Fitness to a Science with Alex

Meet Alexandra Bernardin  

Huntington Beach, CA

Kilo Strength Society Elite Trainer

@alexandra.bernardin

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So, you’ve got the gym routine down. You eat pretty well too… but, you just aren’t seeing the results? Or you just want to get next level?  Sounds like it’s time to mix a little bit of science into your fitness routine and Alex is exactly what you’re looking for.

I’m always amazed by the things I learn when I walk into a gym with a new expert. Alex served up so much technically specific knowledge during my time with her. From her vocabulary to her understanding of each persons unique physiology. It was a blast exploring all that Kilo (her state of the art gym) has to offer. She exudes an inspiring strength and positive energy. She takes her clients progress seriously but don’t be fooled into thinking she’s a total drill Sargent! She’ll definitely get you laughing while you work out… a nice bonus for those abs!

Check out the video below to get a glimpse into my day of training with Alex:


Where are you from originally?
I’m from Montreal, Quebec actually.

What brought you out here to California?
I’ve been in the states for 12 years. I first worked in a private facility in St. Louis where we trained a lot of general population, but a lot of pro-athletes too. Then I moved to Rhode Island and I worked for a company where I was one of the educators. I was traveling the world teaching a certification to other trainers. After 4 years, my friends and I decided it was time to move on to our own thing and set up our own company!

We had always wanted to live in California so we said, why not!

What originally inspired you to become a personal trainer?
Well, my first degree was in nutrition (dietetics), it was very clinical by itself. I had also been a gymnast my whole life and I was a gymnastics coach. I’ve been coaching since I was 15. So, while doing the nutrition I got more into training and it allowed me to incorporate both of my passions. It was the best of both worlds.

What personal fitness goals do you have right now?
When I first started out I did fitness competitions, because I have the gymnastics background. I don’t even know if those types of shows still exist… The last two times I competed I did figure comps. I don’t know if I would want to compete again. As you get older you just want to stay as fit as possible.

The thing about strength is that it’s infinite. You can always get stronger there is no ceiling…

as long as you’re taking good care of your body! So my goal is to gain more strength.

What/Who has been your biggest fitness inspiration? 
My biggest mentor is Charles Poliquin. He is a fellow Quebecer. He is a strength coach. The way he taught me how to train people on more of a scientific basis, how to keep track of people’s progress, how to manipulate people’s programs, all of that was inspiring. Not just winging it. A lot of trainers, unfortunately, make their programs on the fly. Everything I do for my clients is very methodical. Also, I would say Monica Brant was a huge inspiration back in the day when she competed.

What kind of clients do you take on at Kilo Strength Society? 
We take on anyone! We have a variety of clients. Right now we have a 22 year old woman who had never trained before in her life. We also have an ex-NFL player who trains here. He loves the structure and the coaching.

What makes you unique as a trainer? Whats you’re training specialty? 
The coaching. Beyond just the reading. You can read all the coaching books you want… but, if you’re not in the gym perfecting the art of coaching your clients won’t progress. I put in a lot of hours in the gym over the last 20 years. Also my gymnastics background, precision of movement. All of that is definitely my strength.

What does a savage body mean to you?
Having a savage body to me is having strength.

I think strength is the new sexy.

It’s very empowering, especially for women. A lot of women tell me they want to get strong when they come to see me. Opposed to 10 years ago. They want to be able to do the big lifts! Teaching them correctly, they get the confidence to  able to do it. I think if you train for strength and you train properly the body follows. You have to eat well too though. It takes the focus away from just looking at the visual aspect of what your training is doing and it becomes more internal. It can drive you forever.

Where you can find Alex teaching

Huntington Beach, CA

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