Elissa's Personal Best
Elissa Hyman

Elissa Hyman has 25 years of experience in the fitness industry and has established herself as one of New York’s premiere fitness authorities. She holds a Master's degree in Exercise Physiology from Columbia University as well as various certifications. For the past 15 years, as the owner and director of Elissa’s Personal Best Gym she is dedicated to helping clients achieve their “Personal Best” at her private gym and training facility on New York's Upper East Side. 

Elissa trains men and women, ages 13 to 85. Her client base ranges from athletes in training, to brides on a mission -- from corporate executives and professional dancers, to new and expectant mothers. Though her clients run the fitness gamut, they all have one thing in common: Everyone wants to feel and look their best.

Elissa is dedicated to making each workout personalized, fun and effective. Her workouts incorporate a variety of techniques and approaches to fitness, including aerobic circuit training, boot camp, pilates mat, plyometrics, traditional strength and weight training as well as Body Weight and Stability Training Elissa loves to integrate the use of Free Weights, Medicine Balls,  Bands, the Bosu and the Stability Ball in her clients workouts to mix it up!

Prior to founding Elissa's Personal Best Gym, Elissa was a competitive aerobics athlete and a professional group fitness instructor. She was best known for her Body Sculpt classes, Cardio Sculpt classes, high-energy, high-impact abs, thighs and buns workouts, master classes, and for her workshop series for fitness professionals.

Today, Elissa can be found teaching her signature "Abs, Thighs and Buns Challenge" class at The Sports Club LA/NY on Sunday mornings, and remains committed to her personal training clients. Simply put, she loves what she does.

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As an instructor, Elissa has taught at some of the country's premiere fitness centers, including:

  • The Vertical Club (NYC)
  • The Sports Club (LA/NYC)
  • Crunch Gyms (NYC)
  • Jeff Martin Aerobics Studio (NYC)
  • The Molly Fox Studio (NYC)
  • Austin Adams Fitness (NYC)
  • Canyon Ranch (Berkshires)
  • Voight Fitness and Dance Center (LA)


Elissa's certifications:

  • Ace Certified Personal Trainer
  • Ace Certified Group Fitness Instructor
  • Lindafit Certified Pilates Mat Instructor
  • Strollercise Certified Prenatal Instructor

Masters in Exercise Physiology, Columbia University