-NASM Certified Personal Trainer
-Group Training NASM Certificate
-Specialize in weight loss/gain, aesthetics, group training, nutrition
-Previously trained and competed in Cross-fit for 3 years. Now currently training to compete in BodyBuilding.
Hi, my name is Gioia! I am a personal trainer here at Fitness 101, the owner Gio's sister, and also the founder of the athletic wear line, MHARBANA. As you can see, my whole family and I share the same deep passion for the fitness and health industry, and helping those who share that same desire for their own goals and needs. I believe in always keeping workouts fun and interesting, switching it up and finding new ways to push your body to new limits.
Everybody has their own battle. Let me help you conquer yours.
Ben Sablan was raised on the island of Guam were various styles of martial arts are a major part of the culture and it is common for children to study multiple styles from a very young age. This solid foundation in martial arts grew exponentially during worldwide travels. His instructor degrees range from Chinese Kickboxing, Thai Boxing, Catch Wrestling, Judo, and Jiu Jitsu.
Ben has multiple degrees and certifications on exercise science and nutrition; specializing in Athletic sports specifics for conditioning and strength training. Ten years of on-field sports injury research and corrective therapeutic application for rapid healing.
He is certified at a master level of Chinese medicine and holistic healing. Expert on rehabilitative dynamics by utilizing sports therapy, acupuncture, acupressure, reflexology, MYO therapy, and deep tissue massage for sports related injuries. Ben is an Athletic Nutritionist specializing in structuring specific individualized regiments.
Ben has ten years of instructing weight loss workshops and seminars for complete metabolic health and over all healthy living. Ben is a Speaker on injury prevention and safer exercise mechanics. He is the chief instructor of San Diego Range Fighting Academy, for professional and amateur MMA (mixed martial arts). Ben has trained competitors for hundreds of amateur and professional fights locally and internationally with prestigious federations ranging from King of the Cage, Unleashed, Pure Combat, Japan World Martial Art Championship, Grappling X, NAGA (North American Grappling Association), and Strike Force.
I am blessed to be a part of La Mesa’s first Fitness 101. In my many years of experience I can honestly say no other gym compares. Fitness 101 is truly the one stop shop for all your fitness needs. The owner, staff, management, and members are unlike any I have worked with. Everyone is educated, skilled, positive, and the best example of customer service which only adds to the harmonious atmosphere and friendly environment. I am looking forward to many years of exposing and sharing my combat fitness knowledge and experience here at Fitness 101.
Andie Van Hoosear
Hi, my name is Andie Van Hoosear and I am a trainer at Fitness 101. I have been working in the fitness industry for 4 years. I first started out in the fitness industry in Operational Management, and I quickly discovered that gig was not for me! I wanted to stay in the fitness world, so I decided to get certified and become a Personal Trainer; and to this day it’s been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! I received my ACE, NCSF, and NESTA certifications and ran full force into the personal training scene. After much hustle, lots of sweat, countless phone calls, consultations, body fat tests, and bootcamps, I had built a great personal fitness business. After a few years of doing this in the corporate world, I decided to come to Fit 101 where it is more about family, the members, community and personal growth. I love to specialize in olympic lifting, sports and conditioning, and CrossFit type workouts.
As for myself, I have been into fitness as long as I can remember. I remember as a kid, watching my Dad who was in the Navy, working out at home and wanting to do the same thing. I played numerous sports growing up, and played soccer and ran sprints in Track & Field in high school. I got my first gym membership at 15 and loved it from the beginning. Breaking a sweat, pushing yourself, creating workouts, have always been things I loved. Movement is so important, and I love to be able to show people how they can move the best for them and to how to have fun while doing it! A year ago I started doing Crossfit and Olympic Lifting and have loved incorporating that into my fitness repertoire and teaching people the movements as well.
When I’m not working out, I’m working on my real estate business. I love working with people and real estate is a lot like personal training where you just need to know how to establish and keep real, genuine relationships with people. I love training, and I love helping people find or sell their homes. Come say hi and talk to me about either one today!
Hi everyBODY! My name is Priscilla Zaragoza, and I'm in the business of changing lives! I am a certified personal trainer and Fitness 101 in La Mesa. To me fitness is not a temporary solution, it's a lifestyle. The love of fitness started for me at the age of 14, I ran cross country/track and field for 4 years. By my senior year I was top 10 runners out of 80+ teammates. It really sparked an interest and a love for sport and staying active. It wasn't until after high school that I began to gain some weight (human nature), I was a preschool teacher for 4 years, and struggled with my weight and own insecurities. I finally had to draw the line, and thats how I ended up in a gym! I worked at LA Fitness/24 hour fitness, in the kids club. But I've always been an opportunist and wanted more. So I became certified and started training at a corporate gym!
Fitness is a passion that I try to pass onto all of my clients. I have very diverse clientele, and I've worked will all ages and fitness levels! From navy, to pregnancy/post pregnancy. Some of my hobbies include crossfit, Olympic lifting, paddle boarding, biking and hanging out with my adorable pup!
Dr. Schaefer has been a chiropractor since 1987. He has competed in both bodybuilding and physique competitions. He just competed on May 30, 2015 in the INBA Southern California Bodybuilding Championships in the Men's Physique category and took first place in both the Master's division and in the Tall class of the Open division. Recent competitions include The San Diego Natural Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships held September 7, 2013- first place in his division of Men's Physique followed by a second place finish in the Open Mens Physique class of the INBA World Cup held in Hollywood, California on November 2013.
Update: September 2015, Las Vegas. INBA Team USA: 1st place- Master's Physique. 3rd place tall division of the Men's Open Physique.
Unlike many health professionals advocating proper nutrition, dietary supplements, fat loss, and exercise Dr. Schaefer not only “talks the talk” but “walks the walk” as seen by his recent photos. Dr. Schaefer, through his years of experience and extensive knowledge of body mechanics, nutrition, and exercise can construct a personalized treatment/exercise program designed to achieve whatever health/fitness goals a patient/client may have: Safely, Effectively, and Efficiently. By the way, Dr. Schaefer attained his outstanding physical condition as by product of the Chirohealthandfitness philosophy.
As a side note, Dr. Schaefer is also an award winning artist and has sold several pieces of work. His work is in mixed media: wood, metal, stone and tile.
My name is Michael, and I proudly work at Fitness101. Giovanni and I have known each other for as long as I can remember; we are practically family. Opening up a family ran gym was always we would talk about growing up A true dream come true, But offering a gym that made you feel comfortable was the ultimate goal.
I have always been involved with sports and fitness growing up; playing baseball, football, and basketball. I have recently been fortunate enough to find a profession that I am very passionate
about which is videography/photography. I provide the gyms social media with high quality videos/images of what we have to offer.
When you see me at the gym, feel free to talk to me about anything fitness or non-fitness related.