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Temescal Fitness & Movement has been in business since October 2021!

I know, what crazy person would start a business like this during a global pandemic that has turned the fitness industry on its head?

You have my permission to call me crazy. It's ok.

When confronted with the opportunity to take over the lease on this space, I was very hesitant and wary of it all. Could I handle it, could I afford it, is this even something that I want? But, I had to make a decision and quick. If I didn't go for it, I and the other trainers using the space would have lost it entirely. The thought of trying to find another space as great as this one was just too much, I had to go for it and I had to make it work!

Thankfully, I could so I've taken the risk and taken the leap into business ownership.

At Temescal Fitness & Movement, you'll find a spacious functional strength and movement facility with super great people. Smart and successful independent trainers, amazing and dedicated clients, and a nice open and airy training facility that welcomes...

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Starting a personal fitness training career can be hard. Do you work at a gym or studio as an employee, a contractor, or an intern, or do you go it alone and build your own business outside of the ‘big box’ environment?

Navigating options whether you are brand new, or a veteran trainer can be challenging. And are often very daunting. We all want to make a living, but what’s the best avenue for you and your business? Have you ever considered renting gym space as an independent personal trainer?

At Temescal Fitness & Movement in Oakland, we’re here to help you better understand the benefits and the process of renting a gym space!

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Personal Training has come a long way since I first started in the industry 13 years ago. The fitness landscape is constantly changing, with new fad workouts, boutique gyms, and big box gyms popping up all the time. With access to new research, tools, and knowledge, personal trainers can provide their clients with the most effective workouts possible. However, one of the biggest changes in the personal training industry has been the popularity of small group and semi-private training. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of small group training from Temescal Fitness & Movement in Oakland.

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Working out is a great way to get in shape and it’s important to have fitness goals to keep improving. However, working out is not the only thing to consider when you are on your fitness journey and there are many aspects, like sleep, that can make a difference. In today’s blog post, Temescal Fitness & Movement will talk about the importance of sleep for your fitness goals and provide more information about how sleep helps your body!

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Lifting weights is not the only way to lose fat. Everyone's body is different, which means how you grow, lose weight, and recover might be different from everyone else. I'm Siriji Lamenzo, NASM Certified Personal Trainer and owner here at Temescal Fitness & Movement, providers of the best personal training in Oakland. In this blog post, I will go over how lifting weights can help you lose fat, as well as other forms of exercise that may be beneficial to you. Keep reading to learn more, and be sure to contact me to answer any questions you may have and to set up your next personal training session today.


Every year, Oakland Magazine surveys the city’s population to compile their ‘Best of’ lists.

This year I chose to threw my name and my new gym into the ring. I asked my crew to vote for me and they came through.

I made it onto the top 5 list for ‘Best Personal Trainer’ in the East Bay/Oakland!

In October of 2021, I opened Temescal Fitness & Movement, giving me an unexpected and incredible opportunity to be a part of the neighborhood and to bring health and fitness to more people!

I’ve been a personal trainer since 2009. My passion and drive to help people move better, be strong and stay committed to their health has fueled my career.

Along the way, I’ve honed my skills and learned as much as I can in order to help my clients.

So, what exactly do I do?

The short answer is, I teach movement based strength training.

Ok, what does that mean?

My philosophy and approach is to first, build better movement and second, build real world strength.

Too many of us simply don’t move very well, especially as we age and/or...