Testimonials

“A year after I had suffered a significant injury I was struggling with trying to get my strength back in basically half of my body. Having worked with other trainers in the past I knew that I needed someone not only with real knowledge of the body but also on re-training someone to move again as well as how to restore muscle and stability. And then I found Marco! Immediately he had me doing exercises that I had never done before (and I had worked with many trainers) and I quickly regained much of my muscle and balance. I had such a great experience with Marco that I have continued working with him to this day. Marco has immense knowledge about not only safely increasing strength, improving posture and building muscle but also on rehabilitating after an injury. You don’t often find all of that in one trainer! Marco is a talented and professional trainer but he’s also a fun, kind and very patient person! Thank you Marco!”

-Jodi C.

“I recently came to know of “Elevate Personal Training + MMA” and its owner, Marco Franciamore. From the moment I met Marco I was sure that I had found the right personal trainer to help me accomplish my fitness goals. His initial evaluation of my fitness level was thorough and professional. I was very impressed with his knowledge of physical fitness and overall mechanics of the body. He took the time to explain in simple terms the areas of weakness and laid out a clear fitness plan to address those areas. As we put his plan into action I began to see and feel immediate results. One of the most astounding results was in the first eight weeks of training my body fat dropped from 21% to 16.8%!
I am now in my fourth month of training with Marco and am amazed with the results I continue to achieve. Marco makes each workout different, challenging, and honestly, fun. I really look forward to our sessions and enjoy his genuinely sincere and encouraging personality.
I confidently would recommend Marco to anyone wanting a personal trainer with vast knowledge, experience and the ability to help achieve noticeable results.”

-Ray Hadjstylianos

Have been with Elevate and Marco for several months. Excellent trainer, awesome facility. Would recommend to anyone looking to get a professional, dedicated personal trainer.

-Victor D.

Love training with Marco and his crew at Elevate! They kick my ass! In a good way 🙂 Always challenging and I leave feeling exhausted but great! If that makes any sense 😉 Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!

-Morgan L

Started training with Marco in my home 2 months ago. He helped me build out my gym space and choose equipment that I / we would actually use. So far so good. I would recommend to anyone looking for a high end personal trainer/coach.

Jim S.

Excellent, Top tier training! Have been with Elevate and Marco for just over a year now (was my New Years resolution in ’16) and it’s been an amazing, transformative time in my life! Thank you Marco!

Susan P.

I have been fortunate to know Marco for approximately three years. During that time he has been my personal trainer, however, he has actually been far more than that. In addition to very well thought out exercises and routines to maximize our time together training, Marco has been instrumental in helping to design and create my home gym. He did this on his own time as another means to improve the quality of my life.
Although, the training sessions are very intense, we are still able to carry on conversations about life, the positive and negative, which greatly enhances the sessions. The time together is about body and mind and how to improve both.
I continue to enjoy training with Marco and he has most certainly been a quality of life necessity. I highly recommend him.

Neil Ptashnik

I have been training with Marco of Elevate Training MMA for over 2 years. I had been working out in gyms like planet fitness and other various workout places. I was building mass but not doing it correctly. I would spend 60 to 90 minutes in the gym but not really getting the results I wanted. A friend of mine referred Marco. He stared with assessing my posture. Then started implementing a warm up and stretching routine before I worked out. He designed a workout schedule that fits my body type. I started getting results almost immediately. I am very happy here.

Gerry M

Elevate is Awesome! The evaluation and assessment was thorough and identified imbalances and weaknesses I didn’t realize I had. The sessions thus far with Marco have been great! I feel better, move better and look better!

Amy Z, Scarsdale NY

I’ve been working with Marco the owner and head trainer of Elevate Personal Training + MMA for about 8 months now. We established goals and needs when we first met and have reached a few to this point. The big one was my posture -which was horrible. Second was my weight -have lost 18lbs so far. I look forward to our bi-weekly sessions and continued success.

Ralph R, Armonk NY

I train MMA with Marco. Mainly kickboxing and Jeet Kune Do. It’s a challenge and I love it. The White Plains location is great and convenient for me. 5 months in and I’m hoping to get into the cage soon.

Dennis P, Harrison NY

Marco is amazing! Always engaging and funny!  He loves what he does and it shows. I thoroughly enjoy each session with him. The fact that he trains clients in their homes is an added bonus -as we switch from gym to home on occasion.  He’s actually helping me create a home gym too!

Susan P, Greenwich CT

A year after I had suffered a significant injury I was struggling with trying to get my strength back in basically half of my body. Having worked with other trainers in the past I knew that I needed someone not only with real knowledge of the body but also on re-training someone to move again as well as how to restore muscle and stability. And then I found Marco! Immediately he had me doing exercises that I had never done before (and I had worked with many trainers) and I quickly regained much of my muscle and balance. I had such a great experience with Marco that I have continued working with him to this day. Marco has immense knowledge about not only safely increasing strength, improving posture and building muscle but also on rehabilitating after an injury. You don’t often find all of that in one trainer! Marco is a talented and professional trainer but he’s also a fun, kind and very patient person! Thank you Marco!

Jodi C.

Working long hours has meant it has been challenging for me to get into the gym. I looked for a personal trainer who could help me raise my general fitness and stamina, and equally important, address chronic back pains that I was suffering due to a herniated disc. I found Marco Franciamore on the web as a personal trainer in the Westchester area. I was quickly impressed with how responsive Marco was in responding to my inquiry, responsiveness that has maintained since we have worked together.

Marco started out by providing a complimentary session designed to assess my physical condition, strengths, core, stamina and the issues related to my back pains. Based on his evaluation, he developed a robust training program. This program started out with learning foundational motions and exercises to build core strength and minimize the risk of future injuries. From there we built up to more varied and challenging exercises.

The sessions with Marco are always interesting and strike me as thoughtful and innovative. They are not your run of the mill weight-pushing exercises, but designed specifically to meet my needs and goals, but often in unexpected ways. This keeps the sessions interesting and always with new elements and challenges to be overcome. My back issues, though not entirely cured, have dramatically improved and I am largely out of pain and have full range of motion. My core and general strength and flexibility have increased significantly.

Two additional aspects of working out with Marco that have been important. First that Marco has trained in mixed martial arts and is able to bring elements of this training into our programs. This adds a different dimension, including some great self-defense skills. Finally, and contrary to the ring-side image of a mixed martial arts fighter, Marco is just a really nice guy. Thoughtful, friendly, helpful, even sensitive – but don’t tell the other folks he trains with in mixed martial arts …

I highly recommend Marco to anyone interested in a customized, high quality personal training program.

Dan Epstein

I recently came to know of “Elevate Personal Training + MMA” and its owner, Marco Franciamore. From the moment I met Marco I was sure that I had found the right personal trainer to help me accomplish my fitness goals. His initial evaluation of my fitness level was thorough and professional. I was very impressed with his knowledge of physical fitness and overall mechanics of the body. He took the time to explain in simple terms the areas of weakness and laid out a clear fitness plan to address those areas. As we put his plan into action I began to see and feel immediate results. One of the most astounding results was in the first eight weeks of training my body fat dropped from 21% to 16.8%!

I am now in my fourth month of training with Marco and am amazed with the results I continue to achieve. Marco makes each workout different, challenging, and honestly, fun. I really look forward to our sessions and enjoy his genuinely sincere and encouraging personality.

I confidently would recommend Marco to anyone wanting a personal trainer with vast knowledge, experience and the ability to help achieve noticeable results.

(Pastor) Ray Hadjstylianos

More than 25 years ago, I was hurt in a serious car accident, which left me with 6 fractured vertebrae, a hip fracture and 2 pelvic fractures; of which several remain unstable. This caused severe, chronic and unrelenting pain, as well as triggering a habit of rolling my shoulders forward to alleviate the pain in my thoracic spine. A pain management specialist suggested I find a trainer who could work on my posture, as I was developing Kyphosis, also known as Hunch Back. It was so bad that I was no longer able to pull my shoulders back or raise my arms high enough to do simple things, such as blow drying my hair.

I was referred to Marco by a friend who is a nurse. After an extensive initial evaluation of my multiple problems, he developed an individualized program for me that worked on my ability to function with less pain and so I could actually stand straighter.

In just 3 months, I have made remarkable progress. Everyone in my life, from close friends and family to mere acquaintances, has commented on the visible improvement. I have reduced my pain medication by at least 50%. Through proper diet combined with the new ability to exercise and the knowledge to do so properly, I was able to lose 26 pounds in this short time; as I approach 60!

My primary care doctor is thrilled to report my bad cholesterol is down, my good cholesterol is up, my triglycerides are at a normal rate for the first time in a long time and my normally unmanageable blood pressure is under control and within normal limits.

Marco works with many people who are in far better condition than I was, or will be for quite a while, yet he has infinite patience with my lack of ability, often much more than I do for myself, as well as my terrible short term memory which forces him to remind me and repeat instructions constantly.

I am endlessly impressed with his knowledge and how he integrated other corrective ideas into my life, such as diet and proper shoes, so I could accomplish my goals. He takes a very holistic approach to training, something rarely found or even available to the average person who joins a “gym”.

Thank you Marco!

Meg M., R.N.,J.D.

Marco Franciamore is by far the most innovative and knowledgeable personal trainer I have ever known. His cutting-edge approach is radically different and begins with a comprehensive functional fitness analysis of each client. I have weight-trained for over fifteen years and consider myself proficient, but I have never had a trainer analyze my body mechanics and training form. Marco immediately corrected my form on several exercises, and eliminated some of my “go-to” exercises that were actually harmful.

Another radical difference of training with Marco has been the rapid improvements in my posture, gait, and overall strength. After only six sessions I experienced visible posture improvement, and have received consistent positive comments to back that up. I never thought this type of training was available to the general public; it is certainly of a caliber for the professional athlete.

Marco and his associates at Next Level Speed focus on functional fitness and explosive movement. They prepare you for the movements of life. I came to Marco for general fitness, but now he is training me for an upcoming military mission to Afghanistan. He customized my program to meet these needs as soon as I got word. Whether you need to prepare for the battlefield, the playing field, or daily physical challenges, Marco and the trainers at Next Level can truly change your life. Each of these fitness professionals carries an impressive resume, yet all are very approachable, down-to-earth, and truly committed to helping their clients.

My work places me a good distance from White Plains for the next few months, but I will commute in order to continue to train with Marco. Simply put, he is that good.

Sophie Pride, RN, MSN Captain, United States Army Nurse Corps

During September of 2009 I stepped on the scale and realized that I weighed the most I had ever in my life. I decided that I really needed help. I could join a gym (again), go on a fad diet (again), or truly make a commitment to health and fitness. I went to my computer and I Googled “personal trainers Westchester NY”. That is how I came to know Marco Franciamore.

At that point we scheduled out first meeting. He performed a complete assessment on my overall health and fitness level. We then started training 2 times a week. After 2 months I lost 22 pounds. After 7 months, another 38 pounds. So at age 39, I am in the best shape of my life, and the strongest I have ever been thanks to Marco. Marco mixes up the training sessions, so they are new and never boring. Another bonus from training with Marco is that you will have fun, and a lot of laughs. I would highly recommend Marco to anyone looking to lose weight, gain strength, or to make a positive impact on their health.

Ellen S. RN, FNP

I retained Marco two years ago to help me with my lack of discipline regarding exercise. I have had trainers in the past, but they seemed to be focused on weight loss, heart rate and muscle building without regard to other import aspects of my training. Marco has been quite different. He is very knowledgeable about the structure and movement of the body and the way it reacts to stimulus. He provides a total body treatment that has gotten me into the best shape of my life. My weight has come down 16 pounds, my waist is back to 34 inches, my body is toned but not strained out of normal proportion and my flexibility has improved dramatically. He has helped me strengthen the muscles in my feet, ankles and calves. My balance has improved tremendously and my performance on the golf course has gotten much better.

Marco is a consummate professional. He engages you in the exercises and encourages performance. I would recommend Marco to people of all ages. You will see the difference not only in your body, but also in the way you feel about and take care of your body. Do yourself a big favor – give Marco a try. You won’t regret it.

James L. Lipscomb Executive Vice President & General Counsel MetLife, Inc. (Retired)

At my last physical my doctor strongly urged me to lose some weight. I knew that at 57, diet alone would not get the job done. I needed regular, vigorous exercise with a weight training component to make real progress. A year ago I started training with Marco. Marco evaluated my over-all physical condition, listened to my goals and developed a program to address my particular needs. The program is hard at times, but Marco keeps the whole process fun and interesting. I never felt discouraged, overwhelmed or bored. One year later, I have lost 26 lbs, 4 inches off my waist and my blood pressure has gone down 70 points I sleep well and feel well. I would not hesitate to recommend Marco’s services to anyone wishing to improve their physical conditioning.

Patricia Aiello

The trainers at Just Believe Fitness are Great! They are professional and dedicated. I have worked with both Marco and Matt and each brings something a bit different to the session -both are excellent trainers and keep me engaged and moving throughout the entire work out. Without their help I would probably be sitting on the couch watching TV, instead of skiing this winter. Thanks guys!

Jessica P.

I met Marco about a year ago at a friends party in NYC and we started to discuss weightlifting, fitness and nutrition. I’ve been an athlete my entire life and played Division I football for the Wisconsin Badgers, so of course I thought I knew everything I needed to know about weightlifting and fitness -I was wrong. Marco educated and informed me about balance work and strengthening my core, two weak areas for me. I wasn’t overweight and looked pretty good, so I was hesitant to begin training with Marco. Now at the age of 38, I am probably in the best condition I have ever been in. I have no lower back issues, a six pack, perform better on the basketball court and have boundless energy. Marco is the man! Guys, put your ego in check and contact JBF.

Chris H.

Marco has helped me to become faster, stronger and more explosive. I train in MMA and I’m also in Law Enforcement, so I can see and feel the results every day. I’m never gassed and my overall strength and conditioning has improved tremendously.

Daniel V.