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Throughout the entire exchange, joe has been the consummate professional. I will update my review after I've had some months of training with him. Joe was the third trainer I interviewed, and I was extremely impressed with the organized and scientific approach he takes to personal training.Mar 10, 2014Verified
I started with Strong Fit just 3 months before my wedding and the results were amazing! I was in the best shape of my life for my wedding & honeymoon. Marko was my trainer and he was fantastic. I worked out 3x / week and he always kept the sessions fun and interesting. Always something different and new. Marko is definitely an expert and designs training sessions to achieve the results you're looking for - I wanted to tone & trim and we did just that! He's also just very fun & friendly which made the sessions go by quickly. I've never been someone who works out regularly, so I was nervous to get started with a personal trainer - but StrongFit turned out to be an awesome place with a very comfortable environment. A small facility with all brand new equipment makes it a great place for a "non-gym" person. If you're considering a personal trainer, I HIGHLY recommend the crew from StrongFit!!! Your body will thank you :)Jan 20, 2015Verified
Joe Policastro is a master of his craft. His workouts are challenging, and he has a vast knowledge of fitness, nutrition and mechanics of the body. He listens to your needs and desires in order to set training goals, then he constantly monitors and modifies your training as you progress to identify any areas that need improvement. His positive attitude is always uplifting, and he knows just what to say to keep my head in the game. He is without a doubt the best personal trainer I have ever worked with.Apr 7, 2020
I’ve always been a bit apprehensive about big-box gyms. Hidden fees, impossible cancellations, huge crowds and weird equipment etiquette have all scared me off as someone who is new to exercising. I’m the type of person who much prefers to work out at home, where there are the least number of barriers between me and exercise. Before my wedding, I was looking for a little extra motivation to exercise regularly and to have someone show me proper technique for the big barbell lifts. Because a personal trainer was not in my budget, I went looking for something smaller but still affordable. I tried out a few class-based gyms, but many were too intense for someone just starting out, and all of them had a weird cult-like culture that I found off-putting. That’s when I found Strong Fit. For me, it’s all the benefit of a personal trainer at a lower price. Here, you pick the number of days per week that you want to come in and a goal that you want to achieve, and each day your trainer will give you a personalized workout. Each trainer manages a handful of people, which makes it more affordable than a one-on-one session. However, they stagger the appointments so there are never more than a couple people per trainer at a time (at least in the mornings), and they do a really good job of having people use different equipment so you’re never waiting for equipment to open up. Although there is not someone standing over your shoulder 100% of the time (which is a pro for me), both of the trainers that I have worked with (Joe and Jake) will check in and give you pointers, spot you during heavy lifts, and are always very responsive when you have a question or need help. I love Strong Fit because I don’t have to think about my workouts – I just show up, look at my phone and go. I don’t have to deal with taking turns on the equipment and I don’t have to feel nervous about someone watching me do everything. However, despite all of that, I still get a personalized workout plan that adapts as I improve and someone to answer my questions and demonstrate good technique. Both Joe and Jake have been fantastic trainers. Stylistically, I’ve noticed that Jake gave me a bit more one-on-one attention and was quicker to assist with a spot, but Joe gives me better technique feedback and pushes me a little harder. I’m the type to ask when I need help, and I try to keep myself honest about difficulty, so both trainers worked out great for me. Currently, I am working with Joe and have gone from having no barbell knowledge at all to fearlessly doing front/back squats, deadlifts and bench press. I definitely recommend talking to Joe or Jake at Strong Fit if you’re looking for a customized, long-term workout program in a low-key and friendly environment.Jun 11, 2019
I have been working out at StrongFit for about a month as of today. I came into this very out of shape and overweight with a low self-esteem. I started working out with Patrick everyday to change that and I wanted to be in the best shape I could be for my wedding and honeymoon this summer. Patrick immediately demonstrated his knowledge for personal training in our first session. We started out with so many unique exercises and so much focus on adapting my body to a life of fitness that I knew this was not only a great program for me, but for anyone looking to hit their fitness goals. When you find yourself on the fence about personal training, I strongly urge you to spend one week working out with a trainer from StrongFit. Patrick is changing the way I define the word "exercise." With so many stability, strength, and bodyweight exercises I am already noticing the difference in just four weeks. He will start you out with a program that is not overwhelming nor is it too easy. I am challenged everyday to be better than the previous workout and love it[. When you pair yourself with a personal trainer from StrongFit they not only work with you in the gym but they will design personal diet plans that are meant specifically for you and make it very simple to follow without being hungry. If you train here, you will constantly be thanking yourself for making the right decision! - Shane "Apr 16, 2016
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I attend many seminars and workshops to stay up to date with the newest training and fitness research.
- What types of customers have you worked with?1) QUALITY OF LIFE IMPROVEMENT * Improve ones physical abilities to keep them independent and decrease their chances for a serious injury 2) PRIMARY AND SECONDARY HEALTH PREVENTION *Provide training programs to decrease and/or eliminate chronic illness such as hyperlipidemia, diabetes, high blood pressure, CVD, and Obesity 3) REHABILITATION ASSISTANCE AND INJURY/RE-INJURY PREVENTION * Provide strength & conditioning training to susceptible injury/injured areas of the body to prevent injury or re-injury, maximizing individuals return to exercise, sport, or to daily life activities. 4) HUMAN PERFORMANCE TRAINING * Provide individual and inclusive strength & conditioning for maximal performance of athletics and sport 5) WEIGHT LOSS * Provide individuals with an inclusive program that includes a strength training element, cardiovascular element, and nutritional element to manage weight and pack on lean muscle tissue.
- What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?Look at a persons education, experience, and track record. Hire them based on all of these variables and the results they have provided to others. Ask as many questions as you need to before beginning a training program.