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About

VISION

To help create a society educated on the fundamentals of exercise and nutrition and, as a result, to help reduce the incidence of various disease conditions associated with sedentary and unhealthy lifestyles.

MISSION

To educate individuals on the fundamentals of exercise and nutrition while also helping them achieve their fitness, strength, and/or conditioning goals within specific timeframes in their pursuit of a healthier lifestyle, improved appearance, and/or increased athletic performance.

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Our Philosophy

Personal health begins with commitment to a decision after visualization of a goal. We inspire and motivate each individual physically, emotionally, and mentally in their quest for personal fulfillment and a healthier life.
In today's rapid pace, "always on" world, fitness is often a neglected aspect of life due to conflicting daily priorities. Complicating matters is a health and fitness world saturated with slick marketing and sensationalism.
We're here to help you sift through the overload of information and to dispel the myths and fiction which permeate today's exercise and nutrition worlds. We’ll do it professionally and we’ll back it up with our combined experience and knowledge.

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Founder

Freddy Saluna, ACSM-CPT, ΔΣΠ

Hi there, my name is Freddy! Those who know me know that I’m a very passionate and determined individual so certification with the American College of Sports Medicine (considered the “gold standard” in the fitness industry) was a must for me. I’ve also held many positions requiring peak physical fitness, most recently as an Emergency Medical Technician for a local ambulance company. As a former Lifeguard, Masters Swimmer, and licensed Paramedic, I am also no stranger to being in top physical condition or having to participate in rigorous, organized workouts.
Not only that, but I thoroughly enjoy teaching and training and watching students and participants learn and grow! I've held positions as a Water Safety Instructor (swim teacher), lifeguard trainer, college instructional specialist, CPR instructor, Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Instructor, Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Instructor, head coach for a United States Swimming team (and assistant coach to another), Field Training Officer in Emergency Medical Services, and I hold a certificate to Teach English as A Foreign Language (TOEFL).
As you can tell,  just like anyone else, my life had a number of twists and turns. I went from the adrenaline of emergency medical services and emergency aquatics to several years in Corporate America – first at The Hartford and then at a Hyatt Corporation spin-off. Needless to say, I learned about the stress associated with 40+ hour workweeks, commuting, and wondering what happens to the rest of your time! Officially, my fitness career started in 2011 with the birth of Level One Training and Fitness. I was done feeling like a mouse running nonstop on a wheel. After obtaining my certification with the ACSM, I went to work for a small neighborhood gym in La Mesa and then went independent about one year later.
So why go into the fitness business? My dad had his first heart attack (and double bypass surgery) in his mid-30s. He then died in an operating room accident during his second bypass surgery at the age of 49. While there are never any guarantees in life, I’m willing to bet that if he had known what we know now, he would have lived for many more years. At that point, educating my fellow Americans on the fundamentals of fitness and nutrition became my mission. First, exercise doesn't need to be something you do only with a trainer or only in a gym. Second, food is not the enemy, the enemy is our interpretation and perception OF food. The decision for many people should be relatively easy; live a healthier life not only for yourself, but for those whom you love and care about!
In what little spare time I have, I enjoy weightlifting and I’m quite possibly one of the most amateur amateur surfers in San Diego. I also enjoy climbing, hiking, the outdoors, traveling, photography, DJing, and I long for epic snowfall in my continual and annual pursuit of (at some point) returning to snowboarding.
Are you ready to get to work? Let's go!

Certifications and Education

Specializing in

  • Aerobic, Cardio-Respiratory, Conditioning, and HIIT
  • Core Strength and Stability
  • LGBTQ+ Health and Wellness
  • Lifestyle Advice
  • Muscular Endurance, Hypertrophy, and Strength Training
  • Nutrition Basics