Meet our Personal Trainers
David discovered his passion for all things kinesiology, fitness and nutrition while studying at UC Davis. One of his instructors (an IFFB Professional Female Body Builder), became his mentor and encouraged him to follow his passion.
While doing internships at the SRJC Adapted Physical Education program and the Adaptive Training Foundation in Dallas, Texas, David had the opportunity to work with individuals with various physical challenges. These challenges included spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, strokes, cerebral palsy, amputated limbs, etc. These experiences solidified David’s decision to become a certified personal trainer as he works towards his goal of achieving a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree.
David supports clients to live an active, healthy and pain-free lifestyle. In addition to working at the YMCA, he currently works as a Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Aide at a local outpatient physical therapy clinic.
David specializes in general strength, muscular hypertrophy, fat loss through strength training and sustainable nutritional strategies. He creates an individualized exercise protocol according to each client’s needs and capabilities while continuously increasing the challenge level to help the client progress.
When he is not working at the YMCA, physical therapy clinic or at school, he enjoys spending time with his family & friends, hiking and working out.
Kathy has always been passionate about movement, from her equestrian bareback romps through the hills as a kid, organized sports at school, to her beloved sport of long distance Ironman. Movement has been an important and positive experience. Her passion was recognized early on by her local Y Athletics Director and she was drafted to teach. It was then she recognized her desire to help others discover benefits of fitness.
She has both personal experience in fitness, teaching and competition and education and certifications in a variety of training modalities. Kathy is a certified Personal Trainer and Certified Group Exercise Instructor. She also has certifications in bar and free weights, Spin, BOSU, TRX, and core training.
Kathy’s training style focuses on motivation, methodology, technique and form. These are her foundation to train smarter and safer. She would like to share this with others and see them gain an appreciation for fitness and well being.
Linda is committed to empowering her clients to tap into their own personal strength to reach their goals. She trains with compassion and support. Linda understands life’s challenges and the dedication it takes to be consistent and maintain balance.
Linda’s passion for health and fitness goes back many years. She has been an active runner and weight lifter. Living a healthy lifestyle has always been her priority. Healthy living allows Linda to be more active with her 4 adult children and 7 grandchildren. She also enjoys dancing, hiking, animals and a good laugh over coffee with friends.
Linda looks forward to meeting you on this journey!
Nicole loves to exercise. Exercise has been a part of her life informally learning to swim and surf and more formally swimming competitively and later performing in dance groups.
Nicole has a Bachelor’s in Physical Education, a Master’s in Traditional Chinese Medicine and teaching credentials. She has studied a wide variety of health and wellness topics including yoga, Pilates, group exercise, behavior change, sports nutrition, health and life coaching and more! She has special training in diabetes prevention and management as well as lifestyle and behavior change.
She loves to teach and help others achieve their health and wellness goals. Nicole has been with the Y since 1993, teaching, training, coaching, providing programming and supporting the health and wellness of our community all along the way.
Nicole’s message to potential clients:
“Training and coaching are about getting you from where you are to where you want to be. You show up, do the work. I’ll bring my all; from sets and reps to downdog and hundreds, with lifestyle hacks, diet course corrects, meditation, inspiration, tools and techniques, with focus and fun. Let’s get started!”
Avery first discovered his passion for kinesiology and adaptive physical education when he was 22 studying at the Santa Rosa Junior College. He has been working at the JC for the past 7 years in the Kinesiology Department as instructional staff. In this role he has developed and delivered programs for individuals with a variety of conditions such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, paralysis, and cerebral palsy. He specializes in tailoring exercises and routines to meet the individual needs of each client. He loves teaching people how to improve their lives and create options through fitness.
As Avery completes his degree in Kinesiology, he continues to teach at the JC, and has now joined the Personal Training team at the Y.
When he is not at the JC or the Y, you can find Avery hiking, fishing, or kayaking.
Manuel discovered his passion for human movement during his early years growing up in a family focused on sports medicine and chiropractic care. His father taught him that exercise and proper movement can be healing. Manuel has spent the last 5 years training alongside all age groups. He started with resistance and field training as an athlete on school sports teams. He continued his training journey at the Y where he enjoys training alongside people of all ages in a community based, family friendly environment.
As a newly certified trainer Manuel is still molding his personal training philosophy. He places emphasis on controlled movements and proper form. His true fitness passion lies in strength and power development. Other areas of interest are sport-specific training, weight loss, balance and stabilization techniques. He is sensitive, patient and wants you to succeed - he will inspire you to work hard and enjoy it.
Manuel is currently studying Kinesiology at SRJC. When he is not working or working out here at the Y, he enjoys a very active lifestyle. Whether it's hiking, running, biking, or swimming - as long as he's moving he's happy!
Ela Jean Beedle
An adamant believer that fitness looks different for everyone, Ela came to personal training for its tailored approach. Her aim is to help clients not only meet their fitness goals and feel good in their bodies, but to find joy in the process and develop a movement practice that can evolve with them for years to come.
Ela didn’t always feel at ease in the gym. But as she built a career in restaurants, working out became critical to keep herself in shape for the demanding work, balance her lifestyle, and clear her head. In the process, she found that building strength and resilience in the body does the same for the mind. This inspired her to take a deep dive into exercise science and eventually, to use that knowledge to help others experience the healing, generative effects of movement. She wants to make fitness safe, accessible, and enjoyable to all, even and especially those who have dubious feelings about the gym as she once did.
Whether you need help getting started, getting back into it, or taking your training to the next level, Ela will meet you where you’re at and support you every step of the way.
Aside from working out, Ela loves art, music, food, and backpacking in the Sierras. You may find her subbing group Ex classes or dancing between sets while working out on the fitness floor. Don’t be shy - say hi!
Need some extra support during these challenging times? Nicole Martinovich, Healthy Initiatives Coordinator and Certified Health & Lifestyle Coach is available for free sessions via zoom to share tips and tools, perspective and options for exploring, experiencing and managing your health and life.
You can email Nicole directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule.
Why Work with a Health Coach?
Health coaches work to empower clients to live their best life, according to the clients' terms.
- To clarify health related goals
- Discover strengths and challenges
- Learn new strategies to solve problems
- Use active learning to develop a path toward greater health and happiness
- Accountability, motivation, and fun!
- Get out of a rut
What to Expect from Coaching
- Respectful Engagement
- Support for healthy lifestyle change
- Actionable Steps / Homework
- Holistic Approach
- Self-discovery & Active Learning
- Co-create strategies for a successful and fulfilling life
- Identify your dreams, desires and goals
- Reframing to expand your options
What is Health Coaching?
10 Reasons to Consult a Registered Dietitian
1) Improve sports performance
2) You have diabetes, cardiovascular problems or high blood pressure
3) You have digestive problems
4) You’re pregnant or trying to get pregnant
5) Your teen has issues with foods & eating healthfully
6) You're caring for an aging parent
7) You are thinking of having or have had gastric bypass surgery
8) You need guidance & confidence for breastfeeding your baby
9) You need to gain or lose weight
10) You want to eat smarter
YOUR REGISTERED DIETITIAN
Dr.PH., RDN, CDCES
Joyce Giammattei is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition from UC Davis and both a Master’s and Doctorate degree in Public Health from Loma Linda University.
Joyce is passionate about nutrition and disease prevention. She has over 20 years experience in clinical practice, helping people achieve health through nutrition. Her areas of interest are diabetes/pre-diabetes, sports nutrition, weight management and pediatric nutrition.
Through the implementation of behavior modification techniques and addressing each client’s specific eating and lifestyle tendencies, Joyce’s clients learn new habits and routines that contribute to a healthier body composition and disease management.
In her spare time you can find Joyce working out at the Y, riding her bike or going for a run.
Nicole Martinovich, Certified Health Coach & Healthy Initiative Coordinator
(707) 545-9622 ext. 3412