I have created this site to help you evolve into the strongest version of yourself.
Hi! Welcome to my site, I’m thrilled you made it here. My name is Leor Giladi and I’m a native of New Jersey, conveniently located within 30 minutes of NYC. I graduated in 2009 from Rutgers University with a B.S. in Biotechnology, focusing on animal biology and biochemistry. I have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and a powerful desire to understand as much as I can about anything and everything I find interesting. What does this have to do with fitness? I’m glad you asked.
Starting in middle school, and progressing through adolescence, I steadily gained weight, reaching a top weight of 325 pounds. I would get sweaty and out of breath walking to class, I had trouble buying clothes, and the social anxiety stimulated by my extra weight made making friends a challenge (and forget about meeting girls – yikes!). I dreamed of change and started reading health and fitness magazines but never followed through or utilized what I learned. My “ah ha” moment came in the spring of 2007. All geared up for vacation, I got on the plane ready for adventure, only to find that I was too large for the seatbelt to buckle. At 20 years old I found this horrifying and made a pledge then and there to finally get a handle on my health.
Beginning that summer I made small changes which had a big impact: I drove less, walked more, rode my bike to class and work, refused to take an elevator if I was going less than 5 stories, and started watching my food intake although I had limited nutritional knowledge. With just those few small changes, I lost 20 pounds in the first 6 months and started getting stronger and more conditioned. While I had studied various martial arts in my youth, I entered a gym for the first time on February 9, 2008. The process was slow, but as the weight continued falling off my body and my strength skyrocketed, I became hooked. To further motivate myself I signed up for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Bike MS City to Shore Century and completed, barely, the 100 mile ride on my birthday in September 2008 at 280 pounds.
As my knowledge base grew I switched from the standard broscience-powered workouts of my peers and into a more athletic inspired, scientifically backed, and results driven style of training. I utilize classic gymnastics, high tension calisthenics, olympic weightlifting, and compound movements using barbells, kettlebells, and dumbbells. Fast forward to today and I have lost 100 pounds of body fat, gained over 25 pounds of muscle, and changed my career path to suit my new passion for helping others to achieve their goals. I now train a consistent and dedicated clientele from a variety of backgrounds and with a variety of needs. True to my desire for knowledge, I have spent countless hours reading books and articles, completed multiple certifications, and attended several workshops. I am also pursuing my doctorate in physical therapy and I currently attend the University of Michigan in Flint as a member of the class of 2017.