Guilderland YMCA Personal Trainers

Personal training is a great program here at the YMCA. Our motivated and talented trainers will help you get back on track or reach your wellness goal! The Capital District would like to introduce you to the Guilderland YMCA Personal Trainers!

Chris_WilsonChris Wilson, Wellness Director 

“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” – Lou Holtz

Background

Chris has been a personal trainer for more than 8 years. He has earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology, Exercise Science from SUNY Cortland. From cardiac and stroke rehab to high level athletes training for the Olympics, Chris enjoys training individuals with all different types of backgrounds.

Certifications

  • Certified Personal Trainer with the American College of Sports Medicine
  • GRID Foam Rolling Foundations Level I Instructor

Specialties

Ask Chris for help with sports performance training and functional and corrective exercise.


KevinBardinKevin Bardin

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford

Background

Kevin has been training for the past 10 years. His history of weight loss problems motivated him to change his lifestyle and earn a degree in Advanced Personal Training and Exercise Science at Bryan University. Kevin enjoys weight training during winter months and hiking, cycling and running during warm weather. His enthusiasm for fitness will provide motivation for beginners and athletes looking to achieve their goals.

Certifications

  • Certified Personal Trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine

Specialties

Ask Kevin for help with general exercise knowledge and science, weight training and weight loss.


George_editGeorge Goorbarry

“You can’t climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets.”

Background

George has worked fr the YMCA since 2012. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Biology. George enjoys cycling, hiking and fishing.

Certifications

  • Certified Personal Trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine
  • Corrective Exercise Specialist

Specialties

Ask George for help with gaining strength, improving conditioning, injury prevention/rehab and weight loss.


suzanneSuzanne Wall

“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.”

Background

Suzanne earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Promotion in January 2013.

Certifications

  • Certified Personal Trainer with the American Council on Exercise
  • Certified LIVESTRONG® Coach through the YMCA
  • Certified Group Exercise Instructor with the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America
  • Certified Pilates Levels I & II Instructor

Specialties

Ask Suzanne for help with core training, balance, flexibility and training for women, weens and older adults.


Amelia Waters

“Find your strength!”

Background

A runner since age 10, Amelia has been an athlete most of her life. Amelia has worked at the YMCA since 2016 and enjoys triathlons, hiking and practices meditation regularly.

Certifications

  • Certified YMCA Foundations of Strength and Conditioning Instructor
  • Engaging with Cancer Survivors through LIVESTRONG
  • CIZE LIVE certified fitness instructor through BEACHBODY

Specialties

With a background in eating disorders Amelia has an extensive knowledge in healthy eating and positive body image. Ask her how she can help you get and stay healthy inside and out!


Marilyn2Marilyn Westervelt

“Don’t compare yourself to others. Compare yourself to the person from yesterday. Just believe in yourself.”

Background

Marilyn has worked as a wellness coach for 7 years. She has completed triathlons and teaches body sculpting, kettle-bell training, strengthen, 15-minute abs, balance, aqua aerobics and stability ball training.

Certifications

  • Certified YMCA Foundations of Strength and Conditioning Instructor
  • Certified in YMCA Healthy Lifestyle Principles
  • Certified YMCA Group Exercise Instructor
  • Silver Sneakers Instructor
  • Silver Splash Instructor

Specialties

Ask Marilyn for help with older adult training, aqua aerobics, abs, stretching, balance and stability ball training.


Heidi Glazier

“Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”  – Joshua Marine

Background

Heidi has been active in personal fitness for over 15 years and enjoys helping people realize their goals. She has completed triathlons, 5Ks,10Ks, half marathons and is a competitive golfer.
Heidi is also a graduate of our LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program. Please ask Heidi for more information about this program.

Certifications

  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Golf Fitness Specialist
  • Certified Personal Trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine
  • American Red Cross CPR/AE

Specialties

Ask Heidi for help with functional movement and strength, strength and conditioning, kettlebell and golf fitness training.


Matthew Akin

““If it does not challenge you, it will not change you.” -Fred Devit

Background

Matthew has a B.S. in Kinesiology with Coaching from the State University of New York at Cortland. Matthew enjoys all sports, in particular soccer. From an early age, Matthew was a soccer player, and played throughout his collegiate years. Having been immersed in sports throughout his life, Matthew has a keen interest in and specializes in sports performance training and strength and conditioning.

Certifications

  • YMCA Foundations of Strength and Conditioning

Specialties

Ask Matthew for help with sports performance training, strength and conditioning, and weight loss.

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