Meet Our Newest Fitness Guru: James Hidalgo

by Cat on March 28, 2011

What’s your secret to getting you up and spinning all of the plates in your day? One of mine happens to be a good workout. I thought this would be a burden to carve out those extra few hours in the week but instead it has been opposite…I find myself increasing my workouts when I have big deadlines so get the extra energy and mental focus. I have the workouts taught by my friend James Hidalgo of Infinite Taekwondo to thank for.  He has recently opened up a studio in the Cow Hollow neighborhood where he works with clients and kids.  And I am very excited that he will be joining us as a fitness guru for both mom and our little ones (don’t be afraid to send in questions about getting in shape to him!). Please help give a welcome to James!

From James:

My name is James Hidalgo and I have a black belt in Taekwondo and specialize in personal fitness and training. After two decades of experience and a former Marine, I’ve established myself as one of the elite personal trainers and Taekwondo experts in the Bay Area. I recently decided to take my passion for fitness to the next level and open up my own studio. I love training kids, adults and competitors in the art of Taekwondo and so it was the next logical step for me. I currently live in the San Francisco Marina neighborhood and have opened up my studio to serve the community in which I live and value.

My clients have experienced lasting success with their personal training goals because my methods are all-encompassing. I train clients by incorporating challenging cardiovascular and muscle building workouts during our sessions, but I also school them in their choices made outside of the sessions, namely diet and nutrition. I have an understanding of individual needs and am able to push people to their maximum fitness level to help them obtain the results for which they strive.

I also have a passion for teaching and training children in the practice and techniques of Taekwondo martial arts. The martial arts programs I’ve developed are high-energy, fun and interactive. The overarching goal of the children’s Taekwondo program is to build the student’s self esteem, which is done by acknowledging, recognizing and rewarding not just the student’s accomplishments and successes, but their efforts as well. Learning martial arts is a physical endeavor, involving all muscle groups to help develop a student’s physical fitness. But the emphasis goes far beyond just learning physical moves and martial arts techniques. The use of martial arts is implemented as a mechanism to develop positive character and life-improvement skills in students such as increasing self confidence, improving focus and concentration, learning respect for others, developing self discipline, and optimizing physical fitness.

If you are thinking about introducing martial arts to your child, here is a short list of traits that martial arts like Taekwondo can develop in a child:

  • Self esteem
  • Focus and
  • concentration
  • Self discipline
  • Physical fitness
  • Self confidence
  • Positive attitude
  • Leadership
  • Respect
  • Patience
  • Goal setting
  • Manners
  • Strong work ethic
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Crafty Lauren March 28, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Great idea for a fitness “GURU”!
OK question: when I work out I want to eat more. I feel like I can’t win.
Any wisdom on fighting the battle of the buldge would be appreciated here.


Erika {Delphine} March 28, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Welcome, James. Looking forward to your posts!


elle March 28, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Welcome James! I’m definitely looking for some tips on getting fit that involves the kids! Can’t wait–


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