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 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
  • Certified YogaFIT Instructor
  • Certified YMCA Group Exercise Instructor
  • Certified Health Coach with the American Council on Exercise
  • Certified SPINNING® Instructor
  • Certified Weight Management Specialist
  • Certified in CPR, AED and First Aid

Specialties

Ask Allison for help with strength training and weight management.


Chris_Mann_editChris Mann, Wellness Coordinator

“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 achieved his Master’s Degree in Nutrition at The Sage Colleges. Chris enjoys strength training, teaching nutrition, and cooking.

Certifications

  • Certified YMCA Foundations of Strength and Conditioning Instructor
  • Certified LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA Instructor
  • Certified SPINNING® Instructor
  • Certified in CPR, AED and First Aid

Specialties

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


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 AFAA
  • Certified YMCA Group Exercise instructor through the YMCA of the USA
  • Certified SPINNING® Instructor
  • Certified TRX® Trainer
  • Certified BOSU® Trainer
  • Certified in CPR, AED and First Aid

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 ACE
  • Certified ACE Group Fitness Instructor
  • Certified R.I.P.P.E.D® Instructor
  • Certified Enhance® Fitness Instructor
  • Certified POUND® Instructor
  • Certified TRX® Trainer
  • Certified Weight Management Specialist with ACE
  • Certified in CPR, AED and First Aid

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 AFAA
  • Certified ACE Group Fitness Instructor
  • Certified SPINNING® Instructor
  • Certified Pedaling for Parkinson’s™ Instructor
  • Certified YMCA Foundations of Strengthen and Conditioning Instructor
  • Certified LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA Instructor
  • Certified Diabetes Prevention Program Facilitator
  • YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Coach
  • Certified in CPR, AED and First Aid

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
  • Certified Kettlebell Concepts, Level I Instructor
  • Certified Pedaling for Parkinson’s™ Instructor
  • Certified in CPR, AED and First Aid

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 AFAA
  • Certified Primary Group Fitness Instructor with ESA
  • Certified SPINNING® Instructor
  • Certified Pedaling for Parkinson’s™ Instructor
  • Certified YMCA Foundations of Strength and Conditioning Instructor
  • YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Coach
  • Certified in CPR, AED and First Aid

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
  • Certified in CPR, AED and First Aid

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 NCSF
  • Certified YMCA Foundations of Strength and Conditioning Instructor
  • Certified NSCA Strength and Conditioning Specialist with NCSA
  • Certified Lifeguard with the American Red Cross
  • Certified in Emergency Oxygen Administration and Bloodborne Pathogens with ASHI
  • Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer with ACSM
  • Certified in CPR, AED and First Aid

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

  • Certified YMCA Foundations of Strength and Conditioning Instructor
  • Certified TRX® Trainer
  • Certified in CPR, AED and First Aid

Specialties

Ask Jeanette for help with TRX, strength, balance, and flexibility 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 Master’s 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
  • Certified SPINNING® Instructor
  • Certified in CPR, AED and First Aid

Specialties

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


George Hook

“If you’re all in, then I’m all in with you.”

Background

George Hook has been a YMCA Staff Member since May 2016. He is an ISSA certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Nutrition Specialist. George has competed in several Bodybuilding   Competitions, and was runner-up in the 1986 Metroland Open (Teenage Division) and 3rd in the 1988 Eastern States Body Building Championships (Men’s Light-Heavyweight Division). Today, George works to help others become stronger, leaner, and healthier.

Certifications

  • Certified Personal Trainer with ISSA
  • Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist with ISSA
  • Certified in CPR, AED and First Aid

Specialties

Ask George for help with strength training, power training, sport specific and cycle training and bodybuilding.


Kristina Scheibner

“Fall in love with the process and the results will come.”

Background

Kristina has been a Southern Saratoga YMCA staff member since 2017. She is a certified Personal Trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine and recently completed her Yoga Instructor certification. Kristina has been a fitness-oriented person her whole life, but found a true passion in yoga. As a fitness professional, she believes the key to achieving your goals is to enjoy what you are doing and focus on total wellness of body, mind, and spirit. Her goal is to help people become the healthiest and happiest version of themselves.

Certifications

  • Certified Personal Trainer with NASM
  • Certified Yoga Instructor
  • Certified in CPR, AED and First Aid

Specialties

Ask Kristina for help with flexibility, balance, core strengthening, weight loss and overall fitness goals.


Zachary Crogan

“If it doesn’t challenge you, then it won’t change you.”

Background

Zachary joined the Southern Saratoga YMCA team in March 2017, but has been a YMCA member since 2014. He is a certified Personal Trainer with ISSA. Zach has been fitness oriented most of his life and is an accomplished football and track athlete. His own journey has helped shape his perspective of what fitness is and as a trainer Zach’s goal is to help others be leaner, stronger, and overall healthier.

Certifications

  • Certified Personal Trainer with ISSA
  • Certified in CPR, AED and First Aid

Specialties

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

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