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About Matthew

I developed my love for fitness and teaching it to others from my time in the Marine Corps. I enjoy every aspect of fitness. The discipline, the grit and perseverance, and especially the never ending growth. When clients hear I was in the Marine Corps they automatically assume my style is to yell and push like I am a drill instructor, but that could not be further from the truth. I want my clients to have fun with their workouts and know how to create joy through movement and a healthy lifestyle.

I keep my training sessions full and thoughtful. Meaning, you will constantly be able to try new and exciting things but I focus intently on optimizing your time and your funds, so my sessions are always goal specific and you will not see much rest time that is not intentionally integrated into the workout. I became a trainer and a nutritionist because making fitness a priority in one's life translates into so many more benefits than just a healthy looking body. It positively affects your mood, your emotions, your outlook, your professional life, your relationships and even the lives of the people you are closest with. I want to bring those positive aspects to as many people as possible so they can generate inspirational change to the people closest to them. I know this does not come easy to many people and that is where I come in. 

My favorite client story

I obviously cannot choose one to be my favorite, but for the sake of portraying a success story I would like to mention a gentlemen by the name of Jared. He is what we like to call a hardgainer in the fitness industry. Tall, slim, and a strong desire to put on muscle. I started working with him and success came but in an unexpected way. The values and methods I began to teach him spread to his wife. I started training his wife, who never has committed to a fitness routine in her entire life, and eventually the same values and methods spread to their children. They even started focusing on eating healthier as a family in an effort to establish long, sustainable, and effective fitness practices. This, by all means, is the desired end result as a fitness trainer. To generate long-term healthy behaviors not just for the client but for others close to them.

My favorite exercise

My favorite exercise is plank variations. They are simple to initiate and extremely effective. I know, not a very flashy exercise, but fitness doesn't always have to be complex and flashy to be effective. In fact, it's quite the opposite much of the time.

My favorite quote

"Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful."
-Joshua J. Marine

"Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone."
-Pablo Picasso

"The successful warrior is the average man with laser-like focus."
-Bruce Lee

My training philosophy

Your body and mind are your geatest assets and protecting them should be your greatest investment. Every person has the ability to become fit to their desire but the pathway in achieving this can be distorted and blurry, and sometimes, people just need a little direction. Most of my clients know where they want to get, but it's a destination that can only be reached by them. I am just along for the ride giving direction, making sure they avoid obstacles, and get there as quickly and safely as possible.

My training experience

I started teaching fitness to Marines during my 8 years of active duty military service. This experience was multi-faceted for me in that it showed me even the "toughest" individuals might need help getting or staying on track with fitness but also if I could effectively teach and challenge these same tough individuals then I should find success in doing it elsewhere.

I seperated from the service in September in 2014 and two days later enrolled in college to receive my degree in nutrition. I applied for a scholarship through the American Council on Exercise, was awared the scholarship, and became a certified personal trainer in April of 2015. A few months after that I began teaching group fitness classes at Warrior Fitness Boot Camp in NYC and then moved on to teaching group fitness classes and individualized personal training at the Training Lab, NYC until December of 2018.

Since, I have continued to train and teach group fitness classes. I occassionally teach classes at F45 arts district in downtown Los Angeles and have been working as an independent trainer through my fitness company Sabo Fit LLC. I have a combined 10 plus years teaching fitness. That is 4 years as a certified personal trainer and 8 years as a fitness leader in the United States Marine Corps.

Areas of Expertise

  • Core and Balance
  • Nutrition
  • Strength Training
  • Weight Loss
  • Functional Training
  • Sports Performance Training
  • Cardiovascular Conditioning
  • Cross Training
  • Wellness
  • Corrective Exercise

NCCA Accredited Certifications

ace certification ACE Certified Personal Trainer

Additional Certifications

CPR/AED, ACE Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist


BS in Nutrition and Food Science

Who I Especially Like Working With

Brides-to-be, Cancer Survivors, Disabled, Law Enforcement, LGBTQIA, Military, Overweight/ Obese, Post-rehab, Rehab, Runners, Seniors, Student-athletes, Women, Youth

Medical Conditions Experience

Anxiety, Back Pain/Issues, Cancer, Depression, Diabetes, Knee Pain/Issues, Limited Mobility, Multiple Sclerosis, Obesity, Osteoporosis, Plantar fasciitis, Prediabetes, Rotator Cuff Issues, Sciatica, Shoulder Issues

Training Areas Served

In-home, Outdoor or Virtual Training

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