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TESTIMONIALS

The Focus Experience

Students share how Focus prepared them for their careers as personal trainers


“It was almost 5 years ago when I sought out to find the premier personal training company in NYC. I had a few of my patients that were in need of knowledgeable, skilled and personable trainers to help them with their "fitness renaissance." After meeting Joe Masiello and Gabe Valencia, I knew FOCUS would become my preferred personal training choice for my patients in New York. Joe, Gabe and their troupe of trainers have a vast scientific and business knowledge of the health and fitness field that is hard to find anywhere else in the United States. Their continuing education program for their trainers rivals that of most medical professions, allowing them to bring cutting edge material to their training sessions every week. Not only do you want your trainer to have a sound background in science and the practical applications of exercise, but you need to have a connection and bond with that person to bring you back each session. Joe, Gabe and their staff not only guide their clients along the path to fitness and wellness, they build a healthy partnership with their clients that assures them success in reaching their health and fitness goals. I am very proud to have FOCUS in my network of health professionals. They have become a helpful colleague in bettering my career and a constant reminder to always go after your dreams. Thanks Guys, keep up the fantastic work!”

Chris Volgraff, CSCS
FPTI Board Member and Senior Exercise Physiologist
Princeton Longevity Center

“You want to find a trainer in NYC? It's easy - just throw a stick out your window and chances are the person you hit will say that they are a personal trainer. In reality finding fitness professionals that have the passion, commitment and knowledge of health and fitness are far and few. FOCUS trainers are 100% committed to their profession. I have no hesitation in recommending clients to them. They have worked brilliantly with individuals that I have sent them. I find myself fortunate in that I can call on them anytime and expect excellent service and great results for clients.”

Paul Frediani
FPTI Board Member and Co-Author of The Ultimate Program for Triathlon Success
Owner, Elyssium Fitness

“Integrity. Integrity is the word that comes to mind when I think of the FOCUS team. These guys have done a truly impressive job at creating a team of trainers who care about each other, are motivated to help clients reach their goals, and sincerely want to learn more in order to constantly improve their expertise. In teaching workshop around the country and abroad, I can say it is always a pleasure to see this group! ”

Annette Lang
International Health and Fitness Consultant
Annette Lang Education Systems

“Focus is like a supercharged educational course because it teaches you not only textbook knowledge but practical and career knowledge as well which you don’t get in a traditional academic setting. They brought in fitness managers and hiring managers each week from a variety of gyms so we got the chance to learn about different philosophies of gyms in the New York area and before we even finished school we had contacts in the industry. The teachers at Focus are amazing, they are very inspiring and they are in love with the subject matter which really pushes the students to be their best”

Todd Peterson
FPTI Graduate
Class of April 2012

“I have friends who are personal trainers who said just take a certification test, you don’t need to go to school, but because my personality is to always give the best in whatever I am doing I decided to attend Focus and I have to say that it exceeded my expectations. I would definitely recommend that anyone looking to become a personal trainer should attend FPTI because they give you 110%. Training us on the floor and teaching us in the classroom, it was awesome”

Henrietta Adeyemi
FPTI Graduate
Class of January 2012

“I decided to sign up for FPTI to get an edge over someone trying to apply for the same job as me and I definitely feel like Focus delivered. Anyone who is taking a national certification, they’re not going to get hands on training. Here, you have a teacher who is highly qualified looking over your shoulder making sure you are in proper form and doing the proper techniques. I would recommend FPTI to anyone that wants to have a career in personal training. If this is what you want to do, then this is the place you need to be. ”

Pietro Greco
FPTI Graduate
Class of January 2012

“When I came here from Sydney I didn’t know where I was going or what it would be like, but the environment and the teachers were so helpful. I got a job at Equinox. As soon as I said I went to school at Focus, they were sure I would know how to get clients, do the exercises correctly, write programs and prevent injuries”

Klara Janickova
FPTI Graduate
Class of April 2012

“If you want to be ahead of the game when you get into the fitness industry then you need to attend Focus. Learning from a book is not enough. Learning from a book you don’t get the hands on experience you would need in a real situation. When you learn from a book you learn concepts that you will eventually forget, but at Focus with the hands on experience and the support from the teachers, everything you learn, you actually learn and apply immediately when you train. If you want success, you come here! ”

Jazzmane Matthews
FPTI Graduate
Class of January 2012

“Focus set me up with an actual client to practice with towards the end of the curriculum and it definitely gave me a taste of what it would be like working in a real gym environment.”

Kocharat Boonmark
FPTI Graduate
Class of April 2012

“I learned a lot and I learned exactly what I wanted to learn. I had teachers who were very involved, enthusiastic and professional. I would recommend FPTI to anyone who wants to go into this business. FPTI prepared me to go out and get any job I want and to be confident about what I know. I wouldn’t go to a dentist who didn’t have schooling so why would I hire a personal trainer who doesn’t have practical training”

Sabine Percelay
FPTI Graduate
Class of April 2012

“I left college and came to Focus because I wanted to start a career in personal training. Being here opened my eyes up. I became interested in anatomy and physiology and I decided to take it to the next level and go back to school for physical therapy. ”

Stephen Centner
FPTI Graduate
Class of January 2012

“ It was an incredible, life altering experience. Everything I learned here is going to propel me into the future and I honestly think I got all the skills I need to be a great personal trainer. I would definitely recommend Focus, in fact, I already have recommended it. Everyone please take this course and come into this field”

Sherwin Baxter
FPTI Graduate
Class of January 2012

“ To understand how the body moves and operates, the heart functions, the blood circulates, to me, overall it was just an eye opener. If you’re into training, you’re into your health, you’re into learning the mechanics of your body, definitely go check out Focus Personal Training Institute. They’re the best”

Edward Christopher
FPTI Graduate
Class of January 2012

“I enjoyed the class. I’ve learned a great deal. It has helped me a great deal with my clients as far as knowing their abilities and what they cannot do. Also, learning the different risk factors of their ages and what I have to look out for. Being in the school you are getting hands on experience and learning all of the science. Just taking a test you are not learning all of the science , you are just taking a test to be a personal trainer but there’s a lot more to being a personal trainer. I definitely recommend Focus to the whole wide world. I feel that they are one of the best schools in the United States. ”

Douglass Baker
FPTI Graduate
Class of January 2012

“What I liked about Focus was that there was a lot of hands on and practical work. We worked with the other students and learned how to train them; it wasn’t just classroom the whole time. We did a lot of hands on training and I learned more about the business that way and how to deal with clients. The things you can’t get from just reading a book!”

David Pier
FPTI Graduate
Class of March 2011

“The class was awesome. It was a fantastic experience and it was great to have top professionals helping you every single step of the way. Now I feel like I can go out into the workforce and I’m not just going to be one of the personal trainers that’s there, I am going to be the personal trainer that’s there. At Focus, they give you an actual client. We have to go ask them the questions and do everything ourselves, just like we would in the real world. What better way to get your first hands on experience than right at school. They can give you constructive feedback, they can tell you what you did wrong, what you need to improve and what you did well. It gives you a good solid base of where you need to go. What drove me to Focus is that every teacher and every professional that is at Focus from the personal trainers to the staff to the people working behind the scenes, they are always willing to help you. It’s a really good feeling when you have people helping you every step of the way. When I look for a school I don’t just want to be a student that is learning there, I want to be a student that they want to see succeed and Focus does that with every single student. ”

Diego Flores
FPTI Graduate
Class of March 2011

“I have a bachelor’s degree in biology and I always wanted to be a personal trainer but I didn’t want to just get a certification, so I looked online and I found FPTI. I liked the environment, the staff and the teachers, so I decided to enroll. I learned so much at FPTI. I learned a lot about movement, the business side of personal training, a lot of exercises, and now I feel comfortable stepping into the fitness industry. I definitely recommend FPTI to anyone who wants to be a personal trainer. You want to know exactly what you’re doing and FPTI is the place to be. ”

Marc Villefranche
FPTI Graduate
Class of March 2011

“There are so many things I could say about this school. It was just a great experience. The facility is great. The teachers are amazing. Everyone, the entire staff, has been so accommodating. The students are great. They really put together an excellent program here and I feel like I really took a lot away from it. As of my graduation date I already have my first client, so it’s starting to pay off already. It was an excellent decision. I’m so glad I came here and if you’re interested in getting into personal training as a career Focus is a great place to start and get an excellent foundation. ”

Vincent Imbasciani
FPTI Graduate
Class of March 2011

“It was an amazing experience. I have learned so much. It helped me tremendously with my studying for the NASM exam. I really can’t imagine having to study for it on my own. All of the things that I have learned over the course of the last few months have really come in handy. I would absolutely recommend this course to anyone serious about wanting to become a personal trainer”

Aggy Virvescu
FPTI Graduate
Class of January 2012

“If you want to accelerate your personal training career and get somewhere, come to Focus. The day after I graduated, I went to an information session, got called in for an interview and I got a job two days later. I can’t thank the staff enough. My favorite thing about Focus is the teachers. When I ask a question, there is zero hesitation and my question gets answered to the best of their ability. They are honest and it’s a hands on curriculum. We do what we are learning and that’s what counts”

Carter Berry
FPTI Graduate
Class of September 2011

“At Focus we got personal attention. It was a great program. The hands on training went hand-in-hand with the information we were learning along the way. I would recommend Focus for anyone that is looking for a great personal training program. ”

Fatena Williams
FPTI Graduate
September 2011

“The teachers here are really professional and well educated. What I learned was how professional you should be as a personal trainer and how knowing the science behind exercise is important. Now when I train my clients I feel so much more confident with what I say to them and the programs that I write for them. FPTI was a great decision for me and I advise anyone to do it. ”

Frank Porcaro
FPTI Graduate
Class of September 2011

“Anybody can train somebody but what Focus showed me is the sciences behind it, the goals, and the business aspects and the process was a lot of fun. The teachers here are great, the environment is great and you will love the students. If you’re looking to work in a gym and meet new clients, I would definitely recommend Focus because they teach you the business aspect and the sciences behind training and how to use them and put it all together. ”

Jason Fulco
FPTI Graduate
Class of September 2011

“I love the program. It’s awesome. The teachers have really imparted so much knowledge. When it comes to program design and all the kinesiology we’ve studied I am feeling really confident and very ready to go out and apply what I’ve learned. It’s very different than studying from a book. You can go and talk to the teachers one-on-one and they’ll bring out the questions that you have. Here, you get to talk to each person that’s been in the industry for years and get the answers you are looking for”

Joshua Bloemendaal
FPTI Graduate
Class of September 2011

“What I found here was more than I expected. I got hands on training, thoughtful instruction and I also got the type of education that stays with you. The kind that inspires you to move forward. It is no more than a week out of graduation and I’m already working so I am really excited about that. I recommend this school to anyone who is looking to start their career at the very top. You need to have this foundation that allows you to know that you are going into the fitness industry with the knowledge that professionals will respect and clients will look to. Training a client is more than passing a test. It’s about being able to asses certain situations and how your rapport is with a client and that’s what you get by having a teacher by you that’s been in the industry for over a dozen years. It’s not the kind of thing you’re going to find at your house reading through a manual. At Focus you know that you are qualified to do what you are doing”

Marvin Martinez
FPTI Graduate
Class of September 2011

“You do an assessment and design a program for a real client so you go through the whole process from an interview with a real client to training them. By the time you leave the gym you have a real experience starting from the science to the assessment to the interview and then the training. I trained people before I got here and I was guessing but it made so much sense to me once we learned the science behind the training and how to design a program. If you need any help, the teachers will always help you. They will do everything to make you comfortable. ”

Nassima Toumi
FPTI Graduate
Class of September 2011

“FPTI has given me all the tools I’ll need when I go out there on my own. Without FPTI I don’t know where I’d be today!”

Kevin Esperanca
FPTI Graduate
Class of April 2012

“I just graduated and I can’t believe I already have five clients. I never thought I would know this amount of knowledge. With all the clients I’ve been working with for the last week, every time they ask me a question, I can’t believe I know the answer. Everyone here is unbelievable. They are like family. ”

Natalie Staszak
FPTI Graduate
Class of September 2011

“It’s one thing to sit in the classroom and learn about it and see it on up on the board, but to actually go out on the floor and go into practical exercises where you are doing everything you just learned about, it really helps it stick in your mind. ”

Dan Heenan
FPTI Graduate
Class of September 2014

“I lover the energy here, I love the school, I love the curriculum!”

Yamani Nevers
FPTI Graduate
Class of December 2014