Strength and Sports Training
(Owner of Pinnacle Health & Fitness, LLC)
In his 22 + years as a personal trainer, Phil has logged over 30,000 hours in one-to-one personal training with his clients. To maintain a training edge that keeps clients enthused and dedicated, Phil attends industry conferences and events to keep pace of new training techniques and tools. He is a frequent guest speaker at events and has consulted in the opening of several fitness facilities. He currently holds a Bronze level coaching card through USA Wrestling coaches education program and is the Director of the youth wrestling program for 2nd – 8th grade children at the Easton Community Center. He is Head Coach for the Aspetuck Wildcats 7th grade football team and is on the board of directors for Easton Little League as well as being an assistant baseball coach.
Phil’s credentials speak for themselves. He has a B.S. degree in Athletic Administration with a minor in Business Administration from St. John’s University. He has been a personal trainer since 1988 with certifications from American Aerobic Association, International Sports Medicine Association and National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is a professional member of the NSCA and the American College of Sports Medicine.
Philip is in the “National Registry of Who’s Who” in the 2000 business addition. He was an Olympic Torch Bearer for the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympic Games, selected as a community hero for outstanding volunteer service at Elderhouse Adult Day Care (Norwalk), and has been a volunteer with Health and Humor Associates (Stamford Hospital), Camp Hemlocks (Hebron), Easterseals fundraiser (Westport) and Team in Training for the Leukemia Society.
Kerri Gawreluk is a 200-hour certified yoga instructor, a certified prenatal yoga instructor, as well as a Reiki Master. She also has extensive training and experience with yoga for trauma and addiction, and has supported clients in private practices and treatment centers.
Kerri has been teaching yoga privately and in group settings in and around Fairfield County since 2005. She specializes in a holistic approach, combining her expertise and strong intuition to meet the needs of her clients on a physical, mental, and emotional level. Her sessions are a creative mix of movement and meditation, positional adjustments as well as breath-work, to create fluid, customized programs for each of her clients.
Kerri is a firm believer that much of the pain or dis-ease that sits within the body is a result of imbalances, and the stability and flexibility that yoga brings can help ease or eliminate much of that discomfort.
When she is not teaching or practicing yoga, Kerri can most likely be found pumping a little iron, writing in one of her many journals and notebooks, or having a kitchen dance party with her two young kids.
Kelly Manzone has been in the fitness industry since early 2000’s. She has been an established personal trainer for over 10 years while working with some of the largest fitness companies in the US. Her specialties include general fitness instruction as well as health and nutrition. She is a certified Vinyasa Yoga instructor as well as a certified kettelbell instructor by Art of Strength one of the leading kettlebell authorities in the US. Her personal trainer certification is through NASM.
Kelly keeps up to date by attending fitness workshops in order to keep abreast of the latest fitness technology and theory. She has extensive knowledge in weight training, kettlebell training, sandbag and rope training, aerobics, cardio, TRX, boot camp, crossfit and barre method workouts. Using her extensive knowledge and background in these disciplines, Kelly has had the opportunity to train a variety of semi professional athletes in a range of specialties. Kelly is certified in pre/postnatal training and pilates based mat work. She is a certified Silver Sneakers instructor and has created senior fitness programs. Kelly has been mastering the barre method technique for the last 2 years and has been teaching at Bodyquest of Westport.
Kelly has the ability to provide her clients with not only the tools they need to accomplish their goals but the motivational techniques as well. This has allowed her to create a dedicated client base. She has worked tirelessly to become a trusted trainer in our community. Kelly has the ability to show compassion and patience to those clients who need it and also drill sergeant mentality for those who are capable of being pushed to their limits. Because of this she can provide valuable teaching methods on and off the gym floor.
Kelly has committed her life to bringing the joy of fitness to others. She believes in a balance of body and mind. Her mantra continues to be “your body is your best tool”
Personal Trainer and Track & Field Coach
Beatrice Andrei holds a Master's of Education Degree in Physical Education and Sports from the National University in Bucharest 2015. She also has a Bachelors Degree in Physical Education and Sports also from the National University in Bucharest 2010.
Beatrice was an Elite athlete at the Romanian Athletics Federation 2000-2015 and a former athlete at CSA Steaua Buchuresti. Former Romanian National Champion in the 4 x 400 relay 2007-2015. Multiple individual honors, medals and top ten finishes in the 200 meter, 400 meter and 800 meter sprints. Beatrice is a track and field coach who runs after school camps in clinics in and around Westport, Weston and Norwalk.
She is also a professional singer who has performed on X-Factor in Romania.
Strength and Sports Training
Yuri became a fitness specialist and strength trainer in 2001. He has a four year physical education degree, FMS/SFMA (Functional Movement Screening) Certification . KBC (Kettkebell Concept) Advanced Certification. ISSA CTF(International Sports Sciences Association) ,WFF (World Fitness Federation) Certified.
He became a bodybuilder at 17 year old, and in four years of training he achieved
1st place in European Championship, 2nd place in World Championship, and had won numerous international championships (Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Russia, Germany).
After moving to the United States Yuri continues to help people achieve the results they desire, applying his knowledge and professional experience. Less than a year ago he began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and so far has won the Renzo Gracie Invitational ( 2009) , NAGA (National Grappling Association) (11/14/09), placed 3rd and 2nd in NAGA (7/27/09 and 2/6/10 respectively).
He continues to further broaden his knowledge by participating in and creating various seminars and workshops and applying this knowledge and experience to clients’ benefit.
Devon D. Yorke
Strength and Sports Training
Devon believes that training is most successful when he creates an environment in which his clients leave one training session looking forward to the next session. He focuses on making his sessions both challenging and fun with the intent to inspire his clients to maximize their results so they leave the gym feeling that they made progress. He applies the knowledge acquired over fifteen years in the health and fitness industry to educate his clients on the essential principles of fitness. After working with Devon, clients have a solid understanding how to incorporate proper nutrition, resistance training, interval training and cardiovascular training to reach their goals. He shows his clients how to make the most of their time in and out of the gym, helping them understand that consistency is the key to achieving long-term results.
Certified personal trainer – National Academy of Sports Medicine I, II
Resistance Training Specialist I and II– Focus on Fitness
Certified Apex Fitness Professional – Apex Fitness
Certified Renegade Sports/Group Training
“Fitness should not be an addition to your life, it should be an integral part of it.”
Mon-Thurs: 5am -7pm
Friday: 5am - 5pm
Saturday: 6am - 2pm
Sunday: 8am - 1pm
Since 1990, Shelley Kaiser has been involved in the fitness profession, translating a life-long passion for fitness and exercise, into a career. Shelley was first bitten by the fitness bug in 1978 when a friend introduced her to distance running. She competed in the New York Marathon in 1999 finishing under three hours. Her love for running translated into a career in fitness. She became a certified instructor in 1991 and went on to teach step, aerobics, spinning and yoga classes.
As a personal trainer, Shelley is exceptional, working with clients that range in age from teenager to senior citizen. Her training philosophy has roots in Yoga, Pilates and conventional weight work. Her main focus is to keep her clients strong, balanced, flexible and most of all injury free.
A life long student in physical fitness, coming from a background of ballet, dance and gymnastics and always having a drive for fitness and a passion to educate others, my involvement with Pilates, Yoga, TRX and Personal training was just a natural progression in my life.
Focusing on body awareness, I am a strong believer in the benefits of core conditioning, strengthening and muscle building through Pilates, Yoga, Personal training and TRX.
I am dedicated to promoting in my clients physical, spiritual and emotional growth.
I love to motivate each client by creating an individual fitness plan to fit their specific needs and enthusiastically sharing my knowledge and beliefs throughout our sessions.
It is my foremost goal to enrich the lives of those around me.
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