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Elissa's Personal Best Gym - 24 Reviews - 334 E 79th St, New York, NY - Fitness Reviews - Phone (212) 744-2378
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Elissa's Personal Best Gym

334 E 79th St
New York, NY 10021
(212) 744-2378
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I highly recommend Elissa’s Personal Best Gym if you’re looking for a trainer who is extremely passionate, professional and dedicated, with a great personality. I come from a f...


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Elissa is my secret weapon! 4/13/2011

I highly recommend Elissa’s Personal Best Gym if you’re looking for a trainer who is extremely passionate, professional and dedicated, with a great personality. I come from a family of all girls; being athletic/sporty was never my thing, until I met Elissa. Elissa introduced me to a new lifestyle and was able to infuse her love for exercise into me. Thanks to her, I’m in love with my new body and have developed a habit for working out and staying fit. In this hectic NYC lifestyle, I most appreciate Elisss’s flexibility with hours and scheduling. Another great plus: She knows how to tailor workouts—focuses on every part of the body—from stretching to toning to strengthening. Elissa is my secret weapon to making me look leaner and fit, and feel happy and healthy. With Elissa, nothing is impossible, and you’re always looking forward to a fun and interactive session. Most importantly, getting fit never felt challenging at all. more

Amazing Duet Session 3/27/2011

Signed up for a duet session with my boyfriend. The hour flew by. Elissa personalized the session to fit my boyfriend and me and it was awesome. You can't help but get motivated by her energy and enthusiasm. Can't wait to sign up for another...who thought working out could be so much fun! more

Fabulous Trainer!!! 3/26/2011

Elissa is a fabulous trainer! Not only is she an excellent trainer but she is also a delight to workout with...i just love her personality and find her to be very inspiring - she clearly loves what she does! I started with her about a year ago to prepare for my wedding. I became addicted to her work outs right away...she is extremely motivating and our workouts are always different and fun! Elissa really knows what works best for your body and catered my workout accordingly! Elissa helped me get to my wedding goal weight by helping me lose 15lbs and toning up my body! If it wasn't for Elissa I wouldn’t have felt/looked as great as I did on my wedding day! When I became pregnant Elissa modified my workouts accordingly...I have worked out with her throughout my entire pregnancy and feel great! I can't wait to work out with her after the baby arrives as well....I know she will help me get back to my pre-pregnancy weight! more

There is no one like Elissa! 3/21/2011

I have been working out for 30+ years and have been at many gyms. I know Elissa for about 24 years and she is a consummate professional who truly knows her craft. She has the education, knowledge, ability and creativity to construct a workout for anyone's needs and to keep it varied so there is no opportunity to get bored. She also keeps on top of the game by constantly attending seminars and workshops in the field. She is not only a master at one on one training but in designing state of the art classes in all aspects of fitness. She is not only highly intelligent but also gets along with everybody! For me, there is no one like her in the city of New York! more

Elissa Rocks! 1/29/2011

Best gym experience.. I'm not one who likes 'going to the gym', but working out with Elissa is a great time.. She puts on the music and we get to work.. I get the benefit of a full service gym but enjoy private, professional one on one training geared to my needs. She is very knowledgeable about multiple methods and workout approaches and continues to educate herself to keep current with any new trends. Every workout is a challenge with different routines which provides variety for my muscles and keeps it interesting for my brain! Elissa is my personal cheerleader and she works as hard as I do to whip me into shape. I can't thank her enough! more

Great trainer 4/12/2010

This gym is located in the lower level of a small apartment building but it looks out onto 79th Street, with lots of light and air. It is a small boutique gym run by Elissa, an experienced, dedicated trainer who provides challenging and tailor-made workouts. Every session is different and geared toward the client's needs and wishes. Pros: smart, knowledgable, creative, motivating Cons: She kicks a** more

Excellent Trainer 12/2/2009

I have known Elissa for seven years, and have worked out with her for 3.5 years. Along with a change in my diet, Elissa has helped me lose 114lbs! She designed each and every session according to my fitness level, and troubled areas! Over the past few years, she has been very supportive through my transformation, I still can't believe how "sculpted" I am!!! I highly recommend working out with Elissa...she is highly educated, passionate about exercising, and up to date with the latest in fitness! Thanks Elissa! Pros: Designs creative personalized workouts! Cons: none more

Great Trainer! 11/10/2009

I had an evening gown to get into and I'd heard through friends that Elissa is the best. After looking on Citysearch at all her great reviews, I was sold. She's thorough, attentive and created a workout just for me. At the end of 3 mths I was able to get into my gown and have kept the weight off ever since. Elissa is the best! Pros: Very Personalized Care Cons: I can't see her every day more

Best Personal Trainer! 11/9/2009

Elissa is the best personal trainer! I have been working out with her for over 3 years and she never fails to come up with new and exciting work outs. She does a great boot camp session tailored just for me! Elissa knows all her clients well and plans workouts based on their likes and dislikes. If you're looking for a good trainer with a personal touch, Elissa is the one! Pros: Highly Qualified Cons: none more

Amazing Personal Trainer 11/1/2009

Elissa's workouts are always fun. She tailors each workout to my individual needs and goals. She listens and cares about my fitness goals and even plays the music that I like, which motivates me during our workouts and makes me look forward to our next session. I always leave smiling, Elissa is the best! I am extremely pleased with my results., Thank you Elissa. Pros: Many Cons: None more

100% Motivation! 11/1/2009

Elissa is full of life and energy. Eliisa's Personal Best (EPB) is the place to be if you want something personal and catered to your specific workout needs. She'll help you determine achievable goals and will make sure you reach them. TOTALLY recommended!!!! more

Best Gym on the UES 10/30/2009

I have been working out with Elissa for over two years and I can not say enough great things about her. Elissa's gym is spotless and private. She customizes routines based on her client's needs and I do not think I have done the same routine twice. Elissa keeps me motivated to stay healthy! Pros: Clean and Professional Cons: None more

best personal trainer! 3/25/2008

i have been working out with Elissa for a while now to get in shape for my wedding. she is a fantastic trainer with tons of experience. not only does she make me feel comfortable but she has really motivated me to get in better shape! her gym doesn't have that big uncomfortable feel to it and for once i finally feel comfortable working out. Thank you!! more

Best Training Diva on the UES! 1/20/2008

I've been training with Elissa for the about 5 months now. The reason I had started was so that I could tone up for my wedding. She toned me up and now after my wedding I have continued her routines and have continued our sessions. Elissa has structured routines which changed each session and are fun as well as challenging. I saw results a week after beginning and keep seeing my body change after each session. She knows what she's doing and she's worth every penny!! Update 10/16/2009: My wedding came and went and I was in the best shape of my life. I'm now 9 months pregnant (2 years later), due to give birth Nov. 8th 2009. Elissa is prenatal certified and has been training me through the entire pregnancy. My friends and family can't get over how great I look. Even with the extra 30 pounds I'm carrying, which is pretty much all around my mid-section, I still feel strong and energized. I thought by now I'd be super tired and lethargic, but with Elissa's routines and lots of walking I'm still as energized as ever. 3 more weeks to go and I'm still doing the routines and feeling great! Pros: prenatal certified more

Best Personal Trainer 1/17/2008

Elissa is an incredible trainer! I?ve been with her for almost two years now and have seen great changes in my appearance. She is professional and personable at the same time and is always accommodating to varying schedules. Elissa fine-tunes each workout to fit clients wants and needs. Her ?boot camp? sessions are amazing and she personalizes them to work out my target areas. I am happy to be a member of ?team best.? Thanks Elissa for all that you do! Pros: individualized work outs, small gym, never crowded Cons: non more

Great Trainer!! 2/8/2007

I love Elissa!! She has a great setup with a great variety of equipment. She keeps you moving and is constantly changing the routine. She is a great motivator and time flies when you are with her!! I love the fact that she is very accomodating to my work schedule and has found time in her schedule to train with me. The gym is clean and there is a shower so you dont have to leave all sweaty. Elissa is very down to earth, knows what she is doing and produces results! She is so much fun to talk to as well. Definitely get on board with Elissa--you will be fit, healthy and happy!! Pros: Lots of equipement, value, clean space, great trainer Cons: non more

long time member 8/28/2005

I have been a member of the gym since it opened. And, I have been a personal training client of the owner, Elissa, for several years. The gym consists of several rooms so that training and work-out sessions are not crowded. There is seldom a wait for equipment, mainly because Elissa and the other trainers coordinate schedules. The other trainers and members are friendly, considerate, and serious about working out. Elissa is an extremely skilled trainer, with extensive experience in the field. Her work-outs are creative, challenging and varied. She puts her heart and soul into her work and it shows. more

User review by soon 8/26/2005

Elissa is one of the best, most knowledgeable and professional trainers I have come into contact with during my years of exercising. No wonder, Elissa has a masters in applied physiology from Columbia University. Elissa has a great smile and is in amazing shape, she certainly practices what she preaches. Elissa is truly an inspiration. Because Elissa is so warm and friendly, I always look forward to my next workout. The workouts are very diversified, Elissa plans out the sessions to vary from day to day. I am never bored. My workout results haver been amazing, the inches are melting away. She also trains my husband. I would highly recommend Elissa to clients of all ages, from beginners to advanced, male or female. more

as a trainer... 12/28/2004

I am a successful personal trainer and was so fortunate to have stumbled into Elissa's gym 3 years ago! she doesn't actually have 'staff'- she is a one woman show!! I have found Elissa's to be a wonderful place to train my clients for many reasons- not the least of which is that we are all working for each other in a friendly and comfortable atmosphere. I love being a 'partner' of sorts. I love that all the equipment I need is available, and though the gym is small the space is remarkably utilized and there is plenty of floor space for stretching and classes. And to make matters MORE appealing- the price is right! This is what Elissa loves to do- so the price reflects her love for her art. Pros: love of fitness!, friendly vibes!, great 'staff'!!! more

Can't quit this place! 11/16/2004

First let me start by saying that I am not a staff member!! I have been a member of Elissa's Personal Best since 2002 and find it down to earth no frills for those who are SERIOUS about a good workout or personal training session. I receive compliments all the time for being fit and I owe it all to Elissa personally because she has been my personal trainer for the past 2 years and a great inspiration to stay fit!! I would reccomend this gym to those who want a more private workout which bigger gyms can't offer. I love this place and wouldn't go anywhere else! Its clean, good trainers, sufficient workout space and equipment, what else do you need in a gym?? more
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