trainers in Orange County. I met and signed on with Chris as my personal trainer and so far its been fantastic!
  • Scott M. May 10, 2014
    I have trained with both Kai and Sarkis! They give me the type of workouts I like. High intensity, lots of muscle fatigue and workouts that keep my body from never guessing what's next! Highly recommend.
  • Jacob N. Mar 30, 2014
    Awesome Orange County personal trainers!
  • Chris J. Feb 24, 2014
    Fitness by Kai has been fantastic in terms of helping me get stronger, more motivated and food conscious. They have been more than personal trainers who provided a good work out. They keep up with my daily eating habits, check in with me constantly and above and beyond to aid me in my journey of losing 25 pounds. I am excited to see what my fitness future holds.
  • Carissa R. Feb 8, 2014
    I absolutely love Fitness By Kai! Not only has Kai helped me reach my goal weight, she continues to plan and personalize new and challenging workouts each session! Her dedication and drive in the fitness world inspires me to stay healthy and fit in my daily life.
  • Anita T. Jan 30, 2014
    Kai is the best personal trainer I have worked with. Her creative and motivating workouts have transformed my body! She leads by example and challenges you to do your best without making you feel bad about yourself. The journey goes on, stay tuned for an update!
  • Robert R. Jan 29, 2014
    BEST Fitness help you will ever experience! Kai and Melinda are true professionals that will give you the best tools, guidance and support to reach your health goals. I promise, this will be the best workout you've ever had. And you will tell everyone you know about them.
  • David D. Nov 1, 2013
    The personal trainers at Fitness by Kai in Orange County are incredible! My trainer Melinda has helped me lose over 30 pounds and 6% body fat in about in a little over 6 months! What impressed me most about them when I initially met them was how courteous, personable and knowledgeable they were. Thank you!


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
All of our personal trainers are required to take 2 refresher courses or certification courses twice a year. We hold certifications in body building, corrective exercise, functional exercise, Olympic weight lifting, yoga and Pilates
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I always had a passion for fitness from a very young age. I am a former figure skater, track runner, softball and basketball player. I have practiced hot yoga and Pilates for the last 10 years.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Weight loss, personal training, toning, firming, weight gain, lean muscle building, yoga, Pilates, functional and corrective exercise
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
How to Find a Personal Trainer A personal trainer is a valuable tool for meeting your health and fitness goals. They provide guidance and motivation to keep you on track as well as challenge you to go beyond expectations. Here are a few things to look for before selecting a personal trainer: Experience - Is the personal trainer certified? - How long have they been personal training? - Do they have a holistic approach to personal training? - Can they accommodate any specific needs, such as injuries or preferences that you have? Results - Does the personal trainer practice what they preach - When looking at the personal trainer, would you make it your goal to reach the personal trainers fitness level and/or physique? - What have other people's experiences with the personal trainer been? (Yelp, Facebook, Testimonials) - Does the personal trainer track your progress over time and keep you updated and focused to reach your fitness goals? Personality - Do you or can you get along with the personal trainer? Do you prefer male or female? - Is the personal trainer attentive and will he/she respond to your needs and concerns? - Do you feel inspired by the personal trainer's energy, attitude, and approach? - Do you feel comfortable at the training facility? - Do they offer a free personal training session to give you a chance to get to know them? Having a good personal trainer makes reaching your personal fitness goals attainable in a safer and faster manner. By asking yourself these questions, you will find someone that is a great fit for you and that will help you discover your strength within. At The Training Habit, I guarantee that Myself and my staff will provide quality and unique personal training sessions that will drive you towards weight loss, a better body, mind and well-being. I am certified and have been working in the industry since 2003. My location is conveniently located in Irvine and close to Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Santa Ana, Tustin, Newport Coast, Tustin, Huntington Beach and Corona Del Mar! My facility is clean, safe and distraction free. There, I focus on form, conditioning and creating a fun atmosphere to make the process of getting in shape enjoyable. Finally, from my personal journey of physical transformation, I can share with you the mental tools and nutritional approaches that complete my personal training package and philosophy. Take a look at my story for my own results and my personal training testimonials page for feedback from clients. I offer a free trial so you can see if I am the personal trainer in Orange County for you. I look forward to meeting with you to discuss your goals and how, together, we can get you there. I will give you my best while keeping you dedicated to your workouts and weight loss goals, as a personal trainer I do not succeed unless my clients succeed.