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.
“The journey to becoming physically fit is both mental and physical. Get rid of emotional weight, and it will be easier to release the physical weight.”
DeeDee’s passion for fitness originated over 20 years ago. She’s a dance/fitness teacher for “Kohl’s Gotta Dance,” a program designed through St. Johns Hospital and Kohl’s Department Store to get kids up and moving through dance and fitness in a fun way. With her love for dance and fitness she coordinated a 3-day workshop with Actor, Choreographer “Darrin Henson” where the fundamentals of dance and fitness where taught. She teaches dance at “Tracey and Heather’s Dance Synergy Studio.” In addition she has owned and operated a dance and fitness studio, where she specialized in group dance fitness and boot camp style classes.
As a fitness motivator she inspires clients to become dedicated and determined to reach their personal goals.
DeeDee is a certified personal trainer through Fitour and American College of Sports Medicine(ACSM). She is also CPR/AED certified and AFAA/CEC accredited. She is a certified group fitness instructor.
“The sky is the limit, and nothing is set in stone.”
Dorian is a Certified Personal Trainer with ACE (The American Council on Exercise) and a YMCA Lose Big Coach. He worked for the YMCA’s after school program and was a YMCA Camp Wa-Kon-Tah summer camp counselor for two years before switching to the fitness side of things!
Dorian is very passionate about working out and being healthy. He overcame many obstacles to get where he’s at today. “It’s all about the process, having faith, and believing that anything is possible.” Only two years ago, Dorian was overweight and unhealthy. “I weighed 285 pounds…wearing nothing but XXL shirts and 48W pants. I can tell you it wasn’t the best feeling in the world so I decide to change. I woke up every day at 5 a.m., Monday-Friday. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday was upper body, and Tuesday and Thursday was lower body. I took afternoon classes at noon and right after that was basketball. That was my life. I watched what I ate and before you knew it, I had made a complete 180. I feel blessed and humbled, and I thank God every day for giving me the motivation and determination to strive for excellence. I tell this story not to boast about myself, but to show you that I understand. I have been in those shoes. I’m here to tell you that it is possible! The challenge will be hard, but the results will be worth it.”