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Sophia-About-PictureSophia Ruiz is a Brentwood/Beach Cities certified personal trainer whose clients include a wide range of diverse individuals including pre/postnatal women, celebrities and athletes. Sophia designs specific workout regimens based on the client’s health background, injuries and preferences.  She is most recognized for her infectious positive personality and expertise in functioning training with lasting results.  Sophia has been committed for years to implementing her fitness background as a former Track & Field Heptathlete into her training.  Building a strong and well- rounded base of experience has been Sophia’s life long journey in order to better understand all the aspects of fitness.  “Understanding the pros and cons of fitness are very important.  We are all different.  Some of us suffer from injuries, hormonal issues, and inexperience, while others are well-defined athletes with a lot of experience.  My goal has always been to be able to motivate and educate the beginner, intermediate and even advanced individual in the fitness world.”

Sophia’s diverse training methods are not only addictive, but become part of her client’s everyday lives. Sophia has done fitness modeling, been seen on FitSugar TV for prenatal workout videos, and published in, “What you need to know about getting in Shape.”  Her theory is: “I am clearly aware we are not all born to run, jump or be amazing athletes, but one thing I do know is that our body has more to do with our minds than we think.  When we move, or brain is nourished.  When we accomplish goals with our bodies, our brains release endorphins, which no money in the world can buy.  Exercise centers our bodies and minds, and transfers positive energy into our careers and relationships, which is why living a healthy lifestyle is not only for you, but for everyone else around you!

Training one’s mind is the key to success in any aspect, and I believe in never underestimating myself or anyone else.  I live to show people that they have power and strength within their minds, and their bodies will do what they never thought possible.  Tapping into a mind and breaking down barriers and doubt is what I live for.  It is my goal to show anyone and everyone that set goals can and will be reached! Once an individual lets go of old ideas that they have a limit, they will go beyond what they ever imagined.”



Personal Trainer, 2005 to Present

  • Provide comprehensive yet responsible exercise pertaining to client’s medical diagnosis.
  • Maintain steady contact with each client and his or her physician so as to ensure absolute safety and obtain the most optimal results value.
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with a diverse clientele population including high net individuals.


B.A., English with upper division emphasis in “The Child” a Heath related theme,CSU Chico, CA. 2003-20062002-2006 Health related volunteer classes, including First Aid and CPR.First Aid & CPR certified yearlyNational Academy of Sports medicine, Certified Personal TrainerPre &Postnatal Specialized Individual or Group training: “Boot Camp for Mom’s.”American Aerobics Association, Group fitness instructorNFHS Fundamentals of Coaching & the CA State component Certified

Relevant Experience & Accomplishments

Competed in Track & Field in both Triple jump and Heptathlon which include the 7 events:

  • 100m hurdles
  • High jump
  • Shot put
  • 200m
  • Long jump
  • Javelin throw
  • 800m
Personal Trainer

  • Successfully helped aid in an established weight loss program for a test group of over 30 women with Christine Avanti who is a clinical and sports nutritionist certified by the American Academy of Nutrition, the National Association of Nutrition Professionals, and Intrafitt.
  • Managed structured and confidential workout regimens for Celebrities.
  • Coordinated In-Home Programs for clients.
  • Conceptualized individual weight management and lifestyle mortification programs.
  • Counseled clients on defining career and work related goals and objectives in their lives.
Coaching 2007-Present

  • Directed and supervised with a coaching staff of four for a Redondo Union High School Track & Field team of over 150 athlete’s age range 15-18.
  • Trained, supervised and evaluated athletes, coached improvement, wrote letters of recommendation, helped secure funding with fundraisers and established Peer Counseling while coaching.
  • Led over 10 athletes to the highly honored State and all-Conference Track meets in Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump and Hurdles.

Rehabilitation Coordinator, 2007-2008 Integrative Wellness Medical Group Inc, Orange County, CA (Multi-specialty Medical Group).

  • Rehabilitation team Lead/Coordinator
  • Managed a staff of seven personal trainers and sports medicine therapist for patients under direct Physician guidance.
  • Managed other rehabilitation staff, coordinated rehab programs with multi-specialty Physicians.
  • Focused on core stabilization and back strengthening programs. Individualized on a per patient basis, based upon their medical diagnosis.





Personal TrainerElio’s Fitness, Los Angeles, CA

  • Provided private professional training programs for youth and elderly.
CoachRedondo Union High School, Redondo Beach, CA._Rehabilitation Coordinator, Integrative Wellness Medical Group Inc, Orange County, CA (Multi-specialty Medical Group).


  • Aids Project Los Angeles
  • Community Convalescent Home volunteer with a personally designed program: “The Silver Program: intro. to weight training.”
  • Volunteer for local youth soccer teams
  • Volunteer for the Los Angeles Marathon
  • Organizes donations for “Little Sisters of Charity” located in Palos Verdes, Ca.
  • Martial Arts/Self Defense demonstrations at various beach clubs in Santa Monica.
  • Youth English tutoring
  • Partner with the 700 Club.

Honors & Awards

  • Completed the San Diego Marathon, 2007
  • Completed the Los Angeles Marathon, 2008
  • Disney Half-Marathon, 2008Cancer Foundation 5k, 2006-2009
  • MVP Track & Field 2001-2003, El Camino, CA.
  • Top five in Track & Field Conference, Heptathlon 2003-2006
  • Malibu Half Marathon, 2009, 2010