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John Lusk

John Lusk

Personal Trainer & Business Development Associate

  • AS in Exercise Science, New River Community College

  • Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCS)
  • Certified Elite Trainer
  • Certified Fitness Trainer
  • Certified Nutritionist
  • CPR/AED Certified
John Lusk

North Naples

 

“My approach to fitness emphasizes age-appropriate programming with a specific focus given to the client's goals. I have over 15 years of hands-on client experience and have worked with clients from all walks of life.”

John Lusk, CPT, CSCS, is a personal trainer and business development associate with over 15 years of experience and is certified in strength and conditioning training, elite fitness training, and nutrition. He has worked with many clients throughout the years, ranging from K-12 athletes to individuals looking to maintain balance, health, and wellness.

John’s passion for fitness started when he was a young athlete in grade school, continuing through his time as a collegiate baseball player, and ultimately transitioning into a career as a Special Agent, combatting terrorism and espionage for the United States Federal Government. Due to the physical demands and high stakes of his career, physical fitness was at the top of his priority list to ensure the safety of himself and those around him.

John has a very personable approach to fitness – he takes the time to get to know his clients, their goals, and what motivates them. From there, he designs a customized plan that works for them and the goals they are looking to achieve. He establishes long-term client interactions with the goal of integrating exercise and optimal wellness into the high demands of daily life and ensuring it becomes a lifestyle that lasts a lifetime. His intense passion for this field allows him to invest in each of the client’s goals as if they were his own.

When John is not training with his clients, he enjoys being outdoors, riding motorcycles, woodworking, working out, playing ice hockey, and spending time with his two Great Danes.

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    CJ Cofrancesco

    CJ Cofrancesco

    CJ Cofrancesco

    Personal Trainer

    • BS in Exercise Science, Sacred Heart University
    • MS in Exercise Science and Nutrition, Sacred Heart University
    CJ Cofrancesco

    Hamden

     

    “'Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift, that is why it’s called the present' – Kung Fu Panda.”

    CJ Cofrancesco is a personal trainer based in Hamden. He has a background in working with youth populations, general populations, and seniors with a specific focus on balance.

    CJ is an adjunct professor at Sacred Heart University, teaching exercise science. He is also a group fitness instructor at his local Senior Center, and has worked in a variety of different positions at the YMCA.

    For CJ, there is no better feeling than helping someone set a fitness goal, work towards, and achieve that goal. He loves working with people, and hearing his long term clients talk about how much better they feel in their day to day lives. As a trainer, CJ often implements SMART goals for his clients: they are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Based, designed to help his clients achieve success in a timely and efficient manner.

    CJ leads an active lifestyle outside of work, often snowboarding, going camping, running 5ks, playing flag football, and expanding his knowledge on exercise science.

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      Garrett Rasmussen

      Garrett Rasmussen

      Garrett Rasmussen

      Golf Trainer

      • AA Commerical Art, Southwest Florida College

      • Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
      • Titleist Performance Institute Certified Fitness Professional (TPI-F1)
      • ACE Strength and Conditioning Specialist
      Garrett Rasmussen

      North Naples

       

      “I love the team approach of communication; it empowers us to provide the best services for our clients.”

      Garrett Rasmussen, CPT, TPI-F1 is a golf trainer based in Naples who specializes in strength and conditioning. He has worked with a diverse population in one-on-one settings as well as small group training, having taught over 10,000 group fitness classes and worked with hundreds individually. He is currently working to achieve the TPI Level 2 Power Certification.

      Garrett is a an athlete himself: he is not only an avid golfer, but had played professional volleyball for over 20 years. As a trainer, Garrett's goal is to help clients reach their fitness goals, and he starts off by developing a relationship of trust, working to discover his clients' WHY. From there, they work together to develop a plan and habits that will help them reach their goals and empower them with the tools to live a healthy life.

      It takes a team of professionals to help meet the needs and services to his clients, and Garrett relies on the rest of his team, each of whom play a valuable role in helping clients reach their fitness goals, move without pain, reduce stress and live a healthier life.

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        William Manzi

        William Manzi

        William Manzi

        William Manzi

        Exercise Physiologist, Personal Trainer

        • BS in Exercise Physiology, Central Connecticut State University

        • Certified Exercise Physiologist (CEP)
        • Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certified (ACLS)
        William Manzi

        Greenwich

         

        “I chose this path because this is what I love to do. Being able to shape the body and mind of individuals and have their lifestyle change is a reward in itself.”

        William Manzi, CEP, is an exercise physiologist and personal trainer who specializes in the ability to take care of any individual, regardless of any limitations. Over the past ten years, he has trained a variety of different individuals for over ten years, including US Navy SEALs, heart attack patients, and more. Through this, Will has been able to build his expertise, and add an arsenal of exercises to his toolkit that can be progressed or digressed depending upon the individual.

        Having worked with cardiac patients for the past 5 years, Will has developed a speciality in cardiac training and rehabilitation, as well as reading EKGs. Currently, he is currently studying to become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

        As an exercise physiologist, Will loves being able to show his clients that there is a way to get better, no matter what the issue is, and enjoys being with his clients every step of the way. He feels rewarded when helping others shape their mind and body and changing their lifestyle overall for the better.

        He enjoys working out in his free time along with going on hikes with his dog Jackson. Will also plays semi pro football for the Connecticut Panthers.

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          Svitlana Panzarino

          Svitlana Panzarino

          Svitlana Panzarino

          Svitlana Panzarino

          Personal Trainer

          • BS in Economics

          • Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
          Svitlana Panzarino

          North Naples

           

          "I like to inspire people by living a healthy lifestyle. I’m enjoying helping clients to become stronger and see them succeed.”

          Svitlana Panzarino, CPT, is a personal trainer based in Naples. Svitlana specializes in training both youth and older populations, as well as training with the intention of weight loss. She also has an interest in corrective exercises and working closely with physical therapists to provide the best possible outcomes for her clients. Svitlana prioritizes continued education, aiming to specialize in a new area every few years.

          Svitlana pays close attention to details and strives to create enjoyable and progressive training regimens so her clients feel safe and cared for in a respectful and friendly environment.

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            Stephanie Soete

            Stephanie Soete

            Stephanie Soete

            Stephanie Soete

            Personal Trainer

            • BS in Athletic Training, Southern Connecticut State University

            • Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
            Stephanie Soete

            Westport

             

            “The foundation of a successful workout program is educating the clients on the why behind everything they do.”

            Stephanie Soete, CPT, is a personal trainer based in Westport. Her approach to her clients revolves around setting goals. She underscores the fact that not all goals have to be big, just attainable. By empowering her clients to be goal-driven, Stephanie empowers them to achieve victories every day, no matter how big or small.

            Stephanie has experience working with youth athletes, but loves working with anyone. Her goal as a personal trainer is to help her clients achieve their own goals. Stephanie is a firm believer that fitness has a major impact on people both in and out of the gym, and it can make a positive impact on their lives, both physically and mentally.

            In her off time, you can find Stephanie on the slopes, at the beach or traveling.

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              Roza Murphy

              Roza Murphy

              Roza Murphy

              Roza Murphy

              Personal Trainer

              • Registered Dietitian, Medical University of Warsaw
              • MPH, Medical University of Warsaw

              • Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
              • Sports Nutrition Certified
              Roza Murphy

              Westport

               

              “I care about every client I have; I care about their goals and expectations, and I will do everything I can to design their program and set achievable goals, as well as help with their diet, stress management and recovery.”

              Roza Murphy, CPT, is a personal trainer based in Westport. She started out as a registered dietitian in Poland, then transitioned to a career in personal training in the United States. As a former athlete herself (she used to swim and run), Roza believes that everyone can benefit from exercise. Whether it’s working out, doing Pilates, going on a walk or meditating, she underscores the importance of people having an escape from their hectic lives.

              As a trainer, Roza seeks to educate her client on the “why” behind everything they do. Once they do, they can take better care of their health and lead a healthier lifestyle. By teaching her clients about their nutrition, recovery and managing their stress, Roza can help them achieve their goals and bring that knowledge home.

              On the side, Roza likes to volunteer as a trainer for her son’s soccer team and daughter’s tennis team. And drawing on her high school days, she is determined to keep running — she’s been able to complete a marathon and three half marathons, a success she attributes to plenty of strength training.

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                Patrick Vierengel

                Patrick Vierengel

                Patrick Vierengel

                Patrick Vierengel

                Personal Trainer / Golf Trainer

                • BS in Business, Salve Regina University

                • Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
                • TPI Fitness Professional (TPI-F1)
                Patrick Vierengel

                Greenwich, New Canaan

                 

                “I put my clients needs and goals first, most importantly I listen carefully. I believe in honest communication and transparency as we work together to reach a goal.”

                Patrick Vierengel, CPT, TPI-F1, is a certified personal trainer and golf trainer who trains clients out of Greenwich and New Canaan. He specializes in functional training, weight loss, core/stability training, bodybuilding, strength and conditioning, and has been training clients for over a decade. Patrick also specializes in working with golfers, using his golf knowledge as a golf trainer and Titleist Professional Institute Level 1 Certified Golf Fitness Professional. He is currently studying to achieve the TPI Level 2 Fitness certification.

                After Patrick suffered a hip injury and underwent compartment syndrome surgery due to playing sports in college, he realized how expansive and important the world of health and fitness is. It wasn’t enough to exercise or go to the gym to stay health and injury-free, but one’s recovery, sleep quality, dietary habits and stress management all play a role in feeling good and energetic in one’s day-to-day life.

                Outside of work, you can find Patrick spending time with family or on the golf course as a third-generation member of Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck. He also enjoys going on the boat/water sports or going to the beach with his dog in the summer, but in the winter, you can find him in the rink playing ice hockey.

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                  Nicholas DiMeglio

                  Nicholas DiMeglio

                  Nicholas DiMeglio

                  Nicholas DiMeglio

                  Personal Trainer

                  • BS in Applied Exercise Science, Springfield College

                  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
                  Nicholas DiMeglio

                  Greenwich, New Canaan

                   

                  “Nothing is more powerful than belief. Showing people that I have full confidence in them allows them to become confident in themselves and their abilities.”

                  Nicholas DiMeglio, CSCS, is a strength and conditioning specialist whose primary area of expertise is athletic development for both youth and adult populations. He is a firm believer in building a proper foundation of movement, especially in youth athletes, so they can achieve their maximum athletic potential with the lowest risk of injury.

                  Nicholas has a passion for sports and played Division III baseball at Springfield College. Once he discovered the impact he could have on people’s lives through athletics, there was no going back. Building those relationships with his clients and other trainers is at the core of his philosophy. By being mindful of how his actions affect others and vice versa, Nicholas is able to communicate more clearly, keep himself and his clients accountable, and provide better support as a trainer.

                  Nicholas recently finished certifications, Rethinking the Big Patterns Level 1 (a biomechanics based course on teaching and training movements), and The Art and Science of Speed Training (a course on running mechanics and program design for sprinting). He is currently working on completing a Metabolic Nutrition Certification, so that he can help athletes optimize their performance with nutrition on top of their training program.

                  In his off time, Nicholas competes in powerlifting and enjoys hiking with his dog, Baloo.

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                    Michele Tenney

                    Michele Tenney

                    Michele Tenney

                    Michele Tenney

                    Personal Trainer, Pilates Instructor

                    • Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
                    • Nutritionist, Stratford Career Institute
                    • Pilates Reformer Instructor
                    Michele Tenney

                    Hamden

                     

                    “I love being creative as a team and seeing things from different vantage points to best support the person we are working with.”

                    Michele Tenney, CPT, is a personal trainer based in Hamden who enjoys working with all populations. As a trainer, Michele takes care to talk about the importance of nutrition in achieving goals. She also believes that proper nutrition is medicine for the body, and that one’s food intake needs to adapt to support the person’s current goals, age and limitations.

                    Though she started off in the financial industry, she decided to try a new path when she saw the foreclosure boom coming in 2006. Seeking something that didn’t feel like “work,” Michele discovered a passion for health and wellness, and proceeded to receive certifications as a personal trainer and nutritionist.

                    She has coached youth squash at the New Haven Lawn Club for over 15 years, and has served as the Chair of the Healthy Lifestyle Committee for the elementary schools in the town of Orange for the past six years. Michele is also a columnist for The Milford-Orange Times, and is the author of her own book, “The Passion of My Heart.”

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                      Kirsten deBiasi

                      Kirsten deBiasi

                      Kirsten deBiasi

                      Kirsten deBiasi

                      Golf Trainer

                      • Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
                      • Titleist Performance Institute Certified Fitness Professional — Level 2 (TPI-F2)
                      • TPI Power Level 2 Certified
                      Kirsten deBiasi

                      Westport

                       

                      “I value ownership and accountability because I know no one can do things for me. Results come from a consistent exercise work ethic and healthy choices.”

                      Kirsten deBiasi, CPT, TPI-F2, is a TPI certified golf trainer at Performance based in Westport. She specializes in golf corrective exercises that are based on balance stability and mobility, as they are crucial foundations to speed, strength and power in the game of golf.

                      As a personal trainer, Kirsten came to realize that she could apply her skills in a specific niche: golf. This married her love for sports fitness and the game of golf. As a golf trainer, Kirsten is passionate about motivating people to move better, perform to their best ability and use proper form. This is important not just for achieving results, but for preventing future injuries, as well.

                      Kirsten sets up her clients for success with personalized fitness plans include proper nutrition, adequate sleep and sufficient recovery — it’s the quality, not quantity that makes the biggest difference.

                      In her free time, Kirsten is all about competitive rowing (she’s a sculler). But in her actual free time, she likes to snowboard, bike, play golf (of course), do some gardening and bake sourdough bread.

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                        Christopher Nolan

                        Christopher Nolan

                        Christopher Nolan

                        Christopher Nolan

                        Personal Trainer

                        • BS in Psychology, University of Connecticut

                        • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
                        Christopher Nolan

                        Westport

                         

                        "My goal is to make hard work an enjoyable experience, and I am here to provide the framework and take you through the steps necessary to help you achieve optimal health.”

                        Christopher Nolan, CSCS, is a firm believer that nothing should be taken for granted and no small detail overlooked. As a former athlete, Chris has always been driven to make his body perform at an optimal level. Becoming a personal trainer was the perfect opportunity to funnel that same passion to other areas of his life.

                        Chris worked in an athletic training facility at the University of Connecticut with a variety of athletes, including men's and women's track and field, softball, baseball, volleyball, lacrosse and field hockey. Chris also worked at New Canaan High School as a strength and conditioning coach for the school's men’s basketball and hockey teams.

                        Chris is passionate about expanding his knowledge in exercise science and sport-specific training. He aims to obtain a certification as a Functional Strength Coach, as well as several other certifications down the line to further improve his skill set.

                        When he is not learning about exercise science and the body, Chris enjoys watching and playing a variety of sports, including boxing, MMA, football and basketball. He will never turn down an offer to try new restaurants and breweries or spend time with his friends.

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                          Carter Bushway

                          Carter Bushway

                          Carter Bushway

                          Carter Bushway

                          Personal Trainer

                          • BS in Exercise Science, Ithaca College

                          • Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
                          Carter Bushway

                          Greenwich

                           

                          "Even though exercise can be a 'chore,' I'm here to make it fun and comfortable while giving people confidence."

                          Carter Bushway, CPT, has channeled his passion for exercise into everything he does. He seeks to be a resource both in and out of the gym for his clients and tries to get to know them and getter a better perspective on what they are working towards.

                          Originally interested in athletic training, Carter realized he wanted to work with all types of people, not just athletes. Now, giving people confidence and making them comfortable in an uncomfortable environment is his specialty. He writes personalized fitness programs for each client so that they can achieve their own Optimal Health goals their own way and at their own pace. Carter is also the instructor for all Forever Fit classes at Greenwich, and enjoys creating fun and functional exercise routines for those who want to keep their bodies moving as the years go on.

                          At Ithaca College, Carter worked with gymnasts, football players and women’s lacrosse athletes while working on a research project that examined college endurance athletes. His research team looked at which running modality — ground, treadmill or non-motorized treadmill — for training was better, a study he is currently working to get published.

                          Carter has a passion for basketball, balance and stability training, group fitness classes and working with older adults. On the side, he likes to cook, write poetry, go kayaking and play fetch with his dog.

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                            Brendan Copley

                            Brendan Copley

                            Brendan Copley

                            Brendan Copley

                            Personal Trainer

                            • BS in Athletic Training and Sports Medicine, Quinnipiac University
                            • MBA in Healthcare Management, Quinnipiac University

                            • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
                            • Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC)
                            • Pain-Free Performance Specialist Certified
                            Brendan Copley

                            Greenwich

                             

                            “My goal is to help foster connections that lead to a deeper understanding of the patient's injury and goals.”

                            Brendan Copley, CSCS, ATC, is a personal trainer who specializes in working with endurance athletes and post-rehab clients.

                            Brendan previously worked at a physical therapy cooperative where he performed athletic training outreach to University of Vermont club sports, corporate wellness programs, local organizations, and group fitness classes. He has also worked as an athletic trainer for the Washington State University rowing team and for Quinnipiac University’s cross-country and track teams.

                            Brendan also completed the Pain-Free Performance Specialist Certification, an integrated prevention-based system for personal trainers to optimize their client’s fitness and performance around the common presence of pain, dysfunction and injuries.

                            With his background as an athletic trainer, Brendan is able to look at personal training through a lens of injury prevention in conjunction with sports performance. His background allows him to facilitate effective communication with the care team and more consistent training.

                            Brendan was a cross-country athlete at Quinnipiac University, which led to his interest in personal training. He had many positive experiences with healthcare and sports performance professionals throughout his time as an athlete and wants to be able to help others in the same way.

                            Outside of work, Brendan loves outdoor activities. Some of his favorites are running, rock climbing, snowboarding, and hiking.

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                              Allyson Yandow

                              Allyson Yandow

                              Allyson Yandow

                              Allyson Yandow

                              Personal Trainer

                              • BS in Sport Management, Castleton University

                              • Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
                              • Corrective Exercise Specialist
                              • NASM Nutrition Certified
                              Allyson Yandow

                              Darien

                               

                              “It’s the little things that can make a world of a difference. When it comes to form during exercise, healthy habits, and celebrating little victories, these seemingly small details may not make a huge difference on their own, but the sum can make a difference in performance and healthy living.”

                              Ally Yandow, CPT, is a certified personal trainer who specializes in corrective exercises, post-rehab training, and working with clients who have injuries or limitations, and she became nutrition certified in the fall of 2021.

                              As a trainer, Ally seeks to be empathetic, patient and understanding. She pays attention to detail and stresses the importance of the role safety plays in helping her clients achieve their goals. Having herself been injured, she understands the added stress injury recovery places on an individual.

                              Ally has a passion for helping people of all ages and abilities get healthier and gain strength, especially in order to prevent future injuries and to build productive habits to create a longer, healthier and happier life.

                              In her off time, you can find Ally staying active through hiking, biking, swimming, and playing basketball and soccer.

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                                Patrick Vierengel

                                Patrick Vierengel

                                Patrick Vierengel

                                Patrick Vierengel

                                Personal Trainer / Golf Trainer

                                • BS in Business, Salve Regina University

                                • Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
                                • TPI Fitness Professional (TPI-F1)
                                Patrick Vierengel

                                Greenwich, New Canaan

                                 

                                “I put my clients needs and goals first, most importantly I listen carefully. I believe in honest communication and transparency as we work together to reach a goal.”

                                Patrick Vierengel, CPT, TPI-F1, is a certified personal trainer and golf trainer who trains clients out of Greenwich and New Canaan. He specializes in functional training, weight loss, core/stability training, bodybuilding, strength and conditioning, and has been training clients for over a decade. Patrick also specializes in working with golfers, using his golf knowledge as a golf trainer and Titleist Professional Institute Level 1 Certified Golf Fitness Professional. He is currently studying to achieve the TPI Level 2 Fitness certification.

                                After Patrick suffered a hip injury and underwent compartment syndrome surgery due to playing sports in college, he realized how expansive and important the world of health and fitness is. It wasn’t enough to exercise or go to the gym to stay health and injury-free, but one’s recovery, sleep quality, dietary habits and stress management all play a role in feeling good and energetic in one’s day-to-day life.

                                Outside of work, you can find Patrick spending time with family or on the golf course as a third-generation member of Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck. He also enjoys going on the boat/water sports or going to the beach with his dog in the summer, but in the winter, you can find him in the rink playing ice hockey.

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                                  Alex DeMoura

                                  Alex DeMoura

                                  Alex DeMoura

                                  Alex DeMoura

                                  Personal Trainer /
                                  Athletic Trainer

                                  • BS in Athletic Training, Southern Connecticut State University

                                  • Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC)
                                  • Corrective Exercise Specialist
                                  Alex DeMoura

                                  Westport

                                   

                                  “"Sweating the small stuff can be the difference for someone’s circumstances. No detail is too little, and there is no reason to not be thorough.”

                                  Alex DeMoura, ATC, is a personal trainer, certified athletic trainer, and corrective exercise specialist based in Westport. He specializes in working with athletes, focusing on injury prevention and rehabilitation. Alex previously worked as an injury prevention specialist and ergonomics specialist, as well as an athletic trainer at local high schools.

                                  Having always been interested in sports and movement, primarily injury prevention, Alex quickly fell into the realm of athletic training. Alex recognizes that every person has different goals and comes from different starting points. But no matter the style of training or the length of the journey, each of Alex’s clients will receive personalized training based on their goals and capabilities, respect and encouragement to keep passion and focus in sight.

                                  Outside of work, Alex enjoys outdoor activities, walks, biking, and snowboarding.

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                                    William Manzi

                                    William Manzi

                                    William Manzi

                                    William Manzi

                                    Exercise Physiologist

                                    • BS in Exercise Physiology, Central Connecticut State University

                                    • Certified Exercise Physiologist (CEP)
                                    • Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certified (ACLS)
                                    William Manzi

                                    Greenwich

                                     

                                    “I chose this path because this is what I love to do. Being able to shape the body and mind of individuals and have their lifestyle change is a reward in itself.”

                                    William Manzi, CEP, is an exercise physiologist who specializes in the ability to take care of any individual, regardless of any limitations. Over the past ten years, he has trained a variety of different individuals for over ten years, including US Navy SEALs, heart attack patients, and more. Through this, Will has been able to build his expertise, and add an arsenal of exercises to his toolkit that can be progressed or digressed depending upon the individual.

                                    Having worked with cardiac patients for the past 5 years, Will has developed a speciality in cardiac training and rehabilitation, as well as reading EKGs. Currently, he is currently studying to become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

                                    As an exercise physiologist, Will loves being able to show his clients that there is a way to get better, no matter what the issue is, and enjoys being with his clients every step of the way. He feels rewarded when helping others shape their mind and body and changing their lifestyle overall for the better.

                                    He enjoys working out in his free time along with going on hikes with his dog Jackson. Will also plays semi pro football for the Connecticut Panthers.

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                                      Svitlana Panzarino

                                      Svitlana Panzarino

                                      Svitlana Panzarino

                                      Svitlana Panzarino

                                      Personal Trainer

                                      • BS in Economics

                                      • Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
                                      Svitlana Panzarino

                                      North Naples

                                       

                                      "I like to inspire people by living a healthy lifestyle. I’m enjoying helping clients to become stronger and see them succeed.”

                                      Svitlana Panzarino, CPT, is a personal trainer based in Naples. Svitlana specializes in training both youth and older populations, as well as training with the intention of weight loss. She also has an interest in corrective exercises and working closely with physical therapists to provide the best possible outcomes for her clients. Svitlana prioritizes continued education, aiming to specialize in a new area every few years.

                                      Svitlana pays close attention to details and strives to create enjoyable and progressive training regimens so her clients feel safe and cared for in a respectful and friendly environment.

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                                        Stephanie Soete

                                        Stephanie Soete

                                        Stephanie Soete

                                        Stephanie Soete

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                                        • BS in Athletic Training, Southern Connecticut State University

                                        • Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
                                        Stephanie Soete

                                        Westport

                                         

                                        “The foundation of a successful workout program is educating the clients on the why behind everything they do.”

                                        Stephanie Soete, CPT, is a personal trainer based in Westport. Her approach to her clients revolves around setting goals. She underscores the fact that not all goals have to be big, just attainable. By empowering her clients to be goal-driven, Stephanie empowers them to achieve victories every day, no matter how big or small.

                                        Stephanie has experience working with youth athletes, but loves working with anyone. Her goal as a personal trainer is to help her clients achieve their own goals. Stephanie is a firm believer that fitness has a major impact on people both in and out of the gym, and it can make a positive impact on their lives, both physically and mentally.

                                        In her off time, you can find Stephanie on the slopes, at the beach or traveling.

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                                          Roza Murphy

                                          Roza Murphy

                                          Roza Murphy

                                          Roza Murphy

                                          Personal Trainer

                                          • Registered Dietitian, Medical University of Warsaw
                                          • MPH, Medical University of Warsaw

                                          • Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
                                          • Sports Nutrition Certified
                                          Roza Murphy

                                          Westport

                                           

                                          “I care about every client I have; I care about their goals and expectations, and I will do everything I can to design their program and set achievable goals, as well as help with their diet, stress management and recovery.”

                                          Roza Murphy, CPT, is a personal trainer based in Westport. She started out as a registered dietitian in Poland, then transitioned to a career in personal training in the United States. As a former athlete herself (she used to swim and run), Roza believes that everyone can benefit from exercise. Whether it’s working out, doing Pilates, going on a walk or meditating, she underscores the importance of people having an escape from their hectic lives.

                                          As a trainer, Roza seeks to educate her client on the “why” behind everything they do. Once they do, they can take better care of their health and lead a healthier lifestyle. By teaching her clients about their nutrition, recovery and managing their stress, Roza can help them achieve their goals and bring that knowledge home.

                                          On the side, Roza likes to volunteer as a trainer for her son’s soccer team and daughter’s tennis team. And drawing on her high school days, she is determined to keep running — she’s been able to complete a marathon and three half marathons, a success she attributes to plenty of strength training.

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                                            Nicholas DiMeglio

                                            Nicholas DiMeglio

                                            Nicholas DiMeglio

                                            Nicholas DiMeglio

                                            Personal Trainer

                                            • BS in Applied Exercise Science, Springfield College

                                            • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
                                            Nicholas DiMeglio

                                            Greenwich, New Canaan

                                             

                                            “Nothing is more powerful than belief. Showing people that I have full confidence in them allows them to become confident in themselves and their abilities.”

                                            Nicholas DiMeglio, CSCS, is a strength and conditioning specialist whose primary area of expertise is athletic development for both youth and adult populations. He is a firm believer in building a proper foundation of movement, especially in youth athletes, so they can achieve their maximum athletic potential with the lowest risk of injury.

                                            Nicholas has a passion for sports and played Division III baseball at Springfield College. Once he discovered the impact he could have on people’s lives through athletics, there was no going back. Building those relationships with his clients and other trainers is at the core of his philosophy. By being mindful of how his actions affect others and vice versa, Nicholas is able to communicate more clearly, keep himself and his clients accountable, and provide better support as a trainer.

                                            Nicholas recently finished certifications, Rethinking the Big Patterns Level 1 (a biomechanics based course on teaching and training movements), and The Art and Science of Speed Training (a course on running mechanics and program design for sprinting). He is currently working on completing a Metabolic Nutrition Certification, so that he can help athletes optimize their performance with nutrition on top of their training program.

                                            In his off time, Nicholas competes in powerlifting and enjoys hiking with his dog, Baloo.

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                                              Michele Tenney

                                              Michele Tenney

                                              Michele Tenney

                                              Michele Tenney

                                              Personal Trainer, Pilates Instructor

                                              • Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
                                              • Nutritionist, Stratford Career Institute
                                              • Pilates Reformer Instructor
                                              Michele Tenney

                                              Hamden

                                               

                                              “I love being creative as a team and seeing things from different vantage points to best support the person we are working with.”

                                              Michele Tenney, CPT, is a personal trainer based in Hamden who enjoys working with all populations. As a trainer, Michele takes care to talk about the importance of nutrition in achieving goals. She also believes that proper nutrition is medicine for the body, and that one’s food intake needs to adapt to support the person’s current goals, age and limitations.

                                              Though she started off in the financial industry, she decided to try a new path when she saw the foreclosure boom coming in 2006. Seeking something that didn’t feel like “work,” Michele discovered a passion for health and wellness, and proceeded to receive certifications as a personal trainer and nutritionist.

                                              She has coached youth squash at the New Haven Lawn Club for over 15 years, and has served as the Chair of the Healthy Lifestyle Committee for the elementary schools in the town of Orange for the past six years. Michele is also a columnist for The Milford-Orange Times, and is the author of her own book, “The Passion of My Heart.”

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                                                Kirsten deBiasi

                                                Kirsten deBiasi

                                                Kirsten deBiasi

                                                Kirsten deBiasi

                                                Golf Trainer

                                                • Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
                                                • Titleist Performance Institute Certified Fitness Professional — Level 2 (TPI-F2)
                                                • TPI Power Level 2 Certified
                                                Kirsten deBiasi

                                                New Canaan (Recovery & Golf)

                                                 

                                                “I value ownership and accountability because I know no one can do things for me. Results come from a consistent exercise work ethic and healthy choices.”

                                                Kirsten deBiasi, CPT, TPI-F2, is a TPI certified golf trainer at Performance based in New Canaan at Halo Fitness. She specializes in golf corrective exercises that are based on balance stability and mobility, as they are crucial foundations to speed, strength and power in the game of golf.

                                                As a personal trainer, Kirsten came to realize that she could apply her skills in a specific niche: golf. This married her love for sports fitness and the game of golf. As a golf trainer, Kirsten is passionate about motivating people to move better, perform to their best ability and use proper form. This is important not just for achieving results, but for preventing future injuries, as well.

                                                Kirsten sets up her clients for success with personalized fitness plans include proper nutrition, adequate sleep and sufficient recovery — it’s the quality, not quantity that makes the biggest difference.

                                                In her free time, Kirsten is all about competitive rowing (she’s a sculler). But in her actual free time, she likes to snowboard, bike, play golf (of course), do some gardening and bake sourdough bread.

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                                                  Christopher Nolan

                                                  Christopher Nolan

                                                  Christopher Nolan

                                                  Christopher Nolan

                                                  Personal Trainer

                                                  • BS in Psychology, University of Connecticut

                                                  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
                                                  Christopher Nolan

                                                  Westport

                                                   

                                                  "My goal is to make hard work an enjoyable experience, and I am here to provide the framework and take you through the steps necessary to help you achieve optimal health.”

                                                  Christopher Nolan, CSCS, is a firm believer that nothing should be taken for granted and no small detail overlooked. As a former athlete, Chris has always been driven to make his body perform at an optimal level. Becoming a personal trainer was the perfect opportunity to funnel that same passion to other areas of his life.

                                                  Chris worked in an athletic training facility at the University of Connecticut with a variety of athletes, including men's and women's track and field, softball, baseball, volleyball, lacrosse and field hockey. Chris also worked at New Canaan High School as a strength and conditioning coach for the school's men’s basketball and hockey teams.

                                                  Chris is passionate about expanding his knowledge in exercise science and sport-specific training. He aims to obtain a certification as a Functional Strength Coach, as well as several other certifications down the line to further improve his skill set.

                                                  When he is not learning about exercise science and the body, Chris enjoys watching and playing a variety of sports, including boxing, MMA, football and basketball. He will never turn down an offer to try new restaurants and breweries or spend time with his friends.

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                                                    Christina Chirco

                                                    Christina Chirco

                                                    Christina Chirco

                                                    Christina Chirco

                                                    Personal Trainer

                                                    • BS in Health Science, Oakland University

                                                    • Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
                                                    • Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC)
                                                    Christina Chirco

                                                    North Naples

                                                     

                                                    “I am someone who is very passionate about my career and I put my whole heart and soul in wanting to make others feel better about themselves.”

                                                    Christina Chirco, CPT, ATC, is a certified personal and athletic trainer with a combined 20 years of experience who specializes in sports medicine and health fitness.

                                                    Christina grew up playing sports and knew that she wanted to make a career out of her passion. She started her journey as an athletic trainer at Gulf Coast High School and a personal trainer at nearby wellness centers, which led to her current position as the high school medical academy director at Gulf Coast High School. Christina’s drive is fueled by building new relationships and earning trust in her athlete’s and patients while helping them come back stronger after an injury.

                                                    In her free time, Christina enjoys being active by working out or playing sports, spending time with friends and family, and continuing her education within all aspects of health and wellness.

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                                                      Carter Bushway

                                                      Carter Bushway

                                                      Carter Bushway

                                                      Carter Bushway

                                                      Personal Trainer

                                                      • BS in Exercise Science, Ithaca College

                                                      • Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
                                                      Carter Bushway

                                                      Greenwich

                                                       

                                                      "Even though exercise can be a 'chore,' I'm here to make it fun and comfortable while giving people confidence."

                                                      Carter Bushway, CPT, has channeled his passion for exercise into everything he does. He seeks to be a resource both in and out of the gym for his clients and tries to get to know them and getter a better perspective on what they are working towards.

                                                      Originally interested in athletic training, Carter realized he wanted to work with all types of people, not just athletes. Now, giving people confidence and making them comfortable in an uncomfortable environment is his specialty. He writes personalized fitness programs for each client so that they can achieve their own Optimal Health goals their own way and at their own pace. Carter is also the instructor for all Forever Fit classes at Greenwich, and enjoys creating fun and functional exercise routines for those who want to keep their bodies moving as the years go on.

                                                      At Ithaca College, Carter worked with gymnasts, football players and women’s lacrosse athletes while working on a research project that examined college endurance athletes. His research team looked at which running modality — ground, treadmill or non-motorized treadmill — for training was better, a study he is currently working to get published.

                                                      Carter has a passion for basketball, balance and stability training, group fitness classes and working with older adults. On the side, he likes to cook, write poetry, go kayaking and play fetch with his dog.

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                                                        Brendan Copley

                                                        Brendan Copley

                                                        Brendan Copley

                                                        Brendan Copley

                                                        Personal Trainer

                                                        • BS in Athletic Training and Sports Medicine, Quinnipiac University
                                                        • MBA in Healthcare Management, Quinnipiac University

                                                        • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
                                                        • Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC)
                                                        Brendan Copley

                                                        Greenwich

                                                         

                                                        “My goal is to help foster connections that lead to a deeper understanding of the patient's injury and goals.”

                                                        Brendan Copley, CSCS, ATC, is a personal trainer who specializes in working with endurance athletes and post-rehab clients.

                                                        Brendan previously worked at a physical therapy cooperative where he performed athletic training outreach to University of Vermont club sports, corporate wellness programs, local organizations, and group fitness classes. He has also worked as an athletic trainer for the Washington State University rowing team and for Quinnipiac University’s cross-country and track teams.

                                                        With his background as an athletic trainer, Brendan is able to look at personal training through a lens of injury prevention in conjunction with sports performance. His background allows him to facilitate effective communication with the care team and more consistent training.

                                                        Brendan was a cross-country athlete at Quinnipiac University, which led to his interest in personal training. He had many positive experiences with healthcare and sports performance professionals throughout his time as an athlete and wants to be able to help others in the same way.

                                                        Outside of work, Brendan loves outdoor activities. Some of his favorites are running, rock climbing, snowboarding, and hiking.

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                                                          Allyson Yandow

                                                          Allyson Yandow

                                                          Allyson Yandow

                                                          Allyson Yandow

                                                          Personal Trainer

                                                          • BS in Sport Management, Castleton University

                                                          • Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
                                                          • Corrective Exercise Specialist
                                                          • NASM Nutrition Certified
                                                          Allyson Yandow

                                                          Darien

                                                           

                                                          “It’s the little things that can make a world of a difference. When it comes to form during exercise, healthy habits, and celebrating little victories, these seemingly small details may not make a huge difference on their own, but the sum can make a difference in performance and healthy living.”

                                                          Ally Yandow, CPT, is a certified personal trainer who specializes in corrective exercises, post-rehab training, and working with clients who have injuries or limitations, and she became nutrition certified in the fall of 2021.

                                                          As a trainer, Ally seeks to be empathetic, patient and understanding. She pays attention to detail and stresses the importance of the role safety plays in helping her clients achieve their goals. Having herself been injured, she understands the added stress injury recovery places on an individual.

                                                          Ally has a passion for helping people of all ages and abilities get healthier and gain strength, especially in order to prevent future injuries and to build productive habits to create a longer, healthier and happier life.

                                                          In her off time, you can find Ally staying active through hiking, biking, swimming, and playing basketball and soccer.

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