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The Peninsula

San Mateo, CA

Personal Training Studio
San Mateo, CA

The Perfect Workout San Mateo offers private personal training for everyone! Located off O-Farrell Street, near the 92 Freeway, this semi-private studio is the home of a revolutionary method of exercise. Slow-motion strength training produces numerous benefits such as strength gains and weight loss and The Perfect Workout has been specializing in it for over 20 years. If you live or work near the San Mateo location and would like to see how working with a Personal Trainer can work for you, book a session today!

TrainersHow It Works

  • 1941 O-Farrell Street #110
    San Mateo, CA 94403
  • (650) 513-2747

Trainers At This Studio

Estefania Zapata-Rodriguez

Facility Manager 

San Mateo, CA 

Estefania grew up in Puerto Rico, and has been loyal to living fit and healthy all her life. She has a background in scientific research with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico, and a Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from New York University. Her science-based background drew her to The Perfect Workout’s evidence-based slow-motion strength training program.

Since the age of 14, Estefania has been lifting weights. She fell in love with weight training and the countless benefits she knew she was getting from strengthening her muscles. With a love for exercise and being naturally drawn to science, it’s no wonder Estefania would later create a career in the fitness industry. However, it wasn’t until she personally felt the power of what strength training could do that she jumped head first into fitness as a profession. 

Several years ago, Estefania injured her knee that required both surgery and physical therapy. Her doctor advised her to train safely to prevent further injuries. She knew from her background that when lifting weights at a slow pace, with little to no momentum, she could build strength and keep her joints safe. Through slow-motion strength training, Estefania has been able to increase her strength without experiencing any knee pain. 

That experience of rehabilitating her knee through slow-motion strength training motivated Estefania to become a Personal Trainer. She knew how valuable this type of exercise was and she wanted to share that with more people. Estefania became a Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and began training clients immediately. 

In 2015, Estefania joined forces with The Perfect Workout and became a Personal Trainer at the San Mateo studio. Since then she has helped many clients reach their goals, including more than dozens of clients that have lost significant weight while gaining strength – no easy feat. “Helping people is what I love to do and I love the relationship building aspect to our 1-on-1 sessions.” 

In 2018, Estefania became the Facility Manager of the San Mateo studio. Her goals are to help as many people as she possibly can – she would love to do this by growing San Mateo to the largest studio in the company. More clients and trainers mean more opportunity to change lives! 

When Estefania isn’t working with clients and trainers, she is preparing for power lifting competitions.

Pao Ortega

Personal Trainer

San Mateo, CA

Originally from México City, Pao Ortega came to the US over a decade ago. She has lived in Dallas, NYC and is now here in the San Francisco Bay Area. She loves the city, being so close to nature, running, hiking, and meeting interesting people. 

Pao has been an avid runner all her life and has run marathons in NYC and San Francisco. 

“It is my best therapy. Running to me means more than a simple race or medal, it means accomplishment. Even though there are ups and downs, you can always cross the finish line.”

Pao learned that strength training was super helpful in keeping her legs and knees strong for her runs. In her search for the perfect program, she found The Perfect Workout! The timing was perfect as she had been looking for a new career in fitness. In 2016, Pao was chosen to join the training team and she earned her Personal Trainer certification at The Perfect Workout.

She enjoys that she is truly helping others to change their lives. “I am not just training them through the exercises, I am coaching them in health and life! And I am doing this from my heart.” Pao personalizes each session by sharing her personal experiences and her knowledge about healthy living. “My clients always mention that I give them something extra special when they train with me.”

A client that Pao is especially proud of was a woman who struggled to lose weight. She used to drink very little water and at least 32oz of diet coke every day. After working with Pao and learning about the benefits of hydration, she made big changes. “She now drinks 90 oz of water a day, feels awesome, has lots of energy -- and she has lost 15 pounds!! I am so proud of her!!!”

Coming from a very family-oriented background, Pao values the close-knit work environment with her fellow trainers and her clients at The Perfect Workout. Together they make magic happen every day and Pao says, “With determination, courage, love and faith, anything is possible!”

Cameron Nolasco

Personal Trainer

San Mateo, CA

Born and raised in San Diego, Cameron Nolasco took full advantage of the sunny beach lifestyle. In fact, Cameron learned to how to swim by the age of 2, before even walking. In addition to other beach sports such as surfing and volleyball, he also played soccer, basketball, tennis, golf, lacrosse, and baseball. 

Beyond sports, Cameron was also had a passion for art. Growing up with constant physical activities, Cameron would unwind  through sketching, painting, and photography in his spare time. This passion led Cameron to an Art History/Studio Art degree with a minor in Health Education from San Francisco State University.

Cameron used his degree to work with kids in education, sports, and outside activities. Working at the YMCA,   after school care, and as an educational assistant.  Through these experiences, Cameron had collected a plethora of methods for making education both fun and intense. 

Then Cameron got introduced to slow-motion strength training! After being exposed to the workout and the trainers at The Perfect Workout, he realized that he wanted to become a trainer too. He felt a pull to help clients, teach others how to properly exercise and have an impact on other’s lives in a new and exciting way.

In December of 2017, Cameron joined The Perfect Workout and has since been a part of the  San Mateo team. “It’s incredible what we get to do every day. You really get to know and learn about each person.” In addition to connecting on a personal level, Cameron loves having a role in helping clients achieve their goals. One of his clients, Thomas, worked with him consistently and saw fantastic results in the first 3 months. “We would measure his progress every week, and at every check-in he would be 1-3 pounds down. Thomas lost a total of 20 pounds those first couple of months.”

When Cameron isn’t in the studio, he continues to explore his artistic side, play sports, read, travel, and watch Bay Area sports with family and friends. Cameron plans to go back to school to pursue a future in the medical field, but for now he is helping the clients at The Perfect Workout change their lives!

Leah Thompson

Personal Trainer

San Mateo, CA

Leah Thompson was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has been active from a young age where she was involved in ballet, cheerleading, and boxing. Her hunger for learning, and passion for health and fitness ultimately catapulted Leah into a career in Personal Training.

Before Leah became a Personal Trainer she experienced the life-changing effects of resistance training. After suffering from an injury that caused nerve damage, Leah was determined to get her strength and mobility back. Through alternative medicine, acupuncture, chiropractic, massage therapy and slow-motion strength training, Leah regained much of her mobility! 

Shortly after, Leah was referred to The Perfect Workout by a friend. She felt aligned with the evidence-based workout and the team-oriented culture, so much that she was motivated to create a career with the company. Leah became certified and joined The Perfect Workout’s San Mateo team. Working with clients 1-on-1 is one of her favorite aspects of being a Personal Trainer. “I can give each client my full attention. It's way more personal. And with the direct supervision it is more effective and safer too.”

Leah feels like her work with all of the San Mateo clients has changed her life in the best way possible. She is excited to share this revolutionary method of exercise with others and change their lives in return!

Carlos Garcia

Personal Trainer

San Mateo, CA 

San Francisco born, Carlos Garcia has always been active in sports and weight lifting, thanks to the encouragement of his parents. In his early adulthood, Carlos became even more fascinated with fitness and was attracted to the idea of having a career in the health and wellness industry. He decided to pursue a path of personal training and studied hard to earn a certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. 

As Carlos expanded his knowledge of exercise, he discovered slow-motion strength training. The more he learned about the method and applied it to his own workouts, the more it made sense to him. Carlos discovered that not only did The Perfect Workout specialize in this unique method but that they had multiple locations in the San Francisco Bay Area. He applied for a Personal Trainer certification and was selected to join the San Mateo team. “I love what we have to offer clients, and I love having an opportunity to share my knowledge and experience  with others.”

Carlos is a firm believer that happiness starts from within. “When you’re able to combine hard work and dedication to achieve your goals, anything is possible.” Carlos plans to learn as much as he can with the Perfect Workout and use his strengths to connect with our clients to help change lives!

Vickie Green

Personal Trainer

San Mateo, CA

Eileen Francisco

Personal Trainer

San Mateo, CA