BA, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, TRX
Al holds a degree in Communications with a Journalism concentration from
Santa Clara University. He is certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He is a TRX qualified instructor and a Stick Mobility Coach (which includes instructing at new coach certifications.
He maintains specialties in corrective exercise (NASM CES) and performance enhancement (NASM PES).
Al began his athletic career when his dad put a baseball glove on his left hand at the age of seven, and has had a lifelong love of our national past time ever since (which includes a trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame!). When he stopped playing hardball on Sundays, cycling became his new passion as he raced both his mountain and road bikes from 2006-2012.
This includes coaching the Santa Clara University Cycling Team, in addition to working with the NorCal High School Mountain Bike League, and the National Interscholastic Cycling Association as both a skills instructor and strength training consultant (including writing the strength training chapter for the NICA Coach's Manual).
Al discovered his love for training when he found himself out of shape in college. After spending a week with a trainer, he became hooked and realized he wanted to impact others' lives through fitness.
Al's area of specialty is endurance athlete specific strength training. Within his specialty, he focuses on injury prevention through functional training. This type of training utilizes primal patterned movements of carrying loads, squatting, hinging, pushing, pulling and resisting rotation. This type of training ensures clients enjoy long and successful athletic careers.
The only other element in Al's life he's more passionate about than training is his family. When he's not in the gym, he's dedicating his time to being the proud papa of Lilly and Jeremy.
Al has been named “Best Bay Area Personal Trainer” by CitySports Magazine, “Top Community Dad” by Building Peaceful Families, and has been awarded the “People’s Choice Award” from Palo Alto Daily News.