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Rico Taylor

Professional Fitness Instructor

Rico is an accomplished fitness instructor dedicated to helping individuals achieve their health and fitness goals. Armed with a degree in Kinesiology, Rico possesses a deep understanding of human movement and physiology. Specializing in strength training, HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training), and sport performance, Rico designs customized fitness programs. He believes in the transformative power of strength training, enhancing muscle growth and overall body composition. Exceling in dynamic HIIT, Rico uses intense exercises and short recovery periods to maximize calorie burn and boost cardiovascular fitness. His expertise in sport performance training allows him to create tailored programs that enhance athletes’ abilities, performance, and injury prevention. With an encouraging coaching style, Rico provides personalized guidance, empowering clients to surpass their limits and achieve exceptional results. Passionate about holistic well-being, Rico emphasizes a balanced lifestyle, integrating fitness, nutrition, and mental health. He believes genuine fitness encompasses both physical strength and mental resilience. Whether you’re a beginner or an athlete, Rico is committed to guiding you. With his expertise and dedication, he will help you transform your body, elevate fitness, and embrace a healthier life.


Reza Shifteh

Functional Fitness Instructor

Reza Shifteh is a passionate and dedicated functional fitness instructor with a proven track record of helping clients achieve their health and fitness goals. As the Head Coach at Third Shot Functional Fitness, Reza brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the role, guiding individuals of all fitness levels through personalized training programs designed to enhance Strength, Enduarance, and Overall Wellness. With a background in leading high-performing teams and implementing comprehensive training initiatives, Reza excels in creating a positive and motivating environment for all clients. His innovative approach and commitment to continuous improvement ensures that each workout is both challenging and rewarding, fostering a sense of community and support within the gym. Reza’s dedication to functional fitness goes beyond just physical training. He emphasizes the importance of proper technique, injury prevention, and sustainable lifestyle changes, empowering clients to achieve long-term success. His engaging coaching style, combined with his deep knowledge of fitness principles, makes him a trusted and inspiring leader in the fitness community. Whether you’re a beginner looking to start your fitness journey or an experienced athlete aiming to reach new heights, Reza is committed to helping you become the best version of yourself. Join him at Teqneeq and experience the transformative power of functional fitness.


Matthew Ceglie

Personal Trainer

Matthew Ceglie’s fitness journey began unexpectedly after a severe spinal injury, which transformed his daily life. Matthew was committed to using physical therapy, weight training, and nutrition to rehabilitate his injury. After bouncing back to total health, Matthew realized just how beneficial nutrition and exercise are, so with his BS Degree in hand, he also became an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer, NASN Sports Nutritionist, and ACE Certified Personal Trainer. 28 years later, Matthew has served hundreds of clients in San Diego County helping those over 40 gain a new lease on life while preventing injury and boosting their quality of life. In 2017, Matthew built a Fitness App that he uses to train and keep track of his client’s workouts. The Strongist App has over 500 exercise videos and is very user-friendly. “I’ve had the privilege of working with Matt for the last three months. Starting a workout program can be daunting, overwhelming, and difficult. Matt is patient and understanding. I had a million reasons ready to go why I couldn’t do what he was asking, why it wouldn’t work and he just listened. He truly heard me and knew when to push and when to be patient…I love the fact that I can show up and Matt has a plan ready to go. Every day he changes it up so it never gets boring. When you work with Matt, you are part of his family. As soon as you enter the gym, he goes out of his way to introduce you to everyone there. No matter how hard that day’s workout was, I always walk out with a smile. His sense of humor is awesome and most importantly, he doesn’t judge. He will be a partner in your journey and you honestly can’t find a better one :).” Lesley N. San Diego, CA See other testimonials here. Matthew knows how to lessen the risk of injury while still getting the most out of proper exercise routines that create muscle strength balance. He teaches proper exercise techniques with passion and enthusiasm, ensuring pain and fatigue can become a thing of the past. Matthew combines a comprehensive program with a proper warm-up, custom workout, cardio, stretching, and nutrition to make every client’s fitness goals a reality. “MATT’S ABILITY TO ADJUST AND CREATE WORKOUTS TO ACHIEVE MY GOALS HAS BEEN INVALUABLE. I’M ALMOST 54 AND I’M THE STRONGEST I’VE EVER BEEN IN MY LIFE!” David G. – San Diego, CA Matthew has always been passionate about sharing his knowledge and skills with those around him. He enjoys waking up daily to continue his quest to help others achieve their full potential. He knows just how tough it can be to get back into shape after reaching 40, but with Matthew and his STRONGIST services, it’s more than possible to attain your health and fitness goals no matter what your age may be. All Teqneeq members receive a free Fitness Evaluation, and 2 personal training sessions, contact Matthew directly for more information. Matthew Ceglie (Chey-Lee)


Elena Soltanovskaya

Nationally Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Elena holds a Master’s degree in physical education. She specializes in creating comprehensive fitness programs tailored to newcomers to the gym or those who have taken a hiatus from exercise. Additionally, Elena is skilled at assisting individuals in their recovery journey after injuries. Her approach encompasses a wide range of fitness elements, such as balance, coordination, strength. If you are 45 and older – this is my specialty. You are very welcome to my sessions.


Andrew Thomsen

Certified Personal Trainer

With 14 years of experience, Andrew is a certified personal trainer holding credentials from the National Academy of Sports Medicine and specializing as a Corrective Exercise Specialist. Throughout his career, he has guided individuals of all ages and fitness levels in achieving their health and wellness goals. With an active lifestyle cultivated over 18 years, Andrew has immersed himself in bodybuilding, martial arts, and powerlifting. His expertise encompasses diverse aspects, including diet and weight loss, muscle building, strength enhancement, and flexibility improvement. Andrew is a strong advocate for the significance of personal trainers, extending this belief to fellow trainers. Continuously evolving alongside the fitness industry, he actively collaborates with various experts to fine-tune his approach. In addition to his fitness pursuits, Andrew holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and works as a software engineer. His joy extends beyond the gym, encompassing diverse activities such as hiking, ranch work, spending quality time with animals, culinary adventures, exploring new places, and mastering musical instruments.


Dawson Castro

Physical Preparation Specialist

Dawson is a professional specializing in athletic development, corrective exercise, and functional training. With experience in coaching bodybuilding and powerlifting, he confidently helps clients achieve their goals in aesthetics, strength, and overall health. Dawson is committed to promoting a healthy lifestyle through good habits, nutrition, and mental strength, empowering clients to make lasting positive changes. With personalized training programs and individualized strategies, Dawson offers unwavering support and guidance for a transformative fitness journey. As a recent National Champion Powerlifter, Dawson brings an impressive track record to his coaching practice.


Dr. Bronner Handwerger NMD

Naturopathic Medical Doctor

Dr. Bronner Handwerger NMD is a Naturopathic Medical Doctor. He is an expert in the field of Preventive and Integrative Medicine and his focus is on endocrinology and regenerative orthopedics. His patients affectionately call him “DocBron”. DocBron treats many professional NFL, MLB, and Olympic athletes using state of the art regenerative therapies. He has been using regenerative modalities including platelet-rich plasma and other state of the art therapies to treat and help heal patients’ injuries both acute and chronic and maximize performance. He provides complete comprehensive family health care. He is an expert in the use of natural, non-toxic nutraceuticals for many common conditions. He has a great deal of experience with interactions between pharmaceutical drugs, nutrients, and herbs, and assures that the program that you may be on is safe and personalized for you. With over 3,000 five-star reviews and 20 years of experience, he has been able to help patients from all over the world. Holding an academic post, he was an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine, where he earned his 4-year medical degree and taught endocrinology and clinical diagnosis at the medical school. He is a member of the American Association of Anti-Aging Medicine, American College for Advancement in Medicine, and a preceptor location for medical students at Bastyr University School of Naturopathic Medicine. He lectures extensively on various health-related topics. Utilizing genetic and functional medicine testing he can reveal risk factors long before they ever become apparent. This way, many people can modify lifestyle and nutrient intake to make beneficial and lasting changes, and avoid ever becoming sick. His unique approach to understanding the underlying cause of his patients’ problems sheds new light for many and helps them to find solutions. He focuses on finding the root cause of illness and is committed to being a patient advocate in the journey toward optimal health for each and every patient. He believes in “first doing no harm,” “the healing power of nature,” and “less is more” as he educates his patients so they can make informed decisions regarding their health care and whole-body health. Areas of Expertise: Preventive and integrative medicine, endocrinology, and regenerative orthopedics. Education: Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine 4 year degree: University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine. Memberships: The American Association of Anti-Aging Medicine The American College for Advancement in Medicine The Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians California Naturopathic Doctors Association Academic Affiliations: Bastyr University School of Naturopathic Medicine The Institute For Human Individuality at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine


Dr. Boaz Ritblatt

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Dr. Boaz Ritblatt is a Doctor of Physical Therapy who earned his degree from the University of Southern California, Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. His interest in physical therapy stems from his own rehabilitation after he was involved in a motorcycle accident. Through his own experiences as a patient undergoing physical therapy and his encounters throughout his professional career, Dr. Boaz has developed a treatment style that treats the individual rather than the injury. Dr. Boaz has developed a unique treatment model that combines multiple disciplines including traditional manual therapy, Active Release Techniques® (ART®), a state-of-the-art soft tissue system/movement-based technique, Deep Tissue Laser Therapy and Myofascial release techniques to treat injuries and pain in order to restore function and strength, prevent injuries and improve performance. Using this health and wellness treatment model in addition to his certification as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Dr. Boaz has trained and treated variety patients of all ages, from NFL athletes, Ironman competitors, Tri-Athletes, Division I Athletes, to high school students, individuals recovering from strokes, and individuals training to return to activities of daily living. Dr. Boaz’s goal is to develop a unique treatment program for each individual in order to encourage healing, enhance wellness and healthy living. Dr. Boaz maintains professional certifications as a Physical Therapist (PT), Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Active Release Techniques® (ART®) Provider and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Dr. Boaz has participated in many sports such as water polo, hockey and full contact Taekwondo Sparring, where he won a Gold Medal the U.S. Junior Olympics. In his spare time, Dr. Boaz enjoys running in half-marathons, playing golf, cooking and spending time with his wife, Sarah. Degrees & Certifications: Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Southern California Bachelors of Art Degree in Political Science, University of California, San Diego Certified Active Release Techniques Provider® (ART®) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) American Heart Association Healthcare Provider, CPR & AED Certified Associations: American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Member California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA) Member National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Member American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) Member


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