Personal Training

WHAT'S YOUR 2020 VISION?

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 at cgonzalez@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 

Desiree A.

 

My name is Desiree Agrinsoni and I have been a personal trainer at the YMCA since January 2020. I am currently an undergraduate Molecular Biology student at Montclair State University with hopes of furthering my education via medical school or pursuing a path in physical therapy. Besides the physical benefits and aesthetics, I exercise because it keeps me mentally strong both inside and outside of the gym. The goals I accomplish in the weight room reminds me to push myself in every other aspect of my life, especially considering my daunting career path. As a trainer, my goal is to design specialized programs tailored to each client in efforts to help them achieve sustainable progress and cultivate healthy goal achievement. Further, I want my clients to feel comfortable and knowledgeable about everything they do both inside and outside of the wellness center in efforts to continuously practice an active and healthy lifestyle.

 

Areas of Specialty:

-Weight Training

-HIIT

-Weight Loss

Phil C.

 

“Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best” - Tim Duncan

I have been a certified Personal Trainer since the start of 2020. I have been active all my life playing football and basketball growing up, and have been weight training since I was a freshman in high school. I appreciated my coaches in sports and would like to offer that same assistance in training my clients. I enjoy training because I like to connect with my clients, and help them achieve their specific goals.

Specializes in:
Strength training
Weight loss
HIIT

Paul B.

"Success doesn’t just find you. You have to go out and get it."

Everyone has the opportunity to improve. Paul wants to help everyone get there. With his years of experience as a NASM certified personal trainer, he has worked with clients of all ages and skill levels, and has seen improvement in all of them. You are never too old, or deconditioned to start. No matter your preference for exercise, strength training, HIIT, tabata, kickboxing, yoga and more, Paul will be able to work with you and help you grow.

 

Specializes in:

Senior Client Specialist Certified 

Livestrong Coach Certified (Cancer Survivor)

MS One Step Certified (Multiple Sclerosis) 

PNF Stretching

MMA Training and Conditioning

Kickboxing

Meditation

HIIT

Kettlebell

TRX

Speed Agility Quickness Training

Dani L.

I have been in the industry for 5 years teaching group fitness and have recently become a NASM certified personal trainer. I pride myself in keeping my knowledge up to date on workout trends as well as research and science so I can bring the best, most dynamic possible program to my clients. I have specialty certifications in core, barre and Zumba, and I'm personally a 3 time marathon runner with insight and experience in training and injury prevention.

Marieliz R.

I’ve been a personal trainer and group fitness instructor for over 10 years now. My passion is seeing my clients transform physically and mentally. I started competing in bodybuilding competitions at the age of 17, placed top 5, and have been in magazines such as Muscle Mag, and Muscular Development. I’m WITS personal training certified, also have my AFFA, TRX, and a few other special certifications.

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

Lucy B.

“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.

Specializes in:

  • TRX
  • Strength Training
  • Senior Fitness

Jeff E.

“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. 

Specializes in:

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

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