PERSONAL TRAINING TESTIMONIALS
Strength and Conditioning is the physical and physiological development of athletes, and recreational exercisers for increased performance. Also to help individuals with injury prevention and proper mechanics within their athletic endeavors. In conjunction, develop the cardiovascular and respiratory system for increased proficiency and energy utilization.
They Changed My Life.
I was diagnosed with severe rheumatoid arthritis ten years ago and my life was permanently altered. Instead of golf and running, I spent my time at hospitals and doctors’ offices trying to find the right medications for my condition. There is no cure for RA and it is a cruel, debilitating disease. I went thru numerous combinations of medications until the doctors found the right one. I practice yoga and stick to a non-inflammatory diet but still was in constant pain.
My client told me about S10 Fitness when he heard my doctor had advised me to have rotator cuff surgery. I began PT and training with Dave and Chris and it has changed my life. I have achieved almost a full range of motion in my shoulders as well as strengthening my entire body to better combat my disease. I am now playing golf again with my son, riding bikes and walking my 2 Alaskan Malamutes.
I train individuals not just on a physical level, but mental as well, teaching them how to understand movements and exercises that work for their muscles.
I am a positive individual but pain has a way of eroding your goodwill. Now I know I have the answer and I cannot thank Dave, Chris and Kaitlin enough.
~ Kate Laguardia
From Walker To Balance Boss!
I suffer from Sjogren’s Syndrome, an incurable disease which is the evil sister of Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis. After years of hospital visits, ambulance rides, days of living on the floor, epidurals, injections, physical therapy, medications, and anything recommended by my doctors, I had resigned to giving up. My partner recommended S10 fitness, saying they “fixed” his back. I was skeptical, overweight and desperate, but willing to try one more thing.
I dusted myself off, fresh out of a walker, hobbling with a cane, and headed into S10 in August 2012. The first few months were full of feeble movements. Those movements alone were discouraging, but Dave and Chris were beyond encouraging. They stared me in the eyes promised me that I WOULD progress. What an understatement! Okay, the tears are flowing now…
I feel I owe my life (from 2012 on) to S10 Fitness.
If someone told me two years ago, that I would be standing on top of a Swiss ball, or doing 360’s on and Indo board, I would have laughed. Instead, I now laugh at Chris’ crude jokes while balancing like a boss! I love this place and couldn’t recommend it enough, as a first or last resort!
P.S. They deserve extra credit for suffering through and allowing me to listen to Misfits Radio on Sirius.
~ Jeff Loya
In December 2012 I had back surgery for a herniated disc. Six months later I was still living in pain and couldn’t find a doctor to help me. My husband found an article about a power lifter, who had a similar injury to mine, that was “fixed” by Dave and Chris. I had to see if they could help me too.
The only problem was I live in Houston, TX. I called and without hesitation they took on the challenge. We started working over the phone with simple exercises and constant updates.
They learned I was very impatient and I learned they were always right. In September 2013 I flew to San Diego for a weekend of torture training. I walked into S10 Fitness at a 9 out of 10 on the pain scale and flew home at a 3. I left with homework and a promise to return next month. We kept in touch almost daily with progress reports, but mostly I was asking if I could do more or go faster and Dave and Chris always saying no. I flew out once a month so Dave and Chris could work their magic on me, and by January they had me pain-free. It has been a year since we started our long distance training relationship and I am back to lifting, hitting new PR’s and training for a half marathon I never thought I would be able to run. Dave and Chris have a gift. They gave me back my life, pain-free, and I am forever grateful.
~ Nancy Hathorn
When I first ever was introduced to Chris and Dave I was 262 lbs of overweight and out of shape blob roaming the streets like a sad fast-food scavenger.
I told them my goals and visions and was met with the best intentions and constant motivation. Not one time was I doubted nor given any less attention than the next individual. Like the others I felt like I was put in front of there own life to help reach my goals.
Through hard work, dedication, killer diet plan, and constant push, I was flabbergasted at the results.
Not a day went by I didn’t see a pound or more fall off!
After 9 months I signed up for a Jiu Jitsu tournament, the weight I was destined for was 155lbs. Chris not only helped me reach that weight but stay in the best shape ever and helped me win GOLD!!!!
Now fast forward a few years I’ve been able to hold the weight off. I now no longer fear the gym – I live for the gym. To this day there is an open connection between Chris, Dave, and I for any health questions! I would recommend S10 Fitness to anybody from the average person, people that are rehabilitating, and too athletes. The knowledge of weights, stretching, rehabilitation, weight management, and most importantly the human body is bar none.
THANK YOU GUYS FOR HELPING CHANGE MY LIFE!!
~ Shane Kruchten
I crawled into S10 when I hurt my back deadlifting. Chris and Dave took such excellent care of me. I herniated two discs, and they knew how to bring me back to walking again.
Their patience and upbeat attitudes have me hope.
They had me up and walking and back to lifting in no time. It was a battle. You two will never know how much I appreciate you! You have such caring hearts, and am forever grateful. Right now I’m training for State Champs then State Games in Olympic Lifting. I feel Strong. I owe it all to you guys. Much Love.
~ Stephanie Gariboldi-Ainsworth
I LOVE WORKING WITH THIS TEAM.
I love working with this team. They keep my workouts interesting and really target my specific needs. Especially as a dancer I need a very tailored regimen. Thanks guys! You’ve kept me healthy to keep following what I love doing!
~ Stephanie Gariboldi-Ainsworth
SO GLAD I STOPPED IN.
After just a few short hours with the guys at S10 I’ve been able to pin point problems and find easy to implement solutions that will help me for life! So glad I stopped in and if you wanna do away with pain or use your body’s full potential, you should stop in too!
~ Johnny Walsh
Hands down the best place I have been to for rehab, maintenance and prevention of future injuries.
As a professional MMA fighter, I am always hurt and S10 always finds the issue and helps me in correcting it. I would not have been able to fight on two occasions of they didn’t help my the knee pain I was having.
Aside from getting me through my injuries with their protocols, they also take it one step further and actually explain why they are doing what they are doing so you are being educated; which will help aid in prevention of future injury. I highly Recommend these guys for rehab and strength/conditioning.
~ Steve Orosco
ONE OF A KIND, FIRST RATE!
This place is one of a kind, first rate! If everyone cared half as much as these guys about helping people feel better thus able to live better…the world as we know it would be exponentially better. S10fitness=priceless. Carry on.
~ Mikah Cook
Legit facility with legit trainers! I highly recommend this place!
~ Sean Demarinis
S-10 FITNESS IS AB-SOLUTELY AMAZING.
The trainers here are super knowledgeable and have their A-game on at all times! They know the science of fitness and tailor workouts for the specific needs of their clients.. it rocks 🙂 🙂 This isn’t some corporate warehouse gym where they just want your cash and don’t care about what happens after that. They have truly amazing personal touch and compassion for all the needs and obstacles that their clients are trying to overcome.
The atmosphere here incredibly positive, encouraging, and they really have a knack for getting you to push your own limits, which is amazing for someone like me (a fitness novice) who was never naturally athletic and fairly overwhelmed by this whole process.
The trainers here will take you step by step and break everything down for you, and get you really excited about fitness in general!!
They also have a nutritionist on staff that will take the mystery out of healthy eating.
S-10 designed me a custom food plan and more importantly took the time out of their schedule to teach me the science of eating right which is just as important as the fitness itself…
This place is truly something special, I would tell those people who want to start on their fitness journey but are intimidated by the whole gym thing to give S-10 a shot, you’ll be amazed at what you are truly capable of!
~ Jamie H.
IF YOU ARE SERIOUS ABOUT ANY GOALS.
I asked my friend Rob to give me a few pointers for leg work. He invited me to open gym at S10 Fitness (Saturdays). They not only blew my legs out (in a good way) but they also taught me how to roll out, stretch and blast my entire lower body. If you are serious about any goals be it strength, size or general know how you will find it at S10. Thanks guys.
~ Renz B.
I’m continually impressed with the passion that they have at S10 fitness. Dave, Kaitlin, and Chris are genuine, authentic and OOOh so creative in their workouts with me. Each workout is new and challenging beyond words.
~ Dave Lewis
PERSONAL TRAINERS WHO TREAT YOU LIKE A PERSON.
My name is Bella Virgilio, otherwise known as Other Mom “OM” to Dave Sten and Chris Daly of S10 Fitness. I was introduced to Dave and Chris by my son, Jimmy, on Christmas Eve 2008. Dave was my son’s personal trainer and out of concern for me Jimmy hatched a plan for Dave to meet up and talk to me. What better time than an Italian family Christmas Eve full of food, drink and laughter.
At that time I was 3 years post-op for major abdominal surgery. I was feeling quite down and basically useless. Only allowed to lift no more than 15lbs and because of major scar tissue not able to sit or stand comfortably. I had 2 granddaughters that I wanted to be able to keep up with and just couldn’t do it.
After talking to Dave and hearing that Jimmy was so concerned for my well-being I told Dave I would make an appointment to come and see him. Back then it took me awhile to get up the courage to make that appointment. You see, at the time I weighed 260lbs and was afraid to go to a gym where all the “fit people” worked out. Finally showed up at the gym 3 months later ☺. Dave was tapping his watch and Jimmy was standing there laughing! Thus started my journey to a better self-image and better health. I followed Dave and Chris on their journey from the “big name gym”, to their garage gym and on to S10 Fitness. They are not only great trainers, but great friends and caring people. To make my “Other Family” complete was the addition of Dave’s beautiful wife Kaitlyn, who always greats me with a hug and a smile.
If you want personal trainers who treat you like a person and not a number coming through the door give S10 Fitness a call. Be warned, they also both have a wicked sense of humor, so be ready to laugh while you work out!
~ Bella Vorgilio
I have been training with Dave for years. I ran my first half marathon a few years ago and it was awesome! I never thought that would be something that I would or could do.
I discovered my passion for lifting and I am stronger than I have ever been.
I am able to squat 250lbs and I am almost at a 400lb yoke! I continue to be challenged and inspired to achieve more each and every session.
Dave is not only my personal trainer, he has become a fitness mentor and one of my best friends! Dave, Chris, and Kait have really set the the diamond standard for what a personal training facility should be! Thanks S10 for changing my life! Up next….. 500 lb tire flip!
TRULY LIFE CHANGING!
I can honestly say that i don’t know where I would be without Dave Sten. I am fortunate that he has been my trainer for many years.
Initially I trained with Dave to lose weight and gain muscle, which I did. I really liked heavy lifting but I just can’t do that anymore.
It turns out that the Scoliosis I had as a teenager has developed into Spondylolisthesis and Arthritis as a middle aged adult. Basically, my vertebrae are slipping out of alignment. My back muscles overreact and become very stiff on the left side causing pain. After my worsening back situation was diagnosed at UCSD I went for a course of Physical Therapy but didn’t feel improvement. (It was a typical Back Pain Protocol, not individualized to my specific problems.) I was lost, but THANKFULLY, Dave has been so helpful in working with me weekly to decrease my pain due to the chronic muscle spasms and maximize my quality of life. Dave has an amazing understanding of all related muscle groups and why it’s important to not only break up the muscle tightness in the back but also work on various other trigger points and related areas to stretch as well. Truly life changing!
All of this in a super positive environment! The entertainment factor of the Dave and Chris combo makes for a fun gym environment. They are good people! Down to earth, real and will be your biggest fan and allay.
Whether you are looking to improve your health, lose weight, gain muscle or aid in treatment of an injury or chronic muscular problem, I most sincerely and highly recommend David Sten at S10 Fitness!
NOT ONCE HAS HE LET ME DOWN
I have been working with Dave for over 6 years now, so I can say with absolute confidence that he is an amazing trainer. I have asked Dave to train me for everything ranging from weight loss, to roller derby, to restraining wild animals, to lifting heavy objects, to helping me recover from a severe back injury. Not once has he let me down. He has always been able to prepare me for whatever I have thrown at him.
Dave has helped me reach a potential that I never even knew I had.
Until I started working with him I had no idea how strong I was or what I was capable of physically. He got me to the point of dead lifting 200 lbs which is a lot considering I only weigh 125 lbs. Now all I want to do is pick up heavy things and put them down!
No matter who you choose to work with at this gym, you will be happy that you went there!
MY WEEKLY THERAPY
I began training with Dave a couple of years ago, after throwing my back out several times, I decided it was time to get myself and my core in better shape. So I walked in to 24 and was introduced to Dave. My plan initially was to train a few months with Dave, get a routine down and strike out on my own. I immediately felt a connection with Dave after our very first session. He listened to my concerns and I could tell that he understood, better than I did, what I wanted and needed from the training sessions.
After a very short period of time I came to realize the benefit of having someone else, who knows what they are doing, to push and motivate you. So now, two years later,
I cannot imagine not having the sessions with Dave and I am in the best shape of my life.
Dave really understands how the body and muscles work, how far he can push you to get a great workout every session. Whenever there is a pain he explains exactly what the cause is and which muscles are involved. Dave keeps things interesting by changing the routine, developing unique exercises, and adapting to the ability of his clients. From one session to another, I often do not know what’s in store for me…so I am always excited to get started.
The gym is great, very well equipped, but also very private. The personal attention I receive is not only great for the body, but I always walk away feeling great both physically and mentally…I call the sessions my weekly therapy.
SOMEONE YOU WANT IN YOUR CORNER.
I met Dave in 2005 or 2006 (about 6 years ago) and started training. When we first met, I was definitely out of shape and soft around the edges, unhappy with life in general, and had a relationship with food that bordered on psychotic. Something just clicked during the first sessions.
I began to feel strong, in control, and confident. Those feelings only grew from there. Fast forward to now; I am a record holding and nationally ranked female powerlifter, I have a body I love, a relationship with food that some might consider scandalous, and a firm grasp (very firm thanks to powerlifting) on my life. Together, Dave and I have gone from deadlifting 150lbs to 350lbs, bench pressing just the bar to being able to push 185 off my chest. I can honestly say that things would look very different had it not been for that fateful day I walked into 24 hour and met Dave Sten.
Dave has a way of making you feel that you are his one and only client (though i know that is far from true).
He encourages me, pushes me, and refuses to see me quit. Sometimes I feel that he knows me better then I know myself. He knows what weights I can lift before I do, when I should back off and when I should push it, and what I am truly capable off. He is someone you want in your corner regardless of your goals.
On a side note — He probably has more types of bars than you thought existed and the best Glute/Ham Raise machine in San Diego.
THIS IS NO 24HR FITNESS!
I absolutely love this place! I have been training with Chris for a few years now. I have a very stressful job and need that extra push. Chris is great at keeping me motivated and excited to stick with my workout routine.
His knowledge is beyond any personal trainer I have ever worked with.
He is great at breaking things down so the average person can understand it and then apply it in their own workouts. The S10 facility is also what keeps me coming back. It has some of the coolest equipment around. This is no 24hr fitness! Every workout is different and exciting! Keep up the good work guys!
THESE GUYS NEVER STOP
Coming from someone who HATES to workout, I’m having a love affair with Chris and Dave’s new spot S10 Fitness.
Personal trainers and long time friends opened this spot in Point Loma and are changing the lives of their clients and focusing on the community.
I have been a client of Chris Daly for nearly 5 years. Not only is he knowledgeable on all things fitness but he also keeps me on my toes with my workouts.
I’m never bored and always sweating.
He’s encouraging and demanding but never pushes me past my physical limits. Over the years he has nursed me through several injuries, hustled me towards my fitness goals and taught me that goonies truly never say die.
Throughout the week you’ll see them both working separately with their own clients and also teaming up on a few they share. Running classes and boot camps with local schools and groups on the weekends, these guys never stop.
Stay strong San Diego.
THE REAL DEAL
This post is long overdue. If you want the TL;DR version (to long didn’t read), skip to the bottom.
Initially, I was referred to S10 by my International-Level olympic lifting coach (implying he knows what he’s talking about and not implying a correlation to my [lack-of] skills) to check out my bum shoulder that was bothering me from my own stupidity. I’ve tried several routes before (physical therapy, steroid injection — prednisone, not the dbol, acupuncture, etc) and I trusted my coaches judgement so I setup a meeting with Chris, one of the owners of S10.
Now you might think to yourself, “Wait a minute, S10 Fitness is for personal training, not a physical therapy practice!” Technically, you are correct but they are SUPER KNOWLEDGEABLE about how the body works and how to remedy and strengthen weak areas — You should expect this level of knowledge from a trainer.
For example, Chris taught me some active release techniques to help calm and loosen my upper pec / bicep which gave me instant relief in my shoulder. I’ve had several massage therapists and the amazing ones I kept on going utilized the same techniques on my problem areas. Interestingly, the mediocre ones learned a thing or two from me, their client, on how to relieve pain!
And that’s what makes this place different from any other trainers I’ve had. I have learned so much on not only lifting techniques, but how to keep my body checked and refreshed so that it’s ready for the next workout. My stretching/warm-up routine now consists of all the things Chris has taught me and I’ve been injury free ever since. I’ve also hit several PRs (personal records) under his tutelage while I trained with him,
Now, that I’ve talked about S10’s magical healing properties, I’d like to focus on the actual training. Chris’s workouts are not cookie cut out workouts at all; they are tailored to the individual’s needs and goals. Since I was following an olympic lifting program by my coach, Chris made it his responsibility to determine the weaker parts of my lifts (Clean and Jerk, Snatch) and supplement them with exercises to bring those weaknesses up to par. The theory behind this is that in a lift, you are using your strongest muscles, which may overcompensate your weaker ones — you are only as strong as your weakest link.
I must say some of these exercises were downright weird, complete with interesting names (“Duck foot deadlifts” come to mind). You will feel silly performing them at a globo gym. However, these exercises pinpointed my weak areas to a tee. They provided me ways to activate the muscle group which translated seamlessly to my main lifts. For example, in a lower back exercise, you can be assigned to perform hypertension until your back cries for mercy. Chris gave me variations to a deadlift, which is a very similar starting position to my clean/snatch. Thus, it was easy to take the lessons learned from his exercise and apply it to my lift since the movement was very similar.
Now S10 is not olympic lifting centric by any means. They have a wide variety of knowledge in all types of sports and lifting as demonstrated by their backgrounds and gym. When you step into their gym, you feel like a kid at a candy shop due to the variety of equipment they have — platforms, squat rack, TRX, strongman atlas stones, etc. The facility seems limitless and that is supplemented with their knowledgeable trainers.
Unfortunately, I had to stop training under Chris because I had moved out of state but his philosophy on training has stuck with me since I left.
I think that’s the greatest compliment any teacher can receive — having the unique ability to pass down their passionate knowledge to their students and the students taking their teachings to heart.
Bottom Line: S10 is the real deal. Stop reading this and give them a call.
EXPERTISE & MANLY FACIAL HAIR
I’ve been working with Chris for about three years now, and in that time, he has been a huge part in helping me play football at a collegiate level. He has coached me through everything, from how to properly power clean, to helping me recover from lumbar disc herniation surgery, and I know that I am in good hands every time I walk in the door. Fully expect Chris to challenge you both mentally and physically for every workout, and introduce challenging new lifts and techniques to help you achieve your goals. I have been coached by many strength coaches and physical therapy trainers, but none that combine the knowledge, expertise, and manly facial hair that Chris has to offer. S10 is the place to go if you’re looking to get into shape, recover from injury, or play a collegiate sport. I truly cannot say enough great things about Chris and Dave, and the job they have done at S10.
I can’t say enough positive things about this place. I have been training with Gustav and, for the first time in years, am seeing results. All of the trainers are positive and friendly.
I look forward to going to work out, which I prefer to dreading to go, and counting the minutes until I’m done.
TESTICLES!! I MEAN MONIALS, TESTIMONIALS
In my late twenties, my body was a mess. My years of wrestling, improper training, and massive amounts of sitting from engineering school and work had destroyed my body. I couldn’t bench press a bar without my shoulder pinching and giving out. I couldn’t go on a run without a nerve pulling in my groin. I couldn’t press over head without my shoulders clicking and grinding. My father was a D1 college football player, I had been playing sports and working out my entire life, and now I couldn’t do anything physical without something feeling very wrong. My mentality was draining and the lack of activity was making me depressed. I had spent too much money on doctors visits, physical therapy, massages, and acupuncture with 0 results. Nothing, nada, zilch.
In steps Chris Daily and his famous words “Let me get my hands on you” During our first evaluation session, Chris asked what my goals were: “I want to be strong, but first and foremost, I need to function properly for once” Chris went right to work, studying my poor motor-patterns and relating them to the pains and impingement I was having. He put together a program of foam rolling, mobility stretches, and power lifting. YES, power lifting, to cure joint pains… sounded insane to me too.
The first couple of months were slow. Lifting nothing but a bar to teach my body how to move properly. Rolling, stretching, and lunges using a big stick. Yawn… but it was working!!
After the initial phase of “walk before you can run” it has been an all-out sprint ever since.
Chris is always finding new goals and ways of motivating me to push harder. I had my first mock power lifting competition less than 1 year after my initial visit. Throughout that time I’ve managed to injure myself twice doing stupid things like playing touch football and snowboarding. Chris worked the rehab and both times had me set a new PR within a month of each injury. I am turning 30 this October. Not only do I feel like an athlete again, but an athlete at peak performance. I’ve never been as strong, mobile, or functional as I am today.
I am walking proof that S10 works. The care and knowledge Chris, Dave, and Kait put into each program is un-matched. Also, did I mention how much FUN this place is!? These three should be on the next TBS “Characters Welcome” commercial. I’ll never hate Mondays again, because I have my next session to look forward to.
A WAY OF LIFE
S10 is hands down the best gym I’ve ever been a part of. I have been working out with Chris for nearly four years and he is one of the most friendly, professional, and toughest trainers I’ve ever worked out with. He constantly pushes me farther than I would push myself and is genuinely concerned with me making my fitness goals and as a person. The sessions are tough but he is there every step of the way to keep me going and not let me quit on myself. Chris generates individualized workouts at each session to target my strengths and weaknesses to give me the overall physical endurance, physique, and look that I strive for. He is truly awesome. I met Dave and Katlin through Chris and S10 and immediately felt as if I had found a home away from home,
They are fun, down to earth, and just cool people to be around that make you feel like family.
I have personally seen ages from teen to elderly in every shape and capacity you can imagine. There is no one S10 cannot train or get into shape if the individual wants it, because the inspiration, confidence, and motivation will not just be given but driven into everyone who walks through the door. Physical fitness and health is a way of life for me not only because I’m active duty military but also a registered nurse and know the long term benefits of maintaining a healthy body and lifestyle.
Invest in yourself, your health, and your future. Get a trainer and take your fitness to the next level!
HAD MY BACK FROM THE BEGINNING
I met Chris at the gym I train at, Fortius, in 2013, he had been working with fellow lifters and my coach.
I was making progress but had nagging pains, that became bigger issues, that in turn set my lifting back quite a bit. He and has worked with me through bicep tendonitis, hip spasms, multiple imbalances and through last year’s recovery and work, I’ve learned a lot about my body, key warnings/indicators and how to take care of myself through training. What I love is that he gave me things to do, that were conducive to my training, through the recovery process… so I wasn’t just a lazy potato.
He didn’t just treat me like a client, but became my friend and someone who wanted to see me PR! Had my back from the beginning of recovery, through my plateau of being stuck at 175lb for a back squat, to when I finally hit 215lb.
I get my butt handed to me every time I walk through that door, they all push you because they care and never ask a client to do more than they are capable of.
Coming to S10 Fitness was a great decision. From the very first session, you will see why S10 is the way to go if you want to help yourself and help your health. They have helped tremendously in making strides to achieve my goals, goals which at one point seemed out of reach. After every session, I always walk away with a sense of accomplishment and all the knowledge shared with me. S10 Fitness comes highly recommended.
The day of January 5th 2013 I suffered a compound fracture to my forearm that required the surgical implantation of 2 titanium plates. I went through physical therapy at a location in Eastlake, which helped get my range of motion back, but did very little to reach my personal fitness goals. A buddy of mine, on hearing my concerns with lifting heavy weights with a recently mended arm, suggested S10 Fitness and I am very thankful of it.
When I first walked in to discuss my concerns and goals, I was greeted with enthusiasm and a sense of welcoming. The first appointment was for the staff to get an idea of what limitation my injury had left me with and also to spot any other issues (posture, range of motion, etc…) not related to my injury. I was very impressed with the knowledge base the staff had as well as with their willingness to listen and dispel any concerns I had and have had.
I have been going to S10 Fitness for a little less than a year and my personal results have me coming back, week after week.
Not only have I been able to return (with confidence) to heavy lifting with my arm but I have also noticed great gain in my all around physical abilities.
The facility is not large but all the tools needed to get in a good workout are readily available. The staff and other clients (usually 2 other people training at the same time) are very friendly and polite leading to a sense of “welcome”. S10 Fitness is all about helping you and getting you to where you want to be.
I personally train with Chris and what I can say about him is that he is very knowledgeable, and is very keen to make sure I am comfortable with what he asks of me as well as to listen to any new aches and pains or concerns I may be having. One thing of note is that even though I personally train with Chris, the other members of the staff are as equally concerned and attentive, and share in my development by way of bouncing around of exercises I can do or by noticing I need to make adjustments in my form.
It’s not just Chris, everyone at s10 Fitness is awesome, supportive, nice and fun to be around. I love their open gym time on Saturdays, the other lifters that come and play are just as fun, and it’s the great kind of meat heady environment, without the attitudes or egos.
Oh and they’re freak strong there too. Check out Chris and Dave in action at California Strongest Man 2014.
Love you guys <3
I JUST COULD NOT PART WAYS WITH HER!
Amy has been my personal trainer for over a year. We began when I was in need of a trainer for my fitness competition and then I just could not part ways with her! She pushes my body to reach its full potential even when I lack motivation.
There’s no one like her in the fitness industry when it comes to not only knowledge about the body and exercise technique. In terms of her commitment to her client’s health and life balance, she really does not just view her sessions as ‘just work’. Training with Amy feels like you have someone who truly wants your body to function as well as it can, not only in strength, but also with good diet, vitamins, stretching, and sleep.
She really puts your total health in focus as your trainer because she feels accountable for your fitness AND overall health goals.
She’s also known for crafting the perfectly round booty all women want, and honestly, she’s done miracles to mine 😉 Amy is professional, inspiring, caring, knowledgeable, and passionate; which are the best qualities for someone’s trainer. I’d recommend her to anyone who wants a lifestyle change all the way up to high level athletic conditioning or injury rehab. Amy’s the best!
SUPER SWEET & VERY PROFESSIONAL
Although I did not train with Amy, she helped me tremendously with my posing for my very first figure competition. I had no idea what I was doing and she was very patient with my progress!
I ended up getting 3rd place in my open figure competition and I have her to thank for getting me on point with my posing !!
She is super sweet and very professional I would definitely recommend her!
FINALLY FOUND THE PERFECT GYM
I’ve been training with Amy for the past 3 months now. I’ve always been intimidated by personal trainers and by the gym atmosphere, since so many others are fitter and stronger than me. But Amy was originally recommended to me by a close friend and told me I’d feel really comfortable at S10 Fitness. I took the plunge and had my first session with Amy and I left feeling so great! Not only from her non-judgemental style and demeanor, but my friend was right!
The S10 Fitness gym is small and personal, and everyone was lighthearted and unintimidating.
I was so happy to finally find the perfect gym and trainer, and it took away any of my anxieties that I had previously had. Thanks so much to Amy and S10!
I LEAVE HER SESSIONS SOAKING IN SWEAT
I have worked out with Amy Roberts for over two years. I initially came to her for motivation with my workouts.
I asked her to “kick my butt” and I leave her sessions soaking in sweat.
What I love about her personal training sessions are the following:
• The sessions are always different-we rarely do the same exercises. I have gotten bored with other trainers doing the same routine week after week.
• I have become stronger. When we started I could not do a side plank to save my life-now I can hold the side plank and do arm exercises at the same time!
• Amy is always positive and upbeat-she is never critical and always has positive suggestions on eating healthier.
• She stops if I experience any pain and addresses the issue by either stretching or massage. Safety and correct posture are her motto.
I highly recommend Amy to anyone wanting to get motivated with their workouts and their health.
THE BEST INVESTMENT I’VE EVER MADE
I was recommended to Amy through a good friend. I am so thankful we met- our training sessions have been hands down
The best investment I’ve ever made.
I suffered a back injury in July 2014 that left me not only sidelined from working out, but my confidence and motivation were shot at the same time. Amy spent an entire session learning my body and teaching me proper muscle activation. Within a few sessions I was deadlifting – something I was sure I wouldn’t be able to do! I always feel so confident knowing she is taking great care to make sure I am challenging and pushing myself, without any risk of injury. Every time I lift she is intently watching – she notices every tinymovement and adjusts accordingly. She is such an expert at her craft.
Amy truly cares about her clients and it shows in her dedication and excitement in our sessions. This has in turn inspired me – since working together I have gained tremendous strength, lost weight, and built confidence. I would have never been able to progress at this level without her, and for that I am so grateful!
VIRTUALLY PAIN FREE
I first met Tom 5 years ago when he was learning to fly and I had the honor of being his flight instructor. I was impressed with his drive and dedication to becoming a pilot. When I began having troubles with my back Tom offered to help. He took an active interest in my well-being and began a bi-weekly physical training regime to help alleviate my pain and discomfort. He approached this endeavor with the same patience, vigilance and dedication as he did his aviation studies, and to this date I have been virtually pain free because of his help.
I started with Kaitlin Sten in 2009 at a previous gym and I followed her to each location she moved to until she found herself at S10. I was with her throughout two pregnancies and postpartum with both of my babies. It was important to me to stay active during my pregnancies and I was determined to lose my baby weight after they were born!
I am pleased to say that Kaitlin did an excellent job helping me to reach my goals.
It is apparent that Kaitlin is passionate about what she does and is 100% dedicated to help you reach your fitness goals – as long as you are willing to do your part as well. And while she pushes you to do your best, she’s also very mindful and aware of any limitations you might have. Her fun and bubbly personality makes her an absolute joy to work with, and she will keep you on your toes with fun and creative workouts. Kaitlin is an incredible trainer, and I would highly recommend you getting in to see her! You won’t regret it!
~ Aly Camile
A year ago I made myself a few goals, and one of the few was to step up on stage as a NPC bikini athlete. This past spring I saw photos of Kaitlin doing exactly what I wanted; she had competed in a show and looked absolutely stunning.
More inspired than ever, I continued my path at training and prepping myself for a goal that had no expiration date. My best friend who is good friends with Kaitlin had suggested that I contact her and ask if she was interested in being my coach for my first show. Without hesitation Kaitlin said yes and we began from there.
She had a plan for me that really worked!!!
Although I was hesitant at first when she said ‘carb cycling’ “Do you think you can do it?” Haha, being that I had just trained my body into not having so many carbs thoughout the day, I was a little nervous at first. BUT I learned sooooo much and the cycling worked for me.
Me living in Tampa, FL and her in San Diego, CA our communication was through email. Whenever I had questions (which were A LOT, haha) she was always there and had an answer to everything!!
Kaitlin’s knowledge, expertise, and guidance was what I needed to help me through this amazing journey of becoming a competitor. After 8 weeks of cycling and training day/night I finally stepped up on stage for the first time last night 9/14/2013 at the St Pete Muscle Classic and took 3rd place!!!
Thank you so much, Kaitlin, for everything. You truly helped me accomplish one of my goals this year!! All I could think about up on that stage was that I couldn’t have done this without you. xoxoxo #simplyamazing
GIVING ME MY LIFE BACK
First off I’m a chef, I and work 100+ hours per week. My biggest excuse for not working out was I don’t have enough time in my day to focus on fitness. Well that was until I met Dave and Kait Sten a power couple (excuse the pun) they helped change my view on in order to be fit I had to be in the gym 5 days a week like some of my buddies.
Clearly if you want a super model body than that does become a full time job. But what about guys like me who just want to feel comfortable, you know like not having to hold my breath while tying my shoes or having cut lines on my gut from my belt when I sit down! Out of breath when climbing stairs and forget looking good in my clothes, I looked depressed always wearing black to look a little thinner.
The truth is I didn’t need a huge life change I just needed some friendly coaching!
How can I enjoy food with out over indulging! Well in my case it was I didn’t eat enough regularly instead I would wait to get off work as I was to busy for eating to be a priority over my work. This caused my metabolism to virtually stop and go into starvation storage mode. But wait I was still consuming over 11,000 calories a day at 5’7″ 31 year old male!
Here is what it consisted of: 2 McDonald’s sausage egg MC muffins at 7am then 12 IPAs and 2 California burritos between the hours of 11pm and 2am and straight to bed! Ha ha! …seriously do the math.
Kait put me on a healthy 6 daily meals plan that actual tastes good, I mean I’m a chef, I can cook, I’ve just spent my entire career cooking healthy farm-to-table food for my guests and not myself. This woke my metabolism and and kicked it into overdrive. She mixed in 2-3 days of strength training cardio – that was fun!
I’m mean they guys are goof balls that are serious about health and fitness, so it wasn’t overwhelming and the best part is it’s one on one, meaning before I started losing weight I didn’t have to feel self conscious around fit people cause there’s only two people getting trained at once. Kait only pushes me as far as I want to be pushed and the results are real!
My confidence is up, I’ve lost 30+ lbs and my energy level is over the top! This year alone I’ve opened 4 restaurants in LA, SD and Tijuana and working on a new one in East Village now, and it’s only March. I couldn’t have done it without the team at S10, and owe my life to you all for giving me my life back! Thank you!
SO BEGAN THE JOURNEY
Stories and memories more than ten years old are entitled to begin: “Once Upon a Time”. And so it was,
in this instance: Getting ready for morning office hours, dressing with a long sleeved shirt, and
struggling unsuccessfully to get my arm into the sleeve, my previously caring wife announced: “I’m
through helping you get dressed – and, by the way, you have an appointment tomorrow morning at the
gym with a trainer – no excuses, no begging off – DONE, FINAL, PERIOD!” I followed the command
and the following morning I was introduced to ’Trainer Bob’.
Being a well educated, experienced and successful primary care physician, I knew I had all of the
answers including diagnoses and solutions, but my results not well validated given my honest status and
a long rap sheet of assorted and accumulated musculoskeletal injuries and their toll, added to the
chronological impact of 75 years on the planet. Forty years of jogging daily on hard surfaces had pretty
much shut down that activity. The knees were talking back. Three simultaneously blown lumbar discs
piled on some degenerative lumbar spine arthritis reaffirmed that change. The most recent calamity was
a shredded supraspinatus rotator cuff tendon (suffered when I thoughtfully flung my wife’s seventy plus
pounds suitcase, unassisted, into an airport bus). And sweet wife’s Fiat was the thanks I got for that
Where to begin. It had to be the tendon issue. But some simultaneous general conditioning deserved
priority too. I was, to put it honestly, a ‘train wreck’, validated when an early exercise training session
nudged me into a slightly hypoglycemic, hypotensive near faint. Lying quietly on the floor I was
introduced to the no nonsense style and attitude of my new friend “BOB”. He unsympathetically
barked: “You obviously didn’t eat any breakfast. Do not expect to come here and work-out on fumes!”
First change: eat hearty breakfast – succinctly translated: “physician, heal thyself !”
So began the journey, now ten years duration, of consistent twice weekly, continuing, very rarely
missed sessions that transformed and now maintains me as a more active, safer, more comfortable and
fit nonagenarian. The commitment has paid off. It is certain that I avoided at least several surgical
remedies that might otherwise have been pursued.
The story does not end there. I learned very quickly that ‘BOB’ is not an ordinary or run of the mill trainer – from observation of many other trainers at work. His knowledge of exercise physiology, anatomy, functions, mechanics, precautions, limits, of exercise and training are consistently applied, with intense, focused observations throughout training sessions. I have also witnessed a large variety of customer problems and goals he has translated into successes.
The sequel: My supraspinatus tendon injury treatment was very successful with full range of motion restored (unassisted dressing), but with ongoing maintenance activity. Concentration on building and maintaining ‘Core Strength’, and general strength keeps my back comfortable and my balance and agility in excellent condition.
I would be pleased to share other issues, memories, and facts to interested parties by contacting Bob with confidential referral for communication with me.
NOTHING BUT EXCEPTIONAL
Robert Petrucelli and l have been training together now for seven consecutive years. So when asked if I would write a letter on Bob’s behalf, I was delighted to do so and found myself overwhelmed with the many stories I could share. When I think about our “fitness training” over the years, it’s been nothing but exceptional, truly surpassing all of my expectations. I’m a better person — physically, mentally, and spiritually – with Bob in my life. And that’s what I’ll briefly write about, the work Bob has done for me, physically, mentally, and spiritually.
As a ﬁtness trainer, Bob is first and foremost an educator. He’s an ongoing student in his own practice. I’m confident in Bob’s abilities. He knows his stuff. And of course, he often shares his knowledge with me. He relates information directly and honestly. He is clear on his holistic approach to ﬁtness training. Also, Bob is truly inventive and isn’t afraid to test out new things when we’re training. I love this. He works on the razor’s edge – it’s both exhilarating and effective. Bob and l have never repeated the same workout routine! Can you believe that? To tell you the truth, I often ﬁnd myself nervous right before a training session. I know there’s so much possibility. This has been a benefit as it pushes me to work even harder. And then there’s Bob, who tells me to “work harder” “go even further” and “focus.”
He has instilled the philosophy of fitness training as ritual within me. This ritual is a discipline.
Bob obviously has a strong sense of purpose to which he’s committed to. l’ve learned the importance of purpose from working with Bob, especially having purpose in the face of our fitness training and the mind body connection. Bob and I began training when l was 25 years old. At this time, I was working on my master’s degree. Bob knew I wanted our training to challenge me mentally too. I needed to know I could work in this way. Bob aided in this task tremendously. Many years later, Bob is still working with me as l complete yet another degree, my doctoral degree. I’m in the “home stretch” as Bob says. It’s no surprise that our workouts have become even more intense. Furthermore, Bob’s inﬂuence has helped me to overcome a great deal of adversary when it came to my academic studies. There were many times I wanted to end it and simply give up. Bob wouldn’t allow that though. His faith in my abilities were ever present And for his faith, I’m eternally grateful.
And speaking of faith and eternity, my time with Bob is sacred. My strength of spirit is alive and felt when I’m at the gym. I hope this makes sense to you. It’s as if I home, I’m not supposed to be anyplace else. To me, the gym space is precious, and my time spent with Bob, a privilege. l look forward to seven more years of training with Bob!
I’M CERTAIN HE CAN DO THIS FOR ANYONE
Any trainer can stand there and talk about the weather and what a great person you are. But if you’re looking for a trainer that will push you hard and get results quickly, I strongly recommend you give James a chance. He was able to combine his wide range of kinesiology, MMA and sports knowledge to create the very challenging high intensity training program that I asked him for.I saw results within 3 weeks, and after 5 weeks of training with him, I’m certain he can do this for anyone!
IT HAS BEEN ALL POSITIVE WORK
James has been a phenomenal trainer. He has pushed me every single training session to strive to get better, making great progress since I have started training with him. I started off very hesitant about being in the gym but he instilled confidence in me to get where I am at and feel comfortable. We clicked instantly and it has been all positive work. I start off each session with a max set of pull ups, push ups and crunches showing slow improvement each time with James coaching me and showing better techniques. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone that asked who they should train with.
MORE THAN A TRAINER
James is more than a trainer; not only does he care about your fitness goals (which you outline in the beginning of working with him) but he cares about your life goals. I have had the privilege of working with James for nine sessions and I have already lost seven pounds, while increasing my flexibility and strength in the process. James has also helped me set and track my dieting and career goals.
James’s holistic approach of personal training makes him a premier trainer.
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