Fitness

FITNESS @ PG

Planet Granite facilities have over 10,000 square feet of combined fitness areas with plenty of strength, cardio, and core fitness equipment to meet your needs. Before participating in fitness activities at Planet Granite, please review our safety precautions and rules.

 


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FITNESS INSTRUCTORS

Hillary Samuelson

Fitness Manager | Instructor
BIO

Hillary Samuelson

Fitness Manager | Instructor

about me

Growing up on a dairy farm, Hillary has never been a stranger to hard work or physical activity. She has participated in sports her entire life, running, basketball, and martial arts being her favorites. While in college, she joined the judo team, and began to discover her passion for human movement.

After graduating, Hillary and her husband moved from the Midwest to California. Shortly after this move she broke her collarbone in a judo practice and started to focus more on weightlifting. Once her collarbone healed she went to her first CrossFit class with her sister. It was love at first sight. Six months later she got her CFL1 and began coaching F10 classes at Planet Granite shortly thereafter.
In the years since, she has continued to grow as a coach and as a teacher. Her main loves are teaching basic gymnastic skills and Olympic lifts to beginners.

Hillary instructs her classes and individual sessions with a strong emphasis on quality of movement. A lift done perfectly at a light weight is far more impressive than a record setting lift done sloppily. While she prefers Olympic lifting and HIIT style workouts, she firmly believes that the best type of exercise is the one you’ll do on a regular basis.

When not in the gym, Hillary enjoys trail running, stand up paddle boarding, reading, and learning new things.

certifications/degrees

Bachelor of Science, Biology, Iowa State University, 2011
Bachelor of Science, Dairy Science, Iowa State University, 2011
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CPR, AED certified

specialties

Knee and hip rehab
Strength and Endurance training
Olympic lifting

MELISSA

Instructor
BIO

MELISSA

Instructor

about me

Melissa Da Ponte is a certified personal trainer (NASM) and well as a fitness nutrition specialist (NASM). She has also obtained an Attitude Nation Level 1 certification for Olympic Lifting. Recently, Melissa has obtained her Master’s Degree in Psychology from JFK University and is a practicing Marriage and Family Therapist Intern in Los Gatos.

Melissa specializes in weight loss and hypertrophy. She does one-on-one personal training and teaches Crossfit classes. Her hobbies include rock climbing, trail running, swimming, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.

certifications

NASM CPT (certified personal trainer)
NASM FNS (fitness nutrition specialist)
Level 1 Olympic Lifting cert- Attitude Nation

AARON

Personal Trainer | Instructor
BIO

AARON

Personal Trainer | Instructor

about me

From a young age, Aaron had lots of energy and spent his childhood outside moving around and exploring that still persists to this very day. Over the years, health and fitness became of great value to him with the mantra ‘health is wealth’ and wanted to help others achieve better health and wellness as well. Naturally, he pursued his B.S. in Kinesiology at San Jose State with an emphasis in exercise and fitness. Prior to his degree, he has had varied experience within the field as an athletic training intern, a physical therapy aid, and went to a six month National Personal Training Institute program to become a certified NASM trainer to begin his career. He strives to learn and continues to do so attending workshops and seminars yearly to stay updated on current information and methodologies to be of better value and service to those he serves. He has a knack for teaching and explaining movements with the goal of educating his clients towards their goals. Interests: Aaron loves the outdoors and has a passion for rock climbing, hiking, cycling, and camping. He seeks to be outside any chance he gets as it is what makes him most happy. When not outside he spends his time training, weight lifting, and spending time with friends and family. In his down time he likes to read or watch videos on psychology, fitness/training, and diet as that is what he is most passionate about.

education/certifications

NPTI (graduated Feb. 2014)
NASM (CPT)
Crossfit level 1
B.S. Kinesiology (SJSU Dec. 2016)

Specializations

HIIT
Strength Training
Power Lifting
Prehab/Rehab
Individual programming

MARTIN

Personal Trainer | Instructor
BIO

MARTIN

Personal Trainer | Instructor

about me

With a background in competitive swimming, water polo, and bicycle racing, Martin (martinbrittfitness@gmail.com) is also an experienced climber and avid bodysurfer. He first became involved in fitness training in 2008. Having always enjoyed being physically active, he wanted to help others achieve their fitness goals and avoid the pitfalls of injury. His teaching methods include using practical exercises that are directly related to improving one’s function in their daily life activities. Martin’s basic philosophy is that maintaining a high level of physical fitness should not only elevate sports performance, but also enhance your life outside of the gym.

skills/certifications:

B.S. Physical Education CSU Sacramento
NCCPT Certified Personal Trainer
Strength Matters certified kettlebell instructor level 1
Starting Strength Certified with Mark Rippetoe
Olympic Lifting Workshop with Mike Burgener

DEL

Personal Trainer | Instructor
BIO

DEL

Personal Trainer | Instructor

about me

I am a “Results-Oriented” Fitness Coach, and Body Transformation Specialist . My expertise is in designing and delivering customized wellness and physical fitness training programs for diverse ages, body types, and fitness goals. My approach and steps to achieving a successful body transformation include assessing the client’s fitness level to determine the scope and training modalities needed, monitoring client’s progress to determine the next line of training programs, and educating the client on positive nutrition and in-house exercises that will foster the desired results.

certifications/degrees

NFPT – Certified Personal Trainer

Specializations

• Weight Management
• Progress Evaluation
• Fitness Program Development
• Fitness Techniques
• Weight Training
• Motivation/Mentorship
• Aesthetic Fitness Assessment

JAMES

Instructor
BIO

JAMES

Instructor

about me

After graduating high school weighing 185 pounds, with a 36” waist, James decided to make a change. It took him a year to get to the low 140s, and then he incorporated weight training to his regime. He saw some great results and got hooked. He became a personal trainer around 2005 to help other people to do what he did. He got into powerlifting in the early 2000s, then road biking, then rock climbing and CrossFit. He competed in the 2008 CrossFit Games, 2010 CrossFit sectionals, and 2011-2013 CrossFit Open.

Today, he is trying to get as strong as humanly possible because he’s realized that the older we get, the harder it is to get stronger or even maintain. He also has a lot of knowledge in counting calories and macronutrients and has been doing it since 2013.

certifications/degrees

Health Science and Nutrition, San Jose State University
ISSA Personal Trainer
NESTA Personal Trainer

TINH

Personal Trainer | Instructor
BIO

TINH

Personal Trainer | Instructor

Tinh has been a fitness enthusiast since 1999. He has dabbled in Crossfit, long distance running, cycling, and bodybuilding in the past two decades but his true passion is strength training, which he started in 2011. Tinh has participated in a number of strength competitions placing as high as second overall in one meet and winning the masters category in two other meets. He believes strength training is one of the best ways to improve one’s self, physically and mentally.

certifications/degrees

USAW Level 1 coach

Specializations

Strength training, endurance training, conditioning

MIKE

Personal Trainer | Instructor
BIO

MIKE

Personal Trainer | Instructor

about me

MikeColeman has a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and is a lifelong athlete and fitness fanatic. He competed in judo and wrestling in his youth and was twice a candidate for the U.S. Olympic team. As an adult, he moved to endurance sports such as marathon running and mountain climbing, competing in events all over the globe. Mike has studied and trained with world-class athletes and coaches, and is motivated by a strong belief that everyone, not just professional athletes can and should enjoy the benefits of physical fitness.  

certifications/degrees

•CPT/NASM (personal trainer)
•TRX Group/Functional Fitness Qualified
•Kettlebell Level 1

Specializations

•Running Coach
•Precision Nutrition

RUBEN

Fitness Instructor
BIO

RUBEN

Fitness Instructor

Born and raised in the Central Valley of California Ruben spent most of his youth playing various sports i.e. basketball, baseball, soccer, football, wrestling, and even skateboarding! After high school Ruben married his high school sweet heart and started a family. Life took over for the next thirteen years. His son started high school and took up playing rugby. This introduced both Ruben and his son to a new workout regime called Crossfit. Ruben slowly eased his way into this new workout and began to love it. He slowly began to see the benefits as he started losing weight he had put on after being dormant for so many years. This encouraged Ruben to clean up his eating habits and decided this is a lifestyle not a diet. Ruben was then introduced to what he would eventually develop a passion for, weightlifting. You can usually find Ruben at PG Sunnyvale with a barbell in his hands working on the snatch or clean and jerk technique and/or some sort of squat variation.

certifications/degrees

USAW Level 1 Olympic Weightlifting

 

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