Amy Chang made me sweat and groan for every ounce lost and/or redistributed - and I would still highly recommend her to anyone looking for a personal fitness trainer!
I became Amy's reluctant client several years ago at the urging of my family. I was overweight, lethargic and eating really badly. With a lot of patience, Amy brushed aside all of my excuses and worked to make me stronger. She emphasized correct form (to avoid injuries) and set a pace which was definitely hard but not punishing.
After I started feeling stronger and less lethargic, Amy steered me towards group exercise classes to add a cardio component to my workouts. She also started making suggestions about my diet. Overall, she inspired me feel that I had to be more accountable to myself for my over all health and well-being.
Today I'm two dress sizes smaller, more energetic and much more conscious of my eating habits. My improvements encouraged my husband to sign on as Amy's client. We have such confidence in Amy that we asked her to help our 14 year old daughter stay in shape when our daughter was recovering from foot surgery.
The best thing about Amy - even if she doesn't say it - you know that she sincerely wants you to succeed in reaching your health goals and that she's with you every step of the (difficult) way.
- Louella T.
Amy is the most amazing trainer I have ever worked with. She helped me reach my weight and strength goals through her extensive knowledge and, most importantly, her encouragement. She is motivating, and she pushed me to levels I never thought I could reach. She is also a wonderful person who cares about her clients, and she is passionate about what she does.
- Jennifer J.
I've been training with Thao for several years now and am in the best shape of my life. She has helped me through several injuries and has also provided special training for different activities. Thao has increased my core strength and my flexibility which has helped me in golf, skiing, triathlons and half marathons. She motivates me and pushes me to my limits and makes each and every workout unique so I do not get bored with coming to the gym. I really like the facilities at BMI Fitness as they have all the equipment I need for a complete workout, TRX, cardio machines, free weights, cable machines, Pilates equipment and Thao incorporates all of these into my workouts. Thanks to Thao I have been able to maintain my health and fitness.
For the last 3 years, Amy Chang has been my personal trainer and she has been fabulous!! Our weekly sessions have substantially elevated my fitness to a new level: my "body" age is almost 20 years younger than my chronological age. I have always been quite athletic, but now, and in great part thanks to Amy, I am the fittest I have been in my entire life. Amy is intelligent, engaging and very informed; she makes each and every session unique and properly tailored to the individual client. She is also an amazing group fitness instructor who has the ability to engage and attract a huge crowd (including my two daughters) to many of her very challenging and fun classes.
- Monica S.
Amy Chang is a dedicated personal trainer and a friend. Her skills, knowledge and experiences are far beyond her profession. A year ago, before we signed up with her for one-on-one training, we were a bit hesitant. It's a big investment after all. We’re happy to say that this journey has turned out to be one of our most successful investments.
Now, a year later, we are fitter and stronger physically as well as mentally. Our muscle tone has never been so visible. Energy level remains high throughout the day. Athleticism has been resurrected to its prime. We can run, jump, spin, swim, lift weights, U-Jam and kickbox like we are young again. We are happier in our life.
The most dramatic impact of training with Amy has been on our health. Jenny's rheumatoid arthritis has tormented her for years. While all the other remedies, medical or none-medical, have been tried and failed, personal training with Amy has proven to be a huge success. With Amy's thoughtful workout plan, her ailment has been effectively contained. A year ago, Jenny's joints were so stiff, especially during the winter, that she even had a hard time getting up every morning. Now her joints are much more flexible and the pains are substantially subdued. She's active everywhere in the gym now, spin class, U-Jam, kickboxing etc.
The treatment of Charles' chronic back pain is another success story. For years, Charles has been beset by the back pain that goes back to his athletic young adulthood. Invariably, all the medical approaches have been tried and proven ineffective. Through the structured core training with Amy, by systematically working on the relevant muscle groups, Charles' back pain is literally gone.
Thanks to Amy, we are able to live our active lives again. Now we have confidently signed up our son and daughter, Lue and Charlene, to train with Amy.
- Jenny and Charles M.
Any personal trainer can teach exercises and suggest diet changes to help a client lose a few pounds. What is special and rare, is a personal trainer who can inspire a client to make fitness an integral part of their life. This is what Amy Chang has done for me. I have been working with Amy for several years and she has inspired and supported me beyond measure. She has taught me success doesn't necessarily mean a decreasing number on a scale, but rather how setting a goal like getting to the gym 5 days a week without exception can and will make you successful. She has encouraged me to think outside my comfort zone and push to achieve goals like training for and running a half marathon. More importantly, she has taught me that it's not about being accountable to my trainer every week, but rather to myself. Thanks to Amy, I have and continue to achieve my fitness goals.
- Jen P.
Thao is extremely effective. During the last two years, she has reduced my back pain, increased my strength training, and increased my flexibility. She is also good at working around my busy schedule. Finally, the facilities at BMI are comprehensive, clean, and well maintained.
I have been working with Lynn Christensen-Aden for many years now and feel she is a friend, as well as a wonderful trainer. She helped me through my original 35 pound weight loss and strengthening regimen and made physical exercise, as well as rolling, a part of my life. We identify goals to work towards and the next ones are being fit enough to achieve: The Millford Walk in New Zealand, Machu Pichu and Everest Base Camp.
- Anne B.
There are many trainers out there, but they truly are not all the same. I have tried dozens of others over the years and have been sorely disappointed each time. Unfortunately, I no longer live in the area or else I would still be working out with Vince. Vince takes the time to understand your goal(s), develops a plan, and helps you execute the plan. Even though you may think you are exhausted, somehow he knows when you have more in you to complete an exercise. If you are committed to putting in the work, Vince will support, inspire, and motivate you to accomplishing your goal(s). If you are looking for a personal trainer and Vince is in your area, put your money to good use and call him. Seriously, you won't find a better personal trainer.
- Marcus Menard
When I first met David over 8 years ago, my doctor had told me I had to lose weight or face serious medical issues. Ever since that day, David has been my personal trainer. He created workouts to help me lose over 75 pounds, has trained me through various athletic events (that I never thought I would do) and also helped rehab me through major knee surgery (a result of carrying too much weight for years). He has spent countless hours reviewing meal plans and providing endless pep talks when I was ready to give up. He teaches his clients how to develop healthy habits that lead to a healthy lifestyle. It may sound cliche but he helped "save my life". The road to healthy living is not always easy and I know I had to put in the work but having a personal trainer like David in my corner is a key part to my health successes past, present and future.
- Jennifer S.
Angelina has been my partner in my journey to lose weight for 2 years. She transformed me to adopt a healthy lifestyle. I have realized that the hard part of this journey isn’t getting your body in shape, it is about getting your mind in shape. Angelina has figured out the algorithm to work with the person, emotionally and physically. The results I have achieved to date are truly a reflection of her experience and excellent training techniques. Her knowledge of human body anatomy and how human muscle groups are connected truly reflects in her plans.
She individualizes the training by an introductory session in which she evaluates muscle groups that one need to work on to achieve maximum results. One of her strengths is posture correction and working with small muscle groups which is mostly neglected by many trainers. My day to day job requires working on a computer and, I used to suffer from neck and lower back pain due to tight and week muscles. She helped me to condition and strengthen those muscles around my neck and lower back. She consistently takes feedback and is very respectful of pain and would always accommodate to make changes to the routine. She quickly transitioned me into handling a rigorous workout regime.
One of my biggest challenges is, I get bored easily on a cardio machine or having to do the same exercise. Angelina would plan my routine around different gym props and do various partner workouts. She incorporates variation into the routine. Going to the gym, now, is fun and something I eagerly look forward to, which is a huge personal milestone. As I kept building on my strength and endurance, she would push my limits and challenge my abilities in the same session length. Sometimes we don’t know what we can handle. She understood and motivated me to do better. As I look at myself now, I am genuinely amazed at how strong she helped me become. I lost 45 lbs and gained both mental and physical stamina. This is what made me stick with her for two years, and more importantly, I see myself continuing for the long term. Angelina deserves all the best compliments.
P.S - Make an appointment soon before her calendar fills up.
Dave's spin classes are challenging, inspiring, and entertaining. Dave has helped me gain the strength, endurance, and confidence to complete a 50 mile mountain bike endurance ride in the high Sierra mountains, and now I'm usually the first one to reach the top of the ascents in my mountain biking group! I've just started road biking, and the 3500 foot climb to the top of Mt. Umunhum was a snap, after all the "max-hill climb" drills in spin class. His fun and challenging workouts keep you coming back for more.
- Kristoff R.
Beth Pagano has been my personal trainer for years. I have recommended her services to several friends. I credit her training for the fact that my body, now in extremely late middle age, still has the original knees and hips, a straight back, and full range of motion. I credit her personality for the fact that our sessions together are so enjoyable.
- Michele McKay-McKoy