Trainers

Nina

Nina

Owner/Trainer

Nina began learning Tae Kwon Do at the age of 4. As a teenager, she participated and competed a variety of martial arts competitions and eventually joined the Vietnamese Olympic Tae Kwon Do team. She has won several championships in the United States including Box Fu, Muar Thai, and the world championship in Karate. She was also a fitness model for Quicksilver and Nike, and winner of the Miss Body Fitness Asia title for these separate countries. After college, she traveled the world working as a volunteer to help orphans who were victims of natural disasters such as tsunamis, where she experienced many different cultures in Asia. It was through this experience that Nina began to embrace the importance of health and strength. She founded “I Love Wellness International” organization and Palo Alto Fit after working for Stanford University the School of Medicine and Stanford Athletic Department.

Education:
B.A. Psychology, Sports Management, Personal Training, Sports Nutrition, Yoga Teacher

Hobbies:
Surfing, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Backpacking, Camping, Traveling, Judo, Painting, Cooking, Average Salsa Dancer

Accomplishments:
ISSA – International Sports Science Association
NCEP – National College Exercise Professionals
APEX – Nutrition Certification
CPR – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
Miss Body Fitness Asia in Singapore
1st place in Kung Fu Weapons World Championship 2005
1st place in May Thai Light Weight Championship 2005
Miss Body Fitness Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, 2004-2006
Miss Nike USA, 2003
1st place in Karate Championship in Northern California 2001

Tony

Tony

Trainer

Tony has a B.S in Exercise Science with a focus on Wellness and Nutrition. He has experience in pre-hab, injury rehabilitation, sports performance, body weight training, and a passion for functional fitness. He enjoys working with all ages, especially the elderly and those wanting to make lifestyle changes to become the strongest version of themselves.

With his knowledge in Kinesiology, BioMechanics, and Exercise Physiology, along with his experience in Physical Therapy, Sports Performance, and Calisthenics, Tony can create a customized program that is fun, challenging, functional, and tailored to your specific needs and goals.

Hobbies:
Hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, camping, playing basketball, playing the drums, photography, and of course, park workouts!

Education:
B.S. Exercise Science with Focus on Wellness and Nutrition

Patrick

Patrick

Trainer

Patrick is a passionate and experienced certified High-Intensity-Training (HIT) Instructor. After 10 years in the fitness industry he has come to learn that his true passion lies in helping people achieve their fitness goals.

Clients ranging from 13–80 have benefited from Patrick’s 20-minute, high-intensity strength and fitness training.  And regardless of his client’s generational differences or whether they had an active or sedentary lifestyle before working-out with him, they all share something in common – they always noticed considerable improvements in their strength, endurance, and overall energy level.

Patrick believes that the secret for successful training is to exhaust the muscle to the point of fatigue by utilizing the client’s maximum weight limit coupled with slow reps and performing one set per exercise. If done properly, the effects are amazing and, your work-out time is drastically reduced and safe. Patrick has experience working with Active Resistance Exercise (ARX) which is now available at Palo Alto Fit; he is a big believer in the effectiveness and efficiency of this technology.

Patrick wanted to prove that his training approach works so he entered his first fitness competition in 2016 at the age of 48 – he placed 2nd. His training routine consisted of 20-minute work-outs twice a week and he began his training 15 weeks before the competition.

Hobbies:
Surfing, grappling, reading theology and evidence base exercises books, body-hacking, hanging out with family and enjoying a glass of wine with friends.

Certifications:

  • Certified High Intensity Training Instructor (Markus Reinhardt)
  • ARX Training Instructor
  • Certified Safe Strength Instructor
  • PR/AED Certified
 Brian

Brian

Trainer

Brian was one of the first personal trainers hired by Stanford University in 2006. He has received extensive experience training members of the staff, faculty, and hundreds of students ranging in age from 18 to 85 from 2006 to 2015. In 2010, Brian graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Kinesiology with an emphasis on Fitness and Wellness at San Jose State University. Brian has been in the U.S. Army for over thirty years and is currently serving as an officer in the Active Reserves. He is a personal trainer and is teaching fitness classes such as Total Body Fitness, Sports Conditioning, and HIIT for corporate employees. In addition, Brian trains clients and provides biweekly fitness facility orientations for members of the retired community at the Villages Golf and Country Club in San Jose. Brian also trains private clients at their homes and in private studios in the South Bay Area. In addition to being certified thru ISSA, Brian is also affiliated with IDEA and ACSM.

Specialties:
Weight/fat loss, Bodybuilding, Strength training, Flexibility, Core conditioning, Senior training, Post-rehab training, Sports-specific training

Hobbies:
Hiking, swimming, biking, yoga, writing and reading articles related to fitness and nutrition, and bodybuilding.

Education:
B.S. in Kinesiology with emphasis on Fitness and Wellness

Certifications:

  • ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer
  • ISSA Specialist in Sports Nutrition
  • ISSA Specialist in Senior Fitness
  • ISSA Specialist in Exercise Therapy
  • ISSA Specialist in Fitness Nutrition
  • ISSA Specialist in Strength and Conditioning
  • CPR/AED (American Red Cross)

(650) 441-0347

nina@paloaltofit.com

3485 El Camino Real
Palo Alto