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If you want to use every ounce of energy and feel the most alive you ever have, John is you trainer. I started with a low level of fitness and over a year and a half, have been replacing pounds of body fat with muscle month after month and feeling better in every way. John is extremely knowledgeable about body composition, exercise and nutrition and puts together a plan that fits the goals you want, be it strength, speed or if you just want to look like him ;) Everything is tracked so you can see your progress which helps when it gets tough. It does take time but you have to trust the process, it works. He will push you to your best, you'll grow muscles you never knew you had but theres always fun and good laugh to be had. It doesn't get easier, you just get faster stronger and lift heavier. Flexibility is great, whether its your local gym or home gym (my preference) and if the session starts late, you'll go until your finished. If you are looking for a personal trainer that actual cares about your health/wellness/fitness, John is all that, and more.

- Eli Lever

July 2018

I have been working with John for a year and a half and he has helped me come so far in my fitness journey. When I started I was still recovering from a car accident that left me with permanent damage in my spine. I chose to work with John because he demonstrated his ability to train me vigorously while being cognizant of my limitations. John is very knowledgeable and quickly put me at ease with his care and patience in building my strength and working with me through setbacks. He is intuitive and passionate about fitness and it shows, not just in his own chiseled physique but in the way he tailors his workouts to suit my specific needs. I've really progressed with John's training. He knows when to push and when to push a little less. He is genuine and funny and super smart to boot!

- Nasoan Sheftel-Gomes

July 2018

John has been my trainer now for almost 1.5 years. I went to him with a shoulder issue, back issue, leg issue and not having gone for a real run in a while...somewhat embarrassing. However, my wife and I had found out we were pregnant, and I was determined to be an active dad. So, I found my trainer, John Ford. Each time we meet, he's got a customized workout for me. Never pushed too far from the getgo, and even has been able to change up the workout mid-workout if something is too hard or too easy. Bottom line, seeing John has changed my life - not just physiologically, as now I am proud to show off my dad bod, but physically and healthwise, I am more flexible, stronger, happier, and have no problem now crawling around and lifting my 11-month-old boy. Thank you, John! Highly recommended.

- Evan Rutchik

July 2018

I could not rank John higher. I HATED exercise before working with John. He makes it much better with fascinating conversation on any topic that is of interest to you. He designs an ideal workout -- the first thing all my friends say when they see me is how much better I look. He knows his stuff and will use his expertise to advise all aspects of your life -- not just the workout but also give you tips on sleep and nutrition tips. I literally have been blown away. I could not imagine a better personal trainer.

- Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

June 2018

I began training with John a little over a year ago. The physical results of his training have surpassed my expectations, and his motivation has guided me to a routine of regular exercise. His sessions go by quickly since he’s sociable and keeps you distracted, and he is skillful at correcting your form so you can successfully work out safely on your own. He’s listened to my requests, yet always challenges me with new workouts, and has even helped me work safely through minor injuries. John has also been flexible with scheduling, and is always communicative. With his help, I was able to re-tone a post-partum body in a matter of months and I have successfully surpassed the goals I set for myself at the outset of our training. I couldn’t be happier!

- Jocelyn Dunnavant

July 2018

John Ford is a very good trainer, due to work I'd been off my workout routine for over a year. John has brought me back to almost my my goal weight, his workouts are fun (I usually can't believe when the hour is over). He has new and fun routines every session (we train 3 times weekly) and has elevated my cardio game. John is also pleasant to work with, consistently upbeat.

- Valerie James

December 2016

Hi, I started working with John about 10 weeks before my wedding and my goals were rather aggressive. I wanted to lose about 15-20 pounds and become more toned in a very short period of time. John said this is doable, but I'd really have to be committed and work hard at it. He was with me every step of the way and made the workouts fun. When I worked out on my own he provided customized DIY workouts that kept me on track. It was almost a miracle that I hit my target weight literally the day before my wedding. Needless to say, I was very happy working with John and would easily recommend him to anyone. Thanks John! 


- Chad Korpeck

June 2018

I started dieting 5 months before my wedding and working out here and there to prepare for my special day, but I needed John to help me tackle stubborn areas and gain more muscle definition—especially because my dress wasn't a very forgiving style. In just a month before my wedding and in 9 sessions, I saw visible results and differences in my body and appearance. I went from dreading the thought of wearing my dress, to feeling confident and excited to wear it!


I've strength-trained in the past and it usually bulked me up in a way I didn't like, but John's style of training gave me the feminine shape I was looking for. He used a combo of high-intensity interval training (aka fat-burning cardio), weight training, and TRX (resistance bands) to slim me down even further and tone my shoulders, back, and abs. To be honest, I didn't expect to see much change, but my dress had to be taken in an extra inch after my final fitting! Post-wedding, I still work out with John when I can. I definitely recommend pursuing a personalized program with him, especially for weddings and other special occasions. He really understands the kind of results the modern woman wants and is an expert trainer. 

- Soo-Young K.

November 2016

Before I started the 5 week JKF Fitness Plan, I was in a bit of a rut, constantly lifting. I had plateaued and was getting bored with my workout

Upon starting the
5 week JKF Fitness Plan, I was initially dreading the introduction of cardio into my workouts. I hate running, and wasn't looking forward to it.

The combination of short cardio warmups and routines mixed with lifting and circuit training ended up being the perfect combination to keep me interested in the next thing. I found myself looking forward to each new workout!

John was particularly helpful each step of the way, guiding me through new workouts I didn't fully understand and demonstrating anything I couldn't initially complete. Specifically, his
stretching routine [Trainer Assisted and Video Guides] after workouts is absolutely what my body needed to properly wind down!

This plan really works both inside and out. My stamina and endurance increased, along with my muscle definition, but most importantly, my confidence.

- Walter M.

November 2016

I started working with John because I wanted to make a change in my life after gaining some weight and falling out of a wellness routine due to work. I was an active person, but wasn't a big fan of the gym. John was great in motivating me to get to the gym and through my workouts. He tailored workouts to my body and my interest, mixing indoor and outdoor and even Skype sessions while I was traveling. His flexibility in custom-tailoring the program was so helpful. We did check-ins and before and after photos to track my progress and hone in on areas I wanted to improve. 


I have to admit, I often start workouts feeling low energy, and feeling like I don't want to do it, yet John makes me laugh and work hard, so by the end I feel proud and content. John is the reason I can push through!


After training with John for over a year I have loved the results, I enjoy our sessions and I highly recommend training with John. He makes the workouts fun, keeps me motivated, and has helped improve my body and wellness for the long term! Thank you John!

- Emily D

September 2016

We were staying in Brooklyn for a week. In Amsterdam - our home - we are used to doing workouts with our own PT. With Find Your Trainer we found John. In two sessions we did some tough and creative work outs in Prospect Park. John is - as a former athlete - knowledgable and supportive. A great way to start the day. And I came home with some fresh ideas how to work out. thnx John!


- Rolf K

October 2016

David did a 2 week intensive with John while visiting from Brazil to get stronger and more conditioned for his upcoming fight.

The result? A WIN!

David said: "Thanks for the super powers you gave me" 

John is a great trainer. We have been doing partner sessions with John for quite some time now and have been very happy. John is very knowledgeable and always comes with new workouts and ideas. He always challenges us and pushes us to go beyond our limits. He modifies exercises for our different skill levels and always keeps things fresh! He is also just an amazing person. We love chatting with him. He's funny and friendly. I would recommend John to anyone, no matter what skill level and what your fitness goals are. You will not be disappointed!


- Anisa & Daven

I gained 10 pounds after starting a new job and studying for the CFA. John and I started working together and developed a comprehensive action plan for our workouts. Based on my schedule, evening sessions are best; however, it's easy to get distracted after a long day and John helps keep me focused and ensures I get my sessions in. John is great at being both tough and upbeat so that the time goes by quickly. I'm starting to see more definition in the problem areas we identified - arms and thighs - something I was not seeing when I was on the spin or barre class circuit. I would highly recommend John.


- Lorraine S.

For all of you New Yorkers trying to get in shape for summer - or if you're just tired of your old routine/trainer: John was my trainer in NYC, and I really loved working with him. He just started his own business, and I can't recommend him enough. He's professional, courteous, TIMELY, smart, and funny. And, he gets results! He'll even come to you to train.


- Ashley W.




John was terrific. Put together a great training program for my family. Challenging but fun.

- Karen Fox & Family

I trained with John for one year when I lived in NYC. He set me on a course of greater fitness and weight loss. Due to his great sense of humor workouts with him are always fun. When I am back in NYC for vacation, I make sure to book a few training sessions with John. I can highly recommend him!


- Andreas B. (Diplomat)

A good friend recommended I try John when I was looking to change trainers.  I went from a trainer who was more interested in making me do his planned workout of the day, created ahead of time for all of his clients, to a trainer who tailors my workouts to me.  John pays close attention to my problem areas and builds workouts that have given me great results.  He consistently entertains and motivates me while making me work hard.  It's been 9 months and I feel (and look) great - all due to John!


- Tara D.

Best Trainer - John understood that where I was physically when we began training and completely changed my health and fitness habits for the better. He incorporates exercises that I enjoy and will help me achieve my fitness goals. I appreciate his reliability and flexibility working around my constantly changing schedule. His fun and motivating personality makes time fly in the gym and I am always looking forward to our next session.


- Lauren Sherman

John has worked with a variety of clients, from children to the elderly, with significant clinical work with middle-age professionals and athletes. He’s trained people with ailments ranging from Lymes Disease, to Pacemakers, to knee reconstructions, hip replacements, and shoulder and back injuries.

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