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

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? BookThe Gunslinger by Steven King, ShowBig Bang Theory, MovieTop 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!!!

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…

What is your favorite quote? “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”  -Henry Ford

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- 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


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.


Jamie Udeze,
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!


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!

Massage Therapists


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.”

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, movieDonnie 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.

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– USA Weightlifting

Hometown– Rabbit Hash, KY

Cats, Cards, or I love ALL animals?– Anything with four legs mostly. My doberman is my baby.

Favorite hobbies?– Basketball when enough of the squad can make it, or video games.

What is your favorite quote?– One of my mentors had “ as iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another,” from the bible engraved on a ring. He brought that philosophy into the weight room and it has stuck with me.

What is your Favorite book/show/movie? Over quarantine 90 Day Fiance became a huge guilty pleasure of mine and my fiance’s.

Do you have a Role model?- N/A

What is your workout specialty?- Example- training seniors, athletic conditioning, weightlifting, building core strength, TRX, etc. Most of my experience has been in sports performance at the collegiate level. That translates well enough to almost any population due to working with different sports, levels of sports, and managing injuries and off seasons.

What advice do you give to a member that is just starting their workout journey? Pick something you can see yourself enjoying and stick with it. Swapping programs after a week because you do not see results is a surefire way to lose motivation.

What advice do you give to gym veterans? On the flip side of a newcomer, some vets are stuck in their ways. It does not hurt to branch out from what you know and can reinvigorate some passion for the gym.

What is your favorite exercise? Deadlift 100%

What is your least favorite exercise? Any variant of split squats.

What group exercise classes do you recommend and why?

Why did you get involved in fitness? I wanted to impact lives for the better. Initially my focus was to specialize in physical therapy, but found a passion for the weightroom my senior year in college.

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.

Massage Therapists


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.”

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