Personal Training

Reach Your Fitness Goals with a YMCA Personal Trainer

Whether you’re new to the gym or a fitness fanatic, personal trainers help to breakthrough barriers and achieve goals! With a custom, well-organized plan, working out is engaging and satisfying. Resist the risk of aimless gym trips with a little help from our friends. 

Work one-on-one with a YMCA Nationally Certified Personal Trainer. The trainer will evaluate health history, lifestyle and perform physical assessments that measure your starting point to aid in designing a program that will specifically meet your needs and help you achieve your goals. 

Small Group Training

Bring a friend and get fit together! Personal attention in a small group (2-5 people) setting that involves camaraderie and energy. By the use of the fitness center equipment and exercises common with strength training workouts there is a progressive approach to common goals within the group. These sessions are led by a Nationally Certified Personal Trainer. 

 

Complimentary Personal Training Session

Take the first step toward reaching your personal goals and meet with one of our Personal Trainers for a complimentary Personal Training Session. It’s included with your membership!

Together, we’ll identify goals and limitations, and then develop a plan for improvement that meets your unique needs. We can guide your training in:

  • Developing strength, power, endurance, and flexibility
  • Machine-based workouts in the Wellness Center on our state-of-the-art Technogym equipment
  • Weight loss
  • Sports-specific training
  • Whatever your goals, we will support you in achieving them!

Limit one per member. 

About YMCA Personal Trainers

Like you, Personal Trainers come in a variety of shapes and sizes with different backgrounds and experience.

At the Y, Personal Trainers have at least one thing in common—they have and maintain certification through at least one national health and fitness organization or a 4 year exercise science degree. In addition to national certifications, many trainers have special areas of expertise—like Olympic Lifting, Barre, Kettlebells, Running, and Youth Specific Conditioning—that require additional (and often intensive) training.

Please contact our Personal Training Coordinator at afinke@meadowlandsymca.org or 201-955-5300 to get started!

Meet Our Trainers

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Kevin G.

“You are what you think you are.” 

Kevin was an all star athlete in high school, playing varsity baseball, basketball and football. He took his fitness knowledge into the professional field, by getting certified in personal training. His sessions will make any newcomer or fitness pro feel like they are an athlete by running through circuits, weight training and incorporating cardio. 

Specializes In:

  • HIIT
  • Strength Training
  • TRX
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Kevin P.

Kevin is a certified personal trainer through ACE fitness. He started fitness training when he was 16 to build confidence and get ready for high school sports. Kevin enjoys weight training, core work, and brings his sense of humor to every session. 

Specializes In:

  • Weight loss
  • Strength Training
  • HIIT

Amy C.

Favorite Quote: “It always seems impossible until is done” – Nelson Mandela.

Struggling with losing weight after having her child, Amy hired a personal trainer to help her. Losing 25 pounds and getting in the better shape she felt happy and confident, she decided she wanted to help other people reach their goal. She is now NASM certified and enjoys working with clients of all fitness levels including individuals with medical control diseases to help them toward a healthy life style. Amy is also a licensed massage therapist.

Specialties: 

  • Weight Loss
  • Toning and Sculpting
  • Strength Training
  • HIIT
  • Muscle Building

Michelle K.

Michelle competed in the 2018 Northern CrossFit Regional Games. Out of 40 athletes she rocked by placing 11th! Not only is Michelle a CrossFit pro, but she also is an active member of the Army National Guard. She found fitness training at the age of 18, after years of swimming and playing volleyball.
 
Michelle welcomes anyone to fitness, new or old! She can tailor a session around any client's goals. 
 
Michelle specializes in:
  • CrossFit
  • HIIT
  • Strength Training

Polina N.

Polina is a rockstar certified personal trainer who is actively studying Exercise Science at Montclair State University. She fell in love with crossfit 3 years ago and has not looked back. She teaches crossfit outside the YMCA but brings it to her sessions here. Her attitude is that fitness should make you feel good while having FUN. You see her training a group of members or herself in a HIIT session. Her sessions are always fun, safe and effective!

Specializes in:

HIIT

Crossfit Training

Fat Loss

Core Strength

Stabilization

Chris K.

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body” -Joseph Addison

Chris is a Glen Rock, NJ native who began his fitness career after suffering an injury during a soccer game. He trained throughout his time at TCNJ, and graduated with a Bachelors in Health and Exercise Science. After college, he obtained his personal training certificate through ACSM, an Exercise Physiology certificate, and other accreditations that helped to round out his knowledge base. If you're looking for a qualified exercise science guru to help you reach your fitness goals, Chris is your guy! 

Specializes in:

  • Strength training
  • Exercise Science
  • Kinesiology
  • Weight loss

Joe I.

Joe is a former State Champion High School football player at Rutherford High School. His fitness journey started in middle school, where he started weight training after school. He is certified though ACE and enjoys working with all different fitness levels.

Specializes In:

  • HIIT
  • Strength Training
  • Tabata

Saad N.

Favorite Quote: “Ability is limitless”

As a former football player, Saad suffered a bad knee injury where he tore over 7 ligaments in 2015. Also overweight at this time, Saad sought out help at the local gym where he found his new passion for fitness. After losing 11% body fat and over 40 pounds, he wanted to share this experience with others. He is now certified through ISSA and is ready to help others in their fitness journey.

Specialties:

  • Weight loss                   
  • Athletic conditioning
  • Strength training
  • HITT

John G.

Favorite Quote: “The only competition is with yourself”

John has over 30 years of martial arts experience, along with over 20 years of stunt performing, including working as a Knight at the Medieval Times in Lyndhurst, NJ. He is certified through NASM and uses his experience and knowledge in all of his training sessions. He believes in overall, total body training while incorporating flexibility. His passion of the fitness industry is always visible during a workout!

Specialties 

  • Flexibility
  • Martial Arts
  • Total Body Conditioning

Bri M.

Favorite Quote: “All we are is a result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.” - Siddhartha Gautama

Bri is a Certified Personal Trainer through ACE.    After years of unhealthy habits began building up, she decided it was time to make healthy choices. That experience gave her the opportunity to become her own client, where she learned that improving health goes beyond the physical. This led her to purse a Behavior Change Specialist certification to further understand the difficulties of making changes and the proper steps to take. Bri’s goal is to raise the awareness of all whom she works closely with providing them the tools, mindset and accountability to live a healthier happier life.

Specialties:

  • Weight Loss & Toning
  • HIIT Training
  • Functional Training

Lucy B.

Favorite Quote: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” Wayne Gretzky

While attending Montclair State University for her bachelors degree, Lucy found her passion for fitness. She is certified through NASM and has many certifications including Les Mills Body Pump, TRX and more. She loves teaching Senior Fit, Body Pump, Group Fitness and more. She loves training the senior citizen community and you can see her passion in anything she is teaching.

Specialties:

  • TRX
  • Strength Training
  • Senior Fitness

Jeff E.

Favorite Quote: “If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you”

Jeff believes in enhancing the human experience through movement. Currently earning his doctorate degree in physical therapy from Columbia University, Jeff specializes in rehabilitation and prevention of injury in athletes and weekend warriors. As a certified exercise physiologist, Jeff is also experienced in the management of lifestyle diseases through exercise including diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease. health and wellness goals. 

Specialties:

  • Fat Loss
  • Management of Arthritis
  • Injury Prevention
  • Performance Enhancement
  • Youth Wellness Coaching

Matt L.

Favorite Quote: "Prevention is better than cure” - Desiderius Erasmus

Matt’s fitness journey was sparked by working as an EMT. Matt saw how important exercise and healthy living was to people and decided to make a career change. He is still an EMT but now also a personal trainer, as he received his certification through ACE. His passion for health living and fitness is always visible during any of his sessions.

Specialties: 

  • Strength training
  • Weight loss
  • Rehabilitation

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