I strongly recommend JJ to anyone considering personal training. I have worked with trainers for many years in New York and San Francisco and there is just NO comparison to JJ. JJ is the most consistent, knowledgeable, on-top-of-life, and supportive trainer I have ever had. He exceeded my expectations from our very first conversation, making sure he had all of the details on my past back injury and that we were aligned on my fitness goals. He reliably keeps me motivated and accountable. JJ is the BEST trainer at Equinox
JJ is what makes Equinox exceptional and worth my time and money. My job has done a number on my body through many hours at a desk: shoulder problems, poor posture, weight gain and nagging hip pains. JJ matches my type-A personality with thoughtful multi-week plans to first address my issues and then to improve my health more broadly. He knows I value my time, so he makes sure I get the most out of it both in and out of the gym. Improved health is a function of both exercise and nutrition. JJ goes the extra mile to make sure I address both in a way that matches my lifestyle. I don’t have time to make elaborate healthy meals. JJ taught me how to whip up an unquestionably healthy breakfast in under 3 minutes AND helped me commit to making it. He is a brilliant strategist.
From the start JJ worked to understand my strengths and weaknesses and he now regularly pushes me beyond what I think is possible for myself. I’ve increased my strength and lowered my body fat. But to just talk about how great a trainer JJ is misses half the story. JJ is a good human. He’s somebody you wake up at 5 AM for because he’s going to be there for you. And he’s not going to lay it on thick or just tell you what you want to hear. He’s going to be straight with you, make you stronger and happier and best of all make you laugh when you need it the most.
JJ is the world’s best trainer! I just completed my first six week program with him and couldn’t be happier. In just six weeks, I’ve increased my lean muscle mass (mostly in my booty), decreased my body fat percentage and seen improvement in my endurance, flexibility and overall strength. JJ incorporates high intensity cardio, strength training with weights, core strengthening and mobility and stretching exercises into each of our workouts. He is a fun, inspirational, effective and knowledgeable trainer. I’m looking forward to many more kickass training sessions with JJ!
My now husband and I started working with JJ about six months before our big day. While he met with us separately, he planned workouts that were specific to what we needed to accomplish individually while keeping in mind what was going on in our lives and to meet our joint goal—look and feel amazing on our wedding day. His attention to detail and personalized workouts are just one of the reasons we both saw great results. We had planned to only work with JJ up until our wedding, but have enjoyed our training sessions so much that we both are continuing our training even after saying I Do!
In helping me with fitness and nutrition, JJ has consistently gone the extra mile. He promptly and thoroughly responds to any questions I have via e-mail, he proactively checks in throughout the week to see how that week’s plan is going, and he even went grocery shopping with me in person to help me pick out healthy food. And all with energy and positivity. Personal training is a big investment, but JJ is worth it.
In the first six weeks of training with JJ I lost 10lbs, 3.7% of my body fat and gained a pound of muscle. I was THRILLED! JJ is an awesome trainer and I love working with him. Not only does he make sure our sessions are varied and enjoyable, he also gives great nutritional guidance (the nutrition side is optional but definitely take advantage!). He is literally changing the way I think about what I put in my body and making it so much easier to resist the junk that I used to rely on to keep me going through the day. In the last couple of weeks I have had so many compliments from friends and co-workers about how much weight I’ve lost and how great I look and I owe a huge part of that to JJ.
JJ is an awesome trainer and a great person. I wanted a trainer who would be able to help me keep muscle and tone while I trained for a couple of marathons — it’s not easy to keep muscle when you’re running 40 miles a week. JJ has come up with creative exercises that give me a great full body workout that I can do a couple times a week with him. I spend the other days running. His workouts really compliment my marathon training. He is high energy and extremely knowledgable and he seems to care genuinely about his clients and clearly wants the best for them. I can’t say enough positive things about JJ.
I am turning 40 next year and have been struggling with my weight for all my life. I’ve tried countless fab diets, informercial products promising motivation and “personal” training experience, countless other gyms before joining Equinox FiDi. JJ bar none is the best trainer Equinox has. He has exceeded my expectations and has help me go from a 42in waist to 36in waist. He has delivered results. He’s genuinely invested in my success. He cares about form and about doing an exercise right to get the maximum impact. If you are looking for a personal trainer hands down JJ is it.
My schedule can be crazy and I had some injuries we had to work around. Despite both of these obstacles, I saw measurable results: body fat down, lean body mass/strength up, weight down and overall fitness up,. JJ is absolutely passionate about what he does and will be as engaged as you allow by providing homework, pre-planned workouts for when you travel, regular check-ins on the weekend and nutritional advice. JJ is a delight to be around. He is a sparkler. He is the definition of positivity. So no matter how stressed, tired, rushed or grouchy you may be at the beginning of your session, I guarantee you will walk away feeling happy and accomplished. He is simply the best.

- Lulu

JJ’s training methods have enabled me to pursue my required fitness goals of endurance, strength, and speed. His workout regimens and coaching have allowed my successful participation in several physically and psychologically challenging events that have required mental toughness, strength and endurance. Despite having an old shoulder injury we’ve been able to progress my training to include Olympic lifts such as cleans, jerks and snatches which have only continued to help improve my performance in and out of the gym.
JJ knows what he is doing and he can make a huge impact on your life. As a former athlete, I have many sports related injuries including 3 ACL tears and 5 knee surgeries. My doctors essentially told me I would no longer be able to live my active lifestyle: surfing, hiking, rock climbing. I was told to wait until medical technology improved enough to fix my knee. Since working with JJ I have now summited Half Dome, Mauna Loa (13.6k ft) and can hike over the most rugged terrain. It is amazing the progress we have made and overcoming my limitations.
JJ was god-sent. I don’t mean that lightly. I never thought I would spend money on personal fitness until I met JJ. From our very first conversation, I felt that I was talking to someone who was invested in my situation and goals. I came to JJ haver becoming frustrated with trying to reach my goals myself and failing/hurting myself. When we started working together, I had a fairly limiting knee injury. Regardless of that, JJ listened to my goals and pushed me to reach them. He also taught me to move better, without pain while ramping me up to get stronger. Every day that I worked out with JJ, I felt more confident and more capable to manage my own fitness. The results speak for themselves: I’ve lost 5% body fat, and I don’t plan to stop any time soon. Best money i’ve ever spent.
Training makes me feel productive, pushes my limits and energizes me, especially if I’ve had a busy or a “meeeh” day. I also find that I feel better about myself emotionally, physically and spiritually after training. My #1 goal: Be the best version I can be, and truly understand why I am doing certain exercises. This is also why I enjoy working out with JJ because JJ explains to me in-depth, with patience, why he wants me to do a certain exercise. This demonstrates to me JJ’s passion in training, commitment to his clients, and in-depth knowledge of fitness.
I’ve had sessions with JJ one to two times a week for five months now, and I still look forward to each and every one. I started with JJ as part of therapy to regain shoulder strength following a surgery. I’ve continued because he keeps me enthused and achieving my personal fitness goals. His positive attitude, knowledge of exercises, focus during our sessions, communication skills, and reliability are second to none. I can’t recommend him enough.
JJ has helped me change the way I think about fitness. His sessions are always challenging yet fun. We’re constantly changing it up so every muscle of my body is challenged and left feeling slightly sore (in a good way). One of my favorite things about JJ is his dedication to your success–he sends me nutrition and workout ‘homework’ and checks in to see how I’m doing regularly. Before, I would never go to the gym and I thought working out just took too long. JJ sends me full workouts I can complete within 45 minutes. If you are looking for a trainer, I highly recommend JJ. You are guaranteed to get in shape and have fun while you do it. He’s simply the best. Thanks for everything, JJ!
I’ve worked out with JJ for over a year. He’s a fantastic personal trainer - extremely knowledgeable and incredibly supportive. I’m a former college athlete and have some experience with weight training in the past, but I’d recommend JJ for people at all levels of fitness and experience. JJ goes above and beyond for his clients and really takes pride in their accomplishments both in and outside the gym.
JJ creates a safe and judgment free experience. He has a sincere desire to help his clients accomplish their goals, which goes much farther than having a fit physique, but having a healthy emotional relationship with fitness, body image and nutrition. I sustained a shoulder injury and JJ customized my workouts to help my shoulder heal while strengthening specific parts of my body to prevent future injuries. JJ always challenges me physically, pushing me to discover what I am capable of. To ignore the cost of personal training would be disingenuous. It is expensive, but JJ is worth it. Personal training is an investment in my life. Feeling strong and healthy, looking good and being happy is priceless. Having a healthy mind, body and soul is the best return on investment.
JJ not only designed a fitness plan that keeps things interesting, but is knowledgeable about the different muscle groups, and what exercises are most beneficial for each. We’ve worked together to increase my strength and improve cardio. He is equally good at training me at my healthiest as he is when I suffered from a running injury. JJ is incredibly kind, and so easy to get along with. He has excellent communication skills and is always focused on our session when we meet. If you are looking for a trainer who will make you work hard, but make the hour go by so quickly you’ll barely notice, then I would highly recommend JJ!
I lost 2% body fat in just one month with two sessions a week with JJ (and this was with Thanksgiving and Christmas mind you). I have a really busy schedule but training with JJ improves my mental state—it makes me feel energetic, happy, sharp and I’m even more productive. I have waited a long time to find someone who was knowledgeable enough to scientifically craft a program designed for my body specifically. JJ does this each session. I feel great in my clothes and I’m proud to say, I’m sizing down thanks to JJ. JJ is the shining star of this gym.
Before JJ, I hated working out and had to force myself to show up. Today, I actually enjoy working out and find it much easier to incorporate it into my schedule even when I travel. This is because JJ patiently worked with me, despite my grumbling, to make getting in shape bearable and motivating. He keeps the workouts moving fast so I don’t have time to hate it or be bored. Before I knew it I was stronger and able to do more and motivated to eat better. Working for Equinox is not just a job for JJ, it is his career for which he brings passion and excellence to the table. Working with JJ is much more than just training, it’s about lifestyle change.
JJ is a passionate trainer who celebrates his clients’ personal journeys, and I highly recommend him for anyone at any fitness level. He will take the time to understand your goals, map a program to help you achieve them and—most importantly—champion your progress.