Southern Saratoga 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 Southern Saratoga YMCA Personal Trainers!

Allison_ReinhartAllison Reinhardt, Wellness Director

“Fitness can fit into any life, any time, any where.”

Background

Allison has been a YMCA staff member since 2006, beginning at the Glenville YMCA, moving to the Greenbush team in 2014 and landing back in her hometown Southern Saratoga YMCA in 2016. Certified with ACE, YMCA of the USA, YogaFit and SPINNING, Allison enjoys helping clients achieve their goals and encourages them to continually strive for their personal best. She specializes in working with clients to gain strength and achieve weight management. Allison also teaches group exercise classes.

Certifications

  • Certified Personal Trainer with ACE, AFAA and the YMCA
  • YogaFIT Instructor
  • Certified YMCA Group Instructor
  • Certified SPINNING® Instructor
  • Certified Weight Management Specialist

Specialties

Ask Allison for help with endurance, multi-sports, strength training and weight management.


Stephanie Davis

“Strive for quality of life through self-awareness, acceptance, and determination to chance that which can be changed.”

Background

Stephanie joined the Southern Saratoga YMCA team in September 2016, but has worked for the YMCA for over 12-years in 3 different states. Stephanie holds an Associate of Arts degree in General Education with a focus in business and psychology from St. John’s River State College, Florida. She is a certified Personal Trainer and also teaches group exercise classes.

Certifications

  • Certified Personal Trainer with Aerobics and Fitness Association of America
  • Certified Group Exercise instructor through the YMCA of the USA, TRX, Spinning, and BOSU

Specialties

Ask Stephanie for help if you are new to exercise, de-conditioned, looking for quality of life improvement and maintenance.


Alex_BrownAlex Brown

“Become the strongest version of yourself” –Elliot Hulse

Background

Alex Brown has been a YMCA staff member since 2015. He is certified through the YMCA’s Strength and Conditioning Program and is currently pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Exercise Science at Hudson Valley Community College. He has been an athletic person his whole life and would like to help people improve upon their balance, strength, and overall athleticism. As a Personal Trainer, his goal is to help each member become the best version of themselves.

Certifications

  • Certified YMCA Foundations of Strength and Conditioning Instructor
  • Certified in CPR, AED, First Aid and Bloodborne Pathogens

Specialties

Ask Alex for help with strength training, weightlifting, and training for athletes.


Heather_BrownHeather Brown

“Participation, determination and motivation will turn any challenge into a change!”

Background

Heather has been a YMCA staff member since 2016. She is a certified Personal Trainer through the ACE. Heather has been a licensed Practical Nurse since 2003 specializing in rehabilitation. She believes that in order to achieve your fitness goals, the first step is walking through the door. No two people are the same and health is not a competition. As a fitness professional she will show members ways to reach their goals and have fun doing it!

Certifications

  • Certified Personal Trainer with the American Council on Exercise
  • Certified Group Fitness Instructor with the ACE
  • Certified R.I.P.P.E.D Instructor
  • Certified Enhance® Fitness Instructor
  • Certified POUND Instructor

Specialties

Ask Heather for help with making fitness a habit, strength training, interval training and general fitness.


AmandaAmanda Carknard

“Being healthy isn’t a trend or a diet, it’s a LIFESTYLE. Love yourself enough to live it!”

Background

Amanda has been a YMCA staff member since 2011. She started working at the Troy Family YMCA, moved to Greenbush in July of 2013, and to Southern Saratoga in June of 2016. She is a certified Personal Trainer through AFAA, SPINNING® Instructor, and an ACE Group Fitness Instructor. Amanda graduated with a BS in Health Promotion & Fitness and is currently pursuing a nursing degree. She enjoys personal training all ages, levels, and abilities!

Certifications

  • Certified Personal Trainer with the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America
  • Certified American Council on Exercise Group Instructor
  • Certified SPINNING® Instructor
  • Certified YMCA Foundations of Strengthen and Conditioning Instructor
  • Certified LIVESTRONG® Instructor with the YMCA
  • Certified Diabetes Prevention Program Facilitator

Specialties

Ask Amanda for help with cardiovascular training, body sculpting, balance training, and/or core strengthening.


Audra ClarkeAudra Clarke

“Fitness is not about being better than someone else. It’s about being better than you used to be.”

Background

Audra has worked for the YMCA since 2011. Starting as a member 10 years ago, Audra loved the TRX class and decided to become a group exercise instructor. Audra enjoys motivating others toward a healthier lifestyle.

Certifications

  • Physician’s Assistant
  • Certified SPINNING® Instructor
  • Certified TRX Trainer
  • Certified YMCA Group Exercise Instructor
  • Kettlebell Concepts, Level I Instructor
  • Pedaling for Parkinson’s™ Instructor

Specialties

Ask Audra for help with reaching your overall fitness goals, especially core strengthening.


Julie_editJulie Fariello

“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.”

Background

Julie is a fitness enthusiast with a passion for exercise. She has completed several long distance road races and enjoys yoga. She enjoys motivating her clients to work to their full potential.

Certifications

  • Certified Personal Trainer with the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America
  • Certified Primary Group Fitness Instructor wit the ESA
  • Certified Mad Dogg SPINNING® Instructor
  • YMCA Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Coach
  • Pedaling for Parkinson’s™ Instructor
  • Certified in YMCA Healthy Lifestyle Principles
  • Certified YMCA Foundations of Strength and Conditioning Instructor
  • Certified in CPR/AED with the American Red Cross

Specialties

Ask Julie for help with group training, weight loss, strength training and flexibility.


Shannon_FelixShannon Felix

“Always challenge yourself!”

Background

Shannon has worked for the YMCA since 2006 as a Swim Instructor, Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor. She has a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology. Shannon has worked in the fitness industry for over 20 years.

Certifications

  • Certified Personal Trainer with the American Council on Exercise
  • Certified SPINNING® Instructor
  • Certified Pedaling for Parkinson’s Instructor™
  • Triathlon Training Coach for Swimming and Strength Training

Specialties

Ask Shannon for help with athletic training, swimming and triathlon training.


Marissa_ForteMarissa Forte

“Don’t be afraid to take risks and go after your dreams. Be different, never give up and don’t hold back.”

Background

Marissa has worked for the YMCA since 2013. She holds two Bachelor’s Degrees, one in Exercise Science and the other in Nutrition. She enjoys soccer, martial arts, swimming and snowboarding.

Certifications

  • Certified Personal Trainer with the National Council on Strength and Fitness
  • Certified YMCA Foundations of Strength and Conditioning Instructor
  • Certified CPR, AED, First Aid for adults, children and infants with American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI)
  • ASHI Certified in Emergency Oxygen Administration and Bloodborne Pathogens
  • NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Specialties

Ask Marissa for help with combining fitness with nutrition, strength and conditioning to improve sport performance, weight loss, and thinking outside the box to try new things.


Jeanette Lang

“I believe you can accomplish anything you set your mind to and the only wall you need to conquer is the one you built in your mind.”

Background

Jeanette Lang, a Clifton Park resident, has been a member of our staff since 2015. She’s a graduate of Hunter College and worked as a registered nurse for 15 years. During that time she realized her calling was to help people be more proactive in their approach to health and wellness.

Jeanette’s ability to listen and identify the most common struggles of her clients, combined with her energy and patience, results in a memorable and rewarding wellness experience.

Certifications

  • YMCA of the USA Strength and Conditioning Instructor
  • American Red Cross CPR & AED

Specialties

Ask Jeanette for help with TRX, strength, balance, and flexibility training.


Chris_Mann_editChris Mann

“It doesn’t get easier, you get stronger.”

Background

Chris has worked for the YMCA since September of 2013. He started at the Albany YMCA and moved to Southern Saratoga in 2016. He’s pursing his Master’s Degree in Dietetics at The Sage Colleges. Chris enjoys strength training, teaching nutrition, and cooking.

Certifications

  • Certified YMCA Foundations of Strength and Conditioning Instructor
  • Certified in YMCA Healthy Lifestyle Principles
  • Certified in First Aid/CPR/AED

Specialties

Ask Chris for help with nutrition planning, training development, strength and conditioning, power, agility and speed training.


Clifton Park Personal TrainerEmily Hoskinson

“Fitness is about so much more than achieving an ‘ideal body.’ ”

Background

Emily has been a Y staff member since 2016 at both the Glenville and Southern Saratoga branches. She earned her Masters in Exercise Science specializing in cardiac rehabilitation at Northeastern University. Emily enjoys working with clients of various ages and fitness levels.

Certifications

  • Certified Exercise Physiologist through American College of Sports Medicine.

Specialties

Ask Emily for help with weight management, endurance training and injury prevention/rehabilitation.


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