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Mavericks Fitness

Santa Cruz, CA, United States

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‘19 Certificate of Excellence, 2019
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Mavericks Fitness

Santa Cruz, CA, United States

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‘19 Certificate of Excellence, 2019

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Mavericks Fitness is a wellness facility founded by a team of fitness professionals focussing on improving your overall quality of life through better movement, better mobility, and better nutrition. We want to empower you to have an education in your body so you are not reliant on us, or anyone, to improve your life experience.

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Nick D.

20 October 2019

I began my fitness and weightloss journey with Rock and Kate in January of 2019. I had always been very active and reasonably fit in my 20's and 30's, but after years of desk work and several injuries and surgeries I found myself over 50, overweight and in horrible shape...but I didn't realize HOW out of shape until my first consultation! Cut to nine months later I have dropped over 25 pounds and feel stronger, more confident and more vital than I have in years. I have worked with trainers in the past, but never found their programs to be as comprehensive as Maverick Fitness, and the support and encouragement I got from Rock and Kate was unlike anything I've ever experienced. Their approach to 'functional fitness' is unique and really clicked with me. Their knowledge about the human body and nutrition is remarkable. It takes commitment and hard work, but if you keep showing up and sticking to the program IT WORKS!! Invest in yourself and your future wellbeing...YOU'RE WORTH IT!! More...

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Kevin L.

26 August 2019

Two of our kids have been working with Mavericks Fitness for a while now, and the experience has been nothing but wonderful. Here is a comment from a friend of ours about our son during a recent camping trip:"It was inspiring to be around him on the camping trip. He seemed so happy and social. I loved how he was challenging my boys regarding swimming laps and working out. He talked with pride about 'my trainer.'"If you are looking for a personal trainer, please consider talking with Rock. It could change your life. More...

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Lynn F.

28 October 2018

I have been working with Rock for the past 3 months. He has focused me on my mobility and flexibility. I stand have improved in both these areas tremendously. Also I am gaining the benefit of getting stronger. Rock is very knowledgeable and caring identifying the best course for your body and mind. More...

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Jason Strich

30 August 2018

When I had my consultation with Rock I was over weight and run down from a demanding work schedule. Rock was able to pinpoint my problem areas and helped to build the base strength back in order to avoid reoccurring injuries. I was first amazed by gaining flexibility in my feet again, now I am able to move more freely and without pain and feel more positive on a daily basis. My time training here has been great with amazing results and look forward to the continuing changes to come. More...

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Dejon W

30 July 2018

I started nutrition coaching with Rock in January of 2018. It was something I was curious about, but wasn't really sure what to expect. Rock walked me through what Precision Nutrition is, the philosophy, and habit change modality. After talking with him I thought it seemed accessible and doable. Nutrition coaching sounded so different then anything else I've ever tried when it came to dieting. I decided I need to see what it was all about. After 6 months of doing the program, I can't fully express how much shifts when you start making small changes. I feel more empowered to make decision about my nutrition instead of mindless eating. I also feel like this is something I can continue to improve on and see it as a lifestyle, not just a one and done diet. It's a slow process, which feels more sustainable. I'm someone who wants quick results, and can get discouraged, Rock reminds me that even the small wins are valuable. Most importantly, these daily check in's and habit changes are positively impacting other areas of my life. Who knew saying yes, to something like nutrition coaching could affect all areas of my life? Well, Rock did but he let's you figure that out for yourself. And that is the best part, Rock is here to support me in my growth, and not lecture at me what I "should" be doing. Its a true learning experience and something I'm looking forward to seeing how the next 6 months change my perspective and health. If you're looking to try something different, and you are ready for a change I would 100% recommend reaching out to Rock and seeing what Mavericks Fitness has to offer you. More...

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Chuck Cole

23 July 2018

For the last five weeks I've been training with Rock. We went over dozens of different flexibility and mobility exercises. As a result, my squat depth and form have improved dramatically. I would recommend these classes to anyone interested in improving their range of motion. More...

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Russ Snediker

23 July 2018

Unfortunately I'm overweight by 50lbs, lazy, have terrible eating / drinking habits, and have bad posture from sitting on a computer all day. Recently I've had a desire to change my behaviors because I want to live a better lifestyle, and inspired by other Yelpers, I gave Rock at Mavericks Fitness a try to see if he could help me improve my well-being.

Though I was intimidated when coming in to his gym, Rock was and continued to be non-judgmental, cared about positive improvements in my life no matter how big or small, and promoted strength by means of flexibility and healthy/sustainable changes as opposed to forcing me to go through reevaluation of my entire life.

With his approach and my commitment to meeting once a week, I was able to see improved results in my flexibility, stable and realistic weight loss over time, and gain a more positive attitude towards my health. Most importantly, Rock was committed to me – at that included being non-judgmental if I missed our expectations on a given week. He always looked for the positives in what I was changing, and focused on assisting me through our journey.

If you have any desire to find a partner in your health or weight loss goals, please reach out to Rock. I'm so pleased to have found him, and look forward to tacking on at extra 10+ years to my life because of our work.
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Bek Phillips

23 July 2018

When I first met Rock, I wasn't sure what to expect. I had been in gyms and in athletics since elementary school, but in the last 6 years had backslid into inaction. With my wedding coming up and vague goals I found Rock who has been nothing but phenominal. With his humor, knowledge and the ability to continue to push you (safely) to past what you think you're capable of, I found myself making rapid improvements and feeling better in and about my own body. He also knows about diet and meal planning enough to work with extreme diet and technical limitations. My only regret is that I won't be able to stay in the gym with him forever. More...

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Kai Davis

23 July 2018

Rock is an amazing personal trainer. He's incredibly attentive to the fitness wants and needs of his clients, and will work with you to get you where you want to be. I've only been working with him for a month, but I've seen more progress in this month than I ever have working out by myself. He also offers nutrition coaching, which has helped me slowly start incorporating good eating habits to replace my bad ones. All in all, I would highly recommend Rock to anyone ready to work hard and make a shift in their lifestyle. More...

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Laila Cory Rall

23 July 2018

I’ve had personal trainers on and off for fifteen years and finding a trainer that is goal-based, knowledgeable, dynamic, reliable, and actually instructs in a way that is comprehensible and motivating, is no easy feat. Rock is all of these things. Rock is passionate about health and fitness, which combined with his dedication, creativity, and his ever growing knowledge about anatomy, exercise, and nutrition, makes him a great trainer for people of a wide range of abilities, interests, and needs.

I came to Rock after a long summer vacation of too much indulgence and not enough exercise, in a bit of a slump, with a few injuries, extra pounds, and hopes of reclaiming my motivation of yesteryear. My squat was atrocious, resulting in a hip and knee sway, even at weights far below my strength ability. I had known that I lacked glute activation, but my previous attempts at gaining activation and having any mind-body connection were unsuccessful. With me, Rock has focused on flexibility, myofascial release, glute activation, and increasing mind-body connection throughout all exercises; he has also re-taught proper mechanics for exercises I was already familiar with, patiently explained to me “the why” behind exercises as I ask and ask like only a two year old would, and has given me feedback that is thoughtful and useful. (Though knowing Rock, there were probably a bunch of other things he was also focusing on that were more behind-the-scenes!) I was used to either long, slow, marathon sessions at the gym, or fast and furious high intensity ones. Rock slowed me down; he got me to refocus so that my workouts are deliberate so I am efficiently working on strength gain and flexibility with proper mechanics, for long-term, safe, health. The day(s) after training with Rock, I am sore. But now, not with blisters on my hands, knee pain, shoulder pain, a hip flexor that feels like a dry and inelastic rubber band about to snap, but rather with that muscle soreness that screams that you’ve done well. Muscles that ask to return to the gym again tomorrow to stretch and roll and continue to develop. And I am starting to apply Rock’s motto of “improvement, not perfection” to not only my fitness, but to other areas of my life as well, which makes me less stressed out, more willing to try, and ultimately happier. And on the thought of happiness, Rock is incredibly funny. There is not a session that I do not laugh. Or sweat. Or huff and puff. Every session I leave knowing a little more, feeling a little more able, and feeling a heck of a lot better physically and mentally. For me, that’s a win!
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De Jon

23 July 2018

I started nutrition coaching with Rock in January of 2018. It was something I was curious about, but wasn't really sure what to expect. Rock walked me through what Precision Nutrition is, the philosophy, and habit change modality. After talking with him I thought it seemed accessible and doable. Nutrition coaching sounded so different then anything else I've ever tried when it came to dieting.

I decided I need to see what it was all about. After 6 months of doing the program, I can't fully express how much shifts when you start making small changes. I feel more empowered to make decision about my nutrition instead of mindless eating. I also feel like this is something I can continue to improve on and see it as a lifestyle, not just a one and done diet. It's a slow process, which feels more sustainable. I'm someone who wants quick results, and can get discouraged, Rock reminds me that even the small wins are valuable. Most importantly, these daily check in's and habit changes are positively impacting other areas of my life. Who knew saying yes, to something like nutrition coaching could affect all areas of my life? Well, Rock did but he let's you figure that out for yourself. And that is the best part, Rock is here to support me in my growth, and not lecture at me what I "should" be doing. Its a true learning experience and something I'm looking forward to seeing how the next 6 months change my perspective and health.

If you're looking to try something different, and you are ready for a change I would 100% recommend reaching out to Rock and seeing what Mavericks Fitness has to offer.
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Lc R.

30 November 2017

I've had personal trainers on and off for fifteen years and finding a trainer that is goal-based, knowledgeable, dynamic, reliable, and actually instructs in a way that is comprehensible and motivating, is no easy feat.  Rock is all of these things.  Rock is passionate about health and fitness, which combined with his dedication, creativity, and his ever growing knowledge about anatomy, exercise, and nutrition, makes him a great trainer for people of a wide range of  abilities, interests, and needs.I came to Rock after a long summer vacation of too much indulgence and not enough exercise, in a bit of a slump, with a few injuries, extra pounds, and hopes of reclaiming my motivation of yesteryear.  My squat was atrocious, resulting in a hip and knee sway, even at weights far below my strength ability.  I had known that I lacked glute activation, but my previous attempts at gaining activation and having any mind-body connection were unsuccessful.  With me, Rock has focused on flexibility, myofascial release, glute activation, and increasing mind-body connection throughout all exercises; he has also re-taught proper mechanics for exercises I was already familiar with, patiently explained to me "the why" behind exercises as I ask and ask like only a two year old would, and has given me feedback that is thoughtful and useful.  (Though knowing Rock, there were probably a bunch of other things he was also focusing on that were more behind-the-scenes!)  I was used to either long, slow, marathon sessions at the gym, or fast and furious high intensity ones.  Rock slowed me down; he got me to refocus so that my workouts are deliberate so I am efficiently working on strength gain and flexibility with proper mechanics, for long-term, safe, health.  The day(s) after training with Rock, I am sore.  But now, not with blisters on my hands, knee pain, shoulder pain, a hip flexor that feels like a dry and inelastic rubber band about to snap, but rather with that muscle soreness that screams that you've done well.  Muscles that ask to return to the gym again tomorrow to stretch and roll and continue to develop.  And I am starting to apply Rock's motto of "improvement, not perfection" to not only my fitness, but to other areas of my life as well, which makes me less stressed out, more willing to try, and ultimately happier.  And on the thought of happiness, Rock is incredibly funny.  There is not a session that I do not laugh.  Or sweat.  Or huff and puff.  Every session I leave knowing a little more, feeling a little more able, and feeling a heck of a lot better physically and mentally.  For me, that's a win! More...

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Brooklyn Taylor

30 July 2017

I first met rock in April 2016, when a friend invited me to join one of his group classes. I have a long history of going gung-ho on working out, only to injure myself, get discouraged, and quit. I expressed my fears to Rock and he encouraged me to go at a slower, steady pace. In the past 7 months we have significantly built up my core strength, increased my flexibility ten fold, and have established many healthy habits. I haven't been perfect with my food and have gone on vacation several times, but I am happy to report that I have lost 3 pounds, 4.25" in the chest, 1.5" in the upper arm, 7" in the waist, 3" in the thigh, 2" in the calf, and 1" in the hips. I have some big goals for the new year and will be focusing more on weight loss in the upcoming months, but for now I am ecstatic about my results. I am happier, healthier, and more in control that I've ever been in my life. I wouldn't be where I am today without Rock's unwavering support. I whole-hearted recommend Rock and Mavericks Fitness to anyone & everyone looking to make positive, lifelong changes. More...

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Emkay Forest

30 July 2017

I started training with Rock about a year ago.  I was unable to do sit ups at all and my strength was weak at best.  With 4 young children to chase around, and approaching 50 I needed to improve my flexibility, strength and stamina.  Rock has worked around my schedule to come to my house when I didn’t have childcare, and the kids adored him.  When I had surgery recently, he was able to gently coach me back into a full routine.  At different times during my recovery, I used my body in a way where I compensated from the surgery and both Rock and Kate were able to expertly pinpoint which muscles needed work and rolling out or stretching.  Now, recovered from surgery and a year after working out with Rock, I am stronger than I’ve ever been and just completed 20 full unassisted squats.  I highly recommend Rock as a trainer who can motivate and nudge you into a better you with an arsenal of information, exercises, tools, equipment, jokes, and general great personality! More...

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Joanna Barnes

30 July 2017

Personal trainers are hard for me. All my life I have been very athletic and enjoyed physical activity. Then a few years ago, I had an injury put an end to all that. Now, after multiple surgeries to correct the issue trying to return to my former activity level has been hard. I have tried several different trainers over the course of my rehab but have never really had someone understand the limitations a hip injury causes to your body or the mental hurtles that go with going from very active to barley able to walk correctly. After sitting down with Kate the first time and listening to her story of injury and rehab, I figured I would give her a try. She has so far been one of the best trainers I have worked with for post-rehab training in the area. She has understood the pace we need to take to ensure that I gain strength in my leg prior to pushing forward but has understood the mental blocks I have when we are not progressing fast enough. She has understood that sometimes the smallest of victories like being able to lift my leg over the bike without using my hands, is something that needs to be celebrated. If you are looking for someone to help you overcome mobility issues or recover from a bad injury after physical therapy, Kate is the person to see. I have also lost over 20 pounds and 16 inches overall, and while I can’t yet run I will eventually! More...

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Russ S.

4 June 2017

Unfortunately I'm overweight by 50lbs, lazy, have terrible eating / drinking habits, and have bad posture from sitting on a computer all day. Recently I've had a desire to change my behaviors because I want to live a better lifestyle, and inspired by other Yelpers, I gave Rock at Mavericks Fitness a try to see if he could help me improve my well-being.Though I was intimidated when coming in to his gym, Rock was and continued to be non-judgmental, cared about positive improvements in my life no matter how big or small, and promoted strength by means of flexibility and healthy/sustainable changes as opposed to forcing me to go through reevaluation of my entire life.With his approach and my commitment to meeting once a week, I was able to see improved results in my flexibility, stable and realistic weight loss over time, and gain a more positive attitude towards my health. Most importantly, Rock was committed to me - at that included being non-judgmental if I missed our expectations on a given week. He always looked for the positives in what I was changing, and focused on assisting me through our journey.If you have any desire to find a partner in your health or weight loss goals, please reach out to Rock. I'm so pleased to have found him, and look forward to tacking on at extra 10+ years to my life because of our work. More...

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Tom F.

24 March 2017

Been working with Rock once a week for the last month and the improvement in my mobility at the gym has improved in this short period of time.  What's equally impressive is how I feel at the end of my work day after sitting behind my desk. If you ever have a chance to take a class or work with Rock I highly recommend it. More...

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Sundi Z.

13 October 2016

I have been training with Rock now for a little over two months and am amazed by the changes in my figure and energy levels! I have worked with two trainers in the past who seemed to run me through predetermined work outs without taking my individual concerns into account. I was always afraid of working out my upper body for fear of getting too bulky or masculine looking and expressed this concern to Rock, so he tailored my work outs perfectly to tone and sculpt my arms while keeping my overall physique feminine and on point. I have never been happier with my body and now feel confident enough in my form and ability to hit the gym on my own between training sessions. I would highly recommend Rock to anyone looking for a personalized training experience they look forward to going to every week. More...

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Lisa M.

22 August 2016

I had great results with Rock, and I would absolutely recommend him to anyone who is looking for a great personal trainer in Santa Cruz! I started going to him in preparation for my wedding when I felt that I had hit a plateau with my fitness level. We would meet at 5:00 a.m. three days a week, and I always genuinely looked forward to our sessions, even though it was early and I was only half awake. Workouts were always efficient and taught me ways to sustainably train my body in a way that worked for me. He was also fantastic at tailoring exercises for my specific needs and injuries, which I really appreciated. The best part was that I exceeded my weight loss and muscle gain goals and felt at my best on our wedding day. Thank you Rock! More...

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Tanuj K.

23 June 2016

I am a 42 year old male , 5'9,  about 180 pounds, who has been a gym member for years on end. Usually playing basketball, some cardio, some weights and some swimming but I never saw the results I wanted.  So I decided to take a chance with Rock at Mavericks Fitness.  I was very shocked with just 1 month of twice weekly training (and some better food habits) I have started to see visible results.  Lost some fat weight, became more flexible and had more energy.  I can definitely say Rock is worth it as he tailors the workouts to meet your goals and teaches you proper movements to get desired results in less time.  I am looking forward to another month and maximizing my work out time with results.  If your looking for a friendly , qualified trainer, I highly recommend Rock! More...

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Whatever it takes.

With activities ranging from strength, flexibility, mobility, balance, and mindfulness, you never know what you're going to be doing when you walk in the door. I focus on building a solid foundation while teaching you why we do what we do and how it applies to your body. I try to make it fun. We laugh together and get real together. Let's find movement you enjoy and find a way to integrate it into your life for a healthier you.

Consistency. The best diet or exercise program is the one you'll stick with. Achieving optimal health is based on learning to love yourself and building the habits required for a healthy lifestyle. As much as we want it to be true, it doesn't happen overnight. Real behavior change takes time. Changing your body takes time. We help you on every level to achieve the results you are willing to commit to.

I am surrounded by people doing awesome things with their lives. One client is a rocket scientist biking across the country at the moment. Another is a lawyer making the world a better place. It brings a lot of positive creative energy into my space. What's not to love?

Looking for a trainer when I first needed one was disappointing. It seemed like everyone wanted to prove to me what they could do instead of listen to my struggles. I didn't understand my body....AT ALL. I needed a skilled teacher with patience, compassion, and understanding. Learning my body's abilities made me appreciate all the great teachers in my life.

I've learned that my best skill is the ability to make learning fun as well as helping people understand movement. I'm lucky in that my business is both something I'm great at and enjoy immensely.

Honestly, they should meet several trainers and see who they feel most comfortable with. Do they understand each other? Can they communicate effectively? If you don't trust your coach, you won't get what you need from them. Trusting your coach allows you to trust yourself.

Everyone is so different. Meet them and trust your gut.