Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Ben found his passion for fitness when he realized the impact it had on him as a person in all aspects of life, especially his mental health.
“I had a really difficult early twenties, to the point where I required medication just to function mentally. The fitness lifestyle completely changed my life. I have been medicine free for 5 years now, and have never felt happier or more in control of my life. I’m committed to now give that same feeling to others.”
Born into a military family in Honolulu, Hawaii, Kalib moved around a great deal as a child until finally settling down in Wisconsin. Around three years ago Kalib decided to move to New York City in search of something bigger and better. That search led him to helping others get into amazing shape.
“What got me into training was the sheer amount of inspiration I got from seeing someone else’s life improve so drastically once they started reaching their goals. I would be wasting my purpose in life if I wasn’t giving back to others the way I was once given the support needed to get to where I am today."
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, fitness found Irslan when his mom was diagnosed with cancer. At the age of 14, he realized the impact training and nutrition had on the body and mind
“I discovered that the way to take control of my destiny was through my physiology. As I grew stronger physically, I reaped the benefits psychologically. Once mind, body and spirit aligned, I found there was no limit to what I could do and who I could become. So training found me and I have a deep need to serve others with the knowledge I gained from it”
Born and raised in Englewood, NJ, Ethan originally got into fitness when he kept getting winded walking up stairs, and was unhappy when he looked in the mirror.
“I grew to love fitness because continually setting goals and knocking them off your list is addicting. Whether it’s eating right or lifting heavier, there’s no better feeling.”
Ethan is the first ever BUF client to turn into a trainer. His transformation was incredible.
Ethan works as a software engineer by day and trains during his free time.
Alexander “Li” Vizzi
Born and raised in Baltimore, Li first got into modern dance before finding Pilates and weight training.
Attracted more to the athletics of dance, he moved his way into Pilates where he fell in love with conscious movement and the mind-body connection.
Li loves to bring the detailed Pilates approach to weight training and the full-bodied challenge of functional movements to Pilates class.
“I have a pretty obsessively analytical mind and I love to sweat the small details of big movements. I think Pilates feeds perfectly into learning how to engage the core in barbell and bodyweight movements. For me the fun is in finding the surprising overlaps between different approaches to movement and using mat class as a laboratory to break down the small but crucial details of power and gymnastic movements.”
Meg Hagar (dietician)
Meg received her Master's Degree in Nutrition from Hunter College in NYC. She then completed a 1,200-hour residency program at multiple hospitals and sub-acute care centers in NYC such as Bronx Lebanon Hospital and Bronx Lebanon Special Care Center. She is a Holistic Registered Dietitian (RD), Holistic Nutritionist and a Certified LEAP Therapist.
“By viewing the client as a whole being and one synergistic system, I'm able to better understand the potential root causes of issues and truly help others heal from the inside out.”