Cambridge Training Team

Tier 1 Personal Trainers

Vicki Blais

Fitness Director

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Meg Negron

General Manager

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Mary Dervishian

Assistant General Manger

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Claudia Busto

Group Program Manager

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KATHRYN Z

Personal Trainer

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Education/Certifications:
M.S. Speech-Language Pathology, Northeastern University
NASM-CPT, Spinning, CPR/AED.

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Areas of expertise:
Kathryn excels in strength and conditioning, high intensity interval training, small group training, cycling, and rowing.

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Training Philosophy:
Fitness is a lifestyle. Keep it fun, fresh, simple and part of your everyday life. Kathryn enjoys sharing her love and passion for fitness across all fitness levels. Her greatest joy is providing her clients the tools and confidence they need to succeed.

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Personal Accomplishments:
Kathryn’s proudest accomplishment is her ability to create a community through fitness for over 16 years. Kathryn is a former Division 1 athlete and former international sailboat racer. Current fitness interests are cycling, running, strength training and tennis.

MELINDA G

Personal Trainer

Education and Certifications :: B.S. Applied Exercise Science Springfield College, ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, CPR/AED

Areas Of Expertise :: Strength and Conditioning, Circuit Training, Muscle Gain

Training Philosophy :: Train because you love your body, not because you hate it. This is the only body you’ll ever have so make sure that you’re treating yourself with kindness. I believe that through exercising you can create a positive attitude towards yourself and develop more self-confidence that will spill into your everyday life. My goal is to make you feel comfortable coming into the gym and giving your all each day to help push you closer to your goals.

Tiffany S

Personal Trainer

B.S in Exercise Physiology from UMASS Lowell
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
CPR/AED

AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Strength and Conditioning, Working with Athletes, Injury Prevention

TRAINING PHILOSOPHY
Changing one’s mindset surrounding exercise is the end goal. Once it stops feeling like a chore, one’s personal goals whether mental or physical, will come into fruition.

PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS
I played tennis and basketball competitively until I attended college. While in college, I did intramural sports. Since 2012, I have been volunteeting my time to train children ages 8-18 for their respective basketball teams. With the help from my previous mentor/coach I developed the Eliot Basketball Conditioning Clinic in Roxbury, MA.

NICHELL L

Personal Trainer

EDUCATION/CERTIFICATIONS
ACSM-CPT
Pre/Post Natal Certification
CPR/First Aid/AED
BS Biological Science, Psychology from Hampton University
Licensed Social Work Associate

AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Behavior theory/modification, weight loss, strength training, flexibility/stretching, and high intensity interval training.

TRAINING PHILOSOPHY
Do it for yourself! Fitness far surpasses physical modification; self-reflection, self-awareness, honesty, and accountability to yourself are the keys to success and fulfillment. Remember your goals, and push yourself to get there when no one is watching. Fitness journeys are challenging both mentally and physically; you must exercise patience, but you are capable!

PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Though an athlete for much of her life, Nichell began to educate herself about fitness, including exercise and nutrition, in her mid-twenties. Through developing positive and healthy habits mentally and physically, she eventually experienced a 55+ pound weight loss that she continues to maintain. Continuing along said journey, the next step included studying for and eventually obtaining a personal training certification. She hopes to continue to gain expertise in many other areas of fitness and grow as a trainer.

NICOLE L

Personal Trainer

Education and Certifications :: Bachelor's Theater Arts Mass Boston, NFPT Certified Personal Trainer, CPR/AED

Areas Of Expertise :: Strength and conditioning-working with the beginner to show them how to embrace the strong side of our bodies.

Training Philosophy :: I had my own misconceptions on what fitness was and was intimidated by "working out." After having a barbell put in my hands and making significant changes to my lifestyle, I started feeling better, looking better and haven't looked back. I have a background in dance and strength training; I'm here to help you incorporate healthy change into your life and get stronger, no matter what that means to you. Not only that we'll make it fun along the way.

CHLOE Z

Personal Trainer

Education and Certifications :: University of Iowa NASM

Areas Of Expertise :: Rowing, Strength Training, Powerlifting, Sports Performance

Training Philosophy :: I believe that everyone should feel good in their bodies. Whether that means moving better in your daily life or picking up and putting down really heavy weights, I can help you with that. Exercise should be both fun and empowering, and should increase your overall
well-being- physical, mental, and emotional. Fitness has changed my life; with patience, dedication, and a great sense of humor, I can show you how it can change yours too.

Personal Accomplishments :: Lettered all four years as a Division One athlete at the University of Iowa, Spent three years training full time as an elite level rower, 240 Max Deadlift

TAYLOR L

Personal Trainer

Education and Certifications :: B.S. Exercise Science, NFPT Certified Personal Trainer, CPR/AED

Areas Of Expertise :: I received my degree in Exercise Science to learn more about how movement and an overall active lifestyle can help people. Growing up as an athlete, I understand how exercise affects the body and how it can transform your life both physically and mentally. I’m excited to take my knowledge and personal experience to help you find a way to incorporate fitness into your own life!

Training Philosophy :: "Fitness is about so much more than exercise. It's a catalyst for positive change, and it affects every aspect of your life."
My goal as your trainer is to have you enjoy your workouts and truly get excited about coming to the gym. Fitness provides us with the ability to enjoy a happy, healthy, active lifestyle, and I am here to help you make exercise a habit. The gym can be an intimating place, but I’ll find a way make you feel as if HealthWorks is your second home.

HELEN D

Personal Trainer

EDUCATION/CERTIFICATIONS
B.A. - College of Wooster
NFPT Certified Personal Trainer
Vinyasa Yoga Instructor
Zumba® & Zumba Kids

AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Yoga, dance, flexibility & stretching, strength, HIIT, nutrition

TRAINING PHILOSOPHY
When we strengthen the body, we strengthen the mind. I want every woman to feel at home and at peace in their bodies. Training shouldn’t be a punishment, it should be a reward, an investment in yourself. My own fitness and self love journey has instilled in me the desire to help you find your passion for exercise and wellness, and in the process find your best self. It’s time to Be Well. Be Happy. Be You.

Kaitlyn M

Personal Trainer

EDUCATION/CERTIFICATIONS
University of Louisville B.S. Exercise Science
ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist

AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Older adults, improving activities of daily living, strength training for endurance sports, nontraditional sports performance (archery, horseback riding, etc.), strength training, core training
TRAINING PHILOSOPHY
Exercise should be fun! I never want you to dread a workout – I want to help you find activities that will help you reach your goals, while also providing enjoyment. Fitness comes in all shapes and is unique to each person, but it’s always a holistic endeavor of feeling good in mind, body, and soul. It should fuel your confidence and build self-efficacy, both inside and outside of the gym. I hope to join you on your fitness journey, wherever you may be, to provide a safe, enjoyable (and a little silly if you wish!), and judgment-free experience!

PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Participated in triathlons, mud obstacle runs like the Tough Mudder, a mini-marathon. Ran the Bourbon Chase, a relay race through Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail. Lost 70 lbs.

Kat V

Personal Trainer & Fitness Director

EDUCATION
B.S. in Business Management at Lesley University
M.S in Management at Lesley University

CERTIFICATIONS
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist
REVO₂LUTION RUNNING™ Certified Running Coach
Assisted Stretching Certified

SPECIALTIES
Running, Kettlebells, Core, Strength Training, Performance Enhancement for Athletes

TRAINING PHILOSOPHY
Physical and mental health should be a priority in your daily life. Everyone is capable of pushing themselves further than they think! All you need is a positive attitude, a support system, a consistent program, and motivation.

TESTIMONIALS
"I am stronger and leaner! Kat V. is a phenomenal personal trainer. She supports my fitness goals and wellness. I am happier and healthier because of her guidance and look forward to our weekly workout session."

Tier 2 Personal Trainers

JOANNE S

Personal Trainer

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Education/Certifications:
BS – Business & Marketing University of Mass. – Amherst
ACE-CPT, TRX Suspension, NASM Pre/Post Natal, Functional Movement Screen (FMS), CPR/AED
Trainings: Boxing, Special Populations, Exercise & Aging
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Areas of expertise:
I work with all ages and fitness levels, but specialize in getting and keeping the aging body fit, healthy and balanced. Boxing is also a passion of mine and I love how empowered women feel after throwing their first punch.

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Training Philosophy:
“Work hard, play hard, laugh hard.” I experienced a mid-life awakening and discovered that it’s never too late to get trim and fit and be my personal best, and that’s true for us all. I prescribe a fun and varied routine based on each client’s personal goals, needs and preferences. My job is to discover what those needs and desires are – even if they seem impossible – and lead them towards those goals with enough push to make their workouts challenging, but still fun. Healthy aging is among the most important goals that everyone should reach for and I work to help my clients achieve that, even if they have injuries, pain and illness to work through.

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Personal Accomplishments:
I’ve lost 50 pounds and kept it off for over 9 years, having incorporated a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise, into my daily routine. I ran the Rukus obstacle course race in 2011 and came in first in my age group, which thrilled me. I also spent the last year living on the Big Island of Hawaii – a paradise and lifelong dream of mine, but I’m so happy to be back at Healthworks.

SUNNY S

Personal Trainer

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Education/Certifications:
BS – Environmental Science, University of Denver
MPH – Environmental Health, University of California at Berkeley
ACE – CPT; NASM – Performance Enhancement Specialist; Concept 2 ERG Indoor Rowing Instructor; CPR/AED; Drop10; Pre/Post Natal; BURN; Kettlebell; TRX; Bootcamp

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Areas of expertise:
Lifestyle changes – Transitions to healthy changes will become our priority. I love building stronger bodies for weight loss, combining strength and cardio workouts to get losses of 5 to 25 to 100lbs.
I also help my clients optimize their run training and bike as well as swim performance for a variety of running and triathlon races.

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Training Philosophy:
We all need strong hearts and bodies to enjoy living out our goals in health and happiness. Many enjoy racing, and yet I completely understand someone who just wants overall fitness and never races a day in her life. Sometimes the best accomplishment is just in making the workout habit stick! Having fun workouts with positive encouragement makes it easier.

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Personal Accomplishments:
I love being outdoors and I’ve biked over 130 miles from Boston to Provincetown in one day, just for fun, with friends. I enjoy running races (5K, 10K+) and triathalon races; sometimes I marathon for races like Miami 2008 and Boston 2010. The longest races I do are the half-Ironman Triathalons and Vermont’s Tough Mudder (twice!).

KIM H

Personal Trainer

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Education/Certifications:
BS – Exercise Science; Boston University
ACSM-CPT; NASM Pre/Post Natal; AFAA Group Exercise Instructor; Kettlebells; TRX; Drop10; BURN
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Areas of expertise:
Strength training for runners, pre/post natal exercise, core strength and stability, and weight loss.

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Training Philosophy:
I believe that fitness is a lifestyle and that your time at the gym should be something you enjoy. I believe it is important to set small goals for yourself whether it is working out on a consistent basis or finishing your first road race in order to turn your time at the gym into a rewarding experience. There are always new ways to challenge your body and it is important to have variety in your workouts to keep your body guessing and prevent yourself from getting bored or hitting a plateau. I am a strong believer in hard work, determination and that you can achieve whatever you set your mind to.

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Personal Accomplishments:
I have completed 5 marathons (2 Boston and 3 Baystate) and 3 half marathons (2 BAA Half Marathons and the Run to Remember).

Tier 3 Personal Trainers

KIMBERLY S

Personal Trainer

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Education/Certifications:
BS – Exercise Science; U. Mass Amherst
ACSM Certified Health/Fitness Instructor; Pre/Post Natal Health and Fitness Instructor; U. Mass Physical Mind Institute Certified Pilates Matwork Instructor; STOTT Pilates; Pre/Post Natal; TRX; Bootcamp
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Areas of expertise:
I work well with women in all stages of life. Some stages are harder than others especially pre-post natal and aging bodies. Focusing on the details is a great way to work out safely and achieve a great workout.

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Training Philosophy:
Everyone can work out and achieve their goals if it is a priority.

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Personal Accomplishments:
Having two children and still feeling as fit as before!

MARCY B

Personal Trainer

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Education/Certifications:
BA Journalism; Northeastern University.
Reiki 1 Practitioner; Salem Reiki Wellness Center
Aerobics & Fitness Association of America (AFAA) and Fitness Resource Associates (FRA); Personal Trainer; FMS, CPR/AED; Assisted Stretching, Drop10; Pre/Post Natal; TRX
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Areas of expertise:
Strength/endurance training for weight loss; muscle gain and cardiovascular health; core strength training and conditioning; flexibility and balance improvement; functional training; lifestyle improvement; client education and motivation; small group training; all populations and fitness levels.
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Training Philosophy:
Improving your fitness is a process of learning and gradual improvement. I believe consistency is the key to success. You don’t always get what you want, you get what you worked for. But, more importantly, have fun with your training. I know I do and I am still going strong even after almost 30 years!

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Personal Accomplishments:
Going into my 19th year of personal training, I continue to motivate and change people’s lives on a daily basis and to me it is the most rewarding feeling and sense of accomplishment that one can ask for. And as far as client retention, you can just ask one of my clients who was with me for 11 years.

JESSICA P

Personal Trainer

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Education/Certifications:
BS – Exercise Physiology; Physical Therapy Assistant; Lasell College
ACE-CPT; Pre-Post Natal; CPR/AED; TRX Team; BURN

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Areas of expertise:
Jessica has been a Personal Trainer for over 13 years. She started her career at the Spine Center, at the New England Baptist Hospital in Boston. At the Spine Center, she rehabilitated her clients through cardiovascular, strength, posture, and flexibility training. After the Spine Center, she spent five years at the Mount Auburn Club working as a Personal Trainer. Currently, she enjoys developing fitness programs for her clients at Healthworks.

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Training Philosophy:
Jessica enjoys helping her clients reach their fitness goals. She enjoys developing programs for all fitness levels. Jessica has helped many of her clients reach their weight loss, strength, cardiovascular, and flexibility goals. She believes exercise should be fun and motivating!

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Personal Accomplishments:
Jessica enjoys running, biking, hiking, and skiing. She is proud of finishing a triathalon at Cranes Beach. She enjoys running the Tufts 10K for Women in Boston. Jessica is also proud of finishing her first half marathon in Rockport, MA.

SONA D

Personal Trainer

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Education/Certifications:
B.S. Kinesiology, Michigan State University
ACE-CPT, 1st Aid/CPR/AED

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Areas of expertise:
Strength and Conditioning, Small Group Training, High Intensity Interval Training, Circuit Training, Weight Loss.

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Training Philosophy:
“You are stronger than you think you are,” Sona enjoys uncovering the strength within her clients not just in their physical strength but also in their everyday life. Inspiring and empowering people are her passions. She strives to make you sweat and put you through the best workout with every session hoping you leave the gym confident and ready to take on the world.

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Personal Accomplishments:
Sona struggled with her weight her entire life and never felt comfortable in her skin. She has finally reached a point through losing fat and building up muscle where she is confident. Through this she wants to assist people in every way she can to help them find their inner hero.

Tier 4 Personal Trainers

JAKKI C

Personal Trainer

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Education/Certifications:
MS – Exercise Physiology; University of Pittsburgh
ACE-CPT; AFAA; Maddog Spinning; TRX; FMS; Xbiking; NASM Pre/Post Natal; Kettlebell Concepts; CPR/AED; Assisted Stretching; FMS; Drop10; Pre/Post Natal; BURN; Kettlebell; TRX; Bootcamp
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Areas of expertise:
Full body conditioning, injury prevention and rehabilitation, and working with clients of all ages including older populations.

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Training Philosophy:
I don’t have a GENERAL philosophy for training as I believe that everyone’s mind and body are different. When I work with a client the first agenda is to set their goals in place, it is only then that we can establish a training philosophy that meets their needs. I do believe that no matter what fitness level you are starting at, you should never give up. The greatest accomplishment is to keep trying!

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Personal Accomplishments:
18 half marathons with a PR of 1:45. 1 full marathon at 4 hours flat! Staying uber fit during my pregnancy and still being able to sit back, relax, and enjoy life!

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