We initially wanted a trainer to help us develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle while staying fit. We found Sam after conducting research on the Internet, and from the various trainers we consulted, he was by far the most engaging. Sam is deeply dedicated to his work; he is passionate about training and helping people discover and maximize their physical strength and endurance potentials.

During his workout sessions, Sam is constantly monitoring posture, positioning, balance and skill. He stays focused on the client, always concerned for safety and proper application of each exercise while remaining entertaining and approachable. If he sees any indication of discomfort, Sam readily provides helpful tips and advice for a speedy and complete recovery.

Sam is a dedicated professional who can be compassionate while motivational. He has been training us for four years, and we foresee many more years of hard (and fun) workouts in our gym.

-- Alexandra and George Hirn

Sam Patierno has been my trainer for more than six years. I knew I wanted to work with him as soon as we met.

Sam is an extremely likable person and he immediately shows you that he is interested in you. He focused on my goals and needs from the start and was anxious to develop a training plan genuinely tailored to my situation. I am an insulin-dependent diabetic, which has led to a variety of complications, including range of motion restrictions and large swings in blood sugar. Not only has Sam developed a training approach that increases fitness in spite of these restrictions, but he has been able to adapt easily to significant changes in my ability to deal with exercise from one session to the next.

Training can become boring with repetition, but Sam has managed to vary the routine and make the sessions fresh and enjoyable. He is a natural motivator, not only during workouts, but also between sessions, developing routines for me to use at home and when I am traveling. He's constantly reading up on new fitness techniques and special approaches to exercise for diabetics.

Beyond his dedication and knowledge, I have found Sam to be very bright and interesting, a pleasure to talk to about many topics. In addition, he is scrupulously honest, organized and disciplined. All of these qualities make Sam a pleasure to train with and to know.

-- Andrew C. Merryman

When my mother first suggested Sam to me as a trainer, I was a small, asthmatic, high school freshman with a case of scoliosis to boot. Looking back as I enter my senior year, Sam has built me a comprehensive training routine to account for my asthma and back problems as well as meet my lifting goals. His versatility and wisdom as a training guru is evident in that he has managed to strengthen --without injury-- my body as well as my aging mother’s. Beyond standard workouts, Sam has steered me towards a healthier diet, his advice aided by his addiction to fitness books, articles and seminars. Honestly, the only negative side effect of Sam’s work is the frequency of people mistaking me for a football player or wrestler.

Perhaps one of Sam’s greatest strengths is to inspire his clients through meticulous and kindly instruction rather than employing a coercive or impatient method which I find many incompetent trainers or coaches employ. Although I’m normally very shy around people with whom I am meeting for the first time, I found Sam approachable and enthusiastic from my first training session to my latest.

Over the years Sam has transformed from family trainer to family friend. His dependability and fun-loving nature make workouts with him less like a chore and more like a fun activity to look forward to. I can safely say that I feel privileged to have met and trained with Sam Patierno, and would whole-heartedly recommend him to anyone.

-- Peter Niemczyk

Without question, Sam has completely changed the way I think about workouts. I was never one to dive into training on my own, but as soon as I began working out with Sam, my entire perspective changed. Sam helped me to see the importance of the body's range of motion. To begin, it isn't about the number of weights as it is about the correct form. His mantra, "You are stronger than you think," then encouraged me to gradually increase my performance. As a result, I am more confident in myself achieving my goal to lifelong fitness!

-- Cindy Jean