Personal Training Client Testimonials 

Chris is a lifesaver. Seriously. He helped me identify my goals and clearly laid out a plan to help me achieve them. I have worked out with multiple trainers over the years and Chris is BY FAR the best! He is all of the things a trainer should be – motivating, knowledgeable, results-driven, and responsive. But more importantly, he is everything you wish everyone was - joyful, funny, insightful, patient and understanding. One of things that sets Chris apart is that he follows up with you, even when you’re not at the gym, to make sure you’re hitting your goals. There’s no question that I am more fit today than I’ve ever been, thanks to Chris. I highly recommend him, without reservation.
— Peter J. Poljan, Licensed Real Estate Broker, New York, NY

I went to Chris with a specific set of goals that needed to be achived in a few months: lose belly fat, lean out and gain muscle and strength at the same time. I am happy to report that all my goals were achieved with his focus on training and nutrition.

I really enjoyed the discipline and the camaraderie we had in the gym. He showed me proper form for every exercise and introduce new routines for me. I was able to drop 9 lbs and gain muscle at the same time. Since our training, I’ve been able to increase my intensity and strength at the gym. I even switched to working out in the mornings before work.

I recommend training with Chris because he produces results. I would recommend everyone from beginner to experienced lifters to train with him.

People should know that training with Chris is intense, fun and will change your body for the better!!
— Philip Tan, New York, NY
Personal Training Client Testimonials

Chris clearly has a full schedule of loyal trainees, however, he never once let onto that when it came to personal attention, genuine understanding of goals and individual needs, answering every question thoroughly with investigation if needed, and making himself available to give the push that I often asked of him. He immediately set me up on a self­sustaining lifting regimen, which he tailored each time I saw him to how I was progressing and based on my own feedback. In our sessions I would often hit personal records in my lifts, which usually happened when Chris’ guidance and confidence in my being able to do something was what drove me to make it happen.

Chris’ experience and knowledge is not easily parallelled. In addition to personalizing my workouts and taking the time to adjust my program over time outside of our session time, Chris helped me get back on track and gain more control of my eating habits. I was already tracking my macros, however, Chris improved my numbers and always stood by to answer any and all related questions, giving me confidence that I was consistently supported. From his adjustments, adjunct to his training program, I was able to see real results in BOTH weight loss and strength gain! My muscles were more defined, and I was lifting progressively heavier, making me feel proud and accomplished. In a world where many trainers you come across have a big game to talk but little experience or knowledge, Chris is absolutely a pot of gold. His character I describe as humble, compassionate, genuine, accomplished, and paired with his full expertise and insatiable drive, he makes it his mission to help each trainee make results happen. As a trainee you can take away what you are willing to put in, and Chris was always able to tell me why and how techniques of training were being used. This was important for me, and both made me feel better equipped to follow his process and also made me feel like we were a team in this together with common understanding.

Thank you Chris, for your continued support and friendship even after I moved away from NYC. You truly changed my relationship with training and what my body and mind are capable of. You continue to be someone I know I can count on when I have questions about training or nutrition, and I am always excited from the sidelines when you update me on your latest bodybuilding and life achievements. You are a true influencer, my friend.
— A. Hoffman, Washington, D.C.

I hated all my physical education classes in school. I was afraid of the gym, in general. I never felt very comfortable there, and I was afraid of all the personal trainers because it looked like a bunch of burly men sweating and yelling in the corner. Also, I was afraid a trainer would do something horrible, like pinch by belly and then make me do 100 pushups. In short, I was afraid hiring a personal trainer would be a lot of yelling and no fun, and that there was a high possibility I would be made to feel bad about myself and I would immediately want to quit.

I love the gym now. I love all those big weights and grunting men. I love being able to lift more weight than most of those guys. On a practical side, I have more muscles mass, tone and mobility, but the real benefit is that I’m now stronger than everyone I know.

Before I started working with Chris, I felt weak, and I thought maybe that was the way I would always feel. But now I know that I can crush anything. Literally. Like with my bare hands. I am more than strong; I am powerful.

Chris is just fun to be around. It’s a delight to work with him, even when he’s making me do crunches. If I want real fitness science, he’ll explain it to me, but he’ll also turn our workouts into a game so that I’m mentally and physically engaged.

I like that Chris is respectful of my body and my feelings. He keeps the focus on what I want to accomplish with my body, rather than it’s appearance. He won’t push me unless I need to be pushed, and he’ll work with whatever my goals are. He’s also a genius at figuring out what will keep me motivated, whether it’s a Katy Perry soundtrack or a serious discussion about my goals.

I hired Chris because I needed to supplement my aerial silks training. All I expected was to gain some strength; I didn’t expect that he would turn me into a Viking Warrior Princess capable of dominating everything in her path.

If you’re not working out with Chris, you’re wasting your time and money.
— Laura von Holt, Co-Founder,, New York City

I absolutely loved training with Chris. He is such a kind, sweet person who is always encouraging and never beats you down. I learnt to push myself harder and do things that I never imagined I would be able to do physically. Training with Chris helped keep me accountable in my workouts and continue to keep on striving to be better. He also taught me to be kinder with myself. Chris keeps constant contact and makes you feel like he really cares about your wellbeing, not only your physical aptitude but everything else too.

If you want to get in shape with a real pro who knows what he is doing, mixes things up often and keeps you working hard while really genuinely caring about you, then Chris is the guy to go to. I recommend him to anyone, young, old, someone wanting to lose weight or step it up to another level, because I’m sure he can help with everything.
— Chloe Godin, New York, NY

I’ve worked with Chris for over five years, through a wedding, two pregnancies and the post-pregnancy body battle. Quite simply: he rocks and has gotten me in the best shape of my life. Personally, I need a trainer who will push and encourage me but straddles the fine line of neither barking instructions drill sergeant style nor letting me get away with ‘being tired (i.e. lazy).’

Chris nails that. I was absolutely one of those women who thought that if I used heavy (and trust me, ‘heavy’ is relative) weights that I’d magically bulk into the hulk and be prepped for body building competitions (I apparently gave myself a lot of credit). Chris taught me that heavier weights transform your body. Not only did I see a huge change, but I felt like a serious badass when all of my friends were picking up the safe 5 lb weights to do bicep curls at the gym and he showed me that I was capable of doing 15 — nine months pregnant.

Chris’ biggest fault is that he won’t move to LA and continue kicking my ass (and I say that with love) when we move out there. I just had a baby, and he kept me fit, safely, through my pregnancy and has been an amazing trainer, nutrition expert and therapist as I’ve started the slow process of getting my body back post partum.

He’s patient, kind, encouraging, and most importantly effective. Chris keeps an impeccable record of my training - going back years, and really knows the physiological and neurological effects of working out. He’s the best.
— Jaime Freedman, Los Angeles, CA

My challenge to Chris, made when I was 44, was that I would be the fittest 50 year old I know. In other words, I asked him to find the fountain of youth. We worked together for five years, through major surgery and a business travel schedule that disrupts the consistency that all aspirants to eternal youth need. I need no external motivation to kayak, run, bike or walk, but everyone over 40 knows that irregularly over-doing cardio doesn’t keep you well and creates its own special hell of minor injuries.

Chris re-introduced me to long-neglected muscles through exercises I would never have tried on my own, showed me how I compensate for my weaknesses and asymmetries, rather than working on them, and has kept me honest and ambitious at the squat rack and bench press. He has a clear eye for alignment and dogged attention to his clients, even late in a day of training. Throughout, I have enjoyed his company, his cheer-leading and good humor.
— Fiona Cousisn, New York, NY

Training with Chris was surprisingly enjoyable! I had a prior trainer a few years back and didn’t have a great experience but by contrast Chris not only made it fun to workout, I always felt challenged and could easily see improvement. He was encouraging throughout and it built my motivation to workout.
— Y. Arenas, New York, NY

Chris Hale is the best trainer I’ve ever worked with. Always in good spirits and focused on the work, he asked lots of questions to assess my goals and built a plan that targeted those goals across weight training, cardio, and diet. He checked in regularly and was always positive and enthusiastic. With Chris, I pushed myself harder than I ever had before, and I saw results I never had before. His approach is thorough, balanced and results-oriented. I learned a lot about muscle groups, diet and cardio from Chris, as well as how my body works and responds to various approaches. His knowledge is broad and he shares it freely.

I’d recommend Chris to nearly anyone looking to get into better shape, from competitive bodybuilders to casual athletes looking to trim up for summer. He’s versatile and friendly but stays focused on your goals and improving your overall health and fitness. And on days when I was not in the mood, he always knew how to get a good workout out of me!
— Tony O., New York, NY