Client Reviews and Testimonials Published on Independent Sites:
"I started working with Jonathan in October 2014 with no idea what to expect. I had never worked with a trainer before, but I felt like I wasn't getting as much as I could out of my gym membership, and wanted to give the whole "serious fitness" thing a try. Jonathan asked all the right questions about my goals, history, and lifestyle, and came up with a very reasonable nutrition and training plan that was easy to follow consistently.
I was already active and in decent shape, so I wasn't sure how much I'd get out of working with a trainer; I thought I might lose a few pounds, learn how to lift weights properly, maybe get a little bit stronger.
Five months later, I basically look like I'm ready for Fight Club. I look like Tyler Durden, if Tyler Durden was a lady. That sounds weird. It's not. It's FANTASTIC. I'm also able to do two pull-ups and I'm working toward more, so take that, humiliating 5th grade Presidential Fitness Test that I couldn't pass and cried about.
Workouts are challenging but never boring, and I really appreciate having a source of straightforward, cheerful motivation, i.e. there is no "R. Lee Ermey in Full Metal Jacket"-style screaming involved. The best part is how personal and personalized everything feels; one of the things that makes the program so easy to follow is that it's uniquely tailored to my life.
Jonathan is incredibly knowledgeable about fitness and nutrition, gifted at creating a personalized program that evolves as you and your goals do, incredibly accessible and responsive to questions, and great at explaining the science behind his work if that's something you're curious about (although what's happened to my body still seems like dark, awesome sorcery.) Can't recommend him or Form from Function highly enough."
- Kat A., posted at www.yelp.com/biz/form-from-function-norwalk
"I have been working with Jonathan since October 2014. As a 47 year old male with a family, I had gotten away from working out for many years, but had re-engaged for the past 2+ years and was not getting the progress that I wanted and became extremely frustrated. I was at the stage of willing to try anything. I did not have any experience in working with a personal trainer so I conducted some research, found Jonathan and could not be happier with my selection.
Jonathan performed a comprehensive review of both my workout regimen and more importantly my dietary habits. His knowledge of both and the establishment of an integrated program has resulted in significant progress to date. I am down approximately 17 pounds, while lifting weights in certain exercises that I never thought possible. I am on the path to where I expect to be. Jonathan is 100% committed to your success. He knows how to get the most out of you, even more than you think you are capable of. I recommend Jonathan without hesitation to anyone looking for a personal trainer to reach their fitness goals."
- John C., posted at www.yelp.com/biz/form-from-function-norwalk
"Jonathan is the first trainer I have worked with and I could not be happier. Jonathan combines a very thorough knowledge of physiology, nutrition and fitness, with a vast repertoire of lifts, movements and stretches. He does an outstanding job of motivating me to do more than I ever would on my own, has a great sense of humor, and is genuinely enthusiastic about my achievements.
When I first started working with Jonathan, my goal as a 47 year-old runner/cyclist was to build muscle without injury. What has so impressed me about Jonathan was how quickly he was able to asses my areas of muscular weakness and focus on both those areas and overall body strength, generate pretty impressive strength improvement (to me, at least), and avoid harming anything in the process. The variety of lifts keeps me engaged and I am thrilled with the results. As an aside, I train on my bike pretty frequently - Jonathan is very happy to work around and support my cycling schedule with complementary training or focus on other areas."
- Matthew Byer, posted at www.ideafit.com/profile/jonathan-mielec
"Jon knows his materials. He is always sourcing outside the "doctrine" training methodology as well as orthodox knowledge. His acumen of training has had an affect on me specifically with squats and deadlifts and his application and constant experimentation (with himself) about dieting for lifting and alternative sources of macronutrients yields him a WIDE perspective of viable dieting options for every kind of client."
- Jordan, posted at www.facebook.com/FormFromFunction
"I've trained with Jonathan for a couple of months and went from never dead lifting, front squatting or back squatting to hitting personal records that impress veterans! Jonathan is giving of his time and makes the training session fun without compromising results. I'm at a 255lb dead lift and shooting for a 275lb [a little over month later and the number is 315 pounds!! - JM]. I never thought I would be able to achieve that! I feel so accomplished after every session. Can't recommend him more!"
- Janine Schlierf, posted at www.ideafit.com/profile/jonathan-mielec
"What's great about Jon: Although he can coach at a very high level, he is also very sensitive to and knowledgeable about training around injuries or other constraints. In my case this was just a bad case of tennis elbow, but it was great to have someone who helped me keep training around the constraint, without putting recovery at risk. In face, he had more useful advice that the physical therapist that I saw. Jon is very generous with his time. He listens. And he clearly loves what he does, and seems to take the same pride in his clients' accomplishments as he does in his own. Highly recommended!"
- Michael Gavin, posted at www.ideafit.com/profile/jonathan-mielec
"Jonathan has deep technical knowledge of all aspects of fitness. He created a customized plan for my goals, that is aggressive, yet attainable! Workouts are always challenging(very), varied, and he pays close attention to form. He's super nice and patient--always giving detailed explanations, answering questions and giving truly useful suggestions! Very happy with my progress!!"
-A. J. F., posted at www.ideafit.com/profile/jonathan-mielec
"Jonathan is an excellent personal trainer! He is incredibly skilled in motivating and driving results. Jonathan understands muscle physiology, nutrition, and injury prevention. He created an effective and personalized fitness plan and trained me during my preparation for several half-marathons."
- Carol Howe, posted at www.ideafit.com/profile/jonathan-mielec
"I never thought of myself as an athletic person, in fact I resolved myself to never be able to be one of "those" people. Jonathan was the only trainer, and I tried several, that got me focused on building my strength and using that to reshape my body instead of the same ole and tried. The nutritional plan he set up is super straightforward and doesn't feel like depravation. The workouts are challenging but never unscalable. The change came on so quick I couldn't believe it. I wish someone told me about this 10 years ago, it would have saved me countless hours on treadmills, hunger and disappointment. Now I'm one of "those" people. I get excited hitting the gym, get to shamelessly take swim suit selfies and people ask ME what it is I do, and I always tell them about Jonathan. I really can't say enough about him. Plus he's really funny so he'll have you cracking up the entire time. Who knew fitness could be so much fun!"
- Kathy Jaskiewicz, posted at www.ideafit.com/profile/jonathan-mielec
"I've trained with Jonathan for about six months and have been very pleased with the results. He has a broad understanding of physiology and diet, and a variety of approaches to fitness. He is patient, polite, encouraging, and tough. He is committed to proper form and avoiding injury. I look forward to building on the progress I've made so far with him."
- Fred Williams, posted at www.ideafit.com/profile/jonathan-mielec
"There are times when I'm angry with Jonathan for not being around a decade ago. If only I knew then what I know now I would have saved myself hours at the gym, being the girl always getting a salad with dressing on the side, and still ending up frustrated when my body wouldn't change. I spent my 20s going between skinny fat and seriously chubby ugh...but enough about me.
Jonathan really took time to understand my goals, lifestyle, habits etc. and created a truly personalized plan, nothing like those cookie cutter ones I got before, you know where you get just enough results but never anything substantial. My first goal was to get ab definition, we got there in 6 weeks and shortly thereafter hit my other goal of doing a full pull up on my own (I got teary on that one). Once I achieve something we set a new goal and come up with a plan to get there, and Jonathan is with you the entire time to help, adjust and support. He's really knowledgable but also super friendly and funny so he makes even most challenging workouts a pleasure and something to look forward to. Really I sort of want "a Jonathan" for my life lol. But seriously, I became so much more educated about fitness and nutrition...in my mid 30s I have the best body I ever had and my confidence is sky high!!!! Thank you Form From Function, I'd give them 10 stars if I could."
- Jessa R., posted at www.yelp.com/biz/form-from-function-norwalk
"Jonathan ... designed a nutrition and exercise program for me that I undertook while packing up and apartment in Connecticut and a house in Ontario, to move to a new house in Connecticut. I found Jonathan to be giving of his time, good at asking the right questions to keep me on track, and informative when I had queries of my own. Over a 26 day period that I worked with Jonathan I lost 17.4lbs, which was a great jump start for me to get back into routines that I had established over the years. In the three months since Jonathan and I have formally worked together, he has periodically contacted me to check in and see how things were progressing. I would recommend Jonathan to anyone who was looking for an online trainer."