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About Domingo

If you care about proper training and mechanics, then I'm the trainer for you. A keen eye on performance enables a trainer to make proper pro/regressions. I take pride in implementing all my certification into your customized program. There is no AVERAGE session, the array of workouts done in one session are enough to leave the perfect amount of soreness. While enhancing your core strength I also look to assist with posture reinforcement. We will keep track of your progress on a shared file and be sure to hit your fitness wants and needs. 

To date my most impressive client is 78 years young Dr. Len Rubin who gives me 12 pull ups in one set, bench presses 185lbs, deadlifts 205lbs and give me 20 spush ups! We've been training for four years and it has been a blast to readdress his balance issues and keep him active. His program is saturated with work outs to improve his balance, proprioceptors (spacial awareness)  and core strength. 

Training locations vary upon clients request. I currently rent space in the west village and columbus circle but open to any other locations in our schedule allows it. 

My favorite client story

Dr. Leonard Rubin is 78 years young and is my most energetic client. Before our assessment Len wanted to increase the size of his shoulders, arms and calves. I noticed his balance was a bit off upon a balance drill beause he was unable to stand on one foot for a split second. Come to find out Len never told me he has an inoperable big toe on his right foot. While not leaving his fitness wants out of the picture we tackled his balance from the ground up. Trained ankle and hip mobility, strengthened his core and enhanced his proprioceptors. Not only can Len go fifteen pull us in one set he can reverse lunge while being elevated. His entire fitness program consist of workouts he could never do prior to training with me.

My favorite exercise

Experience has taught me that nothing beats a strong foundation. So squats/deadlifts/lunges are my favorite exercises.

My favorite quote

"100% of the shots you don't take, you don't make."

My training philosophy

“From The Ground Up”
As we age balance and proprioception are two skills we lose track of. Falling while young is a quick fix in many occasions, this is not the case for the aging population. It’s imperative to train functional movements in order to enhance life activity and longevity.

My training experience

Currently contracted by the NYS Dept. of Mental Health to provide exercise classes to individuals in transitional housing in impoverished neighborhoods of NYC. These individuals suffer from AIDS/HIV, depression, chemical dependency and domestic violence. Prior to that I was training at Equinox in the West Village.

Areas of Expertise

  • Strength Training
  • Weight Loss
  • Flexibility and Mobility
  • Muscular Definition
  • Kettlebells
  • TRX
  • Functional Training
  • Sports Performance Training
  • Myofascial Release

NCCA Accredited Certifications

NCSF Certified Personal Trainer
ISSA Certified Personal Trainer

Additional Certifications

Prenatal/Postnatal, Kettlebell Concepts Level 1, TriggerPoint Certified Therapist

Who I Especially Like Working With

Actors, Beginners, Brides-to-be, Cancer Survivors, LGBTQIA, Men, Military, Overweight/ Obese, Post-rehab, Pre/post-natal, Runners, Seniors, Women

Medical Conditions Experience

Alzheimer's, Back Pain/Issues, Dementia, Depression, Diabetes, HIV/AIDS, Limited Mobility, Obesity, Pregnancy, Sciatica, Shoulder Issues, Visually Impaired (Blind)

Additional Languages Spoken


I have been training with Domingo for over two years and highly recommend! He has designed the perfect training program to fit my needs by really listening to my goals, incorporating it realistically into my busy schedule and challenging me weekly. It is also fun and no two sessions are alike.


Domingo is the ultimate athletic trainer to push the limits with compassion. He pushed me to get to a 4:42 MIle at the age of 42. He is simply the ultimate trainer that works as hard as his students and cares. His bedside manner is amazing.

Taseer Badar

Domingo helped me recover not just from being out of shape, but from a shoulder injury. His custom workouts put me back on track - thank you domingo - highly recommend!

Bruce C.

After 30 years and many trainers I can say without question that Dom is the most knowledgeable, the most inventive, hardest working, and most attentive trainer in the field.

Len R.

I have been working with Domingo for just over nine months. Hands down he is the best trainer in NYC. He constantly alters my workouts to cater to the areas I want to target and pushes me to help reach my goals. I have used several trainers before but Domingo has been the most reliable, professional and the trainer that has allowed me to see the best results. Not only am I looking better and reaching my physical goals but I’m also feeling better about myself. Looking forward to working with him more.

Josh .

It’s like working out with a close friend! You really build a friendship with Domingo and he’s just a result driven as you are! 10/10 recommend, trainers like him come far and few!!

Brandy F.

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