Meet the Trainers

Our trainers are qualified and trained exercise professionals

Highly qualified, certified and screened trainers teach sessions with great knowledge, fun and passion. Each session is customized for your age, physical condition and personality.

Paytra Gessler

Strength and Circuit Training / Cardiovascular Health / ISSA certified / Youth Fitness Certified

Paytra brings a unique and young energy to exercise and health. She has been double certified by the International Sports and Science Association, with over 4 years experience. Her passion for fitness and continuing education on new ideas/workouts makes for a challenging and ever-changing workout program, keeping you on your feet! Her philosophy is that exercise should be an enjoyable experience that is catered to the needs, goals, and body-type of each person. She loves using her strong personality and motivation to provide clients with the desire to win, and she’s there every step of the way!

Meredith Therrien

Dance, Yoga, Ace Certified Personal Trainer

Meredith is an ACE Certified personal trainer who loves to help others feel their absolute best. She spent several years dancing professionally and uses her dance background to enhance her client’s experience. Meredith is trained and teaches several fitness modalities including Cardio Tap, indoor cycling, barre, and TRX. She is an ACE youth fitness specialist and is currently studying prenatal fitness as well. She strongly believes that creating an active lifestyle for the whole family is crucial for physical health and wellbeing.
Outside of her workouts, she’s a professional performer, and she has a passion for healthy cooking. She’s adventurous, passionate, and full of life; and she feels honored to be able to share her love for health with her clients.

John Venditti

NASM Personal Trainer, Strength Training & Sports Skills

Regardless of how busy our schedules may become, in order to be the best role models, parents, and caretakers, we should all make time for fitness and take care of our bodies.  There is a fundamental lack of activity in many people’s lives today that significantly contributes to poor health, quality of life and increased stress.  The first step in combating this is intent to change – the second step is to seek out instruction on how to do it in the best and most efficient way possible, and this is where I come in.

No matter what age – young or old – I enjoy helping to enrich and change lives through training. Since being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes as a teen, I decided to take action about how I wanted the rest of my life to be – long, healthy and joyful. I took up strength training and quickly realized my calling was not just to train myself, but others as well. I am currently certified by NASM and am pursuing a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. I emphasize correct, efficient movement that transfers over to sports, daily life, and addresses stability and strength.  It is never too late to learn good movement patterns, increase your energy and stave off the wear and tear that daily stresses and work put on the body.

Colleen K.

NASM-CPT, Youth Exercise Specialist

While attending school for business at Fordham University and working in advertising for a sports television network, exercise was always Colleen’s outlet. Colleen found that setting goals and achieving them inside the gym translated to her life outside of it.  After three years of working in a corporate environment, Colleen decided to leave her job to pursue a career within the fitness industry. Colleen spent three years working in management for a small boutique fitness studio, and while there, she obtained her personal training certification through NASM. She thoroughly enjoys helping her clients set and accomplish their fitness goals.

Debbie Matthews

NASM CPT, American Heart Association CPR/AED, ACE Group Fitness Instructor, Schwinn Indoor Cycling, TRX Suspension

I have been in the fitness industry since 2008, and first began my career teaching spin and group fitness classes. I loved working with people to help them achieve their fitness goals, so I then went on for my NASM Personal Training certification. I specialize in high intensity circuit style training as well as endurance and functional training for a wide range of clients.  I have experience training those as young as teens up to and including older adults, people recovering from injuries, and pre and post natal women.

I incorporate a variety of training methods into each clients training program based on their individual; needs including bodyweight exercises, plyometrics, and free weights to keep workouts fun and to continually challenge muscles.

I began playing sports and exercising at a young age, so fitness has always been a big part of my life. I enjoy helping people live healthier, happier lives. I really believe that with dedication and hard work you can achieve anything you set your mind to.

In addition to the above certifications, I am currently working on my ACE Functional Training Certification as well as my Precision Nutrition Coaching Level 1 Certification.

I hope to be able to further help my clients with my new knowledge and skills.

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