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We hired Erika to conduct an interactive cooking class for our daughters 16th birthday. Erika was great with the girls and they all had an amazing time - all while learning to cook and about nutrition. Erika created a menu that was teenage friendly so the girls would really enjoy the food and experience.
Waking up at 6am is difficult and being energized is even more challenging. But Peter is able to keep me focused, engaged and enthusiastic with my 6am workouts and I leave feeling great and ready to tackle the day. He has listened to my workout goals and developed a personalized workout plan for me. I feel like I am working out more effectively than ever before and I can't wait to see the results (I am only a week in). I was impressed the first session when he said that it was a better use of his and my time if I did my cardio warm-up before he arrived so that I wasn't paying him to watch me run on a treadmill - I feel like that showed he respected that I was paying for training and he wanted to make sure I got my money's worth. Peter has also given me great advice about nutrition and workouts outside of my training sessions with him. I feel like he knows his stuff and will ensure I don't injure myself or strain anything while at the same time pushing myself beyond what I think I can do. I feel great and I'm very satisfied so far and would recommend him as a trainer to anyone.
Melissa's cooking event was incredibly informative! I learned so much about nutrition, detoxing, and food preparation. The juice and meals she prepared exceeded my expectations and were wildly delicious!
I was looking for a trainer who was knowledgeable in post surgical training. I had serious issues with my leg and had been through physical therapy and wanted to take the next step to working out again. I needed someone who could assess my limitations and provide a plan of proper exercises without causing pain or injury. Ian was the perfect choice. He motivated and encouraged me every step of the way. The unexpected bonus was his experience in nutrition and formed a plan which helped me finally lose the weight I had gained while recuperating from surgery . I would highly recommend Ian for whatever your goals in training may be. He will definitely help you reach them!
Lucie is absolutely the real deal and a true expert for personal training AND nutrition! I trained with Lucie for about a year and saw the most amazing changes in my body composition and strength than at any other time in my life. I had been around different sports conditioning/ workout programs for about 15 years, since my mid-teens, but can honestly say that I never really knew proper training AND nutrition until I worked with Lucie. You can see that I capitalize "AND" when I say training AND nutrition because when you work with Lucie she proves how much they truly go together. She is truly adept in both training and nutrition and gets results!! She practices what she preaches and her work ethic is contagious. Lucie taught me changes for what to eat and when to eat it. What to have before and after a workout. How much of a certain type of food or nutrient to have a day. How heavy I should be lifting. Everyone is different Lucie can customize based on the client and their goals. If you put forth the effort Lucie has the knowledge and passion for fitness to change your life. Lucie taught me all of these aspects to training and I am forever grateful for the changes she helped me achieve.
I can't speak highly enough about Alex as he has been my trainer and also nutritionist. I have never looked better and that's all due to him creating a specific work out and nutrition plan personalized just for me. He is incredibly professional, knowledgeable, intune, caring, kind and responsive. Hands down he is the absolute best in the industry!
Tom is very knowledgeable in fitness & nutrition. I am very happy to have found Tom on Thumbtack.I have lost 20 lbs. since I started working with Tom. The exercise program he has designed for me truly targets my trouble areas.
Over the years I've worked with 3 other trainers and I would have to say that working with John has been the best. His knowledge, of not only exercise, but nutrition, supplements and rehab protocols gives you a one stop shop to help you completely transform your body. He works around your goals, any injuries you may have and knows his stuff inside and out. Working out with John has been like working out with a family member that cares about you, but actually knows what they're talking about. Since I started working with John, I have lost 25 pounds but have done so, while eating more real food, while rarely, if ever, feeling hungry. During that time I also have lost 11% body fat, which means all the weight I have lost is fat. I am also stronger now than I have ever been. Each workout with John has been different, but there is always incremental progress that you see accumulate. With John it's less of a fad diet or workout program and instead part of a lifestyle plan to help you reach your goals while being the healthiest you can be. I always recommend John to people and have even had my mom start training with him. If you have any doubts before starting, go talk to John, try the free assessment and I believe you will be pleased with the outcome.
When I first met Erika, I had just set out to attempt my first ever sprint triathlon. Up to that point, I had been exercising on my own and lost over 100 lbs. I still needed lots of training and only 8 weeks until the race. What Erika then did for me was above and beyond what I could have done on my own. We began training; building powerful muscles and developing balance and stability. She even helped with nutrition planning and recovery tips. I completed my first sprint triathlon but felt my result was lackluster. For a first timer, this was normal. The next day I quickly signed up for another sprint triathlon for that summer. Once we began training for that, Erika amazed me yet again. The training sessions became much more intense. She provided solid motivation to keep up my mental strength. We built lots of explosive muscle and incredible cardio stamina. I finished the 2nd triathlon in the top 50% overall. It felt amazing. The training also translated well in my other hobby, soccer. The results were very real.
I have had a gym membership for years, but over time I just found myself bored and unmotivated. Having been an athlete in my youth, I've had injuries resulting in 3 knee surgeries and still have chronic ankle/knee problems. I never seemed to make great progress on my own building strength. Being a naturally inconsistent and impatient person, I would often take 1 step forward and 2 steps back because what I was doing to "help" would sometimes end up hurting me. I have made great strides with Michael, he is a great motivator and is passionate about health, nutrition and overall wellness.
Excellent !!!!! I preferred this for my mom who has nutrition issues and barely eats . She’s picky . She loves the meals and it’s comforting to know she is eating 3 meals plus snacks . I would recommend this to everyone .
Paul got me back on track and better than ever! highly recommend his services
Christina is amazing! She helped me reach my nutrition goals in time for my wedding. She is very professional and I am undoubtedly grateful to have had her train me.
Before working with Jim, I exercised occasionally, but never felt like I was getting anywhere. I mountain biked, played with the kids and ran with my dog, and generally considered myself in OK shape (albeit 15lbs heavier than I should be). My workout runs were typically 2-3 miles at top speed (around 7:30 pace, and my Heart Rate would max out around 180bpm). I didn’t enjoy these “all out” runs, and would usually dread going out for my next run. I’m the type of person who likes to succeed at whatever I’m doing, so I’d exercise in “bursts”. During a burst, I’d exercise frequently and would enjoy seeing my pace improve from 8:00/mile down to 7:17/mile (my personal best 2.5 miles). When I stopped seeing improvement (or got injured), exercise would drop down my priority list, I’d stop for a while and would pick it up again a few months later when I had time. In retrospect, my workout regime was unenjoyable and unsustainable. In March 2013 I weighed 187lbs and felt generally unhealthy and out of shape, so started running. I reached out to Jim and mentioned to him that I was running and he started asking questions. It quickly became clear to me that Jim knew a ton about how to train, and he offered to help coach me. On Jim’s advice, I started wearing a Garmin watch and HR monitor on my runs so he could track my workouts. After a few runs he evaluated my situation as: 1. I have a gifted heart rate (who knew?) so had good potential 2. I was running one type of workout (short+fast), and needed to: a. Slow down and get in more miles, and b. Do different types of workouts, each with its own specific purpose 3. Change my diet to get off my “sugar cycle” and shift and my metabolism to become efficient at burning fat Jim said if I followed his program that I would accomplish things I wouldn’t think possible. I figured I’d give it a try. It turns out that following Jim’s recommendations were easy to do. In fact, switching to longer, slower runs made the whole running experience dramatically more enjoyable. I actually looked forward to going out on runs because I was didn’t suffer the way I used to. Jim also gave me some interesting podcasts and books on the topics of health and fitness; I’d listen to them while running on the trail and get more informed and motivated. I found it very motivating to have Jim monitoring my exercise. I’d send him a report after every workout including the Garmin file; he’d analyze it and give specific recommendations on what workout to do next, diet, recovery, sleep, injury prevention, etc. During this period (April 2013-July 2013) I got the exercise bug. I talked to Jim or emailed every day and was really enjoying it, but I was still running much slower than I used to; I probably averaged 9-10 minute mile pace and hadn’t done anything near my 7:17/mile record. I couldn’t see the results, but Jim constantly analyzed the heart rate, pace, elevation profile of my runs and assured me that I was getting much fitter. It turned out that he was right. He was Mr. Miyagi and I was the Karate Kid. I did a sprint triathlon with some colleagues from work in Aug-2013. Despite never having ridden a road bike and being a weak swimmer, my fitness allowed me to finish 3rd in my age group, and (to my surprise) I ran the 5k at 7:02/mile pace after having swum 750 meters and biked 12 miles. After this, I started seeing some amazing improvements: • Aug 2013: Weight had dropped from 187lbs to 163lbs; resting heart rate had dropped from 70 to 48bpm • Oct 2013: Olympic triathlon: 28th of 204 people. Ran 10k at 6:58/mile (after 0.9 mile swim + 24 mile bike) • Feb 2014: Half marathon: 6:44/mile pace (finished top 5%) • Mar 2014: Sprint triathlon: won age group. 11th of 194 people. Ran 6:27/mile pace (after swim + bike) • April 2014: Olympic triathlon: Ran 6:48/mile pace (after 0.9 mile swim + 25 mile bike) • May 2014: Trail Half Marathon (>2,000’ of gain): 3rd overall out of 134 participants (1:44, 7:56 per mile pace) • July 2014: Half Ironman (“70.3”): 76th of 2535. I even beat 5 pros. Qualified for 70.3 world champs in my first 70.3 • Sep 2014: 70.3 World Championships: 902nd/2235. I raced well and enjoyed it (the competition was very fast) • Nov 2014: Ironman Arizona. 10 hours 46 minutes. 170th of ~3000 (top 6%) despite injury issues. • 2015 Season: 2 Ironmans, a 70.3, a sprint (won age group) and an Olympic (8th overall out of 608 athletes!) It has been really fun to improve this quickly. Jim’s transformation approach has made it enjoyable and sustainable. If I hadn’t worked with Jim, my March 2013 exercise burst would have ended a month later, I’d probably still weigh in the 180s, be doing bursts of exercise and my fitness goal would still be to break my 7:17/mile record. Instead, I’ve successfully and sustainably transformed my health and fitness. I set a goal in early 2014 to qualify for the 70.3 and Ironman world championships. A year ago, that goal would have seemed (1) unachievable and (2) completely insane. Now I’m half way there. I know it IS possible, and more importantly I’m enjoying the journey. I talk to Jim daily by email or on the phone. No matter how much faster/fitter I get, I find it immensely helpful to have Jim pore over the details of my workouts, provide feedback, prescribe new workouts, rest, sleep, injury advice, nutrition ideas, equipment, motivation and goal setting. My goals and exercise program will change, but my transformation is permanent. Jim’s approach made it possible.
With 30 minute workouts 2 times a week and dietary support from Michele. My clothes fit and I have more energy than before. All without having to spend hours on the bike or treadmill or without having to starve myself to lose weight. I didn’t think I could do it but Michele helps to keep me on track!
Great personal strength and conditioning training! Many different exercises and fun workouts. Also helped me with my nutrition; helped with portion control Highly recommend to all people.
Having Joe Chong as my trainer, I felt very comfortable working with him. He is extremely knowledgeable on the proper workout techniques and nutritional guidance that were best targeted for my goals. Joe is a very composed, informative and encouraging coach with a winning personality. I always enjoyed our sessions and highly recommend him to anyone looking to achieve their healthy mind and body image goals.
I have been training at the gym for the last 34 years, hired 5 consecutive trainers to come helping me at my building's facility, and Ben is the last trainer I hired for the last 7 months or so til now. In this short time he pushed me to accomplish what I've not imagined I was able to accomplish at my age, and I was not able to do with the past trainers neither. At first I was skeptic when we've started, but upon 2 weeks of him being consistent and insistent with his approach, I surely could see changes taking place on my body, my energy level was the highest ever, my face looked younger, and most of all, people were complimenting my overall looks, and this is what he promised would take place in few days, when we've met for the initial consultation. Fast forward 3 of my building's tenants hired him months ago as well, and are quiet satisfied with their achievements. The only thing I would say I hate about him is, he is tough on me, but patient and consistent, this I cannot deny. Good results come with hard work and discipline. He monitors/changes my diet randomly, to not stagnate as he says, and he lets me "cheat meal" once or twice a week, while keeping my physique looking and feeling outstanding. I had to take time and write this, because Ben knows the ropes based on his long expertise, knowledge in fitness and nutrition, and professional interaction with me, my neighbors do swear by his excellent accomplishments with him, and I am able to witness that too looking at them I am convinced Ben made an outstanding investment for me of my time and money, this is for sure. I am happy overall in life with how I feel and look. Ben deserved my 25 minutes posting a review about him, he did not ask and never asked for it, I am posting it without him being aware of it. Whatever you do, keep in shape, and make sure you hire a trainer how knows, and has experience, considering the fact that there are scores of trainers out there.
Lauren was great! So easy to work with and she really helped me achieve my fitness goals.
Arthur was very in tune to my needs based on my health and physical needs. I was very pleased and intend on setting up regular sessions with him after school starts.
Lisa is a very kind, non judgmental person. You can tell she is very passionate about helping you get on the right track with your health. She listens and really tries to understand what you need and what what works best for you. Also, I appreciate how flexible she can be with her schedule. I absolutely recommend her. You won’t be disappointed!