Philly Personal Training Staff

Personal Trainer in Center City Philadelphia - Brian Maher

Brian Maher, CSCS – Owner of Philly Personal Training
B.S. in Exercise Sport Science – Elon University

Brian Maher started Philly Personal Training in the spring of 2009 when he first moved to Philadelphia. He is an experienced, certified personal trainer who trains at Philly Personal Training at 1429 Walnut Street in Center City, Philadelphia.  He received his bachelor’s degree in exercise/sport science from Elon University and is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength & Conditioning Association.  Brian has been featured in Philadelphia Magazine, Be Well Philly, Runner’s World,, and many other media outlets. Having been a personal trainer for several years, Brian utilizes his experience and education to provide clients with sound fitness and nutritional advice rather than gimmicks and quick fixes.  He also uses his knowledge to teach clients about the benefits of exercise, break down complex fitness workouts and nutritional information into simple, easy-to-follow steps, and familiarize clients with fitness equipment and workout routines.  Finally, Brian is able to aid clients in reaching their individual goals by providing unique training sessions tailored to strength training, weight loss, speed and agility, and balance.  By understanding and educating clients about the importance of both energy intake (nutrition) and energy expenditure (exercise), Brian is able to help clients obtain optimal results.

Brian originally started Philly Personal Training in 2009 as an in home personal training business. He grew his business and client list by getting his clients results. In fact, his clients saw such great results that he was recognized as Philadelphia’s “Best Personal Trainer” in 2013 by Philadelphia Magazine. After winning the award and gaining more popularity, he realized he needed a way to be able to help more people reach their goals. In September of 2014, Brian opened Philly Personal Training’s current location at 1429 Walnut Street. His goal was simple: to develop a staff of personal trainers who are highly educated and qualified. While it is popular for many gyms and personal training studios to showcase their trainers’ physiques, Brian wanted to showcase his trainers’ education, experience, and talent so that potential clients could see how a professional personal trainer could help them reach their goals in a safe and effective manner. Brian hopes that after a client works with a trainer on his staff, their opinion of what a personal trainer is and should be, will be forever changed.

Personal Trainer in Philadelphia - Elizabeth MarmerElizabeth Marmer, NFPT – Personal Trainer
B.S. in Exercise Sport Science and Athletic Training – Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Elizabeth Marmer joined the Philly Personal Training staff in August of 2014. She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania as a double major with a bachelor’s in exercise science and a bachelor’s in athletic training. During her time in college, she gained experience working with collegiate athletes in injury prevention and injury rehabilitation. After graduation, Elizabeth became a certified personal trainer through the National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT). She then became a personal trainer in West Chester where she further fine-tuned her craft of improving the fitness level of her personal training clients while also preventing them from injury, or in some cases, rehabilitating them from previous injuries. Elizabeth’s knowledge of exercise and rehabilitation in addition to her great personality make her a favorite among her personal training clients and that shows in her glowing client testimonials.

Personal Trainer in Philadelphia - Rachel Hydock

Rachel Hydock, NASM-CPT – Personal Trainer
BS in Kinesiology, Movement Science – Penn State University

Rachel Hydock joined the Philly Personal Training staff in May of 2015. Rachel graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor’s in kinesiology where she specialized in movement science, being taught not only biomechanics, but also sport psychology, motor behavior and neuroscience. She has spent years after college working in physical therapy, gaining knowledge and first hand experience working with those who have physical limitations while needing rehabilitation. During those years she gained a deep respect and passion for physical fitness, particularly the benefits of living an overall active lifestyle. Rachel decided to become a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certified personal trainer and began her training career in New Haven, CT, where she taught her clients to trust the process and push their limits. She believes that physical fitness should be a lifelong journey that holds as much priority in life as your career and personal relationships, as it is a relationship with yourself and your vitality should always be a focus.
Rachel’s inspiring disposition, accessibility, supportive and accepting nature coupled with her vast knowledge have made her a life changing addition to many personal training clients.

Personal Trainer in Philadelphia - Shawn Irving

Shawn Irving – Personal Trainer
BS in Exercise Science – Temple University

Shawn Irving joined the Philly Personal Training staff in June of 2015. He graduated from Temple University with a degree in exercise science, taking classes in anatomy, physiology, exercise testing, and many more related coursework. Prior to joining Philly Personal Training, Shawn trained as a performance specialist and personal trainer at a facility in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he worked with clients of varying skill sets from adolescents to professional athletes. He also worked at a rehab facility where he assessed and trained healthy individuals as well as individuals in need of rehabilitation exercises. Both experiences have allowed him to develop a training style that pushes his clients while never jeopardizing safety and proper form. His education and positive energy make him an excellent personal trainer and a valued member of the Philly Personal Training staff.

Personal Trainer Philadelphia Mike OrzolekMike Orzolek, CSCS – Personal Trainer
Bachelor’s in Sports Medicine – Mercyhurst University
Master’s in Exercise Science and Nutrition – Sacred Heart University

Michael Orzolek joined the Philly Personal Training staff in January 2017. He graduated from Mercyhurst University in 2006 with a Bachelor’s in Sports Medicine and from Sacred Heart University in 2014 with a Master’s in Exercise Science and Nutrition. Prior to joining Philly Personal Training, Michael has worked in strength and conditioning, fitness, and rehabilitation settings. Through these his experiences, Michael has worked with clients ranging from beginners to elite athletes. Michael is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). In the summer of 2016, he coached the Men’s Double scull to the Under-23 World Rowing Championship in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. His knowledge of physiology and biomechanics allow him to develop training programs to maximize client’s progress towards goals. Mike’s education, patience and disposition make him a great asset to the Philly Personal Training staff.

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