Francisco is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology with a concentration in Sustainable Health and Wellness Strategies through San Jose State University.
As a competitive powerlifter, Francisco holds several state and national records. A mainstay in the Powerlifting USA Top 500 lifts in his weight class, Francisco is rapidly approaching Elite status with competition bests of 405 squat, 275 bench, 505 deadlift, and 1,185 total in the 145-pound weight class. He is recognized as a coach who can train, run, and jump alongside his best athletes to push them to higher levels - and keep them healthy in the process.
Francisco's mission is to provide performance enhancement training for athletes of all levels. At Foothill College, Francisco was involved in the Sports Medicine Department with the Athletic Injury Care Division, emphasizing in injury prevention, emergency care and rehabilitation through the principles of anatomy, physiology, pathology, bio-mechanics, and psychology. Francisco was also the head undergraduate assistant with The Foothill Strength and Conditioning Department, as well as a volunteer with the San Jose State Strength and Conditioning staff.
Training over 300 athletes from over 40 different NCAA, NFL, NHL and MLB organizations, Francisco has studied under some of the top fitness professionals and coaches in the world. He has worked with a wide variety of real world people, from general population clientele to several top level athletes, World Champions, and professionals in a multitude of sports. Years of extensive research, mentorship, experience, and the ability to consistently deliver results have earned Francisco a reputation as one of the top fitness experts in the area. Although prepared in a variety of bodies of knowledge, Francisco currently specializes in weight loss and general strength training as they relate to program design and corrective exercise; female fitness; and athletic performance enhancement.
- B.S. Behavioral Science, San Jose State University, May 2012
- A.S. Sports Medicine; Wellness and Education emphasis, Foothill College, April 2010
- Cross Fit Level 1 & 2 Trainer
- Cross Fit Powerlifting Trainer
- American Red Cross Certified First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer
- Gray Cook Functional Movement Screen and Selective Functional Movement Screen Certified
- ACE Pre/Post Natal Certified
- Level 3 Athletes Performance Mentorship/ Internship Program
- Level 4 Z-Health Joint Integrity and Mobility Specialist
- Muscle Balance Postural Level 2 Certified
- Mike Boyle Mentorship/ Internship Level 1, 2009 and 2014
- Unpaid Internship with Boston Celtics, 2010
- USA Weight Lifting Club Coach Level 1
- Mentorship - Cressey Performance
- Volunteer with San Jose State Athletics
- Level 1 Certified- USOC Paralympics Organization
- Certified High Performance Coach
"Francisco is not only very professional and works with me as is appropriate, but is also a good guy. This all is very important in accomplishing ones goals." - Kirk R.
"It is an honor for me to write a testimonial for my friend and trainer Francisco Lara, who has changed my life in a most profound manner. I am 72 years old and am NOT going to tell you that Fran transformed me from a slug to a stud, but rather he has shown and continues to show me what I need to do to be as fit as possible for as long as possible.
I have been a gym rat since my teen age years. After military service I continued to run and do calisthenics and ran 3 respectable marathons at age 59. When the knees dictated no more running I settled into a fitness rut which consisted of aerobics (bike, spin, swim) and some pull ups, stretching, etc.
I was aware of research that resistance training with weights is important as we age for bone density, balance and overall well being, but I did not have a self directed plan.
Fran has a plan! He is the consummate professional dedicated to each of his clients, tailoring their work outs to individual strengths and weaknesses. I can tell he gives each of our sessions serious thought as to where we need to work to maintain overall body fitness. E.g. I am a lifelong golfer. Fran has studied with TPI (the Titleist performance institute) to learn golf specific programs. He constantly mixes things up to address all areas of the body. Perhaps the most unique and important part of his practice is that he has a script for each workout and keeps data on my progress (or lack thereof) which he measures quarterly. A great teacher I knew used to say that we can only measure progress in retrospect, and Fran’s quarterly testing not only records that but motivates me to keep improving.
I have three grandchildren under the age of 5 and my fondest wish is that I can be a vibrant and active grandpa for many more years. Fran has made that a very real possibility. What more can I say about this man?" - Allan Jamieson
"Many Trainers just copy and paste workout programs they've got on the internet or old textbooks. Very few actually turn training into their passion like Francisco does. Fran trains clients with such motivation and enthusiasm that every day I feel like I come out ready to attack the day. He has clearly been doing this for over fifteen years and what’s amazing is that he does it without even owning a gym himself. Every day I come in he delivers world class service and I feel like I'm his only guy. Best of all, the guy is giving with everything he has and his spiritual soul outside the gym is more impressive than what he does in the gym. He has made it his mission to improve his client’ lives and make a difference in the few that get to work with him every day." - Eddie Lara, BSN RN
"The first week of testing with Francisco he put me through the most comprehensive testing I have ever gone through. He poked and prodded me like I was an Olympic athlete and man was it humbling. I’ve played sports, competed in bodybuilding competitions. Boxed and consider myself a healthy individual. Every time I went to a physical with a doctor they always said I was fine, but I always felt like I never had enough time to really get evaluated. Francisco’s week long testing leaves no stones unturned and at the end of each day he leaves you with a motivating pick me up to go on with the rest of your day. I’ll continue to work with Francisco because he's the kind of guy you always want around, because you know he genuinely cares about your health inside and outside the gym."
- Adrian Arturo. Certified Trainer
Phone: (650) 269-6687