ACE certified personal trainer

Philip Dresser lightening bolt

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About Philip

I am a mature, dynamic, friendly and inspiring fitness professional with extensive background in cardio and weight training, indoor cycling and outdoor road riding. I am a cancer survivor adept at building and maintaining successful relationships and commitments with my clients. I am a highly motivated athlete who understands multi-generational fitness interests and how clients’ needs evolve over time. 

My favorite exercise

My favorite exercise is the one I hate the most. It is a body-weight exercise. Can you guess which one?

My favorite quote

The root of most of our want is ungratefulness for what we already have.

My training philosophy

Respect the inherent capacity of every client and what they arrive with each session.

My training experience

Certified and actively training clients for over ten years.

Areas of Expertise

  • Core and Balance
  • Strength Training
  • Muscular Definition
  • Kettlebells
  • TRX
  • Corrective Exercise

NCCA Accredited Certifications

ace certification ACE Certified Personal Trainer

Additional Certifications

Functional Training


BA in Journalism

Who I Especially Like Working With

Cancer Survivors, LGBTQIA, Men, Post-rehab, Seniors, Women

Medical Conditions Experience

Arthritis, Bone/Joint Injury, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Hip Pain/Issues, Hypothyroidism, Knee Pain/Issues, Shoulder Issues

I trained with Philip for over 3 years at the Parkpoint Club in Sonoma, California. I saw him 2-3 times per week. I found Philip through the manager of the Club. What i liked about his training style was that he combined cardio as well as strength training and helped me with balance, which I wanted to maintain and improve as I entered my mid sixties. He utilized all of the training vehicles and machines as well as creating some one-off exercises that challenged me. I would spend 30 minutes warming up before my half-hour session with Philip. Unlike many trainers, Philip did not want to become my best friend. I liked that, as our relationship was a professional one. Philip is serious about his profession and makes it a full-time job.

Susan H.

I worked with Phillip on cycling & general fitness issues. He was great - able to listen to my focus areas & provide good solutions to what I was hoping to achieve (I'm an active road cyclist & past endurance cyclist). I also loved his spin classes!! They were the best- always fun & challenging. We miss him in Sonoma.

Diana S.

Philip was my trainer for over a year. I worked with Philip primarily on strength conditioning for cycling. I found him to be very knowledgeable and capable of helping me to obtain my fitness goals. He has a deep knowledge of strength training, including how to deal with old injuries and strains. I continue to use several of the strength and core exercises he taught me with good results and am basically injury free! As an avid road cyclist I found Philip's spin classes to complement and enhance my outdoor riding too. Plus he plays a great mix of music during spin!

Jane W.

So Philip has deserted the Northern California Wine Country for the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Well, you Texans are lucky to have him. My wife and I trained with him since relocating to Sonoma from SF years ago. He's very good.

Blair P.

Philip is devoted to helping people create their peak performance, in their workout as well as in their lifestyle as a whole. He knows it’s all connected! He is sincere, knowledgeable, inspiring, and realistic in his approach to your fitness. He is a no nonsense kind of guy and that’s what makes him GREAT! You would be very lucky to have him as your personal trainer. Don’t hesitate, jump in! Lucky ? you! We miss him terribly here in Sonoma, CA

Jane K.

I highly recommend Philip as your trainer. Not only is he extremely knowledgeable about the use of weights and machines, Philip is great at working and aligning your goals so that you get the most out of your workouts. Just as important Philip knows the importance of form which we all know is number one in working with your body. Go for it, Philip one let you down!

Jerry B.

Here at A Fit Plan, we are delighted to have Philip as part of our team. His cycling classes inspire individuals from beginners to the avid cyclists. The best yet, his personal training experience is designed to promote a long standing healthy and active lifestyle. You can't go wrong training with this awesome guy. Contact him TODAY to get started on the NEW YOU, here at A Fit Plan or one of the other fabulous locations he has available.

Patty D.

If cycling is your thing, Philip is your man. (His choice of music to spin by is the best). But he is much more than that. I had the good fortune to work out with Philip weekly for the year I was in cancer treatment. Every week I was introduced to new exercises, taught how to use a wide variety of machines, and came away with an appreciation of just how great exercise can make you feel. Philip is very knowledgeable, patient, and a very fine trainer.

Carol M.

I am the opposite of athletic, in my mid-60s, and had never worked with a trainer before. Philip was patient and encouraging and helped work out a routine that worked for me.

David B.

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