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About Manu

As a senior in college, I decided that I was finally going to turn my life around and get in shape.  Growing up I was always overweight but it was once I got to college that it started to get really bad.  By my senior year I weighed 280 lbs and with dedication, patience and a goal in mind I was able to lose 85 lbs.  After losing all of that weight, I ended up becoming TOO skinny which is a problem a lot of people wish they had but it's not such a great look for someone who is 6'5" with long limbs!  I then worked on adding muscle which isn't an easy task for someone who has long limbs.  Whether you're trying to lose weight or pack on some muscles, I can relate and help.  I love to work with people who need the extra push and accountability because I understand how hard it could be to stay the course and do more than just wish I was in better shape.  I understand how it feels to lack self confidence and feel like you'll never get to the body you want.  If you're ready to feel better, both physically and mentally, I'm ready to help you achieve that goal!

My favorite client story

My favorite client story is a client who came to the gym because his partner forced him to. He hated working out because he was very intimidated by the people around him and he felt overwhelmed with the whole idea. Immediately, he went from never wanting to work out to coming in 3-4 times a week, being one of my most dedicated and hardest working clients. The trust and effort he gave me is something that's priceless as a trainer.

My favorite exercise

Strength and circuit training

My favorite quote

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'” - Muhammad Ali

My training philosophy

I want my clients to look forward to every session. If you're not leaving every session feeling great about yourself and your accomplishment for the day, I'm not doing my job properly.

My training experience

I've been a trainer for 6 years now and currently train at a gym in Tribeca as well as privately. I've worked with people from the ages of 18 to 75 and from people who have never entered a gym to athletes. I've also taught group classes.

Areas of Expertise

  • Core and Balance
  • Strength Training
  • Weight Loss
  • Muscular Definition
  • Muscle Gain
  • Posture
  • Functional Training
  • Sports Performance Training
  • Injury Prevention
  • Corrective Exercise

NCCA Accredited Certifications

NASM Certified Personal Trainer

Additional Certifications

CPR/AED, Performance Movement Technique


BS, Seton Hall University

Medical Conditions Experience

Shoulder Issues

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