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Meet Our Personal Trainers

If you would like to schedule a Personal Training session, please call the personal training hotline at 502-238-2792.

Certifications: ISSA Personal Trainer

Hometown: Gainesville Florida

Cats, cards, or I love ALL animals? I love every animal!

Favorite hobbies? Playing music with my band, lifting, hanging with my pets and gaming.

What is your favorite quote? Carpe Diem

What is your Favorite book/show/movie? My favorite book by far is Iqbal, my favorite show is Arcane and my favorite movie is The Truman Show.

Do you have a Role model? I look up to Morgan Olson. A weightlifting fanatic myself, she taught me the ins and outs of fitness and nutrition and I wouldn’t be where I am today without her!

What is your workout specialty? Weightlifting and strength and conditioning.

What advice do you give to a member that is just starting their workout journey? Anyone who is a pro at something was a beginner at some point. Get started, keep learning and move forward!

What advice do you give to gym veterans? Soon after you feel like you know everything there is to know, you slowly start to realize you’ve only scratched the surface. Keep learning and improving always.

What is your favorite exercise? Bench-press one hundred percent.

Why did you get involved in fitness? My fitness journey started because of football! After a career-ending injury, I started finding my love for weightlifting and have never looked back.

Certifications: NASM personal trainer

Hometown: Louisville Kentucky.

Cats, cards, or I love ALL animals? I love my cats. I don’t have a preference on sports teams.

Favorite hobbies? lifting, playing various card games with my friends, collecting and reading comics, and playing basketball.

What is your favorite quote? “Sharing tea with a fascinating stranger is one of life’s true delights.”- Uncle Iroh

What is your Favorite book/show/movie?  Book: Garth Ennis’s 2004 Punisher Run, Show: Avatar the Last Airbender, Movie: Shutter Island

Do you have a Role model? I don’t have a single person, but I look up to my family.

What is your workout specialty? Weightlifting, strength training

What advice do you give to a member that is just starting their workout journey? Focus on form the weight will come later.

What advice do you give to gym veterans? Remember that even though you are a veteran it doesn’t mean you know everything. Be open to changing how you think.

What is your favorite exercise? Bench press

Why did you get involved in fitness? I started lifting in a weightlifting club in high school. I soon began training all the time and I loved the satisfaction I felt from progress.after high school I wanted a way to make money while helping people feel the same way I felt while training.

Certifications:  Kettlebell, B.S. in Exercise Science and Sports Medicine.

Cats, cards, or I love ALL animals? Big Cards fan, but I love all animals as long as they don’t attack or eat me.

Favorite hobbies? Hanging with family and friends, hiking, and other outdoor activities, as well as indoor activities. I have a thing for hats and shoes. Watching movies. Enjoy eating food.

What is your Favorite book/show/movie? I’m a big superhero fan so, Marvel Comics and DC movies I’m really into. My favorite book is Freakonomics. If I’m not watching sports, which is most of the time, I watch the Blacklist.

What advice do you give to a member that is just starting their workout journey? Set a specific training goal: weight loss, muscle building, improving body composition etc. Be patient, take your time. Hire a personal trainer/fitness coach, they are here to help guide you in your fitness journey.

Certifications:

  • Pre & Postnatal Corrective Exercise Specialist, Fit For Birth
  • Certified Diastasis & Core Consultant, Fit For Birth
  • Pregnancy Safe Elite Coach, Fit For Birth
  • Fascia Flossing Specialist, Level 1, The Floss Training
  • Certified Personal Trainer, NCSF
  • Sport Nutrition Specialist, NCSF
  • Les Mills BODYPUMP, BODYSTEP, BODYCOMBAT, BODYFLOW, & CORE Instructor

Home town: Gardner, Massachusetts

Cats, cards, or I love ALL animals? Cards, only because it’s my husband’s Alma Mater! However, I do love all animals!

Favorite hobbies? Baking Paleo/Healthy treats, listening to music and podcasts, being active and playing with my kids

What is your favorite quote? “To move the world, we must move ourselves” – Socrates & “A wise man ought to realize that health is his most valuable possession” – Hippocrates

What is your Favorite book/show/movie? I loved the Harry Potter series when the books came out and now I’m enjoying reading the books to my daughter. I love binge-worthy shows on streaming platforms but I have always been a Friends fanatic and am a big fan of Parks and Rec and The Office. My taste varies a lot with movies but I have found myself rewatching movies ranging from the likes of Donnie Darko to Pride and Prejudice and can appreciate a good comedy such as Anchorman…

Do you have a Role model? A personal role model is my mother who sparked my love for movement and health when I was a teenager… A professional role model of mine is James Goodlatte – the founder of Fit For Birth – who is elevating and educating prenatal and postpartum fitness leaders with a progressive, holistic approach to wellness and birthing.

What is your workout specialty? Pre-Conception, Prenatal and Postpartum: Core and Pelvic Floor Functional Fitness and Mobility, Breath-work, and Fascia Flossing (resistive stretching).

What advice do you give to a member that is just starting their workout journey? Your body and mind can only learn one new thing at a time, so keep things simple, remember to breathe as you move your body, and make time for recovery. As you’re working out, ask yourself: “How does this movement make my body feel?” If the answer is “this hurts” (and not in a good way!) or “I’m feeling it in my joints” – seek out a personal trainer and don’t hesitate to ask for help along  the way.

What advice do you give to gym veterans? Don’t underestimate the importance of recovery (hydration, nutrition, sleep, and mindfulness) to thrive and make gains. 

What is your favorite exercise? Anything that challenges the inner-core unit from a functional standpoint.

Why did you get involved in fitness? At first, it was more for myself.  For me, movement is therapy and I thought that if I became involved in fitness I’d feel the benefits and make an income at the same time! Then, I quickly realized, I become energized when I see the lightbulb turn on in the minds of people I train… I want to show people that exercise doesn’t have to be a chore or a sacrifice… I want to teach people how exercise and movement can be a fun and foundational part of their life without having to make complex changes… to help them find ways to incorporate it in their everyday life in the simplest of ways that provide them with energy and vitality.

Certifications: NASM – CPT (National Academy of Sports Medicine – Certified Personal Trainer); American Red Cross – Adult First Aid/CPR/AED

Hometown: Louisville, KY

Cats, Cards, or I love ALL animals? Cats when I was growing up, now I remain strictly neutral

Favorite hobbies? A variety of sports including tennis, biking and ping pong

What is your favorite quote? “I would have gone with you til the end, into the very fires of Mordor.” -Aragorn speaking to Frodo in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring film

What is your Favorite book/show/movie? I’ll stick with shows on this one… favorite overall show is Dexter, favorite single season of television is the first season of True Detective.

Do you have a Role model? No single individual, but I’m inspired by people are able to show grace and kindness in the midst of extreme hardships.

What is your workout specialty? I would say general weightlifting programming, with a bit more knowledge of upper body movements. But excited to grow and perhaps narrow my focus as I gain more experience.

What advice do you give to a member that is just starting their workout journey? Prioritize learning good technique and getting comfortable in the gym environment before worrying about high intensity and heavy weights.

What advice do you give to gym veterans? Remember that your body is an adaptation machine, so be sure to occasionally give it a new stimulus to adapt to.

What is your favorite exercise? Hex bar deadlift

What is your least favorite exercise? Calf raises

What group exercise classes do you recommend and why? I’ve always enjoyed spin classes – low impact, plus a good combination of lower body muscle building and cardio work.

Why did you get involved in fitness? I was drawn to both the aesthetic and sports performance benefits of weightlifting from a young age… and my passion for it has grown and evolved into adulthood.

Certifications: National Education Sports Training Authority certification 

Home town: Santa Ana, California 

Cats, cards, or I love ALL animals? I’m more of a dog person 

Favorite hobbies? Pro-wrestler for over 20 years, Weightlifting almost as long.

What is your favorite quote? “Never give up.” 

What is your Favorite book/show/movie? Pick one or all 3. The Godfather.

What is your workout specialty? Training seniors, athletic conditioning, weightlifting, building core strength, TRX, etc. – Training seniors, interval training, conditioning. 

What advice do you give to a member that is just starting their workout journey? Don’t ever be afraid to ask questions.

What advice do you give to gym veterans? Never stop learning. 

What is your favorite exercise? Deadlifts.

What is your least favorite exercise? Overhead press.

What group exercise classes do you recommend and why? I recommend trying all of them because you can learn something from everyone. 

Why did you get involved in fitness?  I’ve always been involved in sports, and they go hand in hand. 

Certifications: NASM/AFAA- Certified Personal Trainer, ASTI- CPR/AED Certified, NASM/AFAA- Corrective Exercise Specialist, Certified Matter of Balance Coach (MOB)

Hometown: Matunuck, Rhode Island

Cats, cards, or I love ALL animals? Cards, L’s up baby!!

Favorite hobbies? I love cross-stitching, hot yoga, and hiking/camping with my family!

What is your favorite quote? “The only thing that can limit you is believing that you are limited. Become limitless.”

What is your Favorite book/show/movie? The Care of the Soul by Thomas Moore / The Office / Catch Me If You Can

Do you have a Role model? My Mom, I’m so proud to call her my mom every day.

What is your workout specialty? The art of prevention. Through functional movements and training towards prevention of injury especially as we age, I believe is the fundamentals of being and staying healthy.

What advice do you give to a member that is just starting their workout journey? Everyone starts somewhere. Find your somewhere and don’t worry about what everyone else is doing.  

What advice do you give to gym veterans? You CAN teach an old dog new tricks!

What is your favorite exercise? Box jumps and deadlifts

Why did you get involved in fitness? I was an athlete from 5 years old through college and as I’ve learned through the years there’s a strong need in our world to move our bodies as much as we can for as long as we can.

Certifications: NASM CPT, NSCA CSCS, USAW Level 1 Coach, PPSC, ELDOA Level 1 & 2

Hometown: Menlo Park, CA

Cats, cards, or I love ALL animals? Cats, dogs, and cards.

Favorite hobbies? Hiking, Pick-Up Basketball, Lifting

What is your favorite quote? “No such thing as a life that’s better than yours” – J. Cole

What is your Favorite book/show/movie? Gladiator

Do you have a Role model? Yes, many. Stephen Curry, Dustin Poirier, and my parents to name a few.

What is your workout specialty? Functional training in whatever form that meets the needs and goals of my client. Whether it is performance, physique, or general health & wellness, I believe I can help my clients reach those goals, while improving their movement capabilities.

What advice do you give to a member that is just starting their workout journey? Be patient and try to keep the long term in mind, even if you are eager to make progress quickly. You want to build a sustainable relationship with your health and fitness that will last for life.

What advice do you give to gym veterans? Keep setting goals for yourself and keep finding new ways to challenge yourself. Training can get monotonous if you get stuck in the same routine for too long, so keep an open mind and try out new things.

What is your favorite exercise? Back Squat

Why did you get involved in fitness? I was first exposed to fitness through the training I did as a young athlete. Growing up playing sports, I loved working out with my team in the weight room, and even enjoyed the conditioning sessions in a weird way. Even when I was done competing after high school, I always found training to be a valuable thing in my life. There is struggle in the process, but reaching goals and making progress is extremely rewarding. I want to be able to share that with other people and help them along their own journey.

Certifications: ACE Personal Training Certification; Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science

Cats, Cards, or I love all animals? Cards on the court and field! – but I’m a crazy cat lady the rest of the time…

Do you have a Role model? My Mom – she’s pretty much superwoman.

What is your workout specialty? Working with people who are new to working out and developing healthy and positive experiences with fitness.

What advice do you give to a member that is just starting their workout journey?  Establishing a routine that matches up with your goals. Also, think of possible setbacks at the beginning and your plans for overcoming them. This helps you have control over your workout routine and stops you from becoming your own roadblock.

Certifications: National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) – Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) Certification, American Red Cross – CPR/AED Certification, NASM Group Personal Training Specialist (GPTS), Certified Matter of Balance Coach (MOB)

Hometown: Louisville, KY

Cats, cards, or I love ALL animals? Cards (UofL graduate) 

Favorite hobbies? Freelance photography, fishing, boating, kayaking, hiking

What is your favorite quote? “Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.” – Walt Whitman

What is your Favorite book/show/movie? To Kill a Mockingbird/Classic TV/A Scent of a Woman

Do you have a Role model? My parents (I hit the jackpot)

What is your workout specialty? A strong proponent of functional fitness as the foundation of a healthy, purposeful, and balanced life, I customize professionally designed programs focused on adaptive strategies to meet one’s individual goals.

What advice do you give to a member that is just starting their workout journey? Whether your journey started in search of rehabilitation, recuperation from the recent COVID Pandemic, chronic illness or other issues challenging one’s confidence, today is a new day. 

What advice do you give to gym veterans? Take pride in your accomplishments, continue to expand your horizons by exploring new challenges and proactively share what you’ve learned with others.

What is your favorite exercise? Swimming (allows me to enjoy many aquatic activities)

Why did you get involved in fitness? Chances are if you’ve lived even a little, you’ve experienced a few personal set-backs, medical challenges, career detours and maybe even an outsourcing or unplanned transformation of sorts. Recently retired from a  blessed career with UPS, I want to support others establishing new beginnings in their wellness journey.

Certifications: NASM Certification, CPR and First Aid Certification

Hometown: Kinchiloe, Michigan

Cats, cards, or I love ALL animals? GO CARDS! L1C4!!!!

Favorite hobbies? I enjoy playing the piano, writing and presenting my spoken word pieces, and spending time with my family.

What is your favorite quote? “Happiness is an inside job. Claim it!”

What is your Favorite book/show/movie? I have two favorite movies – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Grease. The only thing they have in common is they are both muscials.  Lol. But I can’t choose between the two as to which is my favorite. 

Do you have a Role model? Yes, my mother. My father passed away when I was 12 years old. I watched her transform to a mother and father role. She taught me how to be strong and tackle problems head-on. She also showed me that being vulnerable is also a sign of strength.

What is your workout specialty? My focus is on strength training. I have discovered that most people do not have a problem with cardio. They seem to struggle with getting enough strength training in. Sometimes for women, it is because they are intimidated by the weights. For men and women, it can be a lack of understanding of proper form, technique and the specific machines designed for specific muscle groups. I like to focus on strength training to bridge that gap. 

What advice do you give to a member that is just starting their workout journey? You don’t have to jump in and do everything at once. Taking a gradual approach is okay. Also, consistency can mean giving 50 percent on one workout, 100 percent on the next workout, and 75 percent on the following workout. Consistency doesn’t necessarily mean you always go hard. Consistency means you actually showed up and you kept coming back.

What advice do you give to gym veterans? Never think you know too much that you can’t learn something new. 

What is your favorite exercise? I love doing the row. My favorite body part to work out is my back. 

Why did you get involved in fitness? My mother took me to the gym with her when I was in middle school. During school, I ran track. As a young adult, I ran mini-marathons. Now I am a bodybuilder. I also took my daughters when they were in middle school. Life’s challenges can at times make it difficult to maintain, however, I definitely try my best.

Certifications: ACSM CPT, EP-C.

Favorite hobbies? Basketball, reading.

What is your favorite quote? “If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”- Bruce Lee

What is your workout specialty? My specialty is working with special populations-seniors, children, and individuals with heart conditions (heart events), COPD, and individuals with various other disabilities.

What advice do you give to a member that is just starting their workout journey? Don’t change everything at once. Look at it like drinking a gallon of water, take small drinks and not try to drink the whole thing at once.

What advice do you give to gym veterans? plateaus happen, think outside the box to help break through them. Also pass you knowledge on to the beginners so they don’t make the same mistakes you made, that we all make when we first start this journey

Certifications: ACE Personal Training Cert; Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science

Home town: Rock Hill, South Carolina

Cats, cards, or I love ALL animals? GO CARDS!

Favorite hobbies? Playing Basketball, Hanging with family & friends, Watching movies.

What is your favorite quote? “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Michael Jordan

What is your workout specialty? Functional Training, Strength & Conditioning.

What advice do you give to a member that is just starting their workout journey? Create a small, attainable, but realistic goal to work towards. If you’re unsure where to start, meet with a Personal Trainer to help you develop a fitness plan, build accountability and motivation!

Why did you get involved in fitness? As a kid, I’ve always loved sports and staying active! I also enjoy meeting new people and helping them make positive changes in people’s lives!

Certifications: NETA CPT, Kettlebell, High-Performance Sport, CETI.

What is your favorite quote? Strong people don’t put others down, they lift others up.

What is your Favorite book/show/movie? Book- The Windup Bird ChronicleShow- SpacedMovie- Logan, Shaun of the Dead

Do you have a Role model? My Mom

What is your workout specialty? Building core strength, weightlifting, cross-training.

What advice do you give to a member that is just starting their workout journey? Take one day at a time. Getting to the gym is the hardest part. Also, hire a trainer to help you not get overwhelmed.

What advice do you give to gym veterans? Take some group ex classes!

What group exercise classes do you recommend and why? All of them! We have a great variety of amazing instructors. We have something for everyone!

Certifications: ACE Group Fitness, ACE Personal Trainer, Les Mills Bodypump, ICG Coach By Color Cycling, Water In Motion, and CPR First Aid.

Hometown: Louisville, KY

Cats, cards, or I love ALL animals? Go Cards! LC4L

Favorite hobbies? Watching Formula One, and all the scary movies. I also enjoy crossword puzzles and video games. My latest obsession is the new Legend of Zelda, Breath of the Wild sequel. I’m a giant kid.

What is your favorite quote? “It isn’t the mountain ahead to climb that wears you out, it’s the pebble in your shoe.” – Muhammad Ali

What is your Favorite book/show/movie? My favorite book is Rose Madder by Stephen King, my favorite show is a tie between The Sopranos and Breaking Bad. Aliens is my favorite movie. When I was a little girl, I wanted to be Ripley instead of a princess. I’m sure that played a role in my love for fitness.

Do you have a Role model? My Mother, Michelle Obama, and too many great female instructors/trainers to name.

What is your workout specialty? I love all movement, but bodypump holds a special place in my heart.

What advice do you give to a member that is just starting their workout journey? Everyone struggles, just don’t quit. The key to success is, if you fall seven times, get back up eight.

What advice do you give to gym veterans? Never be afraid to try something new. All forms of training are beneficial and usually complementary to one another.

What is your favorite exercise? When my knee still had cartilage, it was running. I am a marathoner. However, I find that cycling gives me that great endorphin feeling now without hurting my knee.

Why did you get involved in fitness? At first, it was to lose weight. Over the years it has morphed into a way of life. I want to pay forward what other instructors have gifted me. I can’t imagine my life without it.