Absolute Fitness

Hamburg, NY

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Whether you are looking to lose body fat, shed inches, increase strength, enhance sports performance, rehab from an injury or improve your energy levels, we would love to help you. It is imperative to have an approach that is specific to your body, your limitations and your goals.

Areas of focus include the following:

* Weight Loss
* Functional Strength
* Athletic Enhancement
* Rehabilitation
* Group Training
* Custom Program Design

Our location is at 23 Lake St. Hamburg, NY 14075.

Meet our trainers.

Julian Bermingham, CSCS

Julian is a certified strength and conditioning specialist with a bachelor of science in biology. He was a dominant two-sport athlete in football and track at Eden High School. With a strong background in chemistry, physics, and biology, Julian can educate clients about optimal health using a science-based approach. He understands the importance of personalizing your training in order to attain your goals. He is extremely passionate about health and fitness and is always willing to go the extra step to make his clients stronger, fitter, and more mobile. Julian believes that good health is created by consistent effort throughout all aspects of one's life.

Ashley Needham-Norman, DPT

Ashley is a physical therapist currently working in an orthopedic clinic in Angola, NY. Ashley stresses that physical fitness, along with knowledge of proper biomechanics, is the key to injury prevention and overall wellness. She is a Hamburg High School graduate and earned her doctorate in physical therapy from Daemen College. Personal fitness has always been an important aspect of Ashley's life, and she would like to help clients improve their health and attain fitness goals.

Jason Agnello, CSCS, Kettlebell Athletics

Jason is a highly experienced personal trainer and NSCA certified strength and conditioning specialist from Orchard Park, NY. In high school, he excelled in football, baseball, lacrosse, track and wrestling, while studying comparative vertebrate anatomy and genetics. He continued his pursuit in the sciences as a biology major at Fredonia State and graduated with a BA. While serving as editor-in-chief of the university's award-winning newspaper, he was a dominant defenseman on the men's lacrosse team. His background in several athletic disciplines and expertise in science has made him a valuable leader in the fitness community. Jason recently returned from New York City and hopes to help his WNY become more fit and healthy.

Ryan Brunner, CPT

With a bachelor of science in health and physical education, Ryan knows how important physical fitness is for both the mind and the body. Ryan follows the philosophy that if your mind can believe, your body can achieve! With over 2 years of personal training experience, Ryan has learned how to create a fun, enjoyable and highly effective training environment through his passion for helping others succeed. Ryan's goal is to improve clients' quality of life through education, motivation and a customized workout program to fit your individual needs. Ryan continues to stay ahead of the game with the latest techniques and an evidence-based approach.

Nick Duchscherer, DPT, CSCS

Nick earned his doctorate of physical therapy from Daemen College and is an NSCA certified strength and conditioning specialist with 8 years of experience as a health and fitness professional. Nick has had a powerful influence on many people looking to make positive changes in their lives. He has a passion for helping people reach their goals using an approach that is most efficient and catered to the specific needs of the individual. Nick applies his vast knowledge and experience to motivate his clients, make training enjoyable, and most importantly, to deliver optimal results. Nick always uses evidence-based and result-driven techniques that truly deliver.

Personal training pricing is as follows:

* 30 minutes, 1x/week -- $30 (Private), $20 (Buddy) and $15 (Small groups (3-5 people))
* 30 minutes, 2x/week -- $25 (Private), $15 (Buddy) and $10 (Small groups (3-5 people))
* 45 minutes, 1x/week -- $40 (Private), $35 (Buddy) and $20 (Small groups (3-5 people))
* 45 minutes, 2x/week -- $35(Private), $20 (Buddy) and $15 (Small groups (3-5 people))

We also offer a 6-week custom program design, which includes an initial fitness consultation, for $100.


Hamburg, NY 14075

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11 Reviews
  • Sandra H. Sep 29, 2013
    I had bi-lateral total knee replacement in 2008' I did physical therapy after surgery for a few months but after that I didn't continue any therapy. What a big mistake! I needed to strengthen the muscles around my knees. I joined the gym in 2011' and my first day at the gym I had an appt. with Nick ( the best thing I did). I needed a personal trainer to show me how to use the exercise machines properly and what machines would strengthen my knees. I continued with Nick and he set me up with two exercise programs. Nick is very professional also, very knowledgeable in his occupation. I have the strength in my knees and you wouldn't even know I had bi-lateral tkr .Plus I'm losing weight. It's the best investment I ever made for myself .Nick has been given a gift (to help others). THANKS NICK, Sandra H.
  • Mary Anne S. Feb 25, 2013
    I have been working with Nick and have known him for the past four years. He impressed me as a trainer the first time I met him. I had lost 50 pounds and wanted to keep the pounds off. He has more than helped me keep that goal. Even through physical setbacks that I have had, he keeps me motivated. My body fat has decreased and I have never felt better in my life. At my age you need to have balance and agility and Nick helps me with that. He always focuses on form and doing things the right way. I have seen other personal trainers but they don't seem to pay that much attention to their clients. Nick is not like that and always pays attention to your specific needs. I would recommend him to my family, my friends or any one that wants to be physically fit. I consider him the best personal trainer and also my friend.
  • Adam Shannon P. Jan 14, 2013
    We started working with Nick in May of 2011. On our first meeting he struck us as knowledgeable, personable, and attentive to our goals. We both had some sports related injuries and Nick has always been good about modifying workouts as needed to avoid further injury, but continues to push us to strengthen those weak areas. As our fitness goals have changed and evolved Nick has always stepped up to the challenge of making the workouts increasingly challenging to maximize our gains. Nick then introduced us to Aaron who we began working with in the fall of 2011. Aaron brings a lot of energy and fun into the workouts and its clear he loves challenging himself and others to achieve their goals. We cannot say enough good things about these two. Their training knowledge, education, and attention to form and detail make them excellent trainers and their positive attitudes and enthusiasm provide great motivation for great workouts. Thanks for getting our wedding bodies in shape!
  • Marsha V. May 6, 2012
    May 5,2012 I started training with Nick in Jan. 2012. Two months prior I had knee surgery and was given very little guidance on how to manage my rehab. Nick took the challenge and the results have been dramatic. Within four months I have lost 25 lbs, have much greater mobility in my knee and as an added bonus I have much more energy. Nick is a very knowledgeable and motivating trainer. I am so glad I made this commitment-it has been such a positive change in my life.
  • Diane S. Apr 18, 2012
    I have been working with Aaron since January 2012 and have found him conscientious, dedicated and sincere. He is a very good listener, accurately assesses clients' needs and his follow-up is excellent. His personal athletic experience and educational background make him an outstanding trainer from whom I have learned a lot.
  • Lindsay B. Apr 4, 2012
    Verified Review
    I have been working with Nick for a while now and he is by far the best trainer I have ever worked with! My mobility is better than ever before, my body fat has decreased by a lot and my old clothes don't fit me anymore. Nick is knowledgeable, respectful and fun. I would recommend Nick to anyone who wants to achieve a fitness goal in heartbeat!
  • Mike H. Jan 8, 2012
    I always felt or believed I did not need a P.T. because I was going to a gym three to four times a week. However, this past spring I had an illness which prevented me from going through my "usual" workouts for a period of five months. Thus, I was fairly well out ofshape (and strength) when I was finally able to resume physical activity. I had Nick as a P.T. for a few sessions before my illness; I felt his guidance would help me build my physical stamina prior to and during the resumption of my gym routines. When I was ready to get rolling again; Nick had asked if I would agree to train with Aaron, his colleague who would work the Amherst site. Knowing Nick's professionalism and expertise, I knew working with Aaron would be a seamless transfer. I must say Aaron has exceeded my expectations; he gauged my abilities from day one. He knew I had just recovered from treatments that halted my physical activities for several months so, he set my goals accordingly. He worked me per my existing capabilities and knew my potential to push myself harder. Since he knew what I potential I had, he pushed me harder each session.Aaron seems to have a knack at sizing up his client's abilities. My complaints about the exercises being too hard did not make him alter his plan for me ; he pushed me until I completed each set of reps, moans, gripes and all. Every week, I could feel myself getting stronger and feeling more fit. My balance and strength are improving rapidly; I may be a Mr. Atlas by 2013 ! In all seriousness, Aaron knows his "stuff"; he plans each session with my overall goal in mind and never gives in to my complaints about the rigor he puts me through. He has given me a supplemental home based plan as well. In all, the program is a "total package" for personal fitness. In sum, I highly recommend Aaron to anyone in Buffalo / Amherst area looking for a reliable, skilled and knowledgeable P.T. Mike
  • Jeanne M. Jul 27, 2011
    I've been working with Nick since October. I finally feel like my workouts are making a difference! Nick designs programs that are managable yet challenging. He is knowledgable about how the body works. If an injury has occurred he designs his programs to strengthen weak areas and work toward optimal health. He monitors your progress and has a keen eye to notice even the slightest flaw in form. He corrects the flaws to ensure maximum benefit from the exercise. He clearly has a passion for his work. Training with Nick has been one of the best decisions I've made for my health. I highly recommend it!!
  • Mike H. Jul 24, 2011
    Nick is by far a class AAA +++ fitness trainer. He has helped me re-gain my strength, balance and coordination after a brief period of illness. I learn new "tricks of the trade" at each visit. I look forward to my sessions with Nick. Superb trainer; professional and compassionate.
  • Liza Z. Jul 16, 2011
    I have participated in one-on-one and small group training with Nick and enjoyed both experiences. Nick is very knowledgeable, energetic and a great motivator; even on days when I didn't feel like working out (thankfully not too many of those) he got me moving. I would definitely recommend Nick to anyone who is considering working with a trainer, you'll learn a lot about fitness and get results.
  • Wendy N. Jul 12, 2011
    Nick is a top notch personal trainer. He does a great job profiling his clients to find what they are looking for, what their goals are and what restrictions they may have. He definitely strives for total body fitness and wellness. He helped set me in the right direction, he pushed me hard, but always knew when to hold back. He is extremely knowledgable and informative. He laid a great foundation for me to build off of. I appreciate all the time and effort he gave me. I would recommend Nick to ANYONE! Awesome trainer, Awesome young man!


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