Meet Our Personal Trainers

Beth Dalen

BACKGROUND
A longtime resident of Westport and Westport/Weston YMCA member, Beth seeks to bring fitness into the lives of those around her. Motivated by the desire to improve the quality life  and longevity of those around her, Beth works tirelessly to shape healthy, manageable lifestyles centered around exercise and healthy eating.

PHILOSOPHY
A innately compassionate person, Beth helps clients start (or continue) their fitness journey through setting manageable goals. Beth works to help clients conquer intimidation and fear — and transform fitness into a fun aspect of daily life.


EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS

  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • AFAA Primary Group Fitness
  • Licensed Zumba Instructor
  • TRX Level 1 Trainer
  • Certified Kaiser Cycle Indoor instructor.

 

Louis Davis

BACKGROUND
Louis has been Personal Training for over the 12 years, primarily in the Corporate Fitness setting. Corporate Fitness has allowed Louis to assist thousands of people achieve healthy living through personal training, group exercise, and health programming. In addition, Louis personal trains clients of all ages focusing on functional training, weight loss, sports conditioning, and general fitness.

PHILOSOPHY
There is no secret to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. Louis’s goal is to motivate, educate & inspire clients to optimal levels of performance and improved quality of life through exercise.


EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS

  • MS Recreation Management, Southern Connecticut State University
  • BS Exercise Science & Physical Education, Norfolk State University
  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
  • NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist
  • Certified Functional Strength Coach – Level 1
  • NASM Golf Fitness Specialist
  • TRX Suspension Trainer, Rip Trainer, Functional Training

 

Christopher Dobransky

BACKGROUND
Christopher Dobransky is a Westport native with over 13 years experience working as a physical education teacher and personal trainer for all age groups from elementary school to senior citizens. He is currently attending Eastern Washington University seeking a second masters in health education. Chris is always ready to train clients to meet any and all of their fitness goals.

EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS

  • Personal Training Certification from the International Sports Sciences Association
  • Bachelors In Communications from Iona College
  • Masters In Physical Education from Manhattanville College
  • New York State Physical Education Certification
  • Connecticut State Physical Education Certification
  • HEADS UP! Concussion Certification
  • CPR/First Aid/AED Certification
  • Physical Best Certification
  • National Association For Sport & Physical Education Certification

 

Kathy Fagan

BACKGROUND

Kathy has been working in the fitness field for over 20 years.  She began her personal training career in Corporate Fitness in Fairfield County.  She also taught Group Fitness classes and organized health and wellness programs.

PHILOSOPHY

Kathy believes that individuals are meant to move.  A former competitive athlete, she loves to help people experience the joy of moving as she helps them reach their goals.  Kathy knows that consistency is the key!

EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS

  • B.S., Exercise Science
  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
  • Skilled in Conversational Spanish

HOBBIES

Kathy is passionate about all kinds of music and enjoys time with her family.  She loves to exercise, namely working out with free weights, cycling, and brisk walking.

 

Max Jean-Guillaume

BACKGROUND
Max has over 13 years experience in the fitness industry. As a strength and conditioning coach with a functional training background, he helps people train their bodies for the activities performed in daily life. Another longtime passion for Max, is Movement Education for Kids which he feels is vital in children’s development.

PHILOSOPHY
Max’s motto is to train for your goals. Whether you have a desire to be a better athlete, prefer to lose weight to look better, need to rehab after an injury or want to body build, Max will help you reach YOUR specific goals.

 

EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS

  • AAAI/ISMA CERTIFIED
  • Norwalk Community College, Associate’s in Communications
  • Junior College Basketball Standout
  • Skidmore, Technology Student

 

Susan Jones

BACKGROUND
Following a career in Fashion, Susan has relished advancing through the Fitness world.  She first became a yoga instructor, then added certifications in Pilates and Barre, and then became a Personal Trainer.  Each of Susan’s disciplines informs and supports the others, allowing her to approach each class and client with a unique perspective.

PHILOSOPHY
Susan believes that enhanced fitness improves everyone’s life.  It’s just a matter of setting a goal, showing up, and soon fitness becomes the best habit you’ve ever had. With a firm belief in progressing classes and clients, Susan focuses on core strength, flexibility, balance, and stretching. Susan is available for Personal Training and One-on- One Yoga and Pilates.

EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS

  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • NASM Corrective Exercise Specialty
  • NASM Women’s Specialty
  • NASM Older Adult Specialty
  • TRX Suspension Training
  • 200 Hour Yoga Certificate – Kripalu
  • Mat Pilates – Equinox
  • Barre – Merrithew

 

Jerry Pasquale

BACKGROUND
Jerry brings years of experience in the fitness and health field and has worked in the Westport, Weston, and Wilton area for over 15 years. With his background in Massage Therapy and Therapeutic Exercises, coupled with his time working in a Physical Therapy Clinic, Jerry has a unique and specialized approach to Fitness Programming.

PHILOSOPHY
Jerry believes in meeting clients where they are in their health & fitness journey and being empathic in the process.  Jerry will guide you as you work together to reach your health and wellness goals.

EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS

  • AFAA Certified Personal Train
  • ACE Certified Health Coach
  • Licensed Massage Therapist
  • AMTA Sports Massage Therapist
  • B.S. Mercy College, NY

 

Susan Pomerance

BACKGROUND

Susan works with clients individually to create a bespoke workout utilizing a combination of pilates, ballet, yoga and strength training. Proven to produce incredible results for any age or ability, Susan applies resistance, body position and repetition to provide each client with a routine that will sculpt, mobilize and strengthen the entire body. Besides Westport, Susan has taught in Miami, London and Manhattan, including corporate and hotel venues.

PHILOSOPHY

Susan believes that movement is a powerful stimulus for the mind and for good mental health. Susan takes the time to explain the benefits of exercise in order to educate clients the importance of posture, strength and flexibility for all aspects of life.

EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS

  • Exhale Barre Levels 1, 2, & 3
  • AFAA (NASM) Group Fitness
  • Barrecore (London, UK) Signature Barre, including pre- and post-natal modifications
  • MOSSA Group Power

HOBBIES

Susan is a volunteer advocate at the Rowan Center (A Sexual Assault Resource Center) in Stamford. Her interests also include exercise, stretching, going to the beach, traveling, and spending time with family and friends

 

Alex Ralph

BACKGROUND

A local mom of four, Alex knows how busy life can get – and she is passionate about showing her clients that with the right plan, prioritizing fitness is possible. Alex began her fitness career teaching Group Fitness Classes and brings that energy to every personal training session.

 

PHILOSOPHY

Alex’s vision for her clients is a simple, effective, and scientific approach to an individualized fitness plan. Her goal for all clients is to efficiently progress toward a fitter, stronger, and healthier version of themselves.

EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS

  • B.A. Psychology, Eckerd College
  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor
  • TRX Suspension Training Coach
  • Les Mills Body Pump Instructor
  • Schwinn Power Cycling Instructor

 

Judy Samuels

BACKGROUND

Judy brings an experienced perspective to every client she trains. She utilizes a variety of methods through her expertise in Pilates and Barre, Strength and Interval Training, Cardiovascular Workouts, TRX and Corrective Exercise Techniques. Judy always brings an optimistic “you can do it” approach to her clients.

PHILOSOPHY
Judy believes it is never too late to start an exercise habit as it truly improves all aspects of daily life. She helps her clients reach their maximum potential by understanding their individual “why” and what each client wants to achieve.

EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS

  • Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified Coach
  • NASM Corrective Exercise Specialis (National Academy of Sports Medicine)
  • NASM Personal Trainer (National Academy of Sports Medicine)
  • AFAA Primary Group Exercise Instructor (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America)
  • TRX Functional Training L1
  • B.A. Communications, SUNY Albany

 

Sarah Morsanutto

BACKGROUND

Sarah has been training for 12 years primarily in a hospital-based outpatient setting and senior center focusing on special populations. She has extensive experience in personal training as well as small group training for all age groups, with primary focus on older, sedentary individuals looking for improvements in strength, balance and overall fitness.

PHILOSOPHY
Sarah enjoys working with her clients’ unique challenges and helping them reach their goals. She feels very gratified when they improve their health.

EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS

  • M.A. Exercise Physiology, Adelphi University
  • B.S. Exercise Science, University of Scranton
  • ACSM EP-C, Certified Exercise Physiologist
  • ACSM Exercise is Medicine, Level 2
  • CETI: Cancer Exercise Specialist
  • TRX Suspension Training, Level One
  • PN Precision Nutrition, Level One