Mac Dodds

Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

Mac Dodds is a real-world fitness and exercise specialist. A Bachelors and Masters Degree in Exercise Science puts him in another category from other Certified Personal Trainers. When it comes to understanding your unique body and coming up with a plan to improve it realistically, no one is better. He specializes in reducing chronic pain through corrective exercise and functional longevity training.

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About Me


  • BS, Kinesiology, San Diego State University
  • Master's Degree, Physical Education, San Diego State University

Years Experience


Certifications / Trainings

NSCA - Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

CPR Certified

ACE/AHA Heartsaver First Aid with CPR and AED

AED Certified

ACE/AHA Heartsaver First Aid with CPR and AED

Liability Insurance

  • NSCA Professional With Liability

Mac's Locations

Core Fitness

2261 Morello Ave.
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

Additional Information


$0.00 / hr, Start with a 100% complimentary Assessment/Goal Discovery Session

Payment Methods

Personal Checks

Awards & Accomplishments

  • Best Dad in the World Award. - From my sons - Waylen and Hogan Dodds
  • Qualified for Worlds Toughest Mudder Race

Languages Spoken




20 Reviews

5.0 out of 5 Stars

  • by Buck Worthing on Sep 12, 2014

    I have been working with Mac for several months. Mac started with my core and built my strength from there. In the infancy of our relationship, there were exercises that Mac would have me do that I thought I would never be able to conquer. However, as time moved on and my strength continued to build, I now can do those exercises with much more confidence.

    Mac is not a drill sergeant. Mac is a master of his art. He has the ability to get to know what your body needs and builds a custom program for the individual.

    Patient, encouraging and non-judgmental is how I would describe Mac Dodds. I feel lucky to have met Mac.

    Thank you Mac!

    Buck Worthing

    Response by Mac Dodds on Sep 13, 2014

    Thank you so much Buck! You are gonna win the black sand beach challenge!

  • by Michael Bourne on Sep 12, 2014

    Mac has improved my strength and overall health tremendously. I always shied away from personal training because I pictured a drill sergeant yelling at me to do 5 more reps. But Mac is mellow and patient and still gets great results. I’m 53 and went to Mac for lingering shoulder pain I was getting with my traditional weight lifting workout. He put together a circuit-training routine that eliminated the exercises stressing my shoulder but still allowed me to build upper body strength. The intensity of the full-body workout has also led to a trimmer waistline and stronger abs. Mac is a super trainer. A++

    Response by Mac Dodds on Sep 12, 2014

    Thanks Michael! You are great to work with and I am so glad I can help.

  • by Dave Simpson on Sep 11, 2014

    I work with Mac in two capacities:

    First, Mac is my personal trainer. What's special about Mac's approach is that he doesn't come in and tell you exactly what you have to do to get where you want to go. He listens to you and to your body and responds with spot-on advice. Also, he's amazing at giving feedback on form. It's hard to cheat on this guy! He sees the subtle flaws in form and fixes them.

    Second, Mac works as S&C coach to the Scotland national womens lacrosse team, of which I'm head coach. He has done a great job of coming up with programs to prepare our athletes to compete at the highest level, while at the same time being flexible to the demands of time and access to equipment that they face, many being full time employees or full time students. We especially appreciate his emphasis on injury-prevention during our long competition season.

    Can't say enough about Mac, and recommend him highly to any individual or team looking for a training guru.

    Response by Mac Dodds on Sep 11, 2014

    Thank you Dave!

  • by Larry Russell III on Jul 24, 2014

    I have been working out with Mac for a little over a year now. I was always slow to embrace exercising. I was too shy to show up at a gym, but knew I needed to change my unhealthy lifestyle; thus, I moved forward to finding a personal trainer and was very fortunate enough to find Mac. Mac is a solid ten out of ten. Mac’s credentials with a Master’s degree in Physical Education speaks for itself, but what really makes Mac special is his high degree of care to my well-being. My goals are Mac’s goals. Mac is patient and a strong motivator. I could not ask for anything better.

    Response by Mac Dodds on Sep 11, 2014

    Thank you Larry. It is a pleasure working with you! You have come so far and are always improving.

  • by Howard Slavitt on Jul 01, 2014

    I have been working with Mac for about 1 1/2 years. I'm 52 years old. Mac has helped me to become more fit, increase strength and muscle, and to reduce fat. He's a great motivator. I started working out with Mac once a week (for about a year) and now have added a second, half-hour session mid week to keep me on track. . . . I can even do pull-ups now (7 at once, or about 25-30 during a one hour session) for the first time in my life! . . .

    Mac also has been training my stepson (now 19) since he was 15, and his body has been transformed from fat/pudgy to a fit/slim teenager.

    In short, Mac's the best!

    Response by Mac Dodds on Jul 02, 2014

    Thanks so much Howard! It's been a pleasure working with you and your amazing family!

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