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What some recent clients say about their experience with Personal Training by James Rizzo

Meeting James Rizzo changed my life. I had been working out at my gym desperately trying to lose weight and change my body.I was doing my usual 45 minutes on the elliptical when I noticed a trainer with a client nearby. They were doing these really unique exercises and this trainer was unbelievably motivating to his client. I had never heard anything like this before. I knew that I had to be part of that right away. I approached James and asked him to train me, Thank g-d he said yes. Forty-five pounds and 40 inches later, I can tell you that James gave me exactly what I needed. A new way to look at exercise, a new way to think positively about achieving my personal goals and a trainer who was not only encouraging and motivating inside the gym but a friend who provided never ending support and inspiration outside the gym as well. I have seen James almost every day for two years. Anyone who has worked out with James knows — he makes you work hard, but you get REAL results. He knows what it takes and he will show you that he believes that you have what it takes to get there. James is your solution to fitness. There is no other way.

Dr. Cindy Bressler

James Rizzo is one of my Elite Trainers for My Fabulous Forever Program I find James to be a perfect example of a 360 Elite Trainer. A 360 Trainer needs to not only have the total understanding on how the human body works but also has to be able to teach his knowledge to a variety of people and show them how to become the best they can be under any circumstance. James not only has both those qualities but he also has compassion, which is an inborn trait. A 360 Elite Trainer needs to have these three components to successfully help all his wide range of clients. I also find that training with James is more of a fun hour than a work hour. He specializes in interactive training which helps the client be much more involved and enjoy the movements without realizing that it’s work! James rocks personal training!

Andrea Warshaw Wernick

James is a superb motivator!  He instills passion and creates a vision for your ‘future self’.  You’ll quickly find that you’re eager to knock out another set, go for an extra rep, and ultimately maintain commitment to your goals to realize the vision.  James is incredibly knowledgeable about training methods, the technique and mechanics of exercises, as well as nutrition. There are two main benefits to be gained:

1) you experience results much faster than just going to a gym on your own;
2) it empowers you, enabling you to sustain your regimen, make adjustments when needed, and feel confident you’re making the right decisions.

If you’re looking to celebrate achievements and a better you – you should look to connect with James!


I have been working out with James for four years. He’s a very experienced trainer, a great guy, and he makes the sessions varied, challenging, and fun. I’m trimmer and more fit than I’ve ever been and look and feel great. Thank you James!


I have been training with James for over five years and have seen significant results. James is a full service trainer. He whips you into shape while entertaining you. Even though he’s demanding and continuously ups the level of difficulty, he’s actually a nice guy. Amongst other things, he has gone with me to make sure I buy the right sneakers and he bought me a device to help with my plantar fasciitis. If you are looking for results, and sometimes a little TLC, James is the right trainer for you.


I randomly walked into Equinox eight years ago as part of a New Year’s resolution and was lucky enough to get James as my trainer. I knew absolutely nothing about training and now I can’t live without it. I jokingly call James the fitness scientist, but that’s what he is. Inventive, knowledgeable, personable, reliable, motivating – just a few words to describe James. Even after eight years, I am never bored and always learning something new – James continually pushes me to do my best.
I highly recommend you get a Body by James.


Coach Rizzo is the fitness scientist! I’ve been training with the Coach for over 7 years and he always finds ways to keep the programs fresh and new. After 7 years he is still introducing new programs and exercises that shock the system. It’s a real kick in the pants workout even if you are on the go and have a quick 20 minutes to squeeze in. I give Coach Rizzo two enthusiastic thumbs up if you are serious about fitness and want to work with one of the most creative fitness experts on the planet.

New York

James combines top professional expertise with superb personal attention. There’s no one-size fits all workout -every session is developed for my abilities and needs with a full understanding of my injuries and limitations. James is a great motivator so I stick with the program and get results. Could not be happier with my training experience.

Carolyn Carter

Well into my 40’s I was a very active woman and in addition to being a cheerleader in high school, I ran, played tennis, basketball, volleyball and skied. And I injured many parts of my body multiple times and arthritis has set in many spots which made it hard for me to work out. James develops various options for me daily so that when the ankles, knees, wrists, or shoulders hurt, he finds other things for me to do to keep up my fitness while the pain stops or moves to another part of my body. I never get bored with the various ways he helps me to strengthen my body. James comes to every work out with a plan and with the enthusiasm that helps me get enthused. I even wear a tee shirt with the slogan “trust your trainer” in honor of him. No cookie cutter trainer is James Rizzo.

Charlotte St. Martin

I have been woking with James for over a decade at his private gym and at my office. I can say with certainty he is the best trainer in the business. Since early March James worked with me to put together a small “home gym” and we have been working together virtually. He is amazing at with working with limited equipment putting together a complete, full body workout that might even be more intense than what we did working together in person. If you’re serious about fitness, there simply is no one else.

Adam P.

My journey with James started 6 years ago, when I wanted to increase my conditioning for upcoming knee replacement surgery. Having never having worked with a personal trainer, I was not sure what to expect. Even though I was relatively fit for a 69 year old, I knew I needed a structured, disciplined approach to meet my goals. James delivered that, as he combined his anatomical and physiological knowledge of the body with a customized approach just for me. He also brings a patient, understanding and tolerant attitude to his sessions, especially when you really don’t want to work out that day. And, he makes training fun! My experience with him has been first class, and a tremendous benefit to my mind and body. There are other trainers, but there is only one James Rizzo. I can recommend him to anyone, no matter their physical condition and objectives.

Dr. Jeffrey Starr

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