Pondeli Hajioannou

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“To do all that he can to help another is man’s noblest labor.”
Sophocles 468 BC

Philadelphia Private Gym Founder & President, Pondeli, has been professionally training individuals in the Delaware Valley since 1984. In 1985 he trained at Zane Heaven under Frank and Christine Zane. He has served as head trainer for the prestigious late Dr. Jim Corea, Dean Emeritus of Philadelphia’s fitness scene. Pondeli has also worked as an in-house personal trainer at Weston Fitness in Bala Cynwyd, PA; Senior Personal Trainer at Hatfield Athletic Club in Hatfield, PA; and Head Trainer at Riverside Racquetball and Fitness in Bala Cynwyd, PA as well as other facilities throughout the Philadelphia area, working with many types of high level clients, athletes and celebrities.

He has always felt that each person should be treated as an individual, and to be a truly effective personal trainer, you need to be in a distraction free environment utilizing a full scale gym. This theory helped him create Philadelphia Private Gym, a full scale gym that only does one on one personal training.

Pondeli (left) and Mr. Olympia Frank Zane