I have lost twenty pounds and attained a first class fitness test score. These are personal achievements that I could not have done on my own. Every workout that I have had with Coach Rivak is challenging and pushes me farther than I would have gone on my own. The weekly fitness program he tailored has me working out three days with him and three other days on my own. My stress level is much lower now along with my blood pressure and cholesterol. Since I signed on with Coach Rivak, I have become a better officer, husband, and father. This is the best investment I have ever made for myself! The short term fatigue of a workout is temporary, but the long term physical and mental change is forever. Thanks Coach Rivak.
Posted: 10/25/2008 • Link to this review
I've been training with Oxana from Somagenesis Health & Fitness twice a week for the last 10 months. I've had amazing results and I'm thrilled! I lost a total of 11 pounds, but more importantly, I lost 12% of body fat. That's incredible. I lost a total of 18.8 total pounds of body fat. So that means I actually gained almost 8 pounds of muscle and it shows. Even my size 4 jeans are too big on me and I had to buy size 2. I am now at my goal weight. The change in my measurements is equally impressive. I lost 3.5" from my waist and hips. And 3" from my thighs. I have really enjoyed working out with Oxana. Because I started around the holidays, I initially had minimal improvements. I was traveling a lot, eating out constantly and attending lots of parties. But I didn't gain weight during this time as most people do. I was a bit frustrated, but Oxana kept encouraging me to push myself. Eventually, I was able to see the difference in both how my clothing fit and increased strength. Exercises that were impossible to do in the beginning, are now easy and we've had to find new ways to challenge me. When I started with Oxana, I had some limitations due to on-going arm injuries. I have been in and out of physical therapy for the last several years.
Posted: 10/22/2008 • Link to this review
I've been working with Oxana for approximately three months. Even though our sessions begin at 6:00 AM - an ungodly hour - I really look forward to seeing her. She's fun, she's smart and she knows what she's doing. She knows just how to push me when I'm tired and feel like I can't do one more lunge or squat. She's a great motivator and a wonderful role model. Since seeing Oxana, I've lost more than 6% body fat and inches off every part of my body! I feel stronger and look better. And, I owe it all to Oxana.
Posted: 10/12/2008 • Link to this review
My name is John Michael Cione, I am 40 years old and have played sports my entire life. I never worked out regularly with weights. I was referred to Rivak after I had sustained a severe foot injury. I weighed 178 pounds. I thought I was in reasonably good shape. My first workout was more challenging than I could ever imagined. Undaunted, I changed my eating and drinking habits, trained with Rivak 3 days a week. Now I weigh 150 pounds and in the best shape of my life. My strength, speed and endurance have increased dramatically. I also had to buy a new wardrobe and I even fit in clothes that have been in my closet for 10 years. I found that a consistent workout regimen has greatly reduced my stress levels and enhanced my overall attitude. I credit Rivak and his approach to fitness for positively affecting many facets of my life which I had not expected. His discipline and guidance were pivotal in keeping me on track. I honestly feel getting involved with Somagenesis is one the best things I have ever done for myself, my family and my business.
Posted: 10/05/2008 • Link to this review
I never had to worry about exercise during my 20 years in the Army. PT (Physical Training) was a guaranteed part of my day. Lately my weight started to rise and my energy level dropped. Not a good combination in my current line of work. Rivak's no nonsense, get it done and get it done right ethic, along with his medical expertise is just what this old Sergeant needed. My wife and I are busy and have little time to spare in a day. For couples wanting to stay in shape and stay healthy together, Somagenesis and Rivak is the only solution. I went from 35% body fat to 11% body fat in under 5 months and am still losing fat and gaining muscle. Rivak and Somagenesis kick but OOORAHH
Posted: 9/28/2008 • Link to this review
Rivak has been instrumental in my recovery from injuries, and provided a much more balanced strength and flexibility program. I'm now stronger than before and have a more efficient workout schedule, that yields better results. He is experienced and has a thorough knowledge of exercise physiology. My principal exercise activity is ultra-marathon cycling supplemented with raquetball and skiing. Besides technical expertise he also can adapt to changing personal goals, and provide important motivational messages. I've tried yoga, pilates, and traditional physical therapy, the Somagenesis program easily surpasses all of them!
Posted: 9/18/2008 • Link to this review
Rivak's cutting edge approach to fitness and nutrition opened up my potential to new levels. For years, I have struggled to establish proper fitness goals. Rivak helped me redirect my focus in the right direction and establish those goals. In the past, I have always thought the answer laid somewhere between bodybuilding and power lifting. Boy I was mistaken. For years, I had neglected cardio, core and interval training, and neglected what I really was looking for. That was a lean athletic body. My favorite activity/sport is surfing, so Rivak trained me like a swimmer. He showed me different exercises college swimmers perform, and integrated them into a high intensity workout 3 days per week, with long relaxing runs on the days in between. In one month I lost 15 pounds, and barely had to change what I was eating... As long as it was in moderation. As a Marine Officer, I am expected to be in premium condition. Yest, I have, at times pushed my body weight limits. With Rivak's techniques and his ability to clarify what I need for my specific life style, I will never struggle with what I need to do to maintain a high-level of fitness. I have never used a personal trainer before, but I can now say it was a life changing experience and money invested wisely.
Posted: 9/14/2008 • Link to this review
I've been in general fitness training with Rivak Hoffman for about a year. I can honestly say it has marked a turning point in my life. This is much more than an intense workout session. Sure, I've lost body fat, and built up my endurance and strength. More importantly, I've also gained insight into the aging process, and how to combat it. I am in my late ‘50's and have changed from a sedentary person prone to aches and acute tendonitis from participating in casual sports, to a more conditioned man, probably in better shape than I was in college. Thanks to Rivak Hoffman's training techniques, I have regained youthful agility, balance, coordination and flexibility. What distinguishes Somagenesis is professionalism, knowledge, individual attention, and a comprehensive, enthusiastic and guided approach to health and fitness. This is not ‘cookie-cutter' body sculpting. Rivak has an impressive resume, but he doesn't flaunt it. His medical and neurological training coupled with his credentials in fitness training sets him apart and makes him an ideal trainer for clients of all ages and abilities, those with intact musculoskeletal systems as well as those with disabilities or chronic disorders. Most importantly, he approaches his clients as a true professional. He keeps detailed records and monitors progress. He makes sure you get each exercise right and monitors every movement for mistakes that can lead to injury. Make the call! I'm sure glad I did.
Posted: 9/08/2008 • Link to this review
I was introduced to Rivak by a business associate at the San Diego Biotech conference. I thought he was one of us. Since then, I have been working with RIvak steadily to improve my overall health and stamina. Although weight loss was not an issue, I lost 14 pounds and have very lean nice appearing muscles. My friends and associates notice the big change. I have also noticed that my endurance has mood has improved dramatically. I owe my genesis to Rivak. He is kind and very caring. It is quite eveident that he worked in health care most of his life. Thank you again Rivak, and you have my seal of approval!
Posted: 8/22/2008 • Link to this review
Looking great is an important aspect of my business. Over the years, I have struggled with weight gain and retention. Being an MD, I though I can handle the task on my own. I guess not! I continued to gain weight and started feeling melancholy about my appearance. Rivak's name came up during a medical conference i attended several months ago. My business partner and his wife have had great results with him, and he was all I would hear about. Well, the timing was right and my mood stimulated me to pick up the phone and make the call. It wasn't east admitting my failure, but I am glad I did. Its been a few months, but finally my belly fits back into my size 32" slacks and I feel wonderful. Rivak and his fitness know- how are a big part of my life, and i now recommend all my patients to use him to maintain their body's after surgery. Rivak is a great guy, easy to talk to, full of information, and besides, he is also a PA, and well medically trained. My suggestion. Use him or lose out.
Rivak Hoffman is a superb trainer. His skills and training style are like no other. I had employed the services of multiple trainers at 24 hour fitness over the years, only to disappointed. Rivak was referred to me by my business associate 1 year ago, and it has been a very fruitful relationship ever since. I have lost close to 50 pounds, and have learned how to eat health and chose the correct foods when on the go. he is truly an inspiration for us guys in their 40s as he is our age equal but in amazing shape. personal training can be somewhat expensive, but looking and felling good is so worth it. I could never do it on my own. Thanks Rivak
Rivak is a one of a kind personal trainer. I have employed 5 personal trainers over the years only to be disappointed with their attitudes and my results. I found Rivak on a Google search. He had stellar results and it was clear he was a businessman's trainer. I know many of his clients. His approach to fitness is serious, but fun. Time passes very quickly, as I am working every second of the hour. His programs are varied and unusual. I never get bored and he constantly inspires me. He is a great guy and super bright to boot! Thanks Rivak for coming into my life.
Rivak the miracle worker! I was needing to find an exercise specialist/trainer to strengthen my core lower back muscles, shoulders, arms and thigh muscles, which have degenerated from a very rare disease called polymyositis. For 13 years I have watched my once, very slim and fitness body, gradually become ravaged by the destruction of muscle mass, leaving me unable to climb stairs, walk without a cane and always using a wheelchair when outside the home. By chance, I found the link to Somagensis. A call and a response from Rivak, was the beginning of an incredible journey to wellness and muscle rejuvenation. Rivak has the medical education, training and experience, in particular, a strong interest in working with challenged people. With a customized program and a commitment to Rivak and myself, the challenge was set and I was ready to see results. Rivak encouraged me to reach for my maximum potential exercise level but he cautioned me to be aware of my physical limitations. Only an experienced exercise trainer, like Rivak, has the ability to design an exercise program to achieve the greatest outcome. My workouts are intense and strenuous at times. That was in 2006. In two years, I have seen a major change in my muscle strength throughout my body.
Posted: 7/22/2008 • Link to this review
Trying to keep weight off, never the less remove extra fat pounds has never been easy for me. I needed help. Thanks to a good friend who referred Rivak Hoffman Master Personal Trainer with Somagenesis, I was able to grab the bull by the horns and get things going. It hasn't been easy, but well worth the time and effort. It could not have been done with out Rivak's wisdom, motivational tools and complete understanding of good and bad nutrition. Since my business is food, I am always surrounded by it and sampling it for quality. I have learned how to avoid habitual noshing and the importance of wholesome organic foods. Since first working with Rivak I have shed 36 pounds in a 3 month time frame. I am very stoked! My long term goal is to drop 60 pounds and I know we can do this over the next 3 months. Rivak is a good guy who is always on time, works around my schedule and constantly keeps the keeps my mind in the fitness loop. You just can't go wrong with this guy, but only if you go it alone like I did for so many miserable years. Thank you Rivak
Posted: 7/16/2008 • Link to this review
Rivak Hoffman Certified Master Personal Trainer is a man of integrity, professionalism and high quality. His workouts are no nonsense and result producing. For body sculpting there is no better. His sound background in nutrition and exercise physiology make things happen. I am a walking testimonial of a 44 pound drop in weight over a 2 year time frame. I would have lost more had I not traveled so much! Anyway, I couldn't be any happier. I highly recommend Rivak
Posted: 7/15/2008 • Link to this review
BS in Biology Southern CT State University. US Army trained Physician Assistant Ophthalmic medical and surgical technologist. NSCA- Certified Personal Trainer. Cooper Institute of Aerobic Research. Master physical fitness specialist. International Youth and Conditioning Association Fitness Specialist
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