Alexander DianaVerified 3 Reviews
Alex is an athlete through and through. Growing up in sunny South Africa he played 16 sports and dominated on the field. His deepest passions lay in the pool and on the rugby field, spending hours dedicating himself to the pursuit of excellence in both. He is a skilled swimmer and an excellent coach. He brings drive and determination to every workout and his clients achieve results. He works hard to educate his clients and empower them to find balance in their lives.
In 2016, he trained Muay Thai with professional fighters in Chiang Mai, Bangkok and Koh Phangan, Thailand. In his travels he learned a lot and he is excited to share what he has learned with you! His passion is contagious, so if you want a trainer that will motivate and fuel you through your workout, look no further.
My favorite client story
Recently I began working with a client who had scoliosis. At first I was slightly daunted when I saw the various divots and valleys that defined her uniquely shaped spine. I doubted myself and my skills momentarily but I chose to look at this new situation as a chance to grow and mature as a professional. I read extensively about scoliosis and as we worked together her spine slowly and consistently began to straighten. It gave me great pleasure to see her visible joy as her noticeable hip-drop began to slowly level. Her awareness of her body began to grow and she often tells me of how she feels her posture has improved. She sleeps better, no longer gets migraines and her overall outlook on training has gone from negative to positive. We still work together and which each session she grows and moves with strength. It gives me such pleasure to work with her because she has allowed me the opportunity to grow as a professional.
My favorite exercise
The Worlds Best Active Stretch - Train with me and find out what it is (:
My favorite quote
What you do in life echoes in eternity.
My training philosophy
Happiness. Awareness. Education. Balance.
My training experience
I formally began my training career in 2013 working at a Boutique Madison Avenue gym up until 2016 when my wife and I branched out and pursued our own practice. Prior to 2013 I informally trained several of my friends, educating them on correct movement. Movement has and always will be my passion. in 2016 I started working as an independent trainer for a boxing gym called WTF to pursue my interest in martial arts. This diversified me as a trainer and taught me a new skill. I have several different certifications and pride myself on my diverse repertoire of skills. Recently I completed my qualification in Ki-Hara Resistance Stretching and Ohashi Shiatsu Massage. Although 4 years of formal experience may not seem extensive my knowledge is that of a Master Trainer.
Areas of Expertise
- Core and Balance
- Strength Training
- Weight Loss
- Sports Performance Training
- Flexibility and Mobility
- Functional Training
- Myofascial Release
- Corrective Exercise
HFPA Diploma in Exercise Science, HFPA Certificate in Sports Specific Conditioning, HFPA Certificate in Training in Different Environments, TRX Certified Suspension Trainer, 80 hour Work Train Fight Certified Boxing Instructor Training, Ki-Hara Resistance Stretching Level V Master Trainer, Ohashi Shiatsu Massage Level I
Bachelor of Laws LLB
I have worked with Alex for over one year. I have had many trainers over the years and can say that Alex has been my best experience for several reasons. 1) he is always on time, motivated and well prepared with a well thought out strategy for each session. 2) He has deep breadth of knowledge in many areas of fitness, physiology, nutrition, and thoughtfully applies his knowledge to improve my life 3) The sessions are a lot of fun and he is able to change it up so it does not get monotonous with a nice balance of cardio, weight training, TRX, boxing , yoga and stretching 4) He has an acute skill to know my limits so I am not in pain after our sessions but energized and wanting more 5) most importantly I am 45 years old and for the first time in my life am beginning to reach my fitness goals. Thanks Alex.
Working with Alex is wonderful. Unlike other trainers I've worked with, the workouts seem tailored towards long-term health but with my goals in mind. He also does a great job of gauging my energy level and pushing me to the right degree. I'm positive he uses different techniques for his other clients which is part of what makes him so special - his ability to recognize and adapt to you as a person, not just once but each time.
Alex is one of the best. I have worked with a few over the last 10 years, and he is really good. Apart from getting you really strong and fit, his focus is also on your flexibility and the harmony of your mind and spirit. A really great person- you would do well to try him out.
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