Director of Strength Training
areas of expertise
-Mobility & Flexibility
Gustavo’s weightlifting career started at age 15 when he began training with a family friend who worked as a personal trainer. Like anything Gustavo does he dove head-first into exercise and learned as much as he possibly could. Every article, study, YouTube video he could find was consumed. He started FSU’s Exercise Physiology program in 2015 and joined the FSU Leach Gym in Spring 2015. Gustavo quickly rose to the top position at the Leach Center, Student Director, and was in charge of training new personal trainers.
Gustavo is first and foremost a movement specialist. He is a great strength coach, but what really makes him tick is identifying faulty movement patterns and coming up with fixes for old injuries. Gustavo’s method to training is to first assess a client and then address their unique issues. All of us have some sort of imbalances: a left arm that’s weaker than the right, a leg bigger than the other, or poor posture from sitting at a computer too long. He is the master of spotting pain points, asymmetries, and poor movement patterns. His training programs address every angle to get your body back to moving the way it should with better posture & less pain while building muscle mass.
Gustavo joined the team in early 2016 after completing the SST Internship Program. Gustavo is responsible for the hiring & training of all new strength trainers. He takes the ideas from Keith’s head and makes them a reality. He is a native of Peru, moved to the USA at four years old, and earned his citizenship at fourteen. Gustavo holds a B.S. in Exercise Physiology and is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree.
-NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
-NSCA Certified Personal Trainer
-USAW Sports Performance Coach
-Functional Movement Systems Level 1
"Training with Gustavo has been a great experience. He is a good teacher and communicator and very knowledgeable. He makes workouts challenging, but also fun. Gustavo is very attentive to improving your form, and as a result, I’ve quickly made lifting gains I never thought were possible. Previously, I had very little confidence in my squats and deadlifts, but with Gustavo’s help, my form is significantly better and now I can lift twice as much as I could before. I highly recommend training with Gustavo!"
"My personal trainer Gustavo has shown and taught me the proper way of lifting, which avoids the pains that would usually discourage me from pursuing my goals of weight gain. Since beginning my work with Gustavo, I have much less pain, especially in my back and shoulders. I feel great and for once becoming happier in my everyday appearance. Not only have I taken on the pursuit for a better life, but I have also gained a great friend who cares about me and my health. If you want to accomplish your goals for a better lifestyle, then I would highly recommend Seriously Strong Training for this adventure. No need to look anywhere else, just strap on those shoes and get serious with your workout."
Owner of All Four Seasons Lawncare
"Gustavo is my guy because of his expertise in posture correction--which I needed from years at the computer. My initial goals were to build strength, muscle, and lose some fat--my posture was standing in the way. In my first workouts Gustavo gave me stretches, at home exercises, and a mobility routine to get my posture back to normal. At the same time we jumped right into strength training and I've changed the way my clothes fit and the way I feel. I've put muscle on in all of the right places and lost fat on my stomach. My personal training is coming to an end but I've got the skills to continue on my own. Thanks Gustavo!"
"Do Believe The Hype. Gustavo is my primary personal trainer, but I interact with the entire staff on some level each session and I would be happy to work with any of them. I’m a lot stronger than when I came in, and I’m moving away from being “the skinny guy” as I have put on 10lbs of mass in the last 3 months. I train here 3x a week, and Gustavo has written at home workouts to make sure my gains are maximized. I’m a little worried some of my tattoos are going to get stretched out, but I guess that just comes with the territory."
"I started coming to Seriously Strong Training in December of last year 4 days a week at 5:30am. By February I was coming 5 mornings a week. This Fall I’ve decided to get up even earlier to train for 90 minutes instead of 60 because I love it here. My workouts are intense, my trainer Gustavo is knowledgeable, and takes the time to teach me the correct technique and form for each exercise. The SST team has given my lifestyle a complete overhaul: my nutrition, my lifting, and my strength are all much better than when I came in. I even take the trainers out to dinner sometimes because they have become friends."