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Kreston Collins, LJCC Fitness Coordinator, is a 2005 graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a B.S. in Exercise. He has been certified by the American Council on Exercise since 2003 as well as being a certified RPM™, SPINNING, and TRX instructor.
Susan Finley is the LJCC personal trainer coordinator. "My personal training career began in 1988. I became Gold-Certified by ACE in 1989 and came to the JCC in 1994. I am certified in step aerobics and became the first certified ChiWalking/ChiRunning instructor in the Southeast in 2007. Through the years I have trained a variety of people from bodybuilders to the elderly. Currently my interest is in guiding people toward achieving and maintaining strength, balance and proper alignment. To that extent, I consider a lot of what I do as either "pre-hab" or "re-hab". The human body is a machine that needs quality fuel and proper alignment. One of my primary focuses is on reinforcing good posture and correcting faulty alignment that is causing or likely to create an issue in the future. Most "everyday aches and pains" are easily alleviated by addressing muscle imbalances. My greatest professional satisfaction has come from the success I've had in alleviating my clients' back, knee and shoulder pain. A properly designed strength training program yields greater strength and bone density, increased energy, decreased stress and blood pressure, better balance, decreased chance of injury and fewer aches and pains, greater confidence and self-esteem and reversal of the loss of muscle mass that otherwise occurs with age. There is simply nothing else that accomplishes so much in so little time. That's why I passionately believe in the value of strength training for everyone."
Timothy Holder, is an exercise therapist with 35 years of weight training experience. He is also a Professional All Natural Body Builder who’s personal motto is “sound body, sound mind.”
Marilyn Leeds believes that our body is the temple for our soul and we have an obligation to take care of this precious gift. That means eating healthfully, exercising your mind and body, and resting properly. She also believes that the pursuit of an exercise regimen can be an enjoyable experience. She has been certified by ACE since 1993, and has helped many J members attain their fitness goals while having fun!
Ali Sanders graduated from Auburn University with a B.S. in Exercise Science. She has been an ACE Certified Personal Trainer since 1999 with 6 years of experience in Physical Therapy. Ali believes that daily exercise for the body and mind is an absolute necessity for living a longer, healthier, and happier life. Ali encourages everyone to, “find an activity you enjoy and don’t call it exercise, call it fun!”
Dan Tourtellotte, LJCC Sports and Fitness Director, is a 1980 Auburn University graduate with a B.S. in Health, Physical Education and Recreation. He coached football and wrestling for 5 years at both Mountain Brook High School and John Carroll High School as well as being strength coach at JCHS. Dan has 25 years experience in personal training, and is ACE certified. Dan’s certifications include: American Council on Exercise Personal Trainer, American Council on Exercise Industry Advisory Panel Member, Johnny G Spinning, Body Training Systems Group Power, Body Training systems Group Ride, Les Mils BODYPUMP™, Les Mils RPM™, TRX Suspension TRAINING and American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED for the workplace Instructor.
Yakov Lyublinskiy is a licensed physical therapist assistant, licensed massage therapist, and an ACE certified personal trainer. He has been involved in fitness, athletics, and physical therapy all of his life. Before immigrating to the U.S., he was involved in many sports in Russia such as gymnastics, boxing, and martial arts. Since his immigration, Yakov has used his experience and knowledge from Russia in practice as a physical therapist assistant, massage therapist, and personal trainer. His work focuses on problems such as chronic back pain, fibromyalgia, neurological conditions and athletic injuries
Mary Zarate has a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Alabama. She is an NSCA certified personal trainer and a certified athletic trainer as well as being TRX and Crossfit certified.
Morgan Richardson has a bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri. After working in the pharmaceutical/biotech industry for 13 years, she opted for a career change and obtained her personal training certification from the American Council on Exercise. "I believe we have the ability to correct and prevent a host of medical complications by healthy living - eating right, reducing stress and staying active through a regular exercise routine." Making a transition to the wellness industry was a natural fit. "My goals are simple: be the best trainer I can be while helping my clients achieve their fitness goals, motivate people to lead healthier, more active lives and foster confidence in my clientele through a positive experience in the gym that will foster healthy habits for a lifetime."
Mandy Skutch, originally from Pittsburgh, PA, has a B.S. degree from Miami University and earned her personal training certification from NASM. She recently left the corporate world to pursue her passion of fitness. "The benefits of exercise go far beyond just looking good. It improves your mood, confidence, and essentially helps you live life more fully. I am excited to work with clients of all ages and fitness levels to help them achieve their goals. I also believe in an individualized approach to training, so I'm looking forward to getting to know my clients' goals and tailoring each workout to accomplish that together."
Susan Putnam has a B.S. degree from the University of Georgia followed by a long career as a medical technologist. She has been an advocate for fitness for many years, starting as a runner, and later, integrated fitness training into her routine. "I still have 25 Peachtree Road Race t-shirts in my collection." Twelve years ago, she decided to take on a second career as a personal trainer and became certified with ISSA and later as an ISSA Specialist for Older Adults. Recently, she became re-certified with the American Council on Fitness. "I feel that fitness is important in everyone's life, but as I have gotten older, I realize the value of exercise, especially the benefits of strength training for older adults. I look forward to working with those who have similar goals."
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