Meet the Trainers

Professional Personal Trainers Helping You Succeed!

Kara

Pilates Specialist

I first stepped foot in a gym my freshman year at Florida State and instantly fell in love…In love with both the feeling that doing weights gave me and…with my then boyfriend and now husband…Marlon. All those competitions you may have read about in his Bio…I was there for every pain staking moment! I was coach, training partner, food preparer, choreographer and cheerleader. I lived vicariously through him until I finally got the nerve to do a figure competition of my own. MY biggest battle was Courage. I didn’t know it was a National Qualifier, that’s probably why I did it…and I placed 7th in 24 women. I was VERY proud that I didn’t faint on stage. Before I could avenge my placing the next year, we found out I was pregnant with our first child who caused me to enter the world of Pilates. I needed something to help my ‘out-of-place’ hips and really enjoyed the new style of workout I got doing Pilates. I studied under Nicole Perkovich, who was the facilitator and creator of the materials for the Physical Mind Institute. She has since begun her own certification program and is an amazing Master trainer. I am most grateful for the new way she taught me to see the human body and for providing me with tools to help change peoples’ weakest links. We have since had another little one… so to all the women out there who know how difficult it is to get back in shape after kids and during what seems like the craziest part of your life…you can do it! We’d love to help!

Alex J

Trainer

I have been involved in athletics and exercise for the majority of my life. I grew up playing every sport imaginable. I went on to play college football at Mount Union College in Ohio where I was fortunate enough to be a part of 2 National Championship teams as a defensive back. In college I was also able to apply my passion for fitness and sports performance by receiving my B.S. in Exercise Science. I began personal training in 2004 in college and fell in love with it. After returning home from college I decided to further my knowledge by becoming an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. With my other passion being emergency medicine, I also became an Emergency Medical Technician and look forward to furthering my career in that area as well. I enjoy the opportunity that training gives me, by allowing me to take my love and passion for exercise and share it with others. I also love the one on one relationship I get to make with so many interesting people. I have worked with people from all training backgrounds and abilities; from highly trained athletes looking to improve their performance, to kids and Grandparents trying to improve their overall fitness levels. As a trainer, my ultimate goal is to improve your overall quality of life by helping you achieve your health and fitness goals. As your trainer I will do everything I can to help you reach those goals and help you have fun doing it.

Miguel

Trainer

Back in Colombia I started my career in Physical Therapy. On the side, I started competing in bodybuilding and achieved amazing results that catapulted me to become the National Champion in my division! I was invited to New York to compete in a national competition and claimed the first place, which opened the doors to the fitness industry in the United States. I have been training for over 20 years and have enjoyed every moment of it. Watching my clients achieve their personal fitness goals is my biggest reward. I feel passion for what I do and make sure my clients feel the ambition to better their health and fitness. I have extensive knowledge in fitness, diet and nutrition. I will make sure you have the perfect balance of physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle. Making you enjoy working out is my primary goal.

Miguel

Trainer

Back in Colombia I started my career in Physical Therapy. On the side, I started competing in bodybuilding and achieved amazing results that catapulted me to become the National Champion in my division! I was invited to New York to compete in a national competition and claimed the first place, which opened the doors to the fitness industry in the United States. I have been training for over 20 years and have enjoyed every moment of it. Watching my clients achieve their personal fitness goals is my biggest reward. I feel passion for what I do and make sure my clients feel the ambition to better their health and fitness. I have extensive knowledge in fitness, diet and nutrition. I will make sure you have the perfect balance of physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle. Making you enjoy working out is my primary goal.

Josue

Trainer

My Journey began many years ago when I was only 12 years old and I was getting ready for “Field day” at school. This was an event in which 5th and 6th graders at the school competed in various track and field Activities as well as team building events. Everyone was given new T-shirts for the occasion and we were told to go to the restrooms in groups of three to change. As we were changing the other two boys I went with started laughing at how skinny I was (you could literally count every bone in my body I was a very slim kid). Until this day, I can remember how shameful it felt to be laughed at because of my physical appearance and my self-esteem hit rock bottom. I can definitely identify with those who hurt emotionally because of what they look like on the outside. Many will say “what matters is what you look like on the inside” however most people you meet will not be around long enough to know who you really are and will judge you by what they see in front of them. That day I resolved that I would never be laughed at again and made fitness my life. I was only 12 y/o. In retrospect this memory is probably the most important reason why I have such a passion for helping others. Those boys were supposed to be my friends yet they made me feel like such an outcast…like I just didn’t fit in and I don’t want anybody to ever have to feel that way. It wasn’t until much later that I would learn the importance of fitness and health since I have a family history of Diabetes and Cancer on both sides of my family. I decided I had to make health, nutrition and fitness a way of life. I graduated from FIU with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science in 2004 and became an ACE Certified Personal Trainer. American Council on Exercise® (ACE ®) is a nonprofit organization committed to America’s health and wellbeing. Over the past 25 years, they have become an established resource for both fitness professionals and consumers, providing comprehensive, unbiased, scientific research impacting the fitness industry and validating themselves as the country’s trusted authority on fitness. After Graduating I worked for Hardball Baseball (a local South Miami Sports training Center) for 6 months when I was promoted as Director of the Strength and Conditioning program. It was there where I learned to train large groups as local baseball, football, and swimming high school teams came in to train and enhance their skills. I have since specialized in weight loss training. I am very dedicated to health and fitness and I always seek new avenues in which to expand my fitness knowledge and offer more to you as a client. It gives me great satisfaction to see an individual reach their goals and improve their quality of life.

Tessa

Trainer

Fitness has been a part of life from the very start! I began swimming at 2 years old and by 6, began competing in amateur swim meets. But, when I started doing both gymnastics and dancing at 5yrs old… I fell in love… and continue to dance professionally to this day! For the past few summers, I have also had the pleasure of teaching at dance camps for autistic children. I took a personal liking to working out and training after I started dancing. It helped me with core strength for holds and power for my jumps. More importantly, working out made me feel a lot better about myself because I noticed that I was looking better, losing weight and it gave me more energy. Being a dancer…I really didn’t focus on Nutrition…thinking I did not really have to, but boy was I wrong! Working out forced me to focus more on nutrition, which lead me to be passionate about eating healthy. Funny how eating healthier made me feel so much better about myself and really made a big difference in how I looked as well! These changes in myself inspired me to help other people take charge of their own self-image, weight and self-esteem.

I have been personal training professionally for 4 years and am certified through ISSA. Currently, I am going to school for my bachelors in biology with a minor in childcare. Helping people stay healthy and active has become one of my greatest passions and I plan to continue changing lives for the better.

Ayesha

Trainer

I have been athletic throughout my entire life, participating in gymnastics and track during my early years in school. I fell in love with weight training during my career in the army where I served as a Master Fitness Drill Instructor. The discipline and diligence that I applied during those years in the military I still use today. As a mother of three boys, my health and wellness are a vital part of my life. I am a CPR/NSCA certified personal trainer. I specialize in boot camps & kids fitness classes as well as personal training sessions that incorporate strengthening and toning, cardiovascular endurance and muscle building. My goal is to help my clients to obtain their optimum level of fitness and to have fun doing it. I believe that overall fitness, health and wellness have to come from a lifestyle change that incorporates proper diet and nutrition as well as a regular exercise regimen. I aim to provide fun, challenging and diverse sessions to maintain my own balanced state of wellness and to help clients achieve theirs.

Mike

Trainer

 

Dennis

Trainer

I am high energy and fitness fixes my day each day. The activities that get the heart beating, the lungs breathing, and the blood pumping are my therapy to de-stress and to pro-gress. From little league baseball to high school wrestling, track, soccer, and cross country, I learned that warming up and cooling down, as well as doing each move correctly–like it or not– are essential to success on the court or track or mat.

I advanced to more demanding activities, gymnastics and weight training. At the age of 18, having never attempted anything more than a forward roll, I found an instructor who gave me the confidence to test my strengths and push my boundaries. I joined the University of Maryland Gymkana Troupe (Fall ’00/ Spring’01), where I participated in aerial acrobatics, parallel bars, and in a 2-person tumbling floor exercise. If I could be taught, I knew I could teach others who doubted their ability to “get physical”. I disposed of my preconceived notions of my limitations–because the only things that impeded my advancement were those erroneous ideas telling me “I can’t”. As I adopted a good work ethic, I progressed physically beyond what I’d ever thought possible because I saw each little success as a positive step.

My goal is to find for each client a few fitness favorites that s/he will adopt in a daily routine, and thereby will improve the quality of each of their lives. How did I get here? I’ve taught physical exercise in summer camps, boot camps, and private gyms ever since the Physical Improvement Bug got me. I have had my fair share of bumps, bruises, pulls, strains, sprains, and even worse, a few that required surgery and a physical therapy plan that spanned months not just days. After spending hours being the patient, I use what I had felt and learned and bring it to the healer’s side of things to empathize and encourage clients who become injured, whether it is a 4-year old who is rammed into by an over-zealous classmate, a would-be gymnast who falls of the balance beam, or an adult now limited due to a car accident. I believe that when we focus on each aspect of our workouts, we will be preventing injuries rather than trying to recuperate from them.

Chris

Trainer

I am highly passionate about helping people set and achieve goals. Struggling with obesity from early childhood until my late 20’s has given me insight and a first-hand knowledge of “the struggle”. Having to overcome my personal urges and overcome my weight issues, I understand both the downfalls and possibilities of not only a workout regimen, nutritional support, and social support. When you have had enough, believe in yourself enough, and have the right support – the possibilities are endless. Born and raised here in Miami and have been in the fitness industry four years. I am NASM Personal Training Certified + Corrective Exercise Specialist aspiring to become a motivational speaker and help as many people look good and feel better as possible. If you are ready to make that change, there is no better time than today!

 

 

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Ingrid

Trainer

As a young child in Elementary School I was interested in Sports. I played basketball, football, softball and volleyball. I also ran track; I was the fastest girl in the fifth grade classes in my school. Nonetheless I was somewhat chubby. In my early teens I became bulimic/ anorexic. I recovered in my late teens, but my eating habits were still very poor. My self-esteem was very low and by 18 I started to get serious about exercising. Although I managed to lose the weight, my body fat was very high. I thought about becoming a nutritionist, but instead went into the field of Biology. My eating habits slowly began to improve, but I still didn’t see myself where I wanted to be fitness-wise. That’s when I thought about becoming a fitness coach… I wanted to gain more knowledge on how to improve my fitness level and also help others that were going through my same struggle. I can now say that it brings me lots of joy to help people accomplish their fitness goals. With my knowledge in Biology, nutrition and workout programs, I’ve been able to help individuals of various ages – senior citizens, middle age, young adults and kids– improve their strength, lose weight, increase their muscle mass and make wiser food choices. My determination is to become a better coach every day and be able to inspire more people. I believe that if you take care of your body you will be a better person in every aspect of your life. Just do it!!!

Sonja

Trainer

I have always been active in different sports and activities such as volleyball, softball, basketball, and racquetball. After graduating from high school, I found myself working in the corporate world which required long hours, high levels of stress, and a lot of time away from my family. I’m a wife and mother of two (17 & 13). My goal is to live a healthier lifestyle while enjoying a better quality of life. I enjoy exercising to ensure I reach the goals that I have set for myself while giving my clients the same opportunity. I have my NASM CPT, CES Certifications. My goal as a personal trainer is to help my clients understand that the key to a healthier lifestyle and living a better quality of life must include a balanced diet and nutrition plan along with a regular exercise plan and a commitment to follow through with it. I understand that as we get older, safety is an important part of any exercise program. To keep clients away from injury, I will focus on those muscles that are not normally used or haven’t been used due to a non-active lifestyle while challenging those that are used on a daily basis. This will help improve their balance, strength, flexibility and cardiovascular system while toning and losing weight.

Wayne

Trainer

My devotion and preparation as a personal trainer stems from my athletic upbringing and my career in track and field. Through my college career as an athlete I was highly recruited for my fitness and speed but also the tenacity to inspire maximum effort from the team. Individually, I believe each person has his or her own goal or threshold because truthfully we are all different. As your personal trainer, I believe in setting realistic goals with the emphasis on achieving. Not failure. Each person has an objective and I will not quit, nor allow you to quit while simultaneously motivating you to reach our target. Weight loss has a stigma for being boring and difficult, but I truly believe fitness can be fun and spirited, generating a greater triumph. None of my parameters that I have set forth is a quick fix but more of a stepping stool for living a healthier life. My format is not to reinvent the wheel but to simplify lifestyle changes guided with proper education, technique and rewards. Once we strip away our fears of failure and start believing in the purpose and goals, the rest will lead to a better lifestyle. Regardless of what your goals are or how long of a training regiment you will choose, I Wayne Brown will always take full advantage of the time provided, to give you my absolute best!

Sebastian

Trainer

Growing up in California I was always involved in sports whether it was soccer, baseball, basketball, and roller hockey. After moving to Wisconsin, I picked up playing ice hockey and that became my life. Two years after our move to Wisconsin, my family relocated to Pennsylvania, where I continued playing ice hockey and picked up the sport of lacrosse. I was on both the school team and a travel team for ice hockey and played on the varsity team, freshman through senior year.

After suffering an injury and having to going through some physical therapy in high school, I knew this was my calling. I knew that I wanted to help people who suffered injury, get back to what they enjoyed doing – since I personally knew how much I hated not being able to play or be active.

I attended Millersville University for my freshman year where I played both ice hockey and lacrosse. I transferred my sophomore year to Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina where I changed my major to exercise sports science with focusing on getting all of my pre requisites for physical therapy school. Spring semester of my senior year, I started an internship at a hospital and changed from wanting to do physical therapy to being a doctor. As I was nearing completion of my undergraduate degree, I applied to several schools for my Masters degree, including University of Miami.

I have a Masters in Sports Nutrition and I am currently completing my Masters in Strength and Conditioning at the University of Miami, pursuing a career working with athletes. I have been putting my knowledge to work, working as a personal trainer for the past year and have enjoyed every minute! If you are looking for a knowledgeable trainer who really enjoys working with you and helping you improve your current fitness level, I am your guy. Whether it is lose weight, flexibility, injury recovery, rehabilitation, increase speed, increase strength, reaction time or simply to get back into shape…I can design a comprehensive program for you.

 

Marlon

Trainer

I am an accomplished Soccer player and NATURAL bodybuilder. I have played just about every sport on a competitive level. I played for the Cayman Islands National Soccer team for 7 years and played varsity soccer for the University of West Florida for 2 years. I have won 11 bodybuilding titles and shows, including overall titles at 2002 MuscleMania Florida and 2002 NGA United States National Bodybuilding Championships. Married and the father of two. Received my BS in Marketing from Florida State University and I am AFTA certified. Married and the father of two, I have been working out for the past 25 years, personal training individuals for the past 19 years, and competed for 8 years.

Having worked out for over 25 years, I have seen many things come and go in the fitness industry. However, one thing that has not changed is the search for quality information and guidance when it comes to working out, losing weight, and/or building muscle. I effectively help people reach their goals – whether that is: losing 30 pounds or gaining 30 pounds, getting ready of a special event or just staying healthy, pushing through a plateau or getting back in shape. If you are truly serious about finally reaching your goals, and willing to give 100%…come to the BEST! Your search is over.

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