Breakthru Story


Michelle recently sent out this blog and I thought you just might want to hear from someone else for a change… so I wanted to share it with you, enjoy! - Phil I wake up every morning incredibly thankful to love what I do for a living. My true passion is to help YOU live a healthier life and reach your fitness goals, whatever they may be. I have been blessed to help thousands of people see success in reaching those goals and it never ceases to amaze me, and touch my heart when I hear your personal stories. In a recent blog, "8 Ways to Beat the Blame Game" I talked about the stories we create for ourselves that often times [...]


Each and every week when I sit down to write, I am never quite sure what will come out. I try to think of the issues that we all deal with, week in and week out, and see if I can come up with something to help you overcome your challenges and be more successful in both fitness and life. Sometimes I am inspired by the strangest things, like my dog who won’t let me sit for too long, or someone who leaves their shopping cart in the middle of the lot because they are too damn lazy to get some exercise and put it back, or the oversized “MEDIUM” soft drink cup at the movies that is so big [...]

By |2017-05-13T18:40:06-07:00September 19th, 2015|Breakthru Story, Motivation|2 Comments

Why do YOU workout?

I know it sounds like a simple question, but have you ever really asked yourself why you workout? I have learned that the first answer is usually not the real answer. It's the quick response, like when someone asks you, “How are you doing?” and you reply, “Good”, and in our minds we say, “I am not so good today… why did I say that?” I like to use the trick of the FIVE WHYS. Here is how it works. Ask yourself a question, then answer it, and then ask yourself “Why is that important to me?” Continue to ask that question and answer it over and over (at least five times) until you really get to the deeper, underlying [...]

By |2017-05-13T18:40:06-07:00August 4th, 2015|Breakthru Story, Motivation|0 Comments

5 Reasons To Check Out The New Pilates Studio

Breakthru Fitness opened its new Pilates studio in April. If you haven’t looked into it yet, you should. Here are some reasons why. Pilates: Not Your Grandma’s Workout Don’t get us wrong; we love grandma’s and encourage them to take a Pilates class. However, many in the fitness world have a misconception about the intensity of a Pilates workout. Many assume that because the classes don’t appear to move 100 miles per hour that the workout is weak. They assume incorrectly. It’s not what you would typically consider an aerobic workout because the focus is on form and strength, but you can definitely get your heart rate up with the intensity of the movements. Pilates trains you to work smarter, [...]

You’ve Got a Great Thing Here

Dear Breakthru Fitness (Phil and Kanda), I’ve been reflecting on how much I love this gym and I wanted to share with you both. So I just switched doctors because I was fed up with mine. In my first meeting with my new doctor she asked if I had any concerns. I told her that the concerns I had when I made this initial appointment 2 months ago had subsided and I attribute that to Breakthru and the Lose 2 Win program. I do! Back in May, I was feeling so off all the time, like I was floating and disengaged. I just did not feel right. I was getting debilitating tension headaches 4 times a week. I was exhausted all the [...]

Breakthru Fitness Video Tour

Connecting.  We provide support, advice, and encouragement. We are able to connect by offering a staff that is warm, friendly, and attentive to our member’s needs. We listen and we care. Educating. We are experts in the areas of health and fitness. We start by addressing a member’s situation. Who are you? What do you wish to accomplish? Why is that important to you? Helping our member pinpoint their goals and then educating them on what it would realistically take to achieve them is foundation of our approach. Inspiring. The first way to inspire others is to practice what we preach. We must take care of ourselves the same way we are educating members to do so. We must eat [...]

By |2017-05-13T18:40:07-07:00June 7th, 2014|Breakthru Story|0 Comments

Breakthru’s Club History

We opened our first 1,500 square foot personal training studio in 1998, on Arroyo Parkway, in Pasadena. After three years of solid growth we moved into our second location, 87 Fraser Alley, in Old Town Pasadena. The Old Pasadena facility was designed to optimally enhance the personal training and Pilates experience. We’ve spent almost 6 years in that location before making the leap to our new 17,500 square foot upscale fitness club. Pasadena’s pristine view of the San Gabriel Mountains is the back drop of the club’s newest location. The new Breakthru IS hip, modern, classy, and state-of the-art, with a beautiful balcony that enhances the abundance of privacy and natural light. With ample free parking in a very central [...]

By |2017-05-13T18:40:07-07:00June 7th, 2014|Breakthru Story|0 Comments

A New MODEL for Health Clubs

I gave a talk recently to a group of 55 working professionals, and I asked the group to stand up.  I said, "For those of you who have never belonged to a heath club, please sit down."  I was shocked to see only 2 or 3 people sit.  Then I asked, "For those of you who no longer belong to a heath club, please sit down."  And we were left with maybe 10 people standing. So it's clear to me that the statistics are correct.  Even after being in the industry for 20 years, there are still less than 15% in our country who belong to a health club.  The real question is WHY?  Well, it seems obvious that most [...]

By |2017-05-13T18:40:07-07:00May 22nd, 2014|Breakthru Story, Fitness Tips, Motivation|0 Comments