Ari Weller has been a highly sought after private fitness trainer since 1996. Weller began his personal training career at Equinox Fitness in New York City. When his clientele encouraged him to seek out a more entrepreneurial approach shortly thereafter, he set out on his own and his personal fitness philosophy began to evolve. He realized that the stereotypical method of bodybuilding (i.e. seeing the body as parts) could create a visually appealing physique, but it neglected to address the functionality of the body’s movement patterns.
Weller began to study techniques that focused on greater mobility, deep internal stability and more authentic proprioception. Trainer and teacherEmory Moore introduced Weller to the EM Technique, Pilates, Gyrotonic, Martial Arts, Meditation, and Qigong. Weller became mat certified atPower Pilates and was certified as a teacher in the Gyrotonic method through master teacher Juergen Bamberger.
Weller also studied flexibility methods and became a certified Level III trainer in the Ki-Hara Method of Resistance Stretching. Ki-Hara emphasizes the development of strength simultaneously within flexibility. This revolutionary stretching system has been widely promoted by Olympic swimmer, Dara Torres. Weller has studied directly under Dara’s trainers.
Weller’s continued pursuit of body wisdom has inspired him to become a Functional Movement Screen-FMS trainer and a certified Neurokinetic Therapist. Both methods have helped him to become better at assessing and screening movement patterns and bodily dysfunction, while opening insights into creating wiser training decisions.
Weller’s work has been featured in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Self Magazine, W Magazine, Fitness, Men’s Journal, Details and Harper’s Bazaar.
In 2013 Weller opened PhilosoFit, a Movement Training studio in East Hampton, NY.