Best of Boston

BEST Personal Trainer

2014 BEST Personal Trainer
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Julie Erickson, Endurance Pilates and Yoga

Arlington

With 20 exercise and teaching certifications, Julie Erickson certainly has the cred. But education alone doesn’t make a great trainer. Erickson’s technique is very hands-on—she’ll tell you exactly what parts you’re strengthening and why while she works with you in… read more »

2010 BEST Personal Trainer
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Gregg D’Andrea

Needham

Like lots of trainers, Gregg D’Andrea combines resistance training and cardio. But his one-on-one sessions are remarkable for two reasons: His high-intensity spinning workouts are more lively than the usual grind, and his big, buoyant personality (case in point: his… read more »

2007 BEST Personal Trainer

Gregg D’Andrea

Needham

After teaching spinning at workout meccas like Equinox and Crunch, D’Andrea opened his own 5,000-square-foot fitness studio last year to cater to his considerable following. (He claims a 70 percent retention rate among his clients.) Free advice: “For weight training,… read more »

2006 BEST Personal Trainer
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BodyScapes

Boston

No pain, no gain? We so understand that phrase. Our first day at BodyScapes was a bit of a shock: Our butts were kicked—hard—as one of manager Jerry Labbate’s six smiling trainers guided us through a series of squats, lunges,… read more »

2003 BEST Personal Trainer

Mitch Shechtman

Boston

A good trainer knows how to get people in killer shape. A great trainer is part fitness expert, part therapist, part motivational speaker, and—let’s face it—part drill sergeant. Mitch Shechtman amalgamates all of the above, and adds to the mix… read more »

2002 BEST Personal Trainer

Zayna Gold, Boston Body

Boston

When Zayna Gold tells you to do a pushup, you do it. You do it because she’s an expert in forging top-condition bodies, because she’s always at the cutting edge of new fitness moves and methods and because her devotion… read more »

2001 BEST Personal Trainer

Andrew Provost

Wellesley

One good workout with Provost and you’ll be envisioning a new sculpted body. And you won’t be the only one: His Saturday morning class is so packed with buff bodies, it looks like an infomerical. Provost’s hard-core exercise regime may… read more »

2000 BEST Personal Trainer

Michael Wood, Sports Performance Group

Cambridge

Equal parts stern taskmaster, supportive coach, exercise physiologist, and physical therapist, Michael Wood is everything a person could want in a personal trainer. His workouts will leave you stiff, but his personality won’t leave you bored. Having trained everyone from… read more »

1999 BEST Personal Trainer, Suburban

Dave Vasconcellos, Gold’s Gym

Arlington

Feeling flabby, unmotivated, and bored with your workout? Charming, funny, and committed to making you crank it, Vasconcellos won’t let you off easy, but you’ll hardly know it. And you’ll see results in a matter of days. Dave can help… read more »

1999 BEST Personal Trainer, Urban

Kenneth Baldwin, Premier Fitness

Cambridge

If he can train Alan Dershowitz, we’re pretty sure he can train anyone. We’re convinced Baldwin knows the human body outside-in. While he’s teaching you proper weightlifting, he explains how each muscle group is working. While you’re doing cardio, he… read more »