John Sitaras, creator of the Sitaras Method and founder of Sitaras Fitness in New York City, was born on Greece's Eastern Aegean Island of Chios before relocating with his family to Brooklyn, New York. John showed an early interest in science when he attained a 2-year Medical Science degree from the Clara Barton School before moving onto Brooklyn College, where he pursued a major in psychology and minors in Physical Education and Health and Nutrition.
John, however, soon decided to translate his love of bodybuilding into a full-fledged career. After placing 4th in an All Natural Body Building Championships at the early age of 19, he took a leave of absence from his studies to pursue the sport professionally. After an intense 2 years of training, his future in the sport was cut short by a tragic accident, leaving John hospitalized and wheelchair-bound for many months.
With his hopes of a career in professional bodybuilding dashed, Sitaras turned to the world of personal training. Despite several successful years training at top-rated gyms and at private residences on both the east and west coasts, the industry's lack of science-based methodology and training protocols was so disappointing as to force John to consider leaving the personal training world altogether.
Fortunately, though, Sitaras chose to improve the industry instead. He teamed up with American Academy of Pain Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital where John spent 18 months learning the system for treating acute and chronic pain, muscle spasms, and pre-post-rehabilitation protocols.
John also used this time for his own research and development to tie his knowledge of personal training and bodybuilding to advanced methods of preventing and treating injury. This is the cornerstone of the Sitaras Method. Utilizing an extraordinary comprehensive evaluation system (which can take anywhere from 6-12 full sessions), John makes a detailed assessment of 5 categories of physical fitness: body fat composition, cardio-respiratory ability, flexibility, muscle endurance, and muscle strength. Taking these factors into account, along with any known preexisting conditions, John creates a full fitness regime from his template of free-weight, bodyweight, and machine-driven exercises, tailored specifically for each client. His main goal is to develop muscular balance in his clients, which is the foundation for more specific goals such as aesthetics, strength and flexibility gains, or developing a more powerful athletic ability.