Education & Certifications:
Bachelors of Exercise Science from William Paterson University
Functional Training, Pilates, Balance and Movement Basics, Small Group Training, Special Populations (Osteoporosis, Osteopenia, Cardiopulmonary Health, Post-Rehab)
I am currently continuing my education with Balanced Body’s Comprehensive Pilates Instructor training program. I have recently received certificates in Pilates Movement Basics, Mat Pilates, as well as the Pilates Reformer, Chair, and Trapeze Table.
Why did you go into Personal Training?
When I was in college, I really enjoyed my internship in cardiac rehab. I value fitness and outdoor activities like hiking and kayaking. I saw how much a person’s quality of life depends on their mobility and noticed the patients’ improvements mentally and physically in the short amount of time, they were in the cardiac rehab program. It has been very rewarding to see my clients grow and be able to accomplish more in their life outside of the gym through their hard work and dedication while training.
Tommy’s Success Stories
I have been training with Tommy since I became a Center member. From the start, I could see he was caring and professional. I am an older adult with some limitations. Tommy designs programs to fit my needs while still challenging me. I am stronger and have better balance, as a result. He is truly an asset to the Center. I have the highest regard for him, both as a trainer and person. I look forward to continuing to increase my fitness level and strength with Tommy.
I needed physical therapy for several issues. When I take the Seated Strength class, instructed by Trainer Tommy, it helps so much. The work done with Tommy enhances the exercises required in physical therapy. After his class, I really feel good. He is attentive to every detail, ensuring each participant receives the care and supervision necessary for a successful outcome. I appreciate the high-quality trainers at HackensackUMC Fitness & Wellness Powered by the Giants.
I met Tommy the day I joined the Center. As he took my blood pressure and scheduled my orientation appointment, I was guarded and apprehensive. However, I went home hopeful I would like the Center and start exercising regularly. Within a week, I was hooked! I started personal training with Tommy and never imagined I would enjoy exercising as much as I do. Tommy is a fabulous trainer. He is smart, skilled, and good at explaining things. He instantly helped me feel comfortable and safe, which has been very important to me.
He challenges me when I overthink things, and redirects me when I lose focus. He is funny, kind, supportive, and connects with people of all ages and ability levels. Our training sessions are never boring. I love going to the Center! I have had great results, thanks to Tommy who seems as pleased with them as I am. At one of our first training sessions, I forgot to bring water. Tommy noticed I was thirsty and overheated, so he took out his wallet and bought me a bottle of water. I cannot imagine a trainer at any other facility doing that. I’m very thankful for Tommy. I feel fantastic, physically and emotionally. I couldn’t have come this far without him.
I have worked with Tommy for months now, both in strengthening classes and training sessions. I notice improvements in my balance and overall strength. As an added bonus, I lost weight and inches. I admire how he listens to his clients’ concerns. He is happy to work alongside his clients’ doctors to create a workout plan suited for individual needs. He has helped me with several challenges. He shared his knowledge as well as information about other services the Center offers that can safely keep me on my fitness track. I recommend Tommy to everyone.
Tommy is professional, knowledgeable, personable, and caring. He continually monitors my physical condition and plans a variety of workouts to build my mobility, strength, balance, and endurance. He encourages and motivates me so I enjoy each session. I definitely have benefited from training with Tommy. He is everything a personal trainer should be.
Tommy helped me with my exercise program. Before training with him, I was unable to raise my arms above my head or cross my arms behind my back. After following the program Tommy designed for me, I can! I am very happy with my progress.
During my first cycle of rehab after a recent knee injury, I was assigned to Tommy as a personal trainer. I quickly realized he is genuinely concerned about his clients. He designed the first set of exercises for my workout. After each session, my mobility improves and my pain lessens. Whenever I am at the Center, Tommy greets me by name and asks about my progress. I know I have a long journey ahead, and progress is slow. However, this is the place where I belong. Many thanks to Tommy.
I have severe COPD. After being released from the hospital, my body frame resembled a stick figure drawn by a kindergartner. Life insurance agents, upon hearing my medical history, ignored me. I arrived at HackensackUMC Fitness & Wellness some time ago, and asked Personal Trainer Tommy if there was anything he could do. He didn’t hesitate to help. After reading his bio, I understand why. Tommy is tailor-made for coaching and inspiring “outliers” like me, whose immediate goal is to achieve some semblance of ordinary physical strength. Tommy is knowledgeable and articulate. He is sensitive without being overly protective. He is extremely patient. Tommy knows my personal limitations and when to safely push beyond them.
Tommy is very passionate about helping others. He is professional and knowledgeable. His clients are his first priority.
I definitely have benefited from training with Tommy. He is everything a personal trainer should be. He continually monitors my form to correct mistakes and help me avoid injury. After each evaluation, he updates my routine to further increase my mobility, strength, balance, and endurance. He motivates me to get the most out of every training session. I look forward to working with Tommy. He is professional, knowledgeable, personable, and caring.
This past year, I have had such a positive experience training with Tommy. When I joined the Center, I was overweight, unbalanced, and out of shape. With Tommy’s support, knowledge, love for his job,and compassion for us older people, I successfully overcame many health issues. Three weeks ago, I had a hip replacement. Amazingly, I am walking without a cane. I attribute this success to working with Tommy. I still have physical therapy ahead of me before I can return to the Exercise Floor. But, you can be sure I will continue to have Tommy as my personal trainer.