Four months ago, as a birthday gift, my husband got me a membership and personal training sessions at Elevation Fitness.  Although I wanted nothing more than to get in shape and feel healthy again after having my two children, I felt unsure and was intimidated.  I had many insecurities about challenging myself and learning how to workout effectively by weight training.  Elevation has made the experience nothing but enjoyable.  As a small community gym, Elevation Fitness offers a personal experience that larger gyms lack.  Pete, the owner and his staff are both personable and professional.  As a personal trainer, Dan R. possesses many characteristics that help his clients achieve their goals.  Not only does he have an extensive background and knowledge about fitness but he also has a passion to help clients and the ability to connect with them.  He is attentive to the individual needs of his clients including what their limits are, and how far he can push them.  Dan is aware of their capabilities and encourages and motivates his clients in a very non intimidating manner.  Due to my success at Elevation, not only have I lost weight and gained physical strength but I have begun to find the self esteem and confidence I lacked for so long! 


I just completed your 8 week training program.  This was an amazing program and it was the perfect platform for me to jump start a healthy lifestyle. What made the program great was the dedication of the staff. Specifically, Maria, the Trainer and Christina, the  Nutritionist; both included in the 8 week program.

Both Maria and Christina worked with me to personalize a program just for me! They sat with me to discuss what my goals were and then together we worked on a program that helped me lose over 10lbs and more than 2" around my waist! And it was all done in a very healthy manner.  The recipes that Christina provided were not only good for me but they were amazingly tasty!

The staff members at Elevations are outstanding.  They are friendly, knowledgeable and always willing to help.  The classes are fun and provide a variety of opportunities to get fit. On top of all of that, the gym is spotless! There is always someone cleaning the machines.

Thank you and your staff for helping me change my life.

Lauren C. 

A few months ago working as an RN on the night shift, I had reached a point where my physical well being was at an all time low. No energy, poor eating habits, and physical injuries had taken their toll on my body and mind. With a wedding in the near future, I knew my current state of well being was not what I wanted! With my sister’s recommendation and the incredible results I saw from her training, I joined Elevation Fitness and began training with Dan R. From our first meeting I knew I made the right decision. Dan is very attentive to what my goals are while taking into account injuries/obstacles that are hindering my progression. He is great at tailoring my workouts to what I need to gain strength, endurance, and improved mobility. He has also been the huge driving force and motivation behind changing my entire lifestyle to better suit the night shift life!  



I was diagnosed with a SLAP tear in my left shoulder 2 years ago. I was 48 yrs old and in very good shape at the time other than my shoulder.  So I tried to rehab on my own. Tried first to rest and then physical therapy (never works) then eased into my own light workout routine hoping this would be as effective as it was for the tendonitis rehab in my other shoulder from a few years back. But no such luck. I was extremely disheartened and felt surgery may be my only hope to get the shoulder back in 'serviceable' condition. As a last ditch effort I decided to call a personal trainer. I was skeptical as I had never felt the need to go to one in the past and was not confident in their ability to help.  I met Peter Lombardi and got an immediate sense that he knew what he was doing and was truly invested in his career. We had a discussion about my situation and discussed the plan to build my body back up and develop the muscles supporting the labrum. There were some minor setbacks as my 50 year old body adjusted but 4+ months later I can say my body and my shoulder feel better than they have in years. My workouts are back to normal. I am whole again and on the path to challenging my body which has an immeasurable positive impact on my overall well-being.

Joseph P. Muscarella 

"The more spiritually developed anybody becomes, the healthier anybody becomes, then the more in touch they are with the intangible and the more real the invisible becomes."


One night in April of 2007 (Senior Year in High School-Age: 18), I was on my way out the gym after my workout when the gym manager approached me and asked me my name.  I was startled at first because my initial reaction was, ‘Did I forget to pay my past-due balance?’  After entering into a conversation with him and realizing that he was not concerned with my overdue payments, he started to ask me about my fitness goals.  At this point in my life, I had just lost close to sixty pounds, going from 205 lbs in December 2006 to 148 lbs in April 2007.  How did I do it? Well, I took fat burners for four months straight, ate close to nothing, and worked out for two hours everyday of the week.  Let me explain to you about my diet and exercise prior to this conservation with my gym manager.  Here is an example of my day-to-day diet and exercise routine: 

     Meal One [6:30am] One Chewy Granola Bar 

Meal Two [10:30am]: Already Cooked Purdue Chicken on two slices of Whole Wheat Bread

Exercise One [2:30pm-5:00pm]: Swim Practice

Meal Three [6:00pm]: Already Cooked Purdue Chicken on two slices of Whole Wheat Bread

Exercise Two [7:30pm-9:30pm]: Two miles at 9.0 speed on the Treadmill, Extensive Anaerobic Workout (i.e. 13-14 different exercises with 3 sets x 10 repetitions), Two miles at 9.0 speed on the Treadmill

Meal Four [Before Bed]: Fruit (i.e. grapes or apple)

As you can see, as each day went on, I was killing my body and my soul due to an obsessive fixation with my weight.  I thought that if I worked out a lot I would lose fat, get jacked, and be healthier in the process.  I would soon find out that this self perceived notion/theory that weight in pounds is directly correlated with overall fitness and health is just flat out irrational and outlandish. 

That night, my life changed.  It is important to note, that the connotation of the word “change” is not solely referring to physical gains, but rather a lifestyle change that has equally affected me both mentally and physically, resulting in a much more holistic lifestyle.  That gym manager who I thought was trying to empty out my wallet would become my mentor, trainer, dietitian, and my friend. 

     Peter Lombardi has had a substantial impact on my life.  Before I met him I knew nothing about fitness, nothing about how the body worked, and nothing about health in general.  Contrary to most “ trainers,” when I train with Peter he tells me how to perform a certain exercise, why I am performing the exercise, and how the exercise is impacting my body.  For me, it is his attention to the details that separates him from the rest.  When you train with Peter Lombardi, not only does your body have to perform, your mind has to perform.  I have worked out with trainers other than Peter, but their workouts are straight out of a muscle magazine and are ordinary.  When they trained me, I would ask them thought provoking questions about the mechanics of the body and why they had me performing certain exercises.  Their answers would be simple, and often inadequate.  When I train with Peter, his workouts are challenging and unique; he has me engaging in exercises that I didn’t think were feasible.  I consider myself an athletic person, but even with my athletic ability I am always challenged when I train with Peter.  Boring routines that cause you to become complacent and unchallenged are eliminated when you train with Peter Lombardi; you will always be on your toes, and both your body and mind will constantly be put to the test.  Peter Lombardi is the most knowledgeable person I have ever met, and if I ever have a question about something involving fitness/health, he is the first and only person I consult; Peter Lombardi always has the answers to my questions/concerns, and his answers are always adequate and in-depth, providing me with knowledge that I can utilize and comprehend.

    The purpose of me writing this is not to convince you of anything, nor is it to make you believe something that is not true.  I have no intentions of anything other than to explain to you my experiences with Peter Lombardi.  Everything I have mentioned is my true real life experience.  

Three years ago, I was ignorant, misinformed, and physically and mentally unhealthy.  Today, I am a fitness guru; I am well informed about the various mechanisms/functions of the body, and my body and mind have changed dramatically.  My concern with fitness and Health has become an integral part of my daily life.  I can honestly say that Peter Lombardi has changed my way of life and has facilitated my transition to a more holistic and healthy lifestyle.  


“One of the most sublime experiences we can ever have is to wake up feeling healthy after we have been sick.”


I have been a member at Elevation Fitness for several years now.  I was always into the classes and loved them. That's where my love for fitness and better health started.  


I broke my foot, and was throwing in the towel till I was healed. Pete said to me why...what’s wrong with your arms and abs, he was right.  

At the gym one night with my crutches, I was attempting the machines for the first time ever.

One of the trainers from the gym, Dan R, came up to me and started to talk to me, and show me how to use the machines to get the most out of my workouts.  Dan came and helped me every time I was in the gym if he didn’t have a client. He continued to show me new things that I can do to optimize my workout with my broken foot.

Shortly after I was healed, I was attending a class and I noticed Dan training a client doing some of the moves that I did in a group setting, just one on one.  I knew that's what I wanted to take my training and development to the next level. After speaking to Dan about personal training session, I knew he would help me achieve my goals.  I had many...shrink my hips, lose weight, complete every obstacle in the 8 mile Tough Mudder. I have since tackled 2 Tough Mudders and 1 Spartan Sprint. I also have another Spartan Super and 2 more Tough Mudder races that I know without fail I will succeed at.  

Dan worked with me on not only exercise but diet as well.  Before I knew it the weight was melting off of me. I was losing inches as well.  I was down a full dress size, and looked and felt like a new person. I have continued to keep the weight off, and shift the scale in the right direction. It's amazing how your body transforms right in front of you.  He knows the right formula to get you the results you are looking for!

Dan isn’t the type of trainer that gives up on you.  As soon as a goal of mine was reached, we set a new goal to crush.  He continues to help me reach my goals. He is not only my trainer...he has become my friend.  He gives me the confidence to do the things I don’t think I can do sometimes. I can’t thank him enough.


Until a few months ago, working out was always a chore (that I skipped quite frequently).  I would do the occasional “jog around the neighborhood,” and if you were really lucky, I would maybe do a squat or two, but even that was pushing it.


For about 7 months now, I have been training with Alex two times per week.  A training session never goes without laughter and working out has become something that I truly enjoy (and that is all thanks to Alex).  Alex’s passion for helping others optimize their health and fitness goals is evident through his positive attitude and overall care for each client that he works with.  Not only am I grateful for the progress I have made towards my fitness goals, but I am truly thankful for a new friendship.