Simon Buchannan - Testimonials
"I would describe myself as a typical dumpy middle-aged (Jewish) guy. I have paid attention to my aerobic/cardiovascular training for years but had been much less serious about strength training (despite working with weights on and off for years). About a year and a half ago I felt I needed to undertake a more dedicated resistance training regimen in order to maintain my future health and allow me to enjoy my recreational interests long into my “golden years”. I was not concerned about looking good in Speedos.
Working with Simon has been effective as well as educational. Simon is well versed in the principles of strength training, particularly in the concepts of progressive resistance, compound muscle group training, high intensity training, etc. All with the goal of improving health. There are no shortcuts—results require hard work and Simon has had me working harder than I have ever worked before, yet all done with safety in mind. The results speak for themselves. I have doubled my strength under his guidance in the relatively short time we have been working.
Working with Simon is not a function of him simply handing me weights and telling me what to do (dare I say, it isn’t “Simon Says”). He has been relentless in insisting that I pay close attention to the structure and development of my training and that I participate in that planning and development . He feels it is critical that his clients understand the principles involved—we should be able to tell him why we are doing what we do, not just the other way around.
To sum it up: Hard Work, Health. Safety. Understanding. Results
- A. S.
West Los Angeles
"As someone who has worked with quite a few trainers over the years in pursuit of overall health, weight loss and lean body sculpting, I had never been aware of the true potential -- both of my personal fitness capacity and the power of a trainer-client relationship -- until working with Simon. Simon has pushed for a consistent level of progress, resulting in visible results and the assurance that I am constantly challenging myself, yet always at a pace I am comfortable with. Simon takes great pride in communication and education of the "why" and "how" of the process, demanding that his clients assume true ownership of their progress and commit to their work in the gym and beyond. I am endlessly thankful for Simon's patience with my work circumstances - a busy travel schedule and career in the food industry - as he has helped me to devise a program that fits into my life without shrinking in the face of its limitations and challenges. My physical results have been significant and my understanding of progress and potential has been forever changed, thanks to Simon."
- Leah Goldstein