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Eli Alicea is a qualified and accredited personal trainer in Charleston, SC.  His credentials include a B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science, N.S.C.A. Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, F.R.C. Certified, A.C.S.M. Health Fitness Specialist, and Certification in Functional Movement Screen Level 1.


Built on the science behind skill and strength training, Eli's method focuses on teaching his members the right form, first and foremost, and then motivating them to build on that form to grow stronger, faster and more agile with every session.  With an extensive education and background in sport science, functional movement, and conditioning methods, Eli's got what it takes to help you lay a strong foundation, learn the right movements, and avoid injury.  How far you go... that's up to you!


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Personalization & Structure

One-on-one training offers the most specialized experience available.  While all of our programs are tailored to the client's individual needs, private training guarantees uninterrupted attention during your sessions.  This program is wonderful for anyone training for a competition or even recovering from an injury.  A popular option is to combine both private and semi-private sessions for an all around experience.

Support & Motivation

The semi-private training option groups 2-3 clients of similar ability with one certified trainer.  Some exercises will require individual attention and others will include the group as a whole.  This option offers several great advantages such as accountability, motivation, teambuilding and affordability.  As an added bonus, you are sure to gain a great new  workout-buddy!

Customization & Flexibiltiy

The great thing about The Body Lab SC's process is that each client's individual needs are assessed for optimal program design and results.  If what you need is a tried and true training program to follow, and already feel confident with your own motivation and form, then online training may be right for you!   We will email you a customized 4 week plan and be on call to to give help whenever you need to touch base.  No travel or stress, just great tools for success!

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"Eli is the best.  Hands down.  If you are serious about taking your training to the next level, Eli is your man."

Kelly Ferderigos

Eli is "extremely approachable and super knowledgeable.  He's improved my form immensely and has been invaluable in helping me increase my numbers in preparation for my first powerlifting meet.  I really appreciate how he takes the time to explain to you why he's chosen certain movements and what that means for you.  I've also gained a much better knowledge of programming, something that had not been explained to me by previous trainers.  I could not be happier with my experience!"

Megan Wagner

"Eli is amazing.  He really takes the time and care to address specific strength needs, focusing on form, and teaching the connections between muscle groups. My hips and shoulders were wrecked from past training. He was able to target my weak areas that I had no idea even influenced my pains. AMAZING trainer!"

April Henry

"I began working with Eli a few years ago when I still lived in Charleston. I was dealing with some patellar tendonitis that I couldn’t seem to shake, and I saw him training other people at the gym I was lifting at. He seemed very knowledgeable so I approached him and asked if he could help me. He suggested a PT that he worked with regularly and I began working with the both of them. Well...within the first 30 minutes of working with Eli, he was able to identify my main deficit. I train in Olympic lifting and was lifting enough to be competitive in the local meets I was doing. Eli found my weakness fast and began helping me work to create balance with my lifts. Fast forward a couple years and a move out west, and I was still dealing with the same issues. By now I had seen multiple PT’s and had a procedure with a sports doctor to try and fix my tendonosis for good. No one approached my problem by trying to fix the imbalances I had (my hamstrings and glutes weren’t working like they should...the issue Eli figured out in the first half hour I worked with him).
Eli offers to help me again with my problem and imbalances, and he began programming for me. This was not an easy road, and he definitely challenged what I thought I knew about lifting and technique.
He has broken down every movement, rebuilt my squat, and helped me get back to Olympic lifting...all PAIN FREE! Eli was able to do what no PT could do because he actually listened to me and helped me fix the root cause of my issues...not just put a bandaid on it.
I can honestly say that Eli is one of the most knowledgeable and passionate people I have ever met. He truly takes his work personally and he does everything he can to make sure the people he works with feel supported and challenged."

Trevor Ashe

" say that I am grateful for Eli and his help would be an understatement. He is not only knowledgable he desires to help the person in all aspects. Relational beyond anyone I have ever met and cares more about your goals and your success than you do. Its truly a pleasure to have worked with him and look forward to continuing to work with him. If you have fitness questions he is your go to guy."

Benjamin Patton

"Before I was a customer Eli offered to help me with my squat form. He took time out of his day to help me just because he cares about this stuff and genuinely wants to see people improve. I've been taking a class with him for the past 3 months and it's been incredible. He's patient, knowledgeable and a lot of fun to work with. Could not recommend more."

Andrew Askins

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