Chris Sierra admits to being kind of a “Lone Ranger.” In other words, he has had a history of doing his own thing over the years. So, after working as a personal trainer for some of the big health club chains for a few years, it just made sense to open his own personal training studio – Sierra Strength Gym.
“I’ve always had a problem working for someone else,” says Chris. “I love working for myself, right from my home, showing clients how to exercise correctly and eat properly.”
Sierra Strength is not big compared to mega clubs in the area like 24-Hour Fitness, Gold’s Gym, City Sports Club, or even The Right Stuff Health Club, but it gets the job done. Located in his home at 3949 Caxton Ct. in San Jose, the studio is a respectable and more intimate 1500 square feet including a Weight Room of 400 square feet, a Conditioning/MMA/Dynamic Room of 228 square feet, and a pending Strongman Area (tractor tires, etc.) of 816 square feet.
A graduate of Prospect High School in Saratoga, CA, Chris is a state powerlifting champion and NANBF natural bodybuilder with a Personal Training Certification from both the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and a Personal Fitness Trainer certification from the National Exercise & Sports Training Association (NESTA). He also owns a successful personal training business – Team Metamorphosis – a collaboration of like-minded fitness enthusiasts on a mission to improve the lives of as many people as possible through proper fitness training and nutrition.
It’s been a long journey for Chris from the 14-year-old youngster who started lifting weights at the old Southwest YMCA on Quito Road in Saratoga more than a decade ago to the successful business owner and fitness professional that he is today. “I remember working my legs under the leg press and benching 95 lbs like it was the weight of the world,” laughs Chris.
His goal for the future? “I’d like to own my own warehouse gym someday,” says Chris. “I will keep the same name. I just want to keep doing what I am doing but on a larger scale. I want to help more people.” One step at time.
For more information about Sierra Strength Gym, call (408) 387-3900.