Testimonials

Here is what clients have to say about The Human Conditioned and training with Allen.

01

From Whiner to WINNER

 

In January 2012, I stepped on the scale and saw numbers I’d never seen before, nor ever want to see again. I wanted MY body back and I knew I had to make some serious changes (to do so). Along with writing down everything I ate I began hiking, walking and running the bleachers at the track- where I saw Allen sporting a T-shirt that said “If you didn’t puke or pass out you could have gone harder”. I told my friend “I’m definitely not working out with HIM!” In one month I’d lost 9 pounds. I set my next weight goal but the 2nd month; things weren’t moving as quickly. I needed to step it up. In March, my girlfriend asked me to sign up for a sports conditioning class…with Allen. (Never say never!) When I started his class, I felt weak and whiny. At one point I was almost in tears, comparing myself to others. Allen stopped me and told me to never do that and to give myself credit for being there. With his training, not only have I’ve lost more pounds and inches; I’ve become much stronger and toned. I even have biceps –

I HAVE BICEPS!!! I have more stamina and I feel 10 years younger. Allen is an excellent coach and motivator. He knows his stuff and makes me want to work hard. I’ve gone from a whiner to winner!

I actually look forward to Allen’s class and I haven’t thrown up yet! Must…work…harder!

Jan to March 16 (with only 2 weeks of class) I lost 15pounds and over 10 inches

March to Sept. I lost another 17.5 lbs and 14 more inches!!

 

On September 27 I went to the airport. My suit case weighed 32.5 pounds, the exact amount I had lost. It was flippin HEAVY!!! I can’t believe I was carrying all that around. Talk about letting go of baggage. Now it is all in a nice case with handles and I only have to take it on fun trips.

 

Sam 

02

Allen Russell, passionate for fitness.

 

Allen makes fitness fun.  He brings imagination and legal torture methods to bear in the design of workouts, which are varied, surprising, and (sometimes) silly.  These are key for motivating his students, and it keeps you coming back.  His holiday themes encompass the music and the movements, and it is apparent that he gained his inspired brilliance teaching elementary kids.

 

If you work with a personal trainer because you would never make yourself do that many reps, then you relish a session with Allen because you couldn't possibly have thought up what you just did!  And he wakes up joy and laughter, all included.

 

Allen is a student of the body, ever curious about all the stuff you can do to make it stronger. And here's the thing.  Allen is his own best laboratory rat.  He has tried it all and embraced every challenge before he asks you to do it. He knows physiology better than anyone I've ever worked with.  His students love him, and he loves them back.

 

HL

03

February 23, 2017

 

I have known Allen Russell for about two years, he was referred to me by my chiropractor after I had injured my back for the third time.  I needed to be in the gym for many reasons and to get back to exercise seeing Allen was a must.

 

I must say it was the best decision I made towards healing and gaining strength in my back.  Allen listened to what injuries I had and what my exercise back ground consisted of.  We started out slow to strengthen my back and with time and his knowledge I continued to get stronger and learned so much about reaching for my goals.

 

I am most impressed by his passion for helping his clients and his continuing education so that he can provide the best care and knowledge possible.  Allen is not just a trainer, as he really cares about the people he helps and will go out of his way to provide the best experience to everyone.

 

Blessed and Thankful!

Thank you, Allen!

Mary Jo

04

Excuse me......How Old Are You?

I have worked out at the gym on my own for years, but when I returned to California to visit and surf last winter, I knew I was in trouble.   I struggled to paddle out through the surf and I could barely balance on the board.  I wasn’t ready to back off from many outdoor activities and as I was planning to do some extensive canoe paddling and portaging over the summer I realized that I needed some intensive sports conditioning assistance. Allen’s Sport Conditioning class was exactly what I was hoping for.   The workouts he creates are designed around my goals and his knowledge of the science of conditioning is amazing.   The group dynamics are positive and I have noticed huge improvement in my core strength, balance and general fitness.

My balance on my stand up paddle-board has greatly improved, I’m a stronger cyclist and I felt in control portaging my 40 lb. canoe over the rocky terrain in the Boundary Waters-Quetico Canoe Area.  I have new athletic and adventure goals for this year, and I will definitely continue with the Sports Conditioning class.   

 

ed: Recently during a workout Rachel was asked by a young world champion athlete who trains with us, "Excuse me, but how old are you?" His point being that Rachel, more than 4 times his age, was lifting heavier weights than he was. 

 

Rachel completed her second Boundary Waters adventure this summer. 

 

Rachel S

05

I initially joined the "training group" because my husband wanted to work out together.  Since “those who play together, stay together,” we decided to start looking at our options.  Hence, my call to "the gym" to inquire about personal training.  I specifically remember receiving a return call from Allen. 

 

Allen was great.  He talked to me at length about his training style and philosophies.  He was gracious to answer each question with patience and kindness.  This made me comfortable with my decision to start training with Allen.  Thus, our journey began.  My husband and I joined Allen’s "training group":  Tuesday and Thursday at 7:25 p.m.  We have been training with Allen for over three years now. 

 

My husband’s and my needs were very different.  My husband had shoulder problems, and I wanted to lose the extra weight that I had gained since working a fulltime sit down job.  Allen worked with us in the same lifestyles class, but did so in a way that individually addressed our specific needs.  My husband’s posture and shoulders have improved dramatically.  I have lost 20 pounds the right way.  However, I think the best part about working out with Allen is his ability to make it interesting.  Also, he tolerates our behavior and keeps us in line, including our silly and/or sometimes inappropriate jokes.  Allen makes it fun.  We look forward to going to work out with Allen, and I believe that is what makes it work.

 

I am amazed at how much I have improved:  not just at the gym, but in everything I do.  The lifestyles class with Allen has changed my life in many ways: I have more energy; I am stronger and more defined; I have more endurance; I am 44 years old and can still jump fences (only to retrieve tennis balls—nothing illegal); and I can actively participate with my husband and teenagers playing touch football, shooting hoops, water fights, fun runs, etc. instead of merely watching from the sidelines.  In a nutshell, it has changed my life, and I love it!

 

I would recommend joining a "training group" because it works.  You show up, you work out, you have fun, and you are better for it. 

 

Thank you Allen for changing my life for the better.

 

MK

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I am pleased to share the swim training success Ia m experiencing with Allen Russell and "The Human Conditioned". I a matter of months under Allen's creative coaching, my stroke technique, speed and endurance are improving rapidly, something that did not happen with my former coach. 

 

The workouts are challenging, concluding with a feeling of accomplishment and eagerness to see what comes next. Through Allen's training program I know I will continue to improve as a swimmer, to go confidently to my national competition and go "Gold All the Way".

I am an example of "The Human Conditioned"- at 63 fitter than many half my age. Allen has helped me continue to improve my physical well being safely and with a sense of humor. I challenge to to find out what Allen can help you achieve at "the Human Conditioned."

TA

I want to let you know what a positive experience I have had since I signed up with personal trainer Allen Russell.

 

I had no idea what to expect. My friend suggested we sign up to change -up our routine of Pilates and water aerobic group classes. 

In the past I have worked with several other trainers. The routines got boring quickly and I even ended up with long lived injuries as a result. i was reluctant to say the least.

the first class was a great start. Allen showed us a variety fo exercises that were actually fun! We were quickly aware of his extensive background in using correct principles and techniques along with neuromuscular balance, muscle isolation and proper posture. Before we knew it the time was over and we were exhausted but we had fun doing it. 

Each workout we continued to eat new exercises in different and creative ways making it fun to work out. No only does the time fly but we are quickly feeling and seeing positive results. 

We are mature gals. Allen works well at reading our ability and understands which exercises would work best with each of our special senior needs. 

I have to say that working with Allen has been a totally new and rewarding way to work out with a trainer. I would highly recommend Allen for any person looking for a workout to take you to the next level of your fitness program. His extensive background can train you for your next marathon or shape up your general fitness. He is good at reading your needs and creating a program to fit it. Allen's enthusiasm for fitness is a bonus. 

PA