Personal Trainer Profiles

Parnassus

Level 4

JillJill Pixley
fitness philosophy: “Engage the body and the brain! When teaching and training, I aim to help my clients discover a sense of mindfulness, creativity and fun in their fitness practice, which hopefully carries over into their everyday lives. My passion is in helping clients learn to train smarter by working more efficiently, more comprehensively and with as much knowledge as possible.”
specialization: Weight loss, pre and post-natal, injury prevention, sports performance, functional training, and general fitness
experience: Group exercise instructor since 1993
credentials: American Council on Exercise Personal Trainer; American Council on Exercise Instructor; Madd Dogg SPINNING® Instructor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

 

Level 3

MarkMark Otis
fitness philosophy: “Push yourself to your body’s limit. Once you reach that goal keep going!”
specialization: Post rehabilitation, therapeutic corrective exercise, sports specific training, strength and conditioning, weight loss, core and flexibility
experience: NFL Strength and Conditioning Intern Coach (Oakland Raiders), business owner for mobile personal training, corporate Health and Fitness Specialist
credentials: Bachelor of Sciences, Kinesiology, San Jose State University, National Academy Of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer, DotFIT nutritional training


MaryBethMary Beth Walleisa
fitness philosophy: “As a ‘chronologically enhanced’ exerciser, I’m living proof that it’s never too late to improve your health and wellbeing. I’ll help you identify and overcome the obstacles that keep you from getting where you want to go, and we’ll work as a team to set you up with a plan to get you there. (And have a whole lot of fun doing it!)”
specialization: American Council on Exercise: Orthopedic Exercise, Senior Fitness
experience: Personal Training since 2012; TRX Small Group Instructor; Online Coach for a Fitness App
credentials: American Council on Exercise: Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor & Health Coach; TRX Suspension Training (Individual, Group, Sports Medicine)

 

Level 2

DebbieDebbie Coleman
fitness philosophy: “Exercise can be fun, enjoyable and blended into your daily routine as if it was the most natural thing in the world. Find the activities that you most enjoy so you can look forward to exercise. Keep at it and keep moving!”
specialization: General strength & weight training, functional movement/fitness, weight loss, proper technique, stretching, balance & coordination, core, post-rehab, fitness assessments, customized training routines to meet short and long term goals
experience: Physical therapy intern; kayaking and backpacking assistant with UCSF Outdoor Programs; Gross Motor Coordinator in a school setting
credentials: Bachelor of Sciences in Kinesiology: Concentration in Nutrition, Cal State East Bay; American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Personal Trainer, Wilderness First Responder Certification

 


Mission Bay

Level 3

AaronAaron Stewart
fitness philosophy: “Fitness is for everyone, whether you’re at a desk all day or competing in the Iron Man. There are simple things that all of us can do to improve our strength, flexibility, and general health. I want all people to feel comfortable in the gym and confident in taking whatever steps possible to improve the way they feel. We are all different, but we can all get a little healthier!”
specialization: Long-term weight loss and foundations in fitness for beginners; core strength and postural realignment; functional strength and balance training for athletes; basketball-specific skills and endurance training
experience: Background working with various populations: sedentary professionals to older deconditioned persons to athletes
certification: National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Fitness Trainer


KenKen Meyerhoffer
fitness philosophy: “Exercise is the best medicine…my dedication to fitness has helped me combat the progression of Parkinson’s for as much as 20 years. My passion is sharing the expertise I have gained in that process to help others live a healthier lifestyle.”
specialization: Corrective exercise, general fitness, strength training, aerobic and core conditioning, senior fitness, balance and mobility
experience: Former triathlete, runner, and cyclist; developed fitness programs for psychiatric patients; co-founder of “Across the Bay 12K”
credentials: National Academy of Sports Medicine Corrective Exercise Specialist; American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer; SrFit Mature Fitness Specialty, AAHF; Delay the Disease Parkinson’s Specialization; Brains and Balance Specialist, TRX Level II Sports Medicine


Hal CavanaghHal Cavanagh
fitness philosophy: “Knowledge and understanding of biological, chemical, and musculoskeletal systems are crucial for a well rounded and effective fitness regiment.  Discipline and consistency are the most important traits you can bring to the table, and I work hard to impart knowledge as well as help clients achieve their desired results.”
specialization: Working with athletes, toning and shaping, improving endurance, high intensity exercise with focus on full body functional movement
experience: Specializing in muscle growth (hypertrophy), post-injury rehab for athletes, group training
credentials: National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer


LornaLorna Bernardo
fitness philosophy: “Rebuild, reclaim, renew. A strong body and healthy lifestyle is within everyone’s reach. Confidence to take on the challenges of your life soars when you feel good and look good.”
specialization: Corrective exercise specialist, injury post-rehabilitation, strength and flexibility, functional training, core strengthening, pre- and post-natal, weight loss, sports specific training.
experience: National Personal Training Institute, instructor certifying personal trainers

credentials: National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer, National Personal Training Institute Certified Personal Trainer, SCW: Pre- and Post-Natal and Group Exercise

 

Level 2

Christian ViveroChristian Vivero
fitness philosophy: “Optimize your fitness and performance through safe and efficient movement.”
specialization: General fitness, injury prevention and post-rehabilitation, strength and conditioning, and olympic weightlifting.
experience: Physical Therapy Aide, Strength and Conditioning Intern, Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
credentials: Bachelor of Sciences in Kinesiology - Exercise Science: Physiology of Fitness and Health - Magna Cum Laude, National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer, USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach, TRX Suspension Training Level 1 Qualified, Trigger Point Foam Rolling Level 1 Qualified


Katherine ScanlonKatherine Scanlon
fitness philosophy: “Fitness is a life long journey. I believe in setting realistic goals, working hard but doing so safely and with longterm health in mind. Exercise should be challenging but fun! As a trainer, I wish to push you appropriately with a workout that you will enjoy and feel the benefits in your everyday life. I’m here to cheer you on!”
specialization: Injury rehab/prevention, seniors, weight loss, sports specific training and resistance training.
experience: Group class training, bootcamp instructor, spin instructor and an Aide in a Physical therapy office
credentials: National Personal Training Institute, UC Berkeley Post Bacc. Health Proffesions program


MartaMarta Fernandez
fitness philosophy: “Exercise should be challenging but fun. My biggest reward as a trainer is seeing a client do things they couldn’t do before, whether it’s walking for a half-hour every day, or running a marathon. Everyone has goals–my role as a trainer is to facilitate those fitness goals in a safe, efficient, and fun manner.”
specialization: Weight loss; triathlon training; women’s fitness
experience: Competitor in triathlons and marathons since 1998. Performance enhancement specialist, injury prevention and post rehabilitation.
credentials: National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer, American Council on Exercise Certified Personal Trainer, International Sports Sciences Association, World School of Holistic Massage


Melanie OrlanezMelanie Ortanez
fitness philosophy: “Once you train your BODY and MIND, the changes that you begin seeing are great; cultivation and manifestation of the mind embraces positive thoughts into actions. I will help you to plant your seed, water your seed and one day you will harvest your fruitful garden, because the best life to live is the one full of JOY and HAPPINESS! Mentality is everything. Dream it, believe it, and you will achieve it!”
specialization: Functional fitness, weight loss, toning, strength, powerlifting, bodybuilding, nutritional planning, physique/competition, and achieving aesthetics
experience: PowerLifter/ Bodybuilder that focuses on increasing strength, building muscle, aesthetics, and physique. Powerlifting competitor and National Physique Competitor (Women’s Physique).
credentials: Equinox Federation of Training Institute (EFTI) Tier II (Level II) Personal Training; Powerlifting coach for sports competition certified through USPA; CPR/AED


PedroPedro Ortiz
fitness philosophy: “All things are possible to achieve when approached with love and perseverance. I feel the most rewarded when I see a change in my clients life from the inside out. We work hard together and form a team to achieve life long positive changes in every facet of their lives.”
specialization: Strength, endurance, functional training, weight loss, sports conditioning
experience: Hip hop dance and cheer coach, choreographer, international performer; trained athletes, dancers, and clients from all walks of life
credentials: National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association Certified Personal Trainer, Aerobics and Fitness Association of America


TedTed Vida
fitness philosophy: “Enjoy the attributes of living a healthy lifestyle. Looking and feeling great for a long time are just a few benefits. As White Goodman says in Dodgeball: A True Under- dog Story, ‘You gotta burn it to earn it.’”
specialization: Strength training; physical preparation; self-defense
experience: Boxing, Ralph Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt Instructor
credentials: National Personal Training Institute Certified Personal Trainer; Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Purple Belt

 

Level 1

Dexter PadilaDexter Padilla
fitness philosophy: “The simplest way to feel alive is the feeling of life in our own mind and bodies, that includes everyday functions we don’t think about at the gym: such as effortlessly pulling a door open or taking a tremendous bite out of a healthy pizza. These things all include muscle engagement and I’m here to support you in creating that body awareness for your own strength development, safety and most of all enjoyment.”
specialization: Athletic conditioning, functional strength training, weight loss, group exercise, stress reduction, endorphin release
experience: Peak cardio and strength peformance in a group and one-and-one setting, High Intensity Interval & Intermittent training, dance fitness, core and bodyweight
specialist, functional weight training, Zumba instructor since 2013
credentials: National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF), Les Mills CXWORX, Zumba®, STRONG by Zumba™, JumpSport Fitness, Schwinn Cycling, Pon De FLO, World School of Holistic Massage, Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) Group Fitness Instructor, CPR/AED