We call our personal training program A.C.T. (accelerated custom training).
How It Works:
If you are new to exercise and want some extra help to make sure that you are doing everything correctly, A.C.T. will help you build confidence by teaching you natural techniques in movement under the careful supervision of your expert trainer.
A.C.T. can take you from sedentary to fit in very little time. If you’re intimidated to get started in exercise, or haven’t worked out in years and want to make sure to avoid injury, then A.C.T. is your way to get moving!
Your own private class tailored exactly for you, designed to help you meet your goals VERY FAST. Whether you are training for a sporting event or competition, want a complete body transformation, or simply need specialized training due to past injuries, Accelerated Custom Training (ACT) is the way to get rapid results.
A secret ingredient in the success of A.C.T. is the personalized nutrition planning that we include in your program. Fuel Management is crucial for fast results; studies have shown that physical results are 80-85% dependent on nutrition.
We will teach you HOW to eat, rather simply tell you WHAT to eat in order to complement your training and get the results that you want. Explained in simple, easy-to-follow guidelines and customized for YOUR body and lifestyle. You will not be required to starve yourself, and you will eat delicious REAL food!
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Below are just a few testimonials of A.C.T. Clients, click to read:
I can’t thank David and his “team” enough for literally giving me my life back. One semester of private training, and now group classes have not only changed how I look, but have given me more energy, endurance, and strength than I’ve had in years. My friends ask “was it hard?”—and now I wonder why I waited so long.
Last February I was sick, tired, obese, and had lost all confidence in myself. I had just turned 69, and was not looking forward to that next landmark birthday. I was referred by a former client of David’s, Paul Hopman. He said, if you’re serious about getting fit , go to DNA.
David , a true professional, has developed an incredible program that combines nutrition, strength training, and conditioning. His expertise—he has a level 4 crossfit certification , and his logical scientific approach to fitness exceeds anything I could have imagined. I appreciated his patience, correcting my form “remember elbows up”, more times than I like to admit, always inspiring me to be stronger and do more “remember time under load”.
I love the atmosphere at the downtown location. It feels urban/industrial when you walk in—a place to do some serious work, yet have fun. I can see the pride that David has in creating this culture of fitness for anyone walking in the door, from the attitude of each of the staff, to the inspirational 100 words on the wall.
It has been a journey, and it’s not done yet. I embrace my new lifestyle, and know that change in fitness and health is possible at any age—just join DNA, and simply do what David tells you to do.
Sara Burke, PhD
Department of Neuroscience University of Florida
“I have been a runner for about 10 years, running between 10-25 miles/week depending on how busy I was with work and if I was training for a race or not. I considered myself relatively fit and my husband and I joined DNA CrossFit because we thought that the additional activity would help us cope with stress, and I wanted to be able to do a strict pull-up. You can imagine my surprise during the first weigh in when my body fat composition was at 28.5%. I believe the term is “skinny fat”.
When I started, I could not do a full motion push-up, even on my knees, and 5 pull-ups with the green band was a challenge. Only two months later my body fat composition in under 19%. I lost over 9% body fat in several weeks! Moreover, my lean body weight is up by over 10 pounds. I am still working on my pull-up but the bands keep changing colors. Although the physical changes have been a marvel, as a neuroscientist, I cannot under estimate how this program has improved my cognition. My concentration and short-term memory have improved and although I leave work for an hour every day to workout, my productivity is up so my supervisor does not mind. I should also mention that my baseline mood has shifted towards the positive, which my co-workers appreciate.
Physical activity is the primary intervention that is effective at combating age-related cognitive decline, which everyone is vulnerable to. It leads to increased BDNF and other trophic factors that promote brain health as well as reducing neuro-inflammation. I am grateful to Dave and everyone at DNA for helping my husband and I get our nutrition in order and coaching us through the lifestyle adjustments that we needed to promote long-lasting health and happiness.”
Angel Gonzales, M.D.
“Late 2013 I decided to do personal training. I’ve never done personal training in my life, so it took some courage but I knew it was worth a try. At this time my diet was mostly sugar and junk and I felt quite unhealthy. David and his team changed all that.
After an initial assessment, David made me clean out my pantry and put me on a sensible diet plan. No gimmicks, no pills, and no starvation. I had personal training for 1 semester, 30 minutes a day, 3 days a week which worked perfectly with my busy schedule (Who wants to spend hours in the gym anyway?) then I transitioned to groups. The DNA team is very knowledgeable, professional and easy to work with, yet at the same time they make you work smart to reach and maintain your fitness goals.
My DNA experience has truly been fun and rewarding. It is something I will take with me after my stay in Tucson. I’m glad I joined DNA Fitness, and so will you.”
Selfies taken in 1 month intervals since I started in December 2013.
“I am a sucker for a sale! DNA was having a New Years 2013 promotion for new clients and my friend Lisa, a DNA member from their beginning, told me about the promotion. Lisa looked great but a discount of any kind overpowered my laziness, so I signed up for Accelerated Custom Training.
The first day of training with David was memorable. He was assessing me and had me do a 10 minute circuit that consisted of several movements. 10 minutes? C’mon really? I can do this! Two minutes in I was gassed. At 6 minutes in, David stopped me as I was just plain out of shape. I was MORTIFIED! I got in the car and immediately called Lisa. She told me her other friend had lasted 3-4 minutes the first time. I felt an immediate bond to her friend I didn’t even know….yet. Mortification is also a good motivator. I was in!
Next training session; weigh and measure. I thought somehow I could get around this. No luck. Surely I wouldn’t be embarrassed when some guy I’ve known for about a minute told me my body fat was 31%. Clearly he must have not known what he was doing. I mean, I was only eating pasta 5 nights a week and I was a VEGETARIAN. 31% – How could this be? More mortification and confirmation that my weekly pilates was not achieving what I wanted.
Now is a good time to mention I was 51 years old. I stopped working out (i.e. cardio only) about 7-8 yrs ago. Back then, every time I would complain about my ever changing-aged body people would say “Well you are over 50, give yourself a break”. So I did. I gave myself a ten pound scale allowance. Slowly I became someone I did not want to be. After that first week at DNA, although intimidated, I felt more alive than I had in years.
So all my excuses went out the window and I replaced them with short 30 minute workout along with the accountability of my trainer. OMG, ACCOUNTABILITY. I was committed so I had to do it. That way if it didn’t work I could prove “them” wrong!
So what are my results? Well, I’m still a work in progress but after 6 months, I’ve lost 11 percent body fat! I Gained 10 pounds of “good weight” (according to my trainer that is muscle, connective tissue, bone mineral density, etc.,) and I am MUCH happier and more energetic than I have ever been!
I purchased two bikinis, one of which was debuted last weekend! The nutrition planning was the key!
One last thing, when I started with David I was recovering from a nasty back injury. David explained the importance of good form and technique, and currently, I am able to lift over 130 lbs!
Middle Age come and get me! I’m Stronger, Faster, and better than I ever was at half this age!
Thank You DNA!
“David, I am sending two photos. July 4, 2012 “Skinny Fat Girl”, and October, 2012 “Stomach Definition”! Started DNA at the end of July. Just three short months later, I am starting to look strong instead of skinny and defined instead of loose! My stomach actually has definition and is not on a roller-coaster of bloating anymore. I have gained 3 pounds of muscle weight;-) My clothes still fit despite gaining ‘good’ weight. I am starting to sleep better. I’ve changed my eating habits and still have a way to go. But, I love the way I am starting to look. Super strong at 50 is what I am going for thanks to you!”
My name is Kristina and I have to say that I am a very lucky girl to have such caring trainers…David De la Pena didn’t just open a business; he opened doors for anyone who wants to feel good about themselves! Who doesn’t?
I have been training with him for a couple of years now, and every single time I leave after class I feel great and accomplished. Every day is a new experience for me at DNA. Not just that, but my upper and lower strength has increased.
In 2010 I ran for Miss Arizona USA and I placed in the top 15. When I walked on that stage I felt like I owned it with amazing body. Thanks to David for believing in me when I didn’t. I trained with him for that competition a little over 3 months and my results were incredible. I am very happy to say that I see lots more people smiling and pushing hard at DNA. I am looking forward to continue working out.
Right before my competition I went to visit my daddy in Russia (my father owns his own gym) and he said I was the first girl there who could perform 20 perfect pull-ups (in a row)! He is a professional body builder who placed first place many times and he also sponsors clients, so he knows what valuable training is. I saw in my daddy`s eyes how proud he was of me.
I am going to be involved with different competitions and I am looking forward to keep moving with my training (thanks to DNA). Zee Raza, you are a great trainer and always telling me how good I am doing every time I feel like giving up. I remember the first time going on a 5k run with you and how I didn’t think we could run that, but with your motivation and help I felt like I can do anything. I just want to say thank you for everything you have done and do for me.