Meet Our Personal Trainers

Our personal trainers lead the industry with up-to-date continuing education in exercise physiology, anatomy, weight management, correcting muscle imbalances, sport-specific training, and individualized program development based on assessment. Our personal trainers excel at applying their knowledge to all walks of life, from athletes to seniors. They understand different goals call for different exercise prescriptions, not a one size fits all. Experience for yourself what it is like to work with a professional.

Our trainers fall under different levels based on education, certifications, experience, and skills sets:

Want to learn more about Personal Training? Fill out this form and a Personal Trainer will contact you shortly.

Level 4 Personal Trainers


Donnie Kalb

Level 4 Elite Personal Trainer
General Manager of Fitness Operations

Experience:

Donnie has been managing, supervising, and directing fitness programs since 1999. He has also trained others in exercise science and customer service since 2001. Has been at the J since 2012.

Specialties: Sports Performance Training, Corrective Exercise, General Fitness, and Functional Fitness

Education/Certifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science, University of Cincinnati
  • National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) – Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) – Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • American Council on Exercise (ACE) – Certified Personal Trainer

Want to learn more about Personal Training? Fill out this form and Donnie will contact you shortly.


Rachel Horton

Level 4 Elite Personal Trainer
Fitness Director

Experience:

Rachel has been in the fitness training industry since 2009. She was also a Cincinnati BenGal cheerleader from 2015-17. She helps members make healthy lifestyle choices through not only fitness, but through education and habit change.

Specialties: Corrective Exercise, Core Strength, Suspension Training, General Fitness and Functional Fitness, Pre-Natal and Post-Natal Fitness

Education/Certifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Fitness & Dance, Northern Kentucky University
  • American Council on Exercise (ACE) – Certified Personal Trainer
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) – Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • Mad Dogg Spinning Certification
  • TRX Suspension Training
  • Weight Management Specialist

Want to learn more about Personal Training? Fill out this form and Rachel will contact you shortly.


Jay Corwell

Level 4 Elite Personal Trainer

Experience:

Jay has been working as a personal trainer at the Mayerson JCC since 2010. He trains members from all stages of life and enjoys the challenge of meeting each one’s individualized goals.

Specialties: Corrective Exercise, Weight Loss, General Fitness, Sports Performance Training, Power Lifting

Education/Certifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Health Education, University of Cincinnati
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Sport & Exercise Science, Messiah College
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) – Certified Personal Trainer

Want to learn more about Personal Training? Fill out this form and Jay will contact you shortly.


Jen Weichert

Level 4 Elite Personal Trainer

Jen has been in the fitness industry since 1999. Her training method is centered around muscle confusion and customizing a plan for members that maximizes exercise intensity and healthy nutrition.

Specialties: Weight Loss, General Fitness, Knee Problems, Hip Replacement, Sports Nutrition

Education/Certifications:

  • International Sports & Science Association (ISSA) – Certified Personal Trainer
  • Breast Cancer Recovery
  • Bosu Balance Specialty Certification
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) – Corrective Exercise Specialist

Want to learn more about Personal Training? Fill out this form and Jen will contact you shortly.


Stacey Blaesser

Level 4 Elite Personal Trainer
Level 3 Master Pilates Trainer
Pilates Reformer Coordinator

Experience:

Stacey has been in the fitness industry since 1996. Before becoming a fitness instructor, Stacey was a professional dancer, performing with many companies, artists, and shows across the country.

Specialties: Dance, Weight Loss, General Fitness, Muscle Sculpting, Multiple Sclerosis, Rowing

Education/Certifications:

  • American Council on Exercise (ACE) – Certified Personal Trainer
  • Cardio Kickboxing Certified
  • R.I.P.P.E.D. Certified
  • Balanced Body Reformer 1 & 2 Certification
  • Multiple Sclerosis 1 Certification
  • Concept 2 Certified Rowing Instructor
  • Certification in Chair and Barrels
  • NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist Certification

Want to learn more about Personal Training? Fill out this form and Stacey will contact you shortly.



Helen Gomez

Level 4 Aquatic Personal Trainer

Experience:

Helen has been a Physical Therapist for over 20 years and has specialties/certifications in Aquatic Therapy and Lymphedema Treatments.  Previous to getting her degree, she was teaching classes on both land and in the pool at the YMCA for seniors and healthy adult populations.  Using the beneficial qualities of working out in the water, she helps her clients return to more normal activities, with less pain, more flexibility, and greater core strength, balance, and stamina for those things that are important to them.

Specialties: Aquatic programs for individuals and group classes, Physical Therapy, Lymphedema Treatment

Education & Certifications:

  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, University of Cincinnati
  • Certification in Aquatic Therapy and Lymphedema Treatment for Upper/Lower Extremities and trunk

Level 3 Personal Trainers


Jen Distasio

Level 3 Master Personal Trainer

Experience:

Jen has been a personal trainer and a group fitness instructor since 1996. She is experienced in training clients from teens to seniors and loves working with a wide range of clients from all levels of health and fitness.

Specialties: Special populations – Parkinson’s & mature adults, functional fitness, general fitness & weight loss, metabolic strength & conditioning

Education/Certifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science & Physiology, Indiana State University
  • ACE certified Personal Trainer

Want to learn more about Personal Training? Fill out this form and Jen will contact you shortly.


Nicola Fontanive

Level 3 Master Personal Trainer

Experience:

Nicola (Nik) has been involved in fitness and sport for all is life and began his personal training in 2013. He has worked as a Personal Trainer and as a Strength and Conditioning Trainer in Milan (Italy). Nicola has been a professional hockey player in Europe, representing Italy in nine world championships and in the 2006 Olympic games.

Specialties: Strength Training, Interval Training, Athletic Enhancement, Youth Training, Suspension Training

Education/Certifications:

  • International Sports Sciences Association – Certified Personal Trainer
  • Italian Fitness Federation – Certified Fitness Instructor
  • USA hockey – Certified Level 2 Coach
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) –  Performance Enhancement Specialist
  • TRX Suspension Training Certified
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) – Youth Exercise Specialist

Want to learn more about Personal Training? Fill out this form and Nicola will contact you shortly.


Justin Ragsdale

Level 3 Master Personal Trainer
Assistant General Manager of Fitness Ops

Experience:

Justin has been in the athletics and fitness industries since 1999. He has experience in personal training, coaching, and management, with an emphasis on working with athletes of all ages and ability levels. Justin was previously the General Manager of VERDURE in Amarillo, Texas. Justin holds a degree in Kinesiology, and is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the American Swimming Coaches Association.

Specialties: Competitive Swimming Technique and Conditioning, Sports Performance Training, General Fitness

Education/Certifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology, West Chester University of Pennsylvania
  • American Swimming Coaches Association: Level 3
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning SpecialistWant to learn more about Personal Training? Fill out this form and Justin will contact you shortly.

Anita Beauchamp

Level 3 Master Aquatics Personal Trainer

Experience:

Anita has 25 years of athletic training experience at the college and high school level. She taught secondary education for 20 years, and has mentored high school college, and adult students, having helped many students become certified in personal training, rehabilitation, medical assisting, and athletic training. She has also been a preceptor for students seeking certification in the fitness industry.

Specialties: Aquatic Fitness, Aquatic Sports Training, Injury Recognition, Injury Rehabilitation (land & water)

Education/Certifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts: Focus on Biology and Athletic Training, Xavier University (Ohio)
  • Master’s Degree in Health Education, University of Nebraska (Omaha)
  • Board Certified and State of Ohio Licensed Athletic Trainer
  • Certified Aquatic Personal Trainer (Water Art Fitness International)
  • Certified Aquatic Rehabilitation Specialist (Water Art Fitness International)
  • Certified Aquatic Sports Conditioning Specialist (Water Art Fitness International)
  • Water Fitness General Instructor Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA) Certified
  • Water Fitness General Instructor Shallow & Deep (Water Art Fitness International) Certified
  • American Heart Association BLS Instructor
  • Owner of Beauchamp Sports Medicine Training Center for Health Care Professional Rescue Certifications (American Health and Safety Institute)
  • Ohio and Florida State Teaching License/Certification in Health and Biology

Want to learn more about Personal Training? Fill out this form and Anita B will contact you shortly.


Raema Williams

Level 3 Master Personal Trainer

Experience:

Raema has been in the fitness industry for over 20 years and has been involved in athletics since her childhood. She has a passion for teaching people how to challenge themselves to obtain their fitness goal. She enjoys working with people at every level, from adolescence to senior citizens.

Specialties: Self-defense, MMA strength and conditioning, Krav Maga, weight loss, HIIT workouts, functional fitness, balance and agility with focus on core strength, and strength training.

Education/Certifications:

  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer

Want to learn more about Personal Training? Fill out this form and Raema will contact you shortly.


Kate Willer

Level 3 Master Personal Trainer
Personal Training Coordinator

Experience:

Kate has been a personal trainer since 2015. She has helped people lose weight, gain strength, increase mobility and flexibility, and most importantly, build confidence in themselves by discovering their own abilities. What really drove Kate into this profession was her own 70 lb weight loss which she accomplished by working out at the J!

Specialties: Weight loss, Strength Training, Functional Training, High-Intensity Interval Training, General Fitness

Education/Certifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, University of Toledo
  • American Council on Exercise (ACE) – Certified Personal Trainer
  • American Council on Exercise (ACE) – Fitness Nutrition Specialist
  • NASM Corrective Exercise

Want to learn more about Personal Training? Fill out this form and Kate will contact you shortly.


Level 2 Personal Trainers


Kelly Greulich

Group Exercise Coordinator/Level 2 Senior Personal Trainer

Experience:

Kelly has been teaching group exercise since 2002 and started supervising in 2005. She has worked in corporate settings and in fitness facilities throughout the Cincinnati area. She enjoys working with people of all fitness levels and ages.

Specialties: Interval Training, Suspension Training, Mature Adults, Group Training, Aquatic Group Exercise, and Training, Spinning

Education/Certifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Ball State University
  • National Trainers Exercise Association (NETA) – Personal Training
  • American Fitness Aerobics Association (AFAA) – Group Exercise
  • Mad Dogg Spinning
  • TRX Suspension Training
  • Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program Certification (AFAP)

Want to learn more about Personal Training? Fill out this form and Kelly will contact you shortly.


Emily Morgan

Level 2 Senior Personal Trainer

Experience:

Emily has been in the fitness field since 2005. She has been involved with both personal training and group fitness.

Specialties: Seniors, Women’s Fitness, Injury Recovery and General Fitness

Education/Certifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science, Miami University
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training, Miami University
  • Master’s Degree in Public Health, University of Cincinnati
  • American Council on Exercise (ACE) – Certified Personal Trainer

Want to learn more about Personal Training? Fill out this form and Emily will contact you shortly.


Tony Ceja

Level 2 Senior Personal Trainer

Experience:

Tony has had various experience in the fitness industry, including corporate health, collegiate athletics, and commercial fitness. He strives to help members better themselves through physical fitness.

Specialties: General Fitness, Sports Training, Alpine Hiking, Lower Back Rehabilitation, and Golf Training

Education/Certifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Health Promotion & Education with an Emphasis on Exercise Fitness & Community Health, University of Cincinnati
  • American Council on Exercise (ACE) – Certified Personal Trainer
  • Golf Conditioning Specialist
  • Sport Performance Training

Want to learn more about Personal Training? Fill out this form and Tony will contact you shortly.


Scott Stiever

Level 2 Senior Personal Trainer

Experience:

Scott has been involved in the fitness and wellness industry since 2004. He has worked in a variety of fitness settings and cardiac rehabilitation centers, helping people of all ages achieve their fitness goals.

Specialties: Geriatrics, General Fitness, Triathlon Training

Education/Certifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Physiology, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse

Want to learn more about Personal Training? Fill out this form and Scott will contact you shortly.


Alice Boothe

Level 2 Senior Personal Trainer

Experience:

Alice is a graphic designer by trade, but always had a passion for health, nutrition, and fitness. She has been a Personal trainer at the JCC since 2013, utilizing all of her professional skills to train small groups and individuals, helping them meet their fitness goals. Her motto is “Age is just a Number” because her active lifestyle, energetic personality and passion for feeling great is proof that anyone of any age can achieve or participate in things to their best ability! Alice uses corrective exercise and functional fitness to first analyze any imbalance in the body, then correct those with everyday movements.

Specialties: Interval Training, Corrective Exercise, Functional Fitness, Small Groups, Beginner Strength Training

Education/Certifications:

  • National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA) – Certified Personal Trainer
  • Aerobics & Fitness Association of America (AFAA) – Certified Group Exercise Instructor
  • Mad Dogg Spinning Certification
  • Corrective Exercise Specialist (NASM)

Want to learn more about Personal Training? Fill out this form and Alice will contact you shortly.


Clara Nyktas

Level 2 Senior Personal Trainer

Experience:

Inspired by her personal weight loss success, Clara decided to pivot from visual merchandising to personal training. She brings a wealth of knowledge from her occupational therapy studies and works with clients on general wellness and weight loss. Some of her favorite ways to stay active include jogging and yoga.

Specialties: General Fitness and Weight loss

Education/Certifications:

  • BA English from University of Cincinnati
  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer

Want to learn more about Personal Training? Fill out this form and Clara will contact you shortly.


 

Level 1 Personal Trainers


Kareem Turner

Level 1 Personal Trainer

Experience:

Kareem has worked in the fitness industry for 20 years and enjoys training a variety of clients with different goals. His training technique stems from his own experience, through which he has gained valuable knowledge about weight loss, nutrition, flexibility, strength, and hypertrophy training.

Kareem began his own fitness and weight training journey in 1998, to improve his basketball skills by becoming faster and stronger. His passion for training led him to begin competing in bodybuilding in 2007; he was named Mr. Natural Cincinnati as a middleweight competitor in 2013, and won a natural pro card in the World Natural Bodybuilding Federation in 2016.

Specialties: General Fitness, Bodybuilding, Weight Training, Weight Loss

Education/Certifications:

  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) – Certified Personal Trainer

Want to learn more about Personal Training? Fill out this form and Kareem will contact you shortly.


Pilates Trainers


Lynn Park

Level 4 Elite Pilates Reformer Trainer

Experience

Lynn has been practicing Pilates fro nine years and decided to learn instruction techniques to lead Pilates classes herself. She fell in love with Pilates in her first hour of instruction. She loves the mind/body connection, the intensity and variety in the work, and that it is a continual growth and learning process. After several injuries from running, she realized what a significant impact Pilates had on her body, by strengthening some of the smaller and deeper muscle groups. Slowly those injuries disappeared after starting Pilates, and she felt much stronger and safer pursuing other athletic activities. She loves painting, photography, the outdoors and traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.

Education/Certifications

  • Certified Pilates Instructor Balanced Body
  • BFA from Mount St. Joesph University in graphic design and the University of Cincinnati in business

Specialties

  • Using multifaceted benefits of Pilates to help anyone interested in gaining strength, resiliency, and increasing their mind/body connection.

Want to learn more about Personal Training? Fill out this form and Lynn will contact you shortly.


Stephanie Brumer

Level 3 Master Pilates Reformer Trainer

Experience

Stephanie has a MFA in Dance and Creative Practice from Saint Mary’s College of CA, and a BA in Theatre and Dance from Norther Kentucky University. She has been teaching dance and fitness for over 25 years and her professional dance and modeling experience has taken her from NYC to Hawaii. Stephanie loves to share her passion for dance and fitness and strives to instill poise, confidence and self-awareness to achieve a healthy body, mind and. spirit.

Education/Certifications

  • MFA Dance and Creative Practice
  • BA in Theatre and Dance
  • Balanced Body Certified Pilates Instructor
  • Somatic Practice Educator

Specialties

  • Pilates practice and principals
  • Integration of many movements disciplines and body mechanics to guide clients to safe practices to perform techniques correctly
  • Meet client where they are in their fitness journey
  • Motivate beginner, intermediate and advanced clients

 


Stacey Blaesser

Level 3 Master Pilates Reformer Trainer
Pilates Reformer Coordinator
Level 4 Elite Personal Trainer

Experience:

Stacey has been in the fitness industry since 1996. Before becoming a fitness instructor, Stacey was a professional dancer, performing with many companies, artists, and shows across the country.

Specialties:

Dance, Weight Loss, General Fitness, Muscle Sculpting, Multiple Sclerosis, Rowing

Education/Certifications:

  • American Council on Exercise (ACE) – Certified Personal Trainer
  • Cardio Kickboxing Certified
  • R.I.P.P.E.D. Certified
  • Balanced Body Reformer 1 & 2 Certification
  • Multiple Sclerosis 1 Certification
  • Concept 2 Certified Rowing Instructor
  • Certification in Chair and Barrels

Want to learn more about Personal Training? Fill out this form and Stacey will contact you shortly.


Erin Harrington

Level 3 Master Pilates Reformer Trainer

Experience:

Erin received Fitness and Nutrition classes from The Ohio State University. She is a busy mom of 3 who is committed to living an active, healthy lifestyle. She earned her Pilates Reformer certification from Balanced Body University and has been teaching for over 10 years. She is also a Barre Above, PiYo, and Plyoga certified instructor. She is very passionate about helping people reach their fitness goals through positive encouragement and experienced guidance.

Specialties:

PiYo, Plyoga, Barre Above, Reformer for low back and sciatic pain rehab

Education/Certifications:

  • Pilates Reformer Certification
  • Balance Body University

Want to learn more about Personal Training? Fill out this form and Erin will contact you shortly.


 

Dietitian


Aaron Dorfman
RND, LD

Registered Dietitian

Experience:

Aaron has been a registered dietitian since 2004. In that time, he has developed successful weight management programs and sports nutrition protocols utilized by high school and college athletes. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics and a Master’s Degree in Nutrition. Aaron is a Certified Swim Coach with USA Swimming and has coached athletes to Olympic Trials.

Education/Certifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics, University of Cincinnati
  • Master’s Degree in Nutrition with Concentration in Exercise Physiology, Marshall University
  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) – Commission of Dietetic Registration
  • Licensed Dietitian – Ohio (LD) – State of Ohio
  • Certified Swim Coach – USA Swimming