Traditional Weight Training with Functional Fitness

I have experience with various methods of strength training from hypertrophy, endurance, and/or power lifting. Each type of training has its own options of program formatting from push/pull, full body, circuits, HIIT, 1RM days, etc. Depending on one’s goals I can customize a unique strength training program.

The glue that holds all of these various methods together is functional weight training. It can be as simple as incorporating push-ups, pull-ups, and squats on chest, back, and leg days respectively for the traditional weight trainer. However, there are countless ways to program functional training into regular resistance training.

Functional training can build strength without compromising range of motion and can improve one’s daily activities. Whatever one’s goals I will incorporate some form of functional training into your program to help core strength, posture, flexibility, balance, and to prevent injury.

Ethan Carter is a classical Pilates instructor and personal trainer with more than 15 years of professional experience and nearly 3 decades of athletic, sport-specific training. Ethan holds certifications by National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), American Council on Exercise (ACE), Athletic and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) and Power Pilates.

Ethan has worked for notable fitness companies in New York, Los Angeles, and San Diego. He caters to both private clients and group fitness classes including indoor cycling, BOSU, TRX, and various conditioning formats.

Ethan’s love of sports and movement began as a young child, where he focused on swimming and tennis, even competing in the U.S. Junior Olympics (swimming) for several summers. As a multi-season athlete from elementary school through his college years, Ethan played a variety of sports (soccer, basketball, tennis, and lacrosse) and was a high school Tri-Varsity athlete.

His teammates and coaches recognized his leadership; he served as team captain for soccer and basketball, was voted MVP during both his junior and senior high school years for soccer and basketball and was President of his high school’s invitation-only athletic association. Ethan understands the complexities of succeeding as an individual sport athlete, and the dynamics and psychology that are the underpinnings of team sports.

After college, Ethan took a break from athletics and poured his energy into his work as a successful DJ. However, DJ gigs and late nights made him appreciate the structure and stability that sports had previously provided. He rediscovered fitness while taking an indoor cycling class and realized that this experience was a way to integrate his passions for both movement and music.

Ethan began his fitness career in New York City and became a certified indoor cycling instructor through Schwinn in 2004. He taught indoor cycling and strength training classes at a variety of New York City health clubs, including Credit Suisse First Boston’s corporate gym, CLAY Health Club & Spa, NYH&R, Asphalt Green, and Plus One Corporate Health Management. He taught group fitness classes for employees at Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, The Hearst Corporation, and at Columbia NY-Presbyterian Hospital, where he was the Group Fitness Coordinator. Ethan relocated to California in 2008, where he continued to work for Plus One and Equinox, and taught classes for employees at Nestle, Disney, and NBC in Los Angeles.

Ethan’s teaching style is described as playful, upbeat, and supportive. His classes and training sessions are structured and focus on proper alignment and form. Ethan fosters an environment where clients of all levels can improve their strength, range of motion, cardiovascular fitness, and achieve personal fitness goals.

Examples of some of my favorite tools:


Dumbbells are very common in commercial and home gyms. They're extremely effective and recruit the body's stabilizer muscles.

Olympic Weights

Barbells and bumper plates are great for simple exercises as well as more complicated Olympic lifts that work the entire body.


Kettlebells are a great way to incorporate core and full body movements safely. They can be used to mimic Olympic style lifts.


BOSU stands for "Both Sides Utilized" and it's a balance trainer. I use it for weight training and cardio exercises.


The TRX is a suspension trainer designed for "Total Resistance Cross (X) Training". It also builds a strong core.

Other TOYS

I have many small toys I can bring anywhere to create an excellent workout from balance pads, glide discs, slam balls, battle ropes, resistance tubing and/or bands, and more!