Physique

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  • 58 E 11th St 4th Fl

    New York, NY 10003

    Cross street: Between Broadway and University Place

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  • 646-644-4620

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I recently finished the three-month nutrition program with Dave and plan on beginning fitness training with him this summer. I must say that everything you hear or read about Dave is absolutely true; believe the hype! Not only did I lose weight, but I have a much better relationship with food. Daves extensive and impressive knowledge of how food affects the body and his personable demeanor make him a phenomenal trainer who will set you on the right path towards a healthier lifestyle. Im looking forward to training with Dave this summer and urge anyone who is even remotely interested in checking out Physique to run, not walk, to the studio. The sooner you do, the sooner youll start to feel like a new you!

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I recently finished the three-month nutrition program with Dave and plan on beginning fitness training with him this summer. I must say that everything you hear or read about Dave is absolutely true; believe the hype! Not only did I lose weight, but I have a much better relationship with food. Daves extensive and impressive knowledge of how food affects the body and his personable demeanor make him a phenomenal trainer who will set you on the right path towards a healthier lifestyle. Im looking forward to training with Dave this summer and urge anyone who is even remotely interested in checking out Physique to run, not walk, to the studio. The sooner you do, the sooner youll start to feel like a new you!

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After three months working with David, I have signed up for another six. No, I don't have frivolous money to spend; quite simply, he has quickly proven to be an invaluable investment. Just as ""July Baby"" said it earlier, he is the master of changing bodies (and minds).\n\nDavid is not your typical trainer, so much so I don't like calling him that. A blend of trainer, wise sage, nutritional spiritualist, anatomical guru-- whatever you call him, he's nothing but down-to-earth, caring, and completely focused and committed to making you the best version of yourself inside and out.\n\nIn three months, my body has really changed. My friends, colleagues and family have taken notice. I have referred many people to David based on the results they've seen.\n\nI would even say I work out LESS now. After David honed in on some cardio, weight training and nutritional issues, everything took care of itself- even stubborn complaints I never thought I could change. \n\nIt has been such a surprising educational journey with him. I thought I knew a lot; I have been active most of my life and have followed health and nutrition as a hobby. But he takes his mastery of the human body and nutrition to a whole new level. Other ""trainers"" just don't have the deep, intuitive skill that I have witnessed with David.\n\nI also shared with David a systemic allergy that I had suffered from for over six years- aquagenic pruritus. Doctors and allergists are relatively baffled- no one knows how to recommend finding relief. After a close inspection on my health and nutritional habits he put me on a food plan and within 30 days I had no symptoms, even during the most difficult months, summer. When no doctor was able to help me, David looked at the issue holistically and followed his instincts to a nutritional issue and he was right- thank god.\n\nAbove all, David is that person that you will come to for help in one area-- and he will help you-- but he will also open your eyes to things you never knew you needed but, in the end, may have needed more than your original point of action. \n\nLove love LOVE, David!\n\n

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After three months working with David, I have signed up for another six. No, I don't have frivolous money to spend; quite simply, he has quickly proven to be an invaluable investment. Just as ""July Baby"" said it earlier, he is the master of changing bodies (and minds).\n\nDavid is not your typical trainer, so much so I don't like calling him that. A blend of trainer, wise sage, nutritional spiritualist, anatomical guru-- whatever you call him, he's nothing but down-to-earth, caring, and completely focused and committed to making you the best version of yourself inside and out.\n\nIn three months, my body has really changed. My friends, colleagues and family have taken notice. I have referred many people to David based on the results they've seen.\n\nI would even say I work out LESS now. After David honed in on some cardio, weight training and nutritional issues, everything took care of itself- even stubborn complaints I never thought I could change. \n\nIt has been such a surprising educational journey with him. I thought I knew a lot; I have been active most of my life and have followed health and nutrition as a hobby. But he takes his mastery of the human body and nutrition to a whole new level. Other ""trainers"" just don't have the deep, intuitive skill that I have witnessed with David.\n\nI also shared with David a systemic allergy that I had suffered from for over six years- aquagenic pruritus. Doctors and allergists are relatively baffled- no one knows how to recommend finding relief. After a close inspection on my health and nutritional habits he put me on a food plan and within 30 days I had no symptoms, even during the most difficult months, summer. When no doctor was able to help me, David looked at the issue holistically and followed his instincts to a nutritional issue and he was right- thank god.\n\nAbove all, David is that person that you will come to for help in one area-- and he will help you-- but he will also open your eyes to things you never knew you needed but, in the end, may have needed more than your original point of action. \n\nLove love LOVE, David!\n\n

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\r\nDavid is a master of changing bodies. He is always intensively focused on you when you work with him. If you want real and measurable results, I highly recommend David and Physique.\r\n

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\r\nDavid is a master of changing bodies. He is always intensively focused on you when you work with him. If you want real and measurable results, I highly recommend David and Physique.\r\n

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David, the owner of Physique, is absolutely the best trainer I've ever had. I sought out his help as soon as I moved to New York, partly to beat the winter blues and get in better shape, but mostly as a last-ditch effort to alleviate chronic back pain. Similar to the other CitySearch reviews here, I was impressed with the 5-star rating and glowing commentary, so despite my general ""cheapskateness"", I signed up for a 6-week commitment looking at it as an investment. At the first consultation, I could tell that David was passionate about wellness and looked at health beyond just the surface-level of weight. \n\nDavid helped me build stronger muscles and taught me stretches that delivered the relief from back pain I had been desperately seeking. I lost weight and fit back in my old jeans in no time. Thanks to his HLC classes, I also improved my diet and stress management, which was incredibly valuable as I started a new job in a new city and undertook the task of wedding planning. David is so much more than trainer: he's your partner in health, helping you patiently and thoroughly investigate and understand your body, diet, lifestyle and all things related to wellness. I look at working out there like a mini-vacation: the studio is a zen-like get-away from the bustle of the city, the stretching and exercise take your mind off your daily stresses, and when you leave, you leave in a good mood. (Youll be shocked how fast the hour flies by).\n\nMy first six weeks came and went that was almost five months ago, and I'm too happy with the results to quit anytime soon. Run, don't walk, to Physique (and be sure to take the stairs...they get easier.).

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★★★★★

David, the owner of Physique, is absolutely the best trainer I've ever had. I sought out his help as soon as I moved to New York, partly to beat the winter blues and get in better shape, but mostly as a last-ditch effort to alleviate chronic back pain. Similar to the other CitySearch reviews here, I was impressed with the 5-star rating and glowing commentary, so despite my general ""cheapskateness"", I signed up for a 6-week commitment looking at it as an investment. At the first consultation, I could tell that David was passionate about wellness and looked at health beyond just the surface-level of weight. \n\nDavid helped me build stronger muscles and taught me stretches that delivered the relief from back pain I had been desperately seeking. I lost weight and fit back in my old jeans in no time. Thanks to his HLC classes, I also improved my diet and stress management, which was incredibly valuable as I started a new job in a new city and undertook the task of wedding planning. David is so much more than trainer: he's your partner in health, helping you patiently and thoroughly investigate and understand your body, diet, lifestyle and all things related to wellness. I look at working out there like a mini-vacation: the studio is a zen-like get-away from the bustle of the city, the stretching and exercise take your mind off your daily stresses, and when you leave, you leave in a good mood. (Youll be shocked how fast the hour flies by).\n\nMy first six weeks came and went that was almost five months ago, and I'm too happy with the results to quit anytime soon. Run, don't walk, to Physique (and be sure to take the stairs...they get easier.).

Pros: Results... including ones you don't expect

Cons: It's addicting (if only I could go 5x/week)

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Here's the truth: I'm a 18 year old high schooler who didn't want to go train with some old, unentertaining, snooze fest of a guy (or girl). So i was hesitant but Dave and I really hit it off. He's sarcastic, witty, knowledgeable, fit (because I hate trainers who aren't in shape/toned), etc. I trained at Physique for a month, twice a week, and within 2 weeks I saw results. Now I know that sounds like one of those weight loss program commercials but cliches are the best way to explain it. My problem area was and still is my hips and my legs. I'm not saying that now I'm perfect with no effort put into it because I'm forced to still do the workouts that he gave me now that I'm no longer in NY, but at least I have some direction now. he enlightened me on the right foods to consume in accompaniment with my exercise routine. I run cross country and play lacrosse but that cardio is just not enough. It is also because of Dave and Physique that I am now more aware of the high risk I am at in terms of tearing my ACL and am currently working to decrease that risk. Ultimately, LA Fitness just doesn't compare. So THANK YOU DAVE for everything and i know that you're just a phone call away if I need any support, encouragement, or tips. \nSincerely,\nHeather

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★★★★★

Here's the truth: I'm a 18 year old high schooler who didn't want to go train with some old, unentertaining, snooze fest of a guy (or girl). So i was hesitant but Dave and I really hit it off. He's sarcastic, witty, knowledgeable, fit (because I hate trainers who aren't in shape/toned), etc. I trained at Physique for a month, twice a week, and within 2 weeks I saw results. Now I know that sounds like one of those weight loss program commercials but cliches are the best way to explain it. My problem area was and still is my hips and my legs. I'm not saying that now I'm perfect with no effort put into it because I'm forced to still do the workouts that he gave me now that I'm no longer in NY, but at least I have some direction now. he enlightened me on the right foods to consume in accompaniment with my exercise routine. I run cross country and play lacrosse but that cardio is just not enough. It is also because of Dave and Physique that I am now more aware of the high risk I am at in terms of tearing my ACL and am currently working to decrease that risk. Ultimately, LA Fitness just doesn't compare. So THANK YOU DAVE for everything and i know that you're just a phone call away if I need any support, encouragement, or tips. \nSincerely,\nHeather

Pros: versatile exercises that can easlily be transfered home

Cons: There is only one of Dave :(

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Best spent money and time!! Everyone knows that a persons physique is not just the result of poor eating and exercise habits, but it also carries strong emotional components. Dave is the MOST phenomenal trainer I have ever had. His knowledge in the mechanics of the human body, along with his life coaching, allows him to work with you on a truly personalized, and tailored program, which allows you to achieve your optimal results safely and in a short span of time. I interviewed him and several other trainers prior to going to the City and I felt from our discussions that he was the most knowledgeable. When I started with Dave I came to him with chronic leg and feet problems. I had been wearing orthotics for years. I had just gotten out of a cast after 4 months and was still experiencing issues. Months of Physical Therapy both prior to and after the cast ,wasn't helping. When I called Dave he seemed to know immediately what the problem was. After 1 1/2 weeks of working with him my problems went away. After a month of working with him I am emotionally and physically stronger, and a healthier individual. I lost 15 pounds during my month in New York working with Dave. He provided me with a strong basis in which to continue with at my home in Florida. I have continued losing weight via the modifications Dave helped me to implement into my life. We continue to touch base on an as needed basis, and after 6 months I still do not need orthotics, and have continued to be problem free! My doctors are amazed!! I look forward to my next trip to New York, not for the City , but for my workouts with Dave at Physique!! 2 Thumbs-Up!!

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★★★★★

Best spent money and time!! Everyone knows that a persons physique is not just the result of poor eating and exercise habits, but it also carries strong emotional components. Dave is the MOST phenomenal trainer I have ever had. His knowledge in the mechanics of the human body, along with his life coaching, allows him to work with you on a truly personalized, and tailored program, which allows you to achieve your optimal results safely and in a short span of time. I interviewed him and several other trainers prior to going to the City and I felt from our discussions that he was the most knowledgeable. When I started with Dave I came to him with chronic leg and feet problems. I had been wearing orthotics for years. I had just gotten out of a cast after 4 months and was still experiencing issues. Months of Physical Therapy both prior to and after the cast ,wasn't helping. When I called Dave he seemed to know immediately what the problem was. After 1 1/2 weeks of working with him my problems went away. After a month of working with him I am emotionally and physically stronger, and a healthier individual. I lost 15 pounds during my month in New York working with Dave. He provided me with a strong basis in which to continue with at my home in Florida. I have continued losing weight via the modifications Dave helped me to implement into my life. We continue to touch base on an as needed basis, and after 6 months I still do not need orthotics, and have continued to be problem free! My doctors are amazed!! I look forward to my next trip to New York, not for the City , but for my workouts with Dave at Physique!! 2 Thumbs-Up!!

Pros: Most knowledgeable, Confidence building,Quick Results

Cons: NONE!!

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The distinguishing feature at Physique is Davids evident dedication to helping each individual. This is, at least, my opinion, since he has clearly observed and reacted to my varying abilities rather than given me a formulaic or prescribed routine. In one season working with David, I have overcome symptoms of recurring pain and learned how to train my mind to more effectively communicate with my body. Despite a disinclination to writing reviews, I happily write on this occasion out of sincere appreciation for my experience in training with David at Physique. \n\nI would recommend Physique to someone looking to rev up their exercise regime to be more efficient and fun, as well as to a seasoned athlete interested in taking his/her game to the next level. For two decades, I competed at a national level in an amateur sport. More recently, various constraints caused me to give up that sport altogether and I fell into an exercise regime that neither challenged nor excited me to the degree I desired. At Physique, David has acquainted me with small movements that build upon one another systematically just as a competitive athlete might build his/her capacity towards sport-specific performance. \n\nAll in all, my sessions at Physique have introduced me to a smarter way to achieve physical and psychological exercise goals so that I can circumvent injury and generally feel great. This is fulfilling exercise.\n

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★★★★★

The distinguishing feature at Physique is Davids evident dedication to helping each individual. This is, at least, my opinion, since he has clearly observed and reacted to my varying abilities rather than given me a formulaic or prescribed routine. In one season working with David, I have overcome symptoms of recurring pain and learned how to train my mind to more effectively communicate with my body. Despite a disinclination to writing reviews, I happily write on this occasion out of sincere appreciation for my experience in training with David at Physique. \n\nI would recommend Physique to someone looking to rev up their exercise regime to be more efficient and fun, as well as to a seasoned athlete interested in taking his/her game to the next level. For two decades, I competed at a national level in an amateur sport. More recently, various constraints caused me to give up that sport altogether and I fell into an exercise regime that neither challenged nor excited me to the degree I desired. At Physique, David has acquainted me with small movements that build upon one another systematically just as a competitive athlete might build his/her capacity towards sport-specific performance. \n\nAll in all, my sessions at Physique have introduced me to a smarter way to achieve physical and psychological exercise goals so that I can circumvent injury and generally feel great. This is fulfilling exercise.\n

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I'm thrilled with my new PHYSIQUE !!!!!! I've never changed so much so fast! \r\n Sure I feel stronger and better balanced. Sure every movement is easier. But it's the change\r\nin my appearance that I'm most pleased with. Six months at Physique and people I haven't seen for \r\na while don't recognize me!\r\n Three cheers and thank you Physique!

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★★★★★

I'm thrilled with my new PHYSIQUE !!!!!! I've never changed so much so fast! \r\n Sure I feel stronger and better balanced. Sure every movement is easier. But it's the change\r\nin my appearance that I'm most pleased with. Six months at Physique and people I haven't seen for \r\na while don't recognize me!\r\n Three cheers and thank you Physique!

Pros: expert staff

Cons: nothing comes to mind

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David is the best trainer I've had in 15 years. I usually never write reviews on public forums, but I felt compelled to do so because David is authentic, honest, and delivers results. He really listens to your concerns and scrutinizes your body for the problem areas, and works hard to address them. I've had so many trainers/therapists pretend to listen to concerns but never address them, that I've lost count, and it is truly refreshing to find someone who believes in what he does and actually cares about solving your problems, rather than signing up as many clients as he can, focusing on watching the clock and/or getting you to buy all sorts of add-ons you don't need. I am probably one of the most skeptical consumers you can meet, never giving people the benefit of the doubt and requiring them to earn my trust... call it too many times of being sold on a service/product only to find out nothing was more superior than the salesmanship. I was intrigued at first given all the rave reviews on Physique, and was very impressed after my initial conversations and movement screening with him, but still a tad skeptical, so I initially only signed up for a 6-week session. Well, sadly for my fashion budget, I have just renewed for a 6-month package - that's how much I believe in his program. I implicitly trust that he tells me to do only things that will help correct my problem, and not just to 'sell me'... I'm also a fan of massages from therapist Katarina! The fitness world needs more trainers like David and more programs like his...if your goal is to improve your core strength, there is NO better place to start than at Physique.

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★★★★★

David is the best trainer I've had in 15 years. I usually never write reviews on public forums, but I felt compelled to do so because David is authentic, honest, and delivers results. He really listens to your concerns and scrutinizes your body for the problem areas, and works hard to address them. I've had so many trainers/therapists pretend to listen to concerns but never address them, that I've lost count, and it is truly refreshing to find someone who believes in what he does and actually cares about solving your problems, rather than signing up as many clients as he can, focusing on watching the clock and/or getting you to buy all sorts of add-ons you don't need. I am probably one of the most skeptical consumers you can meet, never giving people the benefit of the doubt and requiring them to earn my trust... call it too many times of being sold on a service/product only to find out nothing was more superior than the salesmanship. I was intrigued at first given all the rave reviews on Physique, and was very impressed after my initial conversations and movement screening with him, but still a tad skeptical, so I initially only signed up for a 6-week session. Well, sadly for my fashion budget, I have just renewed for a 6-month package - that's how much I believe in his program. I implicitly trust that he tells me to do only things that will help correct my problem, and not just to 'sell me'... I'm also a fan of massages from therapist Katarina! The fitness world needs more trainers like David and more programs like his...if your goal is to improve your core strength, there is NO better place to start than at Physique.

Pros: Great setting in a loft space with ambient lighting and music and hardly any machines!

Cons: Climbing four flights of stairs to get there

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David has been my trainer for over 6 years. I was referred to him by my husband, who's been Dave's client for over 7 years. As a former RN, I am really picky about people who talk the talk about anatomy & physiology, but know absolutely nothing. Dave knows more anatomy and physiology than I ever learned in my college level courses during nursing school. And he uses that knowledge to create individualized instruction for each client. The loft space is beautiful, and each visit is never the same, so I never get bored! I love working out with Dave, and feel very safe with my workouts. BTW, I'm a senior citizen, and feel confident that as I get older, working with Dave will continue to allow me to age with balance, strength, and excellent musculoskeletal health.

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★★★★★

David has been my trainer for over 6 years. I was referred to him by my husband, who's been Dave's client for over 7 years. As a former RN, I am really picky about people who talk the talk about anatomy & physiology, but know absolutely nothing. Dave knows more anatomy and physiology than I ever learned in my college level courses during nursing school. And he uses that knowledge to create individualized instruction for each client. The loft space is beautiful, and each visit is never the same, so I never get bored! I love working out with Dave, and feel very safe with my workouts. BTW, I'm a senior citizen, and feel confident that as I get older, working with Dave will continue to allow me to age with balance, strength, and excellent musculoskeletal health.

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I had heard through a friend that Physique had very good massage services so I called to book an appointment. I spoke to David (the owner), and after talking to me about my body history he suggested I book his Active Movement Screening first. He promised that it would be information I could take anywhere and would actually enhance my massage experience. Well, how right he was! Not only was my massage the most individualized muscle therapy experience I've ever experienced, but I also got information on how to easily adjust daily lifestyle routine and specific muscle movements that have virtually cleared my neck spasms. I now am a regular manual therapy junky (you will LOVE Katarina), and purchased my first training package last week. I am training with Nicholas and he is great. David's method is infused in every aspect of staff services and he seems genuinely concerned with making sure everyone has a great experience. I am referring a friend who needs a trainer to come to her home to try Physique To Go! That's their in home training service which I am certain is just as good. Just do it.

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★★★★★

I had heard through a friend that Physique had very good massage services so I called to book an appointment. I spoke to David (the owner), and after talking to me about my body history he suggested I book his Active Movement Screening first. He promised that it would be information I could take anywhere and would actually enhance my massage experience. Well, how right he was! Not only was my massage the most individualized muscle therapy experience I've ever experienced, but I also got information on how to easily adjust daily lifestyle routine and specific muscle movements that have virtually cleared my neck spasms. I now am a regular manual therapy junky (you will LOVE Katarina), and purchased my first training package last week. I am training with Nicholas and he is great. David's method is infused in every aspect of staff services and he seems genuinely concerned with making sure everyone has a great experience. I am referring a friend who needs a trainer to come to her home to try Physique To Go! That's their in home training service which I am certain is just as good. Just do it.

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I was looking for a personal trainer to help me lose 10 pounds for my wedding in June. During the search, I tested out a trainer from my gym Crunch and the experience was not pleasant to say the least. She didn't ask me any questions about my current health/limitations and just went straight into working me out HARD. I had to stop going to the gym for 7 days since I was in so much pain! I interviewed a few other trainers and no one really caught my attention until Dave from Physique. I was on the phone with him for good 30 minutes and I drilled him with many questions - If I was going to spend my hard-earned money on a trainer on top of paying for my Crunch membership fee, I needed to make sure I would get results. He answered all of my questions patiently and with extensive knowledge in weight loss and corrective training. During our initial meeting, Dave assessed my training needs through questions about my lifestyles, postures, etc and through physical tests. And at the end of the meeting, I signed up for 12 sessions. I wanted results and I got results and so much more. After 3 months with Dave, I lost 10 pounds and he unexpectedly helped me alleviate my back problems too. Before training with Dave, I had back pains and frequent pinched nerves from poor posture and sitting in front of the computer all day. Through core weight training and stretching, my back felt so much better and I understood my body better too. I was very satisfied with the end goal and the process of getting there was fun too. I love the studio - very zen and nice relaxing music always in the background. Dave was just a pleasure to work with - He not only helped me lose weight and be pain free, but he also helped me survive the pre-wedding stress. He always had extra time to listen to me complain about vendors and flower colors. Dave is simply the best trainer out there and you will also gain a friend!

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★★★★★

I was looking for a personal trainer to help me lose 10 pounds for my wedding in June. During the search, I tested out a trainer from my gym Crunch and the experience was not pleasant to say the least. She didn't ask me any questions about my current health/limitations and just went straight into working me out HARD. I had to stop going to the gym for 7 days since I was in so much pain! I interviewed a few other trainers and no one really caught my attention until Dave from Physique. I was on the phone with him for good 30 minutes and I drilled him with many questions - If I was going to spend my hard-earned money on a trainer on top of paying for my Crunch membership fee, I needed to make sure I would get results. He answered all of my questions patiently and with extensive knowledge in weight loss and corrective training. During our initial meeting, Dave assessed my training needs through questions about my lifestyles, postures, etc and through physical tests. And at the end of the meeting, I signed up for 12 sessions. I wanted results and I got results and so much more. After 3 months with Dave, I lost 10 pounds and he unexpectedly helped me alleviate my back problems too. Before training with Dave, I had back pains and frequent pinched nerves from poor posture and sitting in front of the computer all day. Through core weight training and stretching, my back felt so much better and I understood my body better too. I was very satisfied with the end goal and the process of getting there was fun too. I love the studio - very zen and nice relaxing music always in the background. Dave was just a pleasure to work with - He not only helped me lose weight and be pain free, but he also helped me survive the pre-wedding stress. He always had extra time to listen to me complain about vendors and flower colors. Dave is simply the best trainer out there and you will also gain a friend!

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After 20 years of running, marathon training and soccer I found myself at age 36 with back problems, sciatica, muscle soreness and nagging injuries. 50 hours behind a desk were taking their toll. My active lifestyle was becoming less active and I became tentative about doing things I loved, such as snowboarding, for fear that I would make matters worse. I'd had MRIs which revealed the usual wear and tear on my spine and discs I'd been to several physical therapists at the expense of my medical insurer. After nearly two years of low-intensity monotonous therapy, I was not much better off. That's when I decided to seek alternatives. Serious core training seemed the right direction to take. I found Physique on CitySearch and went to the studio for a consultation with Dave. It's now six months later and I've got my life back. Through some great training, Dave nursed me out of my back pain and into some solid core training programs that made me much more fit, balnaced and resistant to the deadly combination of sitting at a desk and then heading out the door for a 10 mile run or game of soccer. He achieved what no PT had been able to do. \r\nDave has a genuine interest and devotion to figuring out what's wrong and helping you solve it through his solid understanding of how the body works. He gets it. If you're serious about curing what ails you and achieving a level of fitness and stability that is likely well beyond that which you've ever had, then go see Dave. \r\nPros:\r\nDave's knowledge of the body and how it works\r\nConstantly varied routines that challenge you while remaining acutely aware of any injuries or potential weaknesses you may have\r\nPersonal attention\r\nThe studio environment is inviting and spotless\r\nGood hours of availability\r\nHaving a postitive and dedicated individual who's as, if not more devoted, to you achieving your fitness goals\r\nDave helped me get my life back. Best money I've spent in years!\r\n

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★★★★★

After 20 years of running, marathon training and soccer I found myself at age 36 with back problems, sciatica, muscle soreness and nagging injuries. 50 hours behind a desk were taking their toll. My active lifestyle was becoming less active and I became tentative about doing things I loved, such as snowboarding, for fear that I would make matters worse. I'd had MRIs which revealed the usual wear and tear on my spine and discs I'd been to several physical therapists at the expense of my medical insurer. After nearly two years of low-intensity monotonous therapy, I was not much better off. That's when I decided to seek alternatives. Serious core training seemed the right direction to take. I found Physique on CitySearch and went to the studio for a consultation with Dave. It's now six months later and I've got my life back. Through some great training, Dave nursed me out of my back pain and into some solid core training programs that made me much more fit, balnaced and resistant to the deadly combination of sitting at a desk and then heading out the door for a 10 mile run or game of soccer. He achieved what no PT had been able to do. \r\nDave has a genuine interest and devotion to figuring out what's wrong and helping you solve it through his solid understanding of how the body works. He gets it. If you're serious about curing what ails you and achieving a level of fitness and stability that is likely well beyond that which you've ever had, then go see Dave. \r\nPros:\r\nDave's knowledge of the body and how it works\r\nConstantly varied routines that challenge you while remaining acutely aware of any injuries or potential weaknesses you may have\r\nPersonal attention\r\nThe studio environment is inviting and spotless\r\nGood hours of availability\r\nHaving a postitive and dedicated individual who's as, if not more devoted, to you achieving your fitness goals\r\nDave helped me get my life back. Best money I've spent in years!\r\n

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I have never written an online review in my life--not for a bar, restaurant, or hotel, and certainly not in support of an exercise-related experience. I've never been compelled to...until now. I stumbled on Physique out of a combination of desperation and laziness (impending bikini season and the fact that it's three blocks from my apartment were probably the biggest factors), and the positive reviews on citysearch pushed me to check it out. Like some of the other reviewers, I've worked with numerous trainers at a number of city gyms, and I was skeptical. And just like those same reviewers (although I admit I was convinced that *I* would see through the hype), I wrote out a check within fifteen minutes of meeting Dave. I worship Dave. He seems to have an impressive academic and scientific background with regard to fitness and nutrition BUT doesn't bore me with endless explanations of this tendon and that muscle, blah, blah, blah. There's also no repetitive rep counting or log books or ""upper body today lower body tomorrow"" type of patterning, which is refreshing. Each of my sessions has been different from the one before it and has incorporated a whole-body approach. There's a feeling that he's actually personalizing it--a lot--based on my abilities/goals and not some playbook. My naturally thin body type has deceived many trainers before into thinking I was in decent shape, but not Dave: he saw immediately that I had horrible posture, poor flexibility, a humiliating lack of coordination, and ZERO strength. It's hasn't happened overnight, but I'm starting to see improved strength (5 lb. weights to 10...woo-hoo!) and feel more toned. There are probably other trainers who could've gotten me there, too, but none of them took as personal an approach as Dave. I'm just about to finish my first 6-week program, and I've already signed up for round two. Yes, I'm totally drinking the Physique Kool-Aid, but trust me: you will, too.

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★★★★★

I have never written an online review in my life--not for a bar, restaurant, or hotel, and certainly not in support of an exercise-related experience. I've never been compelled to...until now. I stumbled on Physique out of a combination of desperation and laziness (impending bikini season and the fact that it's three blocks from my apartment were probably the biggest factors), and the positive reviews on citysearch pushed me to check it out. Like some of the other reviewers, I've worked with numerous trainers at a number of city gyms, and I was skeptical. And just like those same reviewers (although I admit I was convinced that *I* would see through the hype), I wrote out a check within fifteen minutes of meeting Dave. I worship Dave. He seems to have an impressive academic and scientific background with regard to fitness and nutrition BUT doesn't bore me with endless explanations of this tendon and that muscle, blah, blah, blah. There's also no repetitive rep counting or log books or ""upper body today lower body tomorrow"" type of patterning, which is refreshing. Each of my sessions has been different from the one before it and has incorporated a whole-body approach. There's a feeling that he's actually personalizing it--a lot--based on my abilities/goals and not some playbook. My naturally thin body type has deceived many trainers before into thinking I was in decent shape, but not Dave: he saw immediately that I had horrible posture, poor flexibility, a humiliating lack of coordination, and ZERO strength. It's hasn't happened overnight, but I'm starting to see improved strength (5 lb. weights to 10...woo-hoo!) and feel more toned. There are probably other trainers who could've gotten me there, too, but none of them took as personal an approach as Dave. I'm just about to finish my first 6-week program, and I've already signed up for round two. Yes, I'm totally drinking the Physique Kool-Aid, but trust me: you will, too.

Pros: Relaxing studio, great music, no work-out dread

Cons: Feel guilty getting on the elevator after a training session, so when Dave's watching I take the stairs

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I swung by Physique for a consultation on spec after reading about it in Time Out, because my back was shot from an old sports injury and too much desk work and ultimately the various things I'd tried in the line of massage, yoga, shiatsu and general fitness helped but it never went away. In one hour, Dave gave me the most intelligent diagnosis of my problem in 10 years. I have a really good radar for picking up health hype, BS and overselling stuff and I don't like the gym culture, but I felt that what he told me about my muscular dysfunction made sense and I liked the idea that we were going to fix it and retrain my body without gimmicks or set formulae. I have a healthy mix of cynicism and optimism in general - but I wrote my check on the spot and have just signed up for my second six-week course. We're trying to correct 15 years of problems and i still have to spend long hours at the computer, so it's not going to happen overnight, but I feel as though we are getting there and it's worth the expense because I'm investing in the rest of my life. On every visit I am put through very specific exercises, different each time, quite strenuous (in a good way), that focus on the exact muscle, joint and nervous system problems that have made me a bit of a physical wreck underneath an athletic exterior! Dave will do a bit of physio as well if there is a need, which helps to ease aching, locked-up muscles and joints. I feel as though I work-out on target areas quite hard under expert supervison, am making progress on my back, core strength and (slowly) flexibility and that is very motivating. And I continue with the exercises I've learnt when I'm at home and carry myself better througout the day. Dave creates a pleasant, down to earth atmosphere in the well-equipped space. When I said it was inconceivable to me that I could become pain free, Dave said it was inconceivable to him that I couldn't. How cool is that? It's my new goal.

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★★★★★

I swung by Physique for a consultation on spec after reading about it in Time Out, because my back was shot from an old sports injury and too much desk work and ultimately the various things I'd tried in the line of massage, yoga, shiatsu and general fitness helped but it never went away. In one hour, Dave gave me the most intelligent diagnosis of my problem in 10 years. I have a really good radar for picking up health hype, BS and overselling stuff and I don't like the gym culture, but I felt that what he told me about my muscular dysfunction made sense and I liked the idea that we were going to fix it and retrain my body without gimmicks or set formulae. I have a healthy mix of cynicism and optimism in general - but I wrote my check on the spot and have just signed up for my second six-week course. We're trying to correct 15 years of problems and i still have to spend long hours at the computer, so it's not going to happen overnight, but I feel as though we are getting there and it's worth the expense because I'm investing in the rest of my life. On every visit I am put through very specific exercises, different each time, quite strenuous (in a good way), that focus on the exact muscle, joint and nervous system problems that have made me a bit of a physical wreck underneath an athletic exterior! Dave will do a bit of physio as well if there is a need, which helps to ease aching, locked-up muscles and joints. I feel as though I work-out on target areas quite hard under expert supervison, am making progress on my back, core strength and (slowly) flexibility and that is very motivating. And I continue with the exercises I've learnt when I'm at home and carry myself better througout the day. Dave creates a pleasant, down to earth atmosphere in the well-equipped space. When I said it was inconceivable to me that I could become pain free, Dave said it was inconceivable to him that I couldn't. How cool is that? It's my new goal.

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I am a 43-year-old writer, former athlete and gym bunny. I've seen several private trainers and taken movement classes, tai chi, yoga, pilates--everything from hell to breakfast. Dave is, hands down, the best trainer I've ever had. His knowledge of body mechanics, his intution re: muscle functions (and, in my case, dysfunctions), his eye for balance and coordination and, perhaps most of all, his belief in what he does all combine to make working with DAVE an exceedingly worthwhile investment in YOU. I trust him implicitly; our work together has changed my body. What's more, I'd always thought myself in better-than-average condition. Dave quickly disabused me of that notion. I injured myself rather seriously making the same mistakes, over and over through the years, at gyms like crunch and equinox and new york sports, etc. I'm glad Dave intervened and that I am now on the upswing--my only regret is that I didn't see him years ago. See him now and thank me later.

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★★★★★

I am a 43-year-old writer, former athlete and gym bunny. I've seen several private trainers and taken movement classes, tai chi, yoga, pilates--everything from hell to breakfast. Dave is, hands down, the best trainer I've ever had. His knowledge of body mechanics, his intution re: muscle functions (and, in my case, dysfunctions), his eye for balance and coordination and, perhaps most of all, his belief in what he does all combine to make working with DAVE an exceedingly worthwhile investment in YOU. I trust him implicitly; our work together has changed my body. What's more, I'd always thought myself in better-than-average condition. Dave quickly disabused me of that notion. I injured myself rather seriously making the same mistakes, over and over through the years, at gyms like crunch and equinox and new york sports, etc. I'm glad Dave intervened and that I am now on the upswing--my only regret is that I didn't see him years ago. See him now and thank me later.

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I have had several personal trainers, both in nyc and in europe and dave of physique is by far the best. He is knowledgable, peaceful, motivating and enjoyable to be around. I actually look forward to working out!! Great new location is more spacious and more zen! \nReally worthwhile!

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★★★★★

I have had several personal trainers, both in nyc and in europe and dave of physique is by far the best. He is knowledgable, peaceful, motivating and enjoyable to be around. I actually look forward to working out!! Great new location is more spacious and more zen! \nReally worthwhile!

Pros: peaceful, energizing, flexible scheduling

Cons: no sunday availabilit, no dogs permitted

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I?ve been training at Physique for more than three years. The addition of Katarina to the staff is indicative of the high standards to which David (the owner) holds for his employees. The bodywork I have received at the hands of Katarina is without a doubt the best manual therapy I have ever experienced ? and I have been incorporating massage into my life for the past 25 years. These are not your normal run-of-the-mill massages. I have experienced positive changes in my body since I have been utilizing this add-on service. The opportunity to have your trainer confer with the massage therapist on-site is invaluable. Problem areas are discussed and addressed with the goal of making workouts more efficient. Katarina rocks!

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★★★★★

I?ve been training at Physique for more than three years. The addition of Katarina to the staff is indicative of the high standards to which David (the owner) holds for his employees. The bodywork I have received at the hands of Katarina is without a doubt the best manual therapy I have ever experienced ? and I have been incorporating massage into my life for the past 25 years. These are not your normal run-of-the-mill massages. I have experienced positive changes in my body since I have been utilizing this add-on service. The opportunity to have your trainer confer with the massage therapist on-site is invaluable. Problem areas are discussed and addressed with the goal of making workouts more efficient. Katarina rocks!

Pros: Knowledge, Personality

Cons: I don't live close enough to go everyday

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Physique provides personalized attention and an individualized fitness program for each client to achieve their potential. The new location has a clean, streamlined look and great background music that plays during your workout.

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★★★★★

Physique provides personalized attention and an individualized fitness program for each client to achieve their potential. The new location has a clean, streamlined look and great background music that plays during your workout.

Pros: Individual Attention

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