Meet our Personal Trainers
Kent is a certified Personal Trainer through ISSA and has been training at the YMCA for 10 years. His biggest accomplishment is taking a client with very low mobility and motivation and helping him flourish into a high energy young adult who loves to work out and has seen huge gains in both strength and endurance. Kent is also a Boot Camp instructor and has been leading classes for over 12 years and teaches an indoor “workout with Kent” class during the winter months.
Sherry is a certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Nutrition Specialist through ACE and has been training at the YMCA since 2013. She is also a certified ZUMBA, ZumbaGOLD and Zumbatomic instructor. Her biggest accomplishment is seeing her client’s everyday activities getting easier for them and hearing the excitement in their voice when they accomplish goals. Sherry also teaches group fitness classes; Fit Beginnings and Noon Yoga.
Jessica became certified in October of 2016 through ACE. She has been working with participants in the YMCA’s Strength for Survivor program since early 2016. She became a personal trainer because she wanted to live a healthy lifestyle and loves the process that it takes to help people reach their goals. Working with cancer survivors it’s very rewarding to help them work through their day to day challenges and to go beyond the goals that they’ve set for themselves. Jessica chose to work at the Y because she’s been a member of the Y for over ten years. There is always a program or class that challenges your mind and body.
Cole graduated from Western Illinois University with a degree in Exercise Science in May 2017. After completing his internship with the YMCA in April, Cole joined the staff as a Personal Trainer, Fitness Coach and Rock Steady Boxing Coach. Cole chose the YMCA because he grew up around the Y and loves the environment, he can help many types of people succeed and meet their goals.
Beth is a certified AFAA Trainer and group fitness instructor and has worked at the Y for 19 years. She is certified in Jillian Michael’s Shred, Beachbody Insanity Live, Indo-Row and PiYO. Beth started out as a group fitness instructor and wanted to increase her knowledge of exercise and training by becoming a trainer. She enjoys pushing people one on one as well as in a group setting. Seeing people get results is a great feeling!
Riley became certified in November of 2017 through ASCM. He enjoys running, boxing and being outside whenever possible. His biggest achievement is helping a client increase his mobility and run the fastest he’s ran in 15 years. Riley became a trainer to help others reach their goals so they can live and lead a happier healthier life.
Kirkland currently studies Exercise Science at Quincy University and recently completed his career as a Quincy University Football Player. He enjoys working with people from all walks of life. His goal as a YMCA Personal Trainer is to use his understanding of the human body to make all of his clients goals a reality.
Brad earned his personal training certification from the National Personal Training Institute of Chicago (NPTI) and has been training for 4 years. He is also a Certified Level 1 FMS Specialist. Brad enjoys working with athletes and helps with the basketball program at Quincy High. His biggest accomplishment as a trainer is helping a client see their self-worth and begin making amazing lifestyle changes for the better.
Amanda joined the YMCA staff team in October 2017. Her passion for fitness comes from wanting to help people. It took her a long time to learn the things she has about fitness and wanted to pass that along. She wants to help people gain back their self-confidence, just as she did herself. She wants to encourage people through the tough stuff and celebrate the results with them. She chose the Y because she loves the facility, staff and members; to her it’s like family.
Heather is a NETA certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. Strength and wellness has been a passion of hers for most of her life. She specializes in core, strength and balance and likes unorthodox training styles with things such as battle ropes, punching bags, and body weight. She looks forward to meeting, helping and encouraging people, new challenges and for the opportunity to be a part of the YMCA.
Matt graduated with a degree in exercise science in December 2017 and earned his exercise physiologist certification through ACSM. He enjoys resistance training, strengthening the core and helping others with the proper range of motion. Matt loves the challenges that people bring him to help them improve their life and help them learn as much as they can on their fitness journey. He became a personal trainer to help people with their fitness journey and to teach them the proper range of motion and help them live a better life through fitness and exercise.
Shelby is a certified personal Trainer through ACE and a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Aside from her work at the YMCA she works as a nurse and has a passion for pediatrics. Shelby enjoys working with people from all walks of life. She became a personal trainer because she has a passion for fitness and a desire to help others. She wanted to use her knowledge of the human body to help others become healthier and stronger. She has a large background in dance and uses that to help her clients increase their mobility, flexibility, and core strength. She also enjoys strength training and utilizing what the YMCA has to offer and loves what the YMCA does for the community.