I have been lucky enough to train and train with a lot of great people, from many different walks of life. Here are some testimonials of people that make up the Lotus Training Family. 

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"I have been getting some text messages, DM's, and in-person questions regarding nutrition, exercise, and healthy living more recently.  A large portion of my knowledge is thanks to Santi and his guidance throughout my years of lifting. 

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I can highly recommend anyone going to him for programming and guidance... I cannot stress enough how much his knowledge, mindset, and motivation will help you reach whatever goals you have. Many of the goals I have achieved would not be hit without him in my corner." -Brian Dodge Personal Training Program

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" Ever since I could remember I have struggled with my weight. I ran mile after mile, lifted weight after weight, and still struggled. The times that I lost weight I ended gaining it right back. In January of 2015 I met up with Santi and talked to him about his program: Lotus Training, and what made this program.

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It was more than just about losing weight; it was about building mental AND physical strength. I've been training with Santi and Lotus Training for about a year now and I've lost 20% body fat and more than 60 pounds.

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By using meditation techniques that I learned from Lotus Training , I have disciplined myself mentally and have been able to gain better control of my ability to focus and my ability to further push my body and mind beyond it's limits. This was all thanks to Lotus Training's philosophy and Santi's personal training guidance.

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Santi is a personal trainer that cares about your success. This is more than a training program. This is more than just a go to the gym and lift weights kind of deal. This is a lifestyle. This is a program that will aid you in many different aspects of your life.

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This program is not easy. In fact it is one of the most challenging programs I have ever done. But as we say here in the Lotus Training family, "No Struggle. No Growth"

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...Every word is true. And man thank you. I have not regretted a single second training with you." - Tim Pizarro, Aesthetic Experience

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"Santi is a teacher. I learned more with the sessions with him than I have learned at my 4 year school. He has a way of tearing things apart until he understands every little detail and then can easily covey them to someone else.

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With the time I spent with Santi, I was taught all about powerlifting. I turned my head originally at the thought but soon found out I loved it.  I never thought I could hold as many records and rankings as I currently do without him.

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He has a way of reading people and point out things that make them special. He finds the good in every single person without fail. Without Santi, I don't where I would be now. The time he invested in me will all ways stay with me...If it wasn''t for you, I wouldn't be top 114 junior in New York State right now. I'm ranked top 25 on my lifts because you took time to teach me. I owe you a lot."- Emily Gillespie, Persona

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"Training with Lotus has taught me many things. I started out in the gym seriously my junior year of high school and learned how to lift. Clearly that was not the right way. When I got to college I was playing soccer, and playing against some of the best kids- I was getting knocked around and needed to fix it. I then met Santi.

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I met Santi before Lotus began and he helped me out and would give me pointers on how to lift but never really gave me the full experience. I took on Lotus training my junior year of College and it changed me. I went from being a kid who lifted to a kid who understands how to lift and how to train the certain body parts correctly in order to succeed not only in the gym but on the field as well. I guess you can say he knows what he is talking about when it comes to training.

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Although I do not continue with Lotus anymore, it was that training that got me ready to stand out on the field my senior year of college. I became a first team all conference pick, was conference player of the year, First Team All East Region, Second Team All ECAC and was selected to the All America Team as well. The training also helped me get recognized by semi-professional teams and professional teams. One last thing is that the training got me selected to the USA Division 3 Team and get to go to Brazil with 16 others to play for 10 days.

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Santi really knows his stuff, and Lotus Training got me where I needed it to be and I believe if you stick to what he says and how he does things you will progress like I did and the many others that have gone through the program."- Peter Dilorenzo, Warrior Training

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"Before I met Santi, the founder of Lotus Training, I had always wanted to hit the gym and get in shape but after a few days or weeks I would end up losing motivation. Losing motivation was something that rarely happened to me but for some reason I could never sustain it in regards to working out. I was a freshman in college and I worked out mainly to look good enough so people would see that I hadn’t gained the infamous “freshman 15”. If I sustained that, no matter how sporadic my workout schedule was, I was happy in a sense.


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When I linked up with Santi midway through my freshman year, I was excited to get in the gym on a consistent basis. I didn’t know how he trained or how he was as a person so I had no idea what to expect. What I found out was that he was one of the most dedicated people to his craft I have ever met.

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I’ve never wanted to get huge like a bodybuilder but more so in basketball shape. With his sports background he crafted the perfect workouts to mimic what would happen on the basketball court. His attention to detail was mind-blowing to me at the time and now inspires me to do the same in my every day life. He preaches form, form, form and doesn’t care how much you can lift but if you lift correctly. When I don’t understand something he makes sure I understand every single motion involved in getting the correct form down not by telling me, but showing me.

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Some personal trainers may as just be called trainers for the simple fact that they show up to get you in shape and when the session is over, that’s it. Not Santi. He helps you develop a trust in him. When I reached that point of trusting him, which was very quickly, a whole new world of working out opened up. He pushes you to your limit and then some to create new limits that you didn’t think you could reach.

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It doesn’t stop outside of the gym either. His diet plan that he created specifically for the type of basketball workouts we were doing elevated my training to new heights. When I asked him if he we could do some work outside to help with agility, cutting and speed he didn’t hesitate and created a whole other plan focused on just those things in addition to lifting. He got me in
the best shape of my life and has created habits I have kept to this day.

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Santi is one the best influences on my life. I was working out to prove something wrong to other people, to look good for other people. He nipped that before I could even finish my sentence. He tells me that you have to want it for yourself, that the only way you can get the most out of workouts and life is to want it for yourself. I trust anything Santi does, from his diet plans and workouts plans to his apparel, to be done at the highest of qualities." -Greg Armstrong, Persona


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"Santi is everything you could ever ask for in a trainer. He knows it all because he's done it all himself, from being a cross country runner to a body builder and every level of fitness in between.

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He combines excellent knowledge with creative workouts tailored exactly to your goals using free weights, machines, and body weight exercises. There is no better motivator on a tough day or cheerleader when you're setting PRs.

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In one and a half years I have gained over 20 pounds of muscle (started at 122) and added inches to my vertical jump at the same time. I would never be where I am today without the work that Santi has done and everything that we have accomplished together. #nostruggle #nogrowth" -Ryan Gakeler, Aesthetic Experience