Coach Alberto Ortiz
Coach Alberto Ortiz got his start in the fitness industry at age 16 when he volunteered to teach baseball and fitness to kids in the South Bronx, his home town. His love for baseball continued through college where he played until an injury stopped him during his junior year. While rehabbing, Alberto enjoyed spending time in the gym and decided to get certified as a personal trainer. Then in 2005, Alberto started working at Crunch where he quickly became a master trainer.
In an effort to become Batman (or as close to Batman as humanly possible), Alberto began training in a variety of martial arts including Krav Maga, Jiu Jitsu, boxing, and Muay Thai. Boxing soon rose to the top, mainly because of the psychology behind the gloves of controlling your fears and staying calm when someone is trying to kill you - something that can be applied to any facet of life.
Focusing primarily on boxing, Alberto began training cancer patients, helping them feel strong - physically and emotionally - through their sessions. His passion, dedication, and talent led him to instant success, and Alberto opened his own gym on his 25th birthday. Work Train Fight (WTF) is a fitness facility with a strong foundation in boxing, that is dedicated to allowing personal trainers to focus on what they do best– helping clients get results. The facility is designed to fit every trainers style, ranging from fight training all the way to body building. Since its launch in '09, WTF has gone through numerous expansions and this is only the beginning!
Coach Amanda Butler
Amanda Butler is a personal trainer, fitness instructor, and fitness model in the crazy, beautiful city of New York. Originally from Hastings, Nebraska (the land of corn, cows and Husker Football!), she grew up with a deep love of sports and dance. She studied Dance at Oklahoma City University and performed for the Royal Caribbean cruise line for three years. When she was ready to plant her feet on dry land, there was no better place to go than New York City!
Amanda loves to share her passion for fitness and well being with clients. To her it is all about finding balance and living your best life. She is here to motivate you, to make you realize that living a healthy lifestyle is easily attainable, and to become "Stronger than your Excuses!" You can learn more at amanda-butler.com, and check out her classes at The Fhitting Room in NYC.
Testimonials from Amanda's recent Ketanga Fitness Retreat in Costa Rica:
"I'm crazy about Amanda. She brings amazing energy, enthusiasm, creativity, kindness and humor to her classes. I loved how in tune she was with everyone and how she adjusted her workouts to suit the overall energy of the crew." - Teresa G.
"This trip was fantastic. From morning to night everything was planned out. The workouts were just hard enough to make you energized in the morning and low key at night after a long day of activities. I was nervous going alone but everyone on the trip was super friendly and made me feel comfortable." - Amanda G.
"We had an amazing time. The workouts were perfect, the excursions, accomodations, meals and the balance of activity and rest were great. I have already told friends that they should go. We will definitely be back." - Rob M. & Katrina R.
Coach Robert Ramsey
Born and raised in the Bronx, Robert Ramsey has touched many lives across New York City with his life and wellness training. Using motivation, discipline, and empathy, Coach Rob empowers people of every shape, background, and age to be the best they can be.
As a top coach for 15 years, Rob has worked at some of the most reputable gyms in New York City, and he is currently teaching classes at NYC's TS Fitness and ICE in addition to working one-on-one with private clients.
An MMA enthusiast and Tae Kwon Do black belt, Rob has has a sweet spot for incorporating martial arts movements into his training and teaching, but his true specialty is programming and leading HIIT classes. Rob's energy is unmatched and his ability to energize and motivate people to perform at their maximum is what keeps them coming back again and again.
View recap gallery of Chelsea's retreat:
Thrive & Revive
June 9-13 - Tulum, Mexico
Coach Chelsea Aguiar
Raised in Santa Fe, NM, Chelsea's love for physicality and athleticism began at the National Dance Institute of New Mexico where she studied Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Modern dance for 13 years. Before graduating high school, she performed on stages across the U.S. including City Center in New York and the White House.
She attended college at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts as a contemporary dance major until a reconstructive hip surgery in 2009. 9 months later, she found herself 30lbs overweight, out of shape, and unhappy. In 2010 she began training at a kettlebell studio (Dynamic Fitness, Santa Fe, NM) and a new passion was found.
Through "hardstyle" kettlebell training Chelsea became stronger and healthier than she'd ever been. Upon moving to NYC in 2011 she began working at Equinox, where she spent 3 years as a top producing personal trainer. In February of 2014 she left Equinox to found Athaya Fitness. Her experience with dance, Pilates, yoga,kettlebells, Olympic weightlifting, injury rehabilitation, and bodybuilding has inspired her to develop a unique method of training that works for all levels of fitness and is applicable to any goal.
View recap gallery of Brooke's trip:
Summer Fit Kick-Off
June 3-5, 2016 - Hamptons, NY
Coach Brooke Taylor
After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a BFA in Dance and Choreography and a BA in Psychology, Brooke moved to NYC in 2013 to professionally pursue in dance and fitness. She began her fitness career at NYSC, and after 10 years, she started her own company “Taylored Fitness NY Ltd.”
She is currently working as an Instructor Trainer with Merrithew Health & Fitness® and coordinating with Life Health & Fitness.
Brooke is also a certified STOTT Pilates Instructor Trainer certifying new instructors nationally and internationally. As a course instructor trainer she teaches various workshops on anatomy, postural analysis, kinesiology and corrective exercise training. Through her knowledge of the human body she has been able to design safe and effective programs for her clients that are based on their individualistic needs and goals.
She views fitness as a way of life and looks at every “body” as a new challenge. She believes that health is mental, physical and emotional. You need to have the mind/body connection in order to see optimal results. She has been awarded as one of Shape Magazine’s Hottest Female Trainers for 2014 and the Top District Trainer for 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 with NYSC. For more information look at:www.tayloredfitness.net.
View recap of Jaz' trip:
Shed & Shred in Costa Rica
May 26-30, 2016
Coach Jasmine "Jaz" Graham
Jasmine "Jaz" Graham, owner of Pace For Success and Fit Factory NYC is a fitness entrepreneur, experienced coach, fitness expert and endurance athlete.
Jasmine started Pace For Success in 2008 and immediately received accolades and a loyal following for her Runners’ Bootcamp classes which focus on strengthening runners as they train for endurance events. Jasmine has run 4 marathons and numerous half marathons and is a contributing coach for the New York Times “Run Well” program.
In September 2012 Jasmine opened Fit Factory NYC, a boutique fitness studio in Chelsea offering independent certified trainers and group fitness instructors a location to train clients through personal training, small group sessions and group fitness classes.
In addition to owning, managing and teaching at Pace For Success and Fit Factory NYC, Jasmine is a run coach for Team in Training, coaches their Spartan Race program and was featured in their 2012 ad campaign. She and her P4S coaching staff also coach Team Yachad, The American Liver Foundation's NYC Marathon team and various teams and personal 1on1 coaching as well.
View recap of Dani's retreat:
Strengthen in the Sun
Coach Dani Rubin
“The best part of my job…being a part of people feeling really good about themselves!”
Coach Dani has been a Pilates instructor for over a decade, teaching hundreds of students in New York and Los Angeles. Upon moving to New Jersey, she opened Pilates Blast Studio which is the only studio in Monmouth County that is home to the Megaformer (an innovative take on the traditional Pilates reformer that allows for a more cardio-infused, killer workout).
Dani discovered Pilates after a career-ending back injury while dancing with the Radio City Rockettes. Including Pilates in her rehabilitation program eliminated her back pain, strengthened her core, and transformed her body and mind. Since then, she has been inspired to share Pilates – and her fun, goofy sense of humor – with clients everywhere.
Testimonials about Dani:
“I have tried a whole lot of exercise routines and belonged to many gyms. I do love Pilates because I feel better and look better. With Dani's help I also don't hurt myself by rushing through exercises. Pilates forces me to think about how my body is positioned which maximizes the workout.” – Terry P.
"Dani has so much experience, charm, knowledge and charisma. You will love her." - Art A.
Join Evgenia's upcoming trip:
Yoga, Pilates & Natural Wellness in Crete, Greece
May 27 - June 2, 2017
Coach Evgenia Ilienko
Evgenia was born in Ukraine, grew up in Prague, spent close to a decade in NYC, until she followed her heart to Crete. Passionate about movement, she decided to turn her hobby into a job she will actually like, and became certified in classical Pilates at Core Pilates NYC, where she later taught.
Living a healthy lifestyle, and wanting to help others get on the wellness path also, she became a certified Holistic Health Coach. After going to Crete for vacation, she decided to move there, and wants to share the beauty of the island and the benefits of Pilates with you.
Coach Curtis Williams
Curtis Williams is a premier sports performance coach in New York City and nationwide. He was an active player in the NFL from 2005-2007, playing for the Baltimore Ravens, New York Giants, and New York Jets. Curtis works with a wide range of athletes as well as clientele simply looking to improve their health and fitness.
Curtis is a member of the Under Armour Performance Training Council, a panel of some of the most influential sports performance trainers across the country, and he currently teaches his Training C.A.M.P. method in classes across the city and country. Coach Williams has over 5 years in the sports performance field to add to his resume as an NFL athlete and the first Director of Strength & Conditioning at New York University.
Certified as a Performance Enhancement Specialist by the National Association of Sports Medicine Curtis is committed to the functional approach to training, where he focuses on training movement, not body parts. He coaches with a proven system that trains athletes systematically to enhance their athleticism; to build an athlete who is stronger, quicker, more agile, and less prone to injury. Regardless of ability level each athlete will be coached and educated on all aspects of their training to understand the intent of what they are trying to accomplish with each session, not just told what to do.
Curtis provides a positive, high energy environment that empowers clients to reach their full potential.
Coach Jay Lippa
"If you want to do something or be something, work at it every day. Don't be good, be great!"
Jay Lippa is a NASM certified personal trainer and an ISCA certified kickboxing-boxing instructor who also specializes in boot camp fitness, sports conditioning, core conditioning, and cardio training.
He began his career in fitness in 2007 and works at New York sports club, ROK Fitness, Club Central Fitness, and has worked for Adel's International School of Karate.
Jay is motivated every day to inspire people to live a healthier lifestyle through good nutrition and consistent exercise, and he leads by example! For fun, he enjoys boxing, Krav Maga, biking, yoga, obstacle courses like Spartan, and biking.
Testimonials about Jay:
"If I had to sum up Jay in five words, I would say he represents dedication, motivation, knowledge, experience, and strength.
Jay is dedicated to his clients. He is flexible and creates workouts that are fun, structured around individual needs, and produce results. Whether he is sending a text telling you how great you did after a rough workout, or pushing you to go that extra mile during the workout, Jay is the king of motivation.
Jay is the best trainer I have ever worked with. I am thankful to have the opportunity to train with him, and I will always appreciate his support in helping me achieve my fitness goals." -Jenn G
Coach Kelly Keesler
Coach Kelly is a classically trained and comprehensively certified Pilates instructor. Kelly began her career in fitness in 2012, and has been an athlete practicing movement since her early days as a gymnast and dancer as a young girl. It was only natural that Kelly gravitated towards Pilates as her preferred exercise routine in the years after college, as the focus on precise movement appealed to her senses.
Pilates was more than a workout to Kelly, it was a choreographed sequence that not only kept her attention, but kept her fit. She was delighted to find a workout method that involved more then mindless running on a treadmill, but rather focused concentration on really feeling the muscle groups she was strengthening and stretching. Kelly feels that bringing awareness to your body, and in particular learning how to isolate specific muscle groups, is one of the most physically rewarding and ‘a-ha’ moments Pilates can give you. She now shares her love of Pilates teaching her private clients and classes in New York City.
Kelly is also certified in Prenatal Pilates and the Lagree Fitness™ method, an exercise method performed on the Megaformer, an innovative take on the original reformer that transforms and sculpts the entire body with cardio-infused Pilates-esque exercises.
Kelly’s light-hearted and highly motivational approach to teaching encourages her clients to give their all and get the best workout they can that day. Her classes are tailored to challenge both the beginner and advanced client to reach their full potential, all while having fun and sweating it out!
Coach Yusuf Jeffers
Coach Yusuf has spent over seven years as a Master Trainer / Instructor at top gyms and studios in NYC such as New York Sports Club, Tone House, and TheRUN. He is a NASM-certified trainer in the areas of Sports Medicine, Performance Enhancement, and Corrective Exercise, and he is TRX-certified as well.
In college, Yusuf earned a BA in Biological Sciences and was a NCAA Division I Track and Basketball athlete. His passion for athletic-based training led him to become a Level 1 USA Track & Field (USATF) Coach, as well as develop small group classes focused around sports conditioning, boxing, and running.
Coach Ros Pressman
Coach Ros is a founding partner of Ketanga Fitness Retreats, and a certified group exercise instructor. She regularly teaches boot camp and spin classes around Manhattan and Brooklyn, working hard to craft challenging, effective, and fun classes for all fitness levels.
Testimonials about Ros:
"Challenging, creative, organized, motivating; the list is endless in ways to describe the type of workouts that Rosalind brings to the table. She makes working out fun and by the end I'm already eager for the following week's class. Rosalind ensures that the class is geared toward all different types of fitness levels so that everyone gets a great workout while pushing themselves to their personal best."
"Rosalind's bootcamp is always a tough workout, but she does a really good job of doing different things every week and making sure that we are having fun while working hard. It's a mix of cardio and strength, and sometimes we even play games to keep us having fun. You never know what to expect, but you know it'll be good!"
-BKFIT25 (via ratemyburn.com)
Coach Chris Sainsbury
With more than a decade of experience as a personal fitness trainer, Chris Sainsbury has established himself as the trainer of choice among some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry.
In addition to celebrity clients that include Marc Jacobs, Chris Brown, Rihanna, Puff Daddy, Idris Elba, Nas, and Kelis, Sainsbury has also trained at some of the most exclusive franchise gyms in New York City and Los Angeles including David Barton,Equinox, Crunch, and Work Train Fight.
Chris’s first on-screen experience was in 2003 when Puff Daddy cast him as fitness trainer to members of the rapper’s reality show, ‘Making Da Band’. Soon thereafter Chris was one of Puff Daddy’s trainers as he prepared for ‘Diddy Runs the City’, a nationally televised campaign through which Combs raised two million dollars for charity while training for the NYC Marathon.
Chris embodies and promotes a wholesome approach to fitness. He is a marathon runner, having completed the San Francisco and London marathons in 2014 and the Tokyo Marathon in 2013. This, in addition to achieving the Spartan Race “Trifecta”, having run three Spartan races last fall and a Tough Mudder in Florida. Chris also participated in the 10th annual AIDS/LifeCycle “Ride to End AIDS”, a grueling 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. The AIDS/LifeCycle works with both the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center to spread awareness and help people living with HIV/AIDS in the San Francisco area.
Sainsbury believes in finding lasting motivation and empowering people to not just strive for temporary physical goals, but instead to adopt sustainable new lifestyles that combine health and fitness with general wellbeing.