Desmond Cullen grew up playing sports and, after being introduced to fitness training in his teens, began to explore everything from powerlifting to yoga. Desmond has been a trainer for over four years and holds certifications in personal training and corrective Exercise.
I think my clients would say I am passionate about keeping them motivated toward achieving their fitness goals. The fitness industry is constantly evolving, it is important for me to continue my education with new certifications and up to date information."
Desmond also stays current by following popular YouTube fitness channels and other online sources. He has many of the same interest as a typical 25 year old and likes to spend time with friends and family.
Desmond enjoys spending time outdoors, whether that's running, biking or just taking his dog to the park. But the main focus of his energy goes toward pushing himself to new levels of fitness. He tries to eat the right foods, exercise every day and get the proper amount of rest.
Patrick Bergen, Fitness Director
Patrick Bergen has been trainer for four years, three of which have been with the ARFC. Patrick graduated from UC Berkeley in 2011 with a passion for fitness and a desire to enrich others lives through exercise and movement. "When training is a true passion, it's easy to want to constantly improve your skills and knowledge so that you can bring the best to your clients. My clients are often very long term, so we tend to change the frequency of sessions over time, but it's based on their needs and wants."
Patrick,s other interests include Olympic weightlifting, trying to be a gymnast, climbing…,basically anything active! "My philosophy is that everyone can enjoy exercise, but it's about finding what works for each individual. Everyone has their unique challenges, but they can be overcome with careful exercise selection, positivity, and mindfulness."
Bonnie has been fitness professional for over twenty six years and holds certifications as a group fitness instructor through American Council on Exercise as well as a group fitness kickboxing instructor. Bonnie currently teaches a variety of classes, including Abs & Back, Cycle and Weight Interval, Cardio Fusion, and the ever popular Butts and Guts.
Bonnie is also a personal trainer. She enjoys the many friendships she has made during the 22 years she has been teaching and training at the club. "Helping people reach their goals and seeing our clients and students live healthier, happier lives is tremendously rewarding."
In her spare time Bonnie enjoys hiking, biking and running. Bonnie holds a first degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and is an avid tap dancer. Bonnie brings high energy, enthusiasm and fun to all her classes, so come join her in class and prepare to sweat, get fit, have fun, and be entertained.
Jacqueline has been in the fitness industry for more than 20 years. She has certifications with AFAA, NASM and The Pilates Coach. Group Fitness has been a main focus of hers since she was 20. At first she just started taking classes,but before long, she was leading them.
The benefits of taking a Group Fitness class seem obvious, consistency (same time and place every week), socialization (making friends make it fun and increases accountability), variety (you can take different types of classes throughout the week to cross train), you don't have to think-just do (my job is to lead, you only need to follow creating less stress and more fun).
"I believe everyone can be successful no matter what your current fitness level. I teach multilevel classes allowing each person to exercise at his or her own pace. This also allows for progression. You may start as a beginner and then build to intermediate or advanced. I love what I do and it's an integral part of my life. So join me in one of my classes and let's have fun!"
Lisa started personal training in 1988 after completing her Bachelors degree in Exercise Physiology. She's been involved in physical fitness ever since, is A.C.E. certified, and has been with ARFC as a personal trainer for the last two years.
Lisa's workouts are varied yet very consistent. She will push you to reach your fitness goals in a positive, motivating manner. She believes consistent exercise and a healthy diet are the fountain of youth.
"To get up and move on a daily basis is a cure all for the body and mind. That sense of personal accomplishment, whether you have conquered that 60 second plank or were able to run a mile, helps you to function on a daily basis so much easier, both physically and mentally. And hey, you might even shed a few pounds in the process."
Outside the club Lisa stays busy raising her two sons — her favorite hobby. They keep her busy and motivate her to stick with her exercise regimen. Lisa is also a big sports fan. Her favorite things — check out a Giants game or if she's really lucky, see the Chicago Bears play when they come to town. In addition, Lisa loves cooking, sitting down with a good healthy meal, great conversation, and a nice glass of Cabernet.
Tina's enthusiasm for fitness is contagious. A life long lover of exercise, she has learned first hand that movement is the key to optimal health. After spending 18 years with the court system, Tina left her desk job because it was literally "killing her." Although she was an avid runner, gym member, yogi and mountain biker, the repetitive movements at work became too physically debilitating.
Tina's interest in training started back in the high school weight room and she has always kept that fire burning. She was recently certified through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and applied the next day at her favorite health club. Tina enjoys hiking with her husband, camping, family trips to the beach, and being involved with her daughter's dance. She is a strong believer in Yoga and believes flexibility is the secret to youth.
"I am so excited to share the knowledge I have gained, not only through ACE, but through life experience. I have helped myself through many injuries and understand what it feels like to be in pain and have limitations. Fitness is for everyone and there is always something we can do, even when we have to start small. Getting stronger is the first step to living pain free, weight loss and feeling your best!"
Erin Jones is a NASM as well as TRX certified personal trainer. Don't let her looks fool you, she looks nice but she' tough. She reads a lot and takes continuing education classes to keep up. She's also learned a lot form her coworkers.
When Eri9n is not at work, she enjoys skiing, camping and spending time with her family.
"My fitness philosophy is to work smart and train hard. If you look the same as you did when you walked in, you didn't work hard enough."
Erin believes most people are far more capable than theythink. "Eat right, work hard and you'll get the body you deserve.
Ashley is a young energetic individual who has been an employee at the racquet club since May 2010. During that time she has gone from babysitting, to front desk, to accountability, to sales, group fitness instructor, and now personal trainer.
Ashley is Zumba, RIPPED, Group, Cycle and personal training certified. She is constantly continuing her education and finding new exercises to share with ARFC members. She is carrying on her love for teaching and helping others find their personal fitness story. "I like to push people to the limit, to a place they thought they could never reach."