Personal Training

Will Parfet

Background/ Credentials

B.S in Exercise and Movement Sciences (SFSU)

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA)

Basic Life Support Provider (AHA)

Former Powerlifting Competitor

Physical Therapy Aide

Training Philosophy

Individualized strength training program tailored to clients goals to help them live an active and pain-free lifestyle.

Dane Burgess

Background/ Credentials

B.S. Kinesiology, Concentration in Movement Science (SFSU)

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA)

Ex-competitive wrestler

Olympic style weightlifting experience

Training philosophy:

Training using compound exercises and periodized programming for increases in strength, athletic ability, and overall health

Jason Lui

Background/ Credentials

WSPC Weightlifting and Sports Performance Coach (USAW)

Former Powerlifting Competitor

Olympic Weightlifting Competitor

Mobility Specialist

Training Philosophy:

Strength training for overall fitness

Nick Cerone


ACE Certified Advanced Health and Fitness Specialist, Cancer Exercise Specialist, Certified Shiatsu Massage Practitioner, American Council on Exercise-certified Personal Trainer, certified Lifestyle and Weight Management Consultant , CPR and AED certified through the American Heart Association, former JV Basketball Coach at Lick Wilmerding High School in San Francisco and member of the Positive Coaching Alliance in Youth Basketball for 5 years.


Stephanie Maas Heller:  I began learning the pilates methods after realizing the health benefits that it brought to my life. My family and I have health issues that we have been able to overcome by using alternative methods. I enjoy people, and working with people to achieve their fitness goals and challenges. For me, having pilates and yoga as part of my daily regimen has helped me gain strength to get through many health issues. I look forward to taking these new steps together.

It’s important to have a strong body, mind, and spirit. With this trio working together, everything else will fall into place.

Stephanie has 1500 hours as Pilates Apparatus & Mat Trainer including concentrations in Power Pilates and Atma Yoga. Her specialities include: core strength, increase flexibility, breath, pre- post natal, shoulder pain/ post-surgery, post-breast reconstruction/ mastectomy, Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Scoliosis.


Dennis WuA personal trainer is supposed to help an individual to reach their goals the safest and best way possible. Through challenges and obstacles, it is important for a personal trainer to be there for their clients and to understand what their body is capable of. I have been into fitness and training for 6+ years and in those years, I've learned a lot through trial and error. This will allow me to help you reach your goals without making the same mistakes I made. And this is why I am here.

NESTA Certification, NASM Certification, INBA Physique Competitor, Bachelor of Science in Finance. Instagram: @denLwu


Abril E. Avila moved from Palm Springs to SF 7 years ago, she achieved her bachelors  degree at San Francisco  State while dedicating her time to fitness and becoming a Zumba dance instructor. Teaching at popular gyms and also a  private studio, she started to make an impression. With every dance step she took she started to pave her way to being an accredited teacher in the fitness world. Certified since 2006 she has worked her way to over 7 different types of Zumba fitness dance styles, including Zumba toning, Aqua Zumba and Zumba step just to name a few. Abril's main goal is guiding all different types of students to achieving and maintaining their healthy goals.

Abril believes in giving back!

Donating time and money to different fund raising campaigns is also a priority as a pilar to her community, nutrition training to numerous Zumba certifications. Abril is dedicated to her students in guiding them to a healthy happy lifestyle. Come join her and celebrate your new you!

*There are no membership or enrollment fees. All trainers working out of Raise the Bar Fitness are certified by a major health organization, independently insured, and AED and CPR certified.

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