Long Island personal trainer Petros Arzoumanidis chatted with this Greek-American journalist about his 2017 win for “Best Personal Trainer” in the “Best of Long Island” competition.
Arzoumanidis is the owner of Workout Anywhere in Woodbury, New York. He is a long-time fitness enthusiast, with a passion for exercise, nutrition and sports medicine. He is certified by the AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) and he has a CPR and AED certification.
On his “Best of Long Island” win, he said, “I was told that it was a hard category to win, and I thought about it afterwards, and it was a hard category. I’m thankful to my friends, family and clients that voted for me. It meant a lot to have their support, and it felt great to be a part of that network.”
Thumbtack ranked him “Top Pro of 2017.” “That was an award I received (since 2015), for the third consecutive year, and it felt great,” he said. “When you help people’s lives, it’s a great feeling.”
Most impressive about his personal training is that he brings the gym to his clients at anytime for any goal or ability level. He has trained his clients anywhere ranging from his home gym, to their office, to the local park and beach. He focuses on individual client needs in helping them achieve their goals.
He began his career in personal training during college working for Equinox and later moving to the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his degree in Health Sciences from Drexel University. He also worked in injury, post-op and sports rehabilitation at NY Rehab and at STARS (Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation Services) at North Shore LIJ in East Meadow.
For aspiring personal trainers, he said, “You should definitely get a job in a corporate gym first and get a good education to learn the ropes.”
He continued, “If you want to freelance be prepared to have equipment, corporation, insurance, contracts and a plan A, B and C. It’s difficult. Don’t undersell yourself. To pay for all your overhead and travel, a luxury service like ours should exist and charge as such. Otherwise it’s a tough business. You have to market, train, schedule, clean gear, write workouts and travel all day. It’s different from your average New York sports club trainer and the barriers to entry are higher. Ultimately, it’s extremely rewarding and the work we do helps people beyond what other health care can offer.”