Personal Training Bios
Ben grew up with an enthusiasm for being active and playing all sports. That is how he found his passion for working with people and eventually attaining his Associate of Science degree in Athletic Training at Modesto Junior College. From there he transferred to San Diego State University where he majored in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Physical Therapy. After graduating he worked in the SDSU Fitness Clinic for the Disabled. In that setting, Ben excelled in helping people with a wide variety of physical disabilities. He helped them reach their fitness and exercise goals by designing a specific program of strength, endurance, and flexibility to develop management skills for their disability. His experiences over the last ten years working in physical therapy clinics have given him the tools to help rehabilitate injuries and align athletes with their goals that have taken them to the next level. Ben enjoys working in his yard, gardening, running, and weightlifting (to keep up with his wife and son).
On her own time, you’ll most likely find Codi in the gym working hard to achieve her own fitness goals. She is NCSF certified, loves the outdoors and nature as well as Star Wars marathons. Codi is currently studying at San Francisco State University and has a passion for health and fitness, which she wants to share with others. She loves working with individuals to help them meet their fitness goals and to push people to be the best and healthiest versions of themselves. Codi utilizes all types of training styles including HIIT, plyometrics, as well as the use of free weights and compound exercises with a focus in hypertrophy training; all of which can be easily modified to fit the needs of different fitness levels. She specializes in exercise programming, strength, and conditioning, functional fitness, weight loss, muscle gain, as well as building and increasing muscular strength.
Hitesh is a fitness enthusiast who loves working with people in achieving fitness goals and transforming lives. He was born in India, raised in San Jose and now lives in Morgan Hill with his family. Hitesh is NASM certified and knowledgeable in the areas of weight loss, muscle gain, corrective exercise, post-injury rehabilitation and strength/circuit/functional training. He has also earned a Senior Fitness Specialization certificate from NASM.
Karissa has always had a strong desire to help others reach their goals whether that’s academically or in fitness. After receiving her B.A. in Education she was able to fulfill that dream of teaching and helping students for the last six years in reaching their full potential. In the past year, though, Karissa has found her passion in power-lifting and weight training so much that she has decided to make the transition from school teacher to a personal trainer after successfully completing her certification through AFAA. When she is not training or teaching a fitness class, she is working on improving and perfecting her form and methods of lifting. She also, from an early age, has admired the beauty of nature and found joy in being active outdoors as well as challenging herself in different types of circuit training. Karissa loves to see others reach their goals and does not accept any excuse for one to not succeed. Her goal is to encourage, support and train others on their road to a healthier, stronger lifestyle. She is well-equipped in many areas of fitness with a focus on strength training, free weights, plyometrics, core, and flexibility.
Mike enjoys helping people exercise more effectively, more efficiently and safely. He specializes in helping seniors and those with disabilities or mobility issues. Mike began his second career as a NASM personal trainer since 2007. His first career was a cost accountant, with over thirty years in the electronics industry. He has a B.S. in Business from San Jose State University.
Shelby’s passion for fitness and health can be seen through her training regimens and lifestyle. She is NASM certified and enjoys helping others to improve physical health and self-confidence. Shelby’s approach to fitness emphasizes cardiovascular and strength training in combination with balance and flexibility.
Tina has been competing in triathlons and Spartan races for many years. She is ACSM and USAT certified, as well as Coach for the Master’s swim program at the Aquatics Center. She is also a certified Weight Loss Specialist through NASM. Her specialty is endurance sports training and helping clients build a solid and lasting foundation to prevent injury, as well as offering strategies for efficient weight loss. She uses a mix of modalities such as TRX, free weights, and plyometrics combined with cardiovascular training.
Virginia has over 15 years’ experience in the health industry, having gone through two personal transformations herself, she really understands the physical, mental and emotional adaptations necessary for a healthy lifestyle. She holds PT certifications from NASM and NCCPT, as well as specialty certifications in Corrective Exercise and Performance Enhancement from NASM. She specializes in strength and conditioning, weight management, performance enhancement, corrective exercise and transformation. When she can be part of someone else’s life change in a positive direction, it’s the ultimate reward for her! Virginia is passionate about helping others live a healthy lifestyle, strength training, combat sports and competing in Jiu Jitsu. Believe in yourself and you can achieve anything!