Cris Dobrosielski is a first class, elite trainer, an inspiring athlete and a very good man. He has personally shared his fitness/rehab expertise with me and a number of my closest friends. He is fantastic on all fronts. His philosophy is sound, his personality dynamic and his vision clear and pure. His decades of experience and wealth of hands-on training make him an invaluable member of our team and plan.
Cris’ authenticity, currency, relativity and concern for the health and well being of the whole body, spirit and soul are only some of his greatest qualities. Any athlete and fitness enthusiast wanting to do what they love longer and better would do well by spending as much time as possible with this “little big man.” Cris Dobrosielski is truly a giant.
Thanks Cris, for making such a positive difference—in so many ways.
Entrepreneur/ NBA Hall of Fame Athlete, San Diego, CA
It was the Mission Valley YMCA’s great honor to host The Five Pillars of Lifelong Fitness Workshop conducted by Cris Dobrosielski on February 26, 2011. Cris’ dynamic personality combined with his exceptional background as a certified strength and conditioning coach, his expertise in fitness development and injury prevention, and his experience as a former athlete gave him the perfect tools to present a workshop on lifelong well-being for aging athletes. Workshop participants praised the information and practical skills they obtained from Cris during the 90 minute presentation. The Five Pillars workshop was thorough in scope and inspiring in its goal to maintain lifelong activity. Cris’message resonated with the mission of the YMCA, improving the quality of life and helping people realize their fullest potential, and was motivating to participants. It is my sincere hope that Cris will once again share his talents and gifts with the Mission Valley YMCA and its members.
Fitness Department Head
Mission Valley YMCA
Cris has been my trainer and my life coach for more than a decade. When I met Cris, my goal was simply to “get back in shape” after several years of inactivity. What I didn’t expect was that Cris would not only help me surpass my physical goals, but he would help strengthen my mental and spiritual wellness too.
Through my training with Cris, his words of wisdom, and his constant encouragement, I realize that I can accomplish anything. Cris has coached me through 10 pounds of weight loss and 50% body fat reduction, two job changes, one career change, several financial difficulties, and a divorce. Any one of these life obstacles could derail a person or even defeat them. It was Cris’ coaching style, the challenging yet fun workouts, his belief in me, and the confidence he helped instill in me that made me thrive during these situations. His philosophy is to take overwhelming challenges and break them down into manageable tasks. Through that I realize that I can do any seemingly impossible physical challenge for two minutes and that I can survive unpleasant life situations with the right mental attitude and a plan for change.
Knowing Cris is a true blessing in my life. I never take for granted my time with him and I always end a session with him learning more about myself than when I started.
Noel Wheeler, RMS
Realtor, Ascent Real Estate, Inc. San Diego, CA
In February 2009, several years after I had retired from running a major corporation, I was diagnosed with a herniated disc, which consequently led to my being hospitalized and having 3 epidural injections. I was bedridden for 2 months, after which it was recommended that I do physical therapy. Being that I had always been very active physically, playing golf, tennis and exercising, I was hopeful that I would continue with all of these activities. However, now I was extremely concerned with what the future would bring.
I knew Cris, his exemplary character, the quality of his work ethic, and his incredible ability to focus his efforts on caring for and individualizing each client. Although we were oceans apart, I gave him a call, hoping he could advise me as to what to do.
He immediately set up a comprehensive program for me, including exercises and visuals, incorporating many long distance phone calls and numerous follow-ups. His emphasis on executing the program correctly and safely, was incredible.
Within months of working with Cris, I was again playing golf and exercising. Cris continues to monitor my progress, continually making adjustments and improvements. With his comprehensive exercise program my quality of life has returned to where it was, and I am hopeful that his excellent ongoing care and program adjustments will continue into the future. I could not have progressed to where I am now without Cris’ assistance, and I am very grateful. Thank You!
In 1997 I was overweight and an accident waiting to happen, running a business and a home. I had plenty of money to spend on business but never on myself. Then I made the decision. Hiring Cris was an investment in my health and my family.
I decided to make my health a priority. Cris helps me get the job done. He is a pro. 4 times a week he is there waiting for me. Thanks in large part to Cris’ consistent coaching and balanced approach to fitness, I continue to meet the mountain of responsibility in my life with vibrant health, energy and enthusiasm.
President/Owner, Altegris Investments, La Jolla, CA
We invited Cris Dobrosielski to our school during Red Ribbon Week to discuss the importance of embracing a balanced, healthy lifestyle and to “Say Yes To Healthy Living.” He spoke to all of our 250 students in way that was age appropriate, energetic, inspiring, and FUN! He was able to challenge and engage all of our children from kindergarten through eighth grade, as well as our faculty and staff.
Cris’ expertise in exercise and nutrition keenly increased our awareness of the importance and lifelong benefits of making small improvements over time. His advise on setting attainable goals and the practical guidelines for implementing those strategies was concrete, motivating and refreshing.
Lessons learned during this presentation will certainly enrich our physical education program resulting in our students feeling better about themselves, more empowered to make better choices and feeling more motivated to learn in school. Cris is welcome on our campus anytime!
Mary Ann Thiebach
Good Shepherd Catholic School, San Diego, CA
As a 1992 Olympian in Canoe Kayak and a competitive athlete my entire life, I have very high expectations for anyone who calls them self a coach. Cris Dobrosielski has exceeded my expectations in executing his role as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for San Diego Canoe and Kayak Team. Our program focuses on preparing young athletes for National and International competition with many young paddlers earning spots on World Championship and Olympic Teams.
Cris knows his stuff inside and out, he’s an incredible role model of life long fitness for the young athletes and perhaps most importantly he’s an excellent teacher who cares deeply for his students. Although we are in the early stages of building a comprehensive Strength and Conditioning Program, the work Cris has done over the past year has had a significant impact on our team’s great success at the National and International Level. I can’t thank this volunteer coach enough!
1992 Olympic Canoe Kayak Team
Head Coach – San Diego Canoe Kayak Team
In December 2009 when Cris and I reconnected after 20 plus years I was out of shape and in search of something that would get me back into shape. After several failed attempts to lose the belly and tone up, the timing for his call was perfect. I needed guidance, but not someone to shadow my every workout. I needed someone to hold me accountable and set the course to follow.
Cris brought focus and goal setting back into my life. He kept me ‘consistent’ with my gym attendance and our conversations about nutrition stayed at the forefront of my mind during meals. Cris is a fantastic listener and his sincerity in my progress was motivating. His knowledge of exercises, stretching and nutrition is very impressive. He knows how to work around fatigue and injury so that you can continue to make progress even with a setback. Don’t get me wrong, I had my struggles with gym attendance, overeating sweets and portion control, but he always kept a steady course. Cris would always be positive and say “Put it behind you and get back on the horse. Focus on today.”
After 8 months of guided fitness instruction, fifteen pounds and 4 inches across my midsection later, I am no longer embarrassed to take my shirt off at the beach.
I am thankful Cris re-entered my life. I feel it may have been fate for us to re-connect. Due in large part to Cris’ genuine concern I felt comfortable sharing my goals and doubts. On-line and by phone he helped me put together a comprehensive training routine which included those areas like flexibility and safe gradual progression which I have historically struggled with. The routine Cris set up worked within the parameters of my family and work responsibilities.
Thanks to Cris’ coaching and consistent feedback I was even able to get back to playing organized basketball, without injury after many failed attempts to do so over the last decade. I am not the player I was 25 years ago but I was able to play hard, be effective and wake up the next day able to play some more and still pick up my two little girls! I know I am one of many that are in a better place because of him.
Sr Loan Consultant, Sovereign Bank, MA
1986-1988 Basketball All American, NCAA National Champion 1988
Cris, thanks for getting me started on a life changing approach to my fitness at age 76. You helped me understand how I could nurture my fitness and start a weight loss commitment.
I have lost 40 pounds, my cholesterol has dropped from 230 to 110, my glucose measure is down 40 percent, I sleep better and have more energy. Now I need to exercise, stretch and work out more.
You have a real gift in meeting people’s needs, no matter the age or condition of heath. Your passion for your profession and desire to help others is genuine and truly admirable.
I hope your new year goes well with great successes you deserve.
Former US Ambassador to Spain and Publisher of The Miami Herald
As President of Ascent Real Estate I am committed to the core values Ascent represents. One of these values is to promote life balance. At Ascent we consider our staff and sales team “Corporate Athletes” and as such we believe all athletes need continual training and coaching.
Having personally had the benefit of training with Cris for approximately 3 years I knew first hand of his commitment to fitness. He is a true professional athlete himself and a Great Coach! When recently introduced to his “Five Pillars of Lifelong Fitness” I knew it would be a sound program based upon solid health principals that I would be proud to promote.
Cris hosted a presentation at one of our Company monthly “Fit Club” meetings. His presentation was engaging, relevant, high energy and very motivating. It focused on how busy professionals can incorporate true fitness into their daily routines. No need for fancy gadgets and available to all fitness levels Cris’s presentation was valued by all in attendance.
It is my personal recommendation that corporate institutions nationwide whether they have 2 employees or 2000 become involved in the promotion of the health of their employees and sales staff. Such involvement has helped Ascent Real Estate with increased sales and happier more motivated company associates. Cris’ “Five Pillars of Lifelong Fitness” is a great tool to companies who would like to incorporate fitness and reap the rewards of happier, healthier, more productive people.
President, Ascent Real Estate Corporation
San Diego, CA
A year ago, at age 33, I found myself in an epic struggle with back pain caused by two herniated discs. I thought I’d never reclaim the quality of life I took for granted without major surgery.
When I turned to Cris for help, I wondered if his residence in San Diego would prevent him from providing significant relief to me in New York. I was pleasantly surprised to find that he easily constructed an affective plan for my particular ailments with only a few, very focused conversations. Cris identified my needs over the phone and sent me a comprehensive photo guide of stretches and strength exercises via email that I used in my house and gym to recover. Cris also researched an east coast Physical Therapist for me whose skill set best complemented our plan. The follow-up was consistent and his concern for my recovery was sincere.
Cris Dobrosielski clearly demonstrates a passion for fine tuning the human machine and an honest compassion for those of us struggling to get it running again! Thanks to Cris, I’m feeling better about my back now than I have in two years and I believe I am on the path to long-term, overall health improvement.
During my time as Head Coach at the highest level of club soccer (Premier), it has become very clear to me that pre—season fitness development is an essential ingredient to post season playoff success. It is for that reason that I hired Cris over a decade ago to help both my club and high school teams. Cris plays an integral role in developing and implementing our strength and conditioning programs. Cris’ delivery is always professional, consistent and positive.
He addresses things that Head Coaches often take for granted or don’t have time for, like injury prevention and stretching. Cris has developed specific dynamic warm-up and cool-down routines for both practices and games. The deliberate, detailed and cumulative way Cris introduced the above techniques was reflected in our athletes’ superior aerobic capability, open field speed and in an unbelievably low incidence of serious injury.
Head Women’s Soccer Coach
Francis Parker High School (CIF Champions)
I have learned so much from working out with Cris. He is an amazing, inspirational person and has taught me a lot about my health, my nutrition and my lifestyle. When I first started with Cris, I did not know much about healthy eating habits and healthy living. I also was pretty out of shape and did not have much muscle mass. He used to say I looked like a “baby deer” doing lunges, but I have thankfully gotten past that stage! Cris has given me great information and advice on my nutrition and eating habits and helped me learn how to eat well and maintain a healthy diet. I also have acquired lean muscle mass and have gotten much stronger.
Every week I look forward to our workouts! Not only do I get a great workout, but we also talk about my fitness and nutrition in the past week as well as my goals in the upcoming week. Cris’ passion for health and fitness has inspired and encouraged me to consistently strive for a healthier lifestyle. He has been truly dedicated to helping me achieve ALL my fitness and health goals with a positive and uplifting attitude. I am so excited and grateful for all that I have learned and continue to learn with Cris!
As a former Head Cross Country coach at a nationally competitive university, I was constantly looking for better ways to improve performance and decrease the likelihood of injury for my male and female athletes. Cris’ skillful use of therapeutic massage and rehabilitation techniques have significantly contributed to those ends for 6 years.
During that time he helped scores of our athletes deal with the physical and mental stress of competition at an institution that demands high academic performance as well as elite level athletic performance. Cris’ experience as a Head Coach for collegiate Track and Field and Cross Country, as well as his skills in the area of strength and conditioning, added to his credibility with our athletes. His insight for enhancing peak performance has been invaluable.
Ted Van Arsdale
Former Men’s & Women’s Varsity Cross Country Coach
University of California, San Diego
On Friday, June 18th, Cris Dobrosielski returned to the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence for what can only be considered one of the most effective workshops our kids have had all year. Living in the city of Lawrence, our children are faced with the daily challenges of drugs, violence, peer pressure, and various other life- changing situations. Though we’ve come to understand the importance of healthy living and eating, rarely do we get the opportunity to have a trained professional educate our children on this issue. Cris’ experience in the field, as well as his knowledge and understanding, were vital factors in the success of his workshop.
A former member of the LBGC, Cris’ intimate knowledge of the city of Lawrence, and our children, were also key factors that allowed him to better connect with our kids and get his message across. Cris spent the day at the LBGC discussing the ins and outs of exercising, diet, and nutrition, and provided the kids with a platform to better understand the benefits of being active. His message to our kids proved to transcend his workshop, as our kids are still reaping the benefits of his teaching.
I am truly appreciative of Cris’ work, and the doors of the LBGC are always open to him.
Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence, Massachusetts
In late ’05, with the prospect of a grueling international travel schedule facing me in the the spring of ’06, I retained Cris’ services as a personal trainer a couple of times per week, thirty minutes each session. My goals were simple: improve my stamina and muscular endurance.
I trusted Cris for many years as my massage therapist, so I expected results, but I did not expect such significant results within the first weeks. It is truly incredible. A handful of full body resistance training exercises and some specific cardio—respiratory training designed to meet my specific goals have worked wonders over the past 5 years.
The program is delivered in a clean, SAFE environment, under the direction of an intelligent and caring clinician. In terms of cost benefit, it is a “no-brainer.” I haven’t felt this good since I was 24, well over a half—century ago! Further, I would never get this level of results from a gym or by doing it myself.
Zipline South American Jungle
Business Consultant, Author, San Diego, CA