My mission as a trainer is to create a space where you are challenged physically, welcomed emotionally to connect in mind and body, and encouraged to become curious about how the strength you cultivate in class translates to other aspects of life. My hope is to keep fitness fun, creative, and accessible so as to allow all who would like to access its benefit the capacity to do so. Whether in person or online, we all have the power to cultivate a fitness community together and benefit from the connections we make, especially during these times. Join me for a mix of strength, cardio, and fun, always with a side of burpees for good measure.
David is a highly-respected fitness professional who is passionate about leading people to fitness and a pain-free life through smarter training, healthier nutrition and a stronger mindset. Beginning his career in 1999, David has helped thousands of people get fit including celebrities, professional athletes, military personnel & law enforcement and those with special needs. He has established himself as the expert people in Chicago go to see when they have pain and injuries and nothing else seems to help.
David is one of Chicago’s only certified TACFIT instructors and believes in the power of continuing education, staying current with new fitness techniques, and has the privilege of working alongside a network of mentors and colleagues among the top fitness minds in the world; including Scott Sonnon, Avi Nardia, Sapir Tal, Summer Huntington, Sonie Lasker, Mark Wildman and Leo Savage to name a few.
Panama-born Essdras Suarez founded the VisYoga™ physical conditioning system in 2008 after practicing yoga and several styles of martial arts for a number of years.
He was first introduced to the martial arts in 1988 and to Ashtanga yoga in 1995. He is certified as a martial arts instructor, Personal Trainer, and he also holds numerous certifications such as “barefoot- training", TRX system instructor, and as a body- weigh- exercise-training instructor to name a few.
Essdras is a believer the human body is designed for motion and that movement is life. And the first step towards becoming a healthy individual is to get moving.
Fen Tung is a co-founder and Fitness Director for BollyX. In addition, she is a NASM-CPT, AFAA-GFI, ISCA Master Trainer, STOTT Pilates certified instructor who has been training for over 17 years. She believes that each day is a new opportunity to do something good for your health. It’s not about perfection but about giving it your best.
Harry is an outdoor guide, climbing instructor and bookkeeper based in Somerville. He has a background in mental health; he loves to walk with people out of their comfort zones to develop empathy, trust and community. In his spare time, he can be found brewing unique coffees, editing poems for the Whitefish Review and getting muddy with his fuzzy adventure partner Milo.
Jason Denham has been training in movement for many years which has culminated in a few offerings and some experience that he shares with practitioners of all walks. He began his journey as a Wilderness instructor & Lifestyle Coach backpacking youth in the woods for 4 years. He has been an RYT200hr Hatha Vinyasa Fluid Yoga teacher since 2017. A Mat Pilates Instructor since 2018. Jason is also studying Personal training as well as Active Isolated Stretch Therapy. He also teaches at Brooklyn Boulders. Jason is in his 5th year of recovery and is the Event host for NamaStay Sober which meets once a month at Brooklyn Boulders for our Sit & Scale event.
Let's be Relentless about making it beautiful inside and out during this ultra weird time. Let's co-create some movement and support one another & make new stories in many spaces.
Jeff McMullen has spent 30 years as a professional in the fitness industry. A former collegiate cheer-leader, regional aerobic champion, and national aerobic competitor, Jeff is is a global fitness presenter, educating fitness pros world-wide. In addition to creating his own signature classes, he has been featured in over 20 fitness DVD’s; is a contributing writer for American Fitness Magazine and IDEA Fitness Journal. Jeff is currently a Master Trainer for Ac-tivMotion ™, AXLE Workout™, Barre Above™, Jumpsport® Fitness; and a Master instructor for TRX®. In addition, he is Lululemon Am-bassador alumnus; and has presented workshops internationally for SCW Fitness, DCAC, Fit Fest, Fitness Fest, CanFitPro and IDEA World. CERTIFICATIONS: ACE, AFAA, NASM.
Jeff Siegel, M.Ed, is a health coach, personal trainer, and mindfulness teacher helping people upgrade their habits and improve their wellbeing. He teaches meditation at Harvard University and holds Master's degrees in Mind & Brain Education and Applied Buddhist Physiology. When he's not teaching, you can catch him rolling around in grassy Somerville parks and grilling on the patio.
Rachel DeSimone is 300 hour certified through Chakra Power Yoga. She focuses on strength, alignment, and breathing in all of her classes. Her sequences lead to a peak pose or focus on particular parts of the body and have lots of flow. It's important for her to explain to her students why they are doing something and how it helps to get to where they are going so that they can build an understanding of the practice.
She has a bright and positive presence and she loves to have fun in class, reminding people to shake things off and smile!
Sophia is currently a Pole and Exotic dance instructor at RI Pole Space in Lincoln RI. She has over 15+ years of dance training, and is an experienced Burlesque and Drag performer within the Boston performance community. Her classes are geared towards providing a safe space for anybody to discover or reignite their self love and sensuality.
Melanie starting poling in February 2012. She saw a Groupon for a two week unlimited pass for pole fitness classes in Providence. She tried her first class and fell in love with pole.
She finds pole to be challenging both mentally and physically, but also finds it to be an artistic outlet and just plain FUN! Pole fitness opened up a whole other world and community to her where she’s made a lot of friends.
She competed in her first pole competition in October 2016 held by Pole Sport Organization (PSO) in Stratford, CT and placed 3rd in the Dramatic Level 3 Senior division. In November 2018, she placed 1st in Exotic Level 3 Masters division. She also enjoys performing for fun and has been in local showcases held by studios in MA & CT.
In her Intro to Pole class, you will get familiar with the pole itself and learn all the basic from walking, to poses & spins. In her Intro to Exotic class, you will learn basic pole skills and floor work but with heels! You’ll have fun finding your sexy side!
Sophie Lyons is a certified 200hr Kripalu Vinyasa Teacher and Level II Certified Reiki Healer. Sophie is currently working towards earning her BA in Holistic Psychology and Wellness at Lesley University (expected May 2021) as well as her MA in Mindfulness Studies (expected May 2022). Her area of focus specializes in yoga therapy; eating disorder recovery, trauma, and addiction. She encourages her students to take care of themselves on a holistic level and honor their bodies, while also getting out of their comfort zone. Sophie’s classes hold a combination of mindful breath and movement, functional mobility and holding space to just be. Sophie teaches people what feels good in her own practice; It’s weird and funky and not always necessarily a conventional “flow”, but is functional, restorative, and speaks to the body.
Val first discovered yoga in 2009 and and it immediately allowed her to feel more at home in her mind and body. Her professional background in clinical social work was a natural complement to the yoga practice and has helped her to address the psychosomatic aspects of wellness. She teaches an invigorating and creative class while keeping strong alignment and using deep core engagement to move on the mat and in life. Val's classes will challenge you in a dynamic and fluid way while providing opportunities to safely advance your practice. She completed her 200-hour teacher training at South Boston Yoga in 2013 and has since done numerous workshops and advanced asana trainings. She will always remain a student first and foremost. Her teaching and practice is informed by a variety of things: asana, martial arts, animal locomotion, weightlifting, rock climbing running, spiritual practices, psychotherapy.
After earning her blackbelt at a young age, Chelsea started on her path to becoming a kickboxing and martial arts inspired fitness instructor. She is certified through ACE, Les Mills, ISCA, and Precision Nutrition Coaching.
I’m Whitney Meza, the founder of The Wellness Blueprint. I invest in people and invite you to invest in yourself. I also really, REALLY love soft bread.
Over the past 18 years, I have built fitness from the ground up for companies, designed cutting edge fitness and wellness programs, and coached more than 500 individuals. After spending countless hours deconstructing lifestyle roadblocks, she realized what was lacking was a consistent ability for communities to move together and interact together. The Wellness Blueprint developed to deliver the experience of health, community, and empowerment to your home, office, and life.
IG: @whitney_meza @wellnessblueprint
Lauren has been teaching since 2014. Yoga has been pivotal in her own life and she values the ability to share and offer that same transformational space to students. She creates a well-intentioned space for individuals to take what they need and leave what they don't.
I've been a trainer for over 15 years. I help people reach their health & fitness goals by focusing on improved mobility, quality movement and body-weight strength, along with good nutrition habits! The more mobile and strong you are in your range of motion, the less chance of injury you have. I prioritize perfect form when training to reduce your chance of injury and teach you how to do moves correctly. I can work online with no equipment to a full home gym and will challenge you at whatever level you are at. Come work with me and I'll help you meet your goals and enjoy life more with a well working mobile body.
Eli has been practicing a variety of movement disciplines for the last 15 years and the list is extensive from karate, cycling, triathlon, weightlifting, crossfit, parkour and most recently, Ido Portal Method. Ido incorporates elements of dance, acrobatics, capoeira, yoga among other movement disciplines and has become a favorite of this multi-faceted athlete.
Eli originially felt moved to attend physical therapy school after undergrad but found a different calling and chose to pursue helping healthy people avoid physical therapy instead. Eli's methodology is that fitness will come if you pursue high quality movement, but not the other way around.
Gym Rat turned Desert Dog, Bill’s natural habitat is elbow-deep in a chossy off-width. His clients go from thrutching to crushing, building body-awareness and beautiful movement patterns along the way. Bill aims to inspire fitness through wilderness, and promotes conscious recreation in the natural world.
Dan Galanto is a fitness professional and former epidemiologist. Dan is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Exercise Physiologist, author, and teaching workshops and continuing education to personal trainers. Finding value in learning new skills and talents, Dan as constructed workshops like this and online tutorials you can find on his “Learn the Things” YouTube Channel. If you can learn something new, you can show yourself just how capable you are.