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I have finally admitted to myself that I hate going to the gym and
if left to my own devices, won't go. And I am not the type to
workout at home. Walking isn't getting me back into shape. So, I
am now looking for a great personal trainer. I've done personal
training in the past and it was fine (although a little boring)
but I am looking for something different. I want a trainer who
programs interesting and challenging workouts that will help me
get back into shape. I don't want to spend an hour with a trainer
and then still have to do cardio (ugh, boring!) and I don't want
to pay a trainer to watch me on the Stairmaster. And I am
definitely not interested in a trainer who chats more than trains.
Do you have a great trainer who keeps you motivated, pushes you
and is helping you change your body? East Bay only, please.
I love, love, love my trainer, Kevin Allen, at Namaste Fit Club
in Emeryville (on Powell just below San Pablo). He owns his own
personal training gym and tailors workouts to meet your personal
needs. He's very experienced, creative and fun to work out with.
He really helped me get back into shape and keeps me motivated.
I've been going for almost a year and rarely have done the same
exercise twice -- he really mixes it up to keep it interesting.
Can you skip cardio on the side altogether? If that's what you
want, he could make that happen. Kevin Allen phone:
You can't do better than Phoenix Gym. This is a small outfit run
by three great trainers, Kelly, Juliet and Dimitri. They run two
bootcamps (one at 6:30AM and one at 9:30AM) MWF, and they also do
personal training. You definitely won't be bored; they do a
different workout every session. And you won't be on the
stairmaster. In fact, the only machine they use is a rower,
sometimes. The workouts are both cardio and strength training.
They are fabulous and fun and you will do things that you never
thought you could do! Just be ready to work hard and sweat!
Check em out at:
Tired, Happy and Fit
Absolutely i have a reference: Erika Peters at EZ Phytness.
she is a motivator, creative, serious and can support you with
any changes you want to make to your body and she's a mother of 2
young ins. and she happens to be one of my oldest friends. she
has great results and she will be able to give you references
upon request if you want to contact her clients. good luck!
Check out the trainers at the Ice Chamber (www.icechamber.com) in
Albany. Jessica in particular designs some interesting, tough
workouts. You could also check out their bootcamps. Very fun,
intense and addictive classes. I absolutely love it there. Great
owners, trainers, community.
An IC Devotee
I know exactly what you mean. I am not self-motivated. I used to
go to the gym and go through the motions using the weight and
cardio machines but wasn't getting in shape. Very discouraging.
So, like you , I looked for a personal trainer. A friend
recommended the trainers at Phoenix Gym and I couldn't be more
thrilled. I have trained with all three trainers and am amazed by
how much stronger I am, how much more energy I have and how much
better my clothes fit.
The workouts are hard - I won't kid you. I've never worked so
hard in my life. But they are always different so it keeps me on
my toes. There are no weight machines so I am constantly doing
body weight exercises like squats and push ups (which I couldn't
do when I started but can now) or lifting dumbbells and barbells,
which use all of your other muscles to keep stable.
Really what makes it special though are the trainers. Juliet,
Kelly and Dmitri all have their own style and way of motivating
you. I always get the feeling that they push me like they do not
because it's their job but because they really want to see me
succeed. And you don't have to worry about chatting because while
they are very friendly, if you can chat, you're not working hard
I highly recommend you contact them. You can do what I did, and
try all 3 before you settle on one trainer. Or you can let them
decide - they have an uncanny way of perfectly matching
Former couch potato
My partner and I have been working out with Aaron Holby 381-3107,
a personal trainer who works with us using free weights, exercise
ball and a few other simple things at our home twice a week. We
found him through BPN 3 years ago and also recommended him to a
friend, who has been working with him for more than 2 years. The
exercise regime is completely personalized and he constantly
evaluates and upgrades it. He's always encouraging, has a
wonderfully dry sense of humor and although I still hate
exercise, I always feel better after working out and have gotten
a lot stronger and more fit. We feel very fortunate to have
found Aaron and recommend him enthusiastically.
“Wanting More”… I empathize. I am a 40-year-old-mother of 3. I
work part-time and consider myself an active person. I am not a
competitive athlete. I have started and stopped diets and
exercise programs and have had more gym memberships than I care
to own up to. But, I have finally found my fitness solution. Her
name is Juliet Harris. She is a truly fabulous personal trainer
and is located in Berkeley. Juliet listened to my personal goals
and creates a new workout program for me each visit. I don’t
think I’ve ever done the same work out twice. The workouts she
creates are different and challenging each time, but they are
never intimidating in any way. Juliet has a knack for motivating
me and keeps me motivated and wanting (key word is -wanting- ) to
come back. And trust me, with my history that is not an easy
feat! There are still days that I don’t feel like putting my
shoes on and working out, but I feel so great when I leave the
gym that it keeps me on track. Juliet is clearly focused on me as an individual and what I really need and
want to work on. She doesn’t just chat and watch me work out.
Juliet is engaged as a trainer. She at times incorporates
partner exercises and works out along side me, guiding and
motivating me as I work to sometimes surprise myself at what I
can accomplish. Juliet is kind, but will not sugar-coat. She is
real. But what impresses me the most is that Juliet cares. It is
obvious that she has my health and well-being as her primary goal
in creating my work outs. It is clearly personal training. If
you want great work outs with someone who knows what they are
doing look up Juliet. By the way – she is the co-owner of the gym
that was mentioned in the last post – Phoenix Fitness.
www.Phoenixfitnessgym.com. Juliet Harris –
Juliet@phoenixfitnessgym.com Good Luck!
I've been training at All-in-One Fitness on Solano Avenue in
Albany (near the corner with Curtis). I work with Jasmine (one
of the co-owners) and Pascha. They're both very knowledgeable,
fun, and motivating. They're trained in a variety of different
methods (including pilates) and design challenging, full-body
workouts. My workouts change every week, keeping things
interesting, and I began to see results after just a month (I've
been going for over 6 months now). Even if I feel run-down when
I go, I feel energized by the end of my workout. I don't think I
could have gotten in shape without them. The clientele there is
also very diverse in terms of fitness level and age, though
everyone is pretty low-key. It's not an intimidating space, and
the trainers are very encouraging.
newly fit in Berkeley
I can't believe I missed your original post! Even though money is
tight, I would never, ever give up my time with my personal trainer,
Kelly Mills. I'm not kidding - I can go without my Peet's, will
brown bag lunch, wear my clothes and shoes until they are falling
apart. But I will not sacrifice my work out. And it's all because of
Kelly is incredibly talented at pushing me beyond my own
self-imposed limitations. Just when I think ''I can't,'' Kelly helps
me see that I can. My body, energy-level and mood have transformed
working out with her. And I am so much stronger. I couldn't even do
a push-up when I met Kelly and now I can do at least 15 (and Kelly
would make me do even more). I am not her most-buff client but she
never ''phones'' my work out in. She is right there with me, keeping
me going just.one.more rep.
More importantly, Kelly really listened to my goals and was honest
about what she could and could not do for me. She doesn't believe in
faddish diets, thinks deprivation is bad for the soul and never met
a cupcake she doesn't like. She's about lifestyle changes that are
reasonable. She measures success by the strength gains I make, not
by the clothing sizes I have dropped (although I have lost a bunch
of weight since I started working out with her. Decided I was
working out too hard to erase it all with tons of junkie snacks).
Kelly, too, has days when she doesn't feel like working out, so she
knows how hard it is for me to put my sneakers on. When I have those
days, she starts easy on me until she can tell the storm cloud is
passing, then she kicks my butt. Oh, and she's really funny.
I wasn't being glib in my opening - I really won't sacrifice my
workout unless it meant not being able to pay my bills or put food
on my table. I guess if I had to, I'd buddy up with someone (two
people working out at once) because it's probably cheaper. Or I'd
sell my car. Because all of the other stuff I think I need doesn't
make me happy in the way that being healthy does.
Contact Kelly - you won't regret it. 415-260-1112
I want to recommend a great personal trainer in West Berkeley named
Kelly Mills. She, and a couple of partners, run a neat little
personal training/fitness class business out of a cute, funky little
barn converted into a gym at Kelly's home. I did some personal
training with Kelly for a couple of months before joining the
bootcamp classes that the gym now offers.
Kelly designs these wonderful, if not a tad evil, workouts that are
actually really fun! I can't imagine ever being bored! It's always
challenging, I'm usually a little sore for a day or two and I am
getting SO STRONG. I can do lots of push-ups, squats, lunges as well
as some other things that may not even have a name. The old me would
find ways to avoid exercise, often missing classes that I'd even
already paid for, but now I never miss a class, not for anything.
It is obvious that Kelly loves what she does and I have no doubt
that anyone looking to get in shape would be really happy with her
as a trainer. http://www.phoenixfitnessgym.com/
I have been seeing a wonderful personal trainer, Lila Heller, at
Working Body (near the Grand Lake theater on Grand Lake) for prenatal
personal training. She's a pilates-based instructor and really
knowledgeable about the body, particularly our changing pre-baby and
post-baby bodies. It's definitely a splurge, but she has taught me so
much about what exercises are best for me at each stage in the
pregnancy that I can tell it's made a huge difference. I am convinced
that she's been a key part of what has made this (my first) pregnancy
so physically manageable. I've also been able to do many exercises on
my own at home. Plus, she's a total gem and has brightened every
week. Lila Heller, Pilates and Personal Training, 510-435-5716.
Can anyone recommend personal
trainer that will come to my home to train myself and my husband?
We are feeling gross, but kids, intense jobs, and long commute
times make it hard to find time for the gym.
want to look better
Aaron Holby. He has been working out with me, my husband, and
friends for a number of years. He comes to our house, and we work
out there, or we run to the park, etc. He's completely reliable.
Aaron always changes it up, makes it interesting. Mixes
weights/strength training, aerobic, resistance, etc. You definitely
won't feel gross anymore! And Aaron is just a great person -- he's
funny, kind of mellow, and sensitive/supportive. He'll push you
when you need it, but he's also thoughtful about what you do so you
don't get injured, etc. He's a really good person to work out with
if you are getting back into it. Call him at 510 381 3107.
Fit and happy, sure helps to have someone come to you!
I have two recommendations:
The Ice Chamber does private training and they used to go to
people's houses, but they are crowded now so I don't know if they
have any time slots available. www.icechamber.com All the trainers
are great and used to people of varying fitness levels. If you
contact them, you will probably speak to Steve, who is the owner.
If they no longer go to people's houses, then I recommend
http://phoenixfitnessgym.com/ The trainers here all used to be
trainers at the icechamber and are also excellent. They may have
more flexibility for personal training.
Personal training changed my life and attitude toward physical
fitness. I highly recommend it. Have fun and get used to feeling
Sore but happy
I can highly recommend Zo De Muro. I know him well. He is empathetic
and listens to his clients. (510) 409 9812, web:
leftcoastfitness.com. check it out.
I highly recommend Ida (blanking on her last name) for all training needs. My
baby was five months old when I started training with her in order to the lose
the baby weight. She was encouraging, motivating, pushed me, and yet was
sensitive to my weak knees and wrists, as well as my general feelings of being
out of shape. One of the things that I’ve always loathed about exercise is
the boring repetition. Ida not only made working out fun with her sparkly
personality, but was always changing my exercises so I never grew bored.
Also great were the written routines she gave me to do on my own – clear and
varied. She tailored all workouts to my goals, desires, and abilities, and n
a very short period of time, I was able to meet my first goal. I love that
she was able to come to my house, that I didn’t any heavy equipment, and that
she was very affordable. I highly recommend Ida to new moms and anyone else
who wants to get into shape! Her info is firstname.lastname@example.org or 51!
I didn't see your original post but I can highly recommend one of the best
trainers in the East Bay - Kelly Mills. She's really intuitive about her
clients' needs, creates challenging but fun workouts and is one of the
funniest and nicest people I have ever met. When she left her old gym, people
were crushed and still miss her. But I just learned she's started her own
business. I'm sure she would come to your house, if that's what you need.
definitely contact her
I am a busy parent who would like to find a personal trainer or
some small classes in the Oakland area so I can get back into
shape. Does anyone have any suggestions?
There is an AWESOME personal trainer in Orinda who may well come to
Oakland. Melissa Aycock - email@example.com
She is super down to earth and just a wonderful warm, non-
judgmental but amazingly fit person. I really look forward to seeing
her each week. She comes to my house (essential since I have young
kids) yet is very affordable. I met her when she was teaching a
spin class at my local gym. I have seen quite a difference in the
time she has been working with me. She led tours with Backroads,
does triathalons herself and has extensive knowledge of muscle
groups, training styles and overall fitness. I feel so much
healthier and happier since working with her. Give her a call! She
will give you a first consultation/analysis for no charge.
got my groove back
I can't believe I missed your original post because I know a team of
incredible trainers. I'm not sure if you're looking to have them come to your
house or if you were just looking for someplace near Oakland. Check out the
trainers at Pheonix Gym in Berkeley.
http://www.phoenixfitnessgym.com/home.html They have a very dedicated
following because they know how to coax the best from their clients. You will
not be sorry, but you will be sore.
smiling and sore
I'm looking for a personal trainer to come to my house and help me
get back in shape post pregnancy. We have a treadmill, weights,
etc., and so I just want some help with a plan and getting started.
Ideally, I'd love a student in training or someone new to personal
training to keep the cost down, but they don't need to be dirt
cheap. Someone good and affordable is what I'm after.
Wanting to Lose the Baby Weight
A year ago I began working with a personal trainer named Sandy
Endo at the Albany YMCA. She has been training a little over
three years and is in the process of completing a Pilates
instructor certification. I was lacking in motivation and
feeling frustrated with the weight Iblinda@fluidpiano.comd gained after having two
kids and needed someone not only to push and motivate me, but
to also be understanding of the position I was in. Sandy was
all of thatb definitely able to push when necessary, capable
of putting together a program that matched my needs, including
cardio, strength and flexibility. Because of her Pilates and
dance background she focuses on integrated/whole body movement
which leads to better posture and alignment. I was so happy
with my results, I got into the habit of exercising on a
regular basis, Iblinda@fluidpiano.comm looking and more importantly feeling better
than ever! And by the way, Sandy is also a mom so understands
what its like after having kids. I might also say she has a
great sense of humor and makes the workout fun! Please give her a call at
510.590.6057 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Her website is
www.sandyendo.com. I hope you can connect with her!
fit and happy
We've worked out with a WONDERFUL personal trainer. Her name
is Shira and she changed our lives. Really! She trains our
whole family, myself and my partner (I'm 46 and my partner is
53-neither of us is what you would call ''athletic'') as well
as our two daughters, who are both 10. Shira is very
affordable ($80 an hour, and she has all kinds of deals for
small groups that can make it even more affordable.) She is
sweet, energetic, and very wonderful with both kids and adults.
She just opened her own gym (The Athletic Playground), but I
think that she'll come to you, if you want her to. Her
workouts are short (15-30 min.) and take EVERYTHING out of me.
Thanks to her I got in shape, for the first time in my life.
She uses every day objects (chairs, doorways, park benches) to
do the workout. It's fun, quick, effective and affordable.
Shira's #: (510)289-1733.
I know of a personal trainer who lives in the East Bay and
works within people's budget. He is very experienced and gives
free phone consultations for an honest, professional opinion
of what type of program will best fit your goals. He has a wide
range of health knowledge including nutrition. He has great
references from several gyms. He has a great sense of humor and
is very easy to work with. His name is Robert Alexander. Please
e-mail me if you want his contact info.
I'm a 43 y.o. woman, overweight and out of shape. I need a
personal trainer! Know anyone who would be good for someone
like me? Ideal person would be in Oakland, but willing to
travel for right person. I'd love someone who pays attention
to core strength and good alignment, who knows about bad knees,
and can help me figure out where to fit exercise into my jammed
schedule. Real nutrition knowledge a plus. Also, how much
should I expect to spend? Thanks!
Last Chance Lucy
Try Margo Rose in Alameda... she's awesome!
i love Andrea. she's not a crazy in your face trainer. she's mellow and
encouraging and really knows her stuff (lots of education in fitness). she
can come to you, and take the workout to your home/office/local park. I went
to her gym (oakland) cos it worked out better for me.
Andrea Johnson - (510) 725-9970
I highly recommend Zo de Muro. He's based in the eastbay. He is sensitive,
supportive and non-judgemental. I've worked w/ trainers in the past - and
he is by far one of the best. He can be reached at email@example.com
(www.leftcoastfitness.com), his rates are very reasonable. Feel free to
also email me directly if you have any questions.
Well at 46 years old, living in Berkeley, working in Corte Madera, I got
sick of being fat and tired, weak and tired, and overall sick and tired. I
joined a gym in Corte Madera that I highly recommend (but not for those you
commuting), but the best things was Stein Skaar, my personal trainer. He's
worth making the trip to Mairn County. I've lost 30 pounds and 10 inches
around my mid-section (alone!) since February. We do circuit training with
some Crossfit (Google Crossfit for more on that), which is relentless and
very difficult, but it does work. Most of this training focuses on whole
body exercises, including a lot of core work. Please email me if you would
like more info about the kind of training I am doing. Visit Stein's website,
www.skaarfitness.com for info on him, if interested. I'm sure you can find
someone in the East Bay as well, but it may take a few meetings with several
people to find the ''right fit''. I lucked out with this guy. Just to let
you know how awesome this 2-day a week regine has been, I took my 22 year old relatively
athletic son in to work in with Stein on my last session... he was beat
after the first round, while I was still raring to go. His reaction? He
texted his girlfriend on the way home... ''My mom is a SAVAGE and her
trainer is NO JOKE!'' Yeah, at 46 and after 10 years as a couch potato, I
kicked my 22 year old son's ass. That's how good it is.
It's so empowering, strengthening, just amazing and great, great results. By
the way you are probably looking at $50 - $75/per hour to work with a
trainer. I train twice a week for 1 hour, and work out on my own 2 - 3 days,
doing cardio workouts for 1/2 an hour.
I would *highly* recommend Sharon Snyder (www.bumblebeefitness.com). She
works in SF so that may not work so well for you. However, you should
really check out her site. She works primarily with plus-size women and is
all about setting fitness goals and helping you achieve them. She is very
knowledgable about issue for people with no history of excercise and
physical health issues or limitations due to size and history of inactivity.
She also has rates posted on her site which will give you a sense of the
I need some help and motivation to get started on a road toward better
health and fitness. I'm currently taking 8 prescription drugs for high
cholesterol, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, depression, insomnia,
yadda yadda. I feel like a walking medicine cabinet and a time bomb. I
want to see my kids grow up. I have a long history of starvation diets and
obsessed exercising, including anorexia and bulimia, so calorie counting
and ''boot camp'' style personal trainers are a slippery slope for me.
While I've stopped starving and throwing up (through 12 step recovery in
OA), I now find myself obese and unhealthy. I've tried OA for my
compulsive eating issues as well, but the ''tough love'' form of 12 step I
encountered there sent me into a bulimia relapse. I'm seeing a therapist
to work on my emotional health, but I'm in search of a personal trainer or
wellness coach to help me build physical health without launching me into
an obsessive exercise or diet program. Sorry for the long post, but I'd appreciate any recommendations!
If you have not tried a Pilates class - you should try one of
Karen Emery's classes held at Ashkenaz on Wed evening at
5:30, Thursday day (10:30 & 12:00) & Saturday morning at
9:00. The 10:30 AM class on Thursday is Level 1 and a great
way to learn some of the basic moves and terminology and it
is not that easy! Karen also does privates at her home on
Pilates equipment, does home sessions and can work with you
on a personalized exercise plan. You can call her at
510-236-5113 for more information.
I really recommend Margo Rose in Alameda. She is very
sensitive to your needs, both physical and emotional, and will
tailor each workout to address your specific needs. She is
also very aware of, and experienced with, all the myriad
issues surrounding eating, weight, and body image. Call her at
(510) 910-3719 or check out her website:
--fan of my personal trainer
I think you might like to work with Brad Lebowitz, who is a personal
trainer at the Berkeley YMCA. He works with the mind-body
connection, and is sensitive to clients' emotional needs. He also
has knowledge regarding eating issues.
Over 50, couch potatoe, it's time for a change. Does anyone know
of a female personal trainor in the Richmond area?
done with Ohpra
Alonn Ilan of FitnessforParents.com is an Ace certified personal trainer and a certified Pilates instructor. She is easy to work with and very knowledgeable. I am experiencing great results with her! You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 510-508-0684. Julie
Hi. I'm looking for a trainer who can help me in/near my home to help
me get in shape FAST. I'm fairly athletic, but have lost a lot of
ground --haven't done much except hike over the last year. I signed up
to do a cross country ski marathon in March, and I need some help to
get myself ready. Also, my knee has begun to really bother me, so I'm
looking for someone who will design/coach me through a program and help
with rehabilitating my knee. And who won't let me get away with any
more loafing (while maintaining a sense of humor about it).
You don't say where you live, but I highly recommend Margo
Rose in Alameda. (www.functionalfitness4you.com) She can
address a wide range of fitness needs, and is particularly
skilled in helping people with injuries or other physical
conditions that would otherwise limit their workouts. In
addition she is a delightful person to spend time with, but
she can also kick your butt (in a good way) if that is what
--former athlete who'd be lost without my personal trainer
After many years of living a sedentary lifestyle my father has finally
started working out with a great personal trainer in Walnut Creek. He is
now moving to El Sobrante and would like to find a personal trainer in
that area. My father has had a stroke in the past, a heart attack,
diabetes etc etc etc. I am AMAZED at the gains he has made in just a few
weeks of working out. He is motivated too, really improving in his
health and loving his work outs. Can anyone please recommend a great
personal trainer in the El Sobrante area that has experience with people
like my dad? He is 69 too.
Hi, There's a great club in El Sobrante called Lakeridge. They have personal trainers there. In Good Health!
I am very over weight and need to loose around 100lbs. I have a friend that
is in same situation. Together we would like to hire a personal trainer to
guide us regarding exercise and nutrition. We both are members of 24 hr
fitness but would be willing to train elsewhere if necessary. We are not
sure how to find someone outside of 24 hour fitness. Any names, advice or
suggestions would be appreciated.
Bambi at Working Body on Grand Ave in Oakland is very professional, knows
anatomy and physiology and the place she works at is tops, much more than
a gym but at no cost to use if you train with somebody there. Bambi is
skinny, that may be an inspiration or not!
Bladium in Alameda, has excellent personal trainers and fun, supportive,
challenging classes. The atmosphere is very low key and caring.
working on getting healthy
If you are looking for a personal trainer who is knowledgeable,
compassionate, and a really, really nice person, I STRONGLY recommend
Nancy Burns, owner of Body Wisdom Studio. I have been working with Nancy
for a number of years and she is simply amazing.
She has a vast knowledge which includes a variety of exercise methods,
nutrition and massage. She uses this to tailor her training to the
individual needs of each of her clients. Over the years, I have seen her
work with people, like yourself, who want to lose substantial amounts of
weight, people in their 80's and 90's who need help with balance, people
with back problems, and people who just need to get movement back into
Just as important, Nancy is a genuinely nice person! She is not
judgmental, but uses humor and (when needed) some firm prodding to keep
you on track. Her emphasis is on wellness and health, not on sculpting 6
pack abs (though that does come with time :) She has made a HUGE
difference in my life. It has truly transformed me physically and
I know I sound like an ad and no, I'm not related to her. I am just
thrilled with what she has done for me, my husband and daughter (who also
now work out with her) and for my friends who also use her.
If you want more information or to have me gush more about Nancy, you can
email me directly. If you want to reach Nancy, you can call her at (415)
722-3000 (not to worry - she is in the East Bay) or you can look at her
And on that note, I think I'll go down to the gym! Seriously, though, best
of luck with whatever you decide. I've been there myself (lost over 70
pounds and HAVE KEPT IT OFF). It's hard work, but worth it.
I highly encourage you to check out the Ice Chamber. All of the personal
trainers there are AMAZING, plus they offer Bootcamp classes a few times a
day which can have you working out with 10-20 other folks who are doing
their darndest to get fit, stay fit and increase their athletic
performance. I have found it incredibly motivational to workout with and
among this crowd--''sticking with it'' has been my historic problem, but
not any more. They are very goal focused and will help you with mapping
out milestones along your personal path.
Check out their web site: www.icechamber.com. It looks hardcore...and is,
but if you run through the blog, you'll see that it's an amazing community
of supportive folks--many of whom have worked hard to shed many pounds and
get into the best conditions of their lives.
Love the Ice Chamber
I'd like to recommend Susan Koenig as a personal trainer. She's terrific!
Her e-mail is email@example.com and she can also be reached through the
Berkeley Y, which is where I met her. She'll cheerfully help you meet
your fitness/weight loss goals, but best of all, you'll find yourself in
better shape than you've been in years. She'll help you with cardio,
strength training and agility, challenging you more than you'll ever
challenge yourself if you work alone.
We found our personal trainer through the BPN 1-1/2 yrs ago: Aaron Holby
381-3108 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Aaron comes to our home twice a
week. I've trained with him for 1-1/2 yrs, my friend LD for about the
same amt of time and my partner Laura for about a year and I can say that
for all 3 of us, he's fantastic! Laura and I are in our 60's and LD is in
his 40's. Aaron's incredibly knowledgeable, sincerely encouraging, never
macho. He's skilled at working with our various disabilities, always
kind, but not afraid to push -- safely. Wonderful, subtle sense of humor.
He gets me to work harder than I ever would on my own. On my own, I did
not exercise at all and despaired of ever getting strong and healthy, so I
give Aaron all the credit. He is constantly altering and fine-tuning the
program for each of us as individuals. It's the best investment I ever
made in myself. As an exercise-phobe who's tried other trainers at the
Berkeley Y, in my opinion, he's the best.
I would recommend Morgan McDowell as a personal trainer he has a lot of
experience and holds a Masters Degree in Sports Performance Training but
mostly works with everyday people looking to make a change in their level
of health and fitness. He works out of Emerson Sport and Fitness
in the Temescal area and at Club One in Downtown Oakland
I do not have a specific personal trainer to recommend but places like the
Berkeley YMCA have reputable trainers on staff for many years now.
I would like to offer an alternative approach to the struggle with weight
and food issues. Address the weight issue and exercise can once again
become part of a balanced life. Consider going to a meeting of FOOD
ADDICTS IN RECOVERY ANONYMOUS or FA for short. FA is based on the 12-steps
of AA and recovery from the physical addiction to flour, sugar and food in
quantities is only the most immediately apparent result of working its
program. The mental and emotional well-being that comes with it is truly
phenomenal and you will get to hear the personal journeys of people who
have been at their normal weight for years! FA is a wonderful free
fellowship with many strong large meetings in the SF Bay Area. You can
find the local meetings from the website.
Since early May 2007, I have released about 70 pounds and my blood
pressure, severe chronic joint pain due to inflammation in the connective
tissue from eating inappropriately as much as from the actual extra
weight, and other very unpleasant results of how I was eating are all
normalizing. I am doing yoga regularly now because it feels good to do it
and I am enjoying life once again. Especially at the holidays, it is a
great way to rediscover taking care of yourself.
FA World Service Office
New Phone: (781) 932-6300
I'd suggest you contact Jamie Greenwood Dougherty. She is a
one-stop-shop: exercise, nutrition, lifestyle, and all with a sense of
humor and a non-draconian approach (what a radical idea--that you should
enjoy your life!) Her number is 510-393-0437 and her website is
Best of Luck
look up the Ice Chamber in Albany on the web (www.icechamber.com) They
have ''buddy sessions'' with their personal trainers, where you can split
the costs of the trainer between you and your friend. I love their boot
camp classes and have been a devotee to them for over a year. I feel
fantastic and have dropped 3 sizes! You may want to hire one of the
trainers (all are EXCELLENT) for a month or two to help get the basics of
the workouts and also the nutrition help & goal tracking (they take body
stats every week). Then get into the boot camp to help maintain your
goals. It's not an easy workout but you'll feel great for maximizing your
workout plan. good luck.
I am looking for recommendations for a personal trainer at the Albany YMCA. I have two boys under three I need to keep up with while pushing forty, and wouldn't mind if my body started looking more like it's old self again (or better) too! -Motivated but a little lumpy mamma
At the Albany Y I do not use a personal trainer but I do go
to a couple of the classes. You can try them out and see if
they suit your needs. Mary is an excellent instructor who
motivates but is not too pushy. Her core strength class is
really good. Chrissy is great like Mary and teaches a great
couple of cardio-kidk box classes. Some folks love the
Sunday morning latin dance class at 8:30. These are all
great ways to get active, fun and strngth-building workouts
in. There is aslo childcare during some of these.
Sandy Endo is a great personal trainer. She's a mom herself
and is really encouraging and positive. I highly recommend
I'm looking for a personal trainer who can connect and motivate my middle
school age daughter to work and strengthen her core muscles. She had
major surgery when she was younger and her abdominal muscles were cut in
the process. She is interested in working on her core muscles and has
asked for someone to help her with this. Thank you.
Core concerned mom
My husband and I have been working out with Aaron Holby [(510) 381-3107]
for a while now, focusing on core body strength (as well as aerobic
fitness). He comes to our house in Rockridge. We think he's great --
very body knowledgeable, good at adapting to meet your current physical
needs, works with weights, ball, bands, etc, to do the most appropriate
work. He can set up a program for you to do when you are not with him as
well. My husband in particular has been really thrilled with the degree
to which his core strength has developed (he has also done biking with
Aaron). Aaron has worked with us well around various injuries (ranging
from mild to serious), continuing to make progress. And he is a pleasure
to be around -- caring person, funny too. He pushes you, but he's not a
drill sargeant. Highly recommend him.
Got a strong tummy!
I highly recommend Georgia Gibbon. I've worked with her for several years
and she's been amazing. Core exercises on the stability ball, the bosu etc
have been a key component of my program.
She is a warm and caring individual and fun to be around. I know that
she'd be good with a younger person since she has a teenage son herself.
You can reach her at 510-301-1095
Dr Suzanne Martin is in Alameda, and is a physical therapist as well as a
pilates trainer. I've been seeing her for a month or so for help
rehabilitating and strengthening my back after having 2 kids and living
with scoliosis. I like that she has training in both PT and pilates, as
well as many other methods of healing and strengthening. Check out her
website and give her a call! www.totalbodydevelopment.com
getting back my core strength
I know of a great personal trainer who has worked with my sister's
children for the last 3 years on sports conditioning and core work. He
works outside as well as in home. He also works with kids at a private
high school as an assistant strength and conditioning coach, so he is good
with kids. His name is Steven and he lives in the East Bay. 415 244-7577
Has anyone worked with Irene Diamond, a ''personal weight
management and exercise coach'' in San Francisco? Or does anyone
have a recommendation for someone similar in the East Bay? I
need highly structured, one-on-one attention; weight watchers is
too big for me.
thanks for your help!
Overweight and desperate
I know about weight trouble, and I can tell you, if you are looking to lose weight, you
really should get in touch with Courtney Zaleski. She quit for a while after she had a
baby, but has said she will take on a few new clients. Her own weight loss after the baby
is truly inspiring.
Courtney will provide support and encouragement, but at the same time pushes you and will
act as the drill sergeant that most of us need. What really separates her is that she
realizes that weight loss is more about finding out how to get us to do what needs to be
done not just telling us what we need to do.
I believe she charges $75/hr to come to your house, and $15 for 15 minute phone check-ups.
You can reach her most easily by phone at (510) 919-9952. That call is free.
Best of Luck,
Weight Loss Success Story
Look in to the Ice Chamber in Albany, an excerise facility on
the frontage road. Read the testimonials, it really does push
you to higher limits you never thought you could do. I have
been doing their boot camp classes in the early morning and
seeing great results, I feel better and my jeans are easier to
button these days. They have nutrition plan/diet you can
follow that is high on protein and low on carbs and helps you
Check out their website:
I'm a woman, I'm in my mid-thirties, I belong to the Berkeley Y,
and I'd like to find a great personal trainer starting in July.
By great, I mean someone who will push me hard. I've exercised my
whole life, but it's easy for me to fall into a pretty easy
routine so I want someone who will motivate me to get out of my
comfort zone. I think the Y only allows personal trainers
associated with the Y to train people at the Y, and that concerns
me a bit, because most of the trainers I've observed seem to be
working with older (55+) people and acting as physical therapists
(focusing on rehabilitation).
I took a three months circuit training in a small group with 2
wonderful women: Katie Meyers, who is the director of the
women's fitness center, and Amanda Smith who is a personal
trainer. both are great. I'm not sure that Katie does personal
training, but Amanda is, and I think she is a good fit, because
she works with you, she is very knowledgable in Anatomy, and
also, she is good sports. she is very young and petite , but
don't let this put you off
In better shape now
I know of an excellent trainer who works out of a new studio in
El Cerrito (called FitWise Pilates). I'd give her a call: Ronda
If you are planning to pay for a personal trainer, forget the Y. We
members and supporters of the Berkeley Y and would not dream of
but for a blitzkrieg get-in-shape training session, you want THE ICE
The Ice Chamber has about three different programs and one will be
right for you.
There is the ''personal coaching,'' which is a one-on-one session and
will kick your
provervial flabby butt. There are also two kinds of group classes.
''BOOT CAMP'' is the most intensive workout you can get, and believe
me, by day 3
you are cursing Steve (your trainer) and yourself for having gotten
this far out of
shape. The evening ''FITNESS CLASS'' is also intense and is for
option you probably do not want since you are already a member of the
Remember gym class? This is like that but harder and without the
My story: At 43 and a former competitive athlete (high school and
though I was skiing and jogging and swimming, I was out of shape and
had not lost
my baby weight ( my kid was 2 years old). I thought I knew what to
worked out with a personal trainer before so I was ready for the
challenge (when I
was competing, I worked hard, too, or so I thought).
Enter the ICE CHAMBER. After the first day, all I could do was kiss
my son and go to
bed. The second day, I managed to kiss my husband and son... and then
go to bed.
The third day, several motrins later, as I stumbled in for my workout,
''This is what it's like to hit the wall. You have to hit the wall to
know where your
threshold is.'' That was in April (I can't believe it's only April).
Since those fateful first three days. my BMI and body fat count are
losing weight and almost back to a 4 petite (I'm in a 4 now), and I am
better shape than I was in my 20s . . . or at least getting there. I
am still pretty
much contsantly sore, because Steve and Maya rotate the exercises and
costantly. My abs are killing me, but I see the indentations of
through. I still have to ice my hams now and again, but they are well
ST-rong. I don't have waddly chicken arms, either, so I am ready for
My food intake has changed, too. I learned that because I don't
produce the kind of
growth hormone at 40 that I did at 20 (duh), I simply cannot eat crap
Goldfish off my kid's plate, and potatoes, and burritos laden with
expect recover in time for my next workout. Naturally, I'm drinking
more water and
green tea, eating more energy foods (protein and leafy greens). More
I'm eating less ''lazy'' foods: risotto, pasta, sandwiches, and the
like (you know, kid
food). And when I do choose to have a piece of cake or a glass of
wine, I make sure
it's worth eating. I figure I'm old enough not to drink bad wine or
sugary cake just
to be polite. Besides, at 43, I can always pat my stomach and say
''I'm on a diet.''
If I sound a bit evangelical, I confess that I am a convert. I had
planned to only do
the bootcamp for 1 month (blitz), but now I cannot see ever giving it
husband, too. After seeing my results, he joined the evening class
and is probably
going to cancel his Y membership. He was a former competitive rower
who got a
little chunky, and after only one month, has seen incredible results.
Neither of us
realized how much time we were wasting going through the motions at
As we've gotten older, we realize that this stuff about walking 45
minutes a day as a
measure of good health just isn't cutting it. We're not trying to be
25 anymore (who
would want to do that?), but we want to be able to telemark a run
and go bowling without throwing out our backs. Well, and it doesn't
hurt to feel
good about the way you look in a littel black dress.
check them out http://www.icechamber.com
Hello! I'm the stay-at-home mom of a 1 year old, and wanting to
get back into pre-baby shape. Can anyone recommend a good at-
home personal trainer that will come to my home in Rockridge?
I highly recommend Karen Parker. She's highly skilled and very
perceptive about working with you exactly as you are to get you
where you want to go. Her phone is 510.332.6034,
My friend and colleague is a certified personal trainer. She
has run boot camps, has lots of experience and has some
openings right now. Her name is Camilla Coakley and she can be
reached at camilla_coakley[at]yahoo.com or 917-658-1347. Good
I know just the person for you! I highly recommend Aaron
Holby. Aaron comes to my house two days a week in the AM (in
Rockridge). We do resistance training, weights and then do
aerobic work (running or sprints). It has been just awesome
because the workout is really varied, and I have gained core
strength as well as aerobic fitness. Aaron is super because he
pushes you (he is an ex-college baseball player, bicyclist, very
fit), but in the gentlest way -- he is the first person I have
ever worked out with who has actually encouraged me to take it
*easier* on certain days when its clear I am exhausted, etc. I
think Aaron has a really balanced way of looking at getting fit -
- really attuned. Seems like he listens to what you want, is
flexible to your goals, and really helps you get there. His
number is: (510) 381-3107 Email: aaronholby[at]sbcglobal.net.
I am looking for a personal trainer who could come to my home
so I could exercise during my baby's nap times a few times a
week. The emphasis would be on core strength since my
pregnancy certainly changed that. I've looked through the old
postings but they are rather dated and I'd love some more
recent recommendations. Thank you!
Dolores Allen will come to your house for personal training--
she's wonderful, and has expertise in pre/post-partum
exercise! give her a call at 415/225-5711
Tell her Julie sent you!
I am a 38 yo woman. I want to find someone to help me improve
my running, maybe even train for a race. Ideally it would be
someone who could run with me 2 mornings a week, on the early
side (maybe 6:30 or 7am). For the past 15 years I have been
pretty fit (exercising regularly in the gym, lifting), but in
the past year have fallen off the wagon (1.5 year old son, C-
section, busy work schedule, generally overwhelmed). I need to
regain my aerobic fitness -- and I want to break my dependency
on the gym (after all, you can run almost anywhere). I have run
off and on in my past, but never get that ''high'' that people
talk about -- I am hoping to get in the groove enough with
running that it gives me meaningful release from stress, and
that I can make it a regular form of exercise.
Too busy to drive to the gym... :)
I have a WONDERFUL running coach who is also my personal trainer.
He is an Olympic Track and Field athlete who goes to Cal.
He runs with me (or watches me run) and cross-trains me to help me improve my
form and strenthen my left knee (which is a problem for me). He videotapes you and
identifies what you need to do, and then creates a customized program.
I cannot say enough good things about him. You don't have to join a gym, he will
meet you at the track or trail. For gym workouts, you don't have to join the gym.
Because you are his client you just get in free the days you meet him there. (RSF, on
Bancroft) He often has clients at 5 or 6 am and he goes until late at night, and
weekends. It costs around 500 dollars for 12 sessions, which is pretty cheap.
I have lost 2 dress sizes since I have been with him (started in Oct. last year) and my
knee pain is now gone. My girlfriend also goes to him, and my husband just started,
You can call him at 510-206-8077 or email him at Yuca14 AT hotmail.com
His name is Jorge Ivan Renteria Martinez.
Check out See Jane Run on College Avenue in Oakland a few doors
down from Zachary's Pizza. They have organized weekly runs.
That might give you the motivation you're looking for.
This may be somewhat of an unusual request but I'm wondering if
anyone knows of a swim coach/personal trainer with expertise in
swimming that I might be able to hire to put together a swim
workout plan for my husband. Thanks!
My husband is taking lessons from Leslie and is very content.
Her contact info is Leslie Thomas, leslie AT swim-art.com or
Yes, I do! Sharon Snyder at Bumblebee Fitness is a personal
trainer whose main sport has been swimming. She's now doing
triathlons. Contact her at sharon AT bumblebeefitness.com.
I'm wondering if anyone has any recent advice about someone who
would meet with me a couple of times to help me organize a fitness
routine. I recently lost a lot of weight, so now it's time to take it to the next
step. I don't want to join a gym but would rather get some advice about
organizing a fitness plan that I can implement on my own. I just need
the kick-start. Thanks for any input you have!
I am a personal trainer in Oakland and I would love to meet
with you to design a program to take you to the next level in
your training. Check out my web page for more info about me.
Good luck on your road to health!
I'd highly recommend my
trainer, Dolores Allen. She comes to your house and creates a
great workout that you can do on your own in between visits.
Her prices are incredibly reasonable and she is fun to work
with. Her cell phone is 415/225-5711.
Hi, I am looking for a personal trainer in Lamorinda. Would
prefer a female, very experienced and hopefully someone who can
coach me on eating habits as well. I've been very idle for past
2-4 years, and tired of aching everytime I take a short walk.
Need someone who is energetic, knowlegable and motivating!
thanks so much,
I love my personal trainer! It is the best money I have ever
invested in myself. I meet with her once every 8 weeks to
review my exercise program and to get a new weight and
resistance training routine. Because of Jennifer, I have lost
50 pounds and maintained it for the past 20 months. Jenn has
also given me the confidence to complete 2 sprint triathlons, a
66.5 mile bike ride in Napa Valley and swim a mile to raise
money for women with cancer. In March when she suggested the
tri, I just laughed. Now, I'm considering training for an
olympic triathlon next spring.
Call Jennifer Hubbard at 415-543-1110. You will probably have
to leave a voice mail message. She works in the City but lives
in the East Bay. Jenn loves working with women over 40 and
never overwhelms you with a workout that is too difficult. She
is a pilates instructor and has completed many Ironmans. Tell
her Sabrina gave you her name.
Please allow me to offer my services. Although I live in
Oakland, I travel all over the bay area. Check out my website:
Good luck and have fun getting healthy!
I'm looking for a personal trainer who can help me get the
amazing abdominal muscles I've always wanted. I'm 40 and I have
some post-pregnancy fat around my stomach, and I haven't been
able to make the time to do much exercise (I'm a single mom).
>From what I've read, really ripped abs are mostly about losing
fat and not so much about intense exercise--so maybe what I need
is a diet consultant? I've always been thin and I don't really
even know how to lose fat. I want a really really specific
program and an idea of whether I can even have amazing abs or if
i should forget about it, and if I can, how long it might take.
I think this is my last chance to do something like this.
Please no judgments as to how my time and energy might be better
spent. Has anyone out there tried anything like this?
You might try pilates for your abs - is a good way to create
lean, non bulky abs. Tends to work deeper than the usual
gym style crunches. I bulk up easily doing conventional gym
stuff, but pilates works great for me- keeps me looking lean
and streamlined instead of wide. Plus requires some
thinking about how you work, which I like- keeps me from
getting bored. But from what you say maybe you also need
some cardio stuff. Anyway, the pilates trainer I work is
named Junko and I love her! Her phone number is
415-999-4894- she teaches in oakland.
fit after 9 months
Hi, I think the personal trainers at the Claremont Hotel are all
very qualified and interesting people. They hire well there!
I'm a certified personal trainer and I just happened to read
your question about abs. You're right about having to do more
cardio to burn the fat. ''Spot Training'' doesn't work. You can
tone the muscle underneath the fat, but you've got to burn the
fat off for it to show!!
Of course, the more muscle mass, you have, the higher your
metabolism becomes, and therefore, you end up burning up more
calories during the course of the day. But, I still emphasize
cardio for people who want to lose fat.
To get really great abs, I'd recommend doing some fat burning
cardio 4-5 X per week, (either moderate intensity like walking
for a min. of 30 min. or jogging for a min. of 20 min.) and
doing some abs resistance work, (crunches, planks, etc.) at
least 3 X per week, resting a day in between.
One of the fastest way to strengthen your abs is to do crunches
on a physioball. They're available at Elephant pharmacy,
Walgreens, Barnes and Noble even I think. There's a great video
that you can get for abs work on the ball at Elephant pharmacy
that I'd recommend. Even replacing your office chair with a ball
will strengthen your abdominal muscles. (Although it may take
some practice first and getting used to!)
Of course, diet plays a huge role as well, if you're wanting to
lose weight. I am currently in nutrition school and am learning
a lot about weight management. I'd be happy to meet with you and
go over a few basics if you'd like. I could also get you started
on an abs routine. Please check out my website:
www.herestoyourhealth.info, or call me at 510-524-0810
I'm looking for a personal trainer who can help me get into shape. I'd
to work with a woman, although I can be flexible with the right person.
love someone who is kind and easygoing, and who won't be judgmental,
because I have a LOT of work to do. I'm looking to create a long term
relationship so a sense of humor is also essential.
I love my personal trainer, Dolores Allen. She's affiliated
with Club One but also has her own company on the side which
caters to coming to you. She also specializes in prenatal and
post-pregnancy training. You can reach her at 415/467-3814.
I would recommend Zephyr at the Nautilus at 1270 San Pablo
between Marin and Gilman. She knows her stuff, communicates
well and has a very positive demeanor. She has made incredible
progress in reshaping her own body, but is refreshing in that
she does not look like your typical trainer. She will
understand where you are coming from and where you are trying to
go. Call her at 451-2789.
I am taking a postnatal excercise class with Helene Byrne who is
also a personal trainer. She is wonderful and would be a great
personal trainer even if you are not postnatal. She is extremely
knowledgeable, explains things well and is fun. She focuses on
alignment, body mechanics and the abdominal muscles. I have
asked her questions about specific issues like my knees and she
has given me some good excercises. She has also written a book
that has the excercises from the class that is good too. She has
a website too -- you can find it by typing her name into a
I've been going to Dr. Abu Pigott for personal training for 7 years now.
specializes in one-on-one training for sedentary adults. I can't say
good things about him -- he's very flexible, with a great, easygoing
personality and good sense of humor. He is also a chiropractor, which
great for me as I had a lot of back and shoulder problems from sitting
front of a computer all day. But he primarily focuses on personal
His office is called Next Level Fitness, and it's on Mandana near
in Oakland. Phone is 510.465.0978, website is
I am looking for a personal trainer to design a in-home workout
for me that is tailored specifically to the needs of a pregnant
woman -- to keeping my body in the best shape possible during my
pregnancy and to preparing myself for childbirth. I especially
want help working on my core strength. I have a ten-month-old
baby at home, so the gym (where I practically lived during my
first pregancy) isn't an option. I looked on the website, but
only found general recommendations for personal trainers -- not
recommendations geared specifically toward trainers who have the
knowledge and experience needed to address the specific needs of
pregnancy. Trainers who can help with nutrition a plus, but not
I am a perinatal exercise specialist, ACE certified personal
trainer, and author of ''Exercise After Pregnancy: How to Look and
Feel Your Best''. You can reach me at 530-5710.
I know of a fabulous personal trainer who specializes in pre and
post natal. Her name is Alicia Drake and she can be reached at
510-536-5564 or at ontrackATearthlinkDOTnet. Alicia is very
motivating -- and great at customizing a program based on your
specific needs. I would recommend her highly.
Try Marie Morel-Seytoux -- she is trained as a group instructor
and a personal trainer, and she has a young one of her own, so
she knows whassup. Check out her site:
iningInfo.htm and give her a call. She might have openings
Prenatal & Postnatal Fitness with Marie
Certified Group Fitness Instructor
I would like to use my son's naptime for some exercise at home. Can anyone
recommend a personal trainer or fitness consultant who can help me tailor a
regimen that can be done at home to my fitness goals, using home equipment such
as a treadmill and free weights etc.? What I am currently doing isn't working
the way I would like it to. Help! I would also be interested in getting
recommendations for childcare at gyms in Oakland specifically. My son is 16
Karen Peper is a great personal trainer. She can be reached at 653-8737.
I have been very pleased with the customized training regime worked out by
personal trainer Laura Greenfield. After three one hour sessions in my home
she left me with a series of excercises I do several times a week that help
with my specific issues. She has since phoned me to check in and encourage me to contiue to follow the program. When I'm ready I will have another session to adjust and refine the excercises. The specific details of the excercises she taught me have made her program especially effective..
Please contact Laura for more information at lauragreenfiel AT earthlink DOT net or 415 383 7935
Seeking a great personal trainer. Would probably prefer a woman over a man, but not
absolutely. Would especially be interested in trainers who work with clients at the
Courthouse, the Oakland Y, or the Berkeley Y.
If you are interested in more than just pumping iron, I highly recommend my trainer,
Brad Lieberman. He works out of the Berkeley Y and is also a yoga instructor there. I've
worked with him since last fall, and my workouts have covered a wide variety of
stretches, abdominal exercises, and cardio work as well as weight training. He's my 4th
trainer in the past 5 years, and the best so far.
The YMCA has a few personal trainers on staff. I worked with Pam and found her
thoroughness and suggestions supportive of my training. A PTA friend highly
recommends her to patients seen where she works.
I highly recommend Colleen Ross. I have been working with her for almost a year and
she has helped me to get back in shape after child birth. In fact I am in better shape
then I was before. She works exclusively with female clients and has a low key and
encouraging style. She will come to your house - or meet you somewhere. She also does
body work which is great coupled with the work outs. She charges $65 dollars for a one
hour session but has a reduced rate if you see her more than once a week. I was a real
doubter about personal trainers before - but she has helped me to keep focused, to
recognize my progress and to celebrate my achievements. You can reach her at 510
As a personal trainer, I would like to give some advise on what to look for when hiring
First, find someone who really understands alignment and functional core strength. In
fitness, what you practice is what you get, and if your form isn't good then you will not
get the most out of your exercise sessions and will put yourself at risk for injury.
Second, weight loss demands a multifaceted approach of strength training and aerobic
exercise as well as a healthy, balanced diet. Be aware that calorie deficient diets over
the long haul deplete lean tissue mass and lower metabolism. They actually make you
fatter, not leaner.
Third, many gyms will not let in free-lance trainers any more. They require you to use
people on their own staff. Generally, clubs get a 50% cut of what you actually pay the
trainer. Unfortunately these tend to be the lowest paying jobs in the industry and
therefore don't attract the top people. Expect to pay $60.00 per session for someone to
your home. Which leads to the question-- Do you own any equipment? At a gym you can
expect to pay $40.00- $60.00 per session.
Fourth, as to time, the first weeks of training should be devoted to acclimation to
exercise and the learning of technical skills. The next three to six month block to
improving aerobic conditioning a building lean tissue mass. (Don't worry, I'm not
talking about bulk.) As to weight loss, you should aim for slow and steady, only one to
two pounds per week. You want to improve your diet for life, adding healthy habits,
rather than "going on a diet". A good trainer or nutritionist can fill
in the details here. Good luck.
For two years I worked with personal trainer Karen Emery, who is also a
certified nutritionist and cooks for those clients who want that
service. Her advice and one-on-one training helped me get in shape for a
medically challenging pregnancy. My OB was amazed at how I'd "optimized my
health" before pregnancy and how well things went during my pregnancy. Karen
has also worked with my husband, who is in far better shape than I am, and a
friend who has lupus, and several other people I know of who were in
good shape, lousy shape, and so-so shape. She's great at taking it from where
*you are* instead of where one might think you ought to be. She also
does group training and can tailor her advice to the group. I highly
A woman who teaches aerobics at the Berkeley YMCA also does personal
training, independently of the Y. I know her only through the
aerobics, but a friend coincidentally consulted her as a personal trainer,
and loved her. In her aerobics classes, I've found her to be very
knowledgeable (I believe she has a masters or higher in exercise physiology)
about what bodies really need, focusing on overall health and strength, rather
than just looking a certain way. And she does bring into the class (and
also teaches, at the Y) things about healthy eating habits and lifestyle.
And to top it all off, she's smart and funny, and very upbeat. Her name
is Jayne (don't know her last name), contact the Y to get in touch with
Jayne Robertson is the personal trainer that also teaches classes at
the Y. She is outstanding. I've been seeing her for about 4 months.
After the birth of my 2nd child and heading into my late 30's I had
reached a point where I really needed to do something about my fitness.
I had never exercised regularly before and was very intimidated by how
to start. Jayne was exactly what I had been looking for (a friend that
also goes to her and has taken classes from her at the Y highly recommended
her). She starts with an evaluation of your objectives and then puts together
a plan of how to acheive them. She has a studio in her home located in
Montclair. Her focus is on fitness and health for the long run. I see her
once a week for one hour. She has some clients that go 3 times per week and
some that see her at longer intervals. She has a web site (fitnessbeyond.com)
that will give you more information about her business. She has a very strong
base of clients so the only drawback may be getting a slot to see her.
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