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:

Dayton

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!

Experience:
NSCA
CSCS
CPT

Skylar

Location: Downtown 

Former college baseball pitcher at Kankakee Community College and Lake Land Community College. Enjoys exercise for strength, endurance, and mobility. Hobbies include hunting, fishing, archery, hiking, camping, biking, photography, and cooking. Fitness Group Influencers: Recovery Nation, MTN OPS, Mountain Toughness.

Favorite Football Team: Chicago Bears

Favorite Player” Charles “Punch Out” “Peanut” Tillman

Favorite MLB Pitcher: Randy Johnson “The Unit” or Dennis Quaid in the movie “The Rookie”

Favorite Post Workout snack: Oats with a scoop of protein and fruit

Favorite Work out: Barbell Squats

Gina

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!

Lenny

Location: Kerasotes 

Hello my name is Lenny Diggs. I am the new personal trainer for the YMCA. I am ACSM certified and have been a trainer for 16 years. I was a 2 sport collegiate athlete at Quincy university playing football and running track. I am a 2 time Mr. Peoria bodybuilding champion as well as Natural Mr. Kentucky.  I worked 5 years as a exercise specialist for a hospital working with rehab patients. I have experience in working with elderly and rehabilitation patients as well as athletes. I look forward to helping you reach all your fitness goals in any way I can.

James

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.

 

Experience:
14 Years Military Service
Master Fitness Trainer in the Military
Taekwondo
Army Combative

 

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

Alan

Alan YMCA Springfield IL

Location: Downtown YMCA

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.

DeAnne

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.

Zaxxson

Location: Downtown & Kerasotes YMCAs

Zaxxson Nation has pursued fitness for the past 10 years, primarily to prepare physique and conditioning for acting and dancing roles. He has trained clients as a certified trainer for one year. He is passionate about functional strength, results-based training, and corrective and diverse exercising.

Taylor

Location: Kerasotes 

Taylor is NASM certified. Her goal is to help people become more confident and excited about going to the gym. She specializes in strength training. Taylor loves working with all ages and wants to help others enjoy their time in the gym and create a positive atmosphere. She focuses on helping clients believe in themselves and see that they can do anything they set their mind to!

Taylor fell in love with fitness when she was playing sports in high school. She will always welcome you with a big smile on her face.

When Taylor is not personal training, she loves to shop, hang out with friends and family, listen to music, and of course, work out!