From the desk of: Isaac Ho
Tacoma Personal Trainer
Then stop wishing and start doing – No more excuses, today take that first step toward the weight loss and fitness results that you want! If you’ve been looking for a Tacoma personal trainer who can get you fast and effective results, you’ve found him!
Hi, my name is Isaac Ho and I’m the owner and personal fitness trainer at BeFit Tacoma Boot Camp, located in Tacoma, Washington. I’m here to get you amazing fat loss and fitness results!
Some people are born with incredible genetics who can eat anything they want and look leaner than ever. That wasn’t me. I was the fat kid who played piano and had parents that were too busy for me to participate in sports. I was embarrassed by my weight.
And I would still be that “fat kid” today if one day I didn’t look in the mirror and say, “enough is enough!”
But that (and thousands of hours of research and trial and error) led to me discovering the most amazing fat melting workout on the planet.
And this breakthrough workout worked wonders for me, my clients and it will work for you too!
You see, I had a passion for training, something I soon learned not all trainers possessed. Unfortunately, that lack of drive flowed over to their training. While their clients were lacking, mine were reaching new levels of fitness that they’d never reached before! They were gaining energy, strength and stamina – and looking sexier than ever. And they were also getting the tools they needed to stay that way for life.
As you might have guessed, I got tired of the Big Box Gym atmosphere where memberships were more important to the trainers than giving client attention and results. So I took all the best training I’d received over the years and created my own personal training boot camp program called BeFit Tacoma Boot Camp.
It was important to me that my boot camp program was highly effective so that everyone could get the amazing results they were looking for and affordable so as many people as possible could take advantage of my program.
I succeeded in both areas! But I didn’t stop there. I’m a bit of a research nerd and continuously update my program with every technique and method that can give my clients an edge and keep them getting results without hitting the dreaded plateau. This ensures they continue to see and feel steady and rapid improvements.
You don’t have to keep buying a larger size because your favorite clothes are too tight. You don’t have to shy away from looking in the mirror or not shopping the latest styles because you don’t think you’ll look right – Not anymore and never again.
BeFit Tacoma is the place to get in shape, be around motivating people, get your nutrition on track, get energy, lose weight, and have social time after work while getting results. I’m at my lowest weight in over 10 years! I’ve lost 25 pounds in 5 months!
It’s a lifestyle change and Isaac Ho helps you figure out where you need to improve, how to exercise without hurting yourself, and constantly encourages you to keep going.
“You’re worthless and weak!” “You can’t do anything right!” “You should just quit!” These are words I heard over and over during Basic Training in Fort Jackson, SC. I did so many pushups I was intimately acquainted with every grain of sand and fire ant on post, or so I thought! I cried at least twice a day on a good day, many more tears on a bad one. Obviously, these sentences are not the truth. They are words that drill sergeants say to (yell at) new recruits to break them down then re-form them into the soldiers they volunteered to become. Why am I telling you this? Because it has shaped who I am today but it doesn’t have to dictate who I become tomorrow.
Almost 30 years have passed since that 18 year old girl from Kansas left home 2 days after graduating from high school to fulfill a commitment she made to serve her country. Of course, back then my motivation was not patriotic! I wanted to go to college and the best avenue for me to do that was to join the Army National Guard. In hindsight, I would not change anything that has happened to me in the past 29 years since I gained much experience that I would not have otherwise. If I could change anything, I would change the scripts in my head. That, however, is not such an easy task.
I have struggled with my weight since I was a teenager. It has been a constant battle in which most of the time, food wins! I think I have tried everything from bulimia to fad diets to Weight Watchers to medically prescribed programs, all with pretty much the same results. I lost and then I gained it all back and usually found a few more pounds for my trouble. Many times I just figured it was in my genes so I would give up. Then, for some reason I would try again with the same results. Not really any major problems, I just had to buy bigger clothes that were ugly. Obviously, not much self esteem here! Then, I got older. Medical problems showed up: diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, depression. My medication list went from zero to 6 in a hurry. Still, I continued on the same path. Pain arrived as well so I just sat around and felt sorry for myself. The medication list got longer. I figured, well, this is what happens when you get old. I was 42!!! My old playlist of negativity kept on rolling. Oh, have I mentioned that I am a nurse?? I have spent my life taking care of others, helping them to recover health and increase their quality of life. I have never been able to transfer that care to myself. Sad story, I know!
One day, my friend and I decided to join a Tacoma gym as one of our latest attempts to lose weight and get in shape. I had reached yet another crisis point in my life and decided I couldn’t go another day in this same rut so I also purchased personal fitness training. This was a huge monetary commitment which I thought would motivate me to work at it. Uh, not so much!! We went through a couple of personal trainers for various reasons, then we met Isaac. Wow, was he different!! He was young, smaller than the other personal trainers, and seemed a bit too nice to be a trainer! He had passion and a desire to see his clients succeed. The niceness worked for him too! I have never worked so hard and been so sore in my life!! (Well, except when I was in the Army!) Anyway, in conjunction with my medical weight loss plan, I lost an amazing 52 pounds in 6 months. Then my playlist kicked back in again and I started falling back into old food habits. Needless to say, the pounds came back. I kept working out with Isaac, even when my friend quit, but I wasn’t seeing the results I was hoping for without getting my nutrition on track. Then, I hurt my back somehow, I still don’t know what happened but now I had a real excuse. I quit working out, mostly sat in my recliner, ate, went to doctor after doctor, got more pills, and gained everything back.
Now most personal trainers would have just given me up for lost and moved on but not Isaac. He kept checking on me and encouraging me to come back. I had some stops and starts but he was always supportive. Plus, he had been studying with professionals in other disciplines such as physical therapy to offer help to his clients with complicating issues.
Well, now I am back and working hard. I have lost 22 pounds since mid February and my pain is much better! My current goal is to lose 60 pounds by July 30 since I have a wedding to attend and I would like to look nice. My ultimate weight loss goal is to lose 155 pounds! I know, that is a whole person!! Aside from the obvious weight loss goal, I plan to get off the majority of my medications by the end of the year. My biggest challenge currently is to rewrite my playlist to more positive messages that encourage me to make different choices and deal with life’s stresses in a different way.
Isaac is the most driven, motivated, and caring person I have met in a very long time. He truly wants you to be successful and will do everything in his power to help you make that happen. He absolutely walks the walk! Don’t let his looks fool you! He has accomplished more and learned more than most of us will in a lifetime and he does it all to make himself better for his clients! His new facility, BeFit Tacoma, is a culmination of this work. Please make time to come in for a class or consultation; we would all love to see you! Training with Isaac at BeFit Tacoma will definitely be worth your while!
March 26, 2011
Regional Nurse Educator at Franciscan Health Systems
Gig Harbor, Wa.
I don’t know how to start this testimonial without sounding like I’m trying to sell you on Befit Tacoma. It’s impossible to train here, see amazing results, and not tell everyone about it. I’m not a sales person, and I’m not a professional spokesperson. But my story is different than most others. I met the founder of Befit Tacoma, Isaac Ho the first day of my Personal Fitness Training Program at Highline Community College. I attend Highline College for Personal Training. I thought he was just another aspiring trainer in my shoes trying to learn how to design effective programs and get people results without picking random exercises, making it up as they went, and calling it “program design”. Within the first two days everyone in the class knew that Isaac was far ahead of any of us in his knowledge of fitness and the human body. Even Tim Vagen (Olympic strength coach, creator of Education DVD’s and is the professor at Highline for personal training) would ask Isaac about concepts he was teaching us and Isaac would never fail to contribute something to the lecture that left us all scratching our heads. Thanks to Isaac and Tim I know that just going to school for fitness isn’t going to make me a great trainer, you have to work every day for the rest of your life to be a great trainer. If you know Isaac though, it’s hard to picture someone working as hard as he does.
So how did I end up training with Isaac? Like most men, I’m a firm believer that I don’t need to pay for a trainer to get strong and physically fit. I’m sort of a miser so paying for something I’m studying to do is just out of the question right? WRONG! Isaac is so good that even a miser like me who’s going to school to be a personal trainer drives from Auburn to Tacoma twice a week to train at Befit Tacoma. I’m lucky enough to be in the boot camp and strength group and I pay for both. The investment in gas, training dues and time are worth it because I work at a whole new level when I’m at Befit Tacoma. I have a free gym membership at the college I go to
AND a paid gym membership at a commercial gym in Auburn but the atmosphere and all the friends I’ve made are irreplaceable at BeFit Tacoma. Everyone pushes you and asks where you’ve been if you miss a day. It’s like having a big fitness family that’s working towards their goals while you’re working towards yours. When I go to any other gym I don’t work nearly as hard, feel the same amount of energy but most importantly I don’t see the same results in my body.
In addition to the atmosphere Isaac’s level of knowledge on corrective exercise, rehab, and program design is something I aspire to reach. If you come to Befit Tacoma and hold a conversation with him for a few minutes, and try to act like you know what you’re talking about, you’ll instantly understand why he’s young but people well over ten years his senior are asking him to write programs for them and mentor them. It wouldn’t matter how smart he was if he couldn’t deliver a great workout. Isaac makes training fun!
You’re not going to boot camp to get yelled at “army sty boot camps” and get injured. Every workout is varied, energetic, has a different emphasis and as someone who goes to school for personal fitness training I learn a lot just by being in his classes.
Going to personal training school and working with great trainers like Tim and Isaac have taught me that the number one goal of being a trainer is “Do No Harm”. That’s something we see a lot; uneducated trainers injuring people with poor exercise order, technique or selection. Just yesterday I heard a story about a client that was doing a Crossfit workout on a 24 inch box, non stop jumps for 15 minutes! On the 11th round his Achilles tendon gave out and snapped. The client will need surgery and time off from not only exercise but work. This kind of injury would never happen at Befit Tacoma because Isaac is educated enough to know that more is not always better and what and when exercises are appropriate. If you’re wondering how we get a get a good workout without injuring anyone come to Befit and try it out. Most of the time our exercises are under a minute of work per round but the intensity and technique is appropriate. Isaac has never sent anyone to surgery through his years of training. If someone told me to do many of the other programs I see being put out I’d tell them only if they pay for my medical bills. As a student and full time employee along with social demands being injured is something I cannot afford.
I train with Isaac not only to learn how to make myself a better trainer but to get lean for the summer. I’ve had problems getting the fat around my stomach to go away. I needed to lose body fat so I could see my abs. Since training with Isaac I’ve lost 6 pounds of pure body fat in only six weeks and my core strength is on a whole new level. As a trainer I know that helping a client lose the last few lbs is the hardest part but training with Isaac did it! Now I can finally see my abs again for the first time since 10th grade. My posture has been corrected with the exercises and balanced program Isaac writes. If you have a great attitude, like to make friends, are tired of being injured, and want to lose that stubborn belly fat then Befit Tacoma is for you!
Personal Fitness Trainer Student and Driver
My name is Debbie Blackett and I’ve worked with Isaac for several years now. Here is my personal journey through fitness.
In 1990, a few years after my daughter was born, I joined a women’s only gym in Tacoma in an effort to get back into shape and get rid of baby damage. They were helpful and showed me how to use the equipment, but there was very little encouragement or push to do better. That lasted about 2 years and while I lost some of the weight I wanted to, it was too easy to let life matters become an excuse not to go. About 10 years ago when my daughter was 15 her and I joined another commercial gym in Tacoma. We used the cardio machines and the pool for the most part, we also took a yoga class. Again as much as I liked working out it became too easy to make excuses not to go to the gym.
We stopped going and I started falling back into my old unhealthy habits. After some time passed I knew I need to stay active and keep a healthy lifestyle if I wanted to continue enjoying my kids and family; I knew I wanted more in life so I joined my THIRD gym in Tacoma. I could tell after two gyms that I wasn’t going to see the results I wanted to if I didn’t have the guidance and motivation.
I decided to invest in a personal fitness trainer this time. I realized I needed a personal trainer who knew not just about exercise but also nutrition. I was referred to Isaac and I was very impressed that the very first area we started to work on was nutrition. He introduced me to Precision Nutrition System and asked me to keep a food diary so we could review it together. Every week before my workout we reviewed my food diary and Isaac made suggestions on how to make it better.
One of the things that impressed me most about Isaac was that he is your trainer no matter when you are in the gym, appointment or not. There were many times while I was working out I would hear a very familiar voice saying hay Deb you should be able to add another 5 or 10 pounds to that bar, or correct the way I was doing the exercise. While his main focus was always on the client he was working with. Isaac always had his eyes out for other clients and took advantage of every opportunity to help them.
Personal training is great but I LOVE BeFit Tacoma’s Bootcamp. It sounds scary but it’s really group personal training. We get together as a group and we go through a grueling set of exercises and then weight training, it’s painfully awesome! Thanks to Isaac I have lost 15 lbs and dropped from a size 9 to a size 6 and my flexibility has increased. People are amazed at how slim and toned I am but also by how strong I am. Most importantly to me I have fun every time and I FEEL SO MUCH BETTER! I have an extremely demanding job crawling around inside the wings of a 737 all day so it doesn’t do me any good to have huge bulky muscles or be slow. I need to stay toned, healthy, moving well and full of energy. Training with Isaac has done all that.
Isaac is extremely passionate about his clients and their success, he goes beyond being a trainer by being a friend. He is one of the first to want to celebrate achievements his clients make outside the gym, from job promotions to wedding announcements, he is there for his clients.
If you are looking to get in shape and have not found the motivation, focus, right environment, support, or personal trainer in Tacoma you have been looking for, I recommend you to try BeFit Tacoma and join us on your fitness journey.
My name is Dyllan Asato, Training with Isaac at BeFit Tacoma has made such a huge impact on my life. I started my fitness journey at over 330lbs. My family has always been larger. I wasn’t sure it was something I could overcome I thought it might just be genetics but in August of 2009 I had surgery on my left knee for a torn meniscus. I was in a knee brace for weeks. After a while my knee was getting better and I started physical therapy but I had noticed my left leg was a lot smaller then my right by then. Once I finished physical therapy I had gained a lot of my knee range of motion back but the muscle still wasn’t quite there. I decided with the bad knees and stress on my joints from the extra weight I needed to start making a decision to get healthier. I joined a gym in Tacoma and purchased personal training but it seemed for some reason or other personal trainers were always coming and going at the large commercial gyms.
Then I met Isaac and told him how I needed to lose weight and continue to fix my knee. He was a heavier kid like me when he was younger and I could tell he was passionate and wanted to help me. I was hesitant at first because a lot of movements hurt my knee and I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to be able to lunge or squat. Isaac showed me how to do all these movements without pain; turns out I was doing them wrong and making my knee worse. After 1 year 2 months of hard work with Isaac I have lost over 11% body fat, dropped from over 330lbs to 265lbs, 8 inches off my waist, built muscle, my knee feels great and I feel great all the time, I can do squats, deadlifts, and even a chin up! I can literally say I’m in the best shape of my life right now! Training with Isaac is easily the best investment I ever made.
Merchandiser at Olympic Eagle Distributor
Growing up, I always had a relatively small frame. I had equated being skinny with being in shape. In fact, my grandpa would always ask me when I was going to get some meat on “those chicken legs.” I was an avid cross country runner in high school, and while I didn’t lift weights or watch what I ate, I was always running which kept my body from appearing like I was out of shape. Then college happened.
Throughout college, I continued my normal routine – ie, unlimited food and no exercise – but did not participate in cross country. Because I saw myself every day, I didn’t notice the incremental changes to my body and health, specifically the increase in my weight. When I had to buy new (read: bigger) clothes, I would justify it by committing to getting back into shape once I graduated college. I did have a membership to a local gym but didn’t go…the membership dues I paid were simply a fat tax.
Unsurprisingly, I didn’t really change my habits upon graduating. Then in February 2009, I was hospitalized due to pains in my chest/heart. After an overnight stay and a relatively mild diagnosis (too much caffeine intake), I decided it was time to do something about the way I was living and treating my body. I was just shy of 200 lbs. at this point – or as I like to say, too short for my weight!
I took a tour of a commercial gym in Tacoma and inquired about their personal training programs. Needless to say, I was skeptical of the idea – the stereotype of the overjacked, energy-drinking, constant yelling personal fitness trainer wasn’t too appealing to me. Yet I needed someone that could keep me accountable.
My needs overcame my fear and I became a client of Isaac’s shortly after that. From day one, I could tell this was a great match. Isaac not only took the time to customize a complete training program for me, but also helped me in other areas of fitness, namely nutrition. Throughout my two years of training with Isaac, I have lost over 26 lbs., decreased my body fat by 12.8%, and have increased my strength in weight lifting. I took a suit in to Nordstrom to get altered that I had when I first started training a size 44 and asked them if they could alter it so I could keep it. They said I’d have to donate it! It was way too large! If you train with Isaac get used to hearing you’ll need a smaller size! I dropped four sizes.
I could barely do pushups with my own bodyweight and now can add eighty five lbs of resistance for reps. I still remember the day I did my first chin up and can now do chin-ups with added weight. But more important than all the numbers – I just feel better. I’m happier with my life and body. To me, that is worth more than being able to deadlift 375 lbs and do lunges with 200lbs on my back. (which is now no problem! J).
In just the relatively short amount of time that I have known Isaac as a trainer, he has changed my attitude towards both training and overall wellbeing. His constant, positive reinforcement – not to mention his unending patience – has allowed me to have the body transformation that I’ve had so far. His intimate knowledge and skills pertaining to program design, nutritional coaching, and coaching movements provides me with the confidence and support needed to achieve my personal goals. As I’ve seen Isaac grow his clientele over the years, from working in shared facilities to developing BeFit Tacoma, that only reinforces in my mind that I’ve made the right choice to train with and learn from one of the best professionals in the industry.
James Bruce Wilson
Director of client services at Cornerstone Financial Strategies
When I think about Isaac Ho, a few words come to mind: trainer, friend, intensity, and fo-hawk are just a few. Above all I think of excellence. Excellence (or the pursuit there of) is what Isaac Ho lives by. It shows clear as day in his commitment to education in all areas of fitness, his commitment to his business, and most importantly his commitment to his clients. When you combine the wealth of knowledge that Isaac has accumulated with his passion to help people achieve their fitness goals, the results are astounding.
When I was in High school I played a lot of tennis. I would put in hours a day on just my serve. Now as a teenager, it was a given that my body was invincible right? So who needs to stretch after 4+ hours on the court? Who needs to before? That ignorance bought me a stress fracture on my L5 vertebra. It was one of the most painful experiences I’ve ever had. I wore a full torso back brace 24 hours a day for 2 months followed by rehab. For 2 months I participated in no physical activity, ate comfort food to “cope” and gained a lot of weight. After rehab I found that sitting or driving for too long left my back fatigued and walking for a long period of time was even worse. I wasn’t healthy and I wasn’t happy.
I had met Isaac in High school freshman year, but lost touch with him when he went into running start as a junior. I bumped into him again at the local community college and we caught up. I had been out of shape for long enough that I was almost resigned to it, but his drive was contagious and after a while I found myself really wanting a change. So I started training with him and right away I discovered that he really knew his stuff. Any question I had regarding fitness or rehab he could answer, and on the rare occasion that he couldn’t, he would find out. I knew then that I had made a good choice in trusting my fitness to him.
Now I have known Isaac a long time, but only trained with him for a year and some change. In that time I went from being unable to bench or do pushups because of shoulder pains, to getting 185lbs for reps. He fixed my lower back almost completely and now I’m deadlifting and doing kettle bell swings in his bootcamps. I couldn’t get a single chin up without assistance, now I can get 8-10 a set. My confidence, strength, and energy levels have all jumped. My motivation has increased even to areas outside of my health and fitness. I lost 18lbs of fat in 2 weeks of bootcamp, and it feels great. He will assess your ability, and through the progression and regression programming, begin to correct any imbalances you have as well as strengthen your body while at the same time helping you reach your fat loss goals. He even includes nutrition programs and advice. Ever heard of “one stop shopping”? Well this is “one stop fitness”.
The last (and best) part about his bootcamps, is the sense of community and personal accountability that his programs provide. You are not alone when you go to his bootcamps. The person next to you is feeling the same thing you are feeling and that’s important. You won’t want to miss a single bootcamp because of that shared feeling of progress.
I might be feeding his ego a little too much, but anything else wouldn’t be the truth, so here it is: Training with Isaac Ho is the best decision you can make. You will see the results you want, and some you didn’t expect.
I hope all is going well buddy, from what I see the business is taking off, and your attitude is one of the few that i like the keep myself in touch with, not many of us 100% positive focus people anymore. Anyhow brother, I wanted to let you know (as i mentioned this july/august) that I will be parting ways with the BeFit crew for now. My absolute first priority in life is my schooling/future job. Second priority is being there for my family, Faridah, and my physical shape, and after that, comes nothing, because nothing else matters to me. With commuting to and from school while juggling work my schedule has really bloated. I hope to rejoin you guys soon, I train a lot every week, but nothing can substitute for the quality of training at BeFit. You, Nathan, Nick, Luke, Aaron, Kiva, Robert, and Dylan are family to me far as I’m concerned, and coming from where I started physically, not many liked to believe i have the potential to change my shape until i joined you guys. I always thought I flew solo in my training but you guys showed me differently. Thanks for all your help brother and everyone there (feel free to show this to the crew if they ask about me). And I will let you know when I can return.
Most of my weight gain started when I began working in an office stuck at a desk all day. I did not have any sort of workout plan, nor was I following a diet. So over a few years it just built up. I had very low energy and self esteem as a result of this. I wasn’t really motivated to get out and do anything, and was very self conscious. I felt it got to a point where it was out of hand. I started dieting about a year and a half ago and had lost quite a bit of weight with just that alone. Though I still had more to go to have the body I desired. Dieting alone wasn’t cutting it, and I didn’t have any guidance as far as nutrition went. I was interested in finding something that would help to get results I could see relatively quickly.
I started with him at Befit Tacoma about 9 weeks ago, and have been attending boot camp classes 2-3 times a week. It is great because the program accommodates all levels of fitness, adjusts with my progress and never seems to plateau. With this and modifying my nutrition with the guidance of Isaac I have managed to lose 3 pants sizes, and am continuing to see results. I enjoy having more energy, feeling better about myself, and being this much closer to the body I would like to have. I am very happy that I decided to commit to this, and I have suggested it to friends, co-workers and family who are interested in seeing results and feeling better all around.
Update- I’ve lost 4 pant sizes and have gone from a size 8 to a size 2.
You’ve probably been burned by bad diets, FAD diets, high priced diet supplements and ineffective trainers from Big Box Gyms that didn’t help you achieve results. I understand that you might be a little nervous.
My name is Steve Whittier. I have been working out for over twenty years. Originally my goal in working with a trainer was to focus on strength and toning. I had a few personal trainers and gym memberships but didn’t find what I was looking for from them or the results I wanted to see. My older brother died at age 65 because he didn’t take care of himself. He was 80 lbs overweight and smoked and my younger brother is headed down the same path. It hit me when I went to a colleagues’ funeral that passed away at 65 that his death could have been prevented if he had taken care of himself. I figure there are a lot of ways of committing suicide and overeating is one of the slowest most painful ways. I decided I needed to make a change. I was starting to have problems with my back and hips from aging and other things liked biking and working on my house….etc. I went to a doctor and was told it was arthritis and there was nothing they could do for me. I was desperate to get rid of it. I went to massage therapists, chiropractors, and doctors but nothing could make the pain go away. It got to a point where I couldn’t cross my legs or pick anything off the floor; I am too young to feel like this! Too much time sitting at the computer all day and hunched over at my bike had taken their toll on me. The pain was so bad I considered giving up my physical activity entirely. Then I met Isaac, after our first sessions it became clear that although our intended purposes were strength and toning I needed to focus on my flexibility and stability. He showed me different techniques that addressed my pain as symptoms and not sources. Through the expert guidance of Isaac my back pain and hip pain went away where all else had failed. Anytime you can eliminate pain it is well worth the investment. I spent thousands of dollars going to chiropractors and massage therapists but nothing solved it like working with Isaac. Now I feel great! My quality of life is better; it’s a quality of life issue when you’re in pain even with medication it affects you every day. I was able to do a 100 mile bike ride in July from Seattle to Portland that took nine hours as well as play tennis, run a ten k race and keep all my other activities. I own an investment firm and if I could go back and do it again I would focus on helping people invest in their health. Having health is empirically more valuable than having money because what are you going to do with your money if you are disabled or have heart disease that could have been prevented from both diet and exercise? I am always traveling, training for events and working on my business so having someone who can get me results in the fastest amount of time possible is invaluable to me. I give Isaac and BeFit Tacoma my stamp of recommendation as the best investment to your health, one of the best investments I ever made and one of the best investments you can make.
Owner of PlanMember-www.planmember.com/swhittier
Gig Harbor, Wa
My name is Kiva Geiger, I train at BeFit Tacoma. Before working with the personal trainers at Befit Tacoma I was a high level athlete. I have been playing soccer for 14 years and still extremely involved. I played for Tacoma Community College for 2 years and I also played in the Kenyan Premier League and trained with the national team players and coaches. I continued working with soccer trainers and coaches after I got back from Kenya. Due to the high amount of physical fitness required in soccer I joined a gym in Tacoma to continue my workouts but I was not getting the results I desired. I was even going four to five days a week spending hours in the gym. I wanted more out of my performance and energy so I tried everything from online work out regimen to joining in friends workouts but nothing worked. I felt I was not pushing myself to my full potential which is important to me as an athlete. Most importantly, I wasn’t seeing the results I knew I wanted from my body in performance and tone.
A friend of mine said he joined a Tacoma gym called Befit Tacoma. He said he was getting amazing results that he had more energy, was toning up, body fat was melting off, and he was feeling better after only a few bootcamp classes. It sounded good to me but I was suspicious of something that sounded too good to be true. Regardless, what I was doing wasn’t working and I had tried everything else so I went to a class with him. I came in pretty confident having trained with countless top trainers from Kenya, sports conditioning classes and coaches, working out five days a week by myself for hours and with friends as well as my extensive athletic background. When I got to class I saw people of all different fitness levels in the class and wondered how challenging this was going to be for me. I started to think it might be a waste of my time. Then class started. I had NEVER done any of the exercise we did that day in class. I was shocked and amazed. I went home and was like…WOW! I came to the following classes after that. I liked the feeling after completing the work outs; I was exhausted during and after but I had extra energy 30 minutes after we finished. I felt my metabolism cranking up! Training in BeFit Tacoma bootcamp classes gave me a ridiculous energy boost during the day and on the soccer field. This was especially useful because I was planning on going to Vegas in March and my abs had to be showing! Thanks to classes they definitely were! BeFit Tacoma Bootcamp I can easily say is for anyone looking to get in shape, feel better, and have more energy. If you’re just starting out or even if you’re a high level athlete it can take you to the next level. Thanks BeFit Tacoma for that extra boost I was missing
I have been in the military for 7 years; due to my training I thought like most people I was in “pretty decent shape”. However my body wasn’t where I wanted it to be. I had tried other programs to lose the unwanted fat. I worked out at a gym in Duvall and then a very large commercial gym in Tacoma where I even hired a personal fitness trainer. With all the equipment there and classes I thought I would get in shape this time. But nothing worked because I quickly got bored. Then I came to BeFit Tacoma and realized not only was I out of shape but I was doing my exercises incorrectly and it was adding to my low back pain, knee pain and shoulder pain. After training under the guidance at BeFit Tacoma in just three months I dropped 5 3/4lbs of actual fat, not just weight but fat and saw the huge difference in body shape I was looking for. I lost a full two inches of my waist, dropped from a 30 to 28 pants size and those are loose now! I learned not just how to work out but how to move better which reduced much of my back and shoulder pain.
Having class times where I know other people will be working out with me keeps me constantly challenged. The workouts are always changing so I don’t get bored and knowing my coach is at the gym waiting for me keeps me accountable. I finally started seeing the results I had been searching for all those years without success. I had my doubts if training was worth it especially since we are a single income family. After training at BeFit Tacoma I couldn’t go back to what I know didn’t give me the results I wanted. I got a part time job to pay for my training and I’m so glad that I started and can continue to train. I can’t wait to keep seeing results and learning!
I started training with Isaac in November of 2010. I was at a gym in Tacoma and I had been working out regularly using the elliptical and weights but I wasn’t seeing the results I had been hoping for. I’m a busy mom of 3 year old twin girls and also trying to build a jewelry business so I don’t have much time to dedicate to hours at the gym. My friend had been training with Isaac for almost a year and suggested I talk to Isaac about my workouts and see if I was missing something. I met with Isaac and started training with him, and I saw a difference quickly doing the BeFit Tacoma Bootcamp classes. I’ve never had an issue with being overweight but I was having trouble getting the body back that I had before having my twins. I had been on bed rest for 7 months and that really took a toll on my body. Needless to say my muscle definition and strength was lacking and I had my “trouble spots”! After training with Isaac for 30 days I immediately saw a difference! I had more energy to take care of my kids, was able to make improve my work quality, and saw my trouble spots firm up! I also have back and neck issues from injuries and have been in physical therapy working on those and I feel confident in Isaac’s knowledge and ability to find an alternate exercise for me during the boot camp classes so that I don’t continue to strain my neck or back. Training with Isaac has been a great experience for me and the people I have met through training with Isaac are awesome!
Custom Jewelry Designer
Since the age of 18, I’ve worked in an office setting, never requiring any type of physical labor. Growing up in sports, and always a naturally competitive person, it was after high school that I joined a gym in Tacoma order to keep myself in peak physical condition. On both a professional and personal level, I have always believed in the team concept. I found that my best results came when I was working with a friend, or some type of workout partner. By the age of 22, I wanted to take my knowledge of the fitness industry to another level. I’ve never had the goals of being the biggest, fastest, or strongest, but mostly, really wanting to work to the best of MY abilities, as well as understanding how and why the human body works the way it does. It was at this time I hired a personal fitness trainer in the summer of 2008. For the next year, once a week with a trainer, as well as an additional 2-4 days a week on my own, I felt that I was transforming and seeing the results I expected. All while thoroughly enjoying the experience of working with a personal fitness trainer, I loved the motivation and excitement it brought to my personal attitude. Already being an extremely positive person, I also felt it brought me that much more confidence. After one full year of training, however, I felt as though it was time to focus my energy and efforts, in other aspects of life. In the fall of 2009, I slowly started to decrease my workout regime from about 4-5 days a week, to about 2-3. For the next year and a half, I noticed a dramatic drop off in my personal workout production. I kept myself active, but noticed that the consistency was not there. That brings me to where I stand today.
Having enjoyed the experience of working with a personal trainer before, I completely understand the importance of working with one . “Show me your mentor, I’ll show you your future.” A quote I truly live by, an individual WILL be as successful and beyond, with the assistance of a coach. This is effective in any aspect of life, and I apply it to everything I do. This is where I see an edge with Isaac Ho and BeFit Tacoma. With my previous trainer, it was nice to have someone to help build a program, and then push me to do it. As much as I did like that, I still knew something was missing. The how and the why that I had originally wanted to seek out, were never fully clear to me. Here is the difference I see with BeFIt Tacoma that puts them over the top. 2 things immediately became apparent to me when I started just a few months ago:
The focus is that this is a results driven gym. Enough said right. NO. Never have I met a trainer that cared this much. Like I mentioned before regarding the importance of a coach, I can’t emphasize enough the amount of time, energy, and passion Isaac puts into his gym! Every program, every exercise, every single movement, has absolute purpose! And that’s what really hit me, immediately when I started. The why and the how, were now making sense to me. If I am going to succeed at this, I need a coach who works harder than me. Done!
Understanding the team concept is key. While BeFit Tacoma is a personal training studio, it is done so in the most amazing way. I love that you are never actually working alone. The idea that you can take people from all walks of life, put them into a training program, and have everyone see results, it is almost insane for me to comprehend! But it works here. We all understand that everyone is here for a reason. Whether that be to lose weight, gain strength, learn invaluable techniques, or all of the above, we are all in this together, encouraging one another along the way.
The intangibles at BeFit Tacoma are limitless! The ever evolving programs, the daily newsletter, the nutrition journals, the positive energy at all times. It’s a great feeling, and a reflection of Isaac Ho. His complete work ethic, and will for EVERYBODY to succeed is extremely refreshing. More than anything, I’m proud to be a part of a group of people that wants to work hard and learn, encourage others, and ultimately, really change lives! If you’re looking to make a positive change in your life whether you’re just starting to be healthier or have had personal training in Tacoma previously, BeFit Tacoma is the place to come and train. It made all the difference I knew I was missing but couldn’t find.
Sales Rep at Johnstone Supply
I first met Isaac when I trialed a bootcamp session, and immediately, I knew there was a big difference between his training approach and other personal fitness trainers I have worked with in the past. As a Physical Therapist, I was impressed with his level of knowledge of the musculoskeletal system and his ability to implement, modify and adapt a therapeutic exercise program. It was far beyond many “cookbook recipe” or “one size fits all” models. Most importantly, he was always very attentive to his clients’ ability to execute the exercises correctly in order to prevent injury. It was refreshing to work with someone who truly understands the human body and has the skill set to design a safe, effective, and cutting edge training program. From a personal and professional experience, Isaac is definitely one of the best and most knowledgeable personal trainers that I have observed and trained with. His passion for training and commitment to excelling at what he does will continue to set him apart from the rest.
Candice Tesch, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy at St.Joes
My son was sixth months old when I first started training with Isaac in Tacoma. He was a huge baby–almost 10 lbs!–and left me with a flabby belly and low back pain. I had been an avid exerciser all of my life, but it seemed that treadmills and stair climbers weren’t getting the job done so I decided I need to hire a fitness trainer.
When I first met Isaac I told him that the first thing I needed to do was eliminate my low back pain. I couldn’t imagine exercising with the pain that I had and wasn’t sure what I would be able to do without making my low back pain worse. He showed me a few simple exercises, and within two weeks the pain was gone!
But that was just the tip of the iceberg. Isaac helped me design dedicated strength training programs that fit my busy schedule. He provided education on fitness and diet that worked for my body type and lifestyle. Now I feel better, I am getting stronger everyday, my body has tightened up, my arms have never looked so good and I can keep up with my son, who is now a busy toddler!”
Thanks Isaac !
Founder and Artistic Director of CANONICI
I had just got engaged, was closing in on my 40th Birthday, and knew it was important that I got myself back on track to a healthy lifestyle.
I joined a large gym in Tacoma and waded through the myriad of free weights and machines. I have a very busy schedule and time is very limited. After a couple of weeks, I knew that I was not going to be able to achieve the desired results unless I got myself some guidance.
I pondered getting a personal fitness trainer, but the thought of having some muscled up hulk screaming in my face to “rip out one more rep!” made me cringe. I entertained the thought of joining one of the club’s group exercise classes, but the thought of performing some cookie-cutter exercise designed for a 20-something just wasn’t going to cut it.
I then met Isaac and started participating in his BeFit Tacoma Bootcamp classes and my path to getting myself back into shape became very clear.
The beauty of Isaac’s approach is in its simplicity. Work hard, use proper form, and give everything “you” can to each and every exercise.
Although in a group setting, the classes were still very personal and tailored to my particular needs. For exercises that worked my areas of weakness, Isaac would suggest alternate ways to perform the exercise which would allow me to build the required strength and still get all the metabolic benefits. For exercises that worked my areas of strength, Isaac would always provide alternate variations to fully challenge me and ensure that there were no “rest” stations in the program.
Proper form is at the center of all of Isaac’s classes. Since time is limited, Isaac promotes proper form on all exercises to maximize the areas targeted during the activity, as well as ensures injuries do not occur. He is vigilant about encouraging us to not only keep going (stay in it!), but to remember proper form (tight abs people! squeeze you glutes!).
I have been attending BeFit Tacoma Bootcamp on a consistent basis for almost 5 months now. I was 6′ 1″ , 210 lbs when I started, and now I am 6′ 2.5″ and 195 lbs.
How did I grow 1.5 inches?? Proper form and increased core strength has improved my posture and I now stand up straight for the first time since I was in my early 20s. I have also gained strengths across my entire body. Because the session’s focus on all pieces of the anatomy, I have seen results in the definition of my chest, arms, shoulders, and legs. My energy is way up, my flexibility has increased dramatically, and everyday injuries and “tweaks” have seemed to dissipate.
The best way to describe how my life has been transformed is through the following story.
It was an icy morning, and I slipped on a patch of ice and crashed to the ground. 6 months ago, this would have thrown my back out and I would have been hurting for weeks. Although producing a small bruise, I brushed off the ice and dirt, and went on with my day. Later that day, I had to park a long way from my destination, and had to walk about a mile uphill. It didn’t even phase me, and as my companion were struggling for breath, I was able to chat as if I was laying on the couch. Later that night, I met up with my Fiance, and while giving me a giant hug, she marveled at the overall strength she felt in my back and shoulders. Nothing beats having your gal think you are looking good! Thanks Isaac!
I made a new year’s resolutions (as many of us do) to make a conscious choice to get into better shape and eat a more healthy diet. I was determined this time. I had tried many other things. I was a runner for many years, a member of weight watchers and had a gym membership to a big Tacoma commercial gym. But no matter how high I cranked the elliptical up nothing had gotten me the results I wanted to see or the motivation that I needed to stick with it. I saw BeFit Tacoma’s trial and decided what did I have to lose?
I had done group exercise classes before but wasn’t sure what to expect. Being a grandma at age 53 I am busy and at the same time with my age I wasn’t sure it was something I was going to be able to do. I came to class and was blown away by how different it was from anything I’ve done before. I wasn’t sure at first if I was going to be able to keep up but seeing people of different fitness levels all doing the same workout scaled for their fitness levels and challenging themselves motivated me to stay in and I continued to attend classes at least twice a week. In the first month at BeFit Tacoma I lost six lbs and after a two more months I’m down fifteen pounds total! Even better though I’ve lost inches that I can feel especially the difference in my clothes. The coaches are awesome teachers and genuinely care about how you are doing. Between the environment, the kindness I’ve seen, the genuine spirit of the coaches, and most importantly the results I have seen if you are looking to make a positive change in your life, I would highly recommend BeFit Tacoma!
*Update- Rhonda is 55 years old and has lost over 37lbs!*
After training with Isaac, I definitely have a new perspective in working out. I’ve always been an active person snowboarding and running but as a dental hygienist, I was looking to build upper body strength and working on my ergonomics to prevent work injury. BeFit Tacoma Bootcamp classes are a balance of cardio, endurance, and most important to me, strength. In such a short period of time, I was able to “feel the burn!” As a busy person picking up multiple shifts time and value is always an issue with me. I can honestly agree that his intense workouts are well worth your time. If you don’t get pumped up by the loud, booming music working out in a group setting, then something is wrong with you! I brought a friend in for the first time, and she walked out of the gym claiming to have experience the “best sweat” of her life! Most of all, he motivates you throughout the entire experience and applies good nutritional facts. His workouts are always changing and never get boring. My body never adapts so I get the results I want to see but more importantly stay motivated! From training to motivation Isaac is Tacoma’s top personal trainer!
Registered Dental Hygienist
I started training at BeFit Tacoma at the recommendation of some close friends. I have been in the military for four years. As a medical supply specialist it is crucial that I stay in shape for my job. I have been struggling after being in remission for Leukemia in January 2010. You can imagine that has a huge impact on your life in many aspects. From your family to your fitness; since then it has been like rebuilding my strength from the very beginning again. Just because I was sick didn’t mean the PT test standards decreased. I have never worked out at any gyms before. I figured why did I need it? I have military PT instructors. But my PT results weren’t improving and it was at the point where the military made me go to PT twice a day. I wasn’t getting better at running and the extra training started to take time away from my family. It became clear to me that to get better at the PT tests I would need to do something besides the military program. Before coming to BeFit Tacoma my numbers were 53 pushups, 63 situps, and 20:18 on my two mile run. After training at BeFit Tacoma only five classes later and less than a month my numbers improved to 63 pushups, 72 situps, and 16:47 on my two mile run. The run has always been my biggest struggle because of the tightness in my hips and other factors I couldn’t identify by myself. Isaac showed me stretches and other things that helped me run better almost instantly. The movement skills combined with the cardio and strength training from BeFit Tacoma Bootcamp classes worked and I FINALLY PASSED MY PT TEST! No more remedial PT for me! Thanks BeFit Tacoma and Isaac for helping me improve my strength and fitness! It’s never easy coming back from cancer but I know with the help and guidance from BeFit Tacoma my numbers will only continue to improve. If you are looking to increase your fitness levels or train for any events you need to come try BeFit Tacoma out. It has changed my life and will change yours as well.
United States Military
Medical Supply Specialist, E4
BeFit Tacoma, that in itself tells you- YOU will see results. What’s great about it -is that Isaac really provides personal service. He attends to each person differently and matches what works best for you. The workouts are results driven with maximum benefit and ironically short. My favorite thing about BeFit Tacoma is that at the end of each workout we all come together with our hands and say “HARD WORK!” At that point-I feel like I gained a family to ride this journey with me and to hold me accountable.
You never feel like that in just a gym.
We all care for each other. I love Befit.
University Puget Sound Faculty
Until a few years ago, I was never a fan of exercising. I was one of the skinniest people I knew and for a long time it affected my self-image very negatively. As a massage therapist, I knew that if I was going to promote health and self-care, then it would definitely need to be a part of my own life. I finally started at a gym in Tacoma wanting to find a way to change some of this around. Working out (inconsistently) for a little over a whole year and I still was fluctuating between 155 and 160 pounds! I met Isaac not too much later, joining with him on his workouts. His passion for training and fitness was astounding! It rubbed off on me and had me excited to get to the gym for our trainings! Now, after consistently working out at the BeFit boot camps and training with Isaac, I have gained 22lbs of muscle! What keeps me coming back is not just the results, but the healthy environment Isaac has created! I have made many new amazing friends who I look forward to seeing at our bootcamps and have learned so much about my body and keeping in shape. I have never been even close to how fit I am now. My energy levels have dramatically increased along with strength and over-all endurance, and I can’t believe how much my confidence has improved. I don’t know where I would be now without Isaac and his awesome programs.
Aaron Kester, Licensed Massage Therapist
BefFIt Tacoma is super duper fun. It’s like having a personal trainer 2-3 times a week, but a fraction of the cost, it’s not tiring, easy to stick with, and puts you in a good mood every time you go.The coaches focus on precise-accurate movements to the smallest details so you get a great workout without overdoing it or injuring yourself. It’s like a 30 minute class feels like a 2 hour workout, but your not that tired, you just do the right workout the right way. The atmosphere is really positive and social. The facility is clean and new everything. The coaches are awesome, fun & funny, nice and very passionate. They also work on nutrition with you on an ongoing basis. I highly recommend and can’t say enough good things about Be Fit. I have not even been training for a month yet but my clothes are already fitting a bit looser on me. Yay!! See you in class!
Befit Tacoma Bootcamp is a very challenging, energetic, and extremely fun place to workout. I have come to know personal trainer Isaac Ho very well and followed him from his training at large fitness centers. He certainly knows what he is talking about, and when he brings someone else to his team, they all have very similar aspirations. I would trust them with any fitness goal I have. Just make sure you are prepared to work when you get there! They are all about making sure their clients are attaining their goals, and if they don’t do it in the time that they want, they talk to you personally to figure out what it is you need to do to get there in the healthiest way possible. I personally have been working with Isaac on and off for about 2 years now (even before Befit Tacoma) and I would recommend him to anyone.
Phone tech at Sprint
Federal Way, Wa.
Isaac Ho’s energy and enthusiasm for learning along with his dedication to giving his clients the absolute best is inspirational and contagious. Anyone would be lucky to train with him!
Personal Trainer and Writer for Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Woman’s Health, Muscle and fitness, Oxygen, Live Strong, T-Nation, Fight Magazine, Muscle Mag, Maximium Fitness, Yahoo, and Bodybuilding.com
Isaac spent some time with me in the clinic at 3Dimensional Physical Therapy. He was very attentive and asked appropriate questions as well as inserting correct comments about proper exercise technique. I believe that Isaac will do an exceptional job at creating a much needed, well educated, personal training gym in Tacoma. We will have an open line of communication to work through any difficult situations. He is very enthusiastic and knows what it takes to be “the” Tacoma personal trainer. He realizes what is an appropriate amount and intensity of exercise to make someone better. Most importantly – he is very personable and fun to work with.
Although exercising can be difficult, it also should be fun in order to ensure compliance and achieve the best results. I believe that BeFit Tacoma will be a “the” facility and Isaac Ho will be “the” personal trainer in Tacoma over the next several years.
PT, OCS, SCS, CSCS, Owner of 3D Physical Therapy
It’s very rare that a young fitness professional is very knowledgeable, experienced and caring and Isaac is all three.
I have not met any other trainers that put as much time, effort and resources into being more knowledgeable with the goal of helping their clients as Isaac.
His passion and goal in life is to make everyone of his clients lives better.
I have had the pleasure of mentoring Isaac and I can honestly say he the most knowledgeable and caring young fitness professional I know and you’ll hear his name in the future.
Owner of Vigor Grounds
I first met Isaac Ho two years ago when he contacted me to get together talk shop, and possibly do an internship with me. I thought this was a great idea to help out a young trainer who is getting into the industry. It was to my VERY pleasant surprise that this guy knew quite a bit more than he should at his age. Not only was he exceptionally knowledgeable, but he was able to deliver this knowledge as well. Working with Isaac is like working with a trainer who has been in the trenches for many years. Any client that works with Isaac or BeFit Tacoma is going to get what they came for: RESULTS
Tim Vagen, CSCS
Unlimited Athlete, Inc.
I first met Isaac in California at a strength and conditioning seminar in California. At first I was surprised by his overabundance of knowledge, but it soon became evident that Isaac had been studying fitness for a very long time. There are few strength coaches I know with more educational resources than Isaac.
Isaac has dedicated himself in whole to becoming the best at his craft. I have been thoroughly impressed by Isaac’s skill as a coach, but also his energy levels. Watch out for this young coach in the future. He’s learned from the best of the best, soon he will be.
Steve Di Tomaso, BHK, P.Kin, CSCS, CEP
Director of Sport Synergy Performance Inc.
I met Isaac at a Fitness Business Workshop and this is a passionate, energetic, hard working and determined young entrepreneur. His work ethic will allow him to be a strong force in the ever growing fitness industry. The work that he is willing to put in to achieve his goals is incredible. Rest is not in Isaac’s vocabulary but hustle, willpower and conviction can describe this young man’s mindset. I expect big things from this promising young fitness coach.
CEO California Fitness Academy, Author of “The Complete Traithlete”, Creator of “The Ultimate Dynamic Warm Up DVD”
My name is Rick Kaselj and I am a fitness educator in Vancouver, Canada. I have taught thousands of fitness professionals on how to design exercise programs for their clients with injuries. It is surprising how few fitness professionals invest in themselves to help their clients. I am constantly getting excuses from fitness professionals on why they are not getting more knowledge and skills in order to help their clients get better and faster results. Isaac Ho is not one of those fitness professionals. He understands the importance in investing in himself and learning new ways to help his clients out.
Rick Kaselj, MS
Surrey, BC, Canada
“Isaac Ho is the man…plain & simple! If you’re on a quest to get back into shape, or if you’re looking to take your training to the next level, Isaac is your ‘go-to guy’. He’s straight up, honest and direct with no frills or gimmicks. He actually cares about his clients and it shows in his attention to detail. The work that he does with his Boot Camps is outstanding! As a Fitness Professional, I can appreciate his work ethic in providing a quality results-based program and training system that keeps people coming back more. His training protocols require that individuals be accountable for their actions while staying on a consistent training & nutrition program – which is the key if results are what you’re after. I highly recommend Isaac because he really cares about his work, his profession, and he puts 110% of his knowledge and effort into each client. He’s the real deal!”
Adrian Robles, CPT
Health & Wellness Coordinator
Corporate Fitness Center Manager – Weyerhaeuser Company (Federal Way, WA)
My Name is Laura and I was a client of Isaac’s before I started my own fitness business .I had always been an athlete, had an extensive background in martial arts as well as exercise and been in great shape a time or two in my life; but due to a high stress job and life in general I had put on a unwanted 40 pounds. I joined a large commercial gym and after not seeing the results I wanted to see figured I needed a trainer to guide and motivate me. I got set up with Isaac, really the luck of the draw if you know how large corporate gyms work. I was so lucky to get him, as I looked around at the other trainers at the gym, they all were having each client do the same workout routine no matter what their skill level or body type and had no passion and energy when they trained clients.
Isaac was different, using progressive training techniques and tools as he invested time in setting out a specific program for each client. He always pushed me to try and accomplish things that I never thought I could do while coaching and encouraging me all the way through the process. While others were doing bench press and isolating muscles I was doing full body movements training my cardio, strength, endurance, core, and full body all at once. Members looked at me like I was crazy….Some people would ask “what are you training for?” my response to them was “nothing just trying to get healthy” They looked at me in disbelief as why I would do such crazy things. Well because they work that’s why and my results spoke for themselves. Needless to say I shed the pounds and got stronger.
My friends kept telling me that I would be a great trainer as I had helped others in the past lose weight, so I pursued a certification to be a personal trainer. With my previous knowledge and that I had learned from Isaac I knew I could make it. So here I sit 40 pounds down and in the best shape of my life at 45 years old. I have been at it for over a year now and have a successful business working out of Spanaway Fitness, Studio 138, and doing in-home training. I am that trainer that people tell me stands out in the gym much like Isaac my mentor doing things that other trainers don’t do seeing results from my clients that other trainers don’t see.
I am privileged to work with Isaac and call him my mentor even though he is 20 years my junior, his commitment to clients is something you just don’t find in this industry so if you are fortunate enough to train with him you will see how special he really is.
Laura McKeown, CPT
Inspired Fitness Owner
When I first met Isaac it was at a very popular, local gym in Tacoma, where I was acting as a manager of the fitness team, he as one of the top trainers. My first thought was, “Wow, this guy isn’t messing around!” As a former Firefighter, I have had several personal trainers for over 10 years, so I am unfortunately well aware of the lack of confidence, professionalism, motivation and personal drive that most personal trainers tend to portray. I can tell you from endless attempts with personal training that it is mind-numbingly difficult to find a trainer that is willing to push me (even when I don’t THINK I want to be pushed), who doesn’t take the easy way out and waste my time, energy and hard earned money with the common “chat it up” attitude. Most personal trainers will jump on the opportunity to put in minimal effort and heart into really helping me meet my personal fitness goals. Or even worse, just not care at all really and stand next to me while counting reps and oggling the other female members in the gym….or even worse! Just act plain rude and disinterested! This is the exact opposite of what I saw from Isaac with his clients. It seemed that he had a genuine interest and had even set his own personal goals for helping each and every one of his clients obtain what they had set out to do. And I saw him do just that, countless times and always with a smile on his face! I worked with him for 2 years and, even though I had FREE personal training with several other friends with just as much experience as he had, decided to PAY the company for the undeniable difference in the quality that Isaac had to offer. The results showed me that I had made the right decision. Superb! Thank you, Isaac.
A couple of years later I was with a different company, also a very popular, reputable company, and I had advanced in my career and was getting a promotion to a different club than the one I had started at. I showed up for my first day and saw the list of my 23 employees…..ISAAC HO!!! Hooray! This just made my job a LOT easier! And I get my favorite trainer back! Too good to be true.
Having Isaac on my team again, but this time as my employee, I was able to see even more what a gift he is to the fitness community. He followed up with his clients ….. wait…. followed up?! Wow!! When clients started to fall into the daily grinds (which we all tend to do, right?) and had started letting the sessions slide, he would get them right back in the gym. What?! Shaking my head in shock I couldn’t help but dig deeper. What I found was to be a list of reasons and success stories that made me sure that this man would be great at this and for a long time. I have never seen a trainer take such a personal and diligent approach. He is truly a driven, passionate and determined man in his field. I tell everyone about him. I STILL email him with extra special tips he can give me when I hit a rut, as I now live in California. When you train with Isaac, you are training with someone that is a professional and a friend at all times. He is a rare commodity and a very special gift. Thank you Isaac, for getting me in shape, being a wonderful example, and never letting me stop believing in myself! I couldn’t have done it without you. I mean that.
Personal Training Manager
As soon as you enter the door, it is evident that BeFit Tacoma isn’t just Isaac Ho’s job, it’s his passion. Isaac not only puts you through the paces, he shows you correct form and how to best work your body. Isaac’s a great encourager and motivator — not just in the gym, but outside class as well. The folks that are in the classes come in every size and shape and Isaac meets you where you’re at. Much love.
Coming to BeFit Tacoma is one of the best fitness experiences I have had! The idea of “Bootcamp” has always made me apprehensive because what would come to mind is big, scary men pushing me until I passed out. Let me tell you: This is NOT that! Coach Isaac and Couch Nic are always positive and keep you going with a smile on their faces. Though I was definitely pushed to my next level physically and I feel great! The classes are different every time and every single time I worked up a sweat and left feeling like I really got something done. Coach Isaac is very involved and knowledgeable, helping to change my diet to maximize my weight loss. He is hands on without being overbearing, which is hard to find! I recommend this to everyone who is looking to have a great experience while developing a great body!
My name is Robert Blackett and I have been working with Isaac since August of 09. In that time I have come to appreciate his dedication and approach to training and fitness. His programming is always challenging and varied, and he works with his clients around their personal needs and handicaps. I have always been physically active through my life. I used to train at a few different commercial gyms in Tacoma, Auburn, and Rentonas well as completed the Bates fire service program. I decided that if I was going to fulfill my dreams of being a fire fighter I was going to need to increase my strength and performance. I was 190 lbs when I started but had no muscle on me and knew nothing about nutrition. I enjoyed eating sausage and drinking beer. You can say I was your average hard working EMT! I still enjoy my beers and sausage but through the nutrition guidance I have learned balance.
I came into training knowing that I needed help getting stronger and improving my performance but I guess I didn’t realize how weak I was. I didn’t know how to deadlift (pick something off the ground correctly), or squat and couldn’t do a single pullup.
One thing that separates Isaac from many coaches I’ve seen is his ability to work with any client regardless of their situation and still get them great results. I was cautious about lifting heavy because of my past injuries. I previously hyperextended both my shoulders, one swimming as a kid and the other one during a tournament fight as well as popped my left knee out of its socket. This made many exercises painful for me and I even thought impossible. However Isaac showed me how to work around these simply by moving correctly and I now have less problems with my knees and shoulders than before.
In April of 2010 I broke my hand and Isaac developed a program to help me continue to train and continue to see results during my injury. I don’t know many coaches who could do that. Most would simply let me sit at home and put back on the weight I had worked hard to lose. Instead of being creative and educated enough to design a program utilizing one hand.
How good is Isaac? Well before I moved to Auburn I drove from Renton to Tacoma to train with Isaac even though there were tons of gyms and trainers in a five minute drive from me. But I drove an hour each way to train with him. My mom also trains with Isaac and she and I are both continuing to see results and live healthy lifestyles. My Dad worked out a gym in Tacoma and hired a trainer and not only did he end up cancelling his training but he didn’t see any results and was not taught the healthy choices and mindset that lead to a healthy lifestyle. The right trainer can make all the difference.
During my time training with Isaac, I have dropped my body fat percentage by 6 percent and increased my strength from 115lbs to 345 on squat, 135 to 335 on deadlift, 95 to 155 on bench press and can do a pullup with 20lbs around my waist. My EMT job in king county almost instantly became easier. I no longer struggle to pick up heavier patients or transfer them to and from my stretcher. The difference in my body shape is incredible. I have dropped 2 pant sizes and it has gotten to the point that my friends all call me the skinny guy. I still aspire to be a fire fighter and I know with the training I received from Isaac I have no problems with the physical test. Before I started training with Isaac my scores on the fire fighter test score was 7 minutes and 20 seconds the last time I took with I completed in 6 minutes and 10 seconds. Thanks Isaac for all the coaching, training, and nutritional guidance. For making my job easier, keeping my in the healthy lifestyle, and helping me work towards my dream. If you are ready to feel better, move better, lose fat and make a difference in your life with results and a lifestyle that last you need to check out Isaac and BeFit Tacoma.
I’ve tried my hand with many trainer’s and training classes and this is by far the best. I love the atmosphere there and Coach Isaac and Nick are so supportive. One of the things I love about BeFit is the attention to quality over quantity; it’s amazing how different the exercises are when you are taught how to do them correctly. The coaches care about each client that they have and are dedicated to making sure each one finds the results they are looking for. If you are looking for affordable personal training and love working in a group setting, you should definitely check this place out….you’ll be happy you did!
RESULTS. That is what you get from BeFit . Isaac Ho, owner, takes the time to get to know each member, their health concerns, lifestyle and what results they are looking to achieve. Being a member of BeFit is like having a one on one personal trainer as Isaac is always ensuring each member is using proper from to get the most out of each move or exercise they are doing. Isaac is very personable, motivating and really cares about the clients, and not just while they are in his gym, but their lives outside of the gym as well. The atmosphere is very non-threatning and all of the members are very supportive of each other and it feels like a family when you are there. BeFit members are ALL ages, shapes, sizes and abilities. The success I have seen in myself and fellow members far surpasses that of any kind of workout or training you will receive in a commercial chain gym or training studio. Isaac TRULY cares about his clients and it shows in their progress! You will NEVER leave BeFit feeling unsatisfied with your workout … Tacoma. Isaac Ho, owner, takes the time to get to know each member, their health concerns, lifestyle and what results they are looking to achieve. Being a member of BeFit is like having a one on one personal trainer as Isaac is always ensuring each member is using proper from to get the most out of each move or exercise they are doing. Isaac is very personable, motivating and really cares about the clients, and not just while they are in his gym, but their lives outside of the gym as well. The atmosphere is very non-threatning and all of the members are very supportive of each other and it feels like a family when you are there. BeFit members are ALL ages, shapes, sizes and abilities. The success I have seen in myself and fellow members far surpasses that of any kind of workout or training you will receive in a commercial chain gym or training studio. Isaac TRULY cares about his clients and it shows in their progress! You will NEVER leave BeFit feeling unsatisfied with your workout. You WILL leave dripping in sweat and sore, which is how you SHOULD feel after a full body workout. Workouts at BeFit are maximum 45 minutes long and in that time you will get more out of a workout than you ever will at a commercial chain gym. If you want to see RESULTS in a supportive fun environment, then BeFit Tacoma is for you!
Befit is very different from anything else I’ve ever to try and change the way I look… and the way I feel about how I look. The coaches are amazing and friendly beyond what I would expect; I never feel intimidated, always welcomed. I have lost almost ten pounds in a little less than six weeks, going twice a week, not bad I say!!! Thank you guys
Better Business Bureau
One word to best describe BeFit Tacoma is AMAZING!!! From coach Isaac and coach Nic, to the bootcamp routines, and fellow boot campers, BeFit Tacoma is truly an amazing program if you are looking to achieve results. I belonged to a large commercial gym for several years, and I was one of those members who showed up 5-6 days a week, every week for a few months, but would then disappear for months on end. I lacked the motivation and support to keep going consistently. I thought that I was in pretty good shape, but after joining BeFit Tacoma, I can honestly say that I have never felt better about my body (which is still improving with each class), and myself as a person. From the day that I started orientation with Coach Isaac, he has been nothing but uplifting and supportive of my goals. At first, I was skeptical to start training with Befit because I was so intimidated by the program and the people. I was worried that I would slow the rest of the class down. But I soon realized that the hardest part of boot camp is actually getting out of bed and getting there, and everyone from the coach my fellow boot campers have been nothing but encouraging. When I feel like I want to quit and can’t do another push up, I hear Coach Isaac, or Coach Nic, even the person next to me encouraging me to keep going. If I don’t show up for class, everyone wonders where I was. It is a great feeling to have so many people encouraging and being so supportive. The work out routines may seem intimidating, but Coach Isaac and Coach Nic would never let you do it, if they honestly didn’t believe that you were unable to. I have a shoulder injury from several years ago, and both coach pay close attention and modify different routines according to my needs. Despite the group setting, I always feel that I receive very close personal attention. I LOVE that Befit Tacoma focus more on quality rather than quantity. I thought I already knew how to do a “good” push up, or a decent squat/lunge, but they really show you the proper way to bust out these moves. “If you are doing a push up correctly, you will feel it” is one of coach Isaac’s favorite phrase. And I definitely FEEL it. Within less than two months of training , about 2-3 days a week at Befit, I have already started to see and feel results. I usually attend the 6am class, and it is amazing the amount of energy I have after class. I look and feel better in my clothes. I receive many compliments of this new and improving figure, and I give lots of credit to Befit. When I went to a commercial gym, I worked out on my own, attended a few classes (cycling, abs, zumba), met a few nice people, but If you are looking to achieve results, with people who genuinely care about your health and well being, and push you to reach your goals, BeFit Tacoma is your solution.
I was first brought to BeFit by a good friend. I was immediately excited about it after my first class. I was very sore, and that told me that every muscle in my body was getting a great workout. Isaac and Nick are amazing trainers who have made coming to class fun and addicting! The attention they are able to give to each person is like having your own personal trainer. My favorite thing about BeFit is that everyone is very positive, trainers and other bootcampers. BeFit has become a staple in my life and I’m very grateful to have found it!
My name is Jennifer Bergerson and I want to share my story and experience with fitness trainer Isaac “The Great” Ho! I first met Isaac when I started working at a very large popular Tacoma commercial gym. I was a “training assistant manger” which was a glorified title for selling personal training. I would take people through their first work out at the gym and then sell them packages of personal training. Well, sales there were not my cup of tea because I didn’t feel right about selling things that I did not believe in. I believe that personal trainers are worth the investment but the trainers at the facility were not the best as in the case with most commercial gyms.
I had been into health and fitness for years and hired trainers myself. I had just moved back from Las Vegas and trained with a couple of trainers down there who were out of this world. The competition in Vegas was pretty steep and these guys were the best of the best. I share that with you to tell you how much of a trainer snob I was when I met Isaac. However Isaac impressed me. Our first conversation he explained how he designed programs for people to help them reach specific goals. He spoke so technical it actually intimidated me and I had been a gym rat for 8 or 9 years plus took a health or PE classes every quarter in college!
So I took Isaac and began to sell him rather than just personal training. I watched him train his clients and couldn’t wait to train with him myself. Finally, I did a trade with a gal who had bought a bunch of training sessions and wasn’t going to use them. So I picked Isaac right away and we began our yearlong progression! When I first started training with him I was 140 lbs. My goal was to compete in a figure competition at the Iron Man. I am 5’9 and was 17% body fat. Mind you I was a 120lb girl until I got it in my mind to compete! I was very slender and was able to get to 140lbs with the trainers from Vegas but had hit a plateau and was unable to gain. It took me from the age of 20 to 23 to get from 120lbs to 140lbs. Isaac created a split program for me with minimal cardio and gave me a session on macronutrients vs. micronutrients. In 2.5 months I exploded! I went up to 156lbs and 19% body fat!! (The gain in body fat is very normal when you are trying to gain muscle) The ironic part about all of this was Isaac had warned me in the beginning that he had never trained a body builder and had never been a body builder so this was an experiment for him.
I had everyone at the gyms attention and my arms were bigger than ¾ of the MEN in the facility! This began to wear on me… I was feeling very insecure with being that muscular and my friends and family were teasing me. One day after watching the Emerald Cup Isaac came up to me and said, “Jen I think you need to gain about 5 more pounds and your legs are going to need to get bigger.” I broke down and started to cry. I didn’t want to do it any more. I wasn’t going to put on any more weight and I wasn’t going to buy new jeans. So I turned to my wonderful compassionate trainer and said “Isaac….I want to break down this muscle how do I do it”
He smiled and asked, “Why would you want to do that, you look great!” Perfect words for a girl who was feeling quite embarrassed of her size. He agreed to write me a new program that would help me break down the muscle. He gave me full body workouts every other day and intense interval cardio. It took me 8 months but I was able to get back down to 132! Smaller and more defined than when Isaac started with me! I lost 24lbs and was at 17% body fat!
Isaac is one of the most skilled professionals out there. I have NEVER worked with a trainer who understood more about the body, the movements of the muscle and how and why each exercise works. I have had more arguments about exercise theory with him than any other person and lost most of those! Tacoma is lucky to have someone as skilled as Isaac in the community and people better take advantage of him before he is off to LA or New York City!!!
Jennifer Green, Certified Personal trainer
Nutrition and Fitness Consultant
Before training at BeFit Tacoma I had worked out on my own my entire life, I would do the same two things and even though I really enjoyed running and biking one day I looked in the mirror and was not happy with how my body looked. I wasn’t seeing the definition that I was looking for so I decided to hire a personal fitness trainer in Tacoma. When I asked around I was referred to Isaac and started training with him.
The best way to explain my experience with Isaac is “Unique”.
Isaac’s approach to fitness was different than any other I had ever seen. Sure there were weights and jumping jacks and squats and lunges (all the regular workout “de jour” activities), but they were all different and with purpose.
It didn’t matter how much weight you lifted or how many reps you could do. What mattered was form, working the proper muscles, and doing it in the most efficient sequence possible. The workout was designed to transform the way your body moved and the way your muscles supported your body. Even though the workouts could be tough at times, you felt excited to participate and push yourself fully, for the path was clear, and the results were undeniable. I saw amazing results in my arms, legs, butt and overall fitness. My favorite jeans (True religion) were fitting better than ever. When I would go out on a run, my legs and my stamina for longer distances were better than ever.
As I moved from 1:1 training to a group setting (Isaac’s famous boot camps), I was a bit worried that the individual attention I received would diminish. To my pleasant surprise, the level of 1 on 1 support remained, and in some respects, even increased. Somehow Isaac was able to act like a conductor of an orchestra during these sessions, as he pushed and encouraged everyone throughout the process. He moved from one side of the room to the other, ensuring that each of us got maximum results from the session. On exercises where I was very efficient, Isaac would give me a more difficult version to perform. On exercises where I was struggling, he would ensure that I concentrated on form, and strengthened those weak areas.
I have recently moved away from the Tacoma area, and I’ll admit that the thing I miss most is Isaac’s boot camps. It was the highlight of my day, and I always felt awesome on that drive home from class. However, the lessons he taught me during my time spent under his guidance are ingrained in my workout routines. During my current trips to the gym I can still here him say, “Keep those glutes tight! Stay in it! Keep that form!”.
Let me say I LOVE this place. From the first class on (where, I must say, I passed out cold) I’ve been hooked! BeFit’s boot camps are truly one of the most uplifting experiences you can have in your week! The Positive and driven atmosphere is absolutely catching, and the coaches are truly passionate about helping each individual reach their full health potential! A great amount of thought goes into each and every boot camp here – every day is different and finds a new way to test your body and keep it from getting used to a “routine”! Strength builders followed quickly by dynamic interrupts, backed up by music that truly keeps you active unlike many health clubs I’ve visited! I’ve been through a great many personal training sessions (as well as home workouts and diet pills) and I must say not a one of them can hold a candle to what goes on here. The two weeks I spent training here
outside of my gym were fantastic! I woke up feeling more energetic every day, and can’t wait to return once my gym membership expires!! Isaac and Nic helped me visualize my “why” in a way I’d never truly thought of before. Turned my roller coaster mountains into smaller hills and have helped me keep my eye on the target since! I can’t possibly put enough words out there to describe how great this place is – it seems to be a way to not only grow in health of body but also learn a wealth of information you never knew before! Hope to see you at BeFit Tacoma soon!!
Manager at Coldstone Ice Cream
My name is Brett Sprague and BeFit Tacoma changed my life. Losing weight has been an uphill struggle for me since the second year of college. I worked with a Trainer in Southern California who helped me lose weight but I was unable to keep up the progress after we stopped. Over the past few years I had developed terrible food habits, a lazy work out schedule and a whole lot of excuses as to why I couldn’t lose the weight. This past year I moved to New York City and things became even worse. Before starting at BeFit Tacoma I weighed more than I had in my entire life, looked terrible and felt terrible. I am an opera singer by profession and one thing I was told in every audition I had was that I needed to lose a lot of weight if I wanted to continue to be successful. So, this summer I took a chance at BeFit Tacoma, hoping it would lead to the change in lifestyle I needed to lose the weight and keep it off. It did exactly that!
The first few weeks were rough, I was so out of shape, but the constant support and positive reinforcement from Isaac and Nick proved to be exactly what I needed. As time passed, the workouts not only seemed to get easier for me, they became enjoyable.
Many times, the bootcamp class was the highlight of my day. Issac kept me honest by keeping track of my nutrition though emails and provided me with a plan to eat better. No matter how much I struggled, Isaac was there to help me complete the workout and feel a sense of accomplishment. That is what makes this gym so much better than any other, the personal connection I felt with the coaches that ignited a fire within me to be a better person. Another thing that makes this place so great is the camaraderie among all the trainees, its great to have a group of peers to support and challenge you. I made friends at this gym, that doesn’t usually happen.
Since starting at BeFit Tacoma two months ago I have achieved great results thanks to their wonderful coaching. I have lost a 27lbs and 4 inches off my waist, but more importantly, I have created a new healthy lifestyle for myself. I have to head back to New York, but the training I received here was the jump start I needed to kick my life into gear. Isaac is even helping me find a trainer in New York so I can continue my success. I am taking control of my own life though healthier habits thanks to BeFit Tacoma. So, a huge thank you to Isaac Ho, Coach Nick and my friends in bootcamp, without your expertise, support and friendship my life would be decidedly worse and shorter. Thanks for saving my life!
Update- Brett has been doing online coaching with Isaac and has lost an additional eight lbs in the last two weeks.
Lakewood, WA/New York, NY
Hello! My name is Carol and I train at BeFit Tacoma. In the past, I had always considered myself a pretty fit person. Throughout my school years I was always involved in sports. When I entered college I gained the freshmen 15 and then some. As I entered my second year of college I got back into shape by running. After a while my shin splints got so bad that I had to stop. I tried to stay in shape by working out on the elliptical, but found it too boring! Soon enough I quit the gym all together. One day I stepped on the scale and to my surprise I was 152 pounds! Thirty four pounds more than when I first started college. This didn’t happen over night. It took several years to gain and I knew it would take some hard work to lose this unwanted weight.
Since I did not have the motivation to go to the gym I tried weight watchers, but even that didn’t last long. I would lose a few pounds and gain it right back. I kept telling myself that once I graduated from college all that would change because I’d have more time for myself. Wrong! I graduated and still didn’t have enough time or motivation to go to the gym. Instead, I decided to try out a hot yoga class with a friend. I was dedicated for about a month, but still was not seeing the results I wanted. On top of that, the work out was the same every single day!
I first began training at BeFit Tacoma in June 2011 because I knew that I needed to get into shape. No excuses! I would experience restless nights which, for me, was a HUGE indicator that I needed to desperately incorporate some physical activity into my life. I no longer weighed 152, but knew that I could look and feel better if I just pushed myself. I didn’t want to feel overweight or look forward to fall/winter simply because I could hide my insecurities underneath layers.
I first heard about BeFit Tacoma from a close friend. Everything he said about it made it sound amazing! So I decided to give it a shot. Now, I didn’t try it right away. It took me a good two months before I actually attended a class. The word bootcamp seriously intimidated me. When I thought of bootcamp I imagined a mean trainer yelling at me! So naturally I didn’t want to attend class alone. My friend accompanied me to my first class. He was great! Encouraged me throughout the class and even gave me some pointers on how to improve my form as we did our exercises.
I only made it 2/3 of the way through the first class, but immediately fell in love! The energy was AMAZING! Everyone is so encouraging and supportive; including the trainers! Although it’s a group class the trainers pay close attention to each individuals form. I love burpees, but I had a hard time doing them properly. I would kick out with only one leg. Now, if I wanted one leg to be stronger than the other I was doing a great job. The trainers always emphasize proper form over reps. So, I took my time to get the proper form down and now I no longer do burpees incorrectly.
Since my time at BeFit I’ve lost 5 inches in my waist, I’ve gone from a size 8 to a size 4, and I’ve lost six pounds. I have more energy and honestly look forward to each and every class! The energy is always GREAT! At the end of every class I truly feel accomplished. I’m especially proud for being able to do squats correctly and from not being able to do “girl push-ups” (on the knee style) to actual push-ups! I can now do 10 push-ups in 20 seconds and can last a whole 50 seconds which is awesome!
If you’re looking to get in shape and lack motivation I would strongly encourage anyone to try BeFit Tacoma! It’s an investment in you’re well-being.
I was introduced to BeFit Tacoma Bootcamp from a friend of mine that swore by it. I decided to check it out to see what type of results I could get. I have always been a “do it yourself” type of person when it came to working out – but I figured it was worth a shot. After the first 6 weeks, I was BLOWN away by the results I received. Just working out 2 days a week for 6 weeks, I lost 13 pounds! By the guidance of the Personal Trainers, Isaac and Nick, they have been a pleasure to work with and beyond helpful throughout the workouts! They make it enjoyable to workout and addicting to workout! I would and have been recommending BeFit Tacoma Bootcamp to anyone and everyone! I want to thank my friend Marcus for introducing me to BeFit Tacoma Bootcamp… I will not be going back to the regular ole’ gym anytime soon! THANK YOU ISAAC AND NICK!
I was surprised at how quickly I got results at BeFit… I typically ONLY run for workouts, but decided to try BeFit on my sister’s recommendation (Isaac helped her train prior to climbing Mt. Rainier) and because of their awesome Charity Challenge (community do-gooders? yes, please!).
I hadn’t worked out at all (running or otherwise) in over four months when I went to my first class, and it KICKED. MY. BUTT. You work totally different muscles than you would running, or even strength training at a “normal” gym. The day after my first BeFit class felt like the day after the first day of snowboard season – every muscle in my body I never knew I had felt WORKED (in the best way).
And the best news for me – these classes totally prepped me for running, too! I entered a 10K after my first week of BeFit classes and got a better time (even without running for four months) than I had in my last race.
Overall, totally impressed with the gym, the trainers, their knowledge, personal attention, and motivational skills.
I’m a BeFit Believer!
When I was first taken to BeFit I was excited to see what it had to offer. Wow was I impressed, not only was it an amazing workout but the trainers Isaac and Nick are so supportive it makes you want to push yourself. With the small class sizes it allows them to help each individual with form and alternate ways to do the exercise if it is giving you any problems. Not only that but they are always available to email and call if you have questions about nutrition, form, exercises, etc. They go above and beyond to ensure you get the best results you can. After bootcamp I came out feeling great, positive, and accomplished. The self paced program makes it so everyone can do it while also pushing you to do your best. I drive 45 minutes to and from bootcamp 2-3 days a week, that’s how worth it is to me. The best gym around by far. If you’re looking for real results with hands on training and 24 hour support this positive personal training gym is the only way to go!
Green River, Wa
BeFit Tacoma is an excellent health club, Isaac Ho is a very knowledgeable personal trainer, who has helped me get my nutrition on track and helps push my fitness level every day. The friendly atmosphere is represented well and the experience has been great. Theyre focused on getting results not going through the motions and collecting a paycheck like most gyms out there. BeFit Tacoma is there to help you, do yourself a favor and go to the bootcamp.
US Special Forces
I started working with Isaac in October 2009. I was planning a trip to Hawaii in May of 2010 so I decided if I was going to be on the beach I wanted to be comfortable in my swim suit. When I first started, I couldn’t really do anything. I was pushing 275 lbs! I couldn’t make it through a simple workout and really felt like wanting to quit. In one of my first workouts, I was so out of shape that doing an assisted pull up caused me to have to go to the chiropractor for an adjustment.
Isaac worked with me to better complete the exercises so that I wouldn’t hurt myself and held me accountable to my work out routine. When I first started, I often found reasons to not come in and would avoid the gym at all costs. Isaac didn’t give up on me but instead worked hard to keep me motivated and the routines fun so that I would come to the gym. The more I came to the gym, the more I started to accomplish and the more I started to enjoy the workouts. I started to find them easier and more challenging all at the same time.
Isaac worked with me on nutrition and helped me to better understand how to eat right to make the workouts more effective. I enjoy cooking a lot. This was part of the reason I became so overweight. By working with Isaac I learned how to change up what I liked to a more healthy way of eating. He challenged me to find ways to cook what I enjoy while still losing weight. The nutrition help and the workouts were instrumental in making personal changes. During the time I spent with Isaac, I lost 61 pounds and dropped from a pant size of 48 (should have been 50) down to 38. I was able to finish workouts and felt stronger and healthier. All of these changes were expected and honestly were worth every penny of what I was paying for.
What I didn’t expect that happened was that I became a happier person. I felt better about myself and found myself to be a better partner in my relationship and a better friend. I finally and probably for the first time in my life, felt a sense of self worth. I learned that with the correct support in my life and with an appropriate amount of determination and work I could achieve anything I wanted. This even rolled over to my professional life and I became a better asset to my employer.
As life would have it, I was forced to part ways with Isaac. I moved out of the state and have been unable to keep working with him.
This was a very hard thing to do. I didn’t feel like I was losing a trainer, I was moving away from a friend. Isaac helped me to change my life and helped me to find my happy. For this I am forever indebted.
My only caution to those thinking about working out with Isaac would be that you will be spoiled and no one else will ever measure up. Isaac is a very committed trainer to each of his clients and his craft.
Words can’t describe how grateful I am for your constant encouragement and mentorship at BeFit Tacoma over the last 21 days. Thank you for helping me lose the stubborn fat around my stomach and especially lower back. Now that I finally feel more at ease with myself, I’ve finally gained the confidence I’ve always wanted! Can’t wait to get even more fit and strong! Let’s befit!
I’m indebted to BeFit Tacoma for helping me fulfill a dream I’ve had since 8th grade, to get strong! I’ve always been skinny and though I picked up kickboxing and took martial arts to compensate my inherent weakness bothered me. No matter how hard I hit a bag or kicked a shield it always nagged me when a new guy would come into the gym, never really thrown a proper punch in his life and then through sheer strength give the punching mitt a solid one that rivaled my months of boxing practice. There’s a level where baseline strength can surpass technique and while my technique level was higher I saw that failing to increase my strength would cap my level of effectiveness. I tried working out at the YMCA, but working out alone and having no idea if I was doing an exercise right or how many sets/reps I should do left me discouraged and I only went in once or twice a month. Then I found BeFit Strength Group! What I love about Strength group is that everyone who goes has one primary goal, to get strong and encourage others to get strong too!
Working out in such an environment pushes you to try harder, and you know the group has your back when it comes to spotting you with weights and correcting your form. Coach Isaac is the one who puts the exercise programs together and he always has a rationale behind the exercises we do and the amount of reps and sets. There’s a science behind the program, not a blind guess. I’ve been working out with strength group since May and I feel more confident, walk a little straighter, and my clothes fit just a little snugger. I receive compliments from people who knew me before I worked out and seen me now. They’re all like, “looking buff” and I joke that I always look this way haha! No, seriously though, working out at BeFit Tacoma has been one of the highlights of the year for me!
I wanted to touch base with you as today is my 30day check in. I was feeling frustrated this week ans had a tough time making it happen this morning as I have not seen any movement on the scale. I knew today I would have to face reality as it was measurement day~ so started my day with coach Nic and off to work I went. When I got home I knew it was down to business. I took my measurements and here are my results… I was super excited and wanted to say thank you to you and coach Nic for you help and motivation and pushing me to be my best. I am looking forward to the next 30 days. Thank you–Laura
Upper Arm- 12″
Upper Arm- 11.5″
Before BeFitTacoma working out for me was literally painful, due to a lower back injury. Isaac showed me the proper way to exercise as well as educated me how to eat right with a diet plan designed just for me. Isaac is an awesome trainer; He not only explains each exercise, he shows them to you.
I went from 142 pounds down to 130 pounds. I’ve lost 12 pounds and feel good! Going from size 8 down to size 6 feels great! But being able to move freely without discomfort is rewarding. BeFit Tacoma has made it possible for me to live a normal life again. Now I can do things I had to stop doing a long time ago.
I recommend BeFit Tacoma to anyone that is trying to lose weight, has an injury or has giving up on exercising altogether. After a good workout you’ll feel re-energized!
Full Time Mom
Hello. My name is Rhone Gore and I’m going to tell you how BeFit Tacoma and Isaac Ho not only changed my life, but quite possibly saved it.
The best stories start at the beginning. My early life wasn’t fun. My father left when I was a baby due to circumstances beyond his control and I was raised by an abusive stepfather. I was tall, skinny, brainy, clumsy, didn’t have the most stylish clothes, didn’t know all the cool words… in other words I was a total nerd, and with that label comes the standard issue bullying. Life at home wasn’t much better, dealing with near-consistent emotional and at times physical abuse. I was constantly told how worthless I was, how I was never going to be or do anything. After a while of hearing things like that, you start to believe them. I stopped taking care of myself, stopped caring about anything. By the time I finished high school I had attempted suicide 3 times. I went from a skinny nerd to a bit heavy when I started college. The sedentary university lifestyle combined with the stress of classes and still
rampant abuse when I would go home took an even greater toll on my fitness and mental health and I was severely overweight when I graduated college, still fighting depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts and actions. After college things still slid downhill.
I worked graveyards doing laboratory temp work and my diet was atrocious, eating things from the greasy spoon up the road because it was the only thing open at my 3am lunch hour. I tried to work with a “personal fitness trainer” at a gym in my native Durham, North Carolina. His idea of “personal training” was putting me on an interval program on the treadmill and walking away and talking to his friends. I grew tired of this after 3 sessions and cancelled both the personal training program and the gym membership. Needing a new life and having recently tracked down my biological father, who had just moved to Tacoma, I made a move to change my life. At the time of the move, I was 6’4” and just shy of 300lb and gaining rapidly. Had I not moved here and gotten my act straight, I would have died of obesity related illness. Thankfully I did make the move, and a few months after moving I started training with Isaac.
I lost weight so quickly it wasn’t even funny, dropping to 260lb in six months. Isaac motivated me, encouraged me, and believed in me when I didn’t even believe in myself. Then I came down with severe pneumonia. Afterwards I had lost all motivation and started gaining weight back. However, after getting back in touch with Isaac, he inspired me to come back to the gym and start training again. Every week I saw myself getting stronger, faster, able to do more. My mindset started to change. I could see myself getting better and better. If I can come back from depression and pneumonia I knew I could do anything, screw what anyone else had ever told me. Don’t get me wrong, I was in counseling and getting professional medical help for my mental disorders, but seeing it in action, that it wasn’t just words and warm fuzzy feelings, that I actually could be something more every day, being consistent. It has been a learning journey for the last two years and I still have a ways to go, but every day I go in and I see people who aren’t just there to get a workout, they’re my friends. We push each other along, we have faith in each other, we see the changes in each other every day, getting leaner, stronger, faster, more toned. This isn’t a gym. Not by a longshot. This is training… not just challenging the body but challenging the mind and soul, pushing farther and harder than you thought you could. You’ll walk out with not just a workout, but a sense of pride and accomplishment.
If I can go from the depths of suicide and morbid obesity and start changing my life, then anyone can, even you. The hardest part is getting started so just go ahead and do it. Get off that couch and get into
BeFit Tacoma and see what your life is like in a week… a month… a year. You’ll be incredibly surprised.
Owner of BeFit Tacoma Boot Camp
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