"Alex has had a profound impact on my quality of life. When I first started working out with him 14 years ago, I thought I was getting just a coach, but I soon learned that Alex has many valuable talents and life experiences from which his clients greatly benefit. I feel significantly stronger and more fit thanks to Alex. He has taught me about the importance of core strength and shown me how to tap into my strengths, both inside and outside the gym. He is always encouraging and motivates me to keep myself healthy-- in body and mind. My workouts vary and are an ideal balance of challenging yet fun exercises to improve strength, flexibility and balance. I had sought a trainer to help me safely work out while protecting a knee injury. Alex consistently checks in with me about my knee and has various modified exercises to meet my needs. I really appreciate that he personalizes workouts according to one's goals, paying special attention to injuries. He additionally supports and tracks my nutritional goals; we often talk about ways to eat nourishing and healthful meals and snacks for busy lifestyles. In these ways, he genuinely cares for each client's wellness. Alex goes out of his way to accommodate clients' work schedules, and his rates are amazingly reasonable-- especially for all the benefits I gain from working with him. Workouts with Alex are often one of the highlights in my days at the office, and at times have been *the* reason I'm able to continue the day with more energy, perspective and clarity."
"I've been working out with Alex for the better part of 15 years -- first in-person and now online. Whether you're just starting to exercise or have been at it for years, Alex will give you a great workout. He will challenge and motivate you. And he is incredibly creative. Here are a few of the reasons why I heartily recommend Alex: He brings a lot of variety to the workout. He changes your workout every four or five sessions. This keeps things fresh, but also increases the benefits. (He’ll probably explain the concepts of strength, power and balance and how he wants to develop all three.). In a given workout, you’ll do some combination of free weights, weight machines, exercise bands, medicine ball, yoga, Pilates, boxing, etc. He always helps you stretch at the end.He keeps the pace quick so you’re getting a cardio workout at the same time as whatever else you’re doing. Because of Alex, I wear a heart rate monitor while I workout. This helps me to keep my heart rate in my target range. He goes the extra mile. If I have a schedule conflict, he’ll do everything he can to find a time to reschedule. He calls me on the weekend to see how I’m feeling after our workout and to see if I’ve had a chance to workout on my own.• He’s convenient. He works with three different studios. He's very motivational. He seems to know when you need an extra push and he’s quick to praise when you’ve done something well.He works with all levels of fitness and has appropriate workouts for all. You might see some of this in the video on his website. He’s the fourth trainer I’ve worked with, so I feel like I have a good frame of reference. He’s certainly the best of the four (and I’d rate two of the other three as very good or better.)He’s one of the nicest guys you’ll want to meet. I also give him very high marks for integrity. I started working with him at a club in the SF Financial District before he went out on his own. When he left, he told me to use the five sessions I had left with another trainer at the club. He also said "You paid to work with me, so you also get an additional five sessions with me. You paid to work with me and I want you to get what you paid for."If you give Alex a try, I promise you won't be disappointed."
“Over a vast number of years I’ve worked with different coaches in disciplines such as Pilates, aerobic activity and basic strength training. I’ve learned that what I respond best to, and thus stay committed to, is a focus on overall mobility, balance, flexibility and core strength…the aspects of function needed for day to day life. That’s what I like
about Alex! He keeps my workouts fluid, diverse and challenging, all the while responding to my specific needs. There is no prescribed formula that must be followed to achieve progress. He’s attentive to my daily needs and energy level. He’s extremely motivational and encouraging.
I am continually impressed with the diversity of his expertise and therefore our (my) exercises.
I love the visual results of my workouts, and most importantly, I love the mental health that’s encouraged by and complementary to physical well being. I would, and do, recommend Alex to anyone seeking a total body/mind fitness trainer.”
"Alex is a serious professional. His clientele are committed because they get results. I know, I started training with him in 2005 and still see him twice a week on zoom! As an added bonus, sessions with Alex are enlightening, enlivening, and inspiring. My wife tells her friends that she now has a seriously hunky husband thanks to my rigorous, professional training sessions.(Yowza!) I have also sent my teenagers to Alex. My son went off to college a new man - working out at the gym on campus and watching what he eats: all of this because Alex took the time to care about him and to make a genuine connection. Alex has coached my teenage daughter through sports injuries and preventative training. Don't waste your time and money on anyone less."
"If I could give Alex 6 stars I would, he is the BEST. I cannot say enough good things about him as a Personal Trainer. In 2016, I moved from the Bay Area, where I'd been working out with him since 2010, and rather than lose my workouts with him, we gave remote training a try. If you have any doubts about this way of working out, you can let them go. Alex has many years of experience and can talk you through everything you need to do. No need to purchase lots of equipment, either - for the first year after I moved, I used gallon water bottles and other household items very successfully, and now I have actual gym-type free-weights, a physio ball, and a floor mat. You could work remotely with him in a regular gym, too, by using FaceTime and some earbuds, if you preferred. Though for myself, doing this stuff in the privacy in my own home is unbelievably luxurious, convenient, and effective. I am in my late 50s and have a variety of physical limitations, but again, Alex knows what to do - when something flares up, we just work around it.
In short, Alex is the best trainer you could have, and working remotely with him is a wonderful way to get your work-outs in in and not have to go out into the weather and traffic to do it. Just think, no germy, noisy, expensive gym, and a new, fit, you (or keeping the fit you) . "
"I'm going on my fourteenth year training with Alex (now training with him online, which i like even better then the gym!) and have undergone a physical and lifestyle transformation thanks to his steadfast encouragement and support. I have lost 20 pounds (went from size 12 to 4/6) and gained a lot of muscle. I have overhauled my diet over the years after finally listening to Alex's guidance on how effective food journals are for weight loss and improved nutrition. Daily exercise is now the norm, not the exception. And I've realized that the mental benefits are at least as valuable as the physical. An unexpected benefit has been that I am more calm and confident, less stressed, and I feel physically safer than I used to. All of these benefits stem from working with Alex, a person of outstanding integrity who has always held my trust sacred. He is always waiting for me at the appointed time, always fully present with my current state of body/heart/mind, and always gives me far more than my money's worth. He challenges me to find my inner athlete, and people who meet me nowadays actually think I am one!"
"I've been training with Alex for 6 years now (3 years in person, and 3 years virtually online) and he is an incredible trainer and all-around great person. I've had personal trainers in the past who I liked a lot, but Alex is a cut above. His workouts are personalized and always fresh, and he evaluates you each and every time you see him - nothing Alex does is done by rote. He works you out hard. I see him for 30 minutes 2x a week, and I definitely get my money's worth as every one of those minutes is squeezed to the maximum. However, he's also very careful not to push you beyond your limits, and because of his extensive working knowledge of fitness and exercise, helped me discover some tricks for being able to continue working hard. Alex is really accommodating with scheduling, is always on time, and is never distracted. Beyond that, you can just tell that he's a really good person. I seriously cannot recommend Alex enough; I almost never write reviews, but everyone needs to know about him!"
"I began training with Alex in 2012, several months before I got pregnant. We then continued to meet twice a week throughout my pregnancy - up until about a week before I gave birth. Working out with Alex throughout my pregnancy had numerous advantages. Not only did it help to keep my weight gain in a healthy range, but it also helped me cope with the nausea and exhaustion I experienced. Throughout each trimester Alex modified my work-out to adjust to my changing body and needs. He ensured that I never got bored, while always strengthening my arms, back, and legs - muscles that would prove incredibly necessary during my labor. While Alex's background in prenatal training gave me tremendous confidence, it was really his enthusiasm about the pregnancy and his consistent efforts to monitor my symptoms and development that made me feel so positive about the experience. I firmly believe that it is my training with Alex throughout my pregnancy that gave me the strength and endurance to power through my labor. I was up and walking the day after giving birth, and many of the nurses at the hospital commented that I'd bounced back so quickly for a first-timer"
"I highly recommend Alex as a personal trainer. I have been working out with him since 2016, and virtually since 2018. He is a highly skilled trainer. He is great at providing motivation and is very flexible with my varying availability. He will offer you a worthwhile workout that is appropriate you and your abilities. I am in a wheelchair and Alex has never treated me differently because of this. I am stronger physically because of my workouts with Alex and plan to continue meeting with him online for virtual training sessions for as long as my body will allow. "
"I started working with Alex at OnlinePersonalTrainer415.com almost 9 months ago. In that time I have lost 25 pounds and I am slowly getting into much better shape. Alex is the most patient gentleman trainer I've ever worked with before! He has embraced the virtual format and ensures that every workout matches where I am in terms of my available energy level, any aches and pains we might be avoiding, and incremental improvement. It's been a great experience and I am so thankful! I referred him to a couple of other folks and they all have great things to say as well."
"I can't recommend Alex enough, not just for fitness freaks but especially for the fitness-challenged/avoidant! Alex's surprisingly pleasant training sessions have helped me evolve from an exercise-avoiding/hating, middle-aged couch potato to a much fitter, much thinner, much stronger more flexible and happier person. Now, I don't feel like I have to hang out on the sidelines of life but can instead focus on the fun of activities, rather than worrying I won't be able to do them. When I started with Alex six years ago, I was totally out of shape and limited by a very bad knee (after 5 surgeries) and Alex helped me take non-scary baby steps towards slowly building my leg and other muscles. Always positive and supportive, Alex applauded every small improvement and constantly encouraged me towards the next one until I was actually enjoying complex core-strengthening, balance exercises, flexibility routines and functional strength building moves. He also coached me on cardio and nutrition. It took a while, but it was never unpleasant along the way. It's hard to find the right words, without gushing, to express my sincere gratitude at finding Alex, for his unfailing support & encouragement, for knowing he's in my corner, and for just being such a great guy to hang out with. You have nothing to lose by trying him out, besides your fears, your excess weight & your limitations!"
"What do you want to work on? Why do you want to work out?" This was the first questions Alex asked me on our first session. My answer? To be skinny. Boy has that answered changed in the last 10 months. My mom has been working out with Alex for 11+ years and shortly after Covid hit, she suggested that I give online workouts a try. I have been through so many gym memberships and trainers; I've lost count over the years. I am one of those people who dreaded working out. I could never commit to it. Throughout our first session, Alex would constantly check in to see my comfort level to ensure we found the perfect pace that worked for me. Fast forward, 10 months later, the vibes are still the same. Each work out is personalized for me and moves at the pace I'm comfortable with. Alex makes sure that I never leave a session feeling too burned out to the point where I won't want to come back! He has taught me so much about fitness and health. I look forward to every work out. My body is so happy after each session and this is the reason why I work out now. Our sessions have made me stronger in so many ways both physically and mentally. Turns out, I don't despise working out, I just never found the right trainer to motivate me. I would recommend training with Alex with everyone! He is passionate about what he does and it shows every time we train. If you're looking for a healthier life style, this is the perfect place to start! "
"Working out with Alex online has changed my life for the better in so many ways. I feel stronger, healthier, and more positive. I would highly recommend Alex as a personal trainer to anyone because he is exceptional at tailoring his workouts to your individual fitness level and goals. Most importantly, he really listens to you and will meet you where you are and help you be the best you can be. He has worked with me through various injuries and helped me find ways to modify my workouts while I am healing. He checks in at the beginning of every training session, asks where I want to focus, pushes me when I need to be pushed to get to the next level and goes easier when I'm not at 100%. I always feel better after our workouts and look forward to them all week. He keeps things fresh too, with lots of variety so I don't get bored and feel consistently challenged but never pushed beyond my limits"
" I have a little home gym where i workout with Alex online. When I started with him in 2010, my goal was to get stronger and develop more stamina for sailboat racing. What I got was far more than I thought possible: I regularly sail on the bay and no longer feel completely wiped out at the end of the day. Friends who knew me in my, "all pork products, all the time" phase are amazed at the delicious vegetarian meals I make. Part of that may be due to my new muscles, but part may also be from my new ability to be more present in my body - as Alex himself always demonstrates. I can't say enough about him, so i'll stop here and let you have the experience "
"I received 2 free classes as a Christmas gift in 2020, it was the best gift I could have received, especially during a period when there was limited access to fitness facilities. I've really appreciated working out with Alex to increase muscle strength, something that is so important as one gets older. I look forward to my workouts weekly. I am never bored, as Alex introduces new exercises to keep it interesting and target different areas. I am feeling stronger and will continue with my online training, even when the gyms reopen."
"I cannot say enough good things about Alex - I'd give him 6 stars if I could. He is a fantastic personal trainer (and an even better human being!). I started working with Alex in 2019 when I was having trouble getting motivated to work out during covid. I previously did gym boot camps and had recently subscribed to peloton with access to strength training classes. None come close to the value I get from Alex. He’s willing to work with where you are fitness wise and with what you’ve got equipment wise. He quietly monitors your progress, checks in with workout pace, and modifies for what you need in the moment. He’ll work in PT exercises and give helpful health suggestions along the way. I was hesitant to do the remote workouts at first, but they have turned out to be hugely convenient. Alex is simply amazing, please give him a try!" - Stephanie
"If you are missing the chance to go to the gym, or would be interested in working remotely with a great trainer, I highly recommend Alex. I have been working with him since 2015, most of that time in the gym, but now remotely since 2018. I know all trainers say this, but he truly tailors his workouts to the individual person, on a weekly basis, helping work around minor aches so that you get a full work out. Obviously, you need to have some equipment at home, but it is a full, exhausting work out, obviously convenient, very reasonable cost-wise and believe it or not, enjoyable. East coast or west coast, doesn't matter since it is remote and he is flexible with his time."
"I've trained with good trainers in the past, but I must say that in the last four years training with Alex, I've never been stronger. After being badly injured in a car accident two years ago, Alex has been working with me to slowly regain my strength. Alex takes his time with me and is patient and is very understanding of my situation. He encourages me to push myself within my limits, motivates me to not give up and always listens when I need to slow down or take a break. I like the results (I've lost weight and gained strength - a beautiful combination). If you're looking for a great coach to help motivate you and exceed your goals, then Alex is the trainer for you."
"I have been exercising with Alex now for 4 years (2 in the gym and 2 online) . Alex is extremely attentive, patient and understanding when it comes to your personal fitness. Every session begins with him sincerely asking, “How are you feeling today?” His kindness is only surpassed by his ability to make you want to give you best during your session. And although he’s kind, he’s tough when it comes to the work. He expects you to give your all and then some. The words I often dread hearing him say are, “Just one more.” But he also makes you want to reach inside and give him that “one more.”
"I train with Alex online, and for me, one of the best reasons to train with him is that he motivates me to workout. Even on days that I don’t have the energy or the desire to workout, I know that Alex is waiting for me and that I need to show up. Once I do, we always have a great workout. I feel better and have more energy after our workouts, and I am encouraged to go back the next day to workout again. I am amazed at how much we can get done in a short period of time. Before I started training with Alex, I thought that a workout had to be a solid hour of heart pounding, sweat dripping exercise. Alex has shown me that any exercise, no matter the duration, is always better then nothing. Now that I train regularly, I feel better, have more energy, seen weight loss and inches and am no longer looking for excuses to miss my workout. I look forward to them, because I know I will feel better when I get done."
"I have been working out on Zoom with Alex for 15 months now. What I love about Alex's class is that it is exactly tailored to my fitness level and needs. When I injured my shoulder, Alex adapted the class so I could still work out effectively. Even when gyms open again, I will continue my twice weekly classes with Alex online as he motivates me and changes it up constantly. His rates are also extremely reasonable! I have recommended him to friends and he was recommended to me by a friend."
"I want to recommend Alex for keeping us motivated to exercise during this shelter in place. Actually, Alex has been our trainer for a long time, and we have been doing our workouts remotely with Skype and Zoom for several years, since he moved out of the Bay Area. We work from home with a few pieces of equipment we have accumulated, but he can work with you regardless of equipment. It feels great to get the heart rate up and work up a sweat. Alex is great!"
"I just started working out with Alex online via zoom and Ive been having a really good time. I used to never enjoy exercising, but now that I'm training with alex I find myself looking forward to our workouts! My trainers in the past have been extremely pushy and aggressive, but alex is very patient and gentle. I would recommend Alex to anyone who wants to get in shape and just need that extra little push to make it happen."
"My health has absolutely improved since I started training with Alex. I had been trying to work out on my own in the past, but my results with Alex far exceeded what I was able to accomplish on my own. Plus, I have learned much more form Alex than in all my weight training books. He says he know over 1000 different exercises and I believe him -- he always keeps me interested by varying the exercise. He is always very focused on me during our sessions. No matter how tired I feel before going in for a session, I always feel energized and great afterwards. In addition to getting stronger, I've had some unexpected results such as having significantly better balance and flexibility. Thank you, Alex!"
"Ten years ago when I was 78 I tripped and fell and broke my right shoulder. Prior to my accident I had been strength training with Alex for about a year. After the surgery, the doctor commented on the muscle development in my right shoulder and said that had I not been as strong, the damage to my shoulder could have been more severe. Alex and I are now focusing on strengthening the shoulder muscles and working on my balance and flexibility. There is a noticeable improvement in my strength and range of motion and I am more confident doing my daily chores. As Alex keeps telling me..." if I exercise regularly and eat well, I'll live to be the age of Moses (120)"...I'm beginning to believe him!"
"Alex is a great trainer and role model for living a healthy life. His workout sessions are energetic and very challenging but tailored uniquely for me. He also focuses on a healthy diet and always gives us information and articles on eating a balanced diet. Alex is a very caring and sensitive person; he is in tune with his student's individual needs and goals. I am much stronger and leaner since working out with Alex the last 2 years. I also learned to eat healthier and read food labels because of Alex. My friends complement my toned body. Thanks Alex."
"I hired Alex to assist me in helping me develop a training program, after many years of inactivity. The results have been outstanding. Since working out with Alex, I have been able to maintain a routine of exercise (3X per week) and my health, energy level, endurance and general well being has improved drastically. Since then, my wife and sometimes my children work out with Alex and we have created an effective focus on exercise and a healthy diet as part of our every day life. I recommend Alex without any hesitation."
" I have been training with Alex for about three years. I call him the "Zen trainer". Not only does he make me work my muscles and bones to the utmost , more then I would ever dare to do myself, but he provides a safe haven for my mind and emotions to expand. He is a great coach! I feel like I get training and therapy rolled into one. Leaving each training session with him, I am renewed and reinvigorated. "
"Working with Alex has truly been a great experience, one that has really changed my life for the better. When I came to work with Alex, I had a lot of the usual goals that people have - weight loss, get more active, and get on the "right track". I wasn't particularly unhealthy but definitely needed to shed a few pounds and get more exercise. What I have found, however, through working with Alex, is a new more well-balanced lifestyle altogether, one in which the focus is not just on shedding a few pounds but instead keeping balance both mentally and physically. Alex pays attention to so much more than most traditional trainers (and believe me I have experience with them). He pays attention to strength training and cardiovascular but through so much more than just pounding out weights and running on a treadmill. His use of balance flexibility and core training in concert with strength training has been fantastic and has helped me improve in so many ways. He even taught me a Yoga/Weight combination workout that is one of the best I have ever done. To think that you could get a full cardio workout while at the same lifting weights in some pretty intense yoga positions was just awesome. What an incredible workout. Alex has also changed my diet and eating habits in a way I never could have achieved on my own. I never realized how just a few minor changes could add to weight loss and improve health. And his approach was tailored just for me...start by just monitoring how much fat you eat, look at the balance between proteins, carbs, and fat, and try to adjust based on what feels right and what gives results. Just a great, easy-going approach that actually made me change my habits. The bottom line is that Alex just cares about each of his students so much which is refreshing. So not only do you get a unique workout plan that focuses on mental and physical balance as well as strength training but you also get someone who cares about your well-being enough to try and help you change other habits such as nutrition in a non-evasive yet supportive way. It's a unique approach and one that works. I would not be as healthy or balanced today if it weren't for Alex. I would recommend him without reservation to anyone"
"Having been a member of the military for over 18 years, I take my physical fitness seriously. Having said that, I can honestly say that deciding to train with Alex has been the best decision that I have every made for my health. After working with Alex for the last 12 months, and at age 42, I am stronger, faster, more flexible and healthier than I have ever been in my life. Through our weekly workouts, Alex offers expert advice on strength, exercise and nutrition that is geared to my particular fitness goals and needs. In short, Alex has helped me to achieve the fitness and health goals that I have set for myself. I would recommend Alex as a personal trainer to anyone who wishes to do the same."
"While hopelessly seeking my path to fitness enlightenment over the years, a friend introduced me to Alex at Olympus Fitness about a year and ½ ago. Since then I’ve continued to use his fitness program, and I have to say I’ve been very pleased! My understanding of his approach to successfully attaining a fitness goal is one that can sustain for the long term, by making simple but gradual lifestyle changes that are manageable and fun. In the past, personal trainers and gym classes of sorts have helped me shed some pounds but because the intended fitness goal was meant to be completed in a short span of time, the end result also became short-term and I ended up back to square one. Sound like you? Alex shows a professionalism of service, while being attentive to my fitness needs and well-being. Keeping me in check with suggesting wiser food choices, and challenging me with a unique yet effective group of exercises that engage almost all muscle groups into each set. In addition, the overall positive "vibe" that he exudes always makes me look forward to our next workout session. Alex’s fitness program at Olympus Fitness is one that takes major effort and patience for a non-disciplinarian like me to commit to on my own, but here’s why I‘m sticking to it: my recent health exam report showed a reasonable amount of weight loss during a 9-month period and slightly lowered cholesterol levels. This excited my MD so much that she wanted me to pass on the kudos to whatever or whoever it was that helped… so Alex this one‘s for you!"
"Alex, is not the first trainer I worked with.. but he sure is the BEST. A knee injury prevented me from one of my favorite sports: jogging. Although I tried to stay with my gym routine I was gaining weight and getting depressed. I was so used to always going out for a run to feel my best and keep my weight in check. A few times, while I was working out at my financial district gym, I had the chance to observe Alex with his students, and his training style. It looked like people were having fun while they were working out..and Alex seemed really into it, helping them get in just one more rep. I decided to give him a try. I wasn't disappointed! Alex worked around my injury, he taught me new ways to reach my goals and, with his guidance, I rediscovered the fun in weight training all over again. Aside from the time I spend with my husband and family, my time with Alex is a lot of fun combined with a lot of hard work. After six months.... I don't even remember why I used to run, and I feel and look my best. I highly recommend Alex, as he is knowledgeable, fun, patient, very sincere and really wants his students to succeed in reaching their goals. I would encourage anyone who is seeking to improve their fitness and interested in weight loss to work with Alex..."
"I have been working out with Alex for over a year, and I must say, he's the best trainer I've met. After having various personal trainers in the past, I've been able to realize what is a quality personal trainer. Prior to meeting Alex I only lifted heavy weights to gain strength or body mass, and he was able to show me a spectrum of workouts that were either TRX, kinesthetics, boxing, etc. Each of the workouts are great for your core, and definitely for body definition. Additionally, he goes beyond our sessions and checks on you periodically about your eating habits.If you want to look leaner, build body mass, or whatever goal you have, it is imperative to eat healthy and workout simultaneously. With Alex's competitive rates, and dedication toward exercise and fitness, you won't be disappointed!"
"I’ve been working with Alex for eight years, and he is an excellent, motivating coach with a specialized knowledge of diet and exercise. He creatively varies my workout routine with circuits focused on strength training (power lifting, TRX system), cardio (boxing), and balance (yoga, bosu exercises). I feel physically and mentally stronger at the end of each workout. With his carefully crafted "homework" assignments, I’ve become committed to making exercise and fitness a regular part of my week. I would strongly and enthusiastically recommend him to anyone interested a personal trainer."
"I don't know how to begin to thank Alex for all of his work in transforming me into what I am and what I will become. Alex doesn't just help with training in the gym but in life. He is very professional and knowledgeable when it comes to diet and fitness. This is my first and maybe last trainer as I immediately has a weight loss of 30 pounds within the first three and a half months of working with him. Alex knows the right way and just how to get you to you maximum potential. His classes fit my schedule very easily. I have more confidence and I definitely feel and look so much better than I did just three and a half months ago. Thanks Alex for changing my life."
"My fiancé and I started training with Alex about a year before our wedding. It was one of the best decisions we've ever made. He is an awesome trainer. The workouts are very straight-forward. You basically do 30 minutes non-stop of exercise. He focuses a lot on the functional movements and constantly builds by adding weight, balance and intensity changes. They are very tough, but not too much to handle. Since starting I've lost around 20 pounds and feel so much better. I can tell I'm getting stronger and feel healthier in my 30s than I ever did in my 20s. Unfortunately, we are moving out of San Francisco and are not going to be able to train with Alex. It was a tough decision and I even teared up a bit when we told him. If we weren't moving we would have kept training with him for life! Overall, Alex is a great trainer and a very nice person. He takes the time to truly understand your fitness level and abilities. He does a great job of explaining the exercises and keeping you motivated to come back week after week. I absolutely recommend Alex for anyone wanting to get in shape, lose weight and learn more about exercise and healthy eating!" - Lee
"I used to think I knew what I was doing in the gym, but after only about 5 months of training, Alex's unique style has not only improved my body's appearance, but dramatically increased my athleticism as well. After training for several years, I thought I had reached the ceiling of what I was capable of in fitness. After my first session with Alex however, it was clear that this was a new kind of workout, and that it was going to be help me surpass my fitness goals. Each of Alex's workouts incorporate the entire body, often engaging multiple muscle groups simultaneously, and keeping an awareness of steady breathing. The result is a super invigorating workout that provides both strength training and cardio conditioning. Five months later, I could tell you how much smaller my waist is, or how much more definition and size I've gained in my muscles, and I definitely did. However, the most exciting and unprecedented change I've noticed in my body since training with Alex, is that my overall athletic ability is so much greater than before. I'm more agile and have far better balance and flexibilty than I ever realized I could. I no longer need to hang on to anything, when standing on a moving bus, I get winded way less easily and I have much more confidence in my ability to handle almost any physical feat. Training with Alex hasn't just made me look and feel better, but has made my life easier in a million little ways, that I notice more of all the time. On top of everything, Alex is a really friendly and positive person to be around. He is encouraging, without pushing too hard, and is able to make the most of your workout time, whether you book a full hour, or just a 30 min. session. I highly recommend you make an investment in your overall sense of well being, and book an appointment with Alex today."
"Alex is INCREDIBLE! Before you get started with him, he'll go through your medical/physical history which was really important to me, your reasons for coming to him, HIS history and background, and will break down how much of an expert he is on the human body, exercise and physical fitness. Once you decide to go with Alex (which you will because he's awesome), you'll pay for 10 sessions at a time which seems like a lot but its GREAT because it keeps you accountable and makes you go, which I really needed. You'll also work on your food intake and diet and begin to think about and document food in a healthy way with Alex, making healthier choices, and coming up with yummy healthy and filling options. Alex has all sorts of advice and ideas when it comes to this which is great - ask him about his mushroom barley soup! The workouts with Alex are tough, but wonderful. You really will feel it after a strenuous workout, but it will loosen you up and make you firmer in the long run, and if ever the sore day, Alex can give you a massage as he's certified! I truly love coming to Alex as its a great break from work, life, and a step towards the right direction in my physical fitness...he's introduced me to boxing which I LOVE and am so happy I met him 3+ years ago now. Thanks Alex!" - Kia
"I have been training with Alex since 2011. So, I can say Alex is very dedicated as the number one Health and Human service personal gym trainer and coach. Excellent is how I describe him. He has great integrity, and respect for individualizing his customer service. He had assisted me with Best Practice ideas and opportunities by working together to achieve the best outcomes I could hope to achieve for my whole person including body, mind and spirit. By listening to me, and collaborating with what my physical therapists, sports medicine and other doctors he has contributed to great improvement in my pain and ability to move and function in my body. My nickname for him is the Gentle Giant! I highly recommend to anyone as a Personal Trainer and Life Coach!"
"Recently, someone commented that I go to the gym a lot. It really shocked me to hear that because I’ve never been an athletic person, a person who enjoys exercise, or a person who makes thoughtful decisions about a diet. Working with Alex has changed all that. Sure, he’s helped me to become much stronger physically, but he’s also changed my perspective into something that is much more positive and healthy. He's given me a new vision of what I am capable of accomplishing! Alex is the most relentlessly positive person that I know, and I always feel better after our work outs - always!" - Monica
"Alex is an excellent personal trainer. He is conscientious, caring and knowledgeable about helping his students train. I started training with Alex a few months before my wedding. I enjoy lots of different sports and exercise, but I am not as good about pushing myself and focusing on the right exercise that will get me into good shape. Alex listened to my goals and told me what his plan was for me. I felt so confident and in such great shape by the time of my wedding! What I didn't expect was that once I started training with Alex I realized what great shape I could be in if I continued training with him. I have continued training with Alex even now that the wedding is over, because he continues to challenge me and change my workout routine so I have fun at every training session. He pushes me, but he's so good at it that you don't even know you're working hard. He also always asks me how I'm doing and what my energy level is so he doesn't injure me. Alex is easy going and flexible and really makes me feel like he cares about me. Alex balances a total body workout into a short period of time and I walk out of the gym in a better mood every time. I highly recommend Alex to anyone that wants to improve their physical fitness, balance flexibility, take their workouts to the next level or just enjoy working out at the gym. I have learned so much from Alex about the importance of strength training, and now I love doing strength training and realize it's such an important part of my workout routine." - Rebecca
"Alex is absolutely a great trainer!! He is very experienced in a variety of physical training as well as in diet and nutrition. His pieces of advice are always scientific. He pays all his attention to how you're doing during a workout. He challenges you and not overwhelm you at the same time. It's really a pleasure to be trained with Alex!" -Dennis
"I started seeing Alex online over 3 years ago after a series of falls for which there was no medical cause other than clumsiness. He designed an individual program for me specifically to improve my balance and flexibility. Alex has never made me feel awkward or that I couldn't do something. His kindness and patience has helped me to increase my confidence and willingness to try new experiences. I have never loved exercise and find myself looking forward to our sessions. I can't say enough about Alex as trainer and as a wonderful person." - Michelle
" I've been working with Alex now for the past four years, initially starting in a beginner's group class of 3 and then eventually transitioning to one-on-one sessions. I've never had a personal trainer before and didn't know what to expect. What I got was a very positive and encouraging trainer who doesn't intimidate-no screaming, no guilt trips, and no attitude. He's very calm, balanced, and can keep things light with his sense of humor. He understands everyone is different and tailors to each person he trains and is especially mindful of working around any injuries or discomfort you might have. He also knows just how far to push you without going overboard and he always mixes it up so you don't get bored. Thanks to Alex, I feel more healthier and stronger than I have in a long time, possibly ever!" -Jean
"I’ve worked out with Alex twice a week for almost two years and our workouts have become a coveted part of my weekly routine. I historically did cardiovascular exercise on my own but struggled with strength training because I found it extremely boring. Every workout with Alex is interesting because each one differs from the last. He is constantly introducing challenging and fun new ways to get fit and every minute is double-time because he works my lower and upper extremities at the same time. I discovered while moving recently that I was able to lift and carry 50+ lb boxes with no trouble at all, something that I would have never been able to accomplish before working with Alex. I’ve had a few small injuries over the years and he always gets me a great workout while working around the injuries and provides helpful recommendations for healing. Another important aspect of my workouts with Alex is their calming nature. I work out with him on my lunch break and am usually frustrated when I arrive after a stressful morning. After 30 minutes of endorphin releasing and occasional venting, I always feel like the stress has been exorcised from my body and I am able to return to my desk in a positive mood with an increased ability to tackle challenges calmly. As Alex always states, “That is the power of exercise.” -Liz
"You will get your time and money's worth with at the gym when you work out with Alex. Before I found Alex I had never seriously considered hiring a personal trainer. Luckily for me a friend recommended I have a trial session with him at our gym, and my foray into the realm of the physically fit began. It was important to be able to work at my own pace and be mindful of, and address, specific health issues. Alex inquires about your goals and needs, and really listens to you. Bonus: he is a super-kind person and excellent company. I have no hesitation referring people to Alex because I am highly satisfied with the results of our training sessions, which, admittedly, could better if I'd just put down the pizza. But hey, half the battle is just getting down to the gym on a regular basis, and having a great trainer makes it that much easier." - Chris
"I have been training with Alex for a few years now and it has been a life changer. I am more fit and motivated now than ever. Alex always starts our session by asking how I am doing and personalizes the workout based on how I feel. He always pushes me to do my best but is forgiving when I am having an off day. My workout with Alex is my shortest but best workout of the week. It's great to be able to have a great workout without having to spend hours at the gym. I would definitely recommend Alex if you're someone who hasn't seen results after spending hours at the gym everyday or never works outs and wants to start." - Thuy
"I have been working with Alex for about 8 months and he is the best! I was coming off a rather serious injury and was very concerned about re-injuring myself. I wanted to take it slowly and, honestly, didn't really know how, which meant it was time to look for a trainer. After visiting a couple of "trainers" that were more like bootcamps, think people screaming in your face, I finally found Alex. He is a certified trainer that will actively listen to your fitness goals and craft a personal training program for you. If you are looking to finally get back in shape and want to do it in a safe way with a trainer who will push you, but not too hard, Alex is the trainer for you!"- Toby
"I have trained with the best trainers/body builders NYC has to offer, and Alex is the equivalent here in San Francisco. Initially, I went to Alex 3 months before my wedding, and while he believes fitness is a lifelong endeavor, we had a tight goal on our hands. Alex's training and diet recommendations had my wedding dress makers in a tizzy, as they had to remake the dress three times because my body had changed so much. On another note, I am a teenage cancer survivor, and until my late twenties I was scared to push my body too hard. I started in NYC and continue here, and will trust Alex with my survival for as long as he will have me. I even got my husband to start training with him, and we are so much more active now. Thanks Alex for all you do, you are the best." - Clare
“Having recently moved, I was looking for a new trainer and found Alex. I’ve now been working out with him for over a year, and I can say he is absolutely amazing . He is very knowledgeable about diet and exercise and helps you reach your goals through great workouts (which he regularly changes to keep them both effective and interesting) and healthy diet advice. Session after session, you get stronger and feel energized. Personally, he has also helped me deal with injuries and improve my running. On top of that, Alex genuinely cares about his clients in a way that is very hard to find nowadays. He is positive, considerate, organized, and extremely professional. No matter what, he is always 100% focused on giving you the best possible workout. I would sincerely recommend him to anyone who wants a serious and competent trainer.” - Claudie
"Six years ago, my wife and I were dealing with running injuries and feeling the doldrums of a long and lethargic winter. Alex got us into a range of fun and challenging exercises that developed our core strength, reduced our running injuries, and increased our overall fitness. I finally started developing some upper body strength (arm and chest muscles) and started feeling good and fit consistently. Most important, though, is that Alex completely tailors our workouts to our ability, where we’re at in our training, and even our day-to-day level of fatigue, stress, etc. He’s totally tuned in to his students’ needs and state of mind, and genuinely wants to make sure that every workout is “just right” for that moment. His attitude is always positive, always calm, always encouraging you to reach your potential, whatever it is. He will push you pretty hard – but never past where you can go. He’s been a great trainer, motivator, and coach." - David and Patricia
"My exercise has always been focused on running and team sports. I never really cared about weight training, or overall fitness, not really understanding its value. After two years of chatting with Alex, always promising I would start working with him, I finally began six years ago and now train with him remotely on skype. Now I feel like I am addicted, and replicate the workouts he gives me on the days that I don’t work with him. He provides a variety of ways to exercise the same muscle groups so that it does not become repetitive. He tailors the workouts around physical limitations. He challenges you to always do a little more without behaving like a crazed drill sergeant or lunatic on a reality television show. No sessions ever go without him saying please, thank you and good job. He is a man of complete integrity, and during the workout he is entirely focused on YOU, not his phone, not the clock. I called him the Quiet Storm because he is a big guy who gets his results from encouraging not punishment. I know I am stronger now, even have arm muscles. I don’t think I will ever get to the point where I can kick his tuchus, but I am working on it."
"I have been working out with Alex for over a year and while I wouldn’t say I love working out, Alex makes it fun (and challenging). We have longstanding disagreements – he thinks sugar should be banned and I think the occasional brownie is a must – but he does not judge me. The thing I appreciate the most about him is that he doesn’t ask me for more than I can give. He doesn’t compare me to his other clients and their fitness levels (he trains several of my co-workers and they are beasts in the gym, it’s a little intimidating). He learned who I am, what my goals are, about my physical challenges (prior injuries) and he customized a work out plan for me. All he asks is that I show up and try, but he won’t let fear hold me back. He listens to you, adjusts when he needs to and is always focused on helping you be the best you can be. He provides lots of tips for a healthy diet and general health but I have told him I don’t envision a circumstance where I will ever try wheat grass, again we agree to disagree. He genuinely cares about his clients and will go the extra mile for you. He’ll make you sweat (and possibly swear a little if you’re like me) but its worth it. Alex knows when I’m having a bad day before I even say hello to him, it’s a little scary since I can’t get away with anything but good because he can make adjustments without me having to ask. He’s an amazing trainer and you won’t regret working with him (fair warning after the first day with him muscles you never knew you had will be a little sore)." - Jana
"Since I have trained with Alex I have more energy. I am able to do things that I couldn't before and feel like I have more stamina then I did before. He works around your injuries. He has helped me see that exercise is necessary to stay flexible and have good balance. He pushes you to go over your comfort zone which has allowed me to get stronger and see that my goals are attainable." - Raquel
"Alex is a great personal trainer. I have known him for over a year and he has helped me a lot with my exercise routine and ideas to get stronger and improve my fitness. He is always considerate and on time for every workout! I go into each workout thinking "I got this", and he always throws something new at me, keeps me off balance and I leave scratching my head thinking what happened! He is a great trainer, I trust him completely and I highly recommend him!" -Sandro
"If you are serious about wanting to make a positive change in your life, you can’t do better than to engage Alex’s services as Personal Trainer. I made the decision almost eight years ago now; I wanted badly to have weight loss (about 40 pounds) that I’ve tried so hard to lose for so many years, and everything that had worked before wasn’t working any more. I more or less had the diet down – I ate what I thought was a very healthy diet – organic, lean protein, whole grains, vegetables and fruits. But my weight and size, though better than I’d been years before, was still not where I needed – for my health – to be; not only that, but at age 49, both were starting to creep up, no matter what I did. I’d tried exercise, too – several times - without much success. I was beyond frustrated; I was kind of desperate. So, for me, engaging a personal trainer was an act of desperation. I hated the gym, I’d never enjoyed exercise for its own sake and hadn’t benefited (in ways I could gauge) from it health-wise before; I’d never experienced feeling better because of it. Also, I’d had an injury to my foot and some back problems – I wasn’t sure if this could work for me. There were the usual time and money excuses too, and finally, I’d always felt kind of looked down on by athletic types. I wasn’t eager to experience that feeling – let alone to pay for it. But Alex is different. He’s very knowledgeable and skilled at what he does, as one would expect a coach to be, but it’s much more than that – he is also patient, empathetic, encouraging, very respectful, and he was able to help me work around my injuries. He takes a bigger picture – that this is a life-long endeavor – and while I must say I was a bit disappointed to hear him tell me, our first session, how long it would take me to lose the weight I wanted to lose, and I admit to being a bit frustrated during the first 3- 4 months with the lack of actual weight loss, it was, as he told me it would be, about gaining muscle, which weighs more (and burns more calories). And, I felt so much better, almost from the first week! Plus, my shape did begin to visibly change within a month. In the first ten months, I’ve lost about half of the weight I think I needed to lose – but I am down almost three sizes from what I was! BUT – most amazing of all - that isn’t even the best part! I cannot believe how this whole thing has actually changed my life. Yes, I have more energy, but not just physical – I have more mental energy, I’m emotionally calmer and more focused; less susceptible to stress and anxiety, and I bounce back much more quickly from things like business travel or working long hours under pressure. I carry myself with much more confidence – in part because I know I look better with the weight loss, but mostly because I just feel so much better, and because Alex has helped me build up the muscles that make standing straighter not only possible but natural. So, the bottom line is this – choose Alex for your trainer, do what he says, and you’ll be amazed, as I am, at the results!" - heather
"Although I had been athletic most of my life, my motivation dwindled after experiencing a personal hardship and I stopped training and lost the fitness gains I had acquired throughout the years. When I began training with Alex, I reconnected with the part of myself that thrived on sports, fitness and mental resilience. Thanks to Alex's challenging training program and zen demeanor, my life has changed significantly. I am more confident and assertive because I am physically stronger. Also, my outlook in life is clearer and my desire to become a better person (physically and otherwise) has deepened thanks to the training that I have done with Alex. I highly recommend Alex to anyone who wants to change their life for the better." - Mel
"Alex has been my personal trainer since November 2014. I had got in a "rut" with working out, so I decided to give personal training a try again. I am glad that I have done so. Alex has been a great supporter in my goal towards developing strength, weight loss, healthy eating habits, and just feeling "great" after a hard core workout with him. Alex listens well (I've had trainers that did not listen to my concerns). If you are not comfortable with a particular exercise he will make adjustments. He challenges me! And, that is very important to reaching my goals. Thus far, I have got rid of 10 pounds off my body, and am feeling a lot better! In addition to Alex's training expertise, he is super "chill"! - Violet
" I have worked with Alex for a little over a year. For me, his approach to fitness came from function. At first I didn't really understand the combination of exercises we would go through, but then I realized I was applying the strength he had built in everyday life. For example, holding 5 grocery bags in one hand, balancing on one foot to keep the box in your arms balanced, while you are unlocking your door. Before Alex, this would have been a disaster. After Alex, no sweat. During the time I have trained with Alex, I have suffered a variety of non-related injuries and he was great at working around these so that I didn't have to miss a work out. Alex has a gift in evaluating your functional strength and building on that to make for a well rounded, fit individual. I have never felt better!I highly recommend Alex to anyone with a fitness goal." - Maryanne
"Want hardcore results without the drill sargent routine? Ever wondered whether your personal trainer knows as much about nutrition, balance, flexibility as they do about muscle growth and core strength exercise? Then look no further, Alex is the zen master of personal trainers and above all else, Alex’s coaching instruction is compassionate, challenging and specifically tailored to your fitness level and exercise goals. And what’s more, he has the heart of a spiritual warrior of the first order. So when you are ready for a transcendent experience with your work outs, give Alex a try, you’ll be glad you did!"
"I've been working with Alex for over a year. He is a consistent source of positive energy and motivation. I'm 72 years old with the usual age-related physical challenges. Alex has a gift for understanding my limits and motivating me to exceed them and he's a very knowledgeable about exercise and fitness. His fee is very reasonable to boot. I'm healthier and more fit because of the time I spend with Alex and I highly recommend him to you." - Bill
"Alex is the first personal trainer I've ever felt comfortable working out with. He is very professional and really goes through great lengths to tailor a fitness and exercise plan that meets each individual's goals. He also is very flexible with scheduling so it's easy to fit into your schedule. If anyone out there has ever considered a personal trainer, look into Alex-his rates are competitive and you will see/feel results!" - Justin
"I have been working with Alex since July, 2014, and my two 30 minute training sessions are high points in my week. My goals were to recover from injuries, get stronger, lose weight and make fitness an integral part of my life. With Alex's support I have met those goals, and he continues to support me in cultivating life-long healthy habits. He knows an enormous amount about fitness, exercise, and nutrition science and passes tips on. As other reviewers have said, Alex is a consummate professional: respectful, calm, extremely focused, always willing to adapt a workout to individual needs, yet also knowing how to push me to get an excellent workout at whatever place I am that day. He can go beyond physical training to be a life coach, if that's what you want. I value my training time with Alex, and recommend him highly." - Sara