PETRO MARTYNYUK - FLEX5 FOUNDER, ACSM PERSONAL TRAINER & AADP HOLISTIC HEALTH COACH
Petro Martynyuk moved to the United States from Ukraine at the age of 16, barely able to speak English, but with a big dream to become successful. He was told he could not graduate from high school, get into a good university or get a well-paying job. However, he knew he could achieve more than others believed was possible. Through strong drive and determination, Petro attained these goals and went on to have a very successful career in finance, working for top firms in New York and London and now Charlotte. He leans on the lessons learned from his own life to instill internal strength in his personal training and health-coaching clients, so that through exercise and proper nutrition they are able to achieve their personal goals. By launching PetroFitness in 2012 followed by Flex5 Premium Fitness and Wellness Center opening in 2015 Petro is determined to reshape the fitness and wellness landscape of Charlotte area and beyond.
CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINER AND HEALTH COACH
Petro Martynyuk has earned the highly regarded ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) Personal Training Certification and TRX Suspension Training Group Instructor Certification. He is also a certified holistic health coach through the AADP (American Association of Drugless Practitioners). As part of his training through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition‘s cutting-edge Health Coach Training Program, Petro studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts.
- Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
- Dr. Deepak Chopra, leader in the field of mind-body medicine
- Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center
- Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University
- Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating
PETRO’S HEALTH AND FITNESS PHILOSOPHY
Petro is a strong advocate of a Holistic Approach to Personal Training and Nutrition. He believes in gradually achieving results by making small changes to our lifestyles, rather than expecting overnight results from fad diets and workout gimmicks. Only by making the right Fundamental Lifestyle Changes can you produce Real and Lasting Results. It is then that you will become Healthier, Happier and Fitter.
PETRO IN THE MEDIA
"I have been with my husband Jason for 4 years. He as always been what you call a couch potato. About a month and a half ago he met Petro. I have NEVER seen him so motivated to work out. He has made a complete transformation in his eating habits, his energy level, and his overall mindset to get healthy. Petro is such a motivation for him, this man is amazing how he can push someone to do their very best and go beyond limits they never knew existed within themselves. He truly has a gift. My husband sends him pictures of what he's eating, and connects with Petro on progress daily. I'm so proud of him for his lifestyle change. And thank you to Petro for making Jason a better and healthier person.~ Angela Mobley, Charlotte, NC
I have to say that my wife's words about Petro are 100% true! He has a dedication to help people, and teach them how to live a healthy lifestyle! This is my 6th week training with him, and I'm down 14lbs!! Im seeing the positive changes in my body, and it's really a motivator. I know that my wife is tired of seeing me flexing, playing around when I'm walking around the house. "I'm sorry Angela, it will only get worse"!
I was one of those people that had a million excuses, of why I couldn't workout: I don't have time, this hurts, that hurts, " blah blah blah"..
We don't make excuses for not having the time to pick our kids up from school, or going to work everyday, etc... We also make time for the things that we really enjoy! We only get one body! Stop making excuses, and make time for your healthy lifestyle!! ~ Jason Mobley, Charlotte, NC
Love this place and the Flex5 Team! joined the "Say I Do" series, or boot camp as it's called, in April 2016. I needed motivation to get in shape in a focused way. As I came to know Petro and the Flex5 Team, I was hooked. Each one of the fitness coaches are different but knowledgable, flexible, friendly and know how to push you without being obnoxious, like alot of 'trainers'. They allow you to alter any exercise to your level of fitness or comfort. There's no yelling and screaming to push yourself or do more sit ups. LOL. The space they have is newly renovated, stylish, practical and well equipped. The main advantages of this Flex5 is (1) flexibility (you can chose whatever classes or individual training sessions you want, (2) purchase one class, several or unlimited, combine classes and individual training, etc, (3) workout in a convenient uptown location, (4) take classes early am or after the typical work day. The coaches are accepting of everyone and make all feel comfortable no matter age, race, orientation, fitness level, etc. I have become a member of Flex5 and will continue my workouts beyond the series I am about to complete. ~ Jay Biles, Charlotte, NC
I joined Petro’s ‘Say I Do’ class this spring after seeing how much my partner was enjoying it. Admittedly, I’ve never been much of a super early morning person, so at first I was a little anxious that I would ever make it to the gym in time for the 6 am class. But with a little advance planning the night before, I’ve shown up for every single one so far! And I actually look forward to the workouts. My goals are to get more toned but mostly to fit in a healthy high quality workout into my crazy schedule – and to make up for all of the time I spend in an office environment.
The class I took is 45 minutes long but sometimes it feels more like 10 minutes because you are moving around so much. Yes, they are intense…and fast paced, with very quick breaks between circuits. Petro keeps a close eye on everyone during the class and moves quickly from one participant to the next – correcting form (I seem to get corrected a lot ) – or suggesting a modification depending on the individual. It’s like having a personal trainer at a fraction of the price. At the end of the class, I have this Huge sense of accomplishment that I’ve kicked off my morning with an extraordinary workout and I’m ready to take on the day. On Saturdays, we do yoga with the fabulous Victoria – a nice change of pace from the weekday circuit training - but it is serious yoga – you will sweat!
Overall, I’m so glad I met Petro and the Flex5 team. I’ve really gotten a lot out of this experience so far and looking forward to more! ~ Dan Swift, Charlotte, NC
I began my journey with Petro in January 2014, 4 months before my wedding. My goal was to lose 15 lbs to get ready. I had always been good about working out in the mornings when I was younger. I would go to the gym on my own every weekday. But as responsibilities with work got in the way, I found it more and more difficult to commit myself to getting to the gym on my own.
I had been watching friends post on Facebook about the boot camp classes they were taking with Petro, and the results they were getting. I had never done a boot camp, so I was a little nervous about signing up, not to mention the guys in the class were at least 10 years younger than I was - so there was that pressure.
I finally just bit the bullet and signed up. I'll be honest, the first few sessions were rough. But I made the commitment to tough it out - and I had the incentive of looking good for the wedding. 2 weeks in and I was looking forward to waking up early and getting to class, not to mention the peer pressure I knew I'd get, even if imagined, if I missed a class. By the end of the first 10 week course. I had dropped 20 lbs and I was feeling great. I decided to go for a second round. By the time my wedding came, I had dropped from 176 lbs to 155 lbs.
When Petro opened up Flex5, I signed up as soon as the class schedule was available. The structure of the class is perfect for me. I am up early, I get my workout in and I feel great the rest of the day. If you're looking for the structure of a group circuit workout, I highly recommend these classes. While some of the individual exercises will be repeated from time to time, each overall workout is different. When you add in Victoria's Yoga sessions, you've got a great value workout package. ~ Scott Bishop, Charlotte, NC
Flex5 provides such an uplifting and butt-kicking experience all rolled into one. I can't say enough positive things about Petro and his staff. The classes are challenging, engaging, and rewarding! If you're looking for an experience to help put you back on track, sign up for Victoria's yoga or Petro's bootcamp. ~ Brandon Stanley, Charlotte, NC
Love Flex5 and their wonderful team of instructors. Just started my second Say I Do class series with Petro and it rocks! Great workout completed in an efficient 45 min time frame. Highly recommend this place and the high end facilities. Ps- If you have a chance try out the Yoga classes. One of the best I have tried in Charlotte. ~ Jeremy Carter, Charlotte, NC
Fantastic gym with awesome trainers that are really there to help you grow and hit your goals, Mitch's Tabata class and Petro's Beach Body class helped me realize how much I needed their help! ~ Luke Drawdy, Charlotte, NC
The boot camp classes are great! I've never been successful when I've tried to go to the gym and do things by myself. The group classes provide me the structure and motivation that I need to push myself to succeed. Petro's "Say I Do Beach Body Class" and Mitch's "Tabata" are challenging but leave you feeling great afterward. ~ Restin Drawdy, Charlotte, NC+
I've been working out with Petro for about a year and a half, making the trek down to Uptown Charlotte from the Lake Norman-area two mornings a week. But Petro makes it worth the drive! He motivates me to push beyond my own limits. I've become a stronger person, physically and otherwise, with his help. ~ Kendra Sale, Charlotte, NC
"Simply put, I've tried the rest and now I've found the BEST: Petro! I had given up on personal trainers until I met him. I'd grown frustrated by trainers who either weren't knowledgeable or weren't dependable. Petro knows what he's talking about and he's reliable & organized. His personal training sessions are informative and exhausting, which is exactly how I like them. It's clear he puts a lot of forethought into our sessions. I appreciate that. Petro targets his workout plans to his client's particular needs, so my routine is different than a routine of a client with different goals. That's important! My sessions are high-intensity, near-insanity, feel-like-I'm-about-to-pass-out workouts, but that's my choice! He takes a different approach with others. Petro pushes you without being overly aggressive, and he doesn't take himself, or fitness, too seriously. I started with his bootcamps and now I do personal-training sessions, and I'd highly recommend both if you're interested in pushing your limits and getting in the best shape of your life!" - Ben Thompson, 35, Charlotte, NC
"Personal training with Petro is about as good as it gets. Every time I work out with him I leave completely exhausted but also invigorated to take on my day. Personal training is truly personal -- he listens to my requests and also pays attention to my abilities/weaknesses to tailor the best workout for me. Highly recommend." - Glen Powell, 36, Charlotte
"6+ out 5 stars!!! Many superlatives come to mind when I reflect on my training experience with Petro. Frankly, there is no equal.
I began my journey towards overall self improvement a little less than 2 yrs ago. After being diagnosed and beating multiple cancers, battling depression, fatigue and a myriad of chaotic life altering events, I was determined to get back up and live life with a wholly positive attitude and a new perspective. I would be changing the way I think and along the way, the way I feel and look too.
I stumbled a bit the first year. A few trainers I sought out were not very motivating, and one never showed to our first session. Undeterred, I widened my net and found a gem of a website: flex5clt.com. I found his site to be professional and informative as well as inviting and inspiring. As soon as possible I set up an appointment to discuss my background, goals and expectations, and I instantly knew I had made the right decision.
I started training with Petro sporadically due to my erratic schedule, and still managed results that exceeded my expectations. My customized routine demonstrated that he had listened and was aware of my initial limitations. Exercises ran the gamut from cardio and plyometrics to trx and weights. He also had me keep a food diary to pinpoint weaknesses in my diet and spur on results. I have thoroughly enjoyed my training and always leave smiling, although I'll admit to cursing him out on occasion. I've lost 50lbs since my journey began, and I don't get fatigued by the daily grind anymore. Petro always reminds me that I did all the hard work. I continue training with Petro and thanks to him, I have even taken a liking to yoga. My next goal is to amp it up and get Petro-fied!!!" - Alex Wiscovitch, 41, Charlotte, NC
"Stop looking, you've found your trainer. I met Petro in late August when I signed up for his PowerX class at my gym. The class was incredibly difficult, but do-able with his encouragement, demonstrations, and if needed, modifications. But, to be completely honest, I hated him for a few minutes after class while I determined if I would be able to walk to my car. After I realized I could walk, I was hooked on that class and kept coming back. I've been working with Petro 1 on 1 for about 2 months now and have lost over 15 pounds. Petro's recommendations have slowly taken over my diet and I eat REAL food now. I'm not exactly sure how he got me to cook, but he did. He listens to me and makes realistic recommendations that work for my life. Petro answers my questions, encourages me, pushes me to work hard everyday, puts up with my *occasional* whining, and continues to challenge me at each and every workout. He certainly doesn't take it easy on me and I appreciate that. I fit into jeans I haven't worn in years. Co-workers stop me in the hallway to comment on how happy I look. I'm able to run now and truly enjoy it. My life has completely changed and I feel great! I've signed up for Petro's next Boot Camp and will also continue to work with him 1 on 1. If you're smart, you'll do the same thing..." - Melisa Palmer, 36, Charlotte
Before working out with a personal trainer, I thought my workouts were pretty hard. I honestly didn't realize I wasn't really pushing myself until I started working out with Petro. Petro does a fantastic job of challenging you to maximize your potential. He is very patient and plans workouts around your individual fitness goals. He also makes recommendations to improve your diet which is just as important as the physical activity. Top notch in my book! - Chad Barringer, 39, Charlotte
"Petro is absolutely fantastic! He is extremely knowledgable & an all around amazing person. He is very attentive, helping you channel a healthy lifestyle in your workouts, nutrition & day to day activities. If you are trying to improve not just your health, but also your happiness, Petro can do this for you. He genuinely cares about how you're doing and wants you to get healthy, not just lose weight. A remarkable individual that I highly recommend!" - Madison Ibarguen, 25, Charlotte
"Over the past two and a half years, I have been removing toxic relationships and things out of my life that were unhealthy. The toxins were so bad that I was completely lost and had no idea. A few months ago, I met Petro. Under his guidance and direction, I have began the journey of life changing proportions. I'm having a total reshaping of the physical, mental and spiritual with his help at the age of 42 and am celebrating the successes daily. I am the strongest I've ever been with his personal training, bootcamps and nutritional awareness. And I give credit to Petro! Add in the recent, 10-Week "Say I DO" Transformation Series and he offers the triple treat. He will beat me for posting this but I believe that when there is something great out there making positive changes, you must share it!" - Dan Mauney, 42, Charlotte
"Confidence builder - It only took me about 5 mins after meeting Petro Martyuyuk that I knew he would be a good match to be my personal trainer. He has a unique way of engaging people by being very personable, making sure he gets to know you and your goals but also very engaged, you are there to work out so there is no wasted time. I have learned so much from his guidance during my workouts. Proper form is a must and he is excellent in show you how to execute the activities right way. By the end of my workouts with him, I know I have been challenged but am excited about what I had accomplished. He has helped me with an important goal I had which was to gain more confidence in knowing how to continue down my fitness journey even when I don't have him by my side. My experience with Petro has been so positive that my husband (56yo) is now enjoying personal session with him as well!" - Maryann Decastro, 53, Charlotte
"I've recently completed my first package of sessions with Petro as my personal trainer. My workouts are challenging and rewarding. Petro has created a total body workout for me while taking into consideration some limitations I have due to injury. He gives encouragement and dedication to each workout. I appreciate the suggestions he gives me for diet and overall fitness. I like the renewed energy and confidence that I've attained since working out with Petro ! I'm looking forward to my next package of sessions!" - Ralph Grier, 58, Charlotte
"Mind, Matter and the Power to Transform. Petro makes no bones about being a hard-nosed fitness-instructor with a very hard work ethic and an engaging, endearing and even indulging personality.What makes his fitness sessions, boot camps and even exotic Caribbean fitness retreats amazing is his ability to entice you to dive mind, body and spirit behind living and being healthy.
I consider myself a fit person for 44 years old but Petro has indulged in my efforts to feel the best I can and make deliberate health choices be it food, workout or relaxation. Over time you feel like Petro is a friend who cares, not an instructor who teaches. There is no better motivation!" - Manoj Govindan, 44, Charlotte
"Petro has changed my outlook on fitness. He not only has taught me the importance of fitness, but also how to achieve and lead a healthy, fit lifestyle. His boot camps and one on one personal training have been things I look most forward to in my week. He worked closely with me towards achieving my goals every time I worked out with him. and always kept me accountable. Petro’s Fast & Furious boot camps are like no other workout! They are full of high intensity fitness activities that get your heart beating and blast the fat. One thing that has truly helped me create a healthy life style, was his healthy diet coaching. He helped me create a nutritious diet to accompany my fitness training. I have had an extremely positive experience working with Petro Martynyuk Fitness + Wellness and cannot wait to continue!" - Spencer Green, 19, Charlotte
"Over the years I have considered myself mostly a runner. I have run 6 marathons and averaged 40 miles per week. After running the Boston Marathon I decided I wanted to take a little break from running and was looking for a way to stay in shape. I met Petro and after hearing about his training philosophy I started working with him 1:1. Petro is different than any trainer I've had as he takes my fitness and goals very personally. He makes sure that I am not only focusing on the physical fitness but also my eating by reviewing my food journal and helps with other areas of personal development in my daily life. In addition to the personal training I have begun to join his various boot-camps which provide a high energy and fast paced group exercise session which provides additional variety, motivation, and camaraderie with other like minded folks. I never really understood what a "life coach" or "health coach" was but now I do and that is what Petro is for me!" - Josh Lemke, 31, Charlotte
"One word could easily sum up this review, "WOW!" I am continually impressed by Petro Martynyuk and his fitness/wellness programming. He is the consummate professional with the expertise and knowledge that is proven to show results....I am living proof! Petro's personal training programming has taught me how to become accountable to lead a healthy life-style from a holistic approach. He is much more than a trainer, assisting to improve all aspects of my lifestyle choices (i.e. stress, work, relationships, etc.). Beyond the gym, Petro seeks to educate and motivate individuals about making healthy choices when eating (and understanding the "why" behind the choice). Since working with Petro, I have seen a significantly positive change associated with my overall well-being to perform at work and life at my highest levels of efficiency. Of course, I am also seeing a physical change to achieve an incredibly toned and beautiful body!" - Drew Trapp, 30, Charlotte
"Petro's boot camp and personal fitness training sessions are unbelievable. He allows exercises to be done in varying levels of ability when you are in a group session, and he is constantly engaged during the entire class/session. Petro emphasizes form regarding each exercise, he first demonstrates the exercise and kindly critiques (if needed) while you are performing the exercise. Don't let this have you thinking that the workout will not be high intensity or tough enough - Petro will work it out of you. You'll never leave one of Petro's sessions without feeling like you have achieved optimal exercise. By far, the best workout I've ever had! I look forward to many more workouts with Petro and the knowledge I will gain by doing so" - Tyler Helms, 26, Charlotte
"I had the pleasure of training with Petro in London. I was thinking it was just going to be a classic session of pushing weights but I was quickly shown otherwise. Petro did a great job of integrating functional movements into our training sessions - movements that a human would do naturally - which I really appreciated, given my previous experience with CrossFit, boot camp training, etc. He also pushed me to achieve physical results that I honestly thought I was not capable of. At the same time, however, he also coached me on diet, managing stress and drafting a fitness program specific to my goals. If you're looking for someone who goes beyond the classic personal trainer job description to help you fulfill your fitness goals, Petro is the guy for you. He is a real life example of the mind and body that can be achieved when one dedicates himself. Thanks for everything, Petro!" - Tommy Costas, 31, London, UK
"I have done personal training a few times before but nothing like the one with Petro when he last visited London. He demonstrates a switch between high and low intensity always bearing the proper alignment in mind throughout the work out, keeping the energy always in high levels. Just like having your own personal boot camp. He introduces each time a combination of different exercises that suits your needs and goals and i was so pleased that he could take my back and knee injuries in consideration and work around them putting my health and well-being above all without missing out on a high energy workout nevertheless. I really wish he was visiting London more often." - Irodotos Savvas, 36, London, UK