I wanted to train with Bruce because he was referred
to me by a respected Registered Dietician who assured me that he
would be professional, patient and could push me without causing
injury. Well, he did not disappoint. He is very knowledgeable and
uses a common sense approach that works. He keeps me focused and
motivated on my workouts when I want to give up and always
encourages me to keep going. I can trust that he won't let me do
anything that's not safe or effective and he has earned my highest
possible recommendation as I have him training my entire family too.
One thing I never considered before training with
Bruce is that he makes exercising more enjoyable by bringing his
passion and enthusiasm to our workouts and transforms what would
otherwise be a punishment to me. I dare say I actually enjoy our
workouts together despite the physical exertion.
Bruce took a survey
of our diets, started us off slowly, and both pushed us and encouraged
us. It was a perfect combination! within a few weeks I was doing
push ups off an exercise ball! Bruce has not only gotten us on the
road to being in good shape, but he's made it fun and challenging
I only wish we'd started five or ten years ago. Thanks Bruce!
I came to Bruce Gilbert with some health issues and I wanted to
stay fit and trim. I noticed as I worked out in the gym that most
trainers are clueless as to what the human body does or how it functions.
Most of the trainers, I observed, were not even focusing their attention
on their clients.
The thing that impressed me most about Bruce was his constant attention----he
watched what I did and most importantly watched what I did incorrectly.
His attention meant that I was unlikely to get hurt. My body increased
in strength and stamina and my heart rate dropped from 78 beats
per minute to 63 beats per minute.
I then had a major health crisis—I developed colon cancer and I
had the surgery last December. I was faced with six month of chemotherapy.
I quickly lost more than 30 pounds and was overcome with nausea.
I feel that very few trainers could have dealt with this situation.
I also felt that it was important for me to exercise and to try
to keep my body functioning.
Bruce was extremely sensitive to my situation. I was able to work
out lightly during my six months of chemotherapy. Bruce was positive
and very supportive. I am now through my medical treatments and
getting stronger with my weekly workouts with Bruce. Bruce has a
solid, practical knowledge of the human body. With his help, I was
able to strengthen myself during this challenging time.
"Bruce Gilbert has been training me for ten years now. He has kept me fit and toned, enthusiastic and disciplined. His knowledge of the body is extensive and has helped me to recover fully from several injuries I have sustained over the years. Most of all, he makes exercise fun inside and outside the gym. Thank-you, Bruce."
If you want it quick and to the point all you need to do is read
is the next paragraph, if you want the back story keep reading beyond
Bottom line, I consider Bruce a consummate professional. For the
past nine years he has worked with me through some difficult times.
Bruce never takes his eyes off of you, is always learning new tortures
(exercises) to bring to the workout, never has missed a session
without a call and is 100% present. He knows his profession and
is smart in the way he gets the most out of you and your workout.
Bruce has developed that special talent were he pushes you to your
limit but not to the point of injury. In my professional world I
take referrals very seriously and I must say that I recommend Bruce
without hesitation. You would be very fortunate to work with him.
I came to Bruce seeking discipline in my workout. On my own I was
achieving very little and wanted to be in better shape and free
from some chronic pain from a previous injury. My posture was poor
and stress had put my shoulders to my ears. My height was 6 ft.
& 1/2 inch.
To say I hated going to my workouts would not be far from the truth
however I quickly realized the importance of the work and Bruce
made it as pleasant as possible.
On June 21st, 2002 I fell 80 feet off of a cliff 50 feet was
a free fall. In a matter of seconds I broke my jaw, dislocated my
shoulder, re- injured a previous broken wrist and forearm, broke
a rib, jarred my tailbone, crushed my knee cap and lost a lot of
The road back was difficult. The physical therapy was painful and
exhausting. Eventually I was ready to work with Bruce. Bruce listened
as I shared where I stood and where I hoped to go. We worked very
I’m not going to walk you through the last five years, but what
you should know is that I give the majority of my near full recovery
to Bruce. In fact during some recent extensive physical labor I
realized that I was in better shape than prior to my fall. By the
way I now stand 6 ft 11˛2 inches tall.
Sometimes you have to give the devil his due.
"Without Bruce I would not have recuperated as successfully
as I did. I wouldn't be as diligent and exercising wouldn't be as
Bruce believes that true fitness begins with a commitment to one's health and well being, followed by basic hard work. I really appreciate Bruce's common-sense / no-nonsense methods. I also appreciate his positive, upbeat attitude. He is a reliable, hardworking and flexible trainer who I can easily, heartily recommend! After working with Bruce, I believe I am more fit than I have ever been in my life.
Bruce is the best personal trainer I've ever used. He's now been my
trainer for over ten years. I've watched others at the gym with
different trainers and worked out with others in the past, but I don't
think there's anyone else I would want. He is always creative in the
workout, modifying it, and surprising me with new challenges. He makes
every session both tough and fun. Besides his sense of humor, he is an
excellent listener. He also trained my son, when in high school, and was
very helpful with him.
I always look forward to training with Bruce. He
makes it fun by varying the workout, setting up do-able challenges
and being attentive. He is very conscientious and always watches
that I perform the exercise properly and breathe correctly.
Bruce Gilbert, owner of Balanced Fitness, is, bar none, one of the
best personal trainers out there. He manages to cram in a workout
for every body part in the space of an hour and still make it seem
Although I began working with Bruce because of my shoulder
injury, I have found that his workouts have benefited every part of
my body. Bruce is a gifted trainer who is guided by his knowledge of
the physiology of the body, the particular needs of each individual
client and also by his feeling and intuitions about the needs of
Bruce customizes each workout for each client, taking into
account any injuries, old or new; ability and motivation.
With regard to the motivation part - somehow, without any hard
sell, he manages to increase that trait in me!
I have been training with Bruce for almost 10 years and find him
to be among the best of the best! I highly recommend him for
whatever workout needs you might have. Give him a call and get
~ Dell A.
Challenge. It's a cliche when it comes to working out but it's certainly the one area where Bruce excels as a trainer. He challenges you to push yourself to the limit in order to achieve maximum results. He also has a very strong understanding of how the body works. You would think every trainer would have that but after one session with Bruce you can look around any gym and see how most people (with their trainers) are getting it wrong. If you're recovering from an injury like I was (emphasize on was) or just looking to get your body in gear, Bruce is the man.
Definitely worth your investment. If you have a clear goal of what you want to achieve from your workout, then Bruce is the right person to train with. He is extremely knowledgeable, loves his work, and has the best attitude. Bruce was always on time to workout, and is definitely not the type of trainer who spends time goofing around. He is very serious about his work, and will ask you to commit. I highly recommend him. Thanks Bruce!
Always there with right idea's and attitude. I'm a "difficult" case and Bruce brings out my best.
Bruce has helped me recover from chronic back pain with patience and professionalism. He has a big heart!
I can't believe this hidden gem! I found out about Bruce and his
Personal Fitness training program and then I found out about the
other side of his business. The Bow Wow Workout is the best thing to
ever happen with me and my dog. Bruce is a great guy and very fun to
hang with on a Sunday morning. It's a great run up Runyon Canyon and
back with the dogs getting a great workout and me trying to keep up
with the pace. It gets easier the more you go. It's a blast! I would
highly recommend this workout as well as the other services Bruce
offers. Since seeing Bruce, I have lost 30 pounds, increased my
stamina, and with his guidance, I now eat better than I ever have. I
don't have the pain from tendonitis in my hip anymore and I am much
more flexible. I just can't say enough about this guy. Go see him
and make your whole life better.
~ Jeff N.
Bruce is an exceptional trainer and fitness professional. What I
appreciate most about Bruce is that fitness is not a hobby. It is
his passion and his profession. He knows how to get results. He is
smart and efficient. He's a great motivator, too. I highly recommend
~ Matthew S.
I have trained with Bruce, off and on, for a few years now and can't
imagine working with anyone else. (and I've worked out with a LOT of
people over the years) This past year I have had to work through
some injuries and Bruce has had the patience and expertise to get me
strong again. I love that he changes things up, pushes gently but
firmly (for me, at least) and has a great sense of humor (not to
mention vast knowledge of 80s music!). What impresses me about Bruce
is that he continues to train and learn new techniques in the area
of fitness. It's not the same old workout because he genuinely cares
about the well being of his clients. I can't recommend him enough!
~ Mari W.
I had been a trainer myself for 15 years. I stopped training clients
in 2001, but had always practiced a rigorous exercise routine for
myself. I met Bruce through a business associate, (who trained with
him), after complaining about being "bored with and burned out" with
my exercise routine. Too much effort for the same predictable
results. I had fallen victim to what many of my former training
clients had experienced. The SAME OLD workout.
Bruce dramatically changed that for me. Within 6 weeks I experienced
amazing results from his unique routines. There is always a
"consistency" of challenge and information to his workouts. However,
there is always a variety and interest to his instruction. He is
exacting but amazingly generous and supportive. I always looked
forward to those early morning workouts.
I highly recommend his program to anyone with no workout experience
or to an avid athlete.
~ Philip J.
If you are a person who does not want to work at improving oneself
Bruce is not the man for you. If you are a person who believes in
committing to personal health and well being and wants a leader in
training both the body and the mind, then Bruce is for you. I have
had the honor of working with Bruce to reclaim my body and with it
most definitely my quality of life. Bruce worked me immediately with
the mindset that health is a conscious choice and a process that I
must commit to if I wish to achieve a better quality of life for
myself. He set me with realistic goals and routines that would work
my body but would also give me the mindset to match. It was his
approach in telling me the realities of fitness and achieving my
goals with a healthy attitude that appealed to me. Soreness in the
first few weeks turned to greater flexibility, strength and better
sense of well being for my day to day in the months to follow. Bruce
set me on a course for fitness that I still follow today - 5 years
after I began my fitness journey with Bruce.
Keep up the good work Bruce and thanks for your time, patience
~ Dan F.