For more than three decades, John Allen has been passionate about helping people to look and feel their best.
Allen, who is owner of John Allen’s Personal Training in Chandler, recently celebrated his 36th anniversary in the industry.
“When you’ve been in business that long, it’s because you know what you are doing,” Allen said.
He enjoys meeting and working with people of all ages—from teenagers who want to perform better at sports to seniors who want to be stronger. Watching his clients’ transformation is a pleasure, he added.
“It brings a smile to my face when they come in one way and leave in another way,” Allen said.
He focuses on helping his clients to “train smarter, not harder.”
Allen has seen many success stories during his lengthy career. He recalls a female client who came into the gym a few years ago.
“She was very overweight and very down on herself, and didn’t know where to turn. I said to her ‘I know you’ve heard this before, but you will get results. We will monitor your nutrition, cardio and training, and if we do, you will get nothing but progress.’”
By working with Allen, she lost 65 pounds and gained self-esteem.
“We can’t get her out of the gym now.”
In addition to personal training, Allen said he and his staff of six offer group training with up to three people at once. Nutritional counseling is available, too. Allen will peruse someone’s diet and create a personalized eating plan.
“We also work with people who are recovering from a sports-related injury,” Allen said.
Everyone is given a thorough fitness assessment prior to starting any workouts.
“We assess all of their body measurements including their body fat, their blood pressure, their resting heart rate, and then we also check their strength training and see how many sit ups and pushups they can do in 1 minute.”
Allen said a reassessment is done six weeks later so that clients can see their progress.
“It helps to hold people accountable, because everybody wants their numbers to change.”
While some clients want to tone up and lose weight, teenage football players hope their numbers increase, he said.
“Everybody comes in with a different goal,” Allen said.
People who have resolved to lose weight and get more fit in 2017 are welcome to come in and see him.
“Now is a perfect time to come in and see me and start getting in shape.”
Allen does not consider heading to his facility daily a “job.” Instead, it’s a “gift.”
“This is not a job, but an art,” he said. “I look forward to coming to work and seeing my clients and helping them. I don’t turn anyone away but will make things work for them.”
John Allen’s Personal Training is located at 2915 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 8 in Chandler. The cost is $45 to $60 per session and gift certificates are available. For more information, call 480-917-7270 or visit johnallensaz.com.