Our Personal Trainers

Abigail-Borod5-150x150Abigail Borod, Fitness Coach

Abigail Borod is a back-to-basics certified personal trainer, who demonstrates that all you need is the right attitude to succeed in your fitness goals, yielding contemporary equipment almost unnecessary. She brings the boot-camp style to the forefront of your workout, and guarantees that if you commit to the program you will see and feel the results. Spend your exercise hour with her and discover a world of difference!

 

“My trainer Abigail who tailored an intense boot-camp style workout routine specially for me was able to really motivate me to try very hard. She knew I’d try to negotiate and whine. But Abbie is a professional and knew what kind of exercise won’t hurt me and make me even stronger instead. I’m really happy to have met Abbie and I’m looking forward to work with her in the future.” – Petra Kas, Personal Training Client

“My sessions with Abbie were fantastic. She is a really great trainer and I learned a ton from her.” Ariel Astrachan, Personal Training Client

Anjali (Anya) Jhaveri 

Anjali (Anya) Jhaveri  ACSM (American college of sports medicine)

Certified Fitness Trainer, who specializes in creating a blend of interesting & effective Bootcamp/HIIT/Strength/Circuit / Sports specific trainings with emphasis on Core strength.

She comes from 15+years of experience in the fitness field. She is known for her innovative methods that keep her clients motivated hence resulting in a long term relationship with them.

Since the age of 12 she has been passionate about Yoga, An avid learner strongly believes in not limiting her knowledge to just one or two types of training,  Originally from The Land of Yoga India, has been fortunate to be a part of several yoga institutions.

Her passion for living a mindful, Conscious & Organic lifestyle is ever present through her expertise as a yoga teacher.

A stickler for the correct alignment followed by a unique style of instruction, and versatility have made her popular among her students.  Anya has a different take on Mat Pilates, makes it fun, interesting & challenging by using the props like The soft balls, gym balls, resistance bands, Weights etc. 

Oscar Kemjika

IMAG07753-150x150A NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Holistic Health Consultant with over four years experience. Born and raised in the Bronx, NY I have always been involved in athletics and had a passion for health and fitness.  I am a recent Lehman College Graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science. I’ve been running track for over 9 year specializing in both the 400m and 800m distances. My style of training encompasses  cardiovascular and core strength and conditioning with specialties in weight loss, weight management, corrective exercise and injury prevention. I believe that the body is the best machine and my training methods/style embody that with little or no need for the use of equipment while executing various exercises to target all major and core muscle groups. My experience as an intern working alongside physical therapist has also given me the knowledge to approach clients who have functional limitations due to injury and  are under rehabilitation. My Holistic Health background ranges from knowledge on alternative/naturopathic medicine, to optimal functions of the mental, emotional and physical.

*I am currently pursuing the NASM CES (Corrective Exercise Specialist) Certification

“After a few sessions with Oscar, I am amazed as to how much doing specific exercise techniques can target variety of muscles in my body. Oscar has taught me with using my body weight. I am able to use simple but effective exercises that will burn more calories, strengthen my balance, and increase my endurance. Meeting with Oscar I was welcomed with a warm smile and generous words of wisdom. He educated me about how to improve on achieving a healthy physical and mental lifestyle. Oscar is a tough cookie though, he makes sure I complete the workout and encourages me to keep going even when I want to give up. Overall I would give oscar five stars job well done” – Lucy N., Personal Training Client

Dawn Olsen,  Certified Therapeutic Yoga Instructor

Dawn-Olsen-Yoga1Dawn is a certified 200 hour RYT Vinyasa and Therapeutic yoga instructor.  Her professional training took place at Joschi Yoga, NYC & The Integral Yoga Institute.   Her group classes are a flowing sequence of asanas (poses) with particular attention to the integration of breath, movement and awareness.  This liberating flow of sequences aims at achieving a steady balance between flexibility and strength, by holding on and letting go.  This technique is offered in addition and/or in combination to her health counseling practice. Her full bio can also be viewed below under “Nutrition Coaches”.

Christine Jones,  W.I.T.S. (World Instructor Training School) Fitness Trainer

Christine+Employee_d6c3334e-cb2f-43ad-bfb1-da0dc17093c2Christine Jones is a Certified W.I.T.S. (World Instructor Training School) Fitness Trainer.   For over six years she has performed as a Personal Trainer (for individuals and groups), a Running Coach, and a Special Dietary Nutrition advisor. She brings a style to fit your own personal performance and goals through four types of exercises:  endurance, strength, flexibility and balance.  Her commitment and dedication to making sure her clients are motivated and inspired are the keys to their success.

Christine uses a safe and unique style for building her clients’ stamina, targeting muscles to be stronger, flexing joints to full range of motion, and cultivating a lifetime of balance.  She is completely equipped to work in both indoor and outdoor environments.  Christine is described by her clients as being “enthusiastic and positive in her approach,” “exceptional with working out my body,” and “very knowledgeable about exact muscles to be targeted.”

“After multiple back injuries and long PT treatments I was frustrated with my overall physical conditioning. My orthopedist gave me a 52-page trunk stabilization regimen to follow and I cowered under the weight of that demand.  I asked Christine if she would be able to read through the exercises and help me to create a regimen where I was doing the exercises correctly and preventing further injuries while strengthen core to avoid surgery.  Christine was enthusiastic and positive in her approach to my exercise and rehab.  When one or another body part failed she would easily and quickly adapt the exercises so as not to strain my injuries.  She never was discouraged and therefore neither was I.  I eventually worked my way up to playing golf again and have great outlook on exercise as a blessing and not a chore.” – Laura, Personal Training Client

“Christine Jones has been my personal trainer for 3 years now. Christine has done an exceptional job with working my body out. Her training with you rarely involves machines.  She does a lot of exercises challenging your own body weight. She has taught me so much about working out. Balance and stretching is a very important factor for working out in her routine. She is very knowledgeable in the body and what exact muscles need to be targeted.  I highly recommended her as a personal fitness trainer. She is always reliable, on time, and focused on maintaining a great fit body. Thank you.” – Ann S., Personal Training Client

Maryellen Tockarshewsky

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How does your service stand out?

My work stands out because I get my clients the results they desire. Almost half of my clientele are referrals, so I do have happy clients who are eager to share me with their friends and family. I’m also interested in their lives, I’m not just their trainer, and they are not just my clients. We become a team. And together as that team we will meet and exceed your fitness goals!

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

The excitement and pride I see in my clients after doing something they thought they could never achieve. When they look at themselves in the mirror and are happy with what they see. Or when a client is no longer borderline diabetic or their cholesterol levels have dropped due to their training. I also love meeting new and very interesting people. All my clients are very special to me in their own ways.

What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?

Make sure the trainer you hire has a certification. PT’s dont have to have a license. You should look up the certification online to check for its value. Some certs you can get in one weekend of training. You want someone who knows what they are doing and who has been given an extensive education in personal training otherwise they can hurt or injure you.

How did you get started doing this type of work?

I wanted to get people motivated about their health and fitness. Obesity is a real problem in this country. Educating people on the best way to be healthy and active and fit is a great job. So many people want to do the right thing for themselves but just don’t know how to go about doing it. I was able to lose the weight I put on after having 3 kids and I want to help others do the same.

Ghada Kulaib

Ghada is certified by the American Academy of Personal Training. Her goals as Fitness professional are to motivate people and teach them how to mold a healthy and active lifestyle as well as building their self confidence, while staying healthy.

She is great with beginner clients.

Ghada specializes in strength & conditioning, core & balance, corrective exercises, and high intensity interval training (HIIT).

Juliana Curcio

Juliana was born and raised in Buffalo, NY and has a background in both fitness and music. She is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and earned her personal training certification through the International Sports Science Association. She began her fitness journey at a young age, playing soccer, tennis, softball, basketball and practicing martial arts. She then went on to study opera and began her professional career three years ago. As a performer, maintaining your health is essential. As a trainer and fitness instructor she helps individuals to achieve health and wellness as a lifestyle with a customizable plan for weight loss management, nutrition and strength training. She is passionate about helping clients find a balance in their life and creating a lasting relationship with health and wellness.

Chris Bober

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” – Maya Angelou

Chris tries to live by this motto. He’s a functional exercise & youth specialist. He has his general certification through ACE. He has been moving his entire life whether it’s dance, sports or exercise. He believes in the overall wellness of his clients. Mental, Emotional and Physical health work hand in hand and he crafts his programming to meet the client’s needs, in order to help balance these out.

“As a former athlete, I have had my fair share of one-on-one trainings in the gym. Playing basketball, football, track & field, as well as pursuing a very physically demanding career (entertainment), my desire to stay in shape has become a necessity; an addiction to a healthy life that allows me to balance work and play. Chris’ method of instruction has been a perfect match for my lifestyle because his intentions are just that – to match my lifestyle. He takes my goals along with my physical incapabilities he observes, and teaches me how to properly care for my body. What I am most impressed with is his wealth of knowledge of both how our muscles work together for each movement of the body and how versatile my workouts are. I am always on my toes with new, exciting workouts that build on one another – focusing on progression – that helps me focus on my goals instead of how tired I am performing each exercise. Our hour together is typically full of laughter and I always leave with a lesson or two that I get to carry with me in the week, making me feel even better about doing something good for me. I highly recommend these services for all levels. – Napoleon M Douglas

Lesley Levenson

Lesley is grateful to be teaching, practicing, and studying Yoga every day. She teaches classes of all sizes, ages and skill sets. She has a passion for introducing beginners to the world of yoga, bringing people back to yoga who have left, as well as working with experienced yogis to build their practice.

Lesley’s path to the yoga studio started many years ago and kept her centered and focused throughout her 30 plus years in corporate America. She dove into teacher training during a period of mourning after her mom passed away. This helped her to deepen her practice, calm her mind and start healing her heart.

Lesley is a 500 RYT and is continuing to learn and study every day. She completed her certification at New York’s acclaimed Sonic Yoga. When Lesley is not in the studio, you can often find her in Central Park with Lola, her new adorable toy poodle — a rescue from South Korea.

William Suarez

William is an NCSA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science from The State University of New York at Buffalo.

He has 15+ years of experience working with people from beginners to ex D1 athletes that now have high stress jobs. He uses the basic human movements of Push, Pull, Squat and Hinge to develop individualized programs. This system is adapted for sports performance, improving body composition and/or improved movement and mobility.

Will has trained me for approximately 8 years now. I have been meeting with him two to three times a week consistently over these eight years. I very much enjoy training with Will, and I look forward to each session. Will has shown himself to be a very reliable and results driven trainer. He has created exercise programs that were tailored specifically for me, and he has adjusted them throughout these eight years when necessary. I lost weight, toned down, built muscle mass, felt really great about working out and how I looked, and enjoyed every time we met together. He has a knack for understanding where your injuries are and working around them, while strengthening the areas that need focus so that the injuries do not hinder every-day movement and activities. – Ovadya A., Personal Training Client

Elle Kolp

Elle is an NFPT certified trainer and lifeguard with an extensive background in gymnastics and flexibility. With a focus on mobility and functional training, Elle will have you feeling your strongest and most confident. With 5 years of contortion training and 2 years coaching competitive gymnastics under her belt, Elle is proficient in maximizing movement without injury.

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