Cutting Edge Personal Training

Nashville, TN

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How does your service stand out?

Better Programs...More Personal Attention...and Guaranteed Results! I am the Personal Trainer in Nashville with a completely unique service. All trainers would like to say that they are dedicated to providing quality and professional personal training. I actually do. With over 30,000 one-on-one personal training sessions completed in the last 20+ years and the best guarantee in personal training, you can be sure that I will help you achieve your goals the fastest and safest way possible. If you want some generic exercise like the vast majority of trainers provide, you'll want to look somewhere else. BUT...if you want SPECIALIZED TRAINING, I'm your guy. My training is custom tailored to each person'’s individual cookie-cutter programs here. This is just one of the reasons why I've been so successful at making sure each person reaches their goals. Although I'm best known for my amazing weight loss & body transformation programs, I also work with: - new moms - brides-to-be - complete fitness beginners - competitive athletes No matter how great your goals are, I can outline a plan to make them happen! Results begin with the Program, Me as Your Coach, & YOU!

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I got into this field of work because of my passion for fitness and my desire to help others. I get to enjoy both of those combined each and everyday. Nothing feels better than watching someone not only transform their body and health, but also the positive impact it has on their confidence, happiness, and overall life.
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Nashville, TN 37203

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15 Reviews
  • Brenda G. Aug 14, 2017
    Personal Training
    Verified Review
    Having Jim as my personal trainer was the best decision I ever made. I wanted to invest in myself by making life style changes and he helped me get there. He is very professional, caring, knowledgeable and he made weight training fun. I would highly recommend Jim if you are looking for an excellent trainer.
  • Freda B. Jul 6, 2017
    Personal Training
    Verified Review
    Mr. C. is just wonderful.
  • Van G. Jul 4, 2017
    Personal Training
    Verified Review
    I felt very welcome and understood. He knows what he talking about. We are hitting it hard and I like it! He is honest, straight forward and kind. I feel that I am on the right place with the right person.
  • Justin Y. Jun 28, 2017
    Personal Training
    Verified Review
    Best training I've ever had!
  • Vickie Y. Mar 4, 2017
    Personal Training
    Verified Review Updated
    Great guy
    very nice guy and best trainer I have ever had. He cares about his clients and helps them reach their goals.
  • Verified Review Original
    Great guy
    He is very nice and concerned about you. Jim deals with food and trained not issues. I think we maybe a perfect match!
  • Patrick C. Sep 29, 2016
    Personal Training
    Verified Review
    Top quality training!
    Jim is an absolute professional when it comes to physical training. Although I'm only three weeks into our program, the quality of training I've already received has led to tremendous gains in my physical stamina, strength, self-confidence and overall health. His expertise allow him to work with all levels regardless of where one might be upon starting, and his routines are diverse, effective, and above all fun. And while he's certainly in the business of putting your training at the top, his relaxed and generous manner make getting through workouts a pleasure. For those looking for a quick fix to their health, stick to your average diet books and ellipticals, but if you're ready for a transformative personal training fitness, Jim's the guy your looking for. The only thing stopping you, is you!
  • Anna C. Aug 11, 2016
    Personal Training
    Verified Review
    Jim has been awesome to work with! He makes working out fun and I look forward to each one! He's a great coach and makes sure I know exactly what I'm doing and that I'm doing it correctly. He's always willing to work around my crazy work schedule and I'm very thankful for that. My experience working with Jim has been nothing short of amazing and I look forward to continuing to work with him in the future.
  • Chaye S. Aug 11, 2016
    Personal Training
    Verified Review
  • Cristina M. Aug 5, 2016
    Personal Training
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  • Rick B. Jun 26, 2016
    Personal Training
    Verified Review
    Jim is Amazing! Very easy to work with. Addressed all of my concerns. I knew immediately after the consult he was the right trainer for me.
  • Francine B. Aug 22, 2014
    I follow this faithfully. He has educated me on some topics that are very important to me. I hope he keeps it up. This is where I go for accurate information on all aspects of training and nutrition
  • Douglas T. Aug 22, 2014
    Jim is friend of mine who I have known for over 20 years and in those years, he has always shown a dedication to fitness. He is a champion athlete and has combined his desire for fitness with a commitment to education and research on latest information in health, nutrition and exercise.
  • Janine G. Aug 18, 2014
    I have been working with Jim for almost a year. It sounds cliche to say he has changed my life, but I don't have a better way to summarize it. Although the certificates say "personal trainer," Jim is a true coach whose professional knowledge coupled with his personal approach to holistic wellness (mind, body and spirit) have given me a body and an outlook that I never dreamed possible. I am 45 years old and was a size 10 when I started with Cutting Edge. I wasn't really looking for a transformation, just a good workout. I was hiring a trainer because I wanted to work out with intensity and consistently. When I started to lose weight (and I had plenty to lose), I told Jim I didn't want to be skinny; I want to be solid. At less than 5 feet tall, I need to feel like I can stand my ground. It took me a long time to trust him and trust that I could lose weight and still feel safe. But he earned my trust. Now, I am a size 0 and totally unafraid. I am strong AND I wear a bikini (a combination I never thought possible!) The results have been way behind anything I could have imagined for myself, not just physically, but emotionally too. I can't wait to see what is next! Jim has the exercise and nutrition thing down to a very exact science. He is boundlessly knowledgable and keeps abreast of the latest research. But there's more to it. His "all in" approach inspires me to dig deep, to reflect, to set goals, to keep track, to figure out why, to understand myself and my behavior in order to make change and build real, lasting strength...the kind that comes from deep inside. Although he has many clients, you always feel like you are the only one. He has on many, many occasions written me personalized workouts that I can do at work, at hotels, on vacation. He is incredibly available via email, too. Whether I am confused or just having a moment of weakness, Jim responds thoroughly and thoughtfully with unconditional support. He is an endless fountain of positive energy and useful information and I have yet to ask him a question he can't answer. The fact that Jim is without question an expert in his field matters beyond his ability to answer my questions though. I trust him to keep me safe in the gym. Lifting weights without a professional who chooses the right weight, watches carefully, and stays protectively close is dangerous. Thanks to Jim's knowledge, experience and diligence, I lift heavy weights to the point of fatigue and have remained injury free despite my age and my size. He really is right there with every rep. But finding the right trainer goes beyond making sure they are highly qualified. The relationship is equally important. I succeed in large part because I want to make Jim proud. I wonder what he would think about what I am about to eat (or drink) before I put it in my mouth. If he expects me to run before our next session, or writes "homework" workouts for me for the weekend, I can't wait to do them. If he hands me a weight I don't think I can handle, I suddenly want to be able to lift it so badly. If I think I'm done and he says he needs more from me, I find more. He pushes me with such intensity that I've come to realize that I had (and still have) no idea what I am capable of...but he does and he won't let me settle for anything less. And yet, as tough as he is on the gym floor, I have met few people in my life who have a heart half as big as Jim's. He is kind, and true, and gentle, and caring. And knowing him has enriched my life beyond measure. I feel very lucky to have Jim in my corner.
  • Joseph S. Jul 25, 2013
    In my three years training with Jim he has not only helped me transform my physique but he has taught me how to integrate that positive change into my life, physically and mentally. What I see in Jim is a person that has dedicated his life to being an expert in his field, and has earned the respect and admiration of his peers all over the country. Don’t just take my word for it - go and talk to him, you will see for yourself.
    James C. Jul 25, 2013

    I am humbled by your words, Joseph. Thank you so very much! And if I can write a little testimonial about make it very easy. Your desire to learn...your desire to better yourself...your commitment to the program...and your consistency...ALL are second to none! It is a pleasure to be able to work with you, Joe. It is individuals like you that make what I do extremely rewarding. Again...thank you! Not only for your testimonial...but for the constant effort you bring to our sessions.

  • Frank D. Jul 24, 2013
    I have been in & out of Gym's for about the last 30 years now, I have never seen a more knowledgeable personal trainer. If your an older person just looking to keep in shape or a bodybuilder looking to change up your work out. Jim Cip will get you results!
    James C. Jul 25, 2013

    Thank you for your kind words, Frank! My mission has always been to create value for all of my clients, provide an experience that far surpasses their expectations, and OF COURSE get them the results that they are looking for. As much as I know that I live every single day accomplishing my mission, it's always great to hear the words come straight from mouth of someone who has experience with my personal training service. Again...I thank you with a very loud voice :)


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
My training is done in a program I call the "Series". The cost is predicated on certain variables: 1) Where the training takes place, 2) How often one trains with me in a week (1, 2, or 3 times) and 3) How many people are involved in a session (from 1 and up to 4)
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Step 1: Sit down consultation in which we discuss where the client is presently in their fitness, where they want to go with it, and I lay out the path I would use to get them there. This initial meeting provides a lot of the answers that help create a program tailored to the client's goals, current fitness level, capabilities, available schedule, etc. It also allows some time to create report with each other :) Step 2: The FREE Workout. This is actually Part 2 of the assessment process. For the potential client, it gives them a feel for what working with me is like. For me, I get to see the individual in action...see where there are strengths, weaknesses, imbalances, etc. This is the final piece of the information puzzle that hones in on perfecting the design of the individual's program. If after these first 2 parts, we both decide we are a good fit to work together... Step 3: Set up an on-going schedule. All of my packages are set up in 4-week blocks, which is considered one training phase. I do NOT do contracts or lock anyone in past 4-weeks. I only want people that love the work we do together and are committed to our training. With that said, all current active clients days and times slots are considered theirs' until they decide to stop training.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Although I was at the top of my class at Springfield College for Health/Fitness and... Although I am/have been certified through multiple nationally recognized organizations... I can honestly say that the bulk of usable information that I have learned has been through my own studies, researching out information, and 20+ years of in-the-trenches work experience. In my first 5-10 years as a personal trainer, I remember thinking how smart I I knew so much. But as I look back over the last 20, I can see that there wasn't a time when I ever stopped learning. And exercise science keep evolving!!! The more the science of fitness keeps evolving, the more I will continue to learn. In fact, one of my daily personal goals is to learn something new. My continuing education NEVER stops. Never gets stale...Never goes stagnant.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I have always had a passion for fitness. From my early school days, I was very active in my own training, competitions, and acquiring as much knowledge as I could. A week out of college, I was contacted about a personal training/fitness director job at a new health club. I took it thinking that I just would earn some money until I found my path. path found me. I loved helping others. I loved transforming bodies. And I loved changing lives. Coupled with my passion for fitness, I found my life's calling.
What types of customers have you worked with?
The VAST majority of people I work with are looking to lose weight and firm/tone their body...a total body transformation. Almost 55% of my clients are women in the age range of 25-55 looking to burn fat, lose inches, and become more toned and defined. 35% of my clients are busy businessmen looking to get in close to their ideal, Adonis-like physique as possible. Recognizing early on that this was going to be my most abundant demographic, I have dedicated my career to becoming completely educated in this process and honing in on the most efficient means to produce incredible body transformation outcomes.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I have too many Success Stories for me to just pick out one. What I can tell you is this... I have had clients that work with me for only a few months (they get a little education, the program, and go off on their own) and I have had clients with me for over 18 years. The vast majority of my clientele has been with me for over 2 years. The reason they stay so long? They love the energy I bring to the session, they love the accountability, they love the motivation and inspiration, they love the extra push I give them, they love the variety of training from month to month (most don't realize how many different techniques there to advance through that help speed up the progress and make training more fun/interesting)...and they love the RESULTS. Client retention says a lot about a trainer. That is something else you should look into when deciding who you are going to work with.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Do your research. Ask for references or check for testimonials and real world proof of success and satisfaction. And...try before you buy.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
How long have they been a personal trainer? What is the trainer's work history? (If someone jumps around work place to work place in this industry, it's usually a red flag) What do I get for my investment? You shouldn't just get some workouts. You should be getting a COACH!!! Are workouts 30 minutes, 60 minutes, or other? Does the trainer provide true one-on-one sessions or are they more small-group in nature? What is does a typical training session consist of? If the trainers is going to stick you on a piece of cardio equipment for 10 minutes (or more) of your session, you are wasting your money.