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Alex S.

Oakland, CA (2 locations)

  • Years Training: 30
  • Trains:
  • Adults, Seniors
Sessions Starting at $70/hr
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About Me

Alex Schonfield has over 14 years of professional experience as a Personal Trainer and is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He specializes in VIRTUAL ONLINE one-on-one training via Skype in real time.

** THIS PROMOTION IS FOR VIRTUAL ONLINE TRAINING VIA SKYPE ONLY**

Perfect for telecommuters, busy professionals, travelers, stressed parents and anyone with an internet connection. The key to reaching your fitness goals is consistency and consistency comes with ease of access. Exercise in your favorite space with the tools you have on hand to create an effective, efficient, and fun work out!

Alex puts the "personal" in every training session to help you lose weight, get stronger and have better balance – both physically and mentally! Learn and apply the latest in nutrition and exercise science to strengthen the body and ease the mind. Get a full-body workout by targeting multiple muscle groups simultaneously in novel and changing routines.

With VIRTUAL ONLINE TRAINING there are -

no crowds, no waiting for machines, no travel time - NO EXCUSES!

We'll create the intensity level that's right for you, using any equipment that's available - your body weight, home gyms, swimming pools, outdoor spaces, hand-held weights (etc...)

Workouts are done all ** ONLINE** and consist of a warm-up, high-intensity interval training (intensity depends on your ability) followed by a cool down. Focus on improving eating habits and nutrition and experience improvements in your physical and mental health and resilience. Whether you are just starting to exercise or want to take your workouts to a new level, customized personal one on one training sessions with Alex will help you reach your health and fitness goals.

Specialties

  • Bodyweight Training
  • Bosu
  • Circuit Training
  • Functional Training
  • High Intensity
  • Meditation
  • Personal Training
  • Post-Natal Fitness
  • Pre-Natal Fitness
  • Resistance
  • Senior Fitness
  • Strength And Conditioning
  • Stretching

I Can Help You Accomplish:

  • Weight Loss
  • Weight Gain
  • Firming And Toning
  • Flexibility
  • Increase Muscle Strength
  • Aerobic Fitness
  • Endurance Training
  • Body Building
  • Nutrition
  • Pre/Post Natal

What to Expect

** VIRTUAL ONLINE TRAINING IN REAL TIME VIA SKYPE** . Every training session with each individual client is based on the client’s needs and abilities at the time of the workout. Most sessions will have a warm-up period, a high-intensity training period and a cool-down, stretch period. The amount of time allocated for each period is determined by the needs of the client at each session.

Client Success Story

“I have worked with Alex for over 5 years and last November reached my target weight, with weight loss of over 65 pounds. Alex was instrumental in helping me reach my goal through fitness and diet, and making permanent lifestyle changes. He has the highest standards when it comes to loyalty, reliability, and professionalism. He is demanding, but gentle and genuinely cares about his clients.” – Doug

Training Locations = Travel Radius = Preferred Court

= Travel Radius = Preferred Court
  • Federal Fitness Center
  • 75 Hawthorne St
  • San Francisco, CA 94105
  • Yerba Buena Gardens
  • 750 Howard St
  • San Francisco, CA 94103
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Client Feedback

Alex is a serious professional. His clientele are committed because they get results. As an added bonus, sessions with Alex are enlightening, enlivening, and inspiring. (As the wife of a client, I have ended up with a seriously boy toy husband from these routine, rigorous, professional sessions. Yowza!)

I have also sent my teenagers to Alex. My son went off to college a new man - working out at the gym on campus and watching what he eats: all of this because Alex took the time to care about him and to make a genuine connection. Alex has coached my teenage daughter through sports injuries and preventative training.

Don't waste your time and money on anyone less.

Jeff P. - January 30, 2019

My exercise had always been focused on running and team sports. I never really cared about weight training, or overall fitness, not really understanding its value. After two years of chatting with Alex, always promising I would start working with him, I finally began several years ago. Now I feel like I am addicted, and replicate the workouts he gives me on the days that I don't work with him. He provides a variety of ways to exercise the same muscle groups so that it does not become repetitive. He tailors the workouts around physical limitations. He challenges you to always do a little more without behaving like a crazed drill sergeant or lunatic on a reality television show. No sessions ever go without him saying please, thank you and good job. He is a man of complete integrity, and during the workout he is entirely focused on YOU, not his phone, not the clock, not the other people in the gym. I call him the Quiet Storm because he is a big guy who gets his results from encouraging not punishment. I know I am stronger now, even have something resembling a bicep. I don't think I will ever get to the point where I can kick his tuchus, but I am working on it. My wife and I, even in retirement, go out of our way to continue to work with Alex. Obviously, I highly recommend him.

Eric G. - January 25, 2019

"I have been exercising with Alex now for 2 years . Alex is extremely attentive, patient and understanding when it comes to your personal fitness. Every session begins with him sincerely asking, “How are you feeling today?” His kindness is only surpassed by his ability to make you want to give you best during your session. And although he’s kind, he’s tough when it comes to the work. He expects you to give your all and then some. The words I often dread hearing him say are, “Just one more.” But he also makes you want to reach inside and give him that “one more.” - Brian

Brian D. - January 24, 2019

Before working with Alex, I was not happy with the way I looked and felt. All the pressures of life were taking a toll on me and affecting my life. I heard such great things about Alex's training philosophy from a coworker who had been training with him and finally decided to take charge of my own health. I have been training with Alex for over 5 years now. The work I've done with Alex's help has helped me physically and mentally, I'm no longer self-conscientious about my body and I have energy! I work out in the middle of the workday and having that break in the middle of the day has been extremely important to me. The session provides me with relief and a renewed sense of purpose after I'm done... Alex's mantra "The power of exercise" rings very true. There are so many benefits to exercise, but the service and care you receive from Alex are really what has helped me the most. Alex recognizes the differences between his clients and tailors his programs to suit me on a day to day basis. He pushes me to work hard, but also knows me and my limits. His encouragement engages me to work hard and keep on coming back for more! Alex is very easy to communicate with; he is always accommodating and responsive to my needs and schedule. He's extremely professional - courteous, reliable and takes his work very seriously as he consistently stays up to date with the latest fitness trends and research. And finally the number one reason I still go to Alex is his personality - he is a very calming and nurturing soul who cares about his clients above and beyond fitness. Alex is more than a personal trainer, he is a life sponsor.

Aline E. - January 22, 2019

I've been training with Alex for 2 years now, and he is an incredible trainer and all-around great person. I've had personal trainers in the past who I liked a lot, but Alex is a cut above.

His workouts are personalized and always fresh, and he evaluates you each and every time you see him - nothing Alex does is done by rote. He works you out hard and I definitely get my money's worth as every one of those minutes is squeezed to the maximum. However, he's also very careful not to push you beyond your limits, and because of his extensive working knowledge of fitness and wellness, helped me discover some tricks for being able to continue working hard.

Alex is really accommodating with scheduling, is always on time, and is never distracted. Beyond that, you can just tell that he's a really good person. I seriously cannot recommend Alex enough; I almost never write reviews, but everyone needs to know about him!

Jacob M. - January 22, 2019

Working out with Alex has changed my life for the better in so many ways. I feel stronger, healthier, and more positive. I would highly recommend Alex as a personal trainer to anyone because he is exceptional at tailoring his workouts to your individual fitness level and goals. Most importantly, he really listens to you and will meet you where you are and help you be the best you can be. He has worked with me through various injuries and helped me find ways to modify my workouts while I am healing. He checks in at the beginning of every training session, asks where I want to focus, pushes me when I need to be pushed to get to the next level and goes easier when I'm not at 100%. I always feel better after our workouts and look forward to them all week. He keeps things fresh too, with lots of variety so I don't get bored and feel consistently challenged but never pushed beyond my limits

Kim H. - January 23, 2019

I have been training with Alex since January 2010 and I have to say, he far exceeds anything I expected in a personal trainer. I am a person who has never, ever enjoyed exercise for its own sake before. I could never relate to people who said if they don't work out they get depressed, or talked about feeling energized from a work-out. I've tried and tried various ways to get in shape, and have gotten at worst injured, and at best, no tangible benefits. For example, I stuck with Curves for almost two years, going religiously and being complimented by staff for the energy I put into my workouts there. Though I'm sure some exercise was better than none, I didn't lose weight (despite dieting the whole time) and, at the end, when they measured my fat to muscle ratio or whatever it's called, the needle hadn't moved *sigh*.

Now I actually DO feel good after work-outs...I feel more energy and am calmer and more relaxed. I actually look forward to my sessions with Alex and more, to my solo work outs. These are to me amazing firsts.

Alex as a trainer is calm, patient, caring, encouraging, and very attentive to me and my particular needs. The sessions with him seem very much tailored to my needs, not some regular thing he does with everyone. Also, and this is critical, I never get the sense that he judges me for the way I've let myself go...which, my own imagination or not, I have gotten before from other athletic types and which has been a major internal barrier.
His enthusiasm for my progress is so heartening! I will add that I'm off blood pressure meds for the first time since my mid-30s and have dropped 30 lbs and 2 dress sizes; I feel amazing and I really credit the work with Alex.

I have now transitioned my workouts with Alex to online training and I really enjoy being able to workout from home on my time and schedule. Alex is very understanding and accommodating with my crazy work schedule and he always finds another time for me when I need to reschedule.

I highly recommend Alex to anyone who is looking for a really great trainer !

Carol P. - January 21, 2019

I've been training with Alex for more than six years and have undergone a physical and lifestyle transformation thanks to his steadfast encouragement and support. When I started with Alex, my goal was to get stronger and develop more stamina for sailboat racing. What I got was far more than I thought possible:

I have lost 20 pounds (went from size 12 to 4/6) and gained a lot of muscle. I regularly sail on the bay and no longer feel completely wiped out at the end of the day.

I have overhauled my diet over the years after finally listening to Alex's guidance on how effective food journals are for weight loss and improved nutrition. Friends who knew me in my, "all pork products, all the time" phase are amazed at the delicious vegetarian meals I make.

Daily exercise is now the norm, not the exception. And I've realized that the mental benefits are at least as valuable as the physical. I even have a little home gym because I don't want to miss one day of movement.

An unexpected benefit has been that I am more calm, confident and I feel physically safer than I used to. Part of that may be due to my new muscles and boxing practice, but part my also be from my new ability to be more present in my body - as Alex himself always demonstrates.

All of these benefits stem from working with Alex, a person of outstanding integrity who has always held my trust sacred. He is always waiting for me at the appointed time, always fully present with my current state of body/heart/mind, and always gives me far more than my money's worth. He challenges me to find my inner athlete, and people who meet me nowadays actually think I am one!

Ingrid N. - November 7, 2018

Alex is an awesome personal trainer! I started working out with him after the birth of my second child when I was woefully out of shape. He not only worked with me at a level that I could sustain but also gradually guided me through the development of my upper back muscles and abs. I feel so much better about my physical strength and my overall health.

Isabella F. - November 7, 2018

I trained with Alex Schonfield for more than ten years, and he is an excellent trainer with a specialized knowledge of diet and health. He creatively varies my workout routine with circuits focused on strength training, I feel physically and mentally energized at the end of every workout. I've become committed to making exercise and nutrition a regular part of my week. I would strongly and enthusiastically recommend him to anyone interested in personal training.

Valerie L. - November 7, 2018