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  • Functional Movement
  • Olympic Lifts
  • Advanced Cardiovascular fitness
  • Muscle Building
  • Fat loss
What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.
— Zig Zigler


 Every client is different and comes with a unique set of gifts, challenges, and goals. Elijah takes pride in tailoring his programming specifically to each client to maximize results. Also, he has a unique ability to gauge exactly what level a person can be pushed, then go just a little beyond to ensure they are getting a great workout. Another aspect of customization is Elijah's ability to respond to client feedback and adjust the workout program accordingly. Elijah is your trainer, whether you are recovering from an injury, training for a marathon, or simply training to lose that extra weight you have accumulated over the years. Elijah has worked with every type of client during his 8 year career. This includes teens, elderly, 40s age men and women, pregnant women, and many others. His ability to adapt to the person in front of him is one of his strengths as a trainer. 

Throughout Elijah’s career as a personal trainer has continually built up his knowledge base and is certified in ViPR, KettleBell, pre-post natal, ACE, NCSF and many others. Add that to 3 years at the Equinox fitness training institute and a BS in Exercise Physiology if you need even more qualification. Beyond lettered credentials, Elijah constantly keeps his finger on the pulse of fitness. He has even been featured on top rated Itunes podcast including the Paleo Solution, The Nourish Balance Thrive Podcast, and your Body Do Over. He can distinguish fads from new sound principles to help guide his clients through the mess that fitness marketing can be. Elijah believes in keeping an open mind. When new discoveries are made, to get the extra edge, he can adapt them to fit his clients' needs instantly.

 For fun Elijah likes to run, lift weights, blog, read research articles, hang out with his world’s cutest nieces and nephews, do Spartan Races, record podcasts, write books and blogs, do diet experiments and biohacks, spend time with friends, camp, cook, and of course work! 

Making the choice of who will be your personal trainer is a very big decision. By choosing Elijah you are choosing advanced professionalism, constant practical experience, and tough but understanding accountability partner. 


  • BS in Exercise Physiology Chico State University  
  • EFTI (Equinox fitness training institute tier III)
  • ViPR, Kettlebell, Pre and Post-Natal Certifications


Do the work and be honest with yourself. Keep things as simple as possible and be consistent. Also, If you are going to get something you want that you don’t have, you are probably going to have to do something you are not doing in order to get it. So sometimes you are going to have to do things you don’t want to do to become the person that you want to be.
— Elijah Markstrom


I’ve trained with Eli on a regular basis over the past two years both in San Mateo and in San Francisco. He is an excellent trainer. Eli keeps me challenged and motivated by staying engaged in each workout - the workouts are varied and adjusted as needed. The best part isn’t the progress I notice in the gym but outside the gym whether it’s helping a friend move a couch or accelerating up a hill 4 miles into a run!
— Katie
Eli is an excellent personal trainer. He is very knowledgeable about the latest exercise science and tailors my programs to account for past injuries and weaknesses. I highly recommend him.”
— Jamie