I have been part of the American Council on Exercise body of trainers since 2017 and, as such, seek to promote physical activity as part of the solution towards ending the epidemic of inactivity and lifestyle diseases generated by it. Before achieving certification through A.C.E., I had been certified through the World Fitness Association (W.F.A.) since 2012. Previous to that, in 2010, I had attended a 1-week certification preparation event at the Cooper Institute.
One of my passions is food as a sociocultural staple and its effects on our evolution as a species, as well as its influence on our health and fitness goals. I had never imagined how the 20+ years spent working for big and small names in the Food & Hospitality Industry would shape tremendously the way I approach fitness, from a solid Customer Service focus to a more mindful and holistic way of looking at food. Having attended college and Biochemistry as the choice of my focus then; couldn't have made any more sense nowadays when I look at food and think about it. After all... it ALL starts with what you eat! :-)
I am ServSafe Certified as a Food Manager and ServSafe Allergens, skills I continuously use with my clients in the Fitness field when we dive in the areas of Meal prepping & Cooking, Food safety & Nutrition. In the near future, I am seeking certification as an Instructor/Proctor so as to be able to offer expert food safety education and training.
My favorite client story
Copied directly from the letter she sent my director back then at L.A. Fitness. I almost cried when I read how she truly felt.
"I am super excited to share my experience with Sebastian, my Personal Trainer at L.A. Fitness.
I started working out with Sebastian mid-September, 2013,
I am proud to say that I went from a Women’s Size 16, to Size 10; within less than 4 months.
Before I was rated in the second category of “obesity” in chart at my physician’s office. I am now considered “overweight”
My blood pressure was out of control, to the point that my physician prescribed medications and asked me to “stop working upon leaving this office today, and go get your prescription filled”… I have not been on blood pressure medication the last ¾ weeks.
Sebastian also noticed there was something wrong with my back. He pointed at a couple of things and told me my hip muscles seemed to be overly tight, and that I should go see a chiropractor or my doctor. After a couple of times I finally listened to his advice and visited the physician yesterday… to find out my hips were locked up. The physician explained this was probably due to the excessive weight I previously had on my body. The physician was impressed by Sebastian’s observations, as well as the knowledge he displayed when he pointed and explained me what I should go to get checked.
Exercise was not my friend. Sebastian made me feel comfortable and welcomed from day one. He is always happy to see me and has created exercise programs that work for me and my specific needs.
I have changed a lot during the last 4 months. Surviving my workouts was my main goal until the end of December, but I actually enjoy exercising and look forward to my sessions every time. He trusted me whenever I told him I couldn’t do certain exercise, yet he found ways around it to properly keep training me. He is strong enough to hold me accountable when I am slacking, yet always listen and get me engaged into it. The most exciting point of this all was when I discovered I have lost about over 10 inches around my waist this past November.
I am confident, with Sebastian’s leadership; I will be able to make my next 2 goals come true: get to a size 6 to 8; and to jog/ run a 5 mile trail by my 50th birthday in April. "
My favorite exercise
My favorite quote
"La educacion, como la luz del sol, puede y debe llegar a todos"
"Education, like sunlight, can and must reach everyone" ~ Jose Pedro Varela, Uruguayan Sociologist, Journalist, Politician and Educator
My training philosophy
Everything always comes down to having control over the situations presented with and while safely working through them obtain outcomes which are more desirable in the long run.
Areas of Expertise
- Core and Balance
- Flexibility and Mobility
- Corrective Exercise
NCCA Accredited Certifications
Who I Especially Like Working With
Medical Conditions Experience
Back Pain/Issues, Cancer, Depression, Diabetes, Fibromyalgia, HIV/AIDS, Neck Pain, Postural Issues
Additional Languages Spoken
Training Areas Served
Virtual or Outdoor Personal Training