Joe Ruiz is the Bay Area's premiere personal trainer. With more than 16 years of experience, a degree in Kinesiology from Cal State East Bay, and certifications in NASM, ACE, and IFPA, he has helped hundreds of clients reach their fitness goals. With his innovative approach to health and fitness, his workouts are fun and challenging. Joe works with both individuals and groups throughout the Bay Area. He specializes in helping his clients maximize their full potential within their fitness abilities.
Joe started his fitness venture at 24hour Fitness. Thanks to a solid career in helping clients achieve fast results and rising to a leader in the industry, he quickly ascended into one of the top trainers in the company. Professionally recognized on numerous occasions for superior performance, Joe has been ranked as one of the Top Personal Trainers in the nation.
Joe enjoys helping his clients look, live, and feel better. He says one of the keys to success is motivating people into "DOING more and WATCHING less".
As a skilled trainer and fitness specialist, Joe devotes his time to creating a tailored exercise and nutrition plan that guarantees results for each of his clients.
Javier's philosophy is hard work, respect, discipline, and perseverance. His background is in martial arts and he earned his black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Javier enjoys working with the Lil Ninja's kids as they remind him of himself, always striving to be better. His goal is to help the kids reach their potential and drive within the program. Javier wants them to learn and refine their skills taught in the courses so they can further themselves both in the present and in the future.
I am a Bay Area local and a student at UC Berkeley. I have played soccer for 18 years, and currently play on the Cal Women's Club team. I also played club water polo and dabbled in numerous other sports. I love working out.
Most of my training experience comes from Air Force ROTC, in which I am a fourth-year cadet. For a semester I led the advanced workout group, before moving on to take over the entire fitness program, which I led for another semester.
My favorite types of workouts combine cardio with strength. Don't expect a lot of rest! I love pushing people to and past the limit, and showing them they are capable of much more than they think.
Sandi Ford, MS, Personal Trainer, Clinical Herbalist & Health and Nutrition Coach has been in love with herbal medicine, nutrition, fitness, and healthy living for over twenty years. She received her Master's in Holistic Health and Nutrition Education Winter of 2013 and is NASM and TRX certified trainer. Having overcome a major health crisis herself, Sandi loves to help people get strong in mind and body, boost energy levels, reduce stress, and get fit while having fun. She has a passion for building core strength, pilates and all forms of dance. A competitive sailor, most weekends you'll find her with her team out on the bay.
Sandi's journey with nutrition started out as a personal one, but soon led her to realize her love for helping others transform their relationship to food and health. She believes that feeling great physically, having energy for the things we enjoy, and aging gracefully is the true state our bodies are designed for. Sandi approaches nutrition from a whole foods perspective, combining herbs and lifestyle changes. She helps you discover what foods are right for you without sacrificing flavor, fun, or feeling deprived. Providing you with the right system, the right support, and the right accountability unique to you, so you are bound to succeed.
Kersten is a former competitive track and field athlete and marathon runner whose focus is now on building strength and confidence through intelligent weight training and conditioning. Mobility and flexibility are her specialties as well.
Kersten's motto is that your health must always come before anything else. She believes that health goes way beyond weight loss. True health means moving well and without pain, sleeping well, eating in moderation and enjoying life.
She welcomes body diversity and offers a fun and safe training experience for everyone regardless of their shape or size.
Derrick, an ACE Certified personal trainer, is a local to the East Bay and graduate of UC Davis.
He comes from a basketball background with experience at the collegiate and professional levels. Following injuries sustained during his playing career, he became interested in the athletic training field, and was determined to find safe, efficient, yet challenging ways to train.
Derrick's workouts tend to have an athletic focus, whether they are fun agility drills, unique core exercises, or other functional and injury prevention styles of training. He enjoys designing creative and fun workouts and workout games, while helping people maintain a healthy lifestyle.
In addition to bootcamps at X-fit, Derrick is also a basketball skill development trainer, and works with various athletes of different sports, helping them develop overall athletic performance.
Anthony is originally from Detroit Michigan. Graduate of Indiana State University with an Exercise Science degree and minor in strength and conditioning. Anthony played football at the pro level and semipro level for the last 7 years. Anthony also worked with the Indiana State football team as a strength coach for 2 years. He is also nationally certified through ACE as a personal trainer. The last 5 years Anthony has been working with kids to help them with their sports performance. He loves to work with kids to help them reach their athletic potential and loves to help adults get back into fitness and see fast results. Anthony's main location will be X-Fit's NEW location in Hercules but you will see him also in our El Cerrito location.
Skyeler joined the military after high school. He brings his competitive nature to his own fitness and now to X-Fit Boot Camps and Lil Ninjas.
Skyeler has a passion for fitness that began before he could even walk. As a kid, he always felt at home on the field participating in his favorite sports: baseball, football, and lacrosse.
Skyeler can't wait to meet all of you!
Joanne is our newest trainer at Hercules!
Her passion for fitness started in high school with basketball. She enjoyed the conditioning that went along with the game. From then on, she ventured into various exercise regimens to reinforce an active lifestyle.
Joanne has experience with different methods for physical fitness, including: weight training, group circuit training, and cardiovascular exercises. Her goal is to make exercise fun and engaging for adults of all fitness backgrounds to supplement a healthy and happy lifestyle.
Soy's teaching style draws from Chinese martial arts and acrobatic flexibility training with emphasis on safety and efficiency in form, active flexibility and gentle prehab. She strongly believes that with consistency and patience, anyone of any age and body type can improve their flexibility! In her free time, she studies acrobatics at Circus Center (SF) and wushu at Champion Wushu & Arts Center under Coach Ding Wei (Dublin). Soy has taught dance and flexibility classes at Dance Garden Studio (Los Angeles), Heartbeat House Dance Studio (Los Angeles), Panther Energy Fitness (Los Angeles), and now in X Fit (Pinole) and was formerly a principal dancer with FatChanceBellyDance. NCCPT flexibility specialist certified. CPR. PN1.
Why Personal Training: I am a personal trainer because I love the art of boxing and love teaching the art to others. I like the release that hitting the bag and boxing in general give you. I got into boxing to increase my fitness. I was in top physical shape but when I went to box against an opponent, I couldn't touch him and didn't feel in shape. This experience sparked something in me. The more I went, the more I liked it and wanted to compete in it. I want everyone I teach to get a really solid workout while having fun. Working out without working out. I have been teaching boxing for 8 years, I've been training on my own for over 20 years, and have an amateur record of 11 wins and 1 loss.
As a martial artist Dominique's fitness journey started off like many young combat athletes. During a 6 year service in the United states Marine Corps Dominique utilized his competitive edge to gain knowledge of nutrition & functional fitness. This new information improved the performance of his squad, other marines in his unit, & ultimately himself. Upon leaving the Marine Corps Dominique jump started his career in teaching and competing in kickboxing by working with all walks of life. Dominique loves to compete in Muay thai, coach other athletes, swallow pizza & spend quality time with his wife & family.
Dominique currently is certified by ISSA and studying to obtain a CS degree.
Charla was born and raised in L.A. She became immersed in the fitness life when she was training to become a firefighter and found her love of working out. Charla completed numerous 5k's, 10k's and marathons. Since, she has retired from running as well as from the fire department due to back/hip issues and picked up indoor biking. She found she could perform this type of cardio without agitating her previous ailments and fell in love with it. Charla became certified indoor cycle instructor in 2014 through Schwinn. One the best feelings for her is watching students of all ages and fitness levels come to her classes, groove to the music and reap the benefits of keeping their bodies in motion. Her style of teaching consists of mocking real outdoor terrain such as climbing hills, sprinting down hills and hill jumps, but most importantly, having a good time.