Personal Training at the YMCA
YMCA Personal Trainer Bios:
“The only currency required between an unhealthy lifestyle and a healthy one; is choice!”
After making his own change from an overweight and unhealthy lifestyle, to one that includes fruits, vegetables, and three workouts a day, Jim felt inspired to coach the Lose Big program at the YMCA. It was there he fell in love with helping others achieve their personal fitness goals. Both of his clients who participated in his first two Lose Big Programs/Competitions, came in 1st place. Although he felt great pride in helping them achieve a much healthier body fat percentage, it was more enjoyable for Jim to watch them break out of old habits and push themselves over and beyond what they thought was possible. He understands that change comes from within, not without, so to see positive change in others based on their own choices is very satisfying. Jim is certified Personal Trainer through AFAA (Athletics and Fitness Association of America), and absolutely loves what he does. He is CPR/AED certified.
“I want to empower women to live their healthiest and happiest life.”
Gina has over 20 years experience as a personal trainer. She loves empowering other women of all ages to enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle. She has a Bachelor’s degree from U of I Champaign in Applied Health Science and has been certified by the American Council of Exercise since 1998.
She holds several certifications including Yoga instructor for children, pre-post pregnancy, senior citizens, training for those with arthritis and fibromyalgia. She was the first state-wide Wellness Coordinator for the Illinois State Police. She was a trainer & fitness instructor in Colorado for several years before moving to North Carolina to work as an Exercise Physiologist at a hospital. There, she created exercise programs for those in the cardiac rehab program. She has competed in over 100 races from triathlons and marathons to mountain biking. She has two little boys who love their active lifestyle.
“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year’s worth of conversation.” – Plato
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.
“Feel better, and look better. Be healthier. Be happier.”
Jennifer believes a gym should never be intimidating, and she wants to help make it your happy place. She is passionate about helping people find a fitness routine that fits their lives. She is knowledgeable in various training tactics, especially lifting, and values fitness education and motivation as much as delivering a good workout! Jennifer believes that fitness is essential to physical and mental health throughout the lifespan and especially so as we advance in age. She would like to help you kick start a better you – in a way that works for you – today. There is no need to wait for your happier, stronger self. Make the investment now so you can enjoy an easier tomorrow.
Jennifer is a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and a YMCA Total Body Transformation coach. She has a fitness nutrition specialization (FNS) and offers fitness nutrition counseling. She competed in a National Physique Committee (NPC) fitness competition in 2015. She has been lifting weights since 2013 and has competed in various races and triathlons. She is well-versed in weight lifting, strength training, bodybuilding, mobility work, HIIT, circuit training and plyometrics.
“She believed she could so she did.”
Jessica is a certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and is currently working on her Senior Fitness Specialist certification. She was hired at the Y as a Fitness Instructor and teaches several Aqua Fitness classes including Aqua Zumba. Jessica also teaches Silver Sneakers Yoga and enjoys it very much! She is currently certified in Pro CPR, First Aide and the use of an AED and Oxygen. She is also certified as a YMCA Lifeguard.
Jessica was an athlete all through school and a professional athlete up until having her second child. She knows what it’s like to struggle to get baby weight off and how discouraging it can be when trying to do it alone. Jessica has a strong desire to help and encourage others to do what she had to on her own. She believes that a support system is very important. Having someone to hold you accountable, push you and inspire you is key to success.
Cindy is a certified personal trainer through ACE. She has a passion to help others on their health and wellness journey to become the strongest, fastest, and healthiest version of themselves. She strives to push her clients beyond their comfort zone with functional fitness and out of the box thinking. Cindy holds a group fitness certificate through the Y where she has taught a variety of classes including Ultimate Workout, Body Conditioning, and Ballet Sculpt. She is also a 3 time Total Body Transformation Coach for the YMCA.
Cindy has always been active, but her own fitness journey took a turn when her husband Darren pushed her to complete her first 5K. From that point on, she realized she is more than a number on a scale and that skinny does not equal healthy. She now sees food as the fuel, not the enemy and her goals no longer revolve around her negative body image, but rather around strength and what amazing thing her body can do next. Cindy has completed 4 marathons (including Chicago), an ultra marathon, Tough Mudder, River to River 80 mile relay, and multiple other races.
Katey is an ACE certified trainer who loves running, yoga and weight lifting. She became a personal trainer after losing close to 100 pounds. Her brother inspired her to become a trainer, and she wanted to help others on their own journey toward a healthy lifestyle. Katey wanted to be a support for someone who thinks they are navigating physical health alone. Let’s start your new journey.