Sonja Anderson-Struzzo

Norfolk, VA 23510

My goal is to ignite life-changing transformation in others through fitness and inspirational education and guidance. I strive to enhance my clients' and students' aesthetic qualities and body mechanics using multiple strategies, including traditional gym work such as machine, cardiovascular and body weight training. I apply principles involved in Chain Reaction Biomechanics, Applied Functional Science and the Pilates Method to achieve unparalleled results. I feel it's critical to include stretching, flexibility and recovery techniques to keep the body healthy, prepared for the workout at hand and ready to tackle the next session. I'm driven to continue learning and seeking out new ways to help people transform into their best version of themselves. I love to see clients' reach and exceed their goals and gain skills and abilities beyond their expectations.

Statement of purpose: To assist those I've been entrusted with by helping them develop their talents and gifts as athletes and individuals; to become the best I can be in order to assist others to attain their personal bests; to seek the truth about human function and apply that understanding to maximizing individual human potential; to honor the One who made all matter by showing kindness, compassion and dedication to those He created; to be a conduit of hope, direction and healing by the grace I've found through a faith relationship through Jesus Christ.

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About Me


  • Bachelor's Degree, Communications, California State Chico
  • Fellow, Applied Functional Science, Gray Institute

Certifications / Trainings

NASM - Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
Expires: 2022-04-30 07:00:00 UTC
Beachbody - PIYO
POUND - POUND Pro Training Certification
Pending Verification
Dynamic Body Stretching - Stretch Trainer
Agency Unavailable
Power Plate Academy - PPI & PP2 Training
Agency Unavailable

CPR Certified

Am. Safety & Health Institute
Agency Unavailable
Expires: 2021-10-27 07:00:00 UTC

AED Certified

American Safety & Health Institute
Agency Unavailable
Expires: 2021-10-27 07:00:00 UTC

Liability Insurance

  • Lockton

Sonja's Locations

The Founders Inn and Spa

5641 Indian River Rd
Virginia Beach, VA 23464

Jewish Community Center Of South Hampton Roads

5000 Corporate Woods Dr Ste 100
Virginia Beach, VA 23462-4429

East Coast Gym

6655 Indian River Rd
Virginia Beach, VA 23464-3441

Sonja Anderson-Struzzo

Within 50.00 miles of 23510 (Mobile Training Radius)

Sonja's Studio

270 W York St.
Norfolk, VA 23510

YMCA of South Hampton Roads

312 W Bute Street
Norfolk, VA 23510

Norfolk State Unversity

700 Park Ave
Norfolk, VA 23504

Norfolk Yacht & Country Club

7001 Hampton Blvd.
Norfolk, VA 23504

Old Dominion University

4700 Powhatan Ave
Norfolk, VA 23529

Additional Information


$0.00 / hr, $55-$150/session

Payment Methods

Cash , Credit Cards , Personal Checks

Years Experience


Awards & Accomplishments

  • IDEA Elite PFT
  • Magna Cum Laude
  • Outstanding Graduate in Telecommunications
  • Bank of America Award for Excellence

Languages Spoken

English , Spanish



7 Ratings

5.0 out of 5 Stars

  • by James Cross on Mar 09, 2017

    When I decided I needed to take control of my life and deal with my weight problem, I interviewed several personal trainers within the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area. A lot of them promised results within X amount of months, tried to sell gym memberships, et al. They were, essentially, salesmen. Sonja was the exception; she was frank and told me that losing weight would be harder than I imagined, or gave credit to. That I'd have successes and failures in my quest to get in shape and lose weight. She also cared about me as an individual; I was not "just another client." When I first met Sonja and interviewed her, we spent close to two hours at the Slover library talking about our lives, backgrounds, et al -- she made getting to know me a priority, and what she learned about me guided her training regiments. Throughout training with Sonja, I not only saw successes, but gained valuable knowledge that will last a life time. I also gained a friend that was genuinely interested in my success. I wholeheartedly endorse and recommend Sonja's services to anyone looking for a trainer that is 100% interested in your success above anything else.

    Response by Sonja Anderson-Struzzo on Mar 28, 2017

    Thank you so much James. I'm so proud of you and your success and am humbled that you have allowed me to be on this journey with you. It is an honor to be considered a guide towards your health and wellness goals and even more so to be considered your friend. I'm very grateful for the gift of meeting you!

  • by John Struzzo on Oct 08, 2015

    Sonja has a passion for helping people become the best they can be. She is an excellent personal trainer who truly cares about her clients. I have been blessed to see her in action and to be a recipient of her training. Everyone who works with Sonja will benefit from her knowledge and expertise. I highly recommend her services.

    Response by Sonja Anderson-Struzzo on Aug 07, 2017

    Thank you John. I am so grateful for the support you have given me over the years. It has been instrumental in any success I have had as a trainer. Your feedback and encouragement has strengthened me every step of the way. God bless you!

  • by Fred Taber on Sep 01, 2015

    The best personal trainer and fitness instructor that I've ever worked with! Knowledgeable about current techniques and exercises and how to individualize them. Always upbeat,caring and compassionate- a remarkable human being. Still friends and I miss her greatly since moving to Virginia.

    Response by Sonja Anderson-Struzzo on Aug 07, 2017

    Knowing you and Jane and getting the opportunity to walk on the path (literally sometimes :)) towards greater health and fitness has been a privilege and a pleasure. You both have enriched my life!

  • by Gary Gray on Mar 04, 2014

    Sonja is a blessed combination of beauty and grace, intelligence and wisdom, and thoughtfulness and caring. All who are in her presence experience comfort, confidence, and compassion.

    Response by Sonja Anderson-Struzzo on Aug 07, 2017

    Thank you so much for all you've poured into my growth as someone who serves others though enhanced movement. Your influence and education has been beyond influential on this journey.

  • by John Struzzo on Mar 01, 2014

    Sonja is very knowledgeable and an excellent personal trainer! She goes the extra mile to find out how to help her clients, and she continues to apply herself to increase her knowledge and understanding of the human body and how it operates most effectively. I have benefited from Sonja's expertise in a number of ways from being able to receive Pilates training and personal training to being able to learn more about how the body moves in all three planes of motion to being able to learn more about diet and exercise.

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