Personal Trainers

RANDY GEE

CPT, ACE

As a person who has been around different kinds of sports since a very young age, Randy has a passion for strength and conditioning. Randy graduated from San Francisco State University with a Biochemistry degree and is looking to further his career in Tech. His main areas of expertise are with the use of dumbbells, barbells, body weight movements, machine battle ropes and speed ladders. He is an advocate in implementing the big three compound movements.

Available: In-person at the Presidio Community YMCA

DEANNA PINKSTON

CPT, ACE

Deanna’s passion for fitness was ignited when she realized that engaging in exercise, be it dance, yoga, or strength training, made her feel much healthier not only physically, but mentally, and emotionally as well. It is Deanna’s mission to share this realization with others. Deanna has been a fitness instructor since 2008 and a certified personal trainer since 2012. She dedicates her professional life to helping people become stronger, more flexible, more confident, and more able by focusing on appropriate exercise selection, proper form, and safety.

Available: In-person at the Embarcadero YMCA and for Virtual Personal Training

KARLY NEWMAN

CPT, NASM

Karly is committed to partnering with and supporting clients in setting and reaching their health and fitness goals. Karly holds a B.A from UC Berkeley, an A.A. in Health and Kinesiology, and an A.S. in Dietetic Technology. In addition to providing one-on-one and group fitness services, she is dedicated to making our community healthier by increasing accessibility to services and resources, providing wellness education and support, and otherwise empowering families and individuals to live their healthiest life.

Available: In-person at the  Marin YMCA and for Virtual Personal Training

TERRY PETTY

CPT, ACE

Terry came to the Stonestown YMCA in 2009 as a Hip Hop dance instructor. Terry’s love for life, laughter, music, and dance have shaped his approach to health and fitness. He emphasizes balance, stability, and core strength, while enhancing mental focus and range of motion. He meets clients where they are and collaborate with them on paving a path toward reaching their personalized fitness goals. Terry holds certifications in Group Exercise and Strength Training from the Y, Pilates Mat from Balanced Body, TRX, Les Mills Body Pump, and Personal Training thru the American Council on Exercise, Behavior Change Specialist Program, A Movement-Based Approach to Strength Training, and Better Brains, Better Bodies: Building Mental Muscle.

Available: In-person at Stonestown Family YMCA

LUCHI BOYLE

CPT, NASM

Luchi has been a certified personal trainer since 2015. Her focus of work includes Triathlon, athletic training, flexibility, mind and body wellness, weight loss, and corrective training. Luchi is also certified in TRX and is a group exercise instructor with a diverse range of expertise: Yoga, Zumba, Cycle, Barre Fitness, and Kettlebells.

Available: In-Person at Chinatown YMCA, and for Virtual Personal Training

TERRI DE LANGIS

CPT, NASM

Terri began her love of fitness through years of dance training and later, playing sports. As a “people person” she has found joy in helping people achieve their fitness goals and believes in tailoring each client’s workout to meet them where they are. She enjoys working with a variety of ages and fitness levels.

She holds a degree in Physical Education, (dance emphasis), from San Francisco State University, is certified from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, (NASM), TRX certified, and a Zumba Instructor.

Available: In-Person at the Marin YMCA and for Virtual Personal Training

MICHELLE CHAI

CPT, ACE

I am a well-rounded athlete competing in various sports such as volleyball, basketball, paddling and powerlifting. I am a national dragon boat paddler and a competitive powerlifter. I am currently attending San Diego State University, majoring in Pre-Physical Therapy. I am constantly looking to helping other achieve their goals whether big or small. I have a specialty in strength building, mobility work/movements, and weight loss. 
 

Available: In-person at the Stonestown Family YMCA

 

JULIA YANG

CPT, NCSF

I love to work with people. After my professional basketball career, I started to work with a variety of ages to help them achieve their personal, physical, health and wellness goals. I have that next level experience that a select few achieve. I am responsible, dedicated and a motivator. My motto is transformation through training. I approach fitness as a lifelong behavior modification where we have continuous improvement. I define sessions as simple, challenging, and efficient with an emphasis on proper form and mobility.

Available: In-person at Stonestown Family YMCA, Embarcadero YMCA and Chinatown YMCA

SCOTT ANDERSON

CPT, ACE

Scott has 20+ years in Health and Wellness, and is an ACE certified Personal Trainer, Wellness Specialist, and a former Healthy Lifestyle educator for the Y. His certifications include circuit and functional training, postural conditioning, Pilates mat and apparatus, and the Y’s Enhance Fitness for senior health. Scott wants his clients to have fun, explore new training methods and feel confident they can achieve their goals. He evolves workouts with his clients through progressive modifications, corrective exercises (to focus on imbalances) and highlighting the importance of flexibility and recovery.

Available: In-Person at Presidio Community YMCA

CARLOS CORDOVA

CPT, SCW

Carlos discovered a passion for fitness early on in his native Venezuela when he competed nationally in exercise aerobic competitions. He is a highly motivational instructor and trainer who infuses his sessions with energy and optimism and instills in members the belief that they can accomplish whatever fitness goals they may dream of. He is SCW certified in personal training, active aging nutrition, and aqua exercise. His aqua Zumba classes were famous at the Embarcadero branch for their fantastic music and fun factor while still providing a powerhouse of a workout.Carlos likes to work with all ages and fitness levels, including seniors, and is sensitive to each individual’s needs and aspirations. He is bi-lingual in English and Spanish.

Available: In-person at the Presidio Community YMCA and Embarcadero YMCA

DUY TRAN

CPT, NASM

Duy focuses his professional career on helping others improve their physical and mental health by integrating his passion on understanding, practicing, and teaching others the mind and body connection. His main areas of expertise are in strength and cardiovascular training grounded in bodily and mindful awareness. He enjoys collaborating and supporting clients in reaching their fitness and health goals using proper training and behavioral techniques. Duy is currently a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology developing his clinical expertise in integrated health care within hospital settings.

Available: In-person at Presidio Community YMCA and for Virtual Personal Training

ROBERT FONG

CPT, ACSM

I am a certified personal trainer through ACSM. I am also on my last semester at San Francisco State University before I obtain a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science. I am a firm believer in using foundational, compound exercises and training with progressive overload. Personally, I like to engage in periodized weight training, calisthenics, and martial arts. With my educational background, I am confident in my abilities to help you achieve your goals and make fitness a lifelong habit.

Available: In-Person at Presidio Community YMCA and Stonestown Family YMCA, and Virtual Personal Training

AZERO ALCALA

CPT, NASM

Ever since the age of 5, Azero has been in competitive sports, such as martial arts, swimming, and water polo. Over the later years, he has cultivated an emphasis on bodybuilding. With over 10 years of various forms of training experience, Azero knows how to work with individuals who are starting their fitness journey, putting an emphasis on solid structure of foundations to grow upon. His training programs focus on conditioning, foundations and hypertrophy.

Available: In-Person at Chinatown YMCA

LISA WALKER

CPT, ACE

Lisa Walker has been working as an ACE Certified Personal Trainer since 2008. Lisa trains people of all ages and levels, has helped an equestrian rider improve her time through specific strength exercises, and has worked closely with cancer survivors to help them on their mission to regain strength following chemotherapy. She holds a certificate for the TRX Suspension Trainer, an effective bodyweight exercise system. She is also a Barefoot Specialist with the podiatrist-led organization Evidence Based Fitness Academy, and can help you safely perform many exercises while barefoot, even plyometrics. Lisa strives to help clients achieve their goals and maintain a balanced, healthy body.

Available: In-Person at Peninsula Family YMCA

TINA HELMER

 MBA, ACE, CPT

Tina is a native German who has traveled to and lived in many places. Although she had always been an active person, she used the years of motherhood to thoroughly fall in love with fitness. Her instructor career started with kickboxing, moving on to ACE Group Fitness Instructor, Les Mills Bodypump/Bodycombat/ Core and ACE Personal Trainer. he always makes sure to offer options to cater to various levels of fitness. Let her enthusiasm motivate you to reach your next level of fitness!

Available: In-Person at Peninsula Family YMCA

JEAN GARCIA

CPT, ACE

Jean began her fitness career in 1991 and has experience teaching in corporate, private and college gyms, recreation centers and yoga studios. Growing up she participated in swim and volleyball teams, skiing and dancing. Jean believes that training in a range of modalities leads to a balanced body and a healthier future.

- Jean has a BA from UCSB and an MA from CAL Berkeley

- ACE Group Exercise

- Balanced Body Comprehensive Pilates Instructor

- Yoga Alliance E-RYT

- YMCA Strength and Conditioning, Aquatic Fitness, Pre/Post Natal Fitness

- TRX certified

Available: In-Person at Peninsula Family YMCA

JA'NEE CARTER

CPT, NASM

I gained the interest of fitness at a very young age playing various sports. This interest quickly developed into a passion for understanding human movement and how the body has the ability to change. This passion led me to pursue my BS degree in Kinesiology. My training journey began after Initially coaching family and friends as well as observing how my body had changed after having 2 children. Since then I have been dedicated to training with understanding the most effective and efficient ways of increasing muscle mass and decreasing body fat with new movements that will keep you motivated in reaching your goals. 

Available: In-Person at Presidio Community YMCA and Virtual Personal Training

JOHN F. O'DEA

CPT: ACSM & NSCA

"I have been a personal trainer since 1985 and graduated with a Bachelors and then Masters in Adult Fitness in 1995. Further education led to countless special seminar classes and certifications with ACSM and NSCA along with many others. As an athlete I competed in triathlon, masters swimming, distance running, Erg racing, and speed hiking Half Dome. My great fortune has been to work with an incredible mix of people from high level athletes, individuals recovering from serious illness and injury, and the regular person looking to improve their fitness level. The simple secret to improving your fitness level is to have good guidance directing you and assistance to help you develop consistency. Are you Ready?"

Available: In-person at Marin YMCA

AMANDA COLE-EHRLICH

CPT, NPTI

Amanda is a highly motivated and experienced Personal Trainer and has been in community health and wellness for six years. She is a certified Personal Trainer through the National Personal Training Institute (NPTI), has a Bachelors of Science degree in Nutrition and is currently pursuing her Master of Public Health degree. Proficient on developing a comprehensive health education plan with a focus on nutrition, Amanda is driven to promote health and wellness by providing individual support to meet diverse needs. 

Available: In-Person at Marin

GENNY PINZON

CPT, NASM

Genny began her career in 2010 as a Zumba group exercise instructor.  Through movement she realized the powerful connection to mind, body and spirit, and became a personal trainer in 2017.  Genny aims to create effective exercise programs that will empower her clients and make a long lasting impact on their well-being   

Available: In-person at the Chinatown YMCA

MAX FLYNT

CPT, NASM

Max is a certified advanced personal trainer through NPTI. Max currently attends Skyline College. Max is excited to work with different people to help them achieve their fitness goals. Max believes that working out should be enjoyable enough that it becomes something people will look forward to. Max specializes in corrective exercises that help to make daily life easier and pain-free, as well as body recomposition and bodybuilding. Max is always open to answering any questions one might have about nutrition as it relates to fitness, and look forward to getting people started on their fitness journey.

Available: In-person at the Stonestown Family YMCA

Master Trainers

WENDY TOMITA-YU

CPT, NASM

As a long time athlete, Wendy developed the passion to learn about the human body and human movement. With over 10 years of training experience and a degree in Kinesiology, Wendy knows how to work with individuals with sport specific needs. Her training programs focus on conditioning, flexibility, core, and strength

Available: Virtual Personal Training

SUSIE NGARANGAD

CPT, NASM (2000)

Susie is a Master Trainer who draws from over 20 years of training experience successfully coaching and adapting exercise for the widest range of physical needs, ages and abilities. Her work centers around learning new skills, the mastery of motion and development of a mindful movement practice as the basis for sport performance and life. From Presidio Park trail hikes to high intensity MMA inspired cardio fitness to meditative stretch and release, Susie's passion is for creative movement strategies. Regardless of your goal, she offers diversity and versatility to her workouts that is core-centric and integrated in approach. She is a multi-format group exercise instructor and holds a B.A. in Kinesiology (Human Movement) from San Francisco State University as well as, specialization certifications in Corrective Exercise, Sports Performance, Nutrition, Les Mills BODYCOMBAT and TRX Suspension/Rip Trainer.

Available: In-Person at the Presidio Community YMCA and for Virtual Personal Training

 

 

ERNIE BATON

CPT, ACSM

Ernie Baton, UCSB Grad. Focus on body composition change through exercise and nutrition, working with athletic individuals and people looking to develop a well-rounded program. Specializes in boxing, kick-boxing, plyometrics, and pre/post-rehab. B.S. Exercise Physiology and Philosophy, ACSM, CPR/AED, Apex Fitness and Gold’s Gym Nutritional Programmer.

Available: In-Person at Embarcadero

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