My passion is to guide people - youth and adults - on a journey to a healthier lifestyle while gaining strength and confidence. I am dedicated to helping others reach their goals and feel accomplished. My teaching experience began in college teaching children how to swim; first time swimmers to competitive athletes. With Parisi Speed School at Body Kinetics I now get to help young athletes gain the skills they need to be the best athlete they can be. Nothing is as personally gratifying as watching a student master a skill you have taught them. Growing up, I loved competitive swimming, volleyball, and basketball. As a trainer, my real passion lies in strength training and helping others find beauty in their strength.
After assessing my client’s needs and goals, I create a personalized and safe program for each individual that allows for proper progression. You will gain strength, flexibility, balance, good posture, and most importantly you will feel good from the inside out!
“It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.” – Socrates
“I've struggled with obesity for several years now. I've had minor success, but never with any consistency. Kayla helped changed that. Her positive attitude, infectious optimism, and in depth knowledge helped set me on the right track. I felt like she went out of her way to ensure I had the support I needed to make healthy lifestyle changes for me. After 10 sessions, I've lost 20+ lbs and feel confident that I can maintain a proper diet and fun, effective gym routine to meet my goals.”
A lifelong athlete, competitive water skier and fitness enthusiast, I utilize my certifications with NASM, ACE & TRX to teach Functional Training. You will learn movements that apply to acts of daily living - improving stability, balance, flexibility, strength and endurance for performance enhancement and injury prevention. I also hold a specialty certification in Corrective Exercise to help clients cope with impairments and recover from injuries. I will train you to have the physical ability to do what you want, when you want to do it.
We will work together to set goals with a realistic time frame. Using the NASM Optimum Performance Training model, I will design and implement a training program that is specifically tailored to achieve your goals faster than you can on your own. We will monitor your progress and as you continue to reach new levels of fitness, I will make progressions in your program to keep the workouts fresh, fun and challenging. I will guide and motivate you to reach the fitness level you desire!
“Frank has been the most extraordinary resource I have had the pleasure to work with. His expertise and dedication are truly a rare and valuable asset that he shares without hesitation. Frank also listens and takes time to understand what my position, goals and limits are. He then creates a workout plan that respects my current level, pushes me to my goals and does so in a safe and effective manner. This has increased my confidence in my workout and increased my enthusiasm for going to the gym, which also means I have much more positive energy throughout my life. Plus he is just a great guy with a great sense of humor and we have a lot of fun working together.
Frank is an essential part of my wellness team and I can attest that both my cardiologist and G.P. are absolutely astounded at the progress I am making and that progress is directly attributable to the effort Frank has provided. With Frank's help I am not just getting well, I am getting healthy and improving all aspects of my physical well being.
Chris is extremely passionate about health and longevity and is continually learning and expanding his knowledge to help improve the lives of others. Rather than advocating a specific training philosophy, Chris believes that remaining open minded while maintaining a strong thirst for new information is one of the best attributes a trainer can have. This conviction has helped Chris to become a very well rounded trainer who is comfortable working with all types of individuals with different goals and needs.
Chris takes a multi-faceted approach to health and wellbeing by addressing areas such as nutrition, sleep, hydration, productivity and stress, in addition physical fitness. Together you will create a plan for wellness by formulating concrete achievable goals in all of these areas. He will administer movement and postural assessments to test for muscle imbalances and create a customized flexibility and workout regimen that will progressively adapt as you adapt.
“Working with Chris has been absolutely invaluable and I can safely say I would not be where I am today if it weren’t for his guidance, knowledge and support. He is a walking encyclopedia when it comes to exercise science, a skilled teacher; and extremely motivating. He possesses an apt finesse for pushing me outside of my comfort zone but not beyond my ability level.”
Through extensive training, I have proudly devoted my time over the past 6 years to a profession that sparks an utmost ambition to help people adapt to a healthy lifestyle. My certifications with NSCA, NASM, CPT, and in CPR have allowed me to expand my experience in diverse ways. I specialize in various levels of fitness and physical needs including neurological recovery and physical therapy.
My experience over the years have helped me gain the ability to work with a wide range of clientele which continuously broadens my skills. I began my career at Lifelong Fitness in Kaysville, Utah where I was able to focus on both nutrition and detailed exercise programs for each individual client. I was able to successfully apply these important capabilities to my future positions in Marin County, California at Meridian Body in Motion and Body Kinetics where I am currently employed. Here I have not only increased my knowledge in joints, knees, shoulders, back, and nutrition through the Body Kinetics Continued Education program, but also extended my profession to in home training and working with kids at the Marin Country Club’s Summer Camp Fitness. I continue to cherish my career and personalize my programs to separately fit each individual and their specific needs. I will stop at nothing to ensure that my clients will fulfill their goals and beyond in order to live a long, happy and healthy lifestyle.
“Having had Knee surgery October 2014, I now have full range of motion due to the work my trainer, Lisa and I have done. I need to have my left knee replaced but I’ve been able to put it off a little longer as a result of the work we have done to strengthen the muscles around both knees. Lisa works my legs twice a week, we do a circuit on leg machines along with free weights machines as well. In addition to my leg workout we do core strength training which has helped with my balance. It is important to find a trainer who motivates you and to whom you can relate to. This person can help you want to come to the gym and will encourage you to stay with your program.”
A self proclaimed science nerd, i never in a million years thought that i would end up in the fitness industry, much less become a personal trainer and group exercise instructor. After having used every excuse in the book to get out of P.E. class as a young girl, my first truly athletic experience was when i was convinced to join the Marin Rowing Association while attending Redwood High School. As a novice rower i was introduced to aggressive strength training and cardiovascular conditioning. This changed everything. Not just my physique. I quickly realized that building a strong body made me feel mentally and emotionally strong as well…I wanted to be able to share this with as many people as possible!
While pursuing my education in exercise physiology and psychology I decided to earn my personal training and spinning certifications. Helping people feel good about themselves and their bodies is a passion of mine that only grows with time, experience and education.
Personal training and group exercise has never been about the money for me. My goal is not to book as many clients as possible, on the contrary i prefer to have a smaller base of clients each of whom i genuinely care about helping. Over the course of the past 12 years i have worked with hundreds of amazing people of all ages and athletic abilities, many of whom battle injuries and chronic conditions. Through hard work, dedication, and a specific individual plan i would be honored to help you reach your fitness goals!
“I am starting my eighth year training with Erin Shea. I train with Erin, on average, three to four days a week. When I started my training with Erin, I had been working out on my own for a couple of years without much success. Four months after beginning my training with Erin, I had lost 25 pounds and was in much better all around shape. Erin's attention to form & technique has allowed me to avoid any training injuries over the last seven years. Today, at age sixty two, I am in much better shape than at any time in my life. The key for me to getting fit and maintaining fitness is to make fitness a priority part of my daily routine. Having a well qualified, knowledgable and personable personal trainer waiting for me each morning is critical to staying true to my training schedule.”
Marquis is a former Division 1 football player at the University of Arizona who has a passion for fitness, education, and helping others. As a youth he was always active and involved in sports as well as various other activities. His time and energy spent in sports translated directly onto the field. He excelled in football and received a full ride scholarship to play Defensive back at the U of A, where he stared on defense and led the team in interceptions as a senior. Upon entering college with an eager and hungry mind set, he gravitated towards strength training and quickly fell in love with it. After a short stint with the Chicago Bears of the NFL, Marquis closed the chapter of his football career and geared his attention towards athletic training and helping others reach their highest fitness potential. He began interning at the University of Arizona where NFL players would return to campus in the offseason to train and sharpen their skills. Soon after, he moved back to California where he would start to do more one-on-one training.
Marquis’s approach as a trainer is to create a program that progresses in intensity, and gradually push you out of your comfort zone. When it comes to getting in shape, mental strength is just as important as physical strength. Mentality in the gym can easily be translated to real life. The primary ingredient you need is the desire to succeed
"Marquis is the ultimate trainer. The strides I’ve made in self-improvement wouldn’t have been possible without our training sessions. I simply don’t ever get as good a workout on my own as I do during a session. Marquis has a tremendous talent for motivation. He knows when it’s time to get in my face and push me; he knows when it’s time to be positive and build me up. It’s a crucial skill in a trainer and Marquis has it in spades. On the technical side, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience built upon years of the elite training that athletes receive in a Division I football program, but he also brings that same standard. Lackluster form is unacceptable. Precision of movement, and focused engagement of muscles, are required. It’s premier training, from a premier trainer. And yes, he’s a Lakers fan, but nobody’s perfect."
Jonell is a native Northern California resident, raised in Sonoma County. Growing up, she enjoyed being outdoors, with a special love for camping and horseback riding. She was a competitive swimmer starting at age 10, and in between working full time and being a mom of 3 daughters, enjoyed running, mountain biking, staying fit at the gym, and competing in Adult League USTA Tennis.
After 24 years in the corporate scene, she made a long overdue decision to pursue a career in the Health and Fitness Industry. In 2011, she began the Apprentice Personal Trainer program through Body Kinetics. Shortly after completing her apprentice training hours, she became a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
She has developed and maintained her health and fitness aspirations over the past 22 years at various health clubs. She has worked with educated and experienced trainers herself, which has allowed her to not only gather knowledge regarding effective training habits, but beyond that, “what motivates people.”
Jonell’s approach is to design safe and effective workouts for each client’s individuality that drive both lifestyle mindfulness and results. She is determined that with a lot of hard work and commitment, you will enjoy the process of transforming your body, your fitness capabilities, and your overall health and fitness lifestyle. With all components of life’s demands, she understands exercising, proper diet and balancing daily life can be a challenge, therefore her passion as a Personal Trainer promotes, encourages, educates, motivates, and compliments anyone who counters these challenges. She aspires to inspire and lives life by these mottos: Live Laugh Love ~ Dance Every Dance ~ I Can, I Will, I Did… AND SO CAN YOU!
"Jonell has inspired me to push past my limits, and go much further than I ever thought I could. After almost a year of working together, I see marked results, and feel so strong. Her great sense of humor eggs me on when I would like to stop. I used to drag myself to the gym, and now I reschedule everything so I won't miss my time with her. Thank you Jonell for keeping me young and fit.” - Marcia
While obtaining her Bachelors in Communication Studies at University of San Francisco, Ashley decided to follow her ever growing passion; fitness! After years of positive influences from coworkers at Body Kinetics, Ashley pursued her NASM certification and specialization in corrective exercise. Now, the best part of her day is listening to her clients excitedly describe how healthy, strong, and happy they feel after working with her. Nothing sparks her more than seeing the glowing success of her clients, which is why she has dedicated herself to help people achieve that through special workout programs, designed specifically for their goals and needs!
Through her USF Degree, National Academy of Sports Medicine education, the Applied Personal Training Program at Body Kinetics, various fitness workshops, and her Apprenticeship, Ashley has gained the skills required for your success! During your initial meeting, you will have the chance to build a personable relationship through discussions, assessments, and exercises to build a well-rounded program. Each meeting to follow will push you to progress towards your goals with added fun, enthusiasm, and encouragement. Ashley will be there cheering you on through your journey!
"I came to Ashley, having been out of the gym for a year due to a couple of injuries and surgeries. To be honest, I did not know her, but she was highly recommended. After I told her my goals of getting back into shape to continue surfing and cycling, her instant grasp of my training needs convinced me to do an initial session with her.
She was so obviously attuned to what and how I needed to work, I immediately signed up for 10 sessions (and will do so again). Ashley designed a routine for core strengtheing, upper and lower body rehab (wrists, knee and ankles), and all around muscle building, (a work in progress). Her grasp of physiology and anatomy was obvious.
Through stretches, squats, compression bands, and other work, (much more than I can describe here), I've steadily gained strength, lost weight and have found regained confidence in my other sports. It's been a life-changer for me.
She's also funny, which is an incomparable quality, when she's torturing me to work in a few more reps. I'll continue training with her for as long as I can. Ashley, thanks for the motivation and the revived outlook on what I can do!"
Mary Catherine Heller
Mary Catherine, a Northern Virginia native made her way to California after graduating from the University of Colorado. She has a passion for health, fitness and nutrition along with a belief that being healthy and strong empower people to enjoy every moment of life to its fullest! It’s this passion for health, fitness and an active lifestyle that lead Mary Catherine to transition from a career as business development executive for Williams-Sonoma to a full time personal trainer in 2008.
As a busy mother of two little girls and an outdoor enthusiast, Mary Catherine understands how important it is to maintain functional strength, endurance, and stamina in order to remain pain free and feel at the top of your physical and mental game every day!
Mary Catherine has a passion for listening to each client’s challenges and physical ambitions resulting in clear and open communication throughout her workouts that are designed specifically for each client’s needs. The combination of communication and expertise gained through experience and continued education/certifications through the International Sports Sciences Association that has led Mary Catherine to develop a proven track record of success with clients and a loyal Marin clientele of all ages and fitness levels. Mary Catherine creates dynamic workouts that both challenge your body and have you seeing results quickly, but also keep you engaged and excited for more!
“Mary Catherine is a great workout coach! She starts every session with a smile and genuine happiness to see you, that sets you up in a positive frame of mind and believe me I do not wake up that way...
She has a sense of where we can push and where we need to back off so that I avoid injury and still make progress every week.
She is a vital part of my overall wellness and fitness and I think she is just the best!”
Whatever you love to do, improving your health and fitness allows you to do it better and enjoy it more. Simply put, that is why I became a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer. I am certified in health and fitness science, so I can craft the best fitness solution for your individual needs. I truly believe that every one of us has the ability to meet our health and fitness goals. I want to be your personal trainer to help you meet those goals and live the life you want to live.
I believe that fitness should make all other areas of our lives better. Most of us have hobbies that are important to us, and being fit allows us to enjoy these activities more fully. It could be gardening, hiking, completing a marathon or coaching your child’s sports team. Our first job when working together is to understand what you want in your life and how fitness can help you get it. Understanding these needs and setting proper goals will allow us to craft a fitness program that is tailored to your lifestyle and designed with you in mind. As a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, I have the education and training to formally assess your current fitness and then design a plan to address what we find, while keeping your goals in the forefront of everything we do. We will work together on improving your strength, balance and cardiovascular fitness, and periodically update your program to adapt to your improving fitness. And we will do our best to have fun while doing it, so you enjoy coming to the gym and enjoy our time together while getting the results you want.
“I did not know how much progress I could make in such a short time. Nick did a great job understanding my current health and fitness, listening to my needs and concerns, and creating a fitness program customized for me. I feel stronger and more in tune with my body and this has helped me to do the things I love with more quality and enjoyment! Yay Nick!”