Meet Our Personal Trainers & Pilates Instructors
If you would like to schedule a Pilates or Personal Training session, please call the personal training hotline at 502-238-2736.
Sylvester Davis started personal training/strength and conditioning coaching in 2004. He is originally from Louisville and attended the University of Louisville where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Sports Medicine in 2005.
While at U of L, Sylvester worked as intern strength and conditioning coach for the football program. That experience, as well as several others in the fitness industry, helped Sylvester learn to teach the best exercise techniques to his clients. He has trained and worked with all sorts of people from various walks of life to help them achieve their fitness goals.
When he is not working, he enjoys hanging with friends and family, traveling, outdoor activities and playing and watching sports among other activities.
Mary started teaching at The J in 1995. She attended Jefferson Community College and Jefferson State Vocational School and is also a Dental Office Manager. Mary currently holds certifications with AFAA Group Fitness, Barre Above, Matt Based Pilates and, her newest certification, NETA SPECIALITY REFORMER TRAINING. Mary has lead a lot of different types of fitness classes since she began teaching in 1990, including Tabatha Boot camp, Dance Fuze Cardio, TRX, Yoga, Cycle, Muscle Condition, Step, Zumba and Kickboxing. Starting in group fitness classes and helping people find the passion in exercising, she is now excited to help people achieve fitness goals in a smaller setting working with the reformer on a more personal level.
Jocelyn has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from Florida State University (2005), where she was first introduced to Pilates in an academic setting. Mat Pilates and Reformer workouts were used in the program during her studies there for injury prevention. In 2015, I became AFAA certified as a group fitness instructor and has taught barre, Mat Pilates, Zumba and PiYo.
Jocelyn is very excited to be back to work on the Reformer and look forward to helping members meet their wellness goals of increasing balance, strength, flexibility, endurance and muscle tone. On the Reformer, she aspires to assist others in decreasing stress to improve overall health. In her free time she enjoys spending time at home with her husband and their two preschoolers.
Chad has been personal training at the JCC since 2003. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Ball State University and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Physical Therapy at Bellarmine University. He is CSCS certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and has been a USAW club coach and ACE certified personal trainer as well. He has taught teen fitness, adult group training, senior fitness, indoor cycling, sports conditioning and has developed individualized programs for those from age 10 to age 90.
Sherry Fields began training in IM=X (Integrated Movement Xercizer) Pilates in 2008 and found it to be one of her true passions. Sherry gained her Instructor Training Certification at the IM=X Pilates Corporate Headquarters in New York City and is now on a mission to introduce Pilates as a pathway to fitness for anyone wanting to increase their physical strength, improve cardio health, endurance, muscle tone and flexibility. Sherry is a graduate of Western Kentucky University with a BS in Industrial Technology.
Collin Fitzsimmons started personal training in 2011. He has a Masters in Exercise Physiology, with a concentration in Strength and Conditioning, certified with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as a personal trainer, as well as a Level 1 certified FMS Trainer (Functional Movement Screen).
Collin also works full-time for General Electric doing exercises with individuals who build refrigerators. Many of them do very repetitive motions throughout the day and it’s my job to assess and correct their muscle imbalances, increase mobility, enhance stability and overall wellness. He also teaches Boot Camp and TRX.
Collin firmly believes that everyone at some point was able to move efficiently, but somewhere along the way, developed bad habits. Helping an individual to overcome those bad habits, develop proper ones and maintain those good habits is his ultimate goal.
When he is not working or personal training, he spends his free time on the golf course or on the couch watching college sports and cooking.
Blake started weightlifting and exercising in 2009 and played college football at Thomas More College. His goal as a trainer is to educate his clients on proper form and knowledge, so they are able to exercise in the best way for them. He is currently studying Physical Therapy at JCTC and will graduate in 2018. He has his Personal Trainer Certificate from ACE (American Council on Exercise).
Amber received her Personal Training Degree from Spencerian College in 2015 and is currently studying Biology at the University of Louisville. She has dedicated her life to helping other sachive their fitness goals after her own health battle. She has lost more than 100 pounds and knows what it is like to make a serious life change. She is here to help you learn from her mistakes and to lead you in the right direction. In her free time, Amber enjoys reading and learning.
After working in the corporate world for 26 years, Denise pursued her passion for fitness and with a desire to help people achieve fitness goals she became a personal trainer. She was certified by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) in 2007 as a Personal Trainer. She is also certified with the American Red Cross in CPR and AED. Denise specializes in Woman’s Group Personal Training, Core Training, Teen Fitness, and Strength Training. As people, Denise feels that we all need motivation continuously throughout life. We are all individuals with different strengths, weaknesses and goals. She makes it her commitment to provide a service that focuses on her client’s individual needs. Denise believes that together we can develop a program that addresses goals that can be adapted as progress is made.
Jeff received his Masters in Exercise Physiology (clinical) from the University of Louisville. He is also a certified exercise physiologist (EP-C) and fomerly a health and fitness specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine. He has worked with many different people including those with spinal cord injuries, cardiac and pulmonary patients. He also does volunteer work with special needs individuals. The most gratifying part of training his clients is seeing them reach and exceed their goals. In his free time, he enjoys movies, outdoor activities and getting enthralled in a good book or article.
Ryan has more than a dozen years of consistent “under the bar” weightlifting experience. He has competed in Strongman events and was a Physical Training Leader in the military. His philosophy in exercise is to educate his clients in intelligent, functional movements; imparting concise, solid knowledge so that his clients can lift as greatly and as safely as they can with or without his presence. Ryan is in his final semester of Undergraduate School and will finish with a degree in Humanities. He has applied for Graduate School at the University of Louisville and will begin working on his Master’s in Exercise Physiology next year. He is certified as a personal trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Nate is a fitness enthusiast and Personal Trainer, certified through the National Council for Certified Personal Trainers. He started as an athlete in high school and was named Captain of his JROTC physical fitness team (Raider team) during his senior year, where he led the team to a first place finish. Now he competes regularly in local volleyball tournaments. Nate also enjoys rock climbing, basketball, ultimate frisbee and football.
Nate focuses on weightlifting and ploymetric conditioning to help develop explosive movements and fast-twitch muscle fibers. He has trained everyone from people who have never worked out before, to high school athletes preparing for the collegiate level.
Nate believes that with enough determination and dedication any goal you set is achievable. Whether you want to increase your vertical to 40+ inches, or lose a hundred pounds; if you believe you have the power to do it, then it is possible. Nate’s goal is to help you achieve your goals, and keep you safe along the way!
Mat is a certified personal trainer and group exercise instructor through the National Exercise Trainers Association. He is also a health coach and professional chef. He received his health coach training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and trained in culinary arts at Sullivan University. His favorite activities include weight lifting, running, boot camp and yoga. Mat understands the importance of mobility and stability work in addition to pushing yourself through physical training as well as the importance of nutrition and recovery.
Matt has been interested in weightlifting and conditioning ever since he was 5 years old. His dad was a competitive bodybuilder and he taught Matt the value of training, eating healthy, and taking care of his body. Matt holds his personal training certification through NETA (National Exercise Training Association) NCCA accredited.
Matt is originally from Bowling Green, KY. He attended WKU and has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky. If you are just starting out or you are a veteran, it is never too late to challenge yourself. Matt values strong customer service, education, and safety. He loves helping other people reach their goals. Matt has a special interest in building a strong core and weightlifting.
Cardio is also important, but you don’t have to be stuck on a treadmill for 30 minutes. Matt enjoys changing up your workouts so you don’t get bored! Matt believes you can have fun and work hard at the same time.
Meghan Zahrndt, Pilates Trainer
Megh has always been very active. As a child she fell in love with running and participating in Volksmarches through the forests of Germany. In her late teens, she became an avid yogini, eventually completing a 500-hour certification in Modo Yoga and a 200-hour certification in Anusara Yoga. She also has her Pilates Reformer Specialty Certification.
Outside of her fitness life, Megh has degrees in Anthropology and Photography. When she is not teaching yoga, she tutors children, runs a photography business and writes fairy tales. She has a soft spot for animals, art, mythology and science fiction.
Jessica Fletcher, Licensed Massage Therapist
Jessica completed her massage therapy internship at the House of Ruth in Louisville. Her techniques include Swedish massage, deep pressure, muscle energy techniques, and trigger point therapy. Jessica also has a lot of experience with clients who have low back pain and sciatica.
Jessica is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in medical humanities at the University of Louisville, with an interest in cultivation a culture of overall physical and mental wellness within the community. She also teaches English at JCTC.
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.
Olivia Klotz, Licensed Massage Therapist
Olivia has been many places but Louisville is definitely home base. She is a graduate of the University of Louisville with a Bachelors Degree in Biology and a graduate of Louisville’s Advanced Massage Therapeutics School of Massage. She is certified in Swedish massage, Deep Tissue Therapy, and Injury Therapy incorporating trigger point release and stretching techniques. Olivia is licensed in Kentucky and is insured with AMTA.
After being a Certified Pharmacy Technician for a few years, Olivia decided to change her approach toward whole wellness and turn to the Healing Arts. As a Massage Therapist she hopes to provide wellness and healing in many respects to her clients. In addition to massage therapy Olivia plans to become certified in Kinesio Taping, Sports Massage, Lymphatic Drainage Techniques and to offer energy work with Reiki.
Olivia has devoted years to Ballet, Contra dance, Belly Dance, and Burlesque Dance as well as dabbling in Aerial and Flow Arts. She is also a Yoga, Tai Chi, and meditation enthusiast. Olivia can relate to the aches and pains that come and go with being physically active no matter the stage of ones activity. Regardless of whether you’ve been active for years, just beginning to be, or aren’t much at all, reality is that aches and pains happen. Don’t let them hold you back and keep you from doing what you want to do. Nip them in the bud and get it worked out so you can keep on keepin’ on.
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.”
Kathryn Mbaye, Licensed Massage Therapist
Kathryn is originally from Lexington, KY but has been in Louisville since 1995. She has a BA in History from the University of Louisville (still a CATS fan though) and worked in the hospitality industry for 25 years until she found massage therapy and, through it, found a way to give back to the wonderful people of this city.
Kathryn graduated from The Louisville School of Massage in June of 2014 with exceptional training in Swedish Massage, Trigger Point therapy, Connective Tissue therapy, Muscle Energy Techniques, Sports & Injury work and Active/Passive stretching. She views her education as ongoing and fluid so as she learns more through continuing education, she will be offer more modality options for clients. Kathryn is licensed in Kentucky and insured with the American Massage Therapy Association.
Kathryn firmly believes that massage therapy should be a part of everyone’s life and it has benefits too numerous to list but that include relief from tight muscles and other aches and pains, greater flexibility and range of motion, relaxation and enhanced energy and vitality. Massage therapy can also be used in helping with anxiety or depression and will have positive effects on all the systems of the body from skeletal to digestive to integumentary.
Kathryn also believes that getting a massage on a regular basis is a great self-care practice for anyone looking for a little relaxation to someone with severe pain issues. She loves nothing more than to hear back from a client the next day and to have them tell me what a noticeable difference they feel since their massage, it is why she chose massage therapy.