Personal Training at the Y
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.
“Dedication is your only limitation.”
Bo understands that starting to exercise can be very overwhelming. His goal is to make the process of changing your body as enjoyable as possible. He is a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and is also CPR/AED certified. He just received his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He has helped multiple clients achieve their fitness goals. Everyone is different so his programs are tailored to the individual’s goal whether it be weight-loss or muscle gain. Bo knows that improving mobility has huge benefits to our everyday lives and plays a major role in our athletic performance. He finds it truly mind blowing how big of a difference exercise and proper nutrition play in improving our quality of life.
“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.
“How do you know your limits if you don’t push yourself to the limit? Don’t limit yourself to less than your best.”
Matt is a certified personal trainer through AFAA (Aerobic and Fitness Association of America), Certified TRX instructor, and is CPR/ AED certified.
After competing in and winning The Y’s Lose Big competition Matt became involved with the group fitness programs. He has been a group fitness instructor since 2010 focusing on interval and high intensity training to burn maximal calories and build muscle. His main classes are Body Conditioning and Kettle Bells. He believes in mixing it up and doing different workouts and activities to stay in shape and live a healthy, active lifestyle. Matt has also coached Lose Big and Ramp It Up teams with contestants on each of his teams winning the competitions.
He has also been a team leader for multiple “Fight for Air Climb” teams and for a “Tough Mudder” race. He organized the teams and developed training programs to help his teammates achieve their goals. He will work with you to set and achieve your goals and to continue setting and achieving goals.
“Improving your level of physical fitness will lead to improved physical, mental, and emotional health.”
Angi has a degree in kinesiology with a Physical Education certification. She is a certified personal trainer through ACE (American Council on Exercise). She is also CPR/AED certified. Angi has worked as a wellness coach, taught Homeschool P.E., and teaches Silver Sneakers.
Angi believes that strengthening the body is a vital component in long-term health and well-being. Personalized exercise programs, along with proper nutrition can do wonders for long-term health benefits. She loves to help people learn how to achieve their goals and guide them on the path to health.
“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 they can look forward to and that fits their lives. Jennifer says, “Fitness is like taking care of your teeth. Sometimes you need more work done, sometimes its cosmetic, but no matter what, you have to brush and floss your teeth every day. If you don’t, there could be negative consequences.” Jennifer believes that fitness is detrimental to physical and mental health and that most people merely need the tools, instruction and a little motivation to start and maintain a healthier lifestyle. 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.
Jennifer is a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). 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 versed in weight lifting, HIIT, circuit training, plyometrics and running.
“Unless I can motivate my clients to keep a healthy lifestyle outside of our session I feel as if I haven’t done my job. I want to take my passion and use it to inspire others.”
Brittani is a personal trainer certified through NASM and attends Illinois College where she has expanded her knowledge through classes such as nutrition, personal health and wellness, and kinesiology. She has worked at both the Kerasotes and the Bob Freesen YMCAs training clients and teaching group exercise classes. One of her clients participated in the Lose Big challenge and lost the most weight, coming in first in the women’s category!
Brittani has always had a passion for practicing a healthy lifestyle. “On my second birthday I started to cry when my mom tried to swap the broccoli I was eating for a piece of birthday cake. So I guess you could say I’ve been working on this healthy lifestyle for a while.” Brittani has an interest in a variety of different exercises such as running, weight training, HIIT, cycling and yoga. “I can’t think of one type of exercise I dislike, and believe it or not, burpees are my favorite.” She jokes, “I’m sure after the ‘burpees are my favorite’ comment no one will want to train with me.” We disagree.
“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.