Mac Dodds

Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

Mac Dodds is a real-world fitness and exercise specialist. A Masters Degree in Exercise Science puts him in another category from other Certified Personal Trainers. When it comes to understanding your unique body and coming up with a plan to improve it realistically, no one is better. He specializes in reducing chronic pain through corrective exercise and functional longevity training.

You don't want to wake up one day and not be able to move or get your shoes on without help. That's where I come in. It doesn't matter how much money you have If you can't enjoy your life with it. Invest in Yourself! It's the only investment that you are 100% in control of and will get 100% return.

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About Me


  • BS, Kinesiology, San Diego State University
  • Master's Degree, Physical Education, San Diego State University

Certifications / Trainings

NSCA - Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Expires: 2017-12-31 08:00:00 UTC

CPR Certified

ACE/AHA Heartsaver First Aid with CPR and AED
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AED Certified

ACE/AHA Heartsaver First Aid with CPR and AED
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Liability Insurance

  • NSCA Professional With Liability

Mac's Locations

Core Fitness

2261 Morello Ave.
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

Additional Information


$1.00 / hr, Get a Free Assessment and Learn If I Can help you

Payment Methods

Credit Cards , Personal Checks

Years Experience

Awards & Accomplishments

  • Helped over 100 People Live Better Lives But Not Done Yet!
  • Self Taught Kite Surfing
  • Worked as a Strength Coach In the San Diego Padres Baseball Organization

Languages Spoken




22 Ratings

5.0 out of 5 Stars

  • by User on Jan 29, 2016

    I have worked with Mac for the past several months. I started to see him because I wanted to get stronger and improve my overall fitness. Mac has a depth of knowledge that is second to none; for example, he is constantly watching my form to help me get the most out of an exercise. One big improvement I've noticed is in balance. Although I do Zumba regularly, I was surprised how difficult balance exercises were for me. Mac has been able to help me so much in this area. Additionally, Mac is a truly likable person. I have a lot of fun while I'm working, and I have to give him a lot of credit for that. My workouts are never boring, because he changes things up regularly. I feel pleased and fortunate that I've been able to work with Mac.

    Response by Mac Dodds on May 04, 2016

    Thank You so much for your nice review Janet! Keep up the good work!

  • by Angelo Rondini on Jan 23, 2016

    I have been working with Mac on and off over the past two years when I need some help and motivation around my fitness level and activity. Mac motivates without getting on me if I happen to get off track. If you're looking for a personal trainer to get in your face and motivate you like the show "Biggest Loser" look elsewhere. Mac brings extensive knowledge and experience with the right about of push and encouragement to help you met your fitness goals. The biggest turnaround I've experienced over the past few years is my flexibility. Unlike my past experiences when trainers push weight training and cardio only, Mac has taught me effective flexibility techniques. Working with Mac has really improved my overall fitness level and I will continue to use him when I need a "tune up".

    Response by Mac Dodds on May 04, 2016

    Thanks Angelo! Great job improving your flexibility and reducing your back pain!

  • by Buck Worthing on Sep 12, 2014

    I have been working with Mac for several months. Mac started with my core and built my strength from there. In the infancy of our relationship, there were exercises that Mac would have me do that I thought I would never be able to conquer. However, as time moved on and my strength continued to build, I now can do those exercises with much more confidence.

    Mac is not a drill sergeant. Mac is a master of his art. He has the ability to get to know what your body needs and builds a custom program for the individual.

    Patient, encouraging and non-judgmental is how I would describe Mac Dodds. I feel lucky to have met Mac.

    Thank you Mac!

    Buck Worthing

    Response by Mac Dodds on Sep 13, 2014

    Thank you so much Buck! You are gonna win the black sand beach challenge!

  • by Michael Bourne on Sep 12, 2014

    Mac has improved my strength and overall health tremendously. I always shied away from personal training because I pictured a drill sergeant yelling at me to do 5 more reps. But Mac is mellow and patient and still gets great results. I’m 53 and went to Mac for lingering shoulder pain I was getting with my traditional weight lifting workout. He put together a circuit-training routine that eliminated the exercises stressing my shoulder but still allowed me to build upper body strength. The intensity of the full-body workout has also led to a trimmer waistline and stronger abs. Mac is a super trainer. A++

    Response by Mac Dodds on Sep 12, 2014

    Thanks Michael! You are great to work with and I am so glad I can help.

  • by Dave Simpson on Sep 11, 2014

    I work with Mac in two capacities:

    First, Mac is my personal trainer. What's special about Mac's approach is that he doesn't come in and tell you exactly what you have to do to get where you want to go. He listens to you and to your body and responds with spot-on advice. Also, he's amazing at giving feedback on form. It's hard to cheat on this guy! He sees the subtle flaws in form and fixes them.

    Second, Mac works as S&C coach to the Scotland national womens lacrosse team, of which I'm head coach. He has done a great job of coming up with programs to prepare our athletes to compete at the highest level, while at the same time being flexible to the demands of time and access to equipment that they face, many being full time employees or full time students. We especially appreciate his emphasis on injury-prevention during our long competition season.

    Can't say enough about Mac, and recommend him highly to any individual or team looking for a training guru.

    Response by Mac Dodds on Sep 11, 2014

    Thank you Dave!

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