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

Michelle

Michelle

Trainer

Michelle received a B.S. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Rehabilitation Science. She is a Certified Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). She began training in the physical therapy setting rehabilitating elite athletes to pre and post-surgery patients suffering from musculoskeletal injuries or neuromuscular deficiencies. Her multidisciplinary approach to personal training incorporates total body exercises that optimize human movements and enhances strength.

Through her sports coaching background, Michelle specializes in speed and agility training for the recreational athlete. In addition to strength training, she incorporates corrective exercises that help resolve pain and dysfunctional movement patterns. She involves stability exercises in every workout to develop vital core strength. As a health coach, Michelle aims to educate and motivate clients to implement healthy exercise habits in their everyday life. 

Education:

  • B.S. Kinesiology with an emphasis in Rehabilitation Science
  • Certified Personal Trainer, ACSM
  • CPR/AED Certified

Specializations:

  • Rehabilitation
  • Flexibility and Mobility
  • Speed and agility training
  • Strength Training
  • Muscle Building

 

Leeann

Leeann

Trainer

Leeann’s Philosophy: Make your time spent at the gym effective and efficient, so you can have time to do all the fun things in life. Every daily activity can be made more enjoyable when you have the strength, flexibility and especially stamina to keep up with it. Healthy body=Happy body.

Education:

  • Sports Performance Coach, USA Weightlifting (Olympic Weightlifting)
  • Certified Personal Trainer, NASM
  • BS Microbiology, California State University San Luis Obispo
  • Living Strong Living Well Cancer Survivor Trainer, Stanford
  • CPR/AED Certified

Specializations:

  • Weight Loss
  • Strength Training
  • Conditioning Circuits
  • Flexibility and Stretching
  • Interval Training
  • Youth Fitness

 

Darko

Darko

Trainer

Darko’s Philosophy: For some people fitness can be challenging and hard to start but it is part of my life. I believe that every person can reach their fitness potential. I’m here to assist you in meeting your fitness goals. Your goals shouldn’t be to become better than anyone else, but to become better than you used to be. With hard work every goal can be achieved. I will give you the knowledge to help you start a new chapter on your fitness journey.

Education:

  • Certified Personal Trainer, NASM
  • CPR/AED Certified

Specializations:

  • Strength and Power Training
  • Flexibility and Mobility
  • Weight Loss Management and Maintenance
  • High Intensity Conditioning
  • Muscle Building

Achievements:

  • University Basketball Team Member
  • Track and Field High School Team Champions
  • Powerlifting competition 3rd place

 

Laura

Laura

Trainer

Laura’s philosophy is that in order to meet our goals we need to dream big, visualize success and act with intention.  When we achieve our health and fitness goals, life is richer and more enjoyable. Laura is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).  She has achieved designations in Corrective Exercise and Sports Performance also through NASM. Throughout her career she has worked with athletes of all ages and enjoys the process of progressing each client to greater levels of fitness.  

She is an assistant coach for a masters women’s run team and has personally achieved multiple age group placements for both road and trail races.  When she is not training or running she is a self described soccer mom of two children.  

Education:

  • BA, Organization Development
  • Certified Personal Trainer, NASM
  • CPR/AED Certified

Specializations:

  • Weight Loss
  • Strength, Speed and Agility for Runners
  • General Strength and Conditioning
  • Pre/Post Natal
  • Flexibility and Mobility
  • Youth Fitness
Elena

Elena

Yoga Teacher

Elena has more than 10-years of experience, teaching public, corporate and private classes. As a child Elena was always fond of sports and in college she was trained as a semiprofessional athlete which later helped her with being disciplined and establishing her personal yoga practice. She also practiced dance and choreography where she learned about the grace of body movements.

Elena is registered with Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Instructor and she studied the whole spectrum of yoga art – philosophy, pranayama, chanting, and meditation.

She knows how to reach to all levels of students, from beginners to very advanced. Elena is famous for her effortless inversions and inspiring arm-balances. Focusing on alignment, breath and mind in her classes, Elena also helps her students to discover deeper aspects and benefits of yoga practice, such as peace, appreciation and contentment in life.

When not teaching yoga, Elena rides horses, practices Sufi meditation and healing and enjoys time with her two daughters and a husband.

Dr. Clifton

Dr. Clifton

Yoga Teacher

As a studied practitioner of the art of holistic wellness through mind and body development, Dr. Clifton guides participants towards discovering tranquility in the tempest. He has tailored his blend of Vinyasa Flow and Power Yoga styles for all experience levels, and focuses on fluid transitions, core engagement and controlled breathing to yield increased strength and endurance.

Dr. Clifton’s sequences of classical and creative poses along with his singular mix of soothing, meditative and energizing music allow his participants to explore their unique journey of wellness. He enjoys performing the poses alongside participants and teaches them how to continue their yoga journey off the mat. His hope is that others can learn to glide through a world saturated with stress.

Clifton holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and owns a counseling private practice in San Jose. He is also an avid swimmer, runner, and enjoys community involvement with disadvantaged youths.

(650) 441-0347

nina@paloaltofit.com

401 Lambert Ave
Palo Alto