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...Angie is another great asset to the gym as well. My teenage daughters have started training there as well now. I want to send them off to college in good shape with a solid understanding of what they need to do, and how, to stay fit and healthy for life. My youngest is extremely shy, and she feels comfortable with both Greg and Angie. I am so thankful I found Varimax!
...the pace of the workout makes it possible for any fitness level to get an awesome workout, and Angie does a fabulous job running them when Greg isn't. For serious fitness advice and training there's no one I would trust more.
I really connected with Samantha’s coaching approach and personality — she is soft-spoken but always pushes you to test your limits, after listening attentively to your goals and concerns. Throughout my time working with Samantha, I learned that I actually really enjoy resistance training, especially seeing how heavy I can go on fundamental movements like the squat and deadlift.
“We moved to California from Wisconsin and couldn’t find a trainer that has the teaching techniques that Greg has. They were bodybuilders and that’s all they knew. It was frustrating as I went through about 3 other trainers. I worked out A LOT and did not have the proper focus on what I was trying to achieve, which was to maintain strength and posture as I get older… Greg makes you feel like he cares about your goals. When I get pain somewhere, he analyzes, and we make corrections. He’s also great at nutrition (counseling), (and) he pushes me when I don’t think I can lift 135 pounds on the deadlift! Being a client for so long, I constantly ask questions and have learned SO much from Greg that it’s incredible.”
“I feel good about having a wide variety of different lifts and exercise I can do. I always sort of assumed I couldn’t do certain things, chest press for one, and now I do that exercise regularly. I think after working out for awhile you realize that you just have to try things and adjust if needed. The real limit is your willingness to try.”
“Working out at Varimax has improved my overall fitness and given me good cross training for running. I also really needed to get some strength in my arms. I actually see some muscle there now!”
JO JO, 09/2018 - 08/2019
I needed some instruction, structure, and accountability, so I started looking at personal trainer options. I found Coach Samantha in September 2018 and was lucky enough to work with her for almost a year before she moved to Sacramento. We started with personal training sessions, where Samantha helped me build confidence, and learn the fundamentals of resistance training and other key movements. Once I felt comfortable with the principles and technique, I moved to small-group sessions where I could still get a personalized workout for my goals but I didn’t require as much help or correction. I also enjoyed the (shockingly effective!) conditioning and interval training that Samantha built into our workouts; they greatly improved my cardio fitness for those weekend runs and hikes.
KAREN, 2017? - 05/2019 & 03/2020 - CURRENT
When my trainer, Samantha, reached out to me (during COVID-19) I was ecstatic at the opportunity to receive online training with her. This offered me the means to stay connected while SIP and to increase strength, improve balance, and get my endorphins moving. Our sessions have been progressing well. While Zoom has been interrupted by my incoming phone calls we quickly reconnected and resumed my workout. I’m happy to say that my core strength, balance, and posture are significantly improved. No matter how good or bad I feel at the start of each session, I always feel better at the end of it.
Thank you Samantha and Varimax Fitness
TANYA, 2017 FACEBOOK REVIEW
Greg helped me get my “mojo” back after 17 years of 60-80 hour weeks working for Microsoft. He knows his stuff, he’s highly educated and continues to learn more. His gym is well equipped, and there are a variety of options, from private, to semi-private, to group. I’ve lost fat, gained muscle, endurance and confidence. He helped me train for a half marathon, and I took an HOUR off my previous half marathon time. Angie is another great asset to the gym as well. My teenage daughters have started training there as well now. I want to send them off to college in good shape with a solid understanding of what they need to do, and how, to stay fit and healthy for life. My youngest is extremely shy, and she feels comfortable with both Greg and Angie. I am so thankful I found Varimax!
RAJ, VARIMAX RUN CLUB FALL 2019
Joining the run group at Varimax with Samantha has been an incredible experience. My goal was to get through a 10k, which I had never done before. I wasn’t on a training or fitness regimen prior to joining so it was definitely tough but every week that passed I was able to accomplish more than I had done before. Even though each week was tough I always left the gym feeling energized and ready to tackle the rest of my day. When it came to race day I really felt prepared and ready to take on the challenge. It was amazing to have completed the race and afterwards I left with an incredible sense of accomplishment. Whether you're a novice or long time runner Samantha will provide you with the support and training to achieve your fitness goals. I highly recommend Varimax Fitness to help you reach your fitness goals!!
ELICIA, 2018 YELP REVIEW (MISSFIT TRAINING)
Sam is a fantastic trainer. One of the best things about working with her is that she understands that a health and workout routine needs to fit into your life. It went from something that seemed daunting and unreachable to something that actually is attainable. She is so knowledgeable and will be happy to explain anything to you; no dumb questions! And no self-consciousness. She is 100% on your side and wants the best for you. And, it's really fun to work out with her! What more could you ask for?!
I really connected with Samantha’s coaching approach and personality — she is soft-spoken but always pushes you to test your limits, after listening attentively to your goals and concerns. Throughout my time working with Samantha, I learned that I actually really enjoy resistance training, especially seeing how heavy I can go on fundamental movements like the squat and deadlift. Samantha taught me the important parts of a strength training program and how to build a workout, so that I feel way more confident in my abilities when I go to the gym on my own or train with others. Not only am I physically stronger now, but I understand how essential resistance training is to being able to maintain an active lifestyle as an adult. I wish that Sacramento was closer to where I live so that I could continue to work with Samantha!
TANYA, 2019 FACEBOOK REVIEW
Varimax Fitness changed my life! They helped me get my mojo back, they changed my body for the better (not just fitness, but tone), and as I started getting into competitive running they’ve given me the training plans and advice I need to be successful and achieve my goals.
As I’ve run into issues and pains along the way, I explain what and where, then Greg ask questions and does things to identify the specific muscle/tendon/issue and either explains how I need to improve my form, or modifies my strength training to address the problem.
I started out doing one-on-one training, then as I built strength, technique and confidence, I started doing semi-private instead. The “Varimax Family” is a great bunch, and working out with the others is both fun and motivating.
I am so thankful and grateful that Greg and Angie are there, and that I was lucky enough to find this wonderful place!
DAVID, 2015 YELP REVIEW (MFT)
I've been training with Samantha for almost 2 years now, and she has quite literally and quite seriously changed my life! Sam is the definition of a star trainer--she really listens to you and adapts your training sessions to reach your goals, and researches any questions you have in order to make it so you get to where you want to go and understand why and how to get there. She also understands that we're all human, and like eating good food (and REAL food -- I'm talking hamburgers and donuts), and that there are ways you can adapt your life and your training so you don't have to deprive yourself to be healthy.
Best of all, she's hella fun. I'm not a huge exercise fan, but Sam makes working out a good time--I don't even notice how many friggin' burpees she's making me do, because we're just laughing the whole time.
BEN, 2015 YELP REVIEW (MFT)
A+ training experience. I have been training with Samantha for 2 months, and I won't be stopping anytime soon. She is extremely knowledgeable about all things fitness, and she is devoted to helping me define and achieve my goals.The training sessions themselves strike the perfect balance of intensity and fun, and I always leave feeling like I got a good workout. I particularly appreciate the emphasis on teaching and technique so that I can make my own workouts when I hit the gym alone.What really makes Samantha special is her approach and involvement with my fitness beyond the gym. She provides great nutrition advice to develop healthy habits. She is also extraordinarily responsive when I have questions throughout the week.Overall, I would highly recommend Samantha to anyone looking for a trainer.