Body Basics Fitness

Body Basics Fitness

5.0 (10)
Best of 2022
3 hires on Lessons.com
2 employees
16 years in business

About this pro

Body Basics Fitness offers private by-appointment personal training at our studio located in Warren, NJ in the beautiful Watchung mountains of Somerset County. Whether you want to lose 20 pounds or 200 lbs, train for a marathon, a mud run, or rehab a shoulder we are your go-to facility. We advocate a living a healthy lifestyle, where exercise and nutrition are key components. Exercise is even more vital in the recovery and management of all medical conditions. No matter what your medical condition, exercise is among the most beneficial ways to improve your overall health and well-being.

Nationally certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. 

Functional Strength Coach

Functional Movement Expert

Postural Fitness

Corrective Exercise Specialist

Titleist Performance Institute Golf Fitness Specialist

I understand what it feels like to struggle with being over weight. I fell into an all too common cycle that happens to people. I also was challenegdwith chronic knee and low back pain for almost twenty years.

It was the right fitness program and the right coaching that changed my life. I was able to release 30 lbs of body fat and find relief from my pain and I have dedicated my life to helping others do the same. It begins with having the right mindset. Your body will go where your mind takes it, so get your brain wired for success and the rest is just tasks.

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Warren, NJ 07059
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10 Reviews

5.0

  • Traci B. Martinsville, NJ

    I've been working out with Larry at Body Basics for about 4 months twice a week and every day people tell me how great I'm looking! Not only is the hard work showing in the physical but my strength, endurance, and knowledge is improved as well. The thing I love most about training with Larry is how knowledgable he is about the science behind fitness. Every session we have he puts in the time to make sure I understand what I'm doing and why as well. He really emphasizes the importance of a strong foundation and good form so you don't get injured. He also is very adaptable with schedules and minor injuries so we never miss a workout. I highly highly recommend him to anyone looking to get healthier, improve their strength and movement, etc.

  • RJ R. Flemington, NJ

    I started training with Larry from Body Basics in April of 2015. For the past 7 years I have been suffering with lower back issues and pains from an injury I received working out on my own in 2008. In 2012 I had surgery and over the course of 2.5 years, struggled with weight gain, and not being motivated to get back into shape. One conversation with Larry changed all that and now almost 3 months later I am down almost 25 pounds and have lost inches all over my body. I train with Larry 3 times a week and he has gotten me on a very controlled diet. I have never felt more confident about the way I look and feel. He uses his knowledge of how the body works and your past experiences and creates a work-out that will truly help you achieve your goals. If it wasn't for Larry and Body Basics, I wouldn't be where I am today!!!

  • Marc Friedman

    So here I am, three months behind me working with Larry. At 74, I was a slouching old man with constant aches and pains. My gait was so bad, both my mother(96) and wife kept telling me to straighten up. I found it very difficult to straighten up. Through Larry's guidance, I now find myself standing tall (most of the time). I have learned exercises that have strengthened my core and back muscles, and now allow me to stand tall and straight. I still need to think about it to keep straight, but I can do it. Eventually it will be automatic. I have been surprised by three different people telling me this past month that I look good. I can only surmise it is because I'm standing tall. Hopefully, I can continue on my own to maintain what I have gained from Larry. But I did schedule a return visit next month to make sure I was still doing the exercises correctly. I'm still an old man, but I don't feel like one.

  • Larry Wasserman

    It has been an absolute pleasure working with you, Marc. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to be your coach. I’m thrilled to see you moving and feeling better. And just as important, you now have the knowledge and skills so that you can continue to make progress on your own. Onward and upward! Coach Larry


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FAQs


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

The fitness assessment lays the foundation of the work that follows. In addition to a physical movement screen, I gather information about the client's past experiences and medical history. Together we sit down and establish clear and realistic goals.


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

With a degree in Secondary Education, I taught high school which gave me a foundational understanding of how to convey information in the form of lessons.  I use this approach to help people grow from their current state to their desired state of health. I believe that a great trainer teaches their clients what they need to know so that they can take over and manage their health and fitness on their own.


Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

My initial program is three months in duration. Clients can sign up for two or three days per week. There is a slight price reduction per session for training more frequently.  After the three months is up, clients can stay on as month-to-month members. We do not offer any long term contracts. Payment is made with a credit card that we hold securely in an encrypted format.


How did you get started teaching?

I went through a mini life-crisis and found myself in failing health. I decided that I no longer wanted to be or feel this way and once and for all took full responsibility for my bad habits. The outcome surprised even me, and I set out to help other people do the same. I have a powerful message that comes out of my own mess!


What types of students have you worked with?

Over the last twenty years, all types. But the best fit for me now is Gen Xers and Baby Boomers.  I can relate to them, their lives, and how challenging it can be to make the time for living a healthy life. Where do you start? It can be quite overwhelming.


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I helped a 75-year-old client who had not played gold in over five years get back on the golf course and enjoy this game he loves so much. It took six months of diligence to get his body to be more mobile and stable. We also worked on flexibility, balance, and strength. I didn't know he went to play golf until he came into my studio on a Monday morning and hugged me. He thanked me over and over again and said, Larry, you changed my life."  I was pretty overwhelmed too. All I could say was, " Thank you, but you have changed my life too!”


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Ask a lot of questions! Find out what their specialty is and ask to speak to a couple of their clients, especially those who have had similar challenges. Don't get roped into a long term contract! Life can turn on a dime and you want to make sure you have an exit strategy if needed.  Don't work with a personal trainer unless you are 100% committed to changing your health. No one is going to take you by the hand and do the work for you. You have to show up in your own life every day, so make every day great.


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Am I committed to seeing this through?

Do I have a budget for personal training?

Who can help me with support and encouragement?