OUR YMCA TRAINERS

PAULA DAMASK                   
About Me:  "I know that people of all ages and abilities can achieve their goals. Have you ever dreamed of hiking the Grand Canyon? Or wanted to maintain your current activity level after being diagnosed with a disease such as Parkinson’s? Or maybe just wanted to lose the last 5, 10, 20 or even 50 pounds? These are just a few examples of goals achieved by my clients in my first two years as a personal trainer. Gaining and losing hundreds of pounds in my life has given me the inside scoop on what it takes to achieve and accept your body’s picture of healthy. Whether you need a coach, a cheerleader, or just a partner; I will be with you every step of the way. With 12+ years of experience leading group classes including aerobics, step aerobics, strength and conditioning, cycling and cardio boxing; I can put together a workout plan specifically tailored for you." 

Credentials:
• NETA Certified Personal Trainer
• Group Exercise Instructor
• Indoor Cycling Instructor- Certified in ICG Coach by Color Cycling

 

 

MELISSA HOFFMAN 
About Me: "I enjoy training clients of all ages and abilities. My passion lies in youth fitness and aiding clients in weight loss and improving strength and mobility. I use a variety of methods to help clients reach their goals including: free weights, cardio workouts, body weight activities and resistance training. I spent a part of my adult life out-of-shape and overweight so I understand the struggles that face exercisers of all ability levels. Drawing on my knowledge of diet and exercise I know we can put together a program that will lead to success. I believe that we are in this together. If you are willing to put in the effort, I am here to support you in whatever ways I can—working together we can make your fitness dreams into realities!
Credentials:
• NETA Certified Personal Trainer
• Neta Certified Wellness Coach
• YMCA Certified Group Exercise Instructor
• Tabata Bootcamp Instructor

 

 

 

LAURA LAWLER                              

About Me:  "I began exercising regularly back in college, when I used dance and weight training to help cope with the stress of school. I found that regular physical activity positively impacted every aspect of my life, and now I enjoy helping my clients discover their own health and happiness through active living. It is truly satisfying to observe my clients growing stronger and more confident with every workout. I enjoy designing fun and varied workouts to challenge the body while safely improving overall strength and fitness." 
 Credentials:
• NASM Certified Personal Trainer
• YMCA Certified Group Exercise Instructor
• R.I.P.P.E.D. Certified Instructor
• Yoga Body Bootcamp Certified Instructor

 

 

 

 

 JOANNA OPELA                             

About Me: “My work with clients is very gratifying. I can help them relieve low back pain with exercise, teach stretching techniques to prevent injury and pain and show women how truly strong we can be. I help clients with postural imbalances to improve efficiency in movement. My goal is to encourage you to gain more confidence and more energy for superior health."    
Credentials:
• NASM Certified Personal Trainer
My specialities include:
• Introduction to weight training • Cardio burst training and HIIT – ENDURANCE
• Flexibility and strength training for sports • SMR (self myofacial release) techniques and stretching – increase ROM • Senior workouts for hips, knees and balance – STABILITY
• Women’s upper body strength

 

 

 JOSHUA VELDHUIZEN   
About Me: "I
love being active and helping others, so being able to combine the two is a dream come true. I have always tried to keep exercise as a constant in my life as it benefits me physically, mentally and emotionally. Whether someone is new to exercise or just looking to change up their workout routine, I will do whatever I can to help because I want to see people have success in all aspects of their lives. There’s a good chance you’ll see me around the Y either lifeguarding, working out, or playing basketball so feel free to stop me and say hi!"
Credentials:
Certified Personal Trainer
B.S. in Health, Wellness, and Fitness