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Philly Personal Training
The best personal trainers in Philadelphia, all under one roof. Private, 1 on 1 personal training in Center City, Rittenhouse Square.
The best personal trainers in Philadelphia, all under one roof. Private, 1 on 1 personal training in Center City, Rittenhouse Square.

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So you've decided you want to get a personal trainer. But how often should you train with them?

“I cannot say enough good things about Philly Personal Training and specifically, my trainer Shaun. I needed help with weight loss, nutrition and a right hip injury that was becoming debilitating. In the two months since I started seeing Shaun, I have seen a drastic difference in my strength, body mechanics, endurance and I’m down 14 lbs. Most importantly, my hip pain has almost completed disappeared. I am so thankful I went this route as opposed to the epidural injections my doctor recommended. Shaun created a workout specifically for my needs and I know he spends a lot of time and energy on tweaking it each week to fit my abilities. The fact that he’s a physical therapist as well is a huge bonus, one that most do not get from a personal trainer. I believe that is the main reason I have seen such a reversal in my hip pain. I have never felt like I was following some cookie cutter routine that is applied to everyone and I appreciate the focus on the individual. There’s no way I could have done this on my own. I have also benefited from the nutrition counseling I received from Theresa and learned many new ways of controlling my diet with a realistic approach. Philly Personal Training will always have a client in me as long as I’m living in Philly!”
- Alana K. from Philadelphia

“I cannot say enough good things about this place! It has changed my life completely!!! My trainer, Elizabeth M. is the absolute best!! I feel so incredibly lucky to have her as my trainer. It’s rare to meet someone as perfect at their job as Elizabeth.

I’ve been unable to workout consistently for several years due to workout related injuries and had almost given up on being able to exercise again. My studies also keep me super busy and I never thought I had the time to workout. This all changed when I met Elizabeth…within minutes she was able to assess my physical abilities and develop a regimen of exercises that get my heart rate up while strengthening my body. It’s been about a month and I already feel stronger, happier, and more agile. I have more energy and am able to study way more effectively. And she’s such a blast to work with that the time FLIES by.

I cannot express how wonderful it is to have peace of mind that I will not be injured during workouts. I feel so safe with Elizabeth – she knows my limits, but she also knows how to push me way beyond what I thought I could do, and the results speak for themselves. Her dedication to you as a client extends well beyond the gym. She’s  available via text for questions about diet/overall health and she is SUCH a knowledgeable resource.

The gym itself is fantastic as well. No frills, just great equipment and a huge variety of free-weights, machines, bands, etc. They keep it VERY clean, which I really appreciate.

If you’ve ever considered getting a personal trainer, or are like me and always say that you’ll get to working out when things settle down in your life and you have more time (which never actually happens)….try Philly Personal Training out. BEST DECISION EVER!!!!”
- Mini M. from Philadelphia

“I have struggled with my body image my entire life.  I tried just about everything to lose weight including countless diets, camps, and even weight loss pills. 

About 4 years ago my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, after completion of chemotherapy and radiation our family decided to support my mothers fight against breast cancer in the Susan G. Komen 3 day walk for a cure.  I was at my heaviest during this time in my life and my self esteem was at an all time low.  I barely made it through the walk and ended up in the hospital because I physically could not get through the walk. I was embarrassed and disappointed in myself.  This was when I decided to take control of my life by hiring a personal trainer.  

I have had personal trainers in the past and none compare to Brian.  I have been training with Brian for about 3 years now and I have accomplished things I never thought possible.  I have lost over 50 lbs and dropped multiple inches.  I am more confident in myself and my self esteem has improved greatly.  It definitely wasn’t easy at first and I hated exercising, but Brian helped me gain my confidence back and pushed me to successfully reach my personal goals.  Everyday is a challenge when you struggle with body image and weight issues and Brian continues to provide me with the tools to continue to be successful and achieve my goals.”
-Ashley D. from Philadelphia

“In May of 2010, my father had major heart surgery which pushed me to take a look at my personal risks and the action I needed to take to reduce those risks. In June, I made the decision to begin a fitness program with an individual who was highly educated as a Personal Fitness Trainer. The education was very important to me as I wanted someone who could ensure my safety regarding how much I should do and how fast when exercising. I was very fortunate to have found that in Brian Maher of Philly Personal Training. Prior to working with Brian I lost 9 pounds and went from a size 12 to 10 by changing my eating habits but I could not get my weight down any further and my cholesterol, blood pressure and sugar numbers were still high. Brian put me on a meal plan and an exercise regimen that brought my high cholesterol, blood pressure and sugar down to normal ranges within 5 months. My doctor is now looking at taking me off of my blood pressure medicine which is a goal I never thought I would achieve. In addition, I lost 30 pounds during that 5 months and went from a size 10 to a size 0. I feel better than I have felt in 12 years and confident that I can maintain my weight and health numbers due to the education and confidence I have gained during my tenure with Brian. In addition, due to being in this program I am getting reduced rates on my health insurance at work.

Prior to working with Brian, I would workout by myself but never pushed myself as I was scared due to my age and being out of shape. Brian monitored my heart rate, the reaction of my muscles to exercises and gradually built my stamina and strength and before I knew it, I was doing more than I ever thought I would achieve. I am not a person who is disciplined to exercise, working with Brian has helped me achieve goals far beyond any expectations I ever had for myself. This experience has changed my life as I have energy, sleep better, feel and look younger and have achieved a fitness level I never thought I would ever achieve. I am more motivated than ever to maintain the health I am feeling.”
-Barbara M. from Philadelphia

“I have worked with many personal trainers over the years, but nobody else helped me reach the level of fitness that I achieved from training with Brian. When we first began my program, I had three goals – lose weight, increase strength and improve endurance. With Brian’s guidance, I not only met my original targets but exceeded them in numbers far beyond my expectations.

In six months, I dropped 48 pounds – 20% of my body weight, 15 pounds below my original goal and almost 7 inches from around my waist. My strength tripled on nearly every exercise we measured. Most incredible to me was that I went from run/walking a 5K in almost 40 minutes to my new personal best 5K run of 24:36 (I was never a runner before I met Brian).

Brian is not only a personal trainer, but also a coach. In addition to the two mornings a week we worked out together, he encouraged me to change my life habits so I could not only achieve my goals with him, but keep those high standards when I trained on my own. My nutrition improved and my “solo” workouts continued to strengthen even when I wasn’t in a formal personal training training session. I would recommend Brian to anyone looking for fast, effective and long-lasting results.”
- Mark S. from Philadelphia

“I had worked out off and on for most of my adult life with acceptable results. However, after a few years of decreased activity I noticed the pounds going on, my energy level was falling and body fat going up. In the Fall of 2010 I finally decided something needed to change and began looking for a Personal Trainer. After careful research, I found Brian Maher of Philly Personal Training. I was impressed with Brian’s education, certification and approach. I have been working out with Brian twice a week since. This is one of the best decisions I have ever made!

In a few short months I lost 20 pounds and reduced my body fat by more than 5%. Then, with Brian’s coaching and running plans I ran the Broad Street Run, a Half Marathon and the Philadelphia Marathon within the first year of training with him. It had been 20 years since I had run on a regular basis and never competed in a race longer than a 5K. Running a marathon had been in the back of mind for about 20 years but I am sure it would not have happened if I had not started training with Brian.

Brian is extremely knowledgeable about fitness, nutrition and motivation. We regularly talk about goals and set new goals as achievements are made. His routine evaluations are helpful not only to track progress and measure results but to refine goals. We have worked out together for more than a year now and I don’t think two workouts have ever been exactly the same! He is great at adding new exercises and changing routines to ensure your fitness goals are met and to keep you focused, motivated and interested during every session. He often has a new “surprise” for me that is fun and challenging. He continues to push me to new levels!

Brian understands that good health and fitness doesn’t happen in a couple of sessions a week and he provides you with the tools you need to make the changes in your daily life. Whether that be a meal plan; or nutritional counseling; or a running/walking plan; or an exercise routine to do “solo”; or motivational tips to keep you focused on your goal. Brian has easily adapted workout routines and nutritional information as my goals changed. I look forward to my training sessions with Brian – it’s the best part of my week! During our training sessions I work harder and smarter than I ever could have by myself.

I am in the best physical shape of my life thanks to Brian!”
- Doug M. from Philadelphia

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A great review from Marc about Elizabeth and Philly Personal Training! Check out all of our happy reviews from our personal training clients at

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Check out the latest article of mine featured on on how to avoid having your new fitness program fail before it starts.

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