During your Nutrition Strategy session with Emmanuel you get to discuss your goals, your current state (measurements, body fat, etc.), nutrition, and map out a program that works best to help you reach your goals.
Emmanuel Soba started coaching and leading boot camps , while living in his car, in 2010 after reaching the end of his own weight loss journey, shedding 60 pounds and 10 inches from his waist in a 90-day period. Emmanuel then realized that fitness isn't just a passion; its a way of life. So he set out to become a personal trainer to help make it a part of other peoples lives as well.
In less than a year, Emmanuel became certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, designing scientifically-founded workouts that drive continual progression and results. Landing a job at one of the most exclusive clubs in the country, Emmanuel climbed the ranks to become one of the top trainers (out of 47 trainers) within his first three months of employment.
By 2013 Emmanuel Soba started making a name for himself in DC, training high-profile clients and winning the award for Best Personal Trainer from Washington City Paper. Soba figured out what makes him unique. Since then he has been fine-tuning his approach to fitness and finessing his way to greater success with unparalleled high levels of client satisfaction. After carefully identifying his unique approach and how clients described the improvements in their lives, he decided to call himself a Transformation Expert, to differentiate him from other personal trainers and to counter the misinterpretation of what a trainer is and does.
Now, in 2014, Emmanuel Soba continues to be the leading trainer in DC with more name recognition and an ever-increasing high-profile network circle of clients, advisors, and supporters. Washington City Paper has again nominated Emmanuel for best personal trainer in DC. As a single father of two, Emmanuel has not only accomplished a tremendous amount in such little time, but he has helped others do the same throughout the process. Emmanuel likes to tell his clients that where there is a will, there is a way, and anything worth having is worth fighting for. Emmanuel Soba will stop at nothing short of showing the world that if you want it bad enough, it can be done. Body Sculpting by Emmanuel is a home Emmanuel Soba created to help replicate his personal success in others. Like Emmanuel, Body Sculpting by Emmanuel is the embodiment of hard work and perseverance.
Voted Best Personal Trainer in DC 2013 by Washington City Paper.
Top Fitness Expert 2015 by DC Modern Luxury Magazine
Emmanuel is very knowledgeable about fitness and nutrition. I was especially interested in strength and resistance training. I've been working with Emmanuel for almost two months. In this time I have lost fat, increased my strength and toned by body overall. He is very encouraging and pushes me to reach or exceed my limits. It's not been easy but the results have been remarkable and I have never felt better. Go for it!
I have been working with Emmanuel for a little under a month, I was intrigued by his description and reviews so I took the plunge and bought a GILT city promo for 12 sessions. At first I was a little apprehensive because I was headed to Georgetown from the burbs of VA, had to find parking and fit this into days with work and 2 kids...let me just say TOTALLY WORTH ALL THE TIME, Emmanuel has been GREAT. I just had a second C-section and really need to rebuild my core strength ( for reference I was an athlete, crossfit lover and did bar workouts through both my pregnancies but 2 C-sections really jacked me up) and while weight loss is always something I want post baby I am also nursing so I did not want to dump a huge amount of toxic fat into my milk , Emmanuel listened to all my concerns and built a program tailored to my needs. So far in just under 4 weeks I have lost 6 lbs and ~5% body fat and all my measurements have gone down, more importantly for me I feel stronger and notice the difference when I am doing my daily activities and chasing after my kids which is the best compliment I can give. Emmanuel always listens and takes any concerns you have seriously, there have been a few sessions where we had to ease up and others where I feel really good and we push, I would not hesitate especially if you are like me and working post baby ( I can only imagine what my fat/weight loss results would be if I were not nursing). I am about to sign up for 12 more sessions to keep working on the imbalances I have. Again I cannot say enough good things about Emmanuel, he really does care about you the person not you the number !!
I'm 10 days into a two-month program with Emmanuel. I arrived in DC to take a sabbatical to write and get in shape after working in some stressful jobs in Thailand for 16 years. I looked around in New York, DC, and a few other cities where I could spend these few months, and decided to go with Emmanuel after reviewing his website and having a conversation with him about my goals and his approach to personal training.<br><br/>I knew I would not do well with the "Biggest Loser" type of drama - I didn't want someone yelling at me or shaming me. Rather, I wanted technical help on what exercises I need to do, what food I need to eat, and when. Emmanuel assured me that all this was possible and that he would be strict but not mean.<br><br/>Now, having completed four sessions with Emmanuel, I'm well on my way! He provided me with a meal plan, recipes, and guidelines of when to eat relative to when I'm exercising and sleeping. This part of the program has prompted a much-needed change in mindset: it is forcing me to deliberately plan out my meals and my daily schedule, and in this short time I have changed my habits from grabbing a sandwich or a pizza for dinner because I haven't planned to knowing when I wake up, what I'm going to eat for the day. The weight is already starting to drop, I'm sleeping well, and generally feel great (if a bit sore).<br><br/>On the exercise end, one of my biggest concerns going into this was being injured. I have slipped discs in my back and some joint pain that are often aggravated with intense exercise. During our first sessions, Emmanuel went over the information I sent him from my medical records and rolled out a set of exercises to correct the muscle imbalance that has resulted from these injuries. As we went through them, at least twice when I said something was painful, he took a look at my form and had me do a quick correction ("land on your heel, not your toe;" "turn your elbow out slightly") and I was good to go. After just a week, I've moved past the corrective stuff and am now busy with the cardio / upper body / lower body workouts.<br><br/>My quick progress was possible because Emmanuel took the time and effort to personalize my training program. For example, his general guidelines on nutrition encourage a "cheat night" to eat whatever you want. As we talked about my lifestyle, Emmanuel took my cheat night away. (Don't let his friendliness fool you - he's also very tough.) He explained the rationale for this: my metabolism might benefit from having whatever I want one night per week, but I have a bigger problem with being in the habit of just grabbing whatever sounds good at the moment, and so it's more important to break that habit first. This included a strict beverage rule: no diet coke, no alcohol, only water (and an occasional black coffee). As soon as he explained this, I knew he was right and it has not been nearly as difficult as I thought it would be. <br><br/>My final goal is to lose 50 pounds from what my start weight was, to be cooking healthy food for myself 75% of the time (and knowing what to order when I go out), to steadily increase muscle definition and strength, and to finish an Olympic-distance triathlon in 2015 in under three hours. (Previous time = 3.5 hours). By the time I finish with Emmanuel at the end of November, I should be 75% there.
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