Below is just a handful of the testimonials that I’ve received from my private personal training clients over the years.
You probably say to yourself why do I need to spend money on a PT when I can do it on my own. Let me tell you have not worked out until you worked out with Patrick Ocheni. Training with Patrick has been a great experience and it has been worth every single penny. Every session there are always new routines that challenge you.
So far, I have lost over 30 lbs of excess body fat, dropped from a size 12 to a size 4, my tummy is so much flatter, my legs are skinny, my arms are nicely toned, and my butt is definitely smaller! Yes, I am definitely excited about my new look. 🙂
I like working with Patrick because he cares about you as an individual and wants you to succeed in your goal(s) inside and outside the gym. When I first started working with Patrick seven months ago, I did not know anything about lifting weights or the importance of lifting weights. I thought I was doing great by running on the treadmill and taking group classes.
Once I started training with Patrick he introduced me to the weight room (which I would never in a million years thought I would enter) and there is where my journey started. Patrick introduced me to the different kinds of machine there were at the gym and what each machine focused on when it came to exercising. Before starting a routine, he would run through it and then have me go through a practice run through.
Every session is a surprise. I never know what to expect and Patrick usually has a new exercise to introduce me to that keeps challenging me. Patrick keeps you moving throughout the whole entire hour session and he never lets you give up.
There have been times where I wanted to stop a certain exercise because I was either tired or I would tell myself to was to challenging and I cannot do it. If I were doing the exercise by myself, I would probably stop and never come back to it. With Patrick though it‘s completely different he encourages you throughout the exercise and psychologically helps you in the journey of changing your mental state of Can’t Do it to YES I CAN DO IT!. It‘s has been an awesome experience.
I use to be so negative about doing pull ups I would be in the negatives but Patrick would encourage me to get on the pull up bar to try to do at least one. After a couple of sessions I started to do a couple of pull ups which to me was an great accomplishment and now I am doing 3-4 sets 8-10 of pull ups consistently.
In the last seven months my body has completely change. I lost weight and my clothes are baggy on me. I started shopping for smaller sizes and my confidence level has gone up. The days that I do not have a session with Patrick, I have noticed challenging myself with my own exercise routine. For example running on intervals on an incline or doing sets of pushups on my own. I feel awesome!
I am so grateful to have met Patrick. Patrick helps you in your journey of fitness goals he is knowledgeable about the fitness / nutrition world and never stops challenging you at the gym. It has been an awesome experience training with Patrick.
Tatiana S (Rockville, MD)
I have been working out with Patrick since June, and I was “shocked” from day one/our very first session by the intensity of his workout routines and how he “pushed my body” like I’d never experienced before.
You have to understand, I was always very athletic growing up and working out was a lifestyle for me. At the gym, I was that person, like most women, who took practically all the group exercise classes offered at the gym thinking that was going to be my single-and-only “path to success” in terms of achieving my dream body or fitting into my favorite “skinny jeans” again.
For example, I would take a “Body Pump” class on Monday, “Body Combat” on Tuesday, “Body Pump” on Thursday, “Cycle” on Friday and whatever else I decided to throw in that week. However, despite all my efforts, my body was starting to plateau and I was gaining weight and I didn’t know why, especially given how much time I was devoting at the gym.
I had always wanted to work out with a personal trainer, so I decided enough was enough and I began working out with Patrick in June.
Again, I thought I was “in shape” walking into my first session with Patrick and boy was I wrong. I could barely walk for the next three days afterwards. I was honestly embarrassed during that first workout.
I also made the mistake of not bringing a towel and bottle of water to our first training session together; I don’t make that mistake anymore. Initially, I even had the full intention of jumping into a Body Combat class after my first work out with Patrick, but needless to say that didn’t happen. Lesson learned: When you work out with Patrick, there is no need to work out afterwards because he takes you and your body to the “next level.”
What I quickly learned after I started training with Patrick was that, yes, I was working out almost every day, but I was not working out at the right intensity level and I simply wasn’t pushing my body to its “fullest potential”, which is why I was starting to gain weight and my favorite jeans were starting to feel tight around my waist.
I have had countless takeaways from working out with Patrick, but one of the first was that in order to see results you need to push your body to higher levels, levels that you normally would not. I can hear Patrick saying now, “You can always go faster”, “This is the Vision”, “You can always do more.”
It is amazing to see how my jumps squats and “grasshoppers” have dramatically improved in comparison to day one. I am absolutely stunned at the exercises and movements my body can do now and the improvements I have made since June. Not only do I look better, I feel stronger which is quite empowering.
For example, I was able to run the “Army 10 Miler” after training with Patrick for only three months without running on my own in order to specifically train for the race itself. I can count on both hands–with fingers left over–the number of times I ran as part of my training for that race. It is pretty incredible that I ran 10 miles without running as part of my training!
Now in December I can wear jeans that I wore 5 years ago when I was in college and I have my “cut” back on my hip bone. I have lost one pant size so far and now that size pant is almost too big. What a great excuse to go shopping! 🙂
One of my favorite things about working out with Patrick is that it’s more than just a physical work out. Pushing your body to limits you normally would not go to is as much mental as it is physical. Patrick encourages, motivates and empowers me during my work out with his words.
Whenever we take a “break” during out workouts, he finds a way to instill cheerful and inspiring lessons and quotes in me. I always look forward to receiving my text from Patrick with a “quote of the day”. I have even carried some of my lessons learned while training with Patrick into the workplace.
Patrick has encouraged me to set goals and dates of when I want to achieve my goals. I now do this with both my workouts and my job. Another takeaway from Patrick is to not relent. Once achieving a goal, Patrick reminded me to not become comfortable with that, but to continue for more and to set another goal.
My experience working out with Patrick has been amazing and much more than I thought it would be back in the beginning. I am now stronger physically, mentally and emotionally from working out with Patrick.
I am on my way to having my high school and college body back, but I am also a stronger person inside now too. I have gained not only a personal trainer, but someone who motivates and inspires me and a friend.
Thank you for everything, Patrick.
Kathleen B (Rockville, MD)
Hi, my name is Pippa and ever since I started training with Patrick, I have lost 37.2 lbs and went from a size 16 to a size 10 which is pretty awesome! If you’re looking for a personal trainer, I would definitely recommend Patrick…He’s so motivating, I want to come to the gym and workout with him. He really really cares about his clients, and he will “kick your butt.” So, come in and start working out with Patrick!
Pippa M (Rockville, MD)
I have been working out with Patrick for the past 6 months and so far I have lost 25 pounds and have built muscles that I didn’t know I had. I went from being a completely sedentary person to becoming an active person. I have so much more energy and feel so agile now and it is all because of Patrick! I still have a lot to accomplish, but I have learned so much about my health, my fitness and the importance of setting goals to achieve what you want.
Patrick has something that very few other trainers out there have: vision. He has the ability to see results before they actually happen and he encourages you to see them for yourself as well, through discipline, focus and motivation. He is completely committed and dedicated to his clients and gives them confidence to challenge themselves even more.
Patrick does not rest and does not feel fulfilled until he sees the sweat drops. His workouts are always well planned, and grueling, but he makes every minute count and targets every single muscle in your body. Six months ago I would have never thought I would be doing the exercises I am able to do now.
I wanted to change my lifestyle and I did and he was the right person to guide me through it. Thanks to him, now I always remember that it is not how you start, but how you finish.
-Daniela R(Rockville, MD)
Let me start by saying the first time I trained with Patrick (thinking I was in the BEST SHAPE EVER) I thought I was going to “die.” He is cruel (in the nicest way ever as he won’t let you give up on yourself), he pushes you to a LEVEL BEYOND what you think you can do, BUT… PATRICK OCHENI IS SOOOOOOO MUCH FUN!! He’s not only the BEST personal trainer out there [Rockville, MD] but he is a good “therapist” as well.
I would definitely recommend Patrick one million/trillion percent to any woman that lives in the Rockville, MD area seriously interested in losing weight, getting a flat stomach, or taking her fitness to a whole new level !! I wish I could have my family/friends just take one private lesson with Patrick and they will become addicted (as I have become). He (in my world) is the PRESIDENT OF FITNESS!!
Patrick creates his own unique, fat-burning workout routines and always tries to make them more ‘INTERESTING’. What does ‘INTERESTING’ mean in Patrick’s language? It means “more challenging” than ever. He gives you many “‘BREAKS’” which consist of jumping jacks, jump squats, mountain climbers, planks, etc… NEED I SAY MORE? This, to Patrick is a ‘BREAK’. YIKES!!
I must say that I’ve been training with Patrick for about 10 months now at least 3 times a week. Before I trained with him I did a Triathlon, was always into gymnastics, was training to become a Body Step instructor, was at the gym at least 5-6 days a week (sometimes 2 hours a day) and thought I was in the best shape ever. I even did the Les Mills 8 hour marathon in Baltimore. The first few weeks training with Patrick I literally thought I would have to go to the hospital, because his workouts are that tough and my body was not used to that level of intensity!! He pushed me to “THAT LEVEL” BEYOND my belief. That is the pure honest truth.
Once again, Patrick is tougher than ever but his personality is beyond FRIENDLY and LOVING!! He is so much fun and really CARES ABOUT HIS CLIENTS!! Again, he’s not only President OF ALL TRAINERS but the best therapist out there.
Thanks to Patrick, I have a much flatter stomach and abs of steel!
I was the boot camp queen and always thought I would “die” after the classes, but nothing compares to how Patrick trains. The intensity of his workouts are 10x harder, which is why I have seen many positive changes in my body!!!
I am stronger than ever and I’m amazed by what what I have achieved since I started training with Patrick. For example, my “‘BREAKS’” are now 2 minutes and not 30 seconds (remember Patrick “BREAKS” mean pushups, jumping jacks, planks, mountain climbers, etc…).. UGHHHHHH!!
Patrick is not only my personal trainer but I consider him to be a dear friend and probably the ‘BEST THING THAT HAS EVER HAPPENED TO ME IN MY LIFE’. He is a GODSEND!! I wouldn’t know what to do without him in my life. Lastly, I highly recommend everyone to “try” Patrick out (like trying on those awesome True Religion jeans) and you will (I guarantee) become addicted!!! I TRULY LOVE PATRICK OCHENI!! CHEERS!!!
Lori K (Rockville, MD)
I have been training with Patrick for about 4 months. When I first started working out with Patrick I was in the middle of training to run in my first marathon. I had also just ran a half marathon, so I thought I was in pretty good shape.
So, on the first training session with Patrick I made the mistake of telling him not to take it easy on me just because it was my first session. That was a HUGE mistake!
He designed a workout routine that had me moving continuously for the entire session. All I can say is after 15 minutes I was about to “die” and, by the end of the session, I didn’t think I was going to be able to walk to my car.
I even reconsidered returning for the rest of my sessions, because I thought these sessions and Patrick’s workout routines were going to be way above my workout level. I have played sports and danced my entire life, but I had never worked out so intensely in my life!
I ended up scheduling a second session, and have been working out with Patrick ever since. His workout sessions are truly a challenge, and still to this day I am asking for breaks during the workouts (even though his “breaks” consist of jump roping or jumping jacks).
Every time I walk into the gym to train with Patrick, I am wondering what I am getting myself into. His workouts are different every session and really put my body to the test. I am exhausted and sore after every session, but leave feeling great about myself.
I started with Patrick with the goal of becoming stronger and more toned, and have seen great results. My arms and legs are more toned then ever, and my stomach is flat and firm. Not only has my body improved, Patrick has also helped me to feel a sense of achievement with my workouts and feel overall better about myself.
Patrick takes your goals into consideration and creates a workout plan specific for you. He has new ideas on how to improve your body, and teaches you along the way. Before working out with Patrick I typically went to the gym and used the cardio machines, did a few abdominal workouts, and maybe a group class here and there. After starting to work out with Patrick, I have learned all kinds of exercises that I can work into my routine when I am on my own, and make my workouts more effective.
I would definitely recommend working out with Patrick, if you’re truly serious about achieving your personal fitness goal(s) and seeing results! His workouts are always a challenge, but he is extremely motivating! He has a way of helping you to accomplish an exercise that you think is impossible.
I would have never thought that I would be able to do some of the exercises that we do during our sessions. He is knowledgeable and passionate about exercise and helping his clients! I recommend Patrick to everyone!
Sarah K (Rockville, MD)
I started training with Patrick because I was not confident in using the machines, equipment, and classes at the gym to reach my personal fitness goals. When I started training with Patrick we talked about my fitness goals, and it was clear that Patrick planned and organized training sessions and recommended nutritional suggestions based on my personal goals. I found Patrick’s training style to be the perfect combination of encouragement and ability to push me past my physical and mental limits.
During my time training with Patrick I learned how to use the machines and equipment in the gym using the proper technique and form to get a more effective workout. Every time I met with Patrick for a training session he greeted me with a smile and was very personable, even when I see him now in the gym he stops to check in with me. Every training session with Patrick was more challenging and different than the one before, but I was always excited for the challenge that waited ahead.
Patrick has given me confidence in the gym to train with him, or by myself. I am without a doubt, in the best shape of my life after training with Patrick. The most invaluable lesson I take away from my training with Patrick is the realization that my biggest obstacle for reaching my goals before was my inability to push past my mental limits.
During my training with Patrick I received confidence to overcome these mental limitations in all aspects of my life, not just in the gym. Thank you Patrick, I truly could not have reached my fitness, and personal goals without you.
Abby L(Rockville, MD)
I trained with Patrick Ocheni three times per week for three months, and his workouts helped me lose 9 pounds. I would highly recommend Patrick as a personal trainer. There are three things that I really like about Patrick:
First, Patrick’s workouts: Patrick’s workouts are very challenging, and I couldn’t believe how much stronger I became after three months. Patrick designs individual workouts for his clients, and I found that the level of difficulty was just enough to push me outside of my comfort zone and to make me really improve. Prior to working out with Patrick, I was under the impression that, when lifting weights, I needed to rest for a minute after each set. Patrick taught me that this isn’t so. With Patrick’s help, I became able to lift weights for 60 minutes with very little rest – something that I never imagined I would be able to do.
Second, Patrick’s personality: Patrick is always in a good mood and constantly encouraged me to try my hardest during our workouts. His positive attitude kept me motivated even on days when I was tired.
Third, Patrick’s dedication to helping his clients achieve their goals: Patrick cares greatly about all of his clients and wants them to succeed. He has gone above and beyond what one would expect of a trainer by creating a Facebook page for his clients, sending out motivational quotations several times per week, posting workout videos and tips online, and hosting an informational summit about how to work out.
Patrick Ocheni is a great personal trainer, and I highly recommend him.
Natalie B(Bethesda, MD)
I love Patrick’s attitude. He is always positive and happy, and it really does rub off on me! (Anyone who can convince me to give up some sleep and workout in the morning has got to be good)
Patrick worked with both me and my daughter. He is able to tailor the training depending on the needs of the client.
Patrick pays close attention to what I am doing and makes corrections as needed. If I am getting tired or my form is failing, he will make adjustments as needed.
Routines are changed frequently, so I never knew what to expect. I was challenged every workout, never did I leave a session feeling like it was easy.
Patrick has the best personality for a trainer. He pushes you, but uses his positive attitude and can-do approach to encourage people to do more. His enthusiasm is contagious!
I am much stronger than I ever thought possible and in better shape than I was in my 30’s or 40’s.
I have lost weight, toned up, and have more endurance than ever. I am able to continue to train with the knowledge I gained from working out with Patrick.
I had been working out 3 times a week at Curves (circuit training) and thought I was in pretty reasonable shape. Boy was I wrong! Patrick started working with me and pushed me from the very first session.
At first I was annoyed at what I couldn’t do, but after just a few short weeks I was surprised at the heavier weights I could handle, the longer I could run on the treadmill, and overall the more endurance I had.
After just 2 months, I went to visit a family I hadn’t seen in a while. They were amazed at my transformation. I love fitting into clothes I haven’t been able to wear in more than 16 years.
Patrick’s approach has always been tough but encouraging. He definitely pushes you past your comfort zone, but he can also accommodate any injuries or limitations you might have.
He always pays close attention to the trainee ensuring they are performing the moves correctly so as to avoid injury. I would highly recommend Patrick to anyone considering personal training!
Trish Regan (Rockville, MD)
Hi, I am Daniela Vilela. Ever since I’ve been working out with Patrick, I am definitely stronger, my arms are definitely more toned, and I definitely see the results. If you’re looking for a personal trainer, definitely go see Patrick…He’s fun, he’s intense, and you will definitely see results–you won’t be sorry.
Daniela V (Rockville, MD)
Ever since I started working out with Patrick Ocheni in December 2010, I knew I was in for some challenging, dynamic workouts. My introductory hour-long session lasted only 12 minutes!! My body was done…but I was sold. I wanted to get my energy and stamina up so I could complete a full hour session with him. I also wanted to be more fit in my day-to-day life and be a good role model for my two little daughters. I felt like I could push my workouts harder, but I didn’t know how. I had taken classes at the gym, but I felt I needed more.
Through Patrick’s ‘benevolent dictatorship’ style, I have quickly increased my abilities, strengths and most importantly motivation. With each workout, he continues to push me and challenge me. Three months ago, I never thought I would get on a treadmill. After my second child was born, I suffered from a knee strain that kept me from running. Now I will hop on that treadmill and push myself to run – sometimes for an hour! And when I feel like I can’t finish my own workout without Patrick by my side, I still hear his key phrases that get me through.
Patrick is the best trainer I have worked with. He meets me on time at the gym prepared with a crazy workout just for me. He maximizes my hour going from exercise to exercise working multiple muscle groups. I am surprised at how much I can accomplish in just one hour. We have shared many laughs – and he has heard many of my excuses – but he continues to concentrate on the workouts. Not a minute is wasted.
Patrick shares his clients goals as part of his own. He clearly shows his enthusiasm when his clients succeed. That’s the main reason I would recommend Patrick to anyone at any fitness level. His knowledge of form and modifications for numerous exercises are impressive. I feel very lucky to have met him – he has helped change my life and make me more confident and healthy.
AnnMarie O(Bethesda, MD)
Patrick is the best personal trainer I have ever known for multiple reasons. He is very knowledgeable about fitness, pays attention to his client’s need, patient and persistent in terms of helping his clients achieve their personal fitness goals, and he never gives up on a client. In addition, he has a great attitude generally, and he is naturally a very positive person.
Patrick’s workout routines are unique and challenging in a rational way, and he tailors them to each individual client.
Thanks to Patrick, I feel a lot more in control of my life because I feel a lot stronger and I have more confidence. My body feels very good and I have noticed that I “bounce back” much faster whenever I get something like a cold.
Patrick truly is one in a million. He loves what he does as a personal trainer and he is totally dedicated to it. He is extremely respectful and in tune with his clients. Patrick is also very intelligent. These characteristics help him to treat each client as an individual. Patrick is methodical in how he helps his clients achieve result, and he keeps records of their improvements or progress. He has a scientific way about him that appeals to me and makes me trust him.
Soraya M (Rockville, MD)
There are many things I enjoy about training with Patrick, if I had to pick one it would be the challenge that he asks of my body. I am a bit competitive so his workouts are a good opportunity to tap into that part of me.
Patrick is encouraging and makes the workouts fun, even while you are struggling on the last set. He has a “way” of getting you to do things you don’t believe you are capable of doing. Once you find out that you can, that is where the body and mind starts to change. He uses the same techniques and intensity during his own workouts that he asks of his clients…. therefore he is able to relate to them. He has also been through ups and downs with weight much of his life and has now reached a point where he knows how to successfully keep it off. The best teachers are the ones who have risen above obstacles in their own life. Patrick will also work around any injuries.
Patrick knows what he is talking about in terms of weight training technique and principles. I have experienced the changes in my own body and if you see his before and after pictures, you can see those changes even more dramatically.
Patrick’s workouts are both physically and mentally challenging and every workout is very challenging and unique to my individual strengths and weaknesses. Patrick believes in using every minute to the fullest. For example, jumping jacks are considered “a break”. No rest for the weary as they would say!
Patrick always has a terrific attitude. He is fun, but professional at the same time. Even if I might not be looking forward to the “workout” before I get to the gym 😉 when I see Patrick’s smile and his enthusiastic attitude about my workout and what I am going to accomplish, my own attitude starts to change.
In the past, I’ve had a personal trainer, taken boot camps and classes. While I will still participate in a boot camp or class, I have learned a lot about how to maximize my workouts while training with Patrick, so more often I would rather workout on my own. The biggest difference between Patrick and my other trainer was personality and attitude. She was good and I got results, but her attitude was not very positive and encouraging. As a result I stopped training with her and so did a few others.
As a result of training with Patrick, I became stronger, leaner and more confident. A few of those clothes that were once tight are fitting just right now too. My overall experience working with Patrick has been very positive. No matter if you are a beginner or seasoned fitness enthusiast, young or old, I would recommend Patrick to anyone who is interested in making some positive changes in their overall mental and physical health.
Rebecca S (Rockville, MD)
All I can say is that I’m truly amazed at the way I look since I’ve been working out with Patrick. I’ve lost 4 pounds by eating carefully, but Patrick has tightened and toned my body. I look like I lost more weight than I actually have. I can’t believe the muscle I’m building and am really excited about how much stronger I’m getting. And in only two short months.
The best part of working with Patrick is that he makes the workouts fun. When I’m in the middle of a tough exercise I sometimes wonder about what time it is and when I can leave! And then I turn around and the session is over. He’s great to talk to. He has a great sense of humor and we laugh a lot. I love our philosophic conversations about life and living positively. And that’s just part of why I keep coming back for more.
But that’s not to say that he’s not serious about what he does. I’ve worked with other trainers and he is far, far better than the others I’ve experienced. First of all, he teaches as he goes – about the muscles of the body and what each exercise does for your body. None of my other trainers kept notes to keep track of my progress – it’s so exciting when he tells me exactly how much I’ve improved since the last session.
Patrick has worked out an incredible system to chart your progress each workout so that he can plan future sessions based on your body and where it needs to go. No canned exercise sessions with Patrick.
And important for me; he’s understanding. He tries to work with you as a person – where you are that day, no matter what state of mind or body you show up in. He asks lots of questions so that he understands you and your goals. He is supportive and encouraging. As you are struggling to do another rep – he tells you “you can do it, you can do it”.
And that’s why I show up three mornings a week, to see Patrick, work out to his magic system, have fun and get strong.
Lynne G (Rockville, MD)
Training with Patrick has been a fabulous experience for me. Coming from a person who was used to having sports teams coaches constantly pushing you to your limits, I found it hard to come up with workouts that were not boring or repetitious for myself.
Additionally I admit, I always work out harder when someone is there pushing and challenging me, and Pat definitely challenges me.
I had another personal trainer prior to him and the workouts were static and one muscle group focused, I would walk away not sweating and not sore. This should have been a indicator to me that I was not getting a challenging, efficient workout.
When I switched to Pat that all changed very quickly. I sweat more in those one-hour sessions than I did in two weeks with the other trainer. Not only is the aerobic workout there, he also finds a way to make his routines efficient and effective, working multiple muscle groups at a time making quicker results.
Patrick is ALWAYS happy to see you and ready to take any crap I give him about me being tired and sore in stride, and still finding a way to give me a great workout. He is seriously the most friendly, kind people person you will ever meet, as evident by the fact that he can tell you the name of 95% of the people who belong to the gym, which is not an easy feat.
Patrick is the support, challenge and guide that I need to keep me on track with my goals of toning my muscles down and remaining fit, happy and healthy. I look forward to every session I have with Pat, and I come away revitalized and renewed in my determination to work harder.
Jayci C(Rockville, MD)
One of the key elements of my workouts is that I feel like I’m not wasting my time when I’m working out with Patrick. In fact quite the opposite, on the days I work out with Patrick I feel like I’ve accomplished something important for myself and it motivates me even more to be productive for the rest of the day.
I’ve recommended Patrick as a trainer to a few of my friends and i would certainly recommend him to others.
He has an impressive collection of fitness related knowledge that he passed on to me, things that I could use when I’m traveling, for example.
Patrick is also a very creative person and he comes up with routines that are surprising. Personally that’s very valuable to me and not only does it keep things interesting, but the routines don’t let your muscles become bored.
As a trainer, Patrick is very attentive to individual needs and he always keeps me challenged. He is just attentive in general; I could be doing reps of an exercise and Patrick would go across the gym to grab a piece of equipment, but when he returns, he knows exactly what count I’m currently on.
Since I’ve started exercising with Patrick, I’ve noticed a steady growth in my muscle tone AND strength. I’ve also noticed quite a bit of an improvement in my physical endurance.
Alex Z (Bethesda, MD)
At the beginning of 2019 I suffered my second lower back muscle spasm in about three months. I was scared to move too much and tried to figure out ways to get better. First, by going to see my PCP, which led me to see a chiropractor, which only led to being prescribed medication and had a few adjustments done. This only helped with the immediate pain and discomfort. The tightness in my lower back continued and I just wanted to find a healthy way to feel better.
Then one day I received a message on FB from Patrick whom I had as a Personal Trainer a couple years prior. I always enjoyed training with him and I was so happy to hear from him again, and especially at this moment. His energy, passion and dedication to help people reach their fitness and wellness goals are exactly what I needed.
My first session with him was as wonderful as the last time. He makes you feel comfortable right away with his kind energy. He takes the time to get to know you and learn what your specific needs and goals are, and then goes from there to make a plan for you that will work for you. I told him about my current back issues and that my goal was simple. I want this pain and tightness to go away, and I want to feel more confident again.
He then took the time to explain his process to me and we set goals for what he would be teaching me in our workouts for the following three months. He also helped me create a simple meal plan for the three months as well. He is patient, kind, incredibly encouraging and his energy is always high and happy.
By the end of my three months working with Patrick I felt so much better. The tightness in my back is gone, and the pain is almost completely gone. My mobility and flexibility has improved so much.
At the beginning of the three months I wasn’t able to bend forward to touch my toes, and by the end I was touching the ground without any pain or discomfort, and my overall flexibility improved greatly.
Working with Patrick has given me the confidence that I need to keep up with exercises I have learned with him and I feel more energized and ready to go every morning. I would 100% recommend him to anyone. Any fitness goals you may have, I know Patrick is your guy and he can help you get there.
(Ani Zuniga, Rockville, MD)
Hi, my name is Megan and I have been training with Patrick for about a year and since I have been training with him, I have definitely noticed a significant increase in strength, flexibility, and self confidence. If you’re considering hiring a personal trainer, I highly recommend that you consider working with Patrick because he’s extremely encouraging, he will push you very hard, but he will always make you feel like you can do anything.
Megan P (Rockville, MD)
Patrick was very knowledgeable of resistance training. He was able to give me great advice on ways to improve my workout routine.
Patrick was very pleasant to work with. He was fun, energetic and motivated which made the workout a lot more fun and exciting. He was attentive and focused on ensuring that I always used the correct form.
Patrick’s technique is excellent. With just slight changes to my exercises, he was able to correct my form and increase the intensity of the workout.
I don’t have a lot of time to spend in the gym every week, but Patrick was able to create a routine that I could complete in 45 minutes that would target all the major muscle groups for a full body workout. After a couple of times I can definitely see and feel the effects of the routine. He specifically designed a routine for me altering the plan so that could get the outcome I wanted.
After my training sessions with Patrick, I feel more confident in my ability to reach my fitness goal. He inform me of what I was doing wrong in my workout and show me how to improve so that I can start to see the benefits of the workouts. He showed me how to gradually increase the intensity of my workout so that I could reach my fitness goals.
I would absolutely recommend Patrick as a trainer. He is so easy to work with, very encouraging and tries to make working out fun. He pushes you just hard enough so that you challenge yourself but not too hard where it becomes a chore.
Sharon Bollers (College Park, Maryland)
Patrick is a knowledgeable and motivational personal trainer. Having been overweight himself, he understands the struggles and frustrations you go through when trying to lose weight. He taught me how to work my troubled areas with exercise and nutrition, and though his guidance I achieved results by actually doing less work than I was before.
He taught me to challenge my muscles groups but also give them a day off to recover. Formerly I was working them so hard but get tired and achy and then not working them at all. I felt like I was wasting my time all these years and didn’t get the results I desired until I met Patrick.
Patrick helped me to keep a workout journal which I can refer, make a note, plan my workout and increase my stamina. Another thing I have learned from Patrick is that I was able to set a work out goal. I used to work out just to work out and never had a goal. I was able to say I will loose 5lbs and 2% body fat on this day and work hard to reach that goal.
Patrick is very dedicated, loves helping people and enjoys seeing good results. I highly recommend Patrick for anyone who wants to train with him.
Nina G(Bowie, MD)
I’ve been working out for over 10 years and consider myself very knowledgeable on strength training and cardio fitness, but Pat was still able to teach me quite a few things about both. He possesses a great deal of knowledge on both of these topics and on nutrition as well.
He showed me a number of different exercises that I will benefit greatly from. He demonstrated how to do each exercise in order to make sure that my technique was correct and his demeanor was everything you’d hope for in a personal trainer. Positive, supportive, and determined.
Pat addressed my fitness goals by educating me on a number of different exercises that will benefit me greatly. I would definitely recommend Pat’s services to my friends. His knowledge of strength and cardio training, nutrition, and his great people skills make him a terrific workout partner and personal trainer.
(Debo Ayeni, Potomac, Maryland)
My experience was that of a life time for several reasons: my notion of working out was limited to cardio and training with Patrick Ocheni showed me that there was more to exercise as a whole rather than just focusing on cardio workout.
Patrick is a very knowledgeable fitness trainer. Through our entire workout, not only was I gaining more in terms of my fitness goal, I was also looking forward to each workout session because Patrick made working out so much fun. He interacted we with me and always motivates me to keep pushing towards my desire goal.
The workout routine were definitely effective because I was able to see results as we progressed especially in areas of focus such as the gluts, thighs and triceps.
The training session with Patrick benefited me by helping me accomplish well define and toned up thighs, glut, and triceps. In addition, I learned how to not only focus on cardio but also incorporate weight training in my workout routines for better overall fitness shape that I was looking for.
I will definitely recommend Patrick Ocheni to all of my friends because I know they will definitely be in good hands to accomplish their fitness goals.
–Adama Kuyateh (Silver Spring, Maryland)
Patrick has worked with me for about 6 months now. During those 6 months I not only met my goal of shedding some weight but also learned how certain exercises and routines would help me achieve a longer lasting appreciation of fitness. Patrick is a knowledgeable trainer who also has natural people skills. I always felt comfortable communicating any concerns or in asking questions. I am genuinely appreciative of his commitment and continued support.
-Priya G. (Silver Spring, MD)
Patrick is a phenomenal trainer. He is one of those rare individuals that comes to work every day with a smile on his face and a determination to get the best out of his clients when they train with him. I was fortunate to have trained with Patrick for a number of years. He challenged me to be my best and motivated me when I did not always have the energy when our training sessions started. I increased my core strength and overall fitness as a result of my training with Patrick. You will see results and have a great time doing it!
(Miriam Cohen, Potomac, MD)
Patrick was recently my personal trainer for about three months. He provided expert advice and guidance with stretching, strengthening, and cardio exercises. As a result, I am much more limber and have gained strength to the point that I have tripled the number of push-ups that I can do. Although I was not focused on weight loss, I did shed about seven pounds which was due to the intensity of the exercising and not a change in diet. Patrick was encouraging and gently pushed me to my limits but did not exceed that. He has a very positive outlook and always wore a smile. I highly recommend him for whatever fitness goal you choose to accomplish.
(Eric May, Potomac, MD)
There is one word that totally describes Patrick Ocheni – motivational! I observed him training other clients and it was clear that he was invested in each and every one of them. I signed up for a package of sessions with him and was very pleased with my progress, so I returned for more sessions.
I can now lift weights heavier than I had ever done before and I notice a change in how my clothes fit. Even though his workouts are challenging, they go by quickly due to his ability to constantly encourage me. Patrick is patient when I am overwhelmed, yet the taskmaster that I need to keep me on track. Patrick also reminds me how important it is to make wise food choices. He is realistic though and knows that we all deviate at times; his phrase to address this is “course correct”. Thank you Patrick for just being you!
(Mary Magliocco, Potomac, MD).
I have been training with Patrick for almost 2 1/2 years. I started out 10 pounds overweight, flabby and had 3 months to my daughter ‘s wedding. I had some health/age issues which Patrick took into account at every session. With Patrick ‘s enthusiasm and diet suggestions I lost the excess weight and toned up to wear a short sleeved dress at the wedding. Afterwards I continued with our schedule because I felt healthier and liked my improved body shape.
When I broke my arm on ice, Patrick seamlessly modified my exercises. I would recommend Patrick to any and every person, regardless of your pre-existing level of fitness and/or physical limitations. He knows his stuff, how to adapt it to your personal situation and makes the sessions FUN. His personality is buoyant, infectious and always positive. Working with him, you will see results and have a great time doing it! I am not exaggerating!
(Roswitha Kelly, Bethesda, MD)
To be honest, when I started my fitness journey, I wasn’t the most enthusiastic about it, but I knew that I wanted to start with a trainer. Working with Patrick has been a delight; and his personality and patience has helped me transform my attitude towards working out! When I began a few months ago, I couldn’t even perform one full push-up. But now I am able to leg press over 200lbs!
Patrick has also helped me undergo a mental shift about healthy lifestyle which is most evident in my eating habits. He is very accommodating, knowledgeable, and pleasant overall. I’m happy with my decision to train with Patrick, and I think other new clients would feel the same. Most importantly, I’m really happy with the progress I’ve been making (and seeing) and I have to give credit to Patrick for pushing me many times to where I’m able to achieve my fitness goals!
(Boma A., Silver Spring, MD)
What can i say about my work-out sessions with patrick ocheni? hmm, let me count the ways. For one, Patrick believed in me. I guess it’s the most important ingredient to a successful work-out. It made me confident as well, as far as being able to accomplish even his most “torturous” exercises one only sees happening in military boot camps. It was clear to him from the beginning that I have a problem and that he could help only if I wanted to…and badly I did. so no matter how good a trainer one is, like patrick, if i don’t have THAT desire to start a healthy regimen, he’s of no use at all.
Patrick was able to identify easily what my problem areas were and presented a workable and very ‘humane’ plan for me, one that was customized. he knew that people are different, that no two people are alike. different strokes for different folks.
At first, I told Patrick that I don’t sweat like other people do except when I get hot flushes (haha!) but after doing some sessions with him, I was sweating like a river. awesome! Perhaps the reason why I find Patrick a good trainer is that he motivates me as much as he makes me laugh. As they say, nothing beats laughter as the best medicine. Smiling is an essential tool in keeping the work-out sessions going. you can never go wrong with that.
Last but not the least, I consider him a friend too.
(Minkie A., Rockville, MD)
Patrick is a truly amazing person. The ideas he brings to the gym are rooted in basic, core and sound principles to which he has shown dedication and devotion.
Patrick realizes and practices the basics: dedication to a sound and well rounded exercise program combined with attention to nutrition and proper rest to promote recovery.
Unique to his method is the absence of promising incredible results in 10 minute workout or other such fiction.
Patrick’s personal success and personal training principles are based around training intensely and by utilizing a total body workout which includes cardiovascular conditioning, strength training and flexibility, combined with sound nutrition and recovery .
Where Patrick differs from the typical trainer or health enthusiast is his deeper understanding of the need to work total body movements. This deeper understanding of physical development principles allows him to condition the body as it is made to work, as a unit, thus stimulating metabolism and athletic ability.
Knowledge, planning, focus, drive and perspiration are the key qualities I find in Patrick Ocheni that show him to be an outstanding personal trainer. Where he excels is in his ability to combine the above skills with his ability to listen to clients and friends.
I wholeheartedly recommend Patrick Ocheni as a personal trainer.
John Michael Sipes (Bethesda, MD)
I’ve had the distinct pleasure over the past six plus months to observe the total commitment and dedication of Patrick Ocheni as he pursued a most strenuous workout routine in order that he might achieve his desired results. Patrick’s attitude and mindset was singularly focused on results. There was never any let up in his workout routine nor his desire to preserve. The amazing thing was, it was quite apparent from the beginning that Patrick was quiet serious about what his ultimate goal was. He had accumulated a wealth of knowledge about the body and how to work it to achieve the desired results.
Patrick’s willingness to share his wealth of knowledge has been commendable. His tips are well grounded in the art of physical well being.
I have been going to the gym for well over twenty years and I have seen a lot of people come and go, each with the idea in mind to become more physically fit, very few have endured and their goal was a lot less than the 50+ pounds that Patrick was attempting to lose.
Having amass the knowledge of the skeletal structure of the human anatomy and the muscle interaction with it places Patrick in a unique position. I would highly recommend him as a physical trainer not only for the novice but for those who would very much like to hone their physical appearance.
Charles E Marks (Potomac, MD)
Patrick Ocheni has a solid understanding of human biology and science. He uses that knowledge to put together challenging and creative workout programs customized for each individual client. I am the healthiest I have been in my entire 61-year life, due to the quality of Patrick’s training. I recommend him highly.
Below is a message that I sent him explaining the result from a recent lab test after I started training with him:
I hope things are going well for you. I just wanted to share my latest lab results with you…
The two key numbers I am looking at are the overall cholesterol level and the triglyceride level. When I took my last blood test about five or six months ago, the cholesterol level had dropped to 162 and the triglyceride level was at 130, already very low levels due in good part to your workout program.
If you look at those same numbers for this latest August 28th lab test, my cholesterol level is now at 155 and my triglyceride level is at 121. That represents a continuing drop in the numbers for those two key health measures.
While the decline is not as dramatic as in the past, on the other hand, the previous levels were already pretty low.
In fact, I can’t remember the last time these numbers were this low.
Thought you might be interested.
Glenn Daigon (Rockville, MD)
Patrick has been my trainer for several years. He is ALWAYS enthusiastic and a great motivator! His workouts are challenging but he also knows my limitations.
Each training session is varied and tailor-made, depending on how my body is feeling on any given day.
For example, recently, we had to take a ‘step back’ from weight training and focus on core strengthening and stretching. My upper body strength, especially, has improved immensely.
He’s also given me nutritional and meal planning strategies, which is very helpful!
Rachel Lightbourne (Silver Spring, MD)
I started my fitness journey with Patrick Ocheni about 3 years ago. I wanted to get in shape for my sister’s wedding in 8 months and wanted a personal trainer that could fit my needs.
Patrick was very knowledgeable in ways that I didn’t even understand at the time. He taught me that in my journey, I cannot just shed 50 pounds in one month, that it would take time, however if I followed the rules then I would see results.
He was very patient with me and understood if it was just too much or if I am not pushing myself enough. Approaching my sister’s wedding I felt very confident and happy in my dress, but afterwards I fell off the wagon.
Patrick created a plan for me. He taught me exercises I could modify for home and gym use and set up a food meal plan. We worked around different types of foods and what I enjoyed or what I did not want in my plan.
I would definitely recommend Patrick to anyone looking for personal training or just training in general. To this day I am still with him and doing training that fits my needs or my goals and honestly, I could not be happier.
Maria Dagalakis (Potomac, MD)
I started as a client of Patrick’s in September of 2018. I found Patrick’s style of training to be highly motivating and encouraging.
Through his kind encouragement and unique style of pushing you to keep going I was able to do things that I had never done before physically. It was exciting to make progress and see the results.
If I would point to one aspect of the training that had the greatest impact it would be in retraining both attitude and perspective on doing the work and progress.
This impacted me not only in my physical fitness but my overall attitude at work and with family and friends. I feel like I have grown tremendously over the past year and half in both my physical fitness and my attitude towards life in general.
Patrick exudes positivism but is also ready to share his own struggles. He doesn’t pretend things are easy or have an unrealistic expectation. He is understanding regarding set-backs and personal struggles.
For example I had a major surgery and when I was able to return to training he took it slow and readjusted the routine so I could gain strength in a safe manner to where I had been prior to my surgery.
After just 6 months working with him post surgery I was able to fully participate in CrossFit with my husband.
In conclusion, I would highly recommend Patrick both for those just beginning their fitness journeys or trying to lose weight and those who are trying to take it to the next level.
Patrick encourages healthy gains without shortcuts and genuinely cares about his client’s well-being.
Tara Clark (Rockville, MD)
I have been a client of Patrick since 2016. I first met him as a member of Gold’s gym. He was referred to me by a fellow employee as the best trainer at Gold’s in Rockville.
While working with Patrick, I lost 20 lbs and gained muscle tone. I took a break from training and left Gold’s; working out on my own.
I did not get the same results and found I missed the structure and regiment Patrick provided. I work out with Patrick weekly along with running and spinning.
He focuses on form and flexibility to help me meet my fitness goals. He has helped me complete a “bucket list” item which was to run a marathon in Fall 2019.
Now I am an avid runner and training for my 2nd race in March, 2020. Patrick helps me focus on this goal and tailors each workout for me.
(Nicola Donovan, Silver Spring, MD)