be your change

fabian patterson


Hi, my name is Fabian, and I’ve been a Certified Personal Trainer since 2014. But, my love and passion for fitness started in 2010 following a suicide attempt.

At the time, I was a soldier in the United States Army and had just come back from my second combat deployment from Iraq. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was suffering from severe PTSD.

PTSD wasn’t evident until it was almost too late. It wasn’t apparent until late one evening when I got close to slitting my wrist. Fortunately, my daughter walked in, and I started playing with her, which prevented me from going through with it.

The next day after work, I decided not to go home because I feared following through with it. Instead, I found myself in a gym, and after two hours of working out, I walked out feeling like I mattered. I walked out knowing I wanted to live. It was then I realized the power fitness has to improve not only physical health but also mental and emotional health. My experience is why I am so passionate about teaching my clients how to use fitness as a tool to improve their mental, emotional and physical health.

Fitness has been the anchor and has kept me grounded since I started in 2010 following my failed suicide attempt. It’s a constant reminder that life is beautiful. It’s the thing I rely on for strength, constantly reminding me that I have what it takes to do and be whatever and whomever I choose and or desire. There is no doubt that the love and passion I have for fitness and my business comes from this, and it’s this love and passion I bring to each training session with my clients.

Three years after my suicide attempt, I earned a Personal Training & Nutrition Certification from the American Council on Exercise (ACE). I’m also CPR, and First Aid qualified – a qualification I earned from the American Heart Association. I also hold a master’s degree in mental health psychology from Chaminade University. My degree in mental health psychology provides me with the tools and training to help my clients change negative habits – to live healthier lives.

how we


I realized that helping others improve their mental, emotional and physical health is something I’m passionate about three years after my suicide attempt. It’s something I want to do for the rest of my life. As a result, I started Change iz Fitness, a holistic lifestyle personal training service business that combines fitness and psychology to help clients “Be Their Change.”


Our four pillars of training is the foundational basis for which training is developed. Individually each method represent a specific aspect of fitness, however together they are significant. This training model was developed by Fabian and has become the standard for Change iz Fitness.










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