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Voted best in Philly  18. PHL17 Dr. Phil Nicolaou - Philadelphia Personal Training
Voted best in Philly 18. PHL17 Dr. Phil Nicolaou
(45 reviews)

Hello, I’m Phil Nicolaou. In high school I was very athletic. Having played sports such as basketball, soccer and baseball all year round, I kept myself in good shape.

However, all that changed when I got to college. When I was about 20 years old, I lived a very sedentary, college-like lifestyle. I spent all my free time playing computer games, which are very fun, but require no energy and no caloric expenditure. Then one day, I had a physical exam with my long-time primary care physician. My doctor said that by spending so much time at home in front of the computer, I developed a really bad eating habit, and considering I hardly moved, I managed to accumulate quite a bit of body fat.

He said for someone my age and height, my BMI (body mass index), which is the measure of your body weight for your height/size frame, was not good and that if I continued down that path, I stood a good chance of developing various diseases that are caused by being VERY overweight, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, among others.

I had not realized that my health had deteriorated that bad! This was a wake up call for me. The next week, not knowing ANYTHING about exercise or dieting, I decided to join a local gym. I went religiously, but had no clue what I was doing. I worked my chest everyday thinking that the more I did this, the more I’d get big and strong! I didn’t know that muscles need time to recover and that they grew at rest, not at the gym. I would also do two hours of cardio. For someone that just started working out that is what I would call a SEVERE overtraining! Two hours of cardio a week into a workout routine?!

But I didn’t know any better. Until one day, at the front desk of the gym, I came across a business card for a personal trainer. I had nothing to lose, so I called this trainer, told him my situation and he said he could help! He was my trainer for about a year. He prescribed proper cardio workout for me to do, monitored my food intake and monitored my weight exercises. And in several months, I went from having 38% to 15% body fat.

Working with him inspired me to become a trainer myself. Since then, I've managed to obtain over 10 more certifications ranging from nutrition to yoga, pilates, core conditioning and post-rehab, so when we work together, you can trust that I DO HAVE the KNOWLEDGE and expertise to help you!

I have been a personal trainer since 1999, so rest assured you are working with the best in Philadelphia!

Since then, I realized that it is my calling to help people achieve life changing results through proven science! To get out of being obese and to get off the medications that can be costly both money-wise and health-wise.

Becoming a trainer is the best decision I made to help people! I went from being obese to being healthy and you can too!

Let me help you learn what I’ve learned through NESTA, the IFPA and through daily experience,over the past 10+ years. Let me help you see that you can change your life and to live a happier, healthier and longer life. I learned a lot about dealing with various health challenges that people faced. Let me be your guide to complete wellness! Let me be your mentor to make your transition.

People always tell me “do you know what it’s like to be so fat that your clothes don’t fit, to turn to food for comfort, to get laughed at for being larger, to not be able to fit into certain rides or do certain fun activities with family and friends just because you are too big?” My answer is YES, I do know and YES, we can change that. That is one thing not written in stone! I can empathize with you! I know the road is not easy, but I will be there every step of the way as your trusted fitness source! I can help you change your mind set to think healthier and more positive and to become healthier through a proper program design and implementation and, most importantly, through wellness coaching. To see what aspects of your life you feel are lagging behind and to make your life a complete, well-rounded wheel that when put on your car of life, will give you a smooth ride! You don’t have to be fat or unhealthy anymore! Lets go!

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Robyn Weisman - Philadelphia Personal Training
Robyn Weisman
(12 reviews)

A former NCAA college-level athlete and current competitive marathon runner, Robyn believes in the strong role that the mind plays in sports and exercise performance. Fitness is a key component to stress reduction in today’s busy world, and as a fitness professional, she combines a positive attitude with challenging exercises to meet her clients’ needs – all of which begin with simple goals. She inspires her clients to eat clean, train hard, and finish strong!

Along with attaining her B.S. in Exercise Science/Physiology from Towson University, Robyn is a certified personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise, and she also provides nutrition counseling. She does not believe in a “one size fits all approach” when it comes to implementing a fitness program. Rather, her goal is to create a tailored program that incorporates physical and mental components specifically geared toward each client’s individual needs.

Her specialties include general health and fitness improvement, weight loss/body shaping, pre/post natal, bridal prep, special events and sports-specific training. Start training with her today to start building the blocks toward the results you want!

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John Edwin - Philadelphia Personal Training
John Edwin
(9 reviews)

John Edwin is the founder and owner of Strength Personal Training, Inc. & co-owner of Strength Academy, which houses Strength Personal Training & Cool Hearts Muay Thai. Over the past 15 years, he has completed over 27,000 training sessions, and is one of the premier personal trainers on the East Coast.

John holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from Liberty University, where he graduated with honors. After graduation, he started his career at Philadelphia Sports Clubs, where he was named 'Trainer of the Year' 2002, 2003, 2004, among over 2,000 trainers on the East Coast.

In 2004, John started Strength Personal Training, Inc. He trains clients at Strength Academy, which is located in the Piazza in Northern Liberties, Philly. He is certified through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM-HFS) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA-CSCS), as well as being Pre and Post Natal Certified.

John specializes in kettlebell training, core-conditioning functional training and boxing. John has also co-authored a best-selling book, called ‘Cutting Edge Sales’, in which he wrote a chapter on goal setting. John has had numerous speaking engagements on health, goal setting and overall wellness.

John takes pride in partnering with his clients to help them attain and exceed their health and fitness goals. Whether you are looking to lose weight, gain muscle or train for a specific sport or event, John has the knowledge and expertise to get you there!!

John is married to his high school sweetheart and together they are raising 3 awesome kids and one crazy dog! When he is not training, you will often find him coaching his kids' teams, relaxing with family and friends and enjoying life!

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Anthony  Bottos - Philadelphia Personal Training
Anthony Bottos
(6 reviews)

My mission is to assist individuals in discovering their athletic capabilities, regardless of age or fitness level. My approach is to initiate training through a movement screening process, to fully understand how your body responds to training activity. This assists us in building a targeted program that will enhance mobility, stabilization, conditioning, strength, and power. Most importantly, this provides a platform for education and insight into your specific body mechanics. While working as part of the Penn Charter High School Strength and Conditioning staff, I programmed training and enhanced the athletic capabilities of over 400 student athletes. In addition, working with Temple University Football's strength and conditioning staff to enhance the abilities of football athletes proved to be valuable experience to help all individuals at various fitness levels. in addition, I worked with Catapult Data Analytics software to provide athlete monitoring to enhance performance. 

I request the utmost compliance in a training program. In addition to our meetings, I supply program templates to integrate both cardiovascular and strength training for you to follow between our scheduled meeting times. These additional tools are imperative to help you progress towards your goals quickly and efficiently. With my coaching and expertise, I look forward to helping you reach your health and fitness goals through sound science, hard work, and education!

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Sam  Williams - Philadelphia Personal Training
Sam Williams
(5 reviews)

My name is Sam Williams, and I have been personal training in Philadelphia for the past 4 years. My training philosophy is centered around the SAM Method which is a philosophy that focuses on building a program around strength, agility, and mobility, however each program's design is made to fit the specific needs of the client.

The main reason I became a trainer is to help people transform their bodies, and meet their goals through the avenue of fitness. I absolutely love what I do and I honestly couldn't see myself doing anything else. I have pretty much been involved in fitness my entire life from playing sports as a kid all the way through college where I attended Central Michigan University on a full athletic scholarship for football.At Central Michigan I was a team captain and All Conference player where we won 3 conference championships.

After college fitness was a natural segue because it allowed me to personally stay active while doing what I love which is helping people. Since I've been training I have helped 3 people lose 50lbs or more! I've also worked with professional and collegiate athletes, but my crowing achievement so far as trainer may be getting my 91 year old client to walk up and down the stairs in her house again!! No matter what you are looking for as a client I take pride in being able to provide you will exactly what you need .

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Greg Schumann - Philadelphia Personal Training
Greg Schumann
(5 reviews)

I've been training since 2013 and have a diverse and unique set of experiences that makes me confident in my abilities as a trainer.


My studio is home to a few great personal trainers, come swing by and talk about training to see if it's the right fit for you. Consultations are free and if you don't like me, there's a team of various styles to choose from. 

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Anja Dikeman - Philadelphia Personal Training
Anja Dikeman
(5 reviews)

Experience the BEST personal training with an award winning personal trainer! My program works 100%! All you have to do is follow my guidance and give your best during our training sessions. I work with all fitness levels and will get you phenomenal results! I have been doing this for a long time and have helped hundreds of people just like you! Message me and let's get started!

Anja Dikeman

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Joe O'Hara - Philadelphia Personal Training
Joe O'Hara
(4 reviews)

Owned and operated by Joe O'Hara, O'Hara Fitness is fully equipped to help people of all ages and abilities reach their fitness potential. Trainer Joe O'Hara has extensive experience helping clients reach their weight loss goals, improve their strength, conditioning and agility, achieve overall wellness and help athletes gain a competitive advantage.






CONSULTANT to NBA and NFL athletes as well as numerous celebrities

Joe has NASM certification in personal training, USTA Cardio Tennis certification, certfied AFAA Group Instructor and has NASM specializations in Youth Exercise, Senior Exercise, MMA Conditioning, GOLF Fitness, and Fitness Nutrition.  Currently Joe is completing a Masters Degree in Leadership at Cabrini University and working on a CSCS certification.

In addition to working with adults, O'Hara Fitness trains young athletes improve their level of fitness. Joe has experience running training programs at the prestigious Julian Krinsky Summer Camp at Villanova University, which draws 90 top athletes from around the world.

O'Hara Fitness currently operates out of two locations. Our first studio which is inside the Julian Krinsky Tennis Club in Narberth and our newest studio which is located inside the Green Valley Country Club in Lafayette Hills. From the young beginner to the professional athlete, O'Hara Fitness offers a program for everyone.

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Nate Fletcher - Philadelphia Personal Training
Nate Fletcher
(4 reviews)

I grew up my whole life playing sports. I never lifted a weight until I was a senior in college. Fitness has become the most empowering and consistent thing in my life. It's my passion to help people find their place in the gym and build self confidence.

If you can change your body you can change your mind. If you can change your mind you can change anything. I would love to be there while you realize this and help you change your life.

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Adam Tischler - Philadelphia Personal Training
Adam Tischler
(4 reviews)

Adam has 13 years of experience in the fitness field and focuses on using the correct exercise modality for each of his clients to achieve maximal results while minimizing injury risk.

After graduating from Ithaca College in 2003 with a degree in Exercise & Sports Sciences, he started his career at Equinox Fitness in NYC. After 7 months as a personal trainer, he was promoted to Fitness Manager, where he taught other trainers program design, anatomy, kinesiology, and biomechanics. While working at Equinox, Adam became a Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and a certified Kettlebell Instructor.

Once Adam became a CSCS, he looked to his love of baseball for his next career move. In 2005, he was hired by the Chicago White Sox, and served as a Strength and Conditioning Coach in their minor leagues for 7 seasons and is proud to have worked with over 2 dozen players who have reached the Major League level.

In 2011, Adam and went back to his original passion of helping people feel better about themselves through exercise. He creates programs designed specifically to his clients' goals and capabilities, while managing any existing injuries. He has trained clients from age 13 to age 85 and at all skill levels from novice to professional athlete. He specializes in training clients who have pre-existing injuries, are rehabbing from an injury, or have medical conditions.

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Serena Scanzillo - Philadelphia Personal Training
Serena Scanzillo
(4 reviews)

My coaching mission is to supply a platform where women + men can create the best possible version of themselves so they are able to give back to others

A long time DC resident, now a Philly gal, Serena understands how city life can get in the way of a fitness routine. Serena has been voted one of DC's top 100 fitness people and has created her exercise and nutrition business, SerenaFit, to help busy professionals make health a priority, offering everything from workout videos and meal plans to online personal training and outdoor conditioning classes.

SerenaFit is a digital wellness company that focuses on creating confidence, muscle definition, healthy eating habits and consistent routines through the power of positive coaching. I offer 1-1 coaching, as well as partner and small group training. We focus on city life - how to manage it, how to take it on day after day and how to be our best. My programs are versatile, custom, flexible and realistic. I can't wait to coach you and for you to join my amazing SerenaFit community!

If we work hard, together during sessions & on our nutrition there's no telling what we can create over time! 


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Todd Demsky - Philadelphia Personal Training
Todd Demsky
(4 reviews)
I will perform a postural and fitness assessment to determine where we are starting from. Next, I will devise a plan specifically tailored to your goals and your body so we can effectively reach new levels of health, fitness, and vitality! Ideally we would meet twice a week, but depending on your situation we could meet more or less frequent. I will push you to progressively reach your goals. We will focus on the following areas: core, balance, resistance training, flexibility, and cardiorespiratory training. If you are an athlete we will also work on plyometrics (jumping exercises) and SAQ (speed, agility, and quickness) training.

I believe the body needs to be challenged in many ways for it to be at its best. Therefore I train the body from head to toe and have you exercise in multiple ways, such as up and down, side to side, and twisting motions. I also incorporate many neglected areas such as balance, reaction training, stability training, power training, and flexibility training. I also advise clients to use the foam roller to improve muscle imbalances and to reduce the chances of injury.

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Matthew Smith - Philadelphia Personal Training
Matthew Smith
(3 reviews)

My name is Matt. Some call me the "buttsmith." I'm a ginger WITH a soul, and you'll be glad you met me. When not training for powerlifting, I enjoy hiking, concerts and exploring the world.  

I provide high-end, individualized, progression-based programming that gets you from A to Z safely and efficiently. Each workout builds on the previous one. The first couple months of training we focus on optimizing your movement, learning to breathe properly, and maintaining neutral spine. Then we hone in on your goals.

You CAN look, feel, and move better.

I have experience working as a back rehab specialist at Rittenhouse Chiropractic, and have worked With UPENN Division-1 athletes as an intern. With over a dozen powerlifting meets under my belt, strength with the barbell lifts are my specialty.

I aim to teach you so well that I become obsolete unless you need me for accountability.

Plan on investing a minimum of 6 months to a year on training. A large portion of my clients come to me because they have been injured in the past and want to get stronger and remain out of pain.

I place many of my better moving clients on my Fast Gains program to eek out the maximum amount of newbie gains possible. After about 6 months they graduate to more personalized programming.

Book a pack of sessions and message me to set up an assessment today. FindYourTrainer guarantees a full refund if you are not fully satisfied with my services. You have nothing to lose and a lot to gain! 

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Justin Taylor - Philadelphia Personal Training
Justin Taylor
(2 reviews)

The world of health and fitness can be overwhelming and confusing with many theories, fad diets, and complicated exercises. I teach my clients proper nutrition and exercise based on their personal goals and unique bodies. I love to see my clients progress each week in the areas of strength, fat loss, cardiovascular capabilities, flexibility, and improved blood pressure readings!

We can work together to strategically reach your goals for a better quality of life, improved internal health, and a nicely toned body! It is essential that my clients have a motivation to change because with change, comes resistance.

My education and experience in the field of counseling has allowed me to establish excellent rapports with my clients. We both maintain a relationship that consists of honest feedback and accountability.

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Brenden Shaver - Philadelphia Personal Training
Brenden Shaver
(1 reviews)

Hi, my name is Brenden Shaver. Personal training was a logical growth of my natural thirst for knowledge. I consider my best asset as a trainer my ability to adapt my training style to fit the needs of my clients. My flexibility allows me to quickly asses and client's history and goals and deliver a great workout for each client.

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Thaddeus Babiec - Philadelphia Personal Training
Thaddeus Babiec
(2 reviews)

The most rewarding part of personal training is helping my clients achieve success they never thought possible, whether it is improving performance, increasing energy, losing weight, or living pain free. For the past three years, I have worked with everyone from professional athletes to busy professionals, and partnered with them to broaden their health and fitness goals: anything from competing at the highest level in their chosen sport, to running their first marathon, to playing with their kids or grandchildren without the nagging aches and pains that have plagued them for years.  My training style — informed through an internships with the widely recognized National Running Center at Spaulding Rehabilitation Center, Northeastern University, certifications from Buteyko Professionals International and Kettlebell Athletics, and a successful personal training practice at high-end private fitness clubs like Equinox — revolves around the details of movement, correct breathing, and body posture.  As a high-performance athlete, I know first-hand the importance of understanding the “why” behind the “what” and consider myself an educator in addition to being a trainer; I don’t just tell you what to do, I also teach you so that you can take a more active role driving your health results. 


My specialties include injury prevention and rehabilitation, strength and conditioning, and corrective breathing. I also work with anyone dealing with asthma, COPD, apnea, or other breathing related dysfunctions, looking for an avenue to relief beyond medication.


I am currently living in Philadelphia, training on the Schuykill River with the High Performance group at Penn AC, as I work towards my bid for the US National Team in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.


If you think I might be a good fit, please reach out and we can schedule a time to meet!

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Guy Nanni - Philadelphia Personal Training
Guy Nanni
(1 reviews)

My name is Guy Nanni, I am a local personal fitness coach and Martial Arts instructor in the Philadelphia area. I have been a Certified personal trainer for about two years and before that I instructed Martial Arts at a school in the Bensalem area for about 4 years. 

If you are someone who is looking to lose weight, tone up, build muscle; or if you are just looking for a little more self-confidence and to learn to defend yourself. Heck maybe you're just looking for a fun new way to train. I'm your pun intended.

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Brian Washington - Philadelphia Personal Training
Brian Washington

Fitness Trainer Brian Washington is passionate about health and fitness and credits his family for encouraging the last 9 years of his professional efforts. Much of Brian's success as a Fitness Trainer can be attributed to his many years of football conditioning and personal ambition to maintain his own physical fitness. His goal is to assist people who want to stay in shape and improve their lifestyle, while providing motivation, guidance, and results.

Brian specializes in endurance training, strength training, sports conditioning, plyometrics, weight loss, bodyweight training, TRX, and Kettlebells. Since graduation Brian has opened his own fitness studio, Live Train Evolve.

Brian attended West Chester University where he played Division 2 football and later signed to a minor league team and achieved honors as a 4-time National All Star. He received his personal training certification and nutrition consultant certification from one of the top schools in the country, National Personal Training Institute (NPTI) in Philadelphia, PA and also has a degree in Sports Management.

Brian is a member of the Idea Health and Fitness Association and is also a featured trainer and contributor in the book "The Real Skinny on Fitness and Nutrition." Brian brings creativity and experience to the FYT family.

Training with Brian you can expect two things, quick and effective results. Brian offers creative, fun workouts that will challenge you, and push you to places you never thought you were capable of.

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