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About Sam

Hi! I'm a certified personal trainer with years of experience coaching individuals to reach their personal fitness goals. I'm a Former Division 1 rugby player with a sports, weight-training, yoga, and meditation background. Workouts can be in your home, virtual, or held outdoor on Venice Beach near the pier. 


Every routine is customized to fit your goals - whether it's putting on muscle, losing fat, increasing aerobic endurance, increased flexibility, training for a sport, and more. My workouts are structured around a unique, holistic combination of weight training, cardio, stretching, and breath-work routines. Yoga and meditation techniques are integrated into each workout to further develop the mind-body connection. In addition to personalized routines, I'll make you a custom meal-plan and shopping list that will further compliment your fitness goals. Nutrition is a huge part of the equation, yet is too often left up to clients to figure out on their own. This program will not only get you in the best shape of your life, it will also cheer you up and calm you down. Within weeks, you will have more energy, you will be sleeping better, and you will notice a marked improvement in your general mood.


Some of my athletic background includes: Flanker on the University of Michigan's D1 Rugby team 3 years trained under IFBB hall-of-fame bodybuilder Ron Love Competed and placed in national downhill mountain bike races 5.0 ranked tennis player 10+ years yoga experience (Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Hatha, and Yin) 6 years Muay Thai and boxing experience Class V whitewater canoer with numerous 1st descents Surfer, rock climber, and skier. Feel free to reach out with any questions - I look forward to working with you!


My favorite client story

One of the most exciting parts about working with clients is hearing about how this routine has helped them in ways outside of fitness. One of my favorite stories is from a client who told me that this routine finally enabled them to gain control over their lifelong struggles with ADHD and anxiety.

Areas of Expertise

  • Core and Balance
  • Nutrition
  • Strength Training
  • Weight Loss
  • Flexibility and Mobility
  • Muscle Gain
  • Sports Performance Training
  • Yoga

NCCA Accredited Certifications

NFPT Certified Personal Trainer
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