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.
- M.S. Medical Anthropology San Jose State 2014
- 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.
“I’ve trained with over 10 elite trainers over the past 16 years and have helped run a high-performance training center in Southern California since 2009. I’ve seen many different styles of training whether it be to improve strength, speed, explosiveness, mental ability, recovery, flexibility, or diet. In that time, I have never come across anyone like Francisco. He has a unique ability to combine physical, mental, and spiritual training and attacks each day with a unique focus. Fran comes to work each day prepared and positive and has consistently delivered a world-class product. While training with Fran I have become physically and mentally stronger – or ‘harder to kill’ as we joke – and simultaneously gained a lifelong friend. I could not give a higher recommendation to someone personally or professionally — he is A++ across the board. Thanks, Boom Boom.”
~ Joe Schmidt, Former Captain and Most Valuable Player, Notre Dame Football
“I have had coaches for 20+ years, including those in premier D1 athletic programs, and I can say without a doubt that Fran has had the most profound impact on my performance. I use performance broadly as Fran’s services extend well beyond physical strength. His commitment to your well-being both inside & outside of the gym provides a mental-edge that will help you succeed in all aspects of your life. I leave every single workout centered and focused, with the invaluable peace of mind that both my body & mind are on the right track. If you are fortunate enough to join his tight network of clients… get ready to sweat profusely, think deeply and laugh constantly.”
~ James Connolly
“I’m in the best shape of my life thanks to Fran. I am excited to come to the gym each and every session because I know that he will push me to get the most out of the next 45 minutes, both physically and emotionally. Every workout with Fran is thorough and well thought out. He guides you from station to station like a machine and adds a new variation to every workout. He treats his work like a craft, studying and adding the latest fitness trends to sessions. Fran’s best characteristic is his attitude: he always has a smile on his face. He’s a genuine and funny guy that I now consider a good friend. I recommend training with Fran to everyone I know. He’s earned an A++!”
~ Jack Larson
“Life is all about gaining an edge – in the classroom and workplace, and on the court and field. That path starts with building the right framework to address problems and is supplemented by dedication and persistence. Through Fran’s instruction, I have been able to refine and sharpen my personal framework and supplemental tool set, both mentally and physically. He knows how to push all the right motivational buttons while delivering a personalized workout experience unlike any other I’ve ever found. His knowledge and professionalism are second to none – there’s just no one I’d rather start my day with.”
~ Ben Quazzo, Former Captain, Princeton Men’s Tennis, Snacking National Champion, Accel Partners
“Training with Francisco has helped me to far surpass my goals, and literally transformed my body, mind, and – most of all – my spirit. I’ve been training with Francisco for over six years. As an endurance triathlete in his 60’s with 3 to 5 long-distance races every year, strength training has been key to building and maintaining my conditioning and avoiding injury. Francisco is extremely effective as a trainer. He puts his clients first and tailors the training with a sharp eye on long-term improvement and sustainability, rather than just working you to the max every time (not that the sessions are ever easy!). When a trainer pushes you to keep reaching deeper and provides the support and know-how that makes you feel safe and confident, it is inevitable that you will build physical strength and mental fortitude. Francisco continuously integrates new ideas, and despite the seriousness with which he attends to you, he maintains perspective and a sense of humor. Every session is fun and rewarding.”
~ Rick Shwartz
“Francisco was born to be a trainer! He is passionate about his clients and he imbues every session with positive energy. He is very knowledgeable and intuitive about physiology and exercise and he is relentlessly trying to learn and bring the state of the art to his training. He is also super reliable and never misses a session. I have been with Francisco for over 5 years, and I have had various personal trainers for the past 30 years, and he is the most fun and the most effective trainer I have ever worked with. As he would say, he is “A++”.
~ Ned Gilhuly
“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