"I knew I needed a trainer when I bent over to pick up my one-month old grandson and could not straighten up. Sivan was the perfect solution. I already knew that strength training was the way to go, especially for women. My work schedule was crazy, and she worked around my availability. And she made me commit to working out twice a week with her, which was absolutely necessary. We started out slow, and I began to realize how so many things that I did in my everyday life was contributing to my bad back and hip. Sivan was patient, upbeat, and encouraging at every session. Even when I started out tired, I was energized at the end of each session. Sivan knew a million ways to accomplish an exercise, so when one way didn’t work we tried another. She was creative and innovative, and always had my health as a top priority. My grandson is 22 pounds now and I can pick him up and carry him without any problems! I plan to make strength training a permanent part of my life".
- Ruth Grossman, 63
"Sivan is the best trainer I have ever trained with. I have worked out for years and had many different trainers over that period of time. I've never experienced before I met Sivan, the personal touch and care that Sivan has for her clients. Sivan is extremely knowledgeable in the Fitness world and knows the human anatomy extremely well. The training she gives is based on her expertise and the client's feedback. She pushes you to accomplish what you are capable of, without risk of hurting yourself. She also is great for those who have injured themselves either in the gym or in general. She helped them get back on their feet, sometimes literally!
She is meticulous in figuring out the best workouts to fit one's individual needs, and I am lucky to have her as a trainer!!!"
-Kevin Finkelstein, 48
"Working with Sivan changed my life. My body was extremely weak due to my eating disorder recovery weight gain.. When I got the 'okay' to exercise, I hired Sivan.
I was embarrassed and ashamed about everything about my body, but Sivan showed me how to appreciate it and its capabilities. She was always patient with me, even when I wasn’t patient with myself. Sivan taught me that if you want something then do it, don’t make excuses and don’t wait for someone to do it for you. Not only was she a support for me physically, but she was also a huge support for me emotionally. Sivan is not a typical trainer, she tailors each session depending on your needs, and she’s not afraid to go against the grain in her approaches with her clients, which is one of the many things which make Sivan so unique. I’d give Sivan a 10/10".
-Shalva Fishkind, 21
"When I met Sivan, I was seeking to increase strength, form, posture and be better prepared for my rock-climbing hobby. With Sivan’s assistance I was able to accomplish this and much more with her holistic approach to training. When I noticed tingling in my hands with some of the movements, Sivan sent me to a PT and worked as a team with the PT and myself to get my arms back on track. We started from basics all the way to real strength training. Sivan has a special and unique skill set to truly create an individually crafted program to meet every person’s needs. Sivan is caring, attentive, personable, intuitive and patient. I am not only more physically fit because of Sivan, but also grew as a person. She is an inspiration to making strength training not just an activity but a life style."
- Yisrael Marcowitz, 45
"Sivan came at a time when I needed support. She helps make you stronger for life and not just a workout. Every time I was able to complete our sessions—which were not easy—I felt accomplished and more determined about other areas of my world. She really nurtures and guides you towards a healthier, more honest way of behaving, eating and exercising. I enjoyed learning proper technique for different circuits and mostly, her persistence and humor. I would recommend her to anyone".
-Heidi L. Klotzman, 37
"Sivan is an amazing coach! She is super knowledgeable and hands on when you need it. I have never looked forward to an exercise session before working with Sivan. She is educated and knows how to explain things on the level you can understand. Within a month I saw changes in my form, physique and strength. I highly recommend her to all of my family and friends!"
-Chani Fishman, 31
"When you work with Sivan you know that you are getting the best strength training with a focus on doing movements accurately. She gives you the tools to move better and be healthier"
-Ariel Lutch, 39
"When I first decided to hire a personal trainer, I had in mind to hire a trainer for only a couple sessions, and anything more than that was just a waste of money. Sivan ended up training me for about a year because she opened my eyes to endless opportunities in the gym. I thought a trainer's job was to just tell me which exercises to do in order to make me short of breath, but Sivan taught me otherwise. Sivan taught me the foundation of working out and why we do what we do in the gym. She didn’t just point, rather she guided me. She taught me how to make the gym a permanent routine, and not just a temporary journey. Sivan is the trainer to hire if you want to learn how to train on your own, and learn the fundamentals, proper form, and effectiveness of your training."
- Dave Attar, 24
"I've gone to a gym for years, and I've had at least 4 trainers before being referred to Sivan. The other trainers I've had were all licensed and capable, but their knowledge and ability pales in comparison to Sivan's. She's clear when she instructs, and makes sure her client is doing the exercise correctly.
A big plus for me is that she finds ways to vary the workout so one doesn't get bored. An added, but not a necessary factor is Sivan's personality. She's extremely personable, pleasant, and very bright. It's evident that Sivan loves to train and happiest when her clients make progress".
- Millicent Cierler, 81
"I feel very fortunate to have worked with Sivan. She is not only incredibly knowledgeable, but she is also passionate and a real inspiration.
We started with the basics, and increased resistance with each session. I learned that I am capable of so much more than I thought. I started out not being able to do a single push-up, and now I can do 12!
I learned exercises that would help me strengthen my core and prevent injuries at work (I'm a nurse), and proper body alignment.
I learned that losing weight and gaining muscle is a lot simpler than I thought.
I learned that if I want something badly enough then the only person standing in my way is me. I’m so grateful for beginning my fitness journey with Sivan and I plan on taking her lessons and guidance with me in the future."
-Shira Saull, 28
"Sivan is an amazing fitness trainer and a joy to work with. I appreciate that she takes a thorough history and remembers my problem areas - back and one knee- each session. She is up on the latest fitness research and it teaches excellent form. I started out without much strength, have made excellent progress, and am still going strong! Thanks Sivan!"
- Elisheva Paymar, 67
"I first met Sivan at the PH JCC where she did personal workouts at that time and was a personal trainer. What drew me to her was the very meticulous training she did for herself and what I saw in her PT for others that were younger and older.
For me, I had been searching for some time to find someone who I thought could assist me in the next steps required to get me back physically from where I was. I had always run and played basketball in my early years to late 40’s, but as time went on I had endured 6 knee surgeries (including total knee replacements), a partially paralyzed leg from an accident and have 10 bad disks in my back and neck but managed to avoid surgeries for that. I reviewed all that with her including my neck/back MRI, and even met her at my chiropractor’s office in Reisterstown so he could review the neck MRI with her. A lot of what she did was prep work to understand my particular needs and know what she could help me with considering some of the physical limitations I had.
I had recovered and finished PT for the knee replacements but still found I couldn’t walk too far without my back tightening up and as active as I was this just wasn’t acceptable. Given that I was then in my mid 50's I figured I needed to do something so these issues wouldn't be chronic as I aged.
So, I started training with Sivan twice a week. and there was a learning curve in the beginning. As time went on, she introduced more challenging training and I kept at it (even when we weren’t training). I listened and she listened to me and revised things that were just not comfortable to do. I would report in consistently during these sessions and off hours to mention how I was feeling etc. Sivan would document findings and either make changes or enhance what did seem to work for me.
Over 1 1/2 years I made tremendous strides for what I was physically lacking to give me better balance, lower body strength, and much better flexibility. She explained things as we went along as well. Our sessions have ended now, but last June I was able to do the Pikesville 5k as a jog which I never thought I would be able to do again. I am not going to go back to running to keep in shape, but it was simply a closure type of statement for me."
-Neil Shaffer, 61.
"I was referred to work with Sivan after I was cleared from physical therapy (post reverse total shoulder replacement surgery). I've worked with her for 2 years. During this time, I've lost over 55 lbs, and gained strength and mobility in my joints. My surgeon is really happy with the range of motion and strength I've gained well. I'm now able to get down on the floor and play with my grandson with no pain or discomfort, and I attribute this to the strength I've gained and the weight I've lost thanks to Sivan's guidance, care, and dedication .
Of all the trainers I've had in the past 19 years, Sivan is the very first to take care about me, the person, and take an interest in what and how I am doing. She knows when to push, when to adjust an exercise, and when to let me rest. Best of all, Sivan demands continuous feedback, and she inspires me to put 110%. She's a great inspirational coach, and I'd recommend her to anyone who's looking to become stronger, fitter, and healthier in a safe, effective, and flexible way."
-David Lewis, 74.
"Sivan is an amazing fitness trainer and so much fun to work with! Her spirit and attitude are infectious and she actually makes you excited to go to the gym and work out. Sivan trained both of us at the same time and not only did she improve our techniques and make us stronger and healthier, but she provided us with the guidance and knowledge to be able to work out on our own. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have had Sivan as both a trainer and a friend."
- Micah Kleid, 38 & Davina Kleid, 33
"Sivan has been an amazing coach for me. I wanted to take my fitness journey to the next level, and Sivan was the perfect person to help me. She is incredibly educated, and fitness is clearly her passion. Additionally, Sivan is not rigid and she’s always open to modifying movements that may be painful. What I benefited from the most, through my time with Sivan, is the organization and structure in my workouts. Before, I've been working out several times a week, but my sessions were sloppy. I purchased her individualized workout plan and couldn’t be happier. I now go into the gym with purpose, and can see my progress with her provided materials. I have gained strength, organization, and guidance through my time with Sivan. Thank you!"
- Jessica Franco, 31.