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Meet Our Personal Trainers

If you would like to schedule Personal Training session, please call the personal training hotline at 502-238-2736.

Sylvester Davis, Personal Trainer

Certifications- NETA group fitness, 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 patience, take your time. Hire a personal trainer/fitness coach, they are here to help guide you in your fitness journey.


Collin Fitzsimmons, Personal Trainer

Certifications- ACSM CPT, TRX, FMS

Cats, cards, or I love ALL animals? CATS!

Favorite hobbies? Golf, cooking, spending time with family

What is your favorite quote? What the mind perceives, the body can achieve

What is your Favorite book/show/movie? Book-The Gunslinger by Steven King, Show-Big Bang Theory, Movie-Top Gun

What is your workout specialty? Functional Movement, Strength and Conditioning, TRX

What group exercise classes do you recommend and why? TRX provides a fast, efficient total-body exercise. It helps improve your balance, endurance, flexibility, and core strength. I currently teach TRX here at the J! Come take my class and I can help you reach your goals!!!


Mary Wallace, Personal Trainer

Certifications- NETA CPT, Pound PRO

Cats, Cards, or I love all animals? I graduated from UofL (cards) I love all animals; I have three pups and I adore sloths.

Do you have any hobbies? I run a sewing group and I enjoy fitness.

Do you have a Role model? Reece Witherspoon is my strong female role model. Alicia Vikander from Tomb Raider is my fitness role model.

What is your workout specialty? HIIT Training.

What advice do you give to a member that is just starting their workout journey?. My advice would be to jump into fitness just don’t go so quickly that you burn out or take your body too far. The overall goal should be to create a lifelong change mentally and physically so take it easy and utilize the resources around you to help your journey.


Denise Joseph, Personal Trainer

Certifications- ACE CPT, Golf Conditioning, Strength training for older adults, Arthritis Foundation Walk with Ease.

Hobbies? Fitness, College Football, Travel and Yes I’m a foodie!!! Love eating out in good restaurants.

What is your favorite quote? Be the reason someone believes in the goodness of people.

What is your favorite movie or show? movie-Sound Of Music, show-Food Network.

What is your workout specialty? One on One Training, Core Strengthening, Senior adult training, Golf Conditioning training.

What advice do you give to a member that is just starting their workout journey? Set realistic goals, Prioritize consistency over intensity, Make a commitment to yourself, listen to your body.


Jeff Manning, Personal Trainer

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


Ryan Perryman, Personal Trainer

Certifications- NSCA CPT, Crossfit Level 1 trainer

What is your favorite quote? I can resist anything, except temptation.

Do you have a Role model? Arnold Schwarzenegger.

What is your workout specialty? Integrating and optimizing strength training .

What advice do you give to a member that is just starting their workout journey? Start with what is realistic and attainable. If you start your aim at the lowest hanging fruit, you can never fail.

What advice do you give to gym veterans? Constantly reevaluate what you are doing and seek alternative approaches.

What group exercise classes do you recommend and why? Yoga. It’s a good alternative to traditional training and can give you good insight into your mindfulness.


Mathew Shalenko, Personal Trainer

Certifications- NETA CPT, Group Fitness, Kettlebell, FMS, CETI

Cats, cards, or I love ALL animals? I love all animals

Favorite hobbies? Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

What is your Favorite book/show/movie? book-anything by Dan John, movie– Donnie Darko

What advice do you give to a member that is just starting their workout journey? be consistent, create a habit of showing up

What advice do you give to gym veterans? Focus on your recovery as much as you do your workout

What group exercise classes do you recommend and why? Switch.  It’s convenient time-wise and easy to scale the workout to your level

Why did you get involved in fitness? To help others.


Matt Vamvas, Personal Trainer

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 Chronicle, Show- Spaced, Movie- 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 with amazing instructors. We have something for everyone!


 

Tim GradyTim Grady, Licensed Massage Therapist

Tim graduated from the Louisville School of Massage in 2000 and has been a licensed massage therapist since 2001. Tim’s 14 plus years of experience makes him an excellent LMT for our patrons at the JCC, he specializes in medical massage using several modalities such as, Swedish massage, reflexology, sports massage, cranial- sacral and acupressure techniques, thereby allowing him to customize each massage session to the needs of the client.
Tim believes that massage therapy should be an integral part of one’s full health and well-being, and an essential compliment to a persons’ wellness, right along with healthy nutrition and exercise. A massage therapy session should offer and give a positive experience for mind, body and spirit.
Tim is licensed, certified and insured. He is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCTMB), licensed in Kentucky and certified in Indiana. He was awarded the 2010 Humanitarian of the Year by the AMTA-KY Chapter for his work with hospice patients and their caregivers.


Dayna Gilvin, Licensed Massage Therapist

Dayna is a Licensed Massage Therapist. She received her training in massage therapy from Advanced Massage Therapeutics in Louisville, Kentucky.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from the University of Louisville – where she was on full scholarship for Women’s Basketball. She also has a Sports Marketing Certification from the University of Kentucky. Dayna specializes in Swedish and Deep Tissue techniques. She also does chair, sports, pregnancy and trigger point massage as well as reflexology and Reiki work. She lives in Louisville and has four children.

 

 


Jen Kvartek, Licensed Massage TherapistJennKvartek

Jen has been practicing massage within the greater Louisville medical community for over 7 years, aligned with chiropractors and medical facilities for almost 10 years. She graduated valedictorian from Louisville School of Massage after earning a Bachelor’s degree and Cum Laude distinction from Salisbury University. Since moving to Bardstown in 2004, she has dedicated her career path to helping people. Jen says, “You can’t compare the feeling of truly helping someone out of pain to anything else in the world, and I am happy to say it is what I do for a living.”
Jen’s goal is to offer all-encompassing care to enhance overall health and wellbeing for each client she treats. She has worked with professional athletes, famous musicians, and medical professionals throughout her career here. She works with clients suffering with everything from auto accident whiplash injuries to chronic muscle pain each and every day. Jen believes this constant experience has helped her grow leaps and bounds as a massage therapist. “If it hurts you, rest assured I will feel it, find it, and work it out,” Jen said.
In specifying individualized treatment and technique to each person, she discourages a “one routine fix all” session. Each treatment session is specified to the needs of the individual client. She recognizes the importance of patient service, education, and overall satisfaction.
Mission Statement: “It is my goal and responsibility to effectively address and affect positive change in each client in my care so that they may feel enhanced in overall health and well-being through massage therapy.”