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Name: Dan R.
I Want To: Set A Consultation
Primary Interest: Fitness
Brief Description Of Current Situation: Not currently working out. No current injuries beyond mild elbow tendinitis. Never had a trainer. I want to be healthy for my wife and kids for a long time. I'd like to be stronger and have more energy. I want to set a good example for my sons as far as diet and exercise.
50 year old, father of two boys--one and three years old. Wife and I both have demanding jobs, scheduling challenges. Like your philosophy, emphasis on changing the way I think, emphasis on diet and lifestyle. Quit drinking ten years ago, lost forty pounds two years ago, quit smoking a year ago. Ready for more big changes, ready to start holding myself accountable.
Months later how Dan now feels:
We've made a lot of progress on my goals of being healthier, stronger, and having more energy. I'm excited about what's coming next. Feeling stronger makes me want to feel stronger, if that makes sense. Having you tell me that I'm a fourteen point something body fat percentage makes me want to get it to twelve percent. Spending a week in Hawail with my four-year old, who has turned into a little athlete who prefers to spend about eight hours a day at the pool and the beach, makes me really happy that I can keep up with him and that I'll be able to keep up with him for a long time.
I could write all kinds of stuff. I'm excited about where this is going. I'm grateful for a big shift that's taking place in my whole attitude toward diet, exercise, and myself.
Thanks for your help, Sam! It's a big deal.
Owner of West Seattle Fight and Fitness
A confession, an argument, and an annotated1 comedic essay
1 The annotations should be taken with the appropriate grain or multiple grains of salt – but not too many. And no soy products, or carbs. They should be taken mostly with raw vegetables, meats, fruits, water (preferably flavored with lemon) and cold showers.
Let me begin my saying that Cindy Tseng, a coach at the outstanding gym All Out Effort, is a very nice and extremely knowledgeable person.
Her likeability, her integrity, her talent for motivating and bringing out the all-out-effort in all of us, has never once been in question. I am certain she wants me to live the healthiest life that I can, and her concern is both deeply noted and deeply appreciated. So the following argument is not an attack on her character. What this is, is a polite questioning of her methodology, which I believes she calls “yoga.”
I believe there is a very strong case that the suffix “torture” should be appended to her definition of “yoga.”
This is an appropriate addition for many reasons, not the least of which is the fact that Webster’s Dictionary2 happens to define “torture” as “the simultaneous contortion of one’s legs, arms, hands, torso, glutes, head, in fact everything even remotely attached to the spine, into positions that are impossible under the given laws of physics on Earth.”3
When I stumbled upon this definition, I too, was surprised at its remarkable specificity. But who am I to question the dictionary-writer? Whoever wrote that definition clearly had first-hand experience with these mysterious methods. I also realized that this constitutes a fair amount of time that I've spent with Coach Cindy. So, in fact, I am paying a goodly sum of money to be instructed on how to twist into shapes that would make M.C. Escher blush.4
Cindy tells me that this is helping “open up” my body, helping me become more flexible and stronger. In his seminal paper, The Long-Term Effects of Yoga on Russian Swimmers, Dr. T.I. Fezbomotov writes, “this argument is pseudoscience.”5 He argues, in true Eastern European sports fashion, that “what really makes one more flexible and stronger is an extensive steroid regime.” I am not – not – suggesting that I should begin doping. I am merely saying that yoga’s benefits do not appear to be worth the suffering.
To be fair, Cindy does utilize more traditional lifts, like endless cycles of kettlebell swings, cleans, presses, and push-ups.6 And these, while not easy in themselves, are a welcome reprieve from the yoga-hell. In a recent study, 100 percent of All Out Effort clients were happier when not doing yoga-torture.7 Certainly the prisoners should not run the asylum, but I do think that if not Cindy, certainly Sam, should consider the long term effects of yoga-torture on overall client approval ratings, which could sink rapidly, and then manifest themselves in Yelp reviews that are, let’s call it, not as stellar as they should be.
I am aware that my protestations, no matter how full of documentary evidence they might be, will be ignored. And frankly, that’s probably for the best, because I am a writer and not a trainer. Also, and probably not coincidentally, I’m in the best shape of my life, and getting better.8 I am kicking further and throwing harder and running faster than ever before.
1. I hate Yoga.
2. I will see you Wednesday.
2 Oh yeah, I went there. I pulled the “dictionary defines as” card, a staple of all terrible papers.
3 You just have to trust me on this.
4 MC Escher, upon viewing yoga positions, is reported to have tried incorporating yoga positions into his art,
and eventually, in a whiskey-drenched despair, told his assistant, “fuck it, this is impossible.”
5 The Long-Term Effects of Yoga on Russian Swimmers. Fezbomotov, F.I. 1971.
6 See, Alex’s workouts since forever.
7 See, AOE Client Poll/For Sam Yang’s Eyes Only/Destroy After Reading. (how I got my hands on this poll, you will have to trust me that I have and I cannot reveal sources.)
8 Eg., Alex of 2011-12, v. Alex of 2012-13.
Maybe he wanted to feel like he could take control over his life. Maybe it was his dad having heart surgery. But he wanted to make a change.
And everyone's journey is unique, and they go at their own pace.
Rob was at the time our most out of shape client. Several clients wanted to know if he would last, if he might quit.
He had to stop every 5 minutes. We walk everyone through a series of stretches prior to work out and we actually had to break the stretches up to give Rob a chance to catch his breath. He would hyperventilate. Speaking to some clients who remembered Rob, they really worried about him. It was easy to question his commitment, who would blame the guy for quitting?
Read the rest here: ROB'S FIRST 30LBS
I joined All Out Effort less than a year ago when I moved to LA - my goal was to lose the weight that has plagued me all my life but more than that to lose it and keep it off instead of the up and down I'd been doing since about 11. Plus my 40th birthday is almost upon me this year and I wanted to be happy with myself for probably the first time ever. I'm not there yet but I've lost 30lbs, have shape to my arms and legs and am pretty sure I have a two-pack that's actually made out of muscle instead of fat rolls.
Sam has a different style and you have to go in to this with the mindset that you want to change. If you have that, he and Cindy will move heaven and earth to help you achieve it but why should they give their all if you're not? I didn't have a lot of faith that this would work when I started but Sam kept telling me to trust him and I did and it worked. From the taking photos of my every meal, to the conscious decisions to eat right, to the showing up for workouts, to the learning to love myself, I've evolved into someone that has forgiven herself (mostly) for the imperfections and accepted what I can and can't change. But surprisingly, some of the things I thought I couldn't change, I was wrong about and I wouldn't never have known if Sam and Cindy hadn't encouraged me and pointed out the way.
One of the most impressive aspects of their training is how much attention they pay to each individual person's needs - it's not a one program fits all. If you have an injury, they work around it and follow up to make sure you're ok afterwards. They step you through strength, technique, stability and keep it different so you work every part of your body regularly. I'll be honest, I have two sessions a week and maybe do only 2 or 3 on my own at home but they must be doing something right because I've seen huge changes in definition that don't just come from losing weight. Seems to be more effective training with exercises that target weak spots and work to correct them. One of the best things for me has been their insistence that a 20 minute workout is ok - I used to do two one hour workouts a day and got totally burnt out. The mental freedom you have from knowing you just have to knock out 20 minutes has been liberating for me and helps me to stay on track far more easily - who can't squeeze 20 minutes in??
I couldn't have gotten this far without Cindy's constant encouragement, listening to my every woe and not forcing advice on me but giving me options that allow me to still have a life. Sam's dedication to his clients shows a level of caring that you don't get with trainers that are just looking to make money.
I would highly recommend the two of them and All Out Effort if you have reached the decision that now is the time and you're prepared to commit and put in the work.
Here's the thing with Sam. Yes, you'll lose weight. Yes, you'll start eating right. Yes, you'll feel better. But here's what's more important. You'll change. You'll be a different person, and you'll carry that difference into your life. No longer will you settle for less than your potential. Not in work, not in life, not in love. And though Sam doesn't deal with any other aspect of your life but your determination and education as it relates to health and balance and strength, the side effects of his training are long lasting. Not only will you develop new habits, but you'll take care of yourself in a way you never thought possible. Sam focuses on the mental stamina and the belief in yourself that is required to be a physical and spiritual warrior. And if warrior isn't your goal, then you'll still be in great shape, groceries will be easier to carry, and people just might mistake you for a warrior. Oh well...
Life and Success Coach
Sam pushes me far more than I could ever do for myself. I'll be straining to do pull-ups and he'll come over and hang a weight around my waist! I'll get my highest ever score on the climbing machine and he'll force me to do push ups instead of lying in a heap! As Sam says, "Train hard, live easy." I see training with Sam as one of the best investments I have ever made in myself.
Rich Litvin, author of The Prosperous Coach
Martial Artist and Engineer
I moved out of the area a few years later for work but kept in touch with Sam. At this time he began taking courses in physical training, learning sport-specific exercises to prevent injury and enhance athletic performance, and working with a growing list of clients on their specific needs.
I finally got to see everything in action in December 2012, when I went to observe a group fitness class at All Out Effort. I can honestly say that many of the same attributes I saw back in 2006 were present in his instruction of the class. I don't think there is much more you can ask for in an instructor than a solid base of knowledge and the ability to work with a variety of clients, and Sam has both.
If you live in LA and are serious about improving your physical condition, you owe it to yourself to give All Out Effort a try.
I got to train with Coach Sam several years ago before All Out Effort was what it is now and he in that short amount of time changed my life...
I know that sounds cliche but he did. There are things he's said to me that still resonates with me today, and whenever I am about to eat something bad, I can hear his voice asking me if I really want to do that. It's like a little coach on my shoulder.
I came to him during a time when I was going through a lot of personal issues and my life is now forever altered...for the better that is.
Not only did I get in the best shape of my life, but its sustainable now. How to eat, exercise, swing a kettlebell, sleep, and live.
On my first day he told me about my comfort zone, and how all the magic was on the other side, outside of my comfortable little bubble. In the darkness I will find my motivation, and only then can I sustain my healthy lifestyle.
No magic diets, no guarantees, just a lot of perspective, and it's what I needed!
Thank you so much!
What separates Sam from other trainers?
He genuinely cares for his clients.
He makes sure you have proper form when performing exercise routines.
He listens to you and your story.
He not only helps his clients lose weight, but coaches them to make a lifestyle change.
I met Sam summer 2010 when I decided to make a lifestyle change. Since then, I have trained with him, observed him training other clients, and followed his blog / youtube videos / anythingyoucanname that he wrote.
What I love about Sam is that he accepts and welcomes you just as you are. From there, he will work with you to live life healthily and happily. He isn't like other trainers that forces strict diets down your throat (hehehe, pun intended) and make you perform an absurd exercise regimen that makes you want to quit forever (but I'm sure that if you requested a hardcore workout, he will give you one). Many individuals want a miracle cure for their weight loss issues, but they have to understand that it takes time, change, patience, determination, and a helpful supporter.
Sam philosophy works--not only physically, but mentally. While you work with him, your mentality will change and you will start seeing weight loss differently.
No trainer can force you to do anything. The inspiration must come from within. So if you're ready to make a lifestyle change, then invest in yourself by contacting Sam. I promise you--you won't regret it.
If you're still hesitant about finding the right personal trainer, I highly recommend visiting his website. Browse through it, read the blog, read the reviews. You'll learn a lot.
You know what has actually helped me through this last week of stress?
A drawing that you showed me on assessment day - the circle with the line through the middle with comfort on one side and the dark night on the other. I drew a version on a post-it (with growth & change instead of dark night) and stuck it on my mac as a visual reminder, and every time I start to feel overwhelmed I stare at it for a while and think about the reasons of why I'm doing all of this. And I start to feel renewed again.
So thank you Sam, for showing me that. I bet you didn't even realize that in 1 minute you already changed my life. That 1 little thing has made more of an impact to me than you know.
CEO and Co-Founder Pokitdok
Personal Trainer/Fitness Director/Group Instructor
As a trainer of course Sam's studio jumped out at me because of the amazing reviews and I could tell there was something different there beyond just a really hard work out, beyond just the results, its the approach.
Definitely the importance on all the postural assessments and range of motion of the joints. For example how Sam told me you need to be able to create in your full range of motion. So it's irrelevant if where your building strength and muscle is not related to functional movement, whether it be in a sport or daily activity, or an exercise you're going to do later in the workout.
There's a lot of thought and logic and science built into the workout. It seems to have more of a purpose than to just kick your butt and burn calories. Because you're still burning calories, but your also creating a smarter body and a stronger body and healthier joints and better movements.
I have worked out with personal trainers before, but never with anyone who actually cared about how I was doing and wanted me to be healthy not just lose weight. I knew that Sam was different the first day I met him when he gave me reading homework. I was like I have to read to get in shape, but Sam wanted me to understand my body and what roles nutrition and exercise played in my life.
I didn't get to work with Sam as long as I would have liked, but with him I lost nearly 30 pounds in just a few short months. Everyone asks me what I'm doing like it's some big secret or mystery. I just say I met this awesome guy who taught me how to eat right and exercise the right way.
I would recommend Sam to everyone! He's the BEST!!!
Social Media Consultant
How are you? I have been meaning to write for months and months. Basically I just came back to New York many months ago… just for a visit...and then I just stayed. I found freelance work pretty quickly.
But more importantly, I also wanted to thank you. I am doing some training here, but it just makes me appreciate your methodology and the effectiveness of your workouts.
I am still subscribed to your Facebook page. Hope you're well!
Again, thank you for everything!
People who will tell you anything to make you feel like you're making progress. People who coddle you and make you feel good about yourself so that you continue to give them money for their unlicensed, unregulated business that they conduct with little to no training requirements or expertise. Such is the usual business practice of the Hollywood Personal Trainer.
I'd hate to sound clichéd, folks, but Sam is not the average Personal Trainer. He shouldn't even be in the same category. At this point, I find that referring to him as a "Personal Trainer" belittles him due to the mere association it creates with the rest of the fitness morons in this town.
Sam is, to me, a remarkable individual with whom it is a privilege to train with and be helped by. Unfortunately, that's not a catchy title but it captures the spirit of his practice far more than "Personal Trainer".
He is not here to tell you what you want to hear. In fact, you're probably going to hear a bunch of stuff you didn't want to hear. About your diet. About your posture. About your moods and your personality and the way you conduct your life.
He approaches you from a clinical, almost mathematical point of view. Just by looking at your musculature and the tightness of your joints and nerves, at the way you move and run and interact, he can somehow see the kind of life you lead and the kind of person you are and, make no mistake, to Sam, that is important.
He's not trying to improve your body. He's trying to improve you. Body and mind. Hardware and Software. Improve it, shape it. To him, it's all connected, as I've come to learn that it should be.
Let me explain; He will constantly look at every aspect of your life. Your diet. Your exercise. Your work place. Your personal life. All of these things come into play and he evaluates all of it and forms a plan to improve every facet of your life. And he will explain to you, in detail, why and how these parts of your life must change. Get ready to absorb some info, because Sam does his homework. He is learned and very informed in everything that he does. This kind of dedication from a "Personal Trainer" is not the norm. I cannot stress it enough when I say he doesn't NEED to do what he does, he does it out of pleasure and kindness.
And as much as he might seem like the hard-ass, he's a softie. He puts a LOT of emotional investment into you. More than many people should. So much that you won't want to let him down. It's not a guilt thing, he actually cares. He puts effort into you, tries to help you in any way he can, professionally and personally because he approaches you like a PERSON, not like a body or a client. That's why he's so effective. He tries to fix problems from the source.
And he feels more like a good friend than a coach. The only reminder that I'm a client of a business is that every few weeks he mentions that I'll have to make a payment soon. The rest of the time, he approaches me with a balance of professionalism and friendship that is exactly what I need to turn my life around.
Which brings me to my final point; By far, the most important thing you must take away from this review is that he will stress that it is YOU who's got to make the change. YOU who has to put the work in and the belief. I know I've made him sound like some flip-a-switch solution to your problems, he's not. He just gives you the support and information you need for YOU to become the solution. And that's worth a whole lot more than he charges.
Before Sam, I was half-assing life. I was just trying my best. Now, I'm trying to be the best. There's a big difference there.
Robotics Engineer and Computer Vision
I have been in the US for 6 years now and had a sedentary lifestyle for the first 5-1/2 years. Before that, I was never FIT at any point of time but, at the very least, I used to play cricket for several hours every week. Being a south-indian, veggies and fruits were part of my diet. Excessive cheese, oil or salt were NOT, it was all good stuff (lentils, veggies, diverse spices, etc ). On the downside, I used to eat a lot of rice, yoghurt, savories and drank coffee quite a bit (coffee diluted heavily with milk).
When I came to LA, there were a few subtle but important changes. I started eating out more (indian fast food and otherwise). So, more cheese, salt and oil than I was ever used to. Due to anxiety of grad studies or work or what not, I started drinking even more coffee. Plus, absolutely NO exercise. Fast forward 5-1/2 years later, I couldn't do easy hikes without taking breaks to catch my breath when everyone around seemed fine (they are not super-fit, just not as bad as I was). Advice from friends, family, doctor and lot of internet research led to prioritizing health as an important goal in my life.
Sam's experience and his blog was an important factor. It has a lot of information on how to improve the diet, what are the kind of exercises to incorporate in training to achieve fitness goals. Another factor is his emphasis that safety comes first. I know people who had severe injuries trying to work out or lift weights without proper training. So, having read client reviews and being convinced in a FREE session, I decided to give AOE a shot.
1. Safety comes first and Sam is critical about perfecting the posture before moving on to more reps or heavier weights. When I started, I was asked to run on the treadmill. Soon, he noted that I had an incorrect running form. After a while of running, I had shin splints due to the way I was striking my feet and my shoes. He promptly asked me to try running barefoot, corrected my form and suggested particular type of barefoot shoes. Hours of practice later, I can run faster (7-8 mph), longer (9-10 minutes) and no shin splints yet.
2. Strength training: I didn't know most of the exercises, had poor form for the rest and the weights I used were small. So, Sam suggested that I start with small weights and lower reps. But he made sure that I was pushing myself to the next level and over time, improvements were apparent. Earlier, I could probably squat with 15 lbs kettle bell for few reps. Now, I can squat with 35 lbs for more reps or even do a complex with two 25 lbs (50 lbs effectively). Still have a long way to go compared to other clients.
3. IMO, one of the best advice that Sam gave (see: What Are The Best Exercises For Beginners) is the notion of proper form in body-weight exercises. Some exercises (squats, dead lifts, getting up, etc.) are basic movements that we do everyday. It is crucial to maintain proper form while doing them as well. I felt that was insightful and made it a point to apply it everyday. Whenever I reach down to pick up stuff or lift heavy packages in mail, I make sure that I apply the same techniques as if I were in a gym working with free weights. His method is to teach techniques that go beyond the confines of a gym and intended to be incorporated into daily activities.
4. Sam asked to make significant changes to my diet. Basically, cut down on grains, eat raw and cooked veggies and fruits, healthy fats, nuts and egg whites. The changes have had a profound impact. It is difficult to explain here, but I wrote an article about it, posted on his blog, A Letter From A Vegetarian to Vegetarians.
5. The results speak for themselves. After 5 months of training, I can hike for several hours on moderate to steep inclines; last month, I hiked with a 30-40 lbs backpack on a steep incline for 10 hours in one day and I did fine. And for the readers interested solely in numbers, I've lost 16 lbs (10% body weight) since I started and am at less than 10% body fat (I started at 20%).
6. So far, I've talked about improvements on my end. But that's just part of the story. I had recommended his blog to friends and relatives and it seems, that's had a positive impact as well. For instance, two of my younger cousins, aunt and uncle have already made changes to their diet and fitness methods. Also, it has brought about changes in what my room mates eat everyday. One of them has cut down on rice significantly and has started eating more raw veggies. Now, only if I can convince her and the other room mate to start exercising.
There are several positive things that I could go on and on about Sam but this review has reached its limit. So, I'm gonna end by saying that I completely recommend Sam to anyone looking to prioritize their health, learn the fundamentals of fitness and the effective methods to make it work to attain your goals.
Around the same time, my uncle started to suffer from Parkinson's. While it's a neurological disorder, his lifestyle didn't help him nor does it help him now. Research has shown that diet and exercise can help slow the symptoms. My uncle is in a downward spiral as he continues to avoid exercise and to eat greasy fatty fried foods. He's thin but he constantly complains about his inability to walk upright, painful muscle spasms, insomnia, and incontinence. If you don't help yourself, no one can help you.
That was the last straw. I needed a personal trainer. I want to avoid any type of pill popping to stay alive. If I do not change, my life will be full of doctor visits, suffering, and constant worry. Who the hell wants that?
I saw Sam as a last resort to weight loss. Sam was not kidding when he says, "Wake up at 5 AM. Change lives at 6 AM." Sam has changed my life.
Sam is not the type of trainer who will scream in your face and work you out until you collapse. He is the methodical Sherpa on your climb up the Mount Everest of refined and processed foods, bad habits, and improper form. Sam heavily focuses on proper form and moving along at a comfortable pace to avoid injury. When I experience back pain, Sam is cognizant of the pain and does his best not to aggravate it during our sessions. He has taught me exercises which eased the pain and went easier on me when my back was acting up.
However, Sam is NOT a softie. When my form is bad, he corrected me. I was flustered because I was in bad form and Sam was doing his best to correct it. When I texted him the food I knew wasn't apart of the diet, I cringed because he is stern. No matter how much I want to reach through my phone and punch him in the face for telling me no corn, I can not argue with him because of his knowledge. His stern presence has kept me accountable. I started to see Sam at the beginning of April and I have lost 10 lbs in less than 2 months. I am very optimistic I will lose more.
Many people make the mistake of hiring a trainer at the globo gym or via groupon/social living. It is cheaper and maybe more convenient. What people don't realize is the quality they are missing with a quality personal trainer like Sam. Not only is he knowledgeable and constantly sharing information with everyone, he is personally invested in you as a person...and not some paycheck. I know if i texted him that I ate cheese right now, he would instantly give me hell for eating it.
If you're pussyfooting around about contacting Sam, don't hem and haw. Hemming and hawing is for the weak. Just do it.
Read the rest here: ANITA'S TRANSFORMATION
Sam is great about checking in on your progress as well as consistently sending out interesting articles and videos that back up everything he tells you during your sessions. Proper nutrition and stress management are emphasized just as much as exercise, which is key for longer-term success. You really get the sense that Sam is as invested in your progress as you are, and that kind of teamwork and coaching is what makes the difference.
As a former vegetarian and disgruntled cardio machine user who would cringe at the thought of anything more than a set of five-pound dumbbells, I can honestly say that my outlook on diet and fitness has done a complete 180-degree turn in a short amount of time, and I feel and look ten times better because of it (and there is still a LOT more progress to be made!). I initially thought that having a personal trainer was a major luxury, but more and more, I see it as a necessity for good health. Not to mention the awesome fact that two months ago I would've been embarrassed to be seen in a swimsuit, and now I'm actually excited for my upcoming beach vacation. My kettlebells will be joining me on the trip!
If you're in Los Angeles and you're willing to make the commitment, you really can't do better than Sam and Cindy. Seeing improvement as a result of hard work is a great feeling and I can honestly say that it's something I experience with every session.
Little did I know.. after our consultation, Sam told me to my surprise that my mom who simply tagged along ... needed attention more than I do. Sam started rattling off mom's bodily problems that she is likely to have while mom and I sat with eyes widening with each word Sam was uttering. He was right...she did have weak knees and in the last year she became dramatically prone to injury... He warned us that at this rate, she would eventually be in a wheelchair. That woke me up in two ways. I wasn't about to let myself watch my mom being put in a wheel chair before I even have my first child, and second, I wasn't about to become her in the future.
It has now been little over a month and my mom falls less, has little to no digestion problems, and has less menopausal symptoms (THANK THE HIGH HEAVENS)... As for me, I am noticing muscles I was never aware of, I now have absolutely no digestion problems after following Sam's nutrition instructions, and have higher energy. Sam has my complete and absolute trust. Mom is astounded that a skeptic such as myself hangs on to Sam's every word without question.
Sam is without a doubt, THE best personal trainer in the Los Angeles area. I can confidently say this after scouring all of LA for a personal trainer rather frantically after setting my wedding date. He is a personal trainer, nutritionist, and life coach all in one. I now know that, "healthy is not something you achieve easily," (Sam). My goal is to become healthy. Looking good is only the byproduct.
Cameron came to Hollywood to pursue a future in acting. Actually he e-mailed me months prior, notifying me he was planning to move here and wanted a trainer when he did. A lot of people e-mail me, telling me they are planning to move to LA and get a trainer once they did. Well I knew Cameron was serious because couple of months later he e-mailed me telling me he was here, and he wanted a consultation. I think out of all the people who have sent me similar e-mails, he's the only one who followed through with his plans." READ THE REST OF HIS STORY.
So, for those of you with the desire to get fit and the means (he's actually not that expensive, relatively speaking), I highly, highly recommend him.
In the past year, I have made a life decision to be healthier and happier. My goal started out small -it was to jog a mile nonstop. You might laugh at this, but for me it was a big deal and you can not imagine my pride and surprise when I did it.
Then I had to up my game and somehow I got reconnected with Sam.
I believe for you to be successful on any training program, you need to trust your trainer. You need to know that they understand where you are coming from and where you want to go.
I trust Sam.
I read his blogs and watched his videos. I learned that the way I have been running on the treadmill has been wrong! When I feel too tired to go to the gym, I read his blog and am reminded of why I am making positive changes in my life.
And the big surprise is that all this inspiration is all coming from a distance. I cannot wait for my next visit to LA so that I can train with Sam. I know I am going to learn so much!
Its all about the relationship.
Coach Cindy is of course not just limited to kettlebells, she'll customize the training experience to your needs. This means not only a focus on proper strength and balance, but nutritional advice too. She has taught me ways to change my workout and diet that I still use every day.
No matter what your fitness goals are, Cindy will make sure you get there.
But because of his early dedication to my continued fitness and personal goals, I was able to achieve them and much more. He's the kind of coach that Hollywood loves to recreate time and time again: He'll work you like a dog but pushes you to achieve your potential with a few wise words during intense training montages.
His knowledge in the field continually gets better and shows no sign of deteriorating.
Training with All Out has definitely helped me get back into working out. Previously I had only been going off of P90X, which was great but didn't provide the specific results and technique I needed. From fine tuning my yoga poses to getting me acquainted with the basics of kettle bells, I couldn't ask for much more...except for being able to get out of bed the next morning!
It's one thing to personally be in shape and another to be a good coach/trainer/teacher. Sam Y. at All Out Effort is one rare individual who embodies the incredible qualities of being a truly great teacher. His attitude, though laid back, comes with a stern set of expectations. Sam makes you take charge of your own health and fitness while standing by your side and empowering you with the knowledge to confidently own your personal mental and physical fitness. Training with him is truly invaluable.
Knowledge. Inspiration. Unparalleled trainer of both the body and mind. And I've worked with several personal trainers, most of whom use a one size fits all approach. When I would inquire about kettlebells, tabatas, greasing the groove, or other exercise programs, most of the trainers I interviewed would either give me blank stares or mumble that they weren't as familiar with these fitness concepts. Sam's immense fitness and nutrition knowledge is so expansive that it feels like he can field any array of questions pertaining to these subjects to a degree that instills so much confidence in him as a trainer and the regiment he puts you on. He answers the WHY that gave me confidence in what I was doing.
In a mere 7 weeks of training with Sam, not only did I transform my body, but also my level of fitness in the areas of cardiovascular endurance and muscular strength and power. When I first started with Sam, I would feel slightly tired jogging up a flight of stairs. About a month into our training, I did a late night jog at Griffith Park with a former marathon runner, and barely felt tired during the uphill portion of the run. I was shocked to find out I had been jogging over a mile uphill to start out. Sam and I hadn't even been doing any treadmill or running work at that point, but it was the eclectic power, strength, and muscular endurance exercises that helped me get from "feeble to fit" (one of Sam's goals for clients).
I love Sam's take on building strength through MOVING weight rather than LIFTING weight, which is much better for the body, and you see incredible results. When we first started training, I would complain that my body wasn't "feeling" certain exercises as much as other exercises. I think we often are under the false pretense that an exercise is only effective if we are in severe physical discomfort. Not so. I built strength and endurance without feeling like I was about to pass out or my muscles were going to give out every second. Makes the sessions much more enjoyable as well.
I had never actually looked FORWARD to going to the gym or working out with a trainer prior to Sam. Nothing ever felt stale because we did a variety of workouts, ranging from kickboxing, to kettlebells, to weighted Indian bats, floor exercises, endurance drill competitions between clients, and much much more! He was very available via phone and email, proactively checking on my progress, both physically and mentally.
At the very least, do the personal assessment with Sam. His keen eye for detecting bad form and habits will provide you new information about your body and the way you use it. If certain habits aren't corrected (if you aren't aware of them, how can you begin to change them?), they could lead to very debilitating injuries in the near or distance future.
I'm happier, more independent, and confident now more than ever. I think releasing all the negative energy and people around me has helped me become a better person. Weight loss was just a perk. And you know, I've been wanting to thank you for helping me out a lot. The time I spent training with you has helped me take the higher road in life...Honestly, you're a life changer.
I have been working out with Sam for nearly two years, and I can't imagine ever needing another trainer. I was seeking a new trainer after a few years of being a gym rat, pointlessly lifting weights that built up the look I was going for - but after only one workout with Sam I realized how totally out of shape I was.
Now my look has changed, and while I may not have the biceps I once had - I am stronger, faster, more agile and balanced that it has ever been in my life. I feel like my body is ready for anything. And that is the point.
I have never met anyone more totally devoted to overall fitness than Sam is; he is obsessed with it. He has studied every form of exercise you have ever heard of, many that you haven't, and is always uncovering new ones to study and add to his lexicon. He totally customizes exactly what your own, personal body needs, and no one gets the same treatment. He will surprise you constantly with new, interesting ideas and techniques, and like any good scientist he is constantly refining and adding to them.
If you want a big chest to carry around on those spindly legs of yours, Sam is not your guy. If you want someone to yell at you, count your reps, and tell you what an awesome job you are doing, Sam is not your guy. If you want to be in the best shape of your life - and I mean real fitness that happens over time, not Los Angeles body sculpting for shopping on Melrose - let him take you apart and put you back together. You've never experienced anything like it.
Sam makes a workout fun and it doesn't feel like a workout! His kickboxing techniques will get you into shape and sweating within 15 minutes! He's patient and works to help you help yourself reach your ultimate weight goal. Fun trainer. Highly recommend him! Don't forget to stretch WELL after his workouts!
You wanna lose weight?
You dont wanna deal with muscle heads?
Then you wanna work out with Sam Y.
He uses different techniques and exercises to get you in tip top shape. Just like anything you gotta put in the time, but if you do and listen to what he says, I think you'll come out happy at the end.
You'll be stronger, more confident and more fit.
He'll listen to your goals, and what you may want to achieve and then go from there. He'll set up a exercise plan to fit into what you are trying to achieve. Most of all you'll enjoy it.
Now if I can get him to stop giving me a weird look when I order desert.
Why Sam stands out among all the other "gym" trainers I've met (and there have been many) is because he becomes actively invested in your growth. He doesn't just throw you onto a machine and wait for you to do a certain amount of reps like a lot of trainers. He has shown me stretches and moves that I have never seen at any of the gyms I used to go to. Talk about making working out FUN and interesting again!! He constantly changes things up to keep your body improving, and he is there the whole time making sure you are positioned right so you don't hurt yourself. He's not going to just work you out for an hour and then forget about you until he sees you next.
I'm a performer so I have always been physically active and pretty conscious of my body's capability, but Sam has taught me things I didn't even know about myself and my potential. I never really thought of myself as an 'athlete' until now. He's shown me that I can be as strong as I allow myself to be, and that there is an inner warrior just waiting to come out of all of us.
I recommend him to EVERYONE I meet in LA and wouldn't waste my time with anyone else. Check out his blog as well- it's awesome!!!
I'm a long time fan of the UFC/MMA and first contacted Sam about training MMA, and have been training with him twice a week for the past seven months.
Let me rewind a little...
I was in an accident in high-school that required eight operations and left me with limited use of my left ankle and foot. I also have a hard time walking or doing any type of exercise without the support of shoes. I visited a few different MMA academies with the intention of joining, with one stipulation... I needed to wear shoes. But all I got was "no's" across the board.
Enter Sam, who told me shoes were no prob, and ever since our first session he's always been aware of my limitations and has taught me ways to even use the disadvantage TO my advantage.
His training has been a methodical approach of physical technique, concepts, strategies and mental strength. Each week he finds new ways to challenge me and develop my training.
But we're not done yet...
When I first began seeing Sam I was a pescatarian. My diet consisted of lot's of fish and other non-meat options such as rice & pasta dishes, grains, juices, starchy foods, salads and lots of boxed stuff... like cereal, pre-made Trader Joes meals, sweets, ect.
I tipped the scales at a little over 170-lbs, and at 6ft I was within my weight limit. I also worked out a lot. Mostly cycling and weights. But despite my "healthy no-meat" diet and 4-5 day a week work out regimen... I still felt soft and had a little belly and love handles.
Sam introduced me to the Paleo diet and swore by it, even giving me recipes. I was of course skeptical at first, as it is a (organic) meat heavy diet. I'd also always considered myself a healthy eater and didn't think that cutting out carbs, sugars and grains would work.
But four months into it I am now walking around at a lean 160. And I didn't just lose the excess fat, I also gained muscle. My belly and love handles have all but disappeared and I even kind of see abs!
I highly recommend Sam for personal training for whatever it is you want... because he'll make sure you get it.
After 9 months of training with Sam and following his dietary instructions...
I am 7% body fat.
Need I say more?
MICHIKO "MIKO" T.
I passed on the dozens of trainers and gyms in the area and opted to see Sam Y because of his style in teaching, coaching, training and inspiring you. Without being loud and in your face, he motivates you... I've been interested in personal training for a while but didn't find the right fit until Sam. I look better. I feel better. I'm inspired and I want to continue learning more. Sam's method is unique. He feeds the mind as he is transitioning your body. The combination yields results and more importantly longevity. He's a good person and I owe my success to him.
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Sam isn't just a trainer, he's a coach. Losing weight isn't just simply lifting weights, running on a treadmill or any other exercise you can't think of. First and foremost being healthy is a new way of thinking. Your habits and concepts of health must change before your body does. And that's what Sam specializes in. He coaches you on the right path to thinking and behaving healthy while showing you exercises that are effective and efficient. Personal training is a really a science and Sam Y is the ultimate professor!
Sam is not only a great trainer, but also a great human being to work with! Though I was a professional dancer and used to be very active up until a few years ago, after starting grad school in architecture, my lifestyle, alignment, and habits all took a dive... Long story short, I ended up with a back injury which got worse and led to me having to have spine surgery. The injury obviously had prevented me from exercising, and I ended up gaining a lot of weight. Post surgery, I really needed a trainer who was well versed in all aspects of fitness, not just rehab, not just weight loss. I needed someone that was knowledgeable enough to help me achieve major weight loss while also knowing how to help me do it in a safe and injury-free way (which is rarer than one may think in the world of personal trainers, they're usually one extreme or the other). Sam was the guy.... though I couldn't continue training because I'm not yet fully healed from surgery the way I need to be in order to train (this is not due to my workouts with Sam, this is due to me returning to my grueling school schedule two weeks post-op), for the time that I did train with him, he was amazingly understanding of my condition, yet he also pushed me enough to take me out of my comfort zone and keep me motivated!! That's exactly what you need with a trainer, someone that pushes you to your max potential, but is also sensitive and understands what you're going through so that you feel safe and comfortable with the person training you.
One other thing that is very important to me is a trainer who's open to feedback and new information. Sam was very open to my feedback and didn't let his ego get in the way, and even has said multiple times that he'll actually read any book his clients give him and ask him to read. He also would send us (his clients) links to health related articles and videos when he came across something that he felt was important, relevant, and useful to us.
When I had to stop training due to medical reasons, Sam was also amazingly understanding about this and would still periodically check on me to see how I'm doing, even when it didn't mean dollars in his pocket. He is a really trustworthy and sensitive person, and also one that knows what he's doing and that will push you to get you your results and to live a healthier life!
CEO and Serial Entrepreneur
I have found Sam profoundly motivational. That said, he is not "rah rah," typical, or cliche in any way. My experience has been that he reasons with me to identify the right buttons to push to help me motivate myself; a much more sustainable strategy for long-term health.
As for results, he has thoroughly helped me transform my body, both from an optical standpoint (I look better), but perhaps more importantly, from a health standpoint. I am far stronger. I am far leaner. I am less sickly. In short, I am less feeble. Don't get me wrong, I can improve lots from here (and Sam isn't hesitant to remind me of that.) I could see results almost immediately, and have continued to make progress in the subsequent 15 months of working with Sam. I have referred my wife and friends to Sam, and they have all witnessed similar results.
I am a professional. I work far too many hours and have far too many commitments. On top of that I have a heavy "wine and dine" culture associated with my trade. Not exactly a healthy lifestyle... As a result, I need a high "yield" on my dollar and hour from my trainer. With that in mind, Sam is absolutely your guy.
If I could give 6 stars I would, but alas, I'm limited to 5. If you're in the market for a trainer, you'd be foolish to pass on at least giving Sam a shot. Just don't take my time slots!
CEO and Serial Entrepreneur
If you want someone to baby and pamper you, Sam is not the trainer for you. If you need affirmation and a cheerleader to get you through your workout, again, Sam is not for you.
That said, Sam is not one to yell, scream or make you question why you are paying someone to insult you (I've experienced this method and it's ineffective, at least for me). He works you harder than you think you can handle. He wants more for you than you want for yourself. His approach is very zen like and philosophical. You will notice a change in your body and attitude almost immediately. Perhaps one of the most unique things about Sam is that unlike many trainers in LA, he's not an aspiring actor or model (not that there is anything wrong with that) and he doesn't spend your workout looking at himself in the mirror. He's actually looking at you and watching your body change. His pride comes in the form of your results, and not movie credits. WOW. Imagine that in LA.
I couldn't recommend Sam more.
Check him out.
A few other things you should know.
The count! Ugg.
Sam like to drop pearls of wisdom and while doing so, he looses track of the count. ALWAYS making you do more than you're supposed to. He claims it's just a number (tell that to my aching body). I guess there are worse things a trainer can do. :)
He wont negotiate. EVER.
There are many times where I have tried to lessen weight, do fewer reps, do this instead of that...
Sam will nod his head and act as if you hadn't said a thing.
He reads lips.
Let me explain. Sam likes a profanity free environment. From time to time my lips will say something that no one in the room can hear. Sam however reads lips and will call you out.
To call Sam Y. awesome is an understatement.
I know that he is an amazing personal trainer, but I am not exactly sure why. He certainly has the training and the skills to get you into the shape you want to be--that's a given. But there's something else to him that I think is rare: the ability to make you a better person.
Before I even called Sam, I read all the reviews on yelp and his blog- twice. I even pushed myself a little harder (not hard enough or smart enough because I'm sore somewhere new after every session), before I worked out with Sam.
I did more cardio and with more resistance. I like cardio, because I found it easy. But I've always been afraid of the dreaded--yes, you may know what I'm talking about--the stair master!
The first day, the FIRST day! training with Sam, he told me to get on the stair master. I pleaded..."But, um, can't we do the elliptical? Or oh...how about the treadmill?..." And Sam responded, by simply saying "No."
I've never told Sam this but that was the first time I've ever been on an actual stair master. Sure, I've been on those hydraulic types but that's not the stair master. Those five minutes felt like the hardest five minutes of my life. That is of course, until I cooled down.
"That was only cardio," Sam said. And the other 45 minutes of training made me realize that the stair master isn't that bad after all.
Train with Sam Y. He won't disappoint you. But please, please, don't take my morning slots with him!
Sam is an excellent personal trainer. I've been working out with him since February. I can truly say that training with Sam definitely changed my lifestyle. Now I'm addicted to exercise! Most importantly, I feel stronger, healthier, and more energized than ever.
Sam always has a workout plan specifically designed for me. During training sessions he watches every movement carefully and make sure I'm doing each exercise correctly with good form. He also constantly mixes up workout routines, so I never get bored.
He is extremely knowledgeable about all things fitness related and a great motivator. He encourages me to push myself beyond what I would normally do on my own- that's what I really need.
I'm very lucky to have him as a personal trainer. I would definitely recommend Sam for anyone looking for a personal trainer. Sam knows the most efficient and effective way to get you the best results.
Sam has been working with me as my personal trainer for about a year and I have gotten great results specific to what my goals were. My goals were to build conditioning, lose weight, and gain strength. Sam's training allowed me to achieve every one of those goals. The thing that I like most about allouteffort is that Sam understood exactly how my body works. He didn't have me do the same excercises as he did for his other clients with totally different body types. It was really awesome how he explained why something was going to work for me and not for someone else. Sam not only helped me in my training but also motivated me to change my lifestyle. Last words: TAKE THE COMPLIMENTARY SESSION! Sam can show you results better than I can tell you about them.
I was petrified
Kept thinking I could never live without him by my side
But I spent so many nights thinking how he did me wrong
I grew strong
I learned how to carry on... much with the help of Sam Y
Before Sam Y, I was going out and drinking myself to oblivion every night. Then I cried myself to sleep. Yes, what a wuss I was. I also felt like a tub of lard. After many many years of wining, dining, and partying, I was on the brink of not fitting in my precious size 24 jeans. Oh who was I kidding, I had no business in those size 24 jeans anymore. But one thing that I learned from my Taiwanese mother is to never size up (unless preggers). Ever. That's like accepting that you're fat. Unless it involves diamonds, houses, careers, or dicks. But I digress.
Then I met Sam Y.
Through personal training with Sam Y, I was able to start the healing process of my broken heart, broken soul, and broken body. Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. And happy people just don't go around being emo all day long. Now whenever I feel down, I go out and run a few miles instead of hit the bottle. And did I mention I saved a lot of money by not going out everyday anymore? Yes. That should appeal to you mercantile types.
So how is Sam Y wonderful? Let me tell you. I can go on forever but most importantly, he actually cares about his clients. He caters each workout to my needs/goals and he will check on my progress throughout the week by instant messages, text messages, and even phone calls. If I fall off track, he WILL get on my case. Yes, tough love is the best love when it comes to personal training. Where are you going to get such personalized service like that? Sam Y is seriously a diamond in the rough. And I found him on Yelp - a foodie site. Isn't it ironic.
So what results have I seen in the 2 months of weekly personal training? Actually a lot! I was able to run my first 1/2 marathon finishing 2nd in the Torrance/PV Nike running group after 2 months of training (and not hitting the pavement in 3 years) and all my clothes fit well again. Whew! But how can I be content with mediocrity now? There is still a long ways to go and Sam Y will help me get there.
So yes, my standard of living has improved tremendously due to Sam Y Personal Training. I'm now happier, sexier, and tougher.
Thank you, Sam, for bringing me back to life.
Ah, but I couldn't hide it from myself. I was bothered by the discomfort of a protruding stomach and extra cushion. I slouched more. I didn't feel comfortable while sitting nor sleeping. And I was outraged that the cute clothes I owned didn't look so cute on me anymore. My crafts at optical illusions couldn't hide the obvious anymore. So I began slaving away at the gym daily and tried to cut down my eating. Sometimes it worked...temporarily. I was another victim to yo-yoing with my weight. Though I could build a temple, I didn't have the foundations nor fortitude to maintain it.
I didn't have the right knowledge nor the right tools to keep off my weight. I needed a professional with years of knowledge and experience to help guide me into building my body into the temple I desired it to be. So, I decided to meet with Sam. And I'm sure glad I did, because as much of a smart-ass I am and as much as I hate ass-kissing, he has earned my respect because he IS the best. Sam Y. knows his shit, and he's a mother-effing guru when it comes to fitness. Sam was the perfect civil engineer / architect to help sculpt my fortress into a temple. Brick by brick, he guided me how to lay the foundation for a lifestyle that would both build and help me maintain the figure I want for myself. And he gave me some handy tools to effectively accomplish this. Instead of using a shovel, he gave me a bulldozer. Oorah!!
I have been working with Sam for 4 weeks. Right now, I'm still a work in progress, and I am still in process of reaching my target. But I must say, since I've began with Sam I've been losing the optimal weight that I should and building lots of lean muscle. My metabolism have definitely jump-started. In fact, honestly, physically speaking, I am very satisfied with where my body is at. Everyone has noticed a difference. However, now my focus is more on toning, being more lean, and healthy. NOW I want my temple to be spotless, damnit!!
Sam is also great to work with. He's amicable and will do his best to answer any questions I have. And I have a tendency to ask many technical, scientific questions. To be frank, I am a guilty of being an unapologetic obnoxious pain in the ass to deal with. I'm a skeptic, and I take everything that challenges my conventional wisdom with a grain of salt. So I always question HIM and his methodology, "is this really working? Are you sure? What is the science behind this? Am I working hard enough to achieve my goals?" "Will I get too many muscles? I don't want to gain too much muscles or look stocky." And he doesn't just answer my questions, but he shows me every week when I weigh in on his scale. As long as I follow his guidance, I will meet results.
Sam Y.. the ultimate architect / civil engineer of the body. He will help you to sculpt your body good.
Normally this is a fearsome thing for these dreamers dream of selfish desires. Dreams of hope. Dreams of salvation. Dreams of heaven. Sadly the end result, more often than not, is a sordid awakening for everyone involved.
Sam Y. is not one of these charlatans. No, his dream is not even a dream at all. It's not even a wish. It is just common sense, a few instructions, and encouraging compassion, with the end goal being not only a fitter you, but a more courageous you.
I believe in Sam Y. Personal Training. In time, so will the world. Join us now. It will transform your soul. And make you sexy!
Thank you for the sore quads and hams
I could not, would not live without
Sam Y's personal training workout
I will do them in the gym
I will do them before a swim
I will do them in the park
I will do them in the dark
I will do them at the break of dawn
I will do them on my front lawn
I will do them here and there
I will do them anywhere!
Try them, try them! you will see!
You will love them, just like me
Try them, try them! they are fun!
Join me after for a run!
I do so like sore quads and hams
Thank you, thank you, Sam I am!
If you had asked me about six years ago or so to work out or do some kind of physical activity, I would've been like.... who, me?? you talking to me?? you're asking me?? the girl who hardly did anything physical at all?? the girl who never played sports in high school? the girl who hated running? the girl whose legs got all red and itchy from taking a short, brisk walk?? you're really talking to me??? I would've LOL'd right in your face!
One day, something inside me just clicked... jillie, jillie, jillie...your ass is gettin bigger and NOT in a good way...your muffin top is so not sexy...and you need to work on walking up those stairs without getting winded! you really need to start taking better care of yourself! plus...after having two kids, it was time to make some serious changes.
Since then, I have become a gym rat... a meathead! I work out 4-5 days a week. I even like running now. scratch that.... I LOVE running! who would have ever guessed?? I am constantly looking for different things to challenge myself. from marathons to triathlons, to different types of workouts...I am always down to try something new!
Training with Sam has definitely kept me challenged and motivated. with years of experience and knowledge behind him, he keeps every workout interesting and full of fun facts. he'll test your limits and definitely push you to give your all. after all the pain and sweat, you'll feel great!
Exercise only brings good things and you must reap all the benefits. it is not an easy thing tho. no matter what type of exercise or activity you want to get into, it takes a lot of discipline and determination to be committed to a healthy and active lifestyle. it helps to have a trainer with such discipline.
On the serious tip, Sam's a great trainer. He is like the Plato of physical fitness. He comes up with these gems of wisdom that are so inspiring that you almost forget he's making you do 80 million yards of walking lunges...almost. Here is one of his nuggets of inspirational wisdom and I'm paraphrasing, "These days we spend 8 hours a day sitting at a desk, another 8 sleeping and barely get any exercise. If you only work out 5 hours a week, you body has a lot of downtime to overcome....hey, I didn't say stop doing pushups!"
Sam is not the kind of personal trainer that barks at you 'til you want to bitch slap him. Who wants to pay money to have somebody yell at you and make you feel badly about yourself? Many of us can just go visit our families for that. He provides encouragement, guidance and he's supportive. He's friendly, he's fun and when you ask him when he'll stop torturing you, he'll just smile and say, "This is nothing!" He'll urge you to finish that 100th sit up, but if you can't he won't berate you into an eating disorder. He'll just give you a look that makes you want to work harder, but if you feel like you're going to fall over and die, he understands that you need a break.
Sam is a big proponent of interval training because it helps burn more fat. He understands that living in L.A. the fat has to get to steppin' and so do you. Sam's workout also helps prevent cockiness. You might strut in thinking, "I got this! I work out 5 days a week. Pleeeeaaase, this won't be nothin'". Midway through your 11th sprint, as you're huffing and puffing, sweat soaking through your clothing and burning your eyes, you're thinking, "What the %**(^%# have I been doing at the gym!? I'm so out of shape!" And you cry inside as one of the 5 year olds at the park mocks you.
You're great, Sam, thanks!
Sam is real good at making me come back to earth just when I thought I was in shape. He's also a bag of quotes. Dude, where do you get them from?
"Sam I am, Ima make you work as hard as you can!"
Indeed Sam's workout kicked my arse. I expected to do similar workouts each time but NO! Sam has mastered the art of surprise and has designed a workout session that will never let your body plateau. Have you ever heard of the Aligator crawl, Bear crawl or Millipede walk? Sounds like Sam Y. might have an animal fetish but try these exercise routines yourself and you will discover you can't duplicate these workouts from running or from the monotony of pumping iron.
Look for Sam Y. if you want a personal trainer who is passionate and dedicated to help you build physical strength and mental toughness. You will not be disappointed. And if you are, Sam will find something up his sleeve to work you even harder. Thanks Sam because I will remember that "Pain is just weakness leaving the body".
Sam is a healer! I had hurt my ankle and thought I wouldn't be able to work out but after doing some rehabilitation with Sam I was able to work out hard and do a Duathlon the next day. I thought I wasn't ready but he told me I would regret it if I didn't. I remembered that!
I thought I was in shape and he kicked my ass! He will make fun of you though and call you feeble, but in the end you he will get you fit!
What can I say that other people haven't ... let me think. OK I got it.
What Sam's good for ...
- Pushing you to your limit, but making sure you're not over-doing yourself
- Motivation? Nah. He won't force you to go, he only wants people who want to be there
- Turning his back to you so you can take a mini-break
- Making you think to yourself "this guy's a punk" but then he tells a joke to make you laugh, he's actually a funny guy and makes working out fun
- Overall good trainer: cardio, strength, endurance, stamina, running, sprinting, stretching, sit-ups, punching and kicking - the only thing I haven't done yet was co-ed wrestling, i'm still waiting for that
- Plagiarism. During the work-out, he says inspirational quotes but he never gives credit to the people he stole them from
If you're looking for someone to take you to the next level in your overall fitness goals, Sam's your guy.
You'll feel good after your hour session, they're fun.
Get it out of the way early and you'll feel good the rest of the day.
I've been working out religiously for the past month (24 hour fitness is superior to bally's, btw) and I have not felt as sore as I did than after Sam's class. Walking around at the curry festival the next day was nearly impossible due to the pain I felt in my inner thighs.
Even though I was 15 minutes late, I was welcomed with smiles and easily jumped into the interval exercises. It was lovely to be outside working out with friendly/inspiring peeps rather than under fluorescent gym lights. I really agree with Sam's philosophy of spending less time working, and working better and more efficiently.
Keisha F. talks about how sore she is after Sam's class. I was curious and wondered how hard it could really be. So, I decided to check out the class myself.
Little did I know that on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, I would get my ass kicked by Sam and tortured by a ice cream truck parked on the sidewalk in front of our class.
Sam's class was a great workout! It was a circuit training class filled with 15 or so 20 seconds drills and 20 seconds of rest in between. After the first set of drills, I didn't think it was too bad. After the 3rd set, I was huffing and puffing and soaked in sweat! At one point, I wanted to ditch the class and just get ice cream, but I conquered on and finished!
I really enjoyed class. It was nice working out at a park with fresh (well, polluted LA) air. Sam's class was 100x better than some crowded, smelly, recycled air, gym class where the instructor doesn't even notice if you're doing an exercise incorrectly and working out your shoulders when you're suppose to be working out your triceps. Sam gives everyone personal attention and corrections when you're not doing something right. Sam is also 1000x better than my $, sleazy trainer that is doesn't push me because I'm a girl. Sam notices when you're slacking and encourages you to work harder!
Maybe I'm a masochist, but I'm definitely coming back for more ass kicking.
The Bad: Depending on were you live this place can be far. It's hella far for me and I don't get to make it as often as I would like to. This is something that you need to maintain if you really want to see improvement.
The Ben: Sam's a good guy, I got there early and he helped me with some other exercises, form and some areas that could use more attention during my workouts.
He is the best trainer ever!
CHARLES "RED" S.
His style of training got me in better shape along the way. From how to control my breathing to how to control my opponent, Sam's ideas on how to train helped me get in "competition shape."
If you want to improve your cardio, gain strength, or drop some pounds then give Sam a call. If you are a Jiu-Jitsu player then take a private with him. It is well worth it.
He helped me improve my grappling by showing me specific techniques and explaining fundamental concepts. I wish I knew these things years ago. He is very in-depth and technical when it comes to instruction.
The technical insight is carried over to his strength and conditioning training as well. Through training with Sam, I made significant gains in my strength and endurance as related to martial arts. He showed and explained to me many sport specific exercises that I will use for a long time to come.
I recommend Sam's training for anyone who is serious about improving their performance or physique.
If you're starting out in Brazilian Jiu jitsu and want a great private, seek out this fella. Also, he's a great coach to have in your corner if you're competing. Unlike the other guys who yell meaningless tips like "Come ON!" or "You can do it!" He'll give you precise instructions and how to execute them to either get you out of a bad position or to advance into a superior position.
I've been getting trained by Sam for brazilian jiu-jitsu (martial art), and i can honestly say that he has really improved my game. After a couple minutes of sparring with him, getting choked out by him, and tapping out, he sat back and began to tell me the list of things i was doing wrong and where i was lacking. Many people know the concepts of breathing, balance, timing, strength, technique, but Sam UNDERSTANDS these concepts. He doesn't just say "do this" or "do that" but he makes sure that I also understand why I'm doing this/that.
Sam has been doing brazilian jiu-jitsu for years and his game is SOLID. When I see other people, including higher belts, constantly asking him questions, I know I'm in good hands. Thanks sensei!
If you're training brazilian jiu-jitsu and want to significantly improve your game, holla at Sam.
I am proud of Sam. He's my son, so I don't feel weird stating this. Ok, ok, he's not my actual son, but he's the type of guy you greet with, "Yo, what's up, ma' son?" whenever you run into him. Wait, daaamn I think I watched too much Moeshia on UPN back in the 90's. Sorry. But you get the idea...
I've known Sam since 2007, and before his decision to be a personal trainer, I nicknamed him, 5am-- "Five-A.M." obviously play on word for Sam -- for always staying up late, doing stuff he wouldn't dare do today. But one day back in 2008'ish, he gave up this lifestyle, in pursuit to help others give up similar lifestyles when he reckoned that eating, drinking, and playing StarCraft til 5am every morning was detrimental to his health and more notably, to his love life.
Fast forward to 2012- He's now married, and a bona fide personal trainer, who'll truly understand your reason for reaching out to him. He understands cause he's been there- eating McNuggets, drinking Sam Adams, playing StarCraft, all at the same time, at 5am.
Last week was my first time officially working out with him. As he was coaching, I couldn't help myself but to imagine him being Bruce Lee. Bruce Lee knew his shit and Sam knows his shit. Even Sam's gestures and cadence are reminiscent of Bruce Lee's, minus the "whhhhhhhooooah" vocal expressions. Plus, they sorta look alike, no?
No! They don't look alike, you racist!
I recommend Sam, if you want to experience what it would've been like to be coached by Bruce Lee back in the 60's. Sam is a throwback, with a slight modern twist thanks to his lovely wife. (Hi, Michelle! How you doing?)
Three suggestions if you end up reaching out to Sam:
1) Wear clean socks without holes in them.
2) Bring only water. No Gatorade. No soju. No horchata.
3) Never mention StarCraft. Never.