Geoff Bergman

Portland, OR 97232-1219

I love helping people and seeing others succeed! I love the combination of community-building and fitness!

If we want to change something, we must be challenged. I don't assume anything about anyone walking into my class or coming to me for personal training. My classes are always intended to be challenging, yet scalable so you can enter at any level and I will help you learn how to modify movements, regressing or progressing as you need. While you work at your own pace, I am here to deliver you a quality class or training session, motivate you, help you learn correct form, and help you safely achieve your own fitness goals. Your wellness is important to me. I meet every participant wherever they are on their fitness journey with no barriers for age, gender, race, fitness level, or ability. I will create possibilities for you in your fitness and wellness, and help identify specific goals you might not have thought were possible. I am all about an excellent, body-positive inclusive fitness experience that emphasizes mobility, balance, and strength first.

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About Me

Degrees

  • BA, Theater, Linfield College
  • Post Secondary Certificate, Fitness Technology, Portland Community College
  • AS, Exercise Science, Portland Community College

Certifications / Trainings

NASM - Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
Verified
Expires: Oct 01, 2021
MobilityWOD Institute - Mobility/WOD Movement and Mobility Specialist
Verified
Expires: Aug 19, 2069
NASM - Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES)
Verified
NASM - Mixed Martial Arts Conditioning Specialist
Verified

CPR Certified

American Red Cross
Expires: Jun 01, 2021

AED Certified

American Red Cross
Expires: Jun 01, 2021

Geoff's Locations

Sellwood Community House

1436 SE Spokane St
Portland, OR 97202

Within 10.00 miles of 97206 (Mobile Training Radius)

Lloyd Athletic Club

815 Ne Halsey St
Portland, OR 97232-1219

14 Ratings

5.0 out of 5 Stars

  • by Dimitra Giannakoulias on Jul 12, 2019

    Geoff is the best fitness instructor I have ever had. He is a supremely gifted teacher in his ability to simultaneously accommodate various fitness levels and meet multiple needs in one class. An expert in his craft, he offers a stimulating variety of exercises and movements; no class is ever the same, repetitive, or boring. With amazing clarity and guidance – and daily role-modeling – he inspires students to push themselves while allowing them to modify movements as they need. Perhaps most importantly, he provides a warm, welcoming, and inclusive environment, building a tight-knit, loyal following among students and a solid community within his classes. I was never able to stick with any routine – until I came upon Geoff’s class.

    There are many fitness teachers in the world. Some are good, some not so good, and a few truly stand out in how they deeply benefit and enhance people’s lives. Geoff is not only in that highest category, he is irreplaceable.

  • by Madelon Lewis on Jun 20, 2019

    I hate to exercise. I'm retired. I had to get up at 5 every morning for many years and was on my feet for nearly 12 hours every day. Retirement was going to be time for me to do whatever I wanted. I realized I wanted to do something to keep active. I had been to some boot camp classes before, but it was easy to skip several days a week. That was until I tried Geoff's class. Suddenly I'm recruiting my friends to join me and I'm going 3 days a week. I loved it. Parts of it I hated, of course, but I stil wanted to go and do it. He added a core and balance class. Why not? I took that and it really made a big difference. Geoff truly cares about his clients. He works every movement along with us to demonstrate correct form. I'm sorry that mayor Ted Wheeler's budget eliminated his position at Mt. Scott Community Center. Geoff is a community leader and will be sorely missed. His talent for motivating, teaching, caring, bringing people together are remarkable. The community we've formed as a result is special. Thanks to Geoff, I will continue to work out and do the things I really don't like to do, but realize how important they are to my overall fitness. Wherever he goes, I'd love to follow. He's a gem.

  • by Sharon Larisch on Jun 17, 2019

    I have attended boot camp at Mt. Scott Community Center for many years. Before Geoff took the class over, the instruction was not designed to provide a coherent and progressing program. Rather, classes repeated a set of actions, only changing when there was a substitute or a new instructor. Geoff offered a new approach. Each class has different emphases, focusing on different ratios of cardio, strength or agility training and/or on different parts of the body. He has steadily added new movements or new equipment, but always has offered modifications for those just beginning the class. The class is challenging and we take it seriously, but the atmosphere is friendly and light-hearted. Attendance of the class has risen consistently, a tribute to the excellent program Geoff has put together and his teaching style.

    When Geoff first arrived, he said that community was important to him and would be, therefore, an important component of Boot Camp as well. Being somewhat cynical by nature, I was skeptical that an exercise class could foster community. But Geoff was true to his word! I am dismayed that I am losing such a fine exercise program, but almost equally sad to lose the companionship of fellow Boot Campers. I wish him well and hope to have the opportunity to take classes with him in the future.
    Sharon Larisch

  • by mariko ono on Jun 13, 2019

    Geoff is hands down the most encouraging and passionate fitness instructor and motivator I’ve encountered in working out. He is part life coach, community organizer, fitness researcher and instructor, health advocate, and all heart. We are all unique on our bodies, fitness levels, and backgrounds and yet he finds the connection to help us all get fit, one class at a time! I have gone to Mt. Scott to get fit again and it’s very hard to wake up before work to go to boot camp and yet, I just know I’ll have a new workout to sweat to that was crafted with thoughtfulness and “compassionate challenge” in mind. Thank you Geoff! You make me like working out again!!

  • by Sue Bonfeld on Jun 11, 2019

    As a newly minted Portlander, I reviewed a number of fitness programs before finding Geoff at Mt. Scott Community Center in mid 2018. The atmosphere of MSCC seemed a good fit for me, so I began with Geoff’s six-week strength training class – assuming correctly that it would be good introduction to his fitness process. It was the single best training I have ever had – and I continue the program to this day. I then started attending Geoff’s 8am Boot Camp on Monday, Wednesday and Friday…again, a beyond excellent program which he manages with professionalism and humor, creating a supportive environment which allows all participants to feel included. There is a wide range of age and skill levels in that class. Geoff demonstrates each movement, including modifications for those who might have less mobility. The class is challenging without the edgy competitiveness which is often the only motivation a lesser skilled instructor can offer.

    What makes Geoff unique?
    -Geoff not only teaches an array of classes, but also is available to all of us in a consultative role. Many of us seek his help both during and after class with fitness questions, which he answers unfailingly and most importantly, with an eye towards our individual needs.
    - Geoff's ability to design a class that is challenging for every level of fitness. Participants of all ages, fitness and skill levels attend his classes for a reason. He structures them so that no one feels unwelcome, inadequate or unchallenged. He is able to do that because of his experience and skill, which is why I'm sure he was hired in the first place.
    - The underpinnings of each class are the same, but the actual exercises differ each time. That also keeps people coming back....repetition is a death knell for exercise classes!
    - Geoff sets an exemplary example for not only fitness leadership, but also for shaping the bonds of community. That community is clearly seen in our fitness classes - quite simply, others follow his lead.

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