Ari Weller, owner of PhilosoFit in East Hampton, NY, is one of Long Island’s most highly sought-after private fitness trainers. Having started as a personal trainer in 1996 at Equinox in New York City, Ari’s approach to fitness has evolved into one that embraces the total functional movement—including techniques that focus on greater mobility, deep internal stability and more authentic proprioception.
Weller and PhilosoFit work with a variety of clients, from elite athletes to mature adults who are dealing with aging or injuries—many of whom are weary of traditional training techniques, and need something more suited to their needs. That’s why Weller proudly offers clients such varied practices as Power Pilates, the EM Technique, the Gyrotonic method, martial arts, meditation, and Qigong. In addition, Weller is a certified Level III trainer in the Ki-Hara Method of Resistance Stretching, a Functional Movement Screen-FMS trainer and a certified Neurokinetic Therapist.
Weller makes certain that the equipment in PhilosoFit’s studio benefits all of his varied clientele. “As a profession, we have a better understanding now than ever before of people’s bodies, and as a studio we’re able to use equipment that’s more functional,” explains Weller. “For instance, we have the Versaclimber that’s set up in a cross/crawl pattern, which we purchased from Gym Source. That cross/crawl pattern mimics the crawling pattern of a baby—which is a great way to strengthen the intrinsic core muscles of the body.”
Weller’s studio also utilizes a Concept 2 Rower machine “because rowing is one of those full-body functional activities,” explains Weller. “It engages core, legs, arms—everything in a short period of time. And we use big ropes and kettlebells, since those are designed for short bursts of cardiovascular activity, followed by periods of recovery.”
For strength equipment, Weller prefers Powerblock because of its space efficiency. “We’re just under 1,000 square feet here, and we often have five trainers working at once,” Weller says. “Powerblock is an excellent way to maximize space, especially for a studio or home gym.”
Weller himself has been featured in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Self Magazine, W Magazine, Fitness, Men’s Journal, Details and Harper’s Bazaar.