YMCA Personal Training

Aaron Alper

Personal Trainer

YMCA Personal Training

Meet Aaron

Aaron Alper is an ISSA certified personal trainer, writer, photographer and musician.

Raised in Florida, he received his BA in Creative Writing at Eckerd College and then his MA in English Ed from USFSP. He also weighed over 400lbs and as he hit his 30’s he realized it was either lose weight or die from complications due to obesity. So over the next few years, Aaron took to cardio, dieting and hiring a personal trainer to aid in his 150lb weight loss and, more importantly, teach him an undiscovered joy in powerlifting. His favorite workouts include the deadlift (all variations), backsquats and HIIT involving anything heavy and swingable.

Outside of training, Aaron has a passion for analogue film, interpreting songs into photographs and shooting portraits of everyday people. His photography has won awards from Lomography, Tori Amos and has been featured in Oxford textbooks and international art galleries. He also is a published journalist and author. His regional zombie anthology “Zombie St. Pete” earned him a place as a key speaker in the Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading 2010, an award from St Pete City Council.  In his free time Aaron sings and plays piano and has performed for USF, the Jewish National Foundation and the Tampa Bay Crisis Center and several national commercials. He currently lives in Naples with his three Shih-Tzus.

Certifications & Specialties

  • ISSA Certified Personal Trainer with a focus on weight loss
  • ISSA Nutrition Certification (in progress)


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