Personal Training at the YMCA

Our personal trainers are priced for a great value! With more trainers on staff, you will find the one who is best for your goals. We have a great group option so you and your friends may work together to achieve your goals. Personal training at the YMCA is a members-only benefit. Personal Trainers are available at both our Downtown and Kerasotes locations.

YMCA Personal Trainer Bios:


Gina YMCA Springfield IL

“I want to empower women to live their healthiest and happiest life.”

Location: Kerasotes YMCA

Gina has over 20 years’ experience as a personal trainer. She has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois Champaign in Applied Health Science and has been certified by the American Council of Exercise since 1998. She loves empowering women of all ages to live a healthy, happy, and active lifestyle.  She also loves training teens and young athletes in strength and agility so they can be better at their sport, as well as off-season conditioning. She works on balance issues with seniors and those with Parkinson’s and Epilepsy. She also creates exercise programs for people after they finish physical therapy post-injury or post-surgery as a continuation of their rehab. One of her favorite styles of training is in groups: best friends of all ages (13-90+), couples and siblings. She also loves teaching stress-reducing yoga classes privately or in small groups.

Gina was the first State-Wide Wellness Coordinator for the Illinois State Police. She was a trainer and fitness instructor in Chicago and Boulder, CO before moving to North Carolina to work as an exercise physiologist at a hospital where she created exercise programs for those in the cardiac rehab program. She holds several certifications including yoga instructor for kids, seniors, pregnancy, and arthritis. In her free time she was the assistant cross country coach for a local school and loves to swim, bike and run with her friends. She has competed in over 200 races from marathons, triathlons and mountain biking.  Gina’s goal is to help people stay active, healthy, vital, and happy as long as possible!


Alan YMCA Springfield IL

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year’s worth of conversation.” – Plato

Location: Downtown YMCA
Availability: Weekdays 

Alan is a military veteran with a degree in Kinesiology from the University of Northern Colorado. His emphasis was in Fitness and Exercise with extended studies in Nutrition and Pedagogy. He began his career in hospital based fitness facilities performing stress tests, exercise prescriptions, body composition analysis, movement screens, lecturing and personal training. He has experience working with clients with fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, and diabetes. He has trained single and multi-sport athletes, amateur and professional, and children and adults.

Alan has been involved in the martial arts studying Shorin-Ryu Karate since 1976. He has achieved a fifth degree black belt. He continues to train and, on occassion, compete. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association and a USA Weightlifting Federation Level One Instructor. He’s previously held Life Guard and WSI certifications. He is currently CPR, AED, and First Aid certified.

Alan enjoys providing people with new, interesting, and appropriate ways to glean and benefit the values of exercise.


Location: Downtown & Kerasotes YMCAs

Dayton is the YMCA Sports Performance Coordinator. The core philosophy in Dayton’s training is to improve human performance through holistic exercise, nutrition, and recovery methods.  Dayton specializes in Sports Performance having worked with hundreds of athletes throughout the greater Springfield area.  He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist as well as a Certified Personal Trainer through the NSCA ( National Strength and Conditioning Association).

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Illinois Wesleyan University where he was team captain of the football team from 2009-2012.  He also received his Master’s in Sports Administration from Robert Morris University (Chicago) while serving as the Wide Receivers’ Coach on the football team from 2013-2015.  The last 6 years he has enjoyed moving back to his hometown of Springfield where he has continued to train youth, high school, and collegiate athletes of all sports.

Dayton is committed to investing in the youth of our community and equipping the next generation with the tools they need to be successful for not only athletics but also the game of life!



Location: Downtown & Kerasotes YMCAs

James is an experienced Group Fitness Instructor, Y-Perform Coach and Personal Trainer at the YMCA of Springfield.  James bases his training around functional movement.  He focuses on free weights, body weight, cardio, and myofascial release to maintain overall wellness.  James served in the military for 14 years and held the title Master Trainer of Fitness. James makes working out both fun and intense.  His goal is to ensure that you move properly, workout safely, and have fun during your time at the gym.  When not at the gym, James can be found with his family.  He loves camping, fishing, hunting, hiking, watching his daughter play basketball and track, playing games with his son, and traveling.


14 Years Military Service
Master Fitness Trainer in the Military
Army Combative


Certifications: Barbell Fitness, Group Fitness, Spin, Y-Perform, Myofascial Release, Advanced Bootcamp, SpinU.


Location: Downtown & Kerasotes YMCAs

Lacey is the YMCA Wellness Director. Lacey bases her training around functional movement and metabolic conditioning.  She focuses on free weight, TRX, body weight, Y-Perform, and Olympic lift training.  Her experience with strongman and Crossfit, along with injury prevention, is used to provide a challenging experience, with moves you can take outside the gym.  Lacey likes to focus on the types of exercise you already enjoy, and then builds on that.  Her greatest focus is on helping you move better, but to also realize that you are capable of more than you think.  When not at the gym, Lacey can be found shuttling her kids between dance, soccer, karate, and swim, or hanging out at home with her menagerie of animals.

Wellness Coordinator at Springfield YMCA
NASM certification
B.S. in Biology
Black Belt Taekwondo
2015 Novice Strongman Champion Lightweight
Certifications in: TRX, Water rower, Barre, Schwinn Cycling, Pilates, Yoga, Tabata, XerciseLab, Functional Movement, Coaching, Y-Perform, Strong Nation


Location: Downtown YMCA

YMCA Bio Health is the new wealth.

DeAnne believes that staying fit is a key to staying in good health and that health is the new wealth. Her fitness journey started in high school where she learned fundamentals of fitness as body movement along with strength training. She completed the Master Fitness Training Course in the United States Army and holds Personal Training Certifications from the World Instructor Training School (WITS) and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).

Her main enjoyments in life are being a wife, helping others, and playing board games with her family. She is CPR/ AED certified.

Let our certified Personal Trainers get you started on the right track or take your fitness to levels you never imagined. You may exercise without a trainer but studies show that those who invest in a trainer are more likely to get the results they desire. Our trainers will keep you motivated and insure you are using your time effectively. (A Session is 60 Minutes)

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