"Mom to mom ...Monica is your secret weapon. Monica knows fitness and understands complex body issues due to delivery /multiple pregnancies etc. I appreciate the meal tips , targeted workouts and private tricked out gym. I am the poster child for not working out or doing anything for myself . I am entering my 6 month and I feel great!"
Danielle P.- Alameda, California
"Where can I start with Monica Morris personal training? I first reached out for her services 4 years ago which was the first time I used a personal trainer. I was anxious I wasn't going to enjoy it and find it to be a waste of money with also my lack of motivation.
When I met Monica, I experienced the opposite, she was such a motivation and great spirit. she would check in on my off days, send me any Training if we were not able to meet. She was always there and present as a trainer. I have started using her services again and I am elated that I found her and that she got my body mind and spirit back on track. Monica is PASSIONATE about being a trainer, she genuinely cares for her clients and wants to see them happy and at their best."
Suzyo C.- Oakland, California
** She always sanitizes before each client, and she always wears a mask
‼DONT LET THE PANDEMIC BE AN EXCUSE. HIT HER UP FOR YOUR ASSESSMENT‼
I will start by saying that Monica has been a crucial part of my weight loss journey (down 50 pounds) I contacted many trainers in the bay and I can 100% say SHE IS THE BEST. She starts you with a free assessment appointment. No other trainer I reached out to offered me that. I sat down with her for an hour to discuss my goals and what I wanted to focus on.This has been the best decision I've ever made. She's welcoming, she pushes you and she cares about your progress like no other. I love that she checks up with me when I'm not with her. Asking how I am, if I'm sore (which heck yes!) I love that she asks me if I'm missing anything from our sessions (examples I wanted more cardio for some days and boy did she make it happen!). You will never be bored with her workouts and you will always leave feeling like you accomplished so much. This is why you should choose her. A few things I will list below as a bonus!
-She always wears a mask and sanitizes before each client - She does before and after pictures - She takes measurements - She will focus on your areas of concern and will create workouts for those troubled areas - She educates you on form, muscle building and how the body works -She customizes home workout videos for you to do of the workouts you did with her that day - She is funny, positive and all about motivating you"
Maria R.- Oakland
"TLDR: Monica is a bad a** trainer who helps push you to reach beyond your goals.
I've had a handful of physical trainers throughout the years that have tried to help me reach my goals but none succeeded until Monica. Our first session we sat down and discussed what my goals were, what exercises I had trouble with in the past, and did basic lifts/movements to see where I was at. After our first session we REALLY got to work. We did movements that would then become a part of my own weekly workout when I didn't see her. She created a program WITH me that pushed me but was still attainable with my schedule and current skill. As I began to advance she tweaked what we were doing to continue to challenge and push me in our workouts. While with her, we would do specific toning and strengthening movements that were tough but showed great results. The mix between doing my at home program and working on specific exercises that targeted exactly what I needed to work on helped me exceed my goal earlier than expected or what I thought possible for me to do. We not once did any running... my goal was to get faster and in two months I went down a full minute on my mile and a half time!! I wanted to get better at sit-ups we did them maybe twice yet the exercises she challenged me to do built my muscles and allowed me to do twice as many as I had previously been able to do. The weights and exercises that targeted my shoulders have drastically improved my posture and shoulder strength, which was a huge goal of mine. She pushes you to put in the work and then shows you your improvements with measurements, before & after pictures, and ability to do what you couldn't before. Monica explains what the movement/exercises are, shows you how to do them, and explains exactly what it's strengthening so that you know how to do it on your own. Truly I can say she's the best trainer I've ever had and I learned so much from her! Because of her training I now feel confident knowing what workouts I need to do, how to do them both at home and at the gym. I'm so glad I found her on Yelp to help me reach all of my goals!!!"
Saylor- Alameda, California
"I love working out with Monica, she is so dedicated to my well being. I really feel like she cares, but also kicks my butt in gear. She knows her stuff, and plan's the perfect workouts for me. I would honestly pay double for her time, and skills! Her personal gym is the I have ever seen, I never get bored, lot's of equipment to keep me busy. I'm so happy i found her. Do yourself a solid, and check her out."
Julie N.- Alameda, California
“Monica is an AMAZING personal trainer. It's obvious that she loves her profession but, even more importantly, she cares about her clients and their goals. She's an excellent role model with a sense of humor and a plethora of ideas about exercise and overall healthy living. My body feels "happy" after a workout with her. She pushes me to limits that I didn't know I could reach. I feel stronger, happier, and healthier since I've been working out with her and she is always motivating you to do your best. When we workout together, she is watching, correcting posture, and teaching me proper lifting techniques. Sadly, I can only give her 5 stars!”
Dana D.- Alameda, California
"Full disclosure, I'm Monica's husband so take that into consideration. I've been working out for 30 years so I kinda think I'm hot stuff when it comes to fitness. I never wanted a trainer because I felt like I know what I'm doing but that's silly. Moni has really opened up my mind when it comes to focusing on the core, high intensity interval training, heart rate observation, body positioning, and being creative. She will push you and that's exactly what we need when we hit a plateau. So fired up to have access to her 24/7."
Bill M.- Alameda, California
"Monica is an amazing trainer. Before I met her I never incorporated much cross training let alone strength training into my workout routine. Since bonding over our mutual interest in wellness she helped me realize the value in strength and cross training and as a result every time I train with her I feel that I am closer to the best version of myself.
As a physical therapist I am constantly amazed by Monica's ability to monitor form, incorporate variety, and personalize her training sessions to her clients' needs and goals. What impresses me most is her ability to seek help when she has questions or concerns about a client's response to training or how to help them best achieve their goals. That ability to acknowledge that she may not have all the answers and to seek advice in those situations confirms my impression of her - that she truly cares about her clients and will do whatever it takes to help them achieve their best potential.
I am so grateful to have Monica in my life as a friend and trainer. I would hands-down recommend her to anyone!"
Tami K.- Alameda, California
"I am so thankful that I've found Monica. What an incredible human being, I came in looking for a personal trainer but got so much more. Monica is helping me through a very difficult time in my life, she is so resilient herself, and knows exactly how to encourage and support her clients. She holds me accountable, is flexible to my body's specific needs, and has made me fall in love with exercise (which I never have enjoyed). She makes me feel good about myself and the journey I'm taking, and I already feel transformed after just a couple weeks. I cannot recommend her enough, if I were you I'd call her quick before she fills up and gets too busy. A true gem!"
Reem- Oakland, California
"Monica has been my personal trainer for about 8 months and I am totally loving working with her! I have had amazing results already- my favorite being losing 5 inches in my thighs! Monica is a pleasure to learn from, she makes a really hard work out fly by with conversation and positive enforcement. She is very conscious of form and prior injuries, and often modifies a particular workout to accommodate my needs. I absolutely recommend Monica to anyone, man or woman, seeking a persona trainer. Get ready to work!!"
-Erin H.- Alameda, California
"Monica is absolutely the best. She is professional, goal-oriented, and I feel like she really listens to me and has tailored my work-out plan to achieve my goals. It's only been a month or so, but I already feel like I look better and I know that I feel better, which is just as good.
Monica's HIIT system really makes it easy to get in my workouts every day, and her support and motivation helps get me off my butt on the days when I really don't want to do it. She seems to have a knack for knowing how to motivate different types of people with different needs (I need more of a drill instructor, my husband needs a softer approach) and she is great at delivering all of them. In addition to being an all-around kick ass lady, she is a fantastic trainer and I am so glad to be working with her. I totally recommend her."
-Beth J.- Alameda
Ryan's first workout...
"Monica is my very first personal trainer since the start of the pandemic. I am 25 years old and I work at a law firm so I gained a lot of weight from staying home almost everyday for the last six months. I started working with her in November and she really helped me both mentally and physically get back into shape. Monica is super fun, outgoing and honestly encouraging when it comes to creating exercises that are right for you. My first session with her involved a fitness assessment and Monica was super informative and helped me understand the fitness goals we were trying to obtain.
I really enjoy our fitness sessions together and more importantly- her rate is affordable. She's really incredible to work with and I hope to work with her for a very long time even after I reach my weight goal. I used to never like going to the gym because I felt grossed out by how many people use equipment but don't clean or sanitize after each use. But with Monica, she sanitizes between clients and you wear a mask during your workout session. This has not only lowered my anxiety of going to the gym but also kept me motivated to keep seeing her. When I started working with her, I weighed 157. Just after a month of working with her, I now weigh 150.
She keeps me accountable and she also works on your diet as well. Choosing her as my personal trainer has really changed my life. I love how there's no pressure in trying to lose weight too fast. It's a process that takes time and working with Monica as my personal trainer has not only keep up my self- care but my overall sense of well-being.
I recommend anyone who really wants to start making a change in their life to work with Monica. Her insight and overall presence as a personal trainer will really motivate you to reach your goals, too!"
"I'm so happy I found Monica!
I've never been big into working out, just blessed with good genes! But after having my third child the weight just wasn't melting off like before. I've only had a few sessions with Monica, but I can already tell a difference! She's very knowledgeable and super motivating without being too aggressive or negative. I'm finally looking forward to summer!"
Chelsie K.- Alameda, California
"Monica is fantastic! When I work with her I feel more comfortable than I ever have felt in a gym. It is definitely an ego free zone, with that said, she is open to listen to you when you feel like a workout needs to be slowed down or sped up for example. She is extremely knowledgeable and versatile. She truly cares about her clients."
Kendall M.- Alameda, California
"I've had a few personal trainers over the years but Monica is by far the best. She is attentive to your goals but doesn't push you to a point where you could be injured or unmotivated to continue. She also will help you train in the areas you enjoy most and is really versatile in her knowledge of workouts. For example, I love boxing so she will try to incorporate that in to our workouts if possible. I've never gone to a session and been bored with what we do. In fact, I actually look forward to workouts whereas before I may have dreaded them.
Her gym is located within her home so not only is it cozy, it is the complete opposite of intimidating. It has a lot of different types of equipment and I've never felt uncomfortable while training with her because I'm not in an overcrowded gym. Parking is always available and close by to her home so you don't have to stress about finding a spot.
As for concerns with safety regarding Covid, I feel really safe working out with her. She wears her mask the entire time and has you wear your mask as well. Every time I've worked out with her during the pandemic, she had hand sanitzer ready, wiped down or disinfected her equipment, and was mindful of space.
Overall, I highly recommend her!"
- Beth- Oakland
"Monica is wonderful to work with! She helps you figure out your goals and then designs your program to help meet your goals. She is focused and communicates clearly about all of the details of your workout. She also is very nice and easy to talk with. Her studio is nice and well equipped. If you want someone who truly cares about your health and working your body correctly, Monica is the trainer you need to see!"
Karen M.- Alameda, California
"I had four months to train for a week-long backpacking trip so I did some research on personal trainers and contacted Monica. Great choice: I loved working out with her! Because it was COVID, we did all our sessions over FaceTime. Not the way I'd typically like to do personal training, but Monica made it work. We met weekly to work out together where she was able to see my form over video, would create a schedule for me for the week, and was available for check ins throughout the week. My routine was laser focused on getting me ready for the trip and Monica explained why I needed to do X and Y but not Z. She was also really supportive in commenting on my progress related to *strength* and not looks, which as someone with a history of body dysmorphia, really worked for me and was much appreciated. I only needed to purchase minimal equipment to make things easier to do the home workouts (a few sets of dumbbells and a set of resistance bands, though I'm sure she would've come up with something else if equipment wasn't in the cards for me). Now, two weeks after the trip, I can confidently say Monica got me completely ready to accomplish this big life goal. I was well prepared for the physical demands of the experience and recovered easily. So glad I chose to work out with Monica, and have already referred her to friends!"
Jenna- San Francisco
"Monica Morris is an awesome trainer. I have never been so in shape as I was when training with her. She has perfectly doable series and gives tips for your diet. I highly recommend her."
Monica S.- Alameda, California
"Good personal trainers are hard to come by because there are SO FREAKING MANY in a relatively unregulated industry. Monica is a diamond in the rough! She's incredibly knowledgeable, motivating, tough when she needs to be, she's a great listener and TRULY cares for her clients. I would say you'd have zero regrets if you train with her... but you will have one - that you didn't sign up with her sooner! Don't give it a second thought, you've found the trainer who can change your life right here!"
Robin R.- Alameda, California
"Monica is a fitness guru. She has a comprehensive knowledge of many aspects of fitness, ranging from the fitness competition world to the post-baby gym transition. On top of this knowledge, she's a hardass with a heart of gold, which is just about the best combination for an effective trainer!"
Nyaradzo K.- Oakland, California
"Monica is a wonderful personal trainer. She trains all types of people, from the young, strong active person to the older, less active person. Both want to get in or stay in shape. She finds out everything about your physical state, your past injuries, if any, and what your goals are. She challenges you with all types of exercises and movements. Some that you can do at the gym and some to do anywhere, so there is no excuse. She will even do a video on your phone so that you can remember how to do them correctly. She teaches you how to maximize your workout and she keeps you interested by offering a variety of challenges. I have the pleasure of still training with her and it works. I am the old not as active person with past injuries. She makes me feel like I have accomplished a great deal for my health."
Kat K.- Alameda, California
"I've known Monica for more then 10 years. I used to help her with her hair and make up for her competitions. She is an amazing person with a gorgeous body. She always give me advice on how to work out and what I need to do. She knows I have a hectic schedule so she would buy me a work out video so I can try it out at home when I have time. When it comes to working out, Monica doesn't play around. If you are looking for a personal trainer, she is the one. You want someone who knows what type of work out you need and how to get to the body that you want. She will push you and you will learn to work out harder. Just give her a try and let her be your personal trainer and you will see. You won't be disappointed."
Nina H.- Alameda, California
"Monica is a fantastic personal trainer and overall wholesome individual. She's actually cares about your progress and is dedicated to making you, a better you."
Stefan H.- Alameda, California
"Monica is very skilled and knows how to customize a workout to the particular needs of an individual. She has an excellent understanding of anatomy and how the muscles work together. When an exercise isn't the right fit for my body she tells me there are so many other things we can try instead. She is innovative and good at coming up with alternative solutions. I highly recommend her!!"
Laura H.- Alameda, California
"I've never been one to do any formal exercising, but now at 65 and with no core strength, I finally decided to give it a try and found Monica. I've worked with Monica only a short while, but I can definitely see the benefits of working with her as my personal trainer. After a couple of exercises, I was ready to quit, but she kept me going. I have a few limitations and she knows how to work around them while still giving me a great workout. Plus, she gave me a video of the exercises so that I wouldn't have to worry about forgetting what we worked on ( remember, I'm 65 ;-) ). Monica's training hasn't gotten to the point where it's a habit yet for me, however, I attended a standing room only presentation this morning, stood in the back of the room against the wall, and found myself doing subtle wall squats. Hah! Never thought that would happen! Monica is very knowledgeable, knows the correct way to exercise without getting hurt, she's extremely motivating, and has a complete and professional gym set up in her home so that you don't have to join a gym. These are just some of the reasons why I highly recommend Monica for personal training!"
Valerie L.- Alameda, California
"Monica is my unicorn. She is an amazing trainer and has helped me rebuild myself, physically and mentally. She keeps me disciplined and makes the hard work seem effortless. I would recommend Monica to anyone who is wanting to build the best body for themselves."
Minh N.- Alameda, California
"I had the pleasure of having Monica as a personal trainer, working on toning my upper body. Monica was always efficient, punctual and professional. She challenged me physically in a very safe and knowledgeable way. I looked forward to our sessions and was extremely pleased with my results."
Karen R.- Alameda, California
"It's great to work with someone who knows her stuff and actually cares about your results. Monica listened and was thoughtful about my goals and body type. I highly recommend her. I sweated my ass off too. Haha..."