Fitness News & Announcements

Reuben Wouch Introduced as Pennsylvania Certified Personal Training Instructor

Reuben WouchW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Reuben Wouch. We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

Reuben Wouch has been working in the fitness industry as a personal trainer for 8 years. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Temple University in 2012, and he earned a Master’s degree in kinesiology with a concentration in orthopedic rehabilitation from A.T. Still University in 2019.  He is also a certified corrective exercise specialist, kettlebell specialist, and nutrition coach.  Reuben regularly competes in obstacle course races such as Spartan Races and Tough Mudders.  Reuben loves helping his clients improve their overall health through exercise and guiding future personal trainers.

Wouch will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in Pennsylvania:

Community College of Philadelphia-NERC
12901 Townsend Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154

About W.I.T.S.

World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.) took the national stage in 1993 to change the fitness industry. W.I.T.S. develops and administers certification programs for competent practice in personal training. W.I.T.S. is the first in the fitness industry to earn NCCA accreditation for testing the written core knowledge and practical skill competencies of personal training. W.I.T.S. offers fitness courses and certification testing locations in 39 states in the U.S. and in Canada. W.I.T.S. has the largest college and university testing network in the industry.

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Thomas Gallagher Introduced as Connecticut Certified Personal Training Instructor

Tom GallagherW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Thomas Gallagher. We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

Thomas Gallagher is a clinical exercise physiologist with over 34 years of work experience. Tom has worked primarily in the health wellness and hospital environments. His primary focus has been therapeutic exercise and fitness for both the well and the medically involved populations.

Tom graduated from East Stroudsburg University receiving both his Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Physical Education / Athletic Training and his Master’s degree is in Exercise Physiology / Cardiac Rehabilitation. He has been on the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Registrar for Clinical Exercise Physiology for the past 13 years and has worked as an adjunct Professor at Sacred Heart University, Norwalk Community College and Southern Connecticut State University. He has taught classes such as “Aspects of Strength and Conditioning”, Program and Prescription for Special Populations” and “First Aid and Sports Injuries”. In addition Tom has been a guest lecturer for many community organizations and has spoken at the 2010 Connecticut Occupational Therapy Association Symposium presenting on “Exercise and Cancer Survivorship”.

Tom has been involved with fall prevention programs in both the community and in a skilled nursing facility. His areas of interest are geriatric exercise, bariatric/weight loss exercise programing, personal training, cardiac risk factor management and post physical therapy exercise.

Gallagher will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in Connecticut:

Manchester Community College
Manchester, CT 06045

About W.I.T.S.

World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.) took the national stage in 1993 to change the fitness industry. W.I.T.S. develops and administers certification programs for competent practice in personal training. W.I.T.S. is the first in the fitness industry to earn NCCA accreditation for testing the written core knowledge and practical skill competencies of personal training. W.I.T.S. offers fitness courses and certification testing locations in 39 states in the U.S. and in Canada. W.I.T.S. has the largest college and university testing network in the industry.

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Ro’Nae Spencer Introduced as Alabama Certified Personal Training Instructor

Ro’Nae SpencerW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Ro’Nae Spencer. We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

Ro’Nae has been a certified personal trainer and athletic coach for over 5 years. She was a collegiate cheerleader as well as a gymnastics coach. Ro’Nae also teaches speed and agility techniques for athletes looking to improve their athletic performance. She has dedicated her life to teaching and motivating individuals how to stay fit and active, as well as improve their nutrition to sustain healthier lives.

Ro’Nae Spencer will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in Alabama:

Trenholm State Community College
1225 Air Base Boulevard
Montgomery. AL 36108

About W.I.T.S.

World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.) took the national stage in 1993 to change the fitness industry. W.I.T.S. develops and administers certification programs for competent practice in personal training. W.I.T.S. is the first in the fitness industry to earn NCCA accreditation for testing the written core knowledge and practical skill competencies of personal training. W.I.T.S. offers fitness courses and certification testing locations in 39 states in the U.S. and in Canada. W.I.T.S. has the largest college and university testing network in the industry.

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Sinclair Bayard Joins W.I.T.S. as Maryland Certified Personal Training Course Teacher

Sinclair BayardW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Sinclair Bayard. We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified
Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

Sinclair Bayard is veteran of the Air Force after 8 yrs. of service being station overseas and finally in the DC Metro area. He is an alumni of the University of Maryland at College Park, School of Public Health, Kinesiological Science Major.

Having worked in private, federal and personal business, he brings a wealth of experience to those wanting to be fitness leaders of the future.

He has a love and passion for teaching and helping others aspire to be their best and years of experience in training and instruction, is a wonderful addition to W.I.T.S instructor family.

As a long time resident of Prince Georges County, being able to an instructor at Prince Georges Community College is a great opportunity and personal achievement, and an opportunity to pour back into the community he truly loves.

Sinclair Bayard will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in Maryland:

Prince George Community College
301 Largo Rd.
Largo, MD 2077

About W.I.T.S.

World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.) took the national stage in 1993 to change the fitness industry. W.I.T.S. develops and administers certification programs for competent practice in personal training. W.I.T.S. is the first in the fitness industry to earn NCCA accreditation for testing the written core knowledge and practical skill competencies of personal training. W.I.T.S. offers fitness courses and certification testing locations in 39 states in the U.S. and in Canada. W.I.T.S. has the largest college and university testing network in the industry.

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Cara Alvarez Teaches Certified Personal Trainer Course in Indiana

W.I.T.S. has added another new teacher from the great state of Indiana.  We are looking forward to having Cara Alvarez, a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator, work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

Cara AlvarezMy name is Cara Alvarez. I am originally from Garrett, IN and currently reside in Fort Wayne, IN. I attended the Pennsylvania State University and graduated in 2011 with a B.S. in Kinesiology. In 2015, I earned my M.S. in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from the California University of Pennsylvania.

I have been fortunate enough to take on many different roles in the health and wellness industry. I have experience as an EMT-Advanced and 911 dispatcher for the city of Fort Wayne, a Certified Personal Trainer for Catalyst Fitness, as an OB patient care technician and phlebotomist for Parkview Hospital, and an Adjunct Instructor for Ivy Tech Community College teaching courses such as Anatomy and Physiology, Health & Wellness, and Nutrition.

I enjoy many activities outside of work. I love working out and will be competing in the bikini category with the NPC for my first time this July. I love sports! Penn State and Notre Dame football are life! I love going to the lake with my friends and family. I am also a huge fan of karaoke! I actually own my own sound system and microphone so that I can sing at home (maybe my neighbors don’t appreciate this as much as I do!) All in all, I try to stay active and enjoy life.

I have a passion for teaching and learning. I am always trying to find something new to learn or exciting ways to make connections for my students! I am looking forward to this new opportunity with WITS and can’t wait to get started.

Alvarez will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in Indiana:

Indiana University -Purdue University Fort Wayne
2101 E. Coliseum Boulevard
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
learn.pfw.edu
Registration #: (260) 481-6619

About W.I.T.S.

World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.) took the national stage in 1993 to change the fitness industry. W.I.T.S. develops and administers certification programs for competent practice in personal training. W.I.T.S. is the first in the fitness industry to earn NCCA accreditation for testing the written core knowledge and practical skill competencies of personal training. W.I.T.S. offers fitness courses and certification testing locations in 39 states in the U.S. and in Canada. W.I.T.S. has the largest college and university testing network in the industry.

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Taylor Calamese Introduced as North Carolina Certified Personal Training Instructor

Taylor CalameseW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Taylor Calamese. We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

Taylor Calamese is a Charlotte native and the owner and founder of Charlotte FIT. With a Masters Degree in Exercise Sport Science, Taylor applies behavioral and motivational techniques to promote healthy lifestyle practices among various populations. Her specific areas of focus are: weight management, muscular development, toning, and sculpting. Taylor is widely known for her quick and innovative workouts that promote fat loss and help clients effectively reach their goals. In addition to personal training, Taylor is a Professor at Central Piedmont Community College where she teaches Fit & Well courses along with Aerobics. She also instructs future health professionals how to practice as professional Personal Fitness Trainers for World Instructor Training Schools (WITS). Since 2015, Taylor has been a regular on Fox 46 News where she shares workout tips with the city of Charlotte.  Combined with her experience and passion to shift the attitudes towards being active, Taylor is truly dedicated to empowering others in every aspect of her career

Calamese will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in North Carolina:

Central Piedmont Community College
1201 Elizabeth Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28235

About W.I.T.S.

World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.) took the national stage in 1993 to change the fitness industry. W.I.T.S. develops and administers certification programs for competent practice in personal training. W.I.T.S. is the first in the fitness industry to earn NCCA accreditation for testing the written core knowledge and practical skill competencies of personal training. W.I.T.S. offers fitness courses and certification testing locations in 39 states in the U.S. and in Canada. W.I.T.S. has the largest college and university testing network in the industry.

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David Amacher Introduced as Certified Personal Training Instructor in Indiana

David AmacherW.I.T.S. would like to introduce David Amacher. We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

David is a Certified Personal Trainer that has been involved in the fitness industry for over fifteen years in various roles. He has experience training, consulting, and presenting to people of various ages and backgrounds. David holds a B.A. and M.A. in Kinesiology and is a Certified Athletic Trainer. He played collegiate football and has competed in bodybuilding.

Amacher will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in Indiana:

Indiana University- South Bend
1700 Mishawaka Avenue
South Bend, IN 46634
https://www.iusb.edu/professional-development/

About W.I.T.S.

World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.) took the national stage in 1993 to change the fitness industry. W.I.T.S. develops and administers certification programs for competent practice in personal training. W.I.T.S. is the first in the fitness industry to earn NCCA accreditation for testing the written core knowledge and practical skill competencies of personal training. W.I.T.S. offers fitness courses and certification testing locations in 39 states in the U.S. and in Canada. W.I.T.S. has the largest college and university testing network in the industry.

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Terri Turner Introduced as Certified Personal Training Instructor in Virginia

Terri TurnerW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Terri Turner. We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

Terri Turner has been working in the fitness industry as a personal trainer and coach for 16 years. She received her Masters Degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Health Promotion & Lifestyle Wellness. She is also a certified Wellness Coach, Children’s Fitness Specialist and a CPR/First Aid instructor through the American Red Cross. Terri is a former IFBB professional figure competitor, GNC sponsored athlete and fitness model. She loves helping her clients reach their fitness goals and mentoring future personal trainers.

Turner will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in Virginia :

Virginia Beach Adult Learning Center
5100 Cleveland Street
VA Beach VA 23462

About W.I.T.S.

World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.) took the national stage in 1993 to change the fitness industry. W.I.T.S. develops and administers certification programs for competent practice in personal training. W.I.T.S. is the first in the fitness industry to earn NCCA accreditation for testing the written core knowledge and practical skill competencies of personal training. W.I.T.S. offers fitness courses and certification testing locations in 39 states in the U.S. and in Canada. W.I.T.S. has the largest college and university testing network in the industry.

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Joseph Giandonato Introduced as Certified Personal Training Instructor in Pennsylvania

Joseph GiandonatoW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Joseph Giandonato. We are excited to welcome Joseph back for another year of teaching for W.I.T.S. with whom he’s proudly served as a faculty member since 2010.

Joseph has been involved in the fitness industry for 15 years in a number of capacities, ranging from a collegiate strength and conditioning coach to employee wellness manager. He possesses graduate degrees in exercise science and business administration and presently serves as an adjunct professor at a number of four year colleges and universities throughout the greater Philadelphia area. Joseph currently oversees fitness programming and recreational facilities at a medical school and resides in the Philadelphia suburbs.

Giandonato will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in Pennsylvania:

Delaware County Community College
901 Media Line Road
Media, PA 19063

About W.I.T.S.

World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.) took the national stage in 1993 to change the fitness industry. W.I.T.S. develops and administers certification programs for competent practice in personal training. W.I.T.S. is the first in the fitness industry to earn NCCA accreditation for testing the written core knowledge and practical skill competencies of personal training. W.I.T.S. offers fitness courses and certification testing locations in 39 states in the U.S. and in Canada. W.I.T.S. has the largest college and university testing network in the industry.

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Crystal Grimshaw Introduced as Michigan Certified Personal Trainer Instructor

Crystal GrimshawW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Crystal Grimshaw. We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

Crystal has her Masters in Exercise Physiology and currently works as a clinical exercise physiologist for Henry Ford Hospital. She has been an ACE Certified Personal Trainer since 2012 working with clients one on one and in small groups. She has additional training in Spinning, Yoga, Senior Fitness, Kickboxing, Group Fitness, Zumba and Nutrition.  She has a passion for utilizing exercise to help improve functional fitness and has worked with clients with multiple sclerosis, orthopedic injuries post physical therapy, lupus, sarcoidosis, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and more. She also has her Bachelors of Fine Art in Dance and has taught ballet since 2008. She has incorporated her love for fitness in her dance classes to help improve her dancers’ technique with sport specific exercises. She has been teaching for W.I.T.S since early 2017 and her favorite topics are exercise physiology and nutrition. In her spare time she enjoys running everything from 5Ks to obstacle course races!

Grimshaw will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in Michigan:

Macomb Community College
Center for Continuing Education
14500 E. 12 Mile Road
Warren, MI 48088

About W.I.T.S.

World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.) took the national stage in 1993 to change the fitness industry. W.I.T.S. develops and administers certification programs for competent practice in personal training. W.I.T.S. is the first in the fitness industry to earn NCCA accreditation for testing the written core knowledge and practical skill competencies of personal training. W.I.T.S. offers fitness courses and certification testing locations in 39 states in the U.S. and in Canada. W.I.T.S. has the largest college and university testing network in the industry.

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Mark Cassidy Introduced as Pennsylvania Certified Personal Trainer Instructor

Mark Cassidy - Certified Personal Trainer InstructorW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Mark S. Cassidy, MS. who has been a faculty member since 2000.

Mark Cassidy has obtained degrees in Business from Delaware County Community College, Exercise Physiology from Temple University, and Organizational & Business Psychology from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Cassidy has played Baseball, Basketball & Track competitively.  He became actively involved with Strength Training at the age of 16, when his parents bought him his first weight-set.  Mark has over 25 years of professional experience with the Health & Fitness Industry as a Fitness Trainer, Sales Representative, Facility Manager, Sports Coach, Sports Referee & Strength Coach.

Mark has helped train numerous professional and college basketball players during his career; and continues to assist in various high school and youth sports programs.  Mark believes that everyone can reach their maximum potential, if they are willing to put in the time and effort to be successful.

Cassidy will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in Pennsylvania:

Delaware County Community College
901 Media Line Road
Media, PA 19063

About W.I.T.S.

World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.) took the national stage in 1993 to change the fitness industry. W.I.T.S. develops and administers certification programs for competent practice in personal training. W.I.T.S. is the first in the fitness industry to earn NCCA accreditation for testing the written core knowledge and practical skill competencies of personal training. W.I.T.S. offers fitness courses and certification testing locations in 39 states in the U.S. and in Canada. W.I.T.S. has the largest college and university testing network in the industry.

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Alison Volpe Introduced as Certified Personal Trainer Instructor in Florida

Alison Volpe, Certified Personal Trainer InstructorW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Alison Volpe. We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

Alison Volpe, MS, LMT, CPT – is the owner of Pro Elite Massage & Wellness LLC. She has over twenty years of experience in the spa & fitness industry and holds a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology with a concentration in Sports and Conditioning. In addition, she holds numerous certifications in massage therapy and fitness.

Alison is a certified personal trainer with additional specializations in Corrective Exercise, Wellness Coaching, Fitness Nutrition, Fascia Stretch Therapy, and Group Exercise. She has a great deal of experience in all aspects of massage therapy with a specialization in sports massage. She completed an internship with the Florida Marlins and Miami Dolphins.

Volpe has worked with numerous professional athletes from Olympic athletes, pro wrestlers, MLB, NFL, NBA, actors and actresses, musicians and acrobats. She is exceptionally skilled in relieving chronic pain and rehabilitating clients to overcome injuries.

Alison has had a great deal of experience in providing pregnancy and infant massage at local hospitals and health clinics. Her years of experience in five star spas and fitness centers has enabled her to deliver outstanding quality service to all her clients.
Alison is a highly experienced educator teaching massage therapy & fitness at various institutions. She has a true passion for health & wellness and firmly believes in offering top quality services to all her guests.

Volpe will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in Florida:

3209 Virginia Avenue
fort pierce, FL 34981

About W.I.T.S.

World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.) took the national stage in 1993 to change the fitness industry. W.I.T.S. develops and administers certification programs for competent practice in personal training. W.I.T.S. is the first in the fitness industry to earn NCCA accreditation for testing the written core knowledge and practical skill competencies of personal training. W.I.T.S. offers fitness courses and certification testing locations in 39 states in the U.S. and in Canada. W.I.T.S. has the largest college and university testing network in the industry.

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Dorene Campo Teaches Certified Personal Trainer Course in Florida

Dorene Campo W.I.T.S. Certified Personal Trainer InstructorW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Dorene Campo. We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

Dorene Campo is a Self-Employed Certified Personal Trainer/Bootcamp Instructor, with over 10 years’ experience in the health and fitness industry.  She holds certifications from 2 different schools for Strength / Fitness and Exercise and is also accredited with Bootcamp and Jillian Michaels Shred certifications.

Her main objective is to help people reach their goals with fitness and enjoy the process. Dorene provides private, tailored and functional strength and body conditioning/ training that she personally creates on a daily and weekly basis, to individuals as well as groups. She is very passionate about fitness and helping people reach their goals feel good about themselves.  As a self-employed, business owner, Dorene takes her job very seriously and personally.  She spends a lot of time working with her clients to reach their individual goals of weight loss, toning and shaping, building strength, getting healthy or just conditioning. Dorene makes her clients goals, her goals; and develops the right plans/routines to help them reach their goals and implement the steps to get there.  When not training, Dorene likes to spend time with her husband and dog or visiting her mom.

Dorene Campo will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in Florida:

Stetson University
421 North Woodland Blvd.
Deland, FL 32723

About W.I.T.S.

World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.) took the national stage in 1993 to change the fitness industry. W.I.T.S. develops and administers certification programs for competent practice in personal training. W.I.T.S. is the first in the fitness industry to earn NCCA accreditation for testing the written core knowledge and practical skill competencies of personal training. W.I.T.S. offers fitness courses and certification testing locations in 39 states in the U.S. and in Canada. W.I.T.S. has the largest college and university testing network in the industry.

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Trish McDonough Teaches Certified Personal Trainer Course in Illinois

W.I.T.S. would like to introduce Trish McDonough. We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

Trish McDonough - Certified Personal Trainer Instructor“My name is Trish McDonough. By day, I am a full-time certified K-12 educator teaching Adapted Physical Education (APE).  I earned my B.S.Ed. and my M.S.Ed. from Northern Illinois University in Kinesiology and Physical Education with honors.  As a graduate research assistant and teaching assistant at NIU, I taught classes such as Yoga, fitness walking, badminton, and was one of the CAPE Program student-teaching clinical coordinators.  By night, I am an instructor for the Certified Personal Trainer Program offered via World Instructor Training Schools (WITS) at the College of DuPage.  Coincidentally, I have a history with both institutions. I became certified in personal training through WITS at the College of DuPage.  In addition, the College of DuPage is not only where I earned my A.A. degree with honors, but I also obtained a pharmacy technician certification (via a third-party organization), and was a track & field national champion and a cross country national qualifier.  During my leisure, I particularly enjoy family, spirituality, outdoor adventure based activities (i.e. paddle boarding, kayaking, zip lining, etcetera), being a fitness junkie, and reading (anatomy & physiology).  In fact, I love all four so much, I often combine these passions.  Three interesting tidbits about myself is that I’ve met and taken pictures with fitness celebs, I once tried out for the  show American Gladiators, and I once saved two dogs lives on separate occasions.  Talk about being at the right place at the right time!”

McDonough will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in Illinois:

College of Dupage
425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

About W.I.T.S.

World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.) took the national stage in 1993 to change the fitness industry. W.I.T.S. develops and administers certification programs for competent practice in personal training. W.I.T.S. is the first in the fitness industry to earn NCCA accreditation for testing the written core knowledge and practical skill competencies of personal training. W.I.T.S. offers fitness courses and certification testing locations in 39 states in the U.S. and in Canada. W.I.T.S. has the largest college and university testing network in the industry.

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Martha Swirzinski Teaches Certified Personal Trainer Course in Virginia

Martha Swirzinski - Certified Personal Trainer TeacherW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Martha Swirzinski. We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

Dr. Martha Swirzinski is an associate professor at Thomas Nelson Community College and teaches both online and face to face courses in the department of Health and Exercise Science. She has been a certified personal trainer since 1994 and has experience working in various roles pertaining to health and fitness. Dr. Swirzinski has been a part of the W.I.T.S. faculty since 2009 as a both a test proctor and instructor and has recently transitioned into being an online mentor.

Swirzinski will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in Virginia:

Virginia Beach Adult Learning Center
5100 Cleveland Street
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

About W.I.T.S.

World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.) took the national stage in 1993 to change the fitness industry. W.I.T.S. develops and administers certification programs for competent practice in personal training. W.I.T.S. is the first in the fitness industry to earn NCCA accreditation for testing the written core knowledge and practical skill competencies of personal training. W.I.T.S. offers fitness courses and certification testing locations in 39 states in the U.S. and in Canada. W.I.T.S. has the largest college and university testing network in the industry.

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Jennifer Paczas Teaches Certified Personal Trainer Course in Michigan

Jennifer Paczas, certified personal trainer instructorW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Jennifer Paczas. We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

Jennifer is a personal trainer, sports performance coach and group exercise instructor with 23 years of experience. She carries a bachelor’s and master’s degree in exercise science, as well as over twenty certifications/licenses in the industry. Jennifer teaches health and wellness at the collegiate level and trains clients both on ground and online. As a professional physique competitor, for the last 5 years, she also makes sure to practice what she teaches.

Paczas will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in Michigan:

Washtenaw Community College
4800 East Huron River Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

About W.I.T.S.

World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.) took the national stage in 1993 to change the fitness industry. W.I.T.S. develops and administers certification programs for competent practice in personal training. W.I.T.S. is the first in the fitness industry to earn NCCA accreditation for testing the written core knowledge and practical skill competencies of personal training. W.I.T.S. offers fitness courses and certification testing locations in 39 states in the U.S. and in Canada. W.I.T.S. has the largest college and university testing network in the industry.

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Dave Radin Teaches Certified Personal Trainer Course in North Carolina

Dave Radin - Certified Personal Trainer InstructorW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Dave Radin. We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

Dave Radin has been involved in the Fitness Industry for over 25 years.  He graduated from Springfield College in 1993 with a degree in Health and Fitness. After graduation, he worked at the prestigious Duke Diet and Fitness Center for seven years. During that time he was a volunteer strength and conditioning coach at UNC-CH working with the golf team, track team, and women’s lacrosse.  In 2000, he started working with YMCA of Greater Charlotte as a Fitness Coordinator and Personal Training Director.  For the past 14 years he has worked as Strength Coach at a private training studio, Precision Fitness, in the Lake Norman area. A former bodybuilder and a competitive mountain bike racer, Dave currently trains to stay in shape and keep up with his family.

Radin will be teaching the Certified Personal Trainer course at the following W.I.T.S. locations in North Carolina:

Central Piedmont Community College
1201 Elizabeth Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28235

About W.I.T.S.

World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.) took the national stage in 1993 to change the fitness industry. W.I.T.S. develops and administers certification programs for competent practice in personal training. W.I.T.S. is the first in the fitness industry to earn NCCA accreditation for testing the written core knowledge and practical skill competencies of personal training. W.I.T.S. offers fitness courses and certification testing locations in 39 states in the U.S. and in Canada. W.I.T.S. has the largest college and university testing network in the industry.

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NCCA Accreditation Renewal Approved for W.I.T.S. Certified Personal Trainer Course

NCCA Accreditation - W.I.T.S.The NCCA accreditation renewal for the W.I.T.S. Certified Personal Trainer Course has been approved. W.I.T.S. is the ONLY Fitness Certification to have built out the infrastructure with colleges and universities to offer credentialed national exams as a Certified Personal Trainer for 26 years!  In a health and fitness profession, you would assume this is a norm but it is a rarity.  All other certifications in the fitness industry only have a written exam to qualify candidates to work in a “hands on business.”

President Jay Del Vecchio sums it up simply; “Our industry is the wild west of health occupational certifications. We want medical recognition but none of our competitors is willing to go the extra half mile to make sure the credential has teeth.  I am proud that for 26 years we have set that standard to try to match up with the other true health occupations.  We need to know the public at large is safe and effective with their lifestyle changes.  We are on the front lines of the obesity crisis.  The profession needs to start with real education and training and end with definitive testing in all areas of competency.”

About W.I.T.S.

World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.) took the national stage in 1993 to change the fitness industry. W.I.T.S. develops and administers certification programs for competent practice in personal training. W.I.T.S. is the first in the fitness industry to earn NCCA accreditation for testing the written core knowledge and practical skill competencies of personal training. W.I.T.S. offers fitness courses and certification testing locations in 39 states in the U.S. and in Canada. W.I.T.S. has the largest college and university testing network in the industry.

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Brandon Thomas Teaches North Carolina Certified Personal Trainer Course

Brandon Thomas, Certified Personal Trainer InstructorW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Brandon Thomas. We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

Brandon Thomas has spent years learning and studying the human body. He is on a quest to make people healthier and live better lifestyles one person at a time. Brandon’s goal is to implement his personal training methods into your practice, using the skills he has acquired in exercise evaluation and prescription, assessment, instruction, and coaching, to promote good health and advocacy to help others become great trainers.

Brandon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and Sports Science and Chemistry from East Carolina University.  He also holds a Master of Science degree in Exercise Science, with a concentration in Rehabilitation Science, from California University at Pennsylvania. Brandon has 14 years of experience in personal training, nutrition, rehabilitation, and strength and conditioning. Brandon holds multiple certifications including  National Strength and Conditioning Association- (Strength and Conditioning), American College of Sports Medicine, (Certified Exercise Physiologist, Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer, Certified Personal Trainer), & National Academy of Sports Medicine (Personal Training& Nutrition).

Brandon’s experience includes work with various populations including Obesity,  Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Stroke, Heart disease, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure,  High Cholesterol, Cystic Fibrosis, Parkinson disease, Cardiac disease, metabolic disease, pulmonary disease, Osteopenia, Osteoporosis, Asthmatic, Cancer, Pre- and Post-menopause, and Arthritis), Sports Specific Training, Pre-natal and post-natal, Pre- and post-rehabilitation, weight loss, Corporate Fitness and Wellness, and Boot camps. He has  trained  athletes, through strength and conditioning, to compete at high school, collegiate, professional level (NFL, MLB, MLS), and the Olympic level (Track and Field). Brandon was also a runner up trainer for the Biggest Loser TV Show in 2009.

Thomas will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in North Carolina:
Guilford Technical Community College
601 High Point Rd
Jamestown, NC 27282
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W.I.T.S. Trainer of the Month competing for Ms. Health and Fitness 2019

Ms. Health and Fitness - Vote for Kalen GreenW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Kalen Greene. Kalen was our July 2018 Trainer of the Month. She is currently competing in Ms. Health and Fitness 2019, with Homes for Wounded Warriors as her Charity of Choice. Kalen became certified with W.I.T.S. after taking our course in CT in 2011. Vote for Kalen at  Kalen Green 2019 Health and Fitness

WHAT WOULD YOU RECOMMEND TO OTHERS WHO WANT TO BE FIT AND HEALTHY?

Don’t think that in order to start becoming more fit and healthy you have to have a plan. While it is helpful to have a goal and a plan on how to accomplish them, the most important thing is just starting. Starting with even the smallest step will help bring you toward your quest in becoming more fit and healthy. Stop overthinking and start doing. Your journey is your own and how you start it doesn’t really matter.

HOW DOES FITNESS POSITIVELY INFLUENCE YOUR LIFE?

It’s the single most thing that I do have control over. I am a more confident, happy and healthy person because of fitness and this is something that I think we all strive for in life. I’ve also met a lot of great people along my own fitness journey and many of them have been great influences.

IF YOU WERE THE NEXT MS. HEALTH AND FITNESS, WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH $20,000?

I would most definitely invest in my long running dream of being a fitness studio owner that gives women a place to work toward their fitness goals in an environment that creates positivity, comfort and confidence. I will continue to invest in myself in order for other women to invest in themselves by learning all that I can through continuing my education in the fitness business.

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10 Reasons to Renew Your Professional Fitness Certification, Even if You Don’t Work in Fitness

Prior to the late 90s, when US Surgeon General C. Everett Koop declared in his annual report that “exercise is medicine,” people mostly pursued fitness for its cosmetic benefits and weight loss. Since then, the health benefits of fitness have superseded its role as a cosmetic intervention, and people are increasingly exercising to improve their health and quality of life, and to avoid premature death.

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Consequently, the fitness industry is evolving and gaining recognition as a health care alternative, meaning that fitness certifications are more important than ever. If your fitness certifications are about to expire, or if they have already expired, here are 10 good reasons to renew now:

  1. Fitness is on a trajectory to becoming a recognized health profession, and certified professionals will have a head start in obtaining licensure or satisfying other credential requirements as the industry evolves. 
  1. Fitness jobs like personal training or group exercise instruction are highly flexible. In today’s gig economy, having a fitness certification makes you eligible for short term gigs that bring in extra money when you really need it. Working in fitness is perfect for parents who need to work around their kids’ schedules, or anyone who wants to supplement their full-time income.
  1. Your professional fitness certification looks great on any resume or CV. It tells prospective employers that you care about your health, and the health of your family. For employers, that translates to better cognition, higher job performance and fewer sick days. 
  1. If things don’t work out in your business or day job, the high demand for certified fitness professionals provides you with a Plan B, so you can keep working while you explore your options.
  1. Renewing your certification is much less expensive than retesting for a new one, especially with the convenient and affordable continuing education bundles and discounts offered by W.I.T.S. 
  1. Maintaining your certification keeps you in the professional loop, and provides endless opportunities for networking and link building. You never know when your fitness connections will pay off. 
  1. Being a certified fitness professional qualifies you for many volunteer positions, like working with youth or older adults. 
  1. Your fitness certification can help you get into college, especially in fields related to health or athletics. 
  1. Your fitness certification can be a stepping stone to higher-paying jobs in fitness, like club management or numerous online options.
  1. The demand for fitness is universal, and your certification can open doors wherever you go. 

If you are sitting on the fence about renewing your certification, consider all the work you put into getting it in the first place. You chose a fitness career for a reason, and maybe it’s time to get back to your roots. Or maybe you never did anything with your cert, but it is never too late. Renew now, and keep the door open for the many future opportunities that are sure to come your way. 

W.I.T.S. Makes It Easy to Renew!

At W.I.T.S., we want you to succeed. That’s why we created these great CEC bundles and renewal deals, to save you time and money!

  • Hardship is considered too….
  • Pay Pal zero interest for buying any packages

Renew today, and take pride in being a W.I.T.S. certified fitness professional!

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Alicia Ramos Introduced as W.I.T.S. Personal Trainer Instructor in Texas

Alicia RamosW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Alicia Ramos. We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

Alicia Ramos is exceptionally innovative, Senior-level health and wellness management leader with more than ten years success contributing to and creating stellar corporate wellness programs. Solid record leading, training, developing Nutrition and Fitness Programs, and fostering health through quality programming, presentations, evaluations, and performance tracking and coaching with the United States Military and Health Insurance Companies.  She graduated with her undergraduate degree in Dietetics & Human Nutrition from New Mexico State University.  Currently working towards a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  Ms. Ramos is a subject expert of the organization and instruction of professional training and stress management and cognitive behavior change coaching. Lead Facilitator for Seminars and Workshops, Metabolism testing, V02 Max Fitness testing and Exercise Prescription.  Alicia Ramos is a successful American College of Sports Medicine Personal Trainer.  She is an international virtual health and lifestyle coach for a digital healthy weight loss app Noom.

Ramos will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in Texas:

University of Texas- El Paso
101 W. Robinson Ave.
El Paso, TX 79968

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Robin Sauter Joins W.I.T.S. Alumni Advisory Board

Robin SauterW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Robin Sauter. We are excited to have such incredible talent serving on our advisory board.

Robin received her W.I.T.S. Personal Trainer Certification in 2011 and completed her internship at Summerville, SC Family YMCA the same year. She has been employed as a personal trainer with Summerville YMCA at the Ponds ever since. In 2016, Robin was promoted to Trainer Supervisor. Her training niche is older adult fitness and she really enjoys the challenges of corrective exercise, balance training and post-physical therapy work.

Robin loves long distance running, spending time with her family and going to the beach.

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DeAngelo Brown Teaches WITS Certified Personal Trainer Course in Georgia

DeAngelo BrownW.I.T.S. would like to introduce DeAngelo Brown. We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

DeAngelo Brown is a nationally renowned athlete and certified personal trainer. Born and raised in Savannah, GA, Brown first gained national attention for football. Brown attended and played nose tackle for the University of Louisville and quickly became a force to fear on the field. Brown wrapped up his collegiate career with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and numerous accolades such as 2016 Team Captain, All ACC 2nd team 2015 and 2016, All ACC Academic Team 2013, 2014, and 2015. Following college, Brown continued his football career with the Tennessee Titans before retiring.

In 2018, Brown founded his business, DB97 Training, with a mission to give back to his hometown community. DB97 Training specializes in high quality personal and athletic training. As the head-trainer, Brown is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine and has worked with some of the area’s prominent names in training such as SCAD’s Sam Carter.

DeAngelo is ACSM certified in personal training, and CPR/AED certified through the American Red Cross.

Brown will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in Georgia:

Savannah Technical College
5717 White Bluff Road,
Savannah, GA 31405

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Matthew Maffei introduced as teacher for W.I.T.S. in South Carolina

Matthew MaffeiW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Matthew Maffei. We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

Matthew Maffei has an extensive and versatile background in the fitness industry. He achieved his masters of science in exercise physiology from Long Island University, and has served as a coach and strength and conditioning advisor. Matthew has over 10 years’ experience in the fitness industry ranging from education, to training, sales and helping new startup companies. Matthew has spent time as an educator in New York City teaching at the American Academy of Personal Training while working at Hanson Fitness. He holds several industry specialist certifications.

Maffei will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in South Carolina:

Trident Technical College
7000 Rivers Ave
Charleston, SC 29406

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John Bruno Teaches Certified Personal Trainer Course in Bradenton, FL

John BrunoW.I.T.S. would like to introduce John Bruno. We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

In 2002, after playing many sports for most of his life such as hockey, practicing martial arts, soccer, football, and wrestling, John Bruno began his career as a fitness professional when he took a part-graduate assistantship at Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA. As a graduate assistant he was tasked with running a recreational martial arts and fitness program at the schools Fitness Center. From there he began training martial arts competitors and boxers and the athletic department took notice. In 2007, Bruno was hired on as a full time Strength and Conditioning Coach to overseeing both the Strength and Conditioning program and Martial Arts Program. After attaining his Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership from Mercyhurst, Bruno left the college after 11 years to pursue another Masters Degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in performance enhancement and injury prevention from California University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated at the top of his class.

Upon graduation from CalU, Bruno moved to Sarasota Florida where he now resides and runs his business, John Bruno Strength and Conditioning, in addition to teaching personal training courses for WITS at local universities and colleges. He believes in being a lifelong learner and has obtained many certifications and credentials over the years.

Bruno teaches at the following W.I.T.S. locations in Florida:

State College of Florida
5840 26th Street West
Bradenton, FL 34207

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Laurie Gorman Teaches Certified Personal Trainer Course in Garden City, NY

Laurie GormanW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Laurie Gorman. We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

“My name is Laurie Gorman from Long Island, New York and I have 37 years of experience in the health and fitness field. My education includes an M.S. in Exercise Physiology from Adelphi University and I will be completing an M.S. in Human Anatomy and Physiology Instructions from New York Chiropractic College, August 2019. I am also in the process of applying for a doctorate in curriculum design and instruction, which I plan to begin, September 2019. In addition, I am certified by the American College of Sports Medicine and American Council on Exercise. (more…)

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Jeremy Kring Introduced as WITS Certified Personal Training Instructor in Pennsylvania

Jeremy KringW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Jeremy Kring. We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

Jeremy got his start in United States Marine Corps where he was promoted to NCO in charge of training. He fell in love with physical training, witnessing the amazing ability the body had to adapt and the leadership opportunity it provided to young Marines.

Jeremy found a natural talent and enjoyment in training. After leaving active duty he attended Harrisburg Area Community College, Duquesne University, then completed his Masters in Exercise Science at CalU. Over the years he has worked with athletes, been part of dramatic weight losses, and has worked with people of varying abilities and chronic conditions.

Jeremy has been published on the Medical Fitness Network and has been cited in articles on exercise.com and Readers Digest. In 2016 and 2017 he was ranked as the top trainer in the Harrisburg area by Thumbtack and in May of 2017 came on board as a college instructor for World Instructor Training Schools (WITS). He is currently an instructor for WITS and is the head trainer for New York Fitness Clubs located in Palmyra, Elizabethtown and Lebanon. WITS locations in Pennsylvania include the New York Fitness Club in Elizabethtown.

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Matt Grimm Joins W.I.T.S. as Tennessee Certified Personal Trainer Course Teacher

Matt GrimmW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Matt Grimm as a Certified Personal Trainer course teacher in Tennessee. We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

Matt is a personal trainer and strength coach in Nashville. Matt has been a strength coach at the college and high school level over the last 5 years and a personal trainer for 8 years. Matt is currently a strength coach at Valor Collegiate Academy, a charter high school in Nashville, and owns Matt Grimm Performance, LLC a concierge personal training service. Matt and his wife Jazmin are opening Sumner Fitness & Performance a small group personal training gym in Gallatin, TN August 2019.

Grimm will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in Tennessee:

Volunteer State Community College
1480 Nashville Pike
Gallatin, TN 37066

 

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Tiffany Peltier introduced as a new teacher for W.I.T.S. in South Carolina

Tiffany PeltierW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Tiffany Peltier. We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

Tiffany M. Peltier received her Personal Trainers Certification in 2008 from the Cooper Institute and a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science in 2017 from American Military University. She is a retired Coast Guard veteran with over 21 years of service. While in the Coast Guard she helped create the Coast Guard Athleticism Program and 8 week fitness program. She currently holds certifications in CrossFit Levels 1 and 2, CrossFit Adaptive Athlete, USA Weightlifting Performance Coach Level 1, NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist, Functional Movement System Specialist, NASM Fitness Nutrition Specialist, Precision Nutrition Level 1, NSPA Sports Nutrition Coach, completing her Metabolic Flexibility Certification and the only neural performance specialist, Z-Health practitioner, in Charleston, SC. Tiffany is an Olympic Lifting Athlete and holds a national record a bronze medal for the snatch, an Olympic lift, in her age group and weight category and ranked 4th in the nation for clean and jerk and overall total. She is currently finishing her Masters in Adult Education and works for a contract company creating training for foreign military. When she’s not at the gym training, coaching or giving nutrition advice, she is remodeling her home, playing with her Yorkie, Bailey, or hanging with the family.

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Patsy Schneider Introduced as New Faculty for W.I.T.S. in Connecticut

W.I.T.S. would like to introduce Patsy Schneider. We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

Patsy has been involved in the health and wellness industry since 1997 and joined MediFit (acquired by EXOS) as a Regional Account Manager in October 2008. Patsy comes to MediFit from a large health insurance company as a Senior Regional Manager overseeing several sites in New England and Colorado. Patsy is responsible for supporting onsite teams in achieving the client’s health and wellness goals and objectives by leveraging best practices and innovations for a diverse clientele that includes such industries as aerospace, insurance, technology, consumer products and health care across the US.

Patsy’s professional experience has been in all areas of the profession from managing large commercial health and wellness facilities, to working with patients in the rehabilitation setting and in corporate health and wellness. In addition, Patsy is adjunct faculty with the World Instructor Training School’s personal training certification course taught at several local colleges. Patsy has presented at the New England chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine conference in 2006 & 2007.

Patsy is currently pursuing a PhD in Health Education and Promotion from Walden University and earned a Master’s degree in Public Health in 2007 and a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology in 2001 both from Southern Connecticut State University. In addition, she is nationally certified by the American College of Sports Medicine and is a certified Health Education Specialist as well as EXOS-XPS and EXOS-XFS certified.

Patsy enjoys practicing what she preaches and is an avid runner completing several ½ and full marathons as well as improving her yoga practice. Her motto is, “it’s not about perfection but about progress.”

Patsy will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in Connecticut:

Naugatuck Valley Community College
750 Chase Parkway
Waterbury, CT 06708

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Tara Coppola Joins W.I.T.S. as Faculty of Certified Personal Trainer Course in Connecticut

Tara CoppolaW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Tara Coppola. We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

“Tara has been working in the fitness industry since 2005. As a nutritionist, certified personal trainer, corrective exercise specialist, group exercise instructor, and cycling instructor, Tara has helped clients of all backgrounds work to achieve their health and fitness goals.

Tara holds a B.Sc. in Nutrition & Dietetics, a B.Sc. in Biology-Premedical, and a M.Sc. in Health Education. As a teacher, Tara focuses on educating her students to make autonomous decisions in their lives, fitness, and health. Currently, Tara is completing a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine (2021) at the University of Bridgeport.

Helping others become the strongest versions of themselves possible in all areas of life is a passion for Tara.  Teaching the new generation of personal trainers is one way she this zest for life to our fitness industry.

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Dr. Krista Schweers-Ganga Joins W.I.T.S. as Certified Personal Trainer Course Teacher

Krista Schweers-GangaW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Dr. Krista Schweers-Ganga. We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

Dr. Krista Schweers-Ganga has been a certified athletic trainer since 2005.  She is a life-long learner and has her Bachelor’s in Kinesiology – Athletic Training, Masters in Sports Medicine and Injury Studies, and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership.  Dr. Schweers-Ganga spent 4 seasons with a minor pro ice hockey team in Southern California as an athletic trainer before moving to the classroom in 2006 to teach Sports Medicine and Athletic Training.

Dr. Krista Schweers-Ganga will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. location in California:

Santiago Canyon Community College
8045 E Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92869

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Tawana McNeill added as W.I.T.S. faculty at North Carolina locations

Tawana McNeillW.I.T.S. has added Tawana McNeill, another new teacher from the great state of North Carolina.  We are looking forward to having a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

Tawana McNeill is an experienced fitness professional with over 10 years in the fitness industry. She is originally from Brooklyn, NY, and has lived in Charlotte, NC, for nearly a decade. Tawana got her start in the fitness industry in 2008 when she became a certified personal trainer. Her approach to health & wellness is holistic and her greatest accomplishments are seeing the people she works with achieve their healthy lifestyle goals.

Tawana has a MS Degree in Exercise Science & Health Promotion (with a concentration in Rehabilitation Science) from California University of Pennsylvania and several, nationally accredited certifications, including:

  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • Performance Enhancement Specialist
  • Fitness Nutrition Specialist
  • USAW Level 1 Coach

In addition to working with personal training clients, Tawana also leads educational seminars and workshops at local gyms, churches and small businesses on various topics including functional training, strength training, mobility and active aging. Teaching is one of her passions and she thrives in settings where her knowledge, skills and experience can be shared with and utilized by others.

When Tawana is not running her personal training company, she will likely be found working out, hiking, cooking, writing, or spending time with her family. Fitness is the foundation of Tawana’s life; her ultimate goal is to ensure that as many people as possible have access to the information, tools and support they need to stay healthy and strong for a lifetime.

Ashley Davidock will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in North Carolina:

Central Piedmont Community College – Central Campus
1201 Elizabeth Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28235
www.cpcc.edu
Registration: (704) 330-4223

Central Piedmont Community College – Levine Campus
2800 Campus Ridge Road
Matthews, NC 28105
www.cpcc.edu
Registration: (704) 330-4223

Central Piedmont Community College – Merancas Campus
11930 Verhoeff Drive
Huntersville, NC 28078
www.cpcc.edu
Registration: (704) 330-4223

Questions:
Devon Lewis
dlewis@witseduction.com

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Ashley Davidock added as W.I.T.S. faculty at New York location

Ashley DavidockW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Ashley Davidock. We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.  W.I.T.S. is the only certification in the industry with college credits and NCCA Accreditation for both written and practical skills exams. 

Ashley Davidock is an NASM Certified Personal Trainer who has worked in the health and fitness industry for over a decade. She operates her own business and provides instruction on the college level in multiple fields. She has taught at several universities, including Penn State University. Ashley has served as a Director of Personal Training and managed a department with over 2,500 members. She has trained state and national champion athletes. Ashley specializes in mind-body exercise and science-based meditation. She holds degrees in biology, anthropology, and homeopathy, as well as many training specialty certificates.

Ashley Davidock will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in New York: SUNY Ulster, One Development Court, Kingston, NY.

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Kirk Howard Joins W.I.T.S. as Faculty at Michigan Location

Kirk HowardW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Kirk Howard.  We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.  W.I.T.S. is the only certification in the industry with college credits and NCCA Accreditation for both written and practical skills exams. 

My name is Kirk Howard. I work full-time as a Tai Chi Therapist at John D. Dingell Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Detroit, MI, part-time as a Fitness Specialist/Personal Trainer/Exercise Instructor at the Dexter Wellness Center in Dexter, MI, and Core Knowledge Instructor/Practical Lab Instructor for World Instructor Training Schools between Washtenaw Community College, Monroe County Community College, and Macomb County Community College. I achieved a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Management and a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology both from Eastern Michigan University. I am certified through the American College of Sports Medicine as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Aquatic Therapy and Rehabilitation Institute Certified, Aquatic Therapy and Rehabilitation Institute as an Ai Chi Trainer, Certified through the Tai Chi for Health Institute as a Tai Chi Instructor for Arthritis, Arthritis part 2, Fall Prevention, and Arthritis Seated, and Certified Brain Injury Specialist through The Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialist.

Kirk Howard will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in Michigan: Washtenaw Community College, 4800 East Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105.

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Meet W.I.T.S. Faculty Member Tony Avilez

Tony AvilezW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Tony Avilez.  We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.  W.I.T.S. is the only certification in the industry with college credits and NCCA Accreditation for both written and practical skills exams. 

Since 1994 Tony Books Avliez has been performing his unique version of training and motivation on Staten Island. Having trained over 24,000 sessions and thousands of clients, Tony brings an unparalleled level of knowledge, experience and dedication to the services he provides. Whether you are looking for weight loss, fat loss, post- injury conditioning or medical exercise, Tony has a program customized for you.

Tony Avilez will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in New York: College of Staten Island, 2800 Victory Blvd., Staten Island, NY.

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Tony Turkett added as WITS faculty at South Carolina location

Tony TurkettW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Tony Turkett. We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.  W.I.T.S. is the only certification in the industry with college credits and NCCA Accreditation for both written and practical skills exams. 

Tony has been an athlete all his life. From high school to professional. He played 3 year for the Atlanta Falcons and still participates in the Senior Classic Olympic Games and masters track and field events. He holds 2 masters degrees (physical education and clinical counseling) and a doctorate degree. He holds multiple certifications including Sports Nutrition, Senior Fitness Instructor, and Physical Fitness Specialist.

He has taught adults in many different arenas. Tony was a transition specialist helping adults transition from school to the workforce or college. Tony has taught anatomy and physiology at Midlands Tech in Columbia, SC, as well as Health, First Aid, and Aerobic Dance at Carolina Community College in Jacksonville, NC, and psychology, medical law and ethics, medical terminology at Trident Tech in Charleston, SC. Tony currently teaches personal training certification through World Instructor Training School (W.I.T.S.) at Trident Tech in Charleston and Midlands Tech in Columbia, SC. As well as Augusta University in Augusta, Ga.

He enjoys teaching because he loves to see the excitement on clients face when they accomplish the things they set out to do. He loves the intrinsic gratification of seeing their effort rewarded through the success of his clients.

Tony has been in the fitness industry for over 40 years, running a club, having his own personal training studio, health and wellness education, and working in cardiac rehab.

Tony Turkett will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in South Carolina: Trident Technical College, 7000 Rivers Ave., Charelston, SC 29406.

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Pamela Huenink joins W.I.T.S. as faculty at Illinois location

Pamela HueninkW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Pamela Huenink. We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.  W.I.T.S. is the only certification in the industry with college credits and NCCA Accreditation for both written and practical skills exams. 

Pamela Huenink is a dedicated instructor who has 11 years of experience in the health and fitness industry.  She has worked in both commercial and corporate settings, as well as with many different special populations including pregnant women, older populations, special needs and physical therapy patients.  She has also spent 9 years of her career teaching Kinesiology courses at the collegiate level, both in full time and part time capacities.  Pamela currently holds the title of “mommy”, mostly staying at home to raise her young son, but continues to teach multiple group exercise courses each week at a medical fitness facility in the Northwest Indiana area.  She currently lives in Munster, Indiana with her husband, son and two dogs.

Pamela Huenink will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in Illinois: Joliet Junior College, 1215 Houbolt Road, Joliet, IL 60431.

 

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Shawn Dassie added as W.I.T.S. faculty at Texas location

W.I.T.S. would like to introduce Shawn Dassie. We areShawn Dassie excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

Shawn is a Program Director for EXOS and former strength and conditioning coach at Iowa State and Drake Universities.  He has trained top professional athletes from the NFL, NBA and MLB in addition to many track and field and winter Olympians and more.  Shawn has also served as the sports training director for several world-class health clubs and specialized physical therapy practices, working directly with a vast array of clientele from older adults, rehabbing athletes, beginners to Olympians and professionals. In addition, he was worked as a strength and conditioning coordinator for numerous national, professionally affiliated and independent sports teams. An award-winning trainer and leader, Shawn holds numerous credentials and is a popular speaker and writer for the industry.

Shawn Dassie will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in Texas: University of the Incarnate Word, 6909 N Loop 1604 East San Antonio, Texas.

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Tommy Scott added as W.I.T.S. faculty at North Carolina location

W.I.T.S. would like to introduce Tommy Scott. We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

Scott is a 51 year old United States Marine Corps Veteran and recent United States Postal Service Retiree. Soon after an Honorable, Medical Discharge at the rank of Staff Sergeant from active duty (due to a horrific auto accident), Scott decided to pursue a degree in the field of health studies. His passion for how the body functions, increased dramatically following the recovery from his accident. After 13.5 years of Marine Corps Service, 14 years of Postal Service, culminating into 4 years undergraduate studies and graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a certificate in Personal Training, finally, he is excited to get to live his dream of working in the field of his studies. “I believe that I will be able to relay the principles of personal praining with a degree of passion the students will appreciate,” said Scott.

Scott is married with two children. “My wife and I have been married for 27.5 years and she has worked as a social worker for over 20 years,” Scott says. Their oldest child is a recent graduate of his alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Their youngest child is a junior in high school with the intent of attending, upon graduation, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Tommy Scott will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in North CarolinaCentral Piedmont Community Campus- Levine, 2800 Campus Ridge Rd., Matthews, NC 28105.

 

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W.I.T.S. adds new teacher John Adamek to New York location

W.I.T.S. would like to introduce John Adamek.  We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

John has a B.S. in Sports Science and M.S. in Sport Biomechanics with over 10 years experience working in the health and fitness industry. He began as a personal trainer at a “box” gym and since then his career has progressed to working as an exercise specialist in a physical therapy facility, before becoming the head of strength and conditioning for a performance facility and then serving as the Director of Strength and Conditioning of a USTA Regional Training Facility in New Jersey. Through these years he has compiled a deep resume of working with various CEO’s, A-list celebrities, collegiate, professional and Olympic athletes. He presently serves as the Executive Director of Training for MicrogateUSA, a company that produces validated sports science equipment, where he conducts athletic evaluations and sports science consulting for athletes and teams in the NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, USOC, USTA, PSA, US SKI, and USA Baseball. John has also been fortunate to have at least one of his player’s competing in an ATP/WTA Major Grand Slam tournament since 2013. This Fall he will be studying for his Ph.D. in Kinesiology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where his research will focus on biobehavioral kinesiology.

John Adamek will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in New York: City College of New York, Convent Ave. @ 138 Street, New York, NY 10031

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W.I.T.S. adds new teacher Kiah Douglas to Georgia location

Kiah DouglasFor Immediate Release:

W.I.T.S. has added another new teacher from the great state of Georgia, Kiah Douglas. We are looking forward to having a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

Kiah Douglas, born and raised in Saginaw Michigan. She received her bachelors of science in Exercise Science from the University of Toledo in 2014. Kiah also, participated in the track & field team all 4 years while obtaining her degree. Currently, she competes in the NPC as a natural figure competitor.

Kiah’s philosophy is that a healthy body is more than looks; it releases self- confidence, high- esteem, and the courage to inspire others who want to live a healthy lifestyle as well. Whether someone is her client or not her purpose as an exercise physiologist is to improve and empower anyone she has an encounter with. “Attaining my own goals is wonderful, but aiding others to achieve their goals as well brings joy to my soul.”

Kiah Douglas will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in Georgia: Augusta University in Augusta, GA.

Questions: Devon Lewis dlewis@witseduction.com

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W.I.T.S. Adds Augusta University as a New Partner

For Immediate Release:

W.I.T.S. has added another new partner from the state of Georgia. Please help us welcome our new licensed education and certification partner:

 

Augusta Univeristy
2500 Walton Way
Augusta, GA 30904
www.gru.edu/pace

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W.I.T.S. adds a new teacher Barbara Hertzler to Florida locations

Barbara HertzlerFor Immediate Release:

W.I.T.S. has added another new teacher from the great state of Florida. We are looking forward to having a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer and health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

Barbara Hertzler was born and raised in PA. Hertzler earned a BS degree in Education from Slippery Rock University.  She began teaching in Williamsburg VA.  “I taught elementary and middle school. Because of my love of fitness and total health wellness, I earned my Fitness Training Certification through I.S.S.A.  I also have a certification in Yoga Fit, TRX, and several Silver Sneakers courses.

Hertzler was a dancer in high school and also college.  Her passion for fitness started in her teens, but she was always an active child.  “I have competed in several half and full marathons, and a triathlon, yes, just one,” stated Hertzler  “That was enough for me!”

Hertzler began personal training as well as a group class instructor for Colonial Heritage Athletic Club in Williamsburg, VA.  “My husband and I recently relocated to Winter Garden, FL and I am now a Group Fitness /Personal Trainer at Atlas Speed and Farnsworth Peak Performance here in Winter Garden, ” said Hertzler.

Hertzler’s hobbies include running, cooking, strength training, and hot yoga.  Her favorite motto is “I’m happiest when moving.”

Barbara Hertzler will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in Florida: Lake Sumter State College in Leesburg, and Stetson University in Deland.

Questions: Devon Lewis dlewis@witseduction.com

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W.I.T.S. Adds Stetson University as a New Partner

For Immediate Release:

W.I.T.S. has added another new partner from the state of Florida. Please help us welcome our new licensed education and certification partner:

Stetson University
421 North Woodland Boulevard
Deland, FL 32723
www.stetson.edu/continuing-education
Registration #: (386) 822-7500

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W.I.T.S. Adds Lake Sumter State College as a New Partner

For Immediate Release:

W.I.T.S. has added another new partner from the state of Florida. Please help us welcome our new licensed education and certification partner:

Lake Sumter

Lake Sumter State College
9501 U.S. Highway 441
Leesburg, FL 34788
www.lssc.edu/ce
Registration #: (352) 435-5038

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W.I.T.S. Adds Dakota State University as a New Partner

For Immediate Release:

W.I.T.S. has added a new partner from the state of South Dakota. Please help us welcome our new licensed education and certification partner:

Dakota State University Personal Training Certification Course

Dakota State University
Madison Community Center
500 NE 11th St
Madison, SD 57042
www.dsu.edu

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W.I.T.S. Adds Northeastern Junior College as a New Partner

For Immediate Release:

W.I.T.S. has added a new partner from the state of Colorado. Please help us welcome our new licensed education and certification partner:

Northeastern Junior College Personal Trainer Certification location

Northeastern Junior College
100 College Ave.
Sterling CO  80751
http://www.njc.edu/

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W.I.T.S. Adds Hamline University as a New Partner

For Immediate Release:

W.I.T.S. has added another new partner from the state of Minnesota. Please help us welcome our new licensed education and certification partner:

Hamline University Group Exercise Certification Program

Hamline University
1536 Hewitt Ave
St. Paul MN 55104
www.hamline.edu

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