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Personal Training

Personal Training
Do you want to feel better, look better and have more energy? Are you getting want you want out of your workouts? Get excellent, professional instruction from one of our nationally certified personal trainers. Let one of our expert trainers guide you through new and innovative exercises to help you reach your wellness goals. Our trainers are listed below.

How to Choose a Personal Trainer
In order for a personal trainer to design a safe and effective workout, he or she should have education and experience.  Being certified through a nationally recognized certifying agency insures that the trainer is getting continuing education.  Here are a few additional tips:

  • Find a trainer that is right for you. Some people like to exercise in the morning, some in the evening. Will the personal trainer you're talking to accomodate your schedule? What about the trainer's gender? Some people do better working with a trainer of the same sex; other prefer the opposite sex.
  • Interview more than one. Ask questions about his or her style of training and experience with any particular injuries or special problems that may need to be addressed.
  • The personal trainer you select should motivate you by positive, not negative, reinforcement.
  • Ask about group training sessions. Grab a friend and take advantage of a group training program. They offer the same expert training at a reduced and shared cost

Teen & Tween Training 

Powerlifting, competitive weightlifting and bodybuilding can be dangerous for maturing youth as is can cause injuries to growing bones, muscles and joints. Our teen/tween specific personal trainers will put together a comprehensive program to not only build muscle and endurance but also increase athletic performance through resistance training. We offer the option of group personal training as a way to allow teens to work with their friends/peers. Consult with our Director of Health and Wellness, Roger Briscoe, for more information.

 

 

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Our Mission Statement: "To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy mind, body, and spirit for all."

 

Personal Trainers


Roger Briscoe
Director of Health and Wellness/
Strength and
Conditioning Coach/ Personal Trainer

Certifications/Education:

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
Healthy Lifestyle Principles YMCA
Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science
Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP)
Masters Degree in Sport Management (IUP)
CPR/AED/First Aid Certified
American Red Cross
Certified American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI)
Instructor Trainer

Experience:

Personal trainer for 7 years
Knowledge of all major sports

Areas of Expertise:

Strength and conditioning
Agility and plyometrics
Rehabilitation
Sport specific training

History and Background:

Roger has been a trainer and instructor at the Y since 2010, and has been the Director of Wellness since 2012. He is happily married with 2 kids. He also has many years experience in helping with weight loss, strength gains, rehabilitation and much more.

Philosophy:


‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’
Philippians 4:13

 

 



Franko Alexander
Personal Trainer/
Fitness Instructor

Certifications/Education:

Graduate Student at IUP in Exercise Science
B.S. in Exercise Science from IUP
CSCS & ASHI Certified Instructor

Experience:

7 years in the field of Health and Fitness

Areas of Expertise:

Athlete development to include speed, agility and strength training, as well as functional fitness training, post-physical therapy maintenance programs and flexibility development.

History and Background:

Franko is a happily married United States Marine who has a great passion towards the field of exercise.  I have competed at many levels in athletics to include football, baseball, softball, martial arts, boxing, strongman competitions, powerlifting and endurance events.

Philosophy:


My philosophy is that health and fitness is very much a lifestyle change that can be accomplished at any facet of life.  Our health and well-being is often times put behind the needs of others and although that is unselfish, it is important to recognize how our well-being can affect our loved ones.  Strength and conditioning can often be misinterpreted as for only athletes but we all can be better physically and where physical gains are noted we can assess a certain type of psychological gain as well towards our self-confidence.



Chris Detweiler
Class Instructor

Certifications/Education:

Bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical
Education with an emphasis in Sports Management
National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
Certified personal trainer
Weight Loss Specialist (NASM Certification)
Adult, Child, and Infant CPR/AED Certified

Experience:

YMCA-Personal Trainer/Fitness Instructor -Since April of 2011
Fitness Center Supervisor/ Trainer/ Strength Coach -Indiana High School

Areas of Expertise:

General strength and conditioning and healthy weight loss

History and Background:

Chris is originally from Uniontown, Pennsylvania and went to Laurel Highlands High School.  He graduated from IUP in 2009 and has been living in Indiana since he got married in 2011. Chris enjoy playing sports (mainly soccer and basketball) and working out.  Carolyn, his wife, and he is expecting a baby in June!

Philosophy:


“Always set goals, and make sure that they are attainable and measurable”




Chris Hibbs
Personal Trainer/
Class Instructor

Certifications/Education:

CPR/AED/First Aid Certified
American Red Cross
Currently enrolled at IUP for B.S. in Exercise Science

Experience:

Football/Lifting for 8 years
Sprinted 3 years in high school track
Blairsville Football-4 years coaching
Saltsburg Track & Field-2 years coaching
Kids Camp- 2 years

Areas of Expertise:

Strength & Conditioning
Football (RB/WR/DB) Agility/Speed
Working with a variety of clients (youth to seniors)
Track-Sprints/Hurdles
Y’s Loser

History and Background:

Chris is from Blairsville, Pa. Graduated in 2008 and attended Clarion for 2 years. Transferred to IUP for Exercise Science and plan to Graduate in May, 2014. Had a scholarship to play football but did not pursue it at Clarion and decided to focus on my schooling. Played football for 10 years and currently still helping with Blairsville Football.

Philosophy:


“The first wealth is health” “Yolo” “If you are willing to do the time and the effort required, you can do whatever you want



Mathew W. Caripolti
Personal Trainer/
Class Instructor

Certifications/Education:

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
Health Fitness Specialist
Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science
Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP)
CPR/AED/First Aid Certified
American Red Cross

Experience:

Over 8 years of experience working in a fitness center. Started at Allegheny Valley YMCA in 2005.
Four years of education in Exercise Science.

Areas of Expertise:

Strength and Endurance Training
Bodybuilding, Figure, Bikini Model Contest Preparation

History and Background:

Mat went to Freeport Area High School and played many different sports from golf to football. Worked at the Allegheny Valley YMCA from 2005-2009. Completed his internship at the Aerobic Center at Lynch Field. Gratitude from IUP in 2011. Trained a number of different members from ages 15-72. Teaches Y’s Loser, New Me, BodyPump as well as other classes.

Philosophy:


“Physical fitness is a lifestyle not a fad” “Only YOU can make the change” “Do the things today others WON’T, so that tomorrow you can do the things others CAN’T”

 


Tim Kunkel
Personal Trainer

Certifications/Education:

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology -Pennsylvania State University

Experience:

Penn State Strength and Conditioning
Personal trainer for the Penn State Recreational Strength and Conditioning Centers
Staff Instructor for Universal Cheerleading Association
Assistant Power lifting coach for Jim Thorpe Area High School.
Assistant Wrestling coach for Pyramid Sport Performance Center.
Gymnastics coach at Sharon’s School of Dance and Gymnastics.

Areas of Expertise:

Personal training
Fitness Classes
Aquatic Fitness

History and Background:

Tim attended Penn State and was a cheerleader while earning his B.S.  As a cheerleader, Tim had the opportunity to represent Penn State while competing in the Universal Cheerleading Association Nationals two years in a row. Being organized, knowing how to manage time through a busy schedule, and having perseverance  are all important characteristics to Tim as a professional.

Philosophy:


Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. Colossians 3:23

 


Caitlyn Palmer
Personal Trainer

Certifications/Education:

Zumba Fitness Certified: General and Core
Working towards a B.S. in Exercise Science

Experience:

6 months of personal training
2.5 years teaching Zumba Fitness

Areas of Expertise:

General Strength
Zumba Fitness

History and Background:

Background in cardio and strength training

Philosophy:

Fitness shouldn’t be a chore. It should be something you
enjoy, so make it fun!

U can make the change” “Do the things today others WON’T, so that tomorrow you can do the things others CAN’T”

 


Ryan O'Toole
Personal Trainer

Certifications/Education:

ISSA Certified Personal Trainer

Experience:

1 Year of personal training

Areas of Expertise:

Growing as a trainer

History and Background:

Ryan has played sports his entire life. This transitioned into a career as a professional wrestler. Through this, Ryan has
sustained many injuries that has forced him to experiment with many styles of training to work around them. This has provided me with a well-rounded knowledge of various training styles

Philosophy:

Find a style of exercise that works for you and that you enjoy. You will be more likely to stick with something you enjoy

 


H. Keith Colvin
Personal Trainer

Certifications/Education:

Certified Personal Fitness Trainer since 2005, YMCA

Experience:

Personal trainer here at the Y currently and from 2005-2010

Areas of Expertise:

Working with senior’s on Cybex and cardio equipment

History and Background:

Executive director of 2 vocational rehabilitation programs and has been affiliated with such for 33 years.

Philosophy:

It is never too late to begin an exercise program

 


Randi Ellis
Personal Trainer

Certifications/Education:

CPR/AED/First Aid Certified
Masters Degree in Exercise Science
Combative level 1 certified
Act 34, 115 and 151 clearances

Experience:

Military physical training for 8 years
Worked with kids summer camp
Participant in basketball, gymnastics, softball and soccer
My Fitness Kitchen personal trainer (Altoona)

Areas of Expertise:

Working with all types of clients (age, limitations, injuries, etc.)
Basketball
Strength and conditioning
Weight loss

History and Background:

Originally from Laingsburg, Michigan, Randi went to Andrews University and Lansing Community College working towards her degree in Criminal Justice before enlisting in the US Army in 2005. From there, she went to basic training in South Carolina and advanced to individual training in Arizona. While being enlisted for 8 years, Randi had one tour down range in 07-08. In 2012, she went back to school for her Masters in Exercise Science. Randi has two rock and roll half marathons under her belt and still focuses on running and strength training.

Philosophy:

“Don’t ruin a good day by thinking about a bad yesterday. Let it go.”

“Unless you puke, faint or die keep going” -Jillian Michaels

 


Adam Rusiewicz
Personal Trainer

Certifications/Education:

Bachelor of Science from SUNY Courtland (Kinesiology, Fitness Development)
NSCA-Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach

Experience:

Cornell University-Strength and Conditioning Intern
SUNY Courtland-Personal Training
 Physio Therapy Clinic in Nova Scotia– PT and Physio Therapist Assistant
Head Instructor at Pro Ambitions Hockey Inc.

Areas of Expertise:

Injury Prevention/Rehabilitation
Weight Loss
Mobility Restoration
Functional Range of Movement
Aqualogix Water Workouts-Isokinetic workouts

History and Background:

Adam was born and raised in Indiana, PA. After graduating from IHS he moved to Nova Scotia to pursue a ice hockey career. While
playing hockey at the Junior A level for 2 seasons, Adam worked as a Physio Therapist assistant which helped benefit his rehab practices. At SUNY Courtland, while playing hockey for their Div. III team, he earned his BS degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in fitness development. While at Courtland he trained many different clients in his school gym, gaining knowledge with diverse clientele.

Philosophy:

"Life is all about movement. Our ability to enjoy life well is enhanced by our ability to move well in it. My philosophy is simply to help
enhance an individual's ability to improve movement quality in their daily life. That being pain free and with greater range of motion in new and unconventional ways from the norm."

 

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