Los Angeles, CA

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ZipZapFit - Get a Hot Body & Great Life. Fun, Fast, Forever! ZipZapFit provides an Award-winning, Sustainable and Unique Program that combines In-Home Personal Training, Personalized Nutrition (80% of weight loss success and maintenance) and Life Strategy Coaching (ensures you transcend your goals and sustain what you achieve forever). Personalized Nutrition and Life Strategy Coaching is included with all ZipZapFit Personal Training Programs at no additional charge! Email us now to get started with a Commitment-Free In-Home Fitness, Nutrition & Lifestyle Assessment.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

We love improving the quality of people's lives and helping them transcend their limits with our Award-winning, Sustainable and Unique Program that combines Personal Training, Nutrition and Life Strategy Coaching. We feel good at the end of the day knowing we have helped someone prevent a heart attack, lose 30 pounds, eliminate chronic pain, transform negative habits into positive habits, foster a key relationship or build the life they've always dreamed about. In our own small way, we feel like we're making the world a better and happier place.


Los Angeles, CA 90068

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26 Reviews
  • Jen R. Jun 27, 2017
    I was overweight for years! If I had met Meryl earlier I could have dropped the weight and kept it off for good. Her workouts are always different and just challenging enough so that you can do it but it keeps you on your toes too. She really helped me navigate nutrition and my own hang-ups. I have this awesome positive attitude about working out now... and I'm disciplined. so cool
  • Kandace B. Jun 27, 2017
    5 star service, exceptional professionalism, prompt and lasting results
  • Holly A. Jun 27, 2017
    A Positive, next level transformation in my body, mind, soul and the way I live my life.
  • Christine G. Jun 27, 2017
  • Vanessa B. Jun 27, 2017
    Beyond grateful I found Meryl. She is inspiring, so knowledgeable, gets you quick results and shows you how to sustain your results. I also love her professionalism. Meryl: Thank you for helping lose and keep off 44 lbs :)
  • Morgan M. Jan 12, 2017
    Meryl is the best trainer!
    Meryl is the best trainer! Great nutrition and life advice also.
  • Charlotte A. Sep 12, 2016
    Awesome personal trainer!
    Been a really great experience working with Meryl she really commits to her clients. She is very inspiring and is helping me reach a better physical fitness and health.
  • Anahid B. Apr 1, 2016
    Verified Review
    Meryl is knowledgeable. She was able to identify my volume eating problem. I have a new way of looking at food amount and quality that i put in my body. The best ever.
  • Claire M. Dec 4, 2015
    Personal Training
    Verified Review
    I feel stronger, fitter, healthier and happier all thanks to Meryl. After suffering a shoulder injury and falling off the fitness wagon, I needed help and thankfully found Meryl. She makes working out fun, but be ready to work hard and push yourself. She also goes above and beyond with affirmations and eating plans to train you body, mind and spirit. I've learned a lot in a short amount of time and will carry on the tools she gave me. Highly recommend!!!!!!
  • Whitney M. Dec 1, 2015
    Great experience and great results!
  • Erica G. Sep 21, 2015
    Health and Wellness Coaching
    Verified Review
    Meryl is the best trainer ever! She helped me lose 2% body fat in just 30 days! It was great to work with her as all of her workouts are fun and dynamic in nature. I highly recommend working with her for any of your personal fitness goals!
  • Shawn F. Sep 12, 2015
    Personal Training
    Verified Review
    I've worked with excellent trainers before, so I know when somebody knows her stuff. Meryl had a plan from day one, and is relentless in helping me implement it. She's also a fierce advocate for me on days when I'm not feeling able to give my best. I've a long way to go before I get to the "destination", but I have no doubt about Meryl's ability to help me get there. Training sessions are fun, varied, and tough in exactly the way they should be. I've made tangible gains in two months and feel better than I have in years.
  • Amy S. Sep 9, 2015
    Personal Training
    Verified Review
    Working with meryl has been a joy! I am by no means an athlete or a health nut. I'd sit forever and live off donuts if i could (I probably have at times). I was waaaay off the fitness wagon when I started with meryl but she has gotten me on track! It's actually fun to work out now ( close to fun as it will ever be for a person who loves to lounge as much as I do). I'm on my second leg of training and I have had amazing results in body fat percentage reduction, weight loss and overall fitness in just 2 months. I'm now motivated to keep my fitness goals going and her training has been instrumental in getting me to this place. She's also fantastic at working with people with injuries. Highly recommended!
  • Timorah B. Jul 1, 2015
    Personal Training
    Verified Review
  • Tory T. Apr 6, 2015
    Verified Review
    Meryl is the absolute best! She is always prepared when I arrive for my workouts and makes me feel totally comfortable. Also, she is quick to respond to any questions I have regarding my nutrition plan throughout the week. I always look forward to my sessions with her! Would definitely recommend!
  • Diane C. Mar 29, 2015
    Personal Training
    Verified Review
    Meryl is a great trainer. She is very skilled and enthusiastic. She takes time to really get to know her clients and their desires and goals. Based on her client's expectations, Meryl tailors every session towards helping her clients achieve their wishes. She pushes you to perfection and is there every step of the way even when you are not in session with her! Meryl is an absolute pleasure and I would highly recommend her to anyone!
  • Dena K. Mar 6, 2015
    Personal Training
    Verified Review
  • Whitney W. Feb 10, 2015
    I'm so lucky to have found Meryl! She makes me enjoy working out and eating healthy. I look forward to every training session!
  • Muhammad D. Feb 7, 2015
    Her training is very effective and she is so decipline, but the training is not boring at the same time. I have been training with for almost 4 month and I have much progress with my muscle strength. Don't hestitate to contact her to be her future client and you will not regret it! She's very awesome!!!
  • Sevag C. Dec 7, 2014
    Personal Training
    Verified Review
  • Shane G. Sep 23, 2014
    Personal Training
    Verified Review
    My experience with Meryl is going wonderful! She is always on time and creative with my workouts. Meryl had easily adapted to my training needs and has pushed me to already start seeing gains where I want them and losses where I want that also!
  • Lakshmi S. Aug 25, 2014
    Personal Training
    Verified Review
    Meryl is the best trainer I've ever had or even met with. For the first time in my life, I look forward to working out. She goes beyond the goal of getting in shape and losing weight- she is focused on a program that corrects all the physical problems I've gotten from working at a desk for most of the day. She is able to work around my insanely demanding work schedule and provide amazing services. There is no better trainer in Los Angeles. In just a few months, I have seen rapid gains and a lot of transformation. Meryl is the absolute best.
  • Alyssya A. Jun 5, 2014
    Personal Training
    Verified Review
    My experience with Meryl has been amazing!! Before I started with her, I had no idea what I needed to do when it came to fitness. She has taught me so much in the 6 weeks I have been working with her. I am seeing changes in my body and my strength that I never thought I would be able to see again! She is extremely knowledgeable in her field, and I feel like I can ask her anything and get a straight forward answer. (with other trainers I feel like they kind of danced around the questions) She makes working out fun, but she will kick your butt! I am excited to continue with her and cannot wait to get my body back!
  • Pat A. Apr 6, 2014
    Verified Review
    The Hawk is truly amazing ! She is knowledgable and has taken an active part in getting me healthy and fit. Her warm, encouraging And engaging personality help to make the work out Experience one that makes excersizing additive and fun. She is a true professional and is always on time and ready Each and every time to help you get the most out of your Workout. I am lucky to have found her and look forward to A lifelong relationship!
  • Chloe E. Mar 26, 2014
    Personal Training
    Verified Review
    Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! The first personal trainer I've ever had and she was unreal. Meryl knew exactly what to work on based on my goals and problem areas - AND it was fun. Highly Recommend :)
  • Lauren B. Feb 23, 2014
    Personal Training
    Verified Review
    So far so good. I decided to hire Meryl after trying out another trainer that same morning. Meryl was my second session. She gave me everything I was looking for without having to say it. I've already begun to see results after one week. I have limited time to get back in shape and she's got me on the right track. Highly recommend to anyone.


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
ZipZapFit is an Award-winning, Sustainable and Unique Program that combines In-Home Personal Training, Personalized Nutrition and Life Strategy Coaching on a monthly basis. **We start all new clients with a Commitment-Free In-Home Fitness, Nutrition & Lifestyle Assessment. The assessment takes 1 hour and allows us to gather as much information as possible about each new client in order to provide the most rewarding experience. Email us now to schedule your Commitment-Free In-Home Fitness, Nutrition & Lifestyle Assessment!**
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
We gather as much information as possible on each new client with a Commitment-Free In-Home Fitness, Nutrition & Lifestyle Assessment and New Client Questionnaire. This allows us to provide the most rewarding experience possible for every one of our clients.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
ZipZapFit owner, Meryl Hawk, has the following experience: Over a decade as an Elite Personal Trainer, Nutrition Expert and Life Strategist, Roughly 16 years as an Elite Gymnast (5 years as an International Elite Gymnast), U.S. Army Award for Athletic and Academic Excellence, Five major surgeries (she has first-hand experience with Injury Rehabilitation). Further, Meryl continually educates herself by attending workshops, seminars and national events about fitness, exercise science, nutrition, supplementation, injury rehabilitation, lifestyle improvement, personal development, etc. Meryl was recently noticed by Voyage LA Magazine for her exceptional fitness expertise.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Meryl was an Elite Gymnast for roughly 16 years. By the time she ended the sport, she had hurt almost every part of her body, gained a few pounds and did not like the idea of going to a gym to workout, because in her mind it was boring compared to practicing gymnastics as a workout. Meryl hired a Personal Trainer after ending her gymnastics career to help her lose weight, tone up and get rid of some of the pain she was having due to gymnastics injuries. Her Personal Trainer changed her life! Meryl looked great, felt incredible and developed a positive attitude toward non-sport exercise after working with her Personal Trainer. The experience compelled Meryl to share the same kind of life-changing experience she had with her Personal Trainer with as many people as possible. Meryl is also a Nutrition Expert and Life Strategist.
What types of customers have you worked with?
People looking for a sustainable, fun, efficient and effective Personal Training, Nutrition and Life Strategy Program geared toward their specific goals. ZipZapFit specializes in the following areas of fitness: Weight Loss, Weight Maintenance, Senior Citizen Fitness, Firming & Toning, Injury Rehabilitation, Posture Correction, Flexibility, Balance & Coordination, Stamina & Endurance, High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Strength Training and Children Ages 12-18. We also cater to people with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, hip dysplasia, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, tendonitis, obesity, chronic pain (back, neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, ankle & full-body) and fibromyalgia.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
We are proud of every job we do because it's always our best job. We help each client set specific, realistic goals as well as decide on a healthy time frame in which to achieve them. We almost always help our clients achieve their goals in a shorter time frame than desired as well as transcend those goals, and we always have a fun time doing so!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Always ask the expert you're looking to hire why they do what they do. If their answer is not loaded with passion, wisdom and confidence, this may be a sign that they are inexperienced and/or unenthusiastic about their job.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
1. Am I willing to make time for a Personal Training, Nutrition and Life Strategy Program? 2. Am I ready to begin and stay committed to a change in lifestyle? All good Personal Training Programs help you develop a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle and sustain that change for a lifetime. 3. What are my specific fitness, nutrition, personal and life goals?