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 from 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:

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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
Group Ex Instructor & Pilates Personal Training

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.


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.


Kiefer Frias

Level 3 Master Personal Trainer

Experience:

Kiefer has been a personal trainer since 2013, and has worked with a variety of clients of all ages. He graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. His passion for personal training begins with the opportunity to change people’s lives by helping them achieve a healthy lifestyle.

Specialties:

Strength Training, Weight Loss, Mobility

Education/Certifications:

  • American Council on Excercise (ACE) – Certified Personal Trainer
  • Longevity Wellness Specialist
  • Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science
  • Functional Training Specialist

Want to learn more about Personal Training? Fill out this form and Kiefer 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
  • Bachelor degree in sport science at the University San Raffaele in Rome
  • FMS functional movement system level 1
  • CFSC certified functional strength coach level 1

Want to learn more about Personal Training? Fill out this form and Nicola 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

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.


Traci Shinkle

Level 2 Senior Personal Trainer

Experience:

Traci is an experienced fitness instructor who has worked in the health, wellness, and fitness industry since 1998. She is skilled in fitness training, health coaching, biometric screening, type 1 diabetes and marketing. Traci is a strong community and social services professional who believes in helping others become the best they can be. She believes in building your confidence along with improving your health. Traci’s goal as your trainer is to make you feel good about yourself and proud of who you are.

Specialties:

Weight loss, Suspension Training, Functional Fitness, Cardio Training, High Intensity Interval Training, Type 1 Diabetes, Neck Injury

Education/Certifications:

  • Associate’s Degree from the University of Cincinnati
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Northern Kentucky University
  • Trained Biometric Screener
  • Aerobics & Fitness Association of America (AFAA) – Certified Group Exercise Instructor
  • Aerobics & Fitness Association of America (AFAA) – Certified Personal Trainer
  • Mad Dogg Spinning Certification

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


Corey Beasley

Level 2 Senior Personal Trainer

Experience:

Corey has been in the health and wellness field since 2010. His passions involve working as a health coach and developing programs for all levels of fitness.

Specialties:

General Fitness and Strength Training

Education/Certifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Health Promotion: Exercise and Fitness
  • American Council on Exercise (ACE) – Certified Personal Trainer
  • National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF) – Certified Strength Coach

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


Level 1 Personal Trainers


Meganne Brzygot

Level 1 Personal Trainer

Experience:

Meganne has always had an interest in health and fitness, with a particular passion for running. She has been a personal trainer in a variety of settings, from large gyms to her own boutique, in which she specialized in fitness and health management. She loves helping her clients achieve their goals.

Meganne has run more than 30 marathons and half marathons, including Boston, New York, and Chicago. She enjoys watching sports, from her children’s youth sports, to her Kansas State Wildcats football and basketball.

Specialties:

Running, General Fitness

Education/Certifications:

  • Bachelor of Science, Kansas State University
  • ACE Personal Trainer

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


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.


Clara Nyktas

Level 1 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.


Pilates Trainers


Margie Carpenter-Hargis

Level 3 Master Pilates Trainer

Experience

Margie has been in the fitness field for over 20 years. Her passion is to enhance the quality of life through personal coaching and training.

Education/Certifications

  • Balanced Body Pilates Certified
  • American Council on Excercise (ACE) – Certified Personal Trainer
  • Private and Group Pilates Instructor
  • Pilates Mat Instructor
  • TRX Group and Rehab Specialist-Certified Trainer
  • Mad Dogg Spinning Certified
  • Anatomy in 3D Certified

Specialties

  • Mat Pilates
  • BOSU balance training
  • TRX
  • Rehabilitation
  • Core Alignment

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


Stacey Blaesser

Level 3 Master Pilates Trainer
Group Ex Instructor

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 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.


Misty Swetnam

Level 2 Senior Personal Trainer
Pilates Personal Training

Experience:

Misty has a wide range of experience, including working with rehabilitation and special needs clients with both exercise and physical therapy. She has also coached basketball and soccer, and been an American Red Cross lifeguard.

Specialties:

Core, Injuries and Disabilities, Multiple Sclerosis, Geriatric, Weight Loss

Education/Certifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science, University of Cincinnati
  • American Council on Exercise (ACE) – Certified Personal Trainer
  • Balanced Body Reformer 1 & 2 Certifications
  • Pilates Mat 2 Certification
  • Multiple Sclerosis 1 Certification

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


Alexandra Brannon

Level 1 Pilates Trainer

Experience:

Alexandra has over 12 years of teaching experience working with children and adults.  She is a professional ballet dancer and choreographer who also specializes in modern dance and pilates.  Utilizing her knowledge of the body in all its capabilities, she is able to help clients find strength, balance, and flexibility in their body as well as encouraging an overall healthy balanced lifestyle.

Specialties:

Dance, Weight Loss, Flexibility, Functional Movement/Wellness, Athletic Cross-training

Education/Certifications:

  • Bachelors of Business Management and Administration, University of Louisville
  • POWER PILATES Assessment – Based Certification utilizing the Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chairs, Barrels, Ped-o-Pull and Magic Circle

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


Aquatics Trainers


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.