Employees of the Month- July 2014

Group Fitness Instructor

Barry Rochester

Years of Experience: 30 years

Current Classes: 

Tuesday
Just Move, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Zumba Gold, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
T’ai Chi, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Thursday
Aqua T’ai Chi, 12:30 pm– 1:15 pm
T’ai Chi, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

INSPIRATION TO BECOME AN INSTRUCTOR:
“My journey began at 15 years old with Judo. From there, I studied gymnastics in college, along with various martial arts (Kung Fu, karate, T’ai Chi, boxing, etc.). I ended up with Jiu-Jitsu, then studied the art of Samurai Sword. Along my travels, I became a Marine, and scored 300 points out of 300 in the boot camp physical fitness test. Combined with all that, I love dancing and helping people.”   

CERTIFICATIONS:T’ai Chi: American Aerobic Association International/International Sports Medicine Association (2014)
Group Fitness instructor certification:  Aerobics and Fitness Association of America  (2013)
CPR/AED (2013)
Zumba license (2013)
3rd degree black belt in Jiu-Jitsu (2007)  
1st degree black belt in Samurai Sword (2011)

Personal Trainer

Liz Traynor

Specialty: Circuit training; post-rehabilitation fitness.

Quote: “Dreams and goals won’t work unless you do.”

Personal Trainer Liz helps members make great progress on the Exercise Floor. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology from James Madison University, and is a certified health and fitness specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine. Her experience includes work in various healthcare settings, including physical therapy and cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation facilities.

Liz also enjoys volunteering in the healthcare field. She worked in a community outreach program to promote physical activity in women of all ages. She completed her internship in personal training where she realized her true passion. From there, Liz joined our team at the Scotch Plains location.

Liz specializes in high-intensity workouts and body-weight exercises, which accomplish myriad fitness goals, including weight loss. A lifelong athlete, she thrives on circuit training that challenges limits. Her therapeutic background makes Liz especially qualified to assist members who struggle with health issues or injuries.

In her free time, Liz enjoys visiting with friends and family, hiking, listening to music, outdoor activities, and sports. In high school, she played on softball and soccer teams. Her favorite pro teams are the New York Yankees, New York Giants, and New Jersey Devils. Her favorite food is sushi. Fun fact: When Liz was younger, she was in a music video. 

Liz is ready to help members realize their potential through challenging workouts that reward with results. She is aware of the positive impact fitness has had in her own life. She is enthused to help members achieve the same uplifting experience.