About Me

Hello, my name is Dr. Phil Nicolau! In high school I was very athletic but fell into a sedentary lifestyle once I attended college. Then one day, I had a physical exam with my long-time primary care physician and he said for someone my age and height, my BMI (body mass index), which is the measure of your body weight for your height/size frame, was not good. He told me that if I continued down that path, I stood a good chance of developing various diseases that are caused by being VERY overweight, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, among others. This was a wake up call for me. The next week, not knowing ANYTHING about exercise or dieting, I decided to join a local gym. I went religiously, but had no clue what I was doing. I didn’t know that muscles need time to recover and that they grew at rest, not at the gym. But I didn’t know any better. Until one day, at the front desk of the gym, I came across a business card for a personal trainer who was a contractor who I ended up working with. He prescribed proper cardio workout for me to do, monitored my food intake and monitored my weight exercises. In several months, I went from having 38% to 15% body fat. Then came the big question. He asked me, “Did you ever think of doing this, becoming a personal trainer?” I asked him, what makes you think I can do this? He said, first of all, you have a tremendous amount of patience. Patience like yours is rare! You genuinely care about people, retain and learn fast and are a really good-hearted guy! Anyone that would train with you in the future would love your personality. I decided to follow through with his advice and get certified through a company founded by Dr. John Spencer Ellis called NESTA. Shortly thereafter, I got a weekend job working at a country club as an exercise assistant. Not quite a trainer, but it was a good starting point. Later on, I managed to obtain over 10 more certifications ranging from nutrition to yoga, pilates, core conditioning and post-rehab. So when we work together, you can trust that I DO HAVE the KNOWLEDGE and expertise to help you! Since then, I realized that it is my calling to help people achieve life changing results through proven science! Let me help you learn what I’ve learned through NESTA, the IFPA and through daily experience over the past 10 years. Let me help you see that you can change your life and to live a happier, healthier and longer life. Let me be your guide to complete wellness! Let me be your mentor to make your transition!

What to Expect

Variety! Addressing strength, balance, core strength, body composition, stability , coordination. I use body weight movements in addition to resistance bands and free weights. I can help you change your mind set to think healthier and more positive and to become healthier through a proper program design and implementation and, most importantly, through wellness coaching. To see what aspects of your life you feel are lagging behind and to make your life a complete, well-rounded wheel that when put on your car of life, will give you a smooth ride! You don’t have to be fat or unhealthy anymore! Lets go! It is my desire to be your go-to-guy for ANYTHING fitness. Hence my diverse, in-depth education! Someone that didn’t have a passion for this would certainly not obtain such diverse education! The investment both financially and time-wise was and is a daily study to keep current in order to give you the latest science-backed fitness information. No fads, just fact!


  • Bodyweight Training
  • Boot Camp
  • Core
  • Functional Training
  • Post-Natal Fitness
  • Resistance
  • Strength And Conditioning

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

Training Locations = Travel Radius = Preferred Training Location

= Travel Radius = Preferred Court
  • Miles Park
  • Germantown Pike And Joshua Road
  • Plymouth Meeting, PA 19426
  • Gorgas Park
  • Ridge Ave
  • Philadelphia, PA 19128
  • Wynnewood Fitness Station
  • 124 E Lancaster Ave
  • Ardmore, PA 19003
  • Trainerhall
  • 509 Spring Garden Street
  • Philadelphia, PA 19123

  I can travel within 20 miles of zip code 19810

General Availability

Sunday Inquire about availability
Monday 6am - 1pm and 5pm - 8pm
Tuesday 6am - 1pm and 5pm - 8pm
Wednesday 6am - 1pm and 5pm - 8pm
Thursday 6am - 1pm and 5pm - 8pm
Friday 6am - 1pm and 5pm - 8pm
Saturday 8am - 1pm and 5pm - 8pm

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Marcy T.

Been working with Phil for a few weeks, he is very professional and knows his stuff. He designed the perfect workout for my husband and I. Easy to follow and suited to our needs. Looking forward to getting into great shape with the help of Phil.

November 8, 2016 • Verified
Alisha F.

Exceptional trainer. Knows his stuff and is very humble. Always very responsive to my needs and keeps the workouts progressive. Helped me transform my body and condition my lower back and shoulder issues.

November 8, 2016 • Verified
Dan A.

It's been great working with Phil. He is very knowledgeable and continually "shakes things up" to keep it interested. He is also flexible with regard to the schedule and we alternate between his home gym and my house. I look forward to working with Phil for many years to come.

November 8, 2016 • Verified
Eric S.

I prefer to use his professional title, Dr.Phil, as he is not just a trainer, he understands body physics. Doing an excellent job with my rehab needs for my shoulders. Helping me to understand right from wrong when it come to muscle building.

November 8, 2016 • Verified
Timothy C.

Dr Phil is by far the best trainer out there. He knows what he is doing and returns calls right away. If you bring the will power and are not afraid to exert yourself he will do the rest as far as working you out. Just make the call TODAY and don't put it off. You can thank me later!

November 8, 2016 • Verified
Christy A.

My wife and I started this journey about 2 months ago. We weren't sure what to expect and were a bit apprehensive about hiring a personal trainer. I have to say that Phil has exceeded our expectations. He comes to the sessions prepared, follows up with us during the week and changes the workout as needed. We started to see results in about 2 weeks and definitely feel that our core strength has improved. Do yourself a favor - just start, you won't be sorry.

November 8, 2016 • Verified
V J.

Phil is very professional, customizes the workouts to meet my goals, and is flexible with our times. He is dependable, and I am looking forward to working with Phil over the next several months. He even checks in occasionally when we are not meeting. Great trainer.

September 21, 2015 • Verified
Jill C.

Phil is an easy going instructor, but knows when to push you. He also sends out great nutrition articles!

April 6, 2015 • Verified
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