Owner - Certified Personal Trainer - Instructor
Ben has over 15 years experience in the fitness industry. Ben is an AFAA certified personal trainer and former bodybuilder. His expertise ranges from general weight loss, specialized athletics training, bodybuilding, as well as rehabiltiation, prenatal, and senior citizen fitness. He began his career in 2004 as one of California's top personal trainers at Bally Total Fitness, one of the largest gyms in the country. In less than five years with Bally Total Fitness, Ben moved up from personal trainer to Fitness Manager, supervising 20 personal trainers at two different clubs.
In 2015, Ben realized his passion was no longer in general gym management, but more so in specialized personal training. He felt he could help more people achieve their individual results by solely focusing on one-on-one personal training, small group training, and customized fitness classes. Ben decided to venture out on his own and open Martinez Athletic Club.
Ben enjoys spending time in the Martinez community. Ben is involved in downtown Martinez events, such as street fairs, wine strolls, and beer crawls. He has also participated in fundraisers for the Boys and Girls Club as well as various Alhambra High School sports teams. In his spare time, he enjoys watching football with his sons, Beau and Luke.
Instructor - Personal Trainer
Carol initially took Pilates as a way to rehab her own shoulder injury. She not only received positive results, but fell in love with the Pilates Method. In 1999, Carol delved into her first Pilates training and after completing initial Mat and Reformer instructor certifications, sought out a comprehensive certification with the Physical Mind Institute, and shortly thereafter became a Pilates Method Alliance certified instructor.
Carol keeps a very open mind when it comes to the transformation of the body and soul. As time progressed, she became involved in many facets of the fitness industry. Her experience teaching Pilates in physical therapy clinics as well as her fitness background gives her a well rounded perspective working with a wide range of clients. She strives to teach creative and fun classes where clients feel challenged yet successful.
Carol is a PMA Certified Pilates Teacher and has received training and certifications from Physical Mind Institute, PHI Pilates, ACSM, and AFAA.
Carley is passionate about the fitness industry and is committed to improving the health and well being of individuals. A professional dancer for one of the world's most well-known cruiselines, she became a certified Barre instructor to pass on her passion to others. Her love of Barre fitness classes is not limited to any one style, as she is currently working on her Group Exercise Instructor Certification.
Carley has been teaching Barre at the MAC since 2018.