Meet Your Personal Trainers At The Y

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Our Personal Trainers are educated professionals often with years of experience who can help any YMCA member including working professionals, new moms, seniors and triathletes. YMCA trainers come from as many different backgrounds and walks of life as our members do, and we take great care in matching members with the right personal trainer.

The typical initial visit includes a review of your health history, lifestyle and goals. Your personal trainer can then help you achieve goals through one-on-one attention, accountability and expertise.

Downtown Miami YMCA Center: Meet your personal trainers

Trainer: Dee Dee Dade

EDUARDO NUNEZ

Bio:
– Over 35 years of experience specializing in HIIT, TRX and Functional Training
– Group Fitness Specializing in Mat Pilates, Body Sculpt, Indoor Cycling, Resistance

Education and Certifications:
– NCSF – Certified Personal Trainer
– CPR & First Aid Certified
– Masters in Journalism

Training Philosophy:
“Don’t stop moving, let’s do this!”

Trainer: FRANCISCO FERNANDEZ

FRANCISCO FERNANDEZ

Bio:
– Focuses on Mobility and Functional Training
– Weight Loss Specialist
– ROTC Graduate
– Born and raised in Miami

Education and Certifications:
– ISSA Certified Personal Trainer
– NASM – CPR Certified
– NASM Virtual Coaching Certified
– Bachelors in Kinesiology/Business

Philosophy:
“If you ever feel left out or lost, you are not lost, you just need a trainer.”

Trainer: ROBERT GOODING

JUSTIN HENDRICKS

Bio:
– Specializes in Weight loss, Strength Training
– Bodybuilding Coach
– Born and raised in Miami

Education and Certifications:
– NASM – Certified Personal Trainer
– CPR & AED Certified

Philosophy:
“Motivation gets you going, but discipline keeps you going!”

Trainer: Joselyn Ramirez

ROBERT GOODING

Bio:
– In the fitness Industry for 42 Years
– Former Mr. Miami Beach 1992
– NPC Amateur Body Building Champion.

Education and Certifications:
– Bachelor in Exercise Science
– NASM – Certified Personal Trainer
– NASM – Certified Nutritional Coach
– CPR & AED Certified
– Aesthetic Muscle Specialist
– MX4 HIIT Certified
– Johnny G Certified Spinning Instructor

Philosophy:
“Time and Tension; give me the time and I will transform your body.”

Trainer: Lissandra Pearce

ROBERT GREEN CARTER

Bio:
– From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
– Traveled the World playing and teaching basketball in over 10 countries.

Education and Certifications:
– NASM – Certified Personal Trainer
– CPR & AED Certified
– Basketball Skills Trainer (NBA, FIBA, NCAA & Youth)
– Youth Exercise Specialist
– Performance Enhancement Specialist

Philosophy:
“How you do anything is how you do everything.”

Trainer: Dee Dee Dade

ROMINA SOLLA VALENTIN

Bio:
– From Buenos Aires, Argentina
– 23 Years of experience in the fitness industry
– Experience with every age group and fitness level.
– Specialties: Weight Loss- Strength & Conditioning – HIIT-Circuit Training – Indoor Cycle

Education and Certifications:
– P. E. Teacher
– NCSF – Certified Personal Trainer
– ACE – Certified Group Fitness Instructor
– Adult First Aid/CPR&AED Certified

Philosophy:
“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” C.S. Lewis

Trainer: FRANCISCO FERNANDEZ

VERENA WEBSTER

Bio:
– Over 8 years experience in PT and Group Fitness
– Specializing in whole-body conditioning, functional training, muscle toning, and fat loss
– Experienced HIIT, Circuit, Indoor Cycling, TRX, Kettlebell, Boxing, Older Adults
– Speaks Portuguese

Education and Certifications:
– ACE Certified Personal Trainer
– Diploma of Fitness from TAFE NSW-Sydney, Australia
– CPR & AED Certified

Philosophy:
“Tell me your goals and I will help you get there.”

Trainer: XIOMARA FUENTES

XIOMARA FUENTES

Bio:
– Specializing in Strength Training, Endurance and Muscle Toning
– Focus on Weight Loss
– Born in Cuba, raised in Miami
– Speaks English & Spanish

Education and Certifications:
– Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology
– ISSA – Certified Personal Trainer
– ISSA – Certified Specialist in Sports Nutrition
– CPR & AED Certified

Philosophy:
“Your future depends on the choices you decide to make today! So, make them count!”

Hallandale Beach YMCA Family Center: Meet your personal trainers

BARBARA BAILEY

BARBARA BAILEY

Education and Certifications:
– AS Physical Therapist Assistant
– BA Business Management
– BS Exercise Science and Health Promotion
– NASM Personal Training
– Les Mills Grit/Sprint
– Landmine Certification
– Kettlebell 1 & 2 Certification
– Animal Flow Certification
– CPR/First Aid

Philosophy:
“Through Functional Movement you can be the best version of yourself.”

DARREION WILLIAMS

DARREION WILLIAMS

Education and Certifications:
– Certified Spinning Instructor
– Certified LesMills BODYPUMP Instructor
– B.S. in Sci, Bio & Chem, MOA-GI, CFT
– Certified Bodybuilding Specialist
– Certified Silver Sneakers

Philosophy:
“Pain is temporary, but Results are forever. Progress over Perfection reminds us that every milestone to my clients goal IS A CELEBRATION.”

LITA R.

LITA R.

Bio:
Originally from New York, I am a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and a former fitness competitor. I believe everyone deserves the right to good health and to be happy with themselves inside and out. My passion is to help people change their lives in the simplest and most realistic way possible.

Education and Certifications:
– NASM PT
– CPR/AED American Heart Association

JOE WOULFE

JOE WOULFE

Bio:
I will work with you to develop a long term program designed to help you achieve your individual fitness goals, combining an evolving tailor made exercise program with sound nutritional advice. I am also a certified Cycling and Group Exercise Instructor and I enjoy outdoor cycling, running and canoeing in my spare time.

Education and Certifications:
– NASM CPT
– CPR/AED/FIRST AID

ORVILLE SMITH

ORVILLE SMITH

Bio:
I am a NASM Certified Trainer with a love for fitness and helping others with their own fitness journey. I spend most of my time enjoying resistance training in its many forms. With the knowledge and experience I’ve gained I plan to dedicate myself to help people become the best versions of themselves through their own goals.

Education and Certifications:
– NASM CPT
– CPR/AED/First Aid

WALLACE JEAN

WALLACE JEAN

Bio:
– From Miami, Florida
– Speaks English and Creole
– 1st Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo
– Kickboxing Trainer
– Movie Actor
– Loves acting, training and helping others

Education and Certifications:
– Bachelors of Arts Degree Nova Southeastern University
– ISSA Personal Trainer Certification
– CPR Certified

Philosophy:
“I believe you get what you fight for! Attack your goals and watch how your achievements pile up.”

Hollywood YMCA Family Center: Meet your personal trainers

Trainer: Dee Dee Dade

DEE DEE DADE

I am the proud mother of two beautiful children and a beautiful granddaughter!  I was born and raised in Washington, DC, into an athletic family with lots of brothers and one sister.  Growing up, I participated in various sports such as boxing, basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, and flag football just to name a few.  Over the years of raising my children, although active, I put on quite a few unwanted pounds that I know was detrimental to me considering my family history.  The pain of having lost some of my close family members to various diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and obesity, I decided that I did not want that to be my story and decided instead to take control of my health.  I established some SMART fitness goals for myself, determined to accomplish them, and I did.  This was the best decision that I could have ever made for myself and my children.

Education and Certifications
– South University (WPB) Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) Program
– Weight Loss Specialist NASM
– Fitness Nutrition Specialist NASM
– NASM CPT

Training Philosophy
“My training style is to be safe, fun, challenging but yet effective. Form is paramount. I believe in customizing a plan that is tailor made for an individual. I feel strongly that a thorough assessment is key to designing an effective workout program for clients.”

Trainer: Jack Laputka

JACK LAPUTKA

Combining my knowledge, fitness education and enthusiasm, I have helped support many members in their wellness journeys. Providing workouts, activities and coping methods that transform unhealthy habits into a healthier mind and body. I enjoy inspiring others to commit to long-term health and fitness goals.

Education and Certifications
– ACE Certified Personal Trainer
– TRX Suspension
– Spinning and Schwinn Cycling
– Silversneakers
– AFAA Yoga
– CPR/AED/FIRST AID

Trainer: Joe Woulfe

JOE WOULFE

I have worked with a variety of clients including seniors and high school students helping them to achieve their fitness and health goals. I will work with you to develop a long term program designed to help you achieve your individual fitness goals, combining an evolving tailor made exercise program with sound nutritional advice. I am also a certified Cycling and Group Exercise Instructor and I enjoy outdoor cycling, running and canoeing in my spare time.

Education and Certifications
– AFAA CPT
– CPR/AED/FIRST AID

Trainer: Joselyn Ramirez

JOSELYN RAMIREZ

I’m originally from Orlando, FL.  I graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 2018 with a Bachelor in Exercise Science. I have always been passionate about sports and staying active. I rock climb, run, weight train and play volleyball. I’m ready to help educate people on proper ways to stay active and stay injury free. I’m currently on my own fitness journey so I’m excited to share my own experience.

Education and Certifications
– Bachelor in Exercise Science

Trainer: Lissandra Pearce

LISSANDRA PEARCE

My journey in the health and fitness industry began with my own. I believe that in order to help others reach their goals, I have to be the example. After having my children, I was overjoyed, but overweight and unhealthy. I adopted healthier eating habits and set aside time for an exercise routine. Through out the last few years I have seen my own transformation with not only my body, but mind and spirit as well. My passion for fitness grew and I decided to become a personal trainer. I love to encourage and motivate my clients to reach their goals whether it is weight loss, increased strength or better balance. It will be my absolute pleasure to work with you and guide you down a path to a happier, healthier you!

Education and Certifications
– NASM CPT
– CPR/AED/FIRST AID

Trainer: Luke Jaijairam

LUKE JAIJAIRAM

Over the years my knowledge of health and fitness has expanded significantly. I have changed my diet and exercise regimen to obtain my own goals. I am willing to help clients create a new lifestyle that improves their health and well being. I believe you can achieve your goals if you can remain disciplined. This fitness journey is different for everyone and I want to be able to support each person I have the pleasure of training.

Education and Certifications
– NASM CPT
– CPR/AED/FIRST AID

Training Philosophy
“If you’re helping people achieve their goals in life , you can emulate the same behavior.”

Pembroke Pines YMCA Family Center: Meet your personal trainers

DANIEL PRESSMAN

Sports enthusiast, development of Division 1 basketball athletes. Passionate for training in functional fitness, strength, sport performance an proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation. Aspiring NBA Coach.

Education and Certifications
– NCSF Personal Trainer
– B.S. Physical Education Sports and Fitness
– CPR/AED/First Aid

Philosophy
“Effort, dedication and hard work are key to reaching you goals. Together, as a team, we will pursue success. If you’re just starting out, don’t worry, will help you get comfortable. If you’re advanced, I’ll take you to the next level.”

ANDREW RODRIGUEZ

Drew takes a holistic approach to fitness, a trainer that not only trains but educates you about health and wellness. He specializes in functional training, athletic performance, muscle building and fat loss, and provides you techniques to deal with stress and anxiety. Being an author of a cookbook, Drew will train you through the ins and outs of nutrition as well as breakdown common diet myths and fads.

Education and Certifications
– CPR/AED Certified
– NASM Certified Personal Trainer
– Sports Neuroscience Certification
– Currently enrolled at Nova Southeastern University (Exercise & Sports Science)

HEATHER HALE

I love to run and workout every day. The early bird catches the worm and that is why you can spot me running every morning or catching a workout at the Y. I love interacting with my clients and Y family.

Education and Certifications
– NASM Certified Personal Trainer
– TRX B.S. Psychology
– CPR/AED

Philosophy
“Get moving. You can do it! Believe in yourself and find what physical activities you like to do and do it. Don’t be afraid to try new things.”

LEOMAR LOPEZ

Expert ability to prescribe preventative exercises in areas of concern such as, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis and ACL post surgery. Author of, “How to use Soccer as a means for developing responsibility in Juvenile Soccer players.”

Education and Certifications
– USSFA License
– NSCAA-Advanced Diploma
– FIFA-Level U16-U18-U20
– NCSF/ACE
– Psychomotor Action, France
– CPR/AED/First Aid

Philosophy
“Experience without theory is blind. But theory without experience is merely intellectual play.”

SEBASTIAN AYALA

Passion for fitness, weight lifting and helping people attain their goals. Aspiring body building competitor. Former 3 year Varsity Volleyball, Track and Field and Basketball player.

Education and Certifications
– ACE Certified Personal Trainer
– NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist
– CPR/AED/First Aid

Philosophy
“Being a great coach comes within”. Push yourself, remain dedicated and say motivated. “Let’s make a positive change together.”

South Dade YMCA Family Center: Meet your personal trainers

ABEL GUEDES

FROM: Miami, Florida
– Fitness journey began 2 years ago with self goals
– Ignites passion for fitness and healthy lifestyles into others

Education and Certifications
– ACE Certified Personal Trainer
– CPR/AED Certified

Philosophy
“Consistency is Key!”

Amanda Portal

AMANDA PORTAL

FROM: Miami, Florida
– Graduated from FIU
– Loves sports/played softball for 14 years
– Dog mom

Education and Certifications
– NCSF Certified Personal Trainer
– CPR/AED Certified
– BS Physical Education: Sports and Fitness

Philosophy
“You can only influence something that you love. Choose to love your body today. It will be impacted.”

Andrew Pierre

ANDREW PIERRE

FROM: Miami, Florida
– Personal weight loss experience
– Knowledge of Boxing and Powerlifting techniques/practices

Education and Certifications
– NASM- Certified Personal Trainer
– CPR/AED Certified

Philosophy
“Nothing ventured, nothing gained.”

CJ LARA

– Born and Raised: Miami, FL
– FBS Psychology

Education and Certifications
– NASM Certified Personal Trainer
– CPR/AED
– Brazilian Jiujitsu Purplebelt
– MMA Specialist Trainer
– Trx and Kettlebell Trainer

ELLIE LAHAMAR

FROM: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
– Former Junior Professional Volleyball Player
– Specializing in Functional, Strength & Conditioning and Senior Wellness
– Weight Loss experience. Lost over 30 lbs.

Education and Certifications
– NASM Certified Personal Trainer
– CPR/AED
– TRX Certified

Philosophy
“To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep the mind strong and clear.” –Buddha

GIOVANNI MASI

FROM: Miami, Florida
– 32 years of experience in the fitness industry
– Trained professional athletes and Hollywood celebrities
– Placed and won several fitness related competitions and sporting events

Education and Certifications
– NCSF Certified Personal Trainer
– CPR/AED
– Les Mills BODYPUMP
– YMCA Group Exercise
– SPINNING 3-Star Instructor

Philosophy
“If it does not challenge you, it will not change you.”

JACKIE MICHAUD

FROM: Miami, FL
– Post pardum – 210lbs >> lost 70lbs from the right nutrition and exercising
– Physical Therapist assistant student

Education and Certifications
– NCSF Certified Personal Trainer
– CPR/AED
– Spin certified

Philosophy
“Never give up, never surrender” – Buzz Lightyear

Justin Hendricks - South Dade

JUSTIN HENDRICKS

FROM: Miami, FL
– Specializes in Weight loss, Strength Training
– Bodybuilding Coach

Education and Certifications
– NASM – Certified Personal Trainer
– CPR & AED Certified

Philosophy
“Motivation gets you going, but discipline keeps you going!”

MARGARET ESPINA

FROM: Miami, FL
– Former Gymnast and Gymnastics Instructor
– 32 years of experience in fitness industry
– Experience with every age group and fitness level

Education and Certifications
– AFAA Certified Personal Trainer
– CPR/AED
– AFAA Group Exercise Instructor
– Silver Sneakers
– Mat Pilates

Philosophy
“If you make exercise part of your weekly activities, your mind, body, and soul will appreciate it.”

Robert Lewis

ROBERT LEWIS

FROM: Arlington, VA
– Likes Books and Podcasts
– Avid Runner and Hiker
– Favorite Hike: Carnarvon Gorge National Park, Australia

Education and Certifications
– NASM – CPT
– NASM – Corrective Exercise Specialist
– Kinesiology – Fitness Conditioning and Performance Major from Auburn University

Philosophy
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.” – Will Durant

ROBERT PATZNER

FROM: Nuernberg, Germany
– Over 10 years experience as a Personal Trainer
– Physical Therapist student
– Experience in post injury recovery

Education and Certifications
– NFPT Certified Personal Trainer
– Master Trainer certified
– CPR/AED
– Cancer Recovery Specialist
– Nutrition Specialist
– Strength Specialist
– Endurance Specialist

Philosophy
“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” – Joseph Addison

STEVEN SCHWARTZ

FROM: Miami, Florida
– BS Physical Education
– MS Education Leadership
– Former College Baseball Player
– Former High School Baseball Coach
– Former Teacher Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Education and Certifications
– Certified Personal Trainer, NASM
– Youth Exercise Specialist, NASM
– Senior Fitness Specialist, NASM
– Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Training, APDA

Philosophy
“Train your body to move more Efficiently, Stronger, Faster and Pain-free.”

Weston YMCA Family Center: Meet your personal trainers

CAROLINA ARROYO

Education and Certifications
– NFPT certified personal trainer
– Mad dogg spinning instructor level 2
– Aqua instructor certified
– Runner fitness certified
– Silver sneakers
– Body works instructor certified
– Nutrition & hydration certified
– CPR/AED

CHASE RHOWEDDER

Education and Certifications
– NASM Certified Personal Trainer
– NASM nutrition
– ISSA strength & conditioning
– TRX certified
– Currently enrolled at
– CPR/AED

Training Philosophy
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn”