phil nicolaou

Springfield, PA 19064

Hello, I'm Phil Nicolaou, welcome to my website! In high school I was very athletic. Having played sports such as basketball, soccer and baseball all year round, I kept myself in good shape. However, all that changed when I got to college. When I was about 20 years old, I lived a very sedentary, college-like lifestyle. I went from class back to my house and repeated the cycle day after day. And none of my friends were local except for one or two, so I was kind of lonely. Therefore, I spent all my free time playing computer games, which are very fun, but require no energy and no caloric expenditure. Then one day, I had a physical exam with my long-time primary care physician. But this was not just an ordinary physical. My doctor said that overall my health was OK. I asked him, "OK?" He said, "Yes, Phil, just OK." I asked, "Why just OK." I had not realized how sedentary I was. By spending so much time at home in front of the computer, I developed a really bad eating habit, and considering I hardly moved, I managed to accumulate quite a bit of body fat. I must have been consuming in excess of 2500-3000 calories a day, many of which were hidden and I blew up! He said for someone my age and height, my BMI (body mass index), which is the measure of your body weight for your height/size frame, was not good. He remembered how fit I was in high school and asked me if I was active in any sports. I told him that I wasn't. So he said to me, "Phil, your family has a good, healthy genetic history, but that doesn’t mean that you can't get diseases linked to obesity!" I was SHOCKED! How could a star soccer, baseball and basketball player years later become obese? He told me that if I continued down that path, I stood a good chance of developing various diseases that are caused by being VERY overweight, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, among others. I had not realized that my health had deteriorated that bad! This was a wake up call for me. The next week, not knowing ANYTHING about exercise or dieting, I decided to join a local gym. I went religiously, but had no clue what I was doing. I worked my chest everyday thinking that the more I did this, the more I'd get big and strong! I didn’t know that muscles need time to recover and that they grew at rest, not at the gym. I would also do two hours of cardio. For someone that just started working out that is what I would call a SEVERE overtraining! Two hours of cardio a week into a workout routine?! But I didn’t know any better. Until one day, at the front desk of the gym, I came across a business card for a personal trainer who was a contractor. I had nothing to lose, so I called this trainer, told him my situation and he said he could help! I started to work with him. He prescribed proper cardio workout for me to do, monitored my food intake and monitored my weight exercises. And in several months, I went from having 38% to 15% body fat. Then came the big question. He asked me, "Did you ever think of doing this, becoming a personal trainer?" I told him, what do I know about exercise, that’s what I hired you for. He said, you can learn how just like anything else. Take courses or go to a school, and get certified, get an entry level job and start there. I asked him, what makes you think I can do this? He said, first of all, you have a tremendous amount of patience. Patience like yours is rare! You genuinely care about people, retain and learn fast and are a really good-hearted guy! Anyone that would train with you in the future would love your personality. He suggested I look into a distance learning course that would get me started for a nominal fee. I was already a full-time student in college and didn’t want to spend a ton of money or time going to school to learn how to personally train someone. So I did a search online and found a company called NESTA. It was founded by Dr. John Spencer Ellis. I didn’t know anything about him nor about the company, but liked the idea of distance learning. Especially, taking the test from home with some practical portion, like taking pictures or a video of exercises. NESTA sent me the materials and that summer, I earned my first “certified personal trainer” certification. Shortly thereafter, I got a weekend job working at a country club as an exercise assistant. Not quite a trainer, but it was a good starting point. Later on, I managed to obtain over 10 more certifications ranging from nutrition to yoga, pilates, core conditioning and post-rehab. So when we work together, you can trust that I DO HAVE the KNOWLEDGE and expertise to help you! Since then, I realized that it is my calling to help people achieve life changing results through proven science! To get out of being obese and to get off the medications that can be costly both money-wise and health-wise. I went from being obese to being healthy and you can too! Let me help you learn what I've learned through NESTA, the IFPA and through daily experience,over the past 10+ years. Let me help you see that you can change your life and to live a happier, healthier and longer life. Let me be your guide to complete wellness! Let me be your mentor to make your transition! People always tell me “do you know what it's like to be so fat that your clothes don’t fit, to turn to food for comfort, to get laughed at for being larger, to not be able to fit into certain rides or do certain fun activities with family and friends just because you are too big.” My answer is YES, I do know and YES, we can change that. That is one thing not written in stone! I can empathize with you! I know the road is not easy, but I will be there every step of the way as your trusted fitness source! I can help you change your mind set to think healthier and more positive and to become healthier through a proper program design and implementation and, most importantly, through wellness coaching. To see what aspects of your life you feel are lagging behind and to make your life a complete, well-rounded wheel that when put on your car of life, will give you a smooth ride! You don’t have to be fat or unhealthy anymore! Lets go! It is my desire to be your go-to-guy for ANYTHING fitness. Hence my diverse, in-depth education! Someone that didn’t have a passion for this would certainly not obtain such diverse education! The investment both financially and time-wise was and is a daily study to keep current in order to give you the latest science-backed fitness information. No fads, just fact!I decided to offer my In Home Personal Training Services to, Ardmore, Bala Cynwyd, Berwyn, Broomall, Bryn Mawr, Chester, Devon, Downingtown, Drexel Hill, East Goshen, Exton, Frazier, Havertown, Lansdale, Lansdowne, Newton Square, Paoli,Philadelphia, Springfield, Upper Darby, Villanova, Wayne, West Chester, West Goshen, Wynnewood, The Main Line, Delaware County, Bucks County, Montgomery Country,Ardmore,Wynnewod,Narberth

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About Me


  • PhD, Fitness Training and Medical Fitness, Fitness Institute

Certifications / Trainings

ISSA - Fitness / Exercise Therapist Certification
Expires: Feb 02, 2016
ISSA - Fitness Nutrition Certification
Expires: Feb 02, 2016
ISSA - Personal Trainer Certification
Expires: Feb 02, 2016
ISSA - Senior Fitness Certification
Expires: Feb 02, 2016
ISSA - Strength and Conditioning Certification
Expires: Feb 02, 2016
ISSA - Youth Fitness Certification
Expires: Feb 02, 2016
NASM - Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
Expires: Jun 20, 2015
NASM - Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES)
Not Verified

CPR Certified

AED Certified

phil's Locations

Within 25.00 miles of 19064 (Mobile Training Radius)

Additional Information


$50.00 / hr

Payment Methods

Cash , Personal Checks

Years Experience


Awards & Accomplishments

Languages Spoken

English , Greek



1 Rating

5.0 out of 5 Stars

  • by phil nicolaou on Oct 28, 2012

    IFPA Master Trainer. M.S Fitness Training and Medical Fitness. Fitness Institute.