Waverley Oaks fitness team is made up of the best personal training team you can find. Check out each bio below and learn about all of their skills.
Certifications: BS in Exercise Science, ACSM, TRX and FMS
Jon believes that anyone regardless of age, level of fitness, healthy or with limitations can benefit from fitness training. When he first works with a client there is an assessment of their total body from top to bottom as one unit as opposed to a bunch of different parts. This evaluation allows Jon to start to put the puzzle together of what exercises will be most beneficial to help correct any imbalances that he sees. These corrections help the client function better in everything that they do in life whether it be at home, at work, on the field or wherever else life takes them.
Jon’s personalized approach to training will provide you with a path to help reach your goals in a much more safe and timely manner while always making fitness FUN!!!
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“I trained with Jon for more years than seem possible. During all that time, Jon proved to be a great motivator, gently pushing me to increase my strength, balance and stamina. He was always mindful of physical limitations, whether temporary or chronic and was instrumental in helping me through a partial knee replacement to a full recovery. I cannot imagine a more competent or dedicated personal trainer.” – Alex
Certifications: AAFA, NESTA, TRX, FMS, Total Gym, Kettle Bell Concepts, Keiser Cycling, Turbo Kick, Zumba and Everlast Shadowboxing
Heather believes health and wellness fitness professionals can motivate, educate, and inspire people to reach optimal levels of physical health and balance in life. Her passion is to support and transform lives by empowering people to reach their full physical potential though accountability and on-going support.
Heather has a holistic approach to fitness and provides an environment that fosters positive energy and a friendly spirit empowering you to reach a heightened state of physical, mental/emotional, and spiritual balance. Whether your goal is athletic performance, weight loss/gain, injury recovery or simply being healthier Heather’s personalized program development cornerstones around mobility, stability, core strength and balance.
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“It is an absolute joy to work with Heather. She gets that health and wellness go far beyond simple exercise. She manages to motivate me with a wink and a dare. I never thought I would laugh so much while working out.” – Jeanne M.
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Certifications: American Council on Exercise
Shannon Roark has been working in the fitness industry since 2014. She got her start teaching group exercise classes and has been teaching at Waverley Oaks since 2016. After years of working for the State of Massachusetts, she decided that the fitness industry was her true passion and her career evolved into doing personal training as well as continuing to teach classes. She holds a double major BA in both Accounting and Criminology from Stonehill College. Shannon is a Certified Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor through the American College of Exercise (ACE). She is also a certified Les Mills Instructor teaching BodyPump and BodyCombat here at the club as well as an instructor Assessor which means she evaluates prospective teachers as they learn to become certified Les Mills instructors. Shannon was recently accepted into the onboarding process to become a Les Mills National Trainer & Presenter, where she will travel the country presenting Les Mills formats and training instructors to teach the formats. She also teaches MX4 small group training classes here at the club.
Shannon enjoys working with all ages and fitness levels to help them achieve their health and wellness goals. Her favorite exercise is the squat for a myriad of reasons. Not only is it a great lower body exercise that allows one to strengthen and tone the lower body, but the squat also allows her to evaluate and improve overall total body function given the total body involvement in the movement. Shannon also loves that squats are portable and have numerous means of progression to keep them challenging. She has all of her clients doing strength training and loves helping her clients (especially women) who might be intimidated by strength training, to see that weight training is something to embrace and not something to be scared of. In her free time Shannon enjoys spending time with her family (especially her 3 young nieces), reading, watching re-runs of Friends and The Office and of course pumping iron!
Philosophy on Training: With exercise there is truly something for everyone…..there is no need to force yourself into a style of training that doesn’t work just because it might work for someone else. I will help you find what works for you so that together we can create a habitual pattern of regular physical activity. Exercise can be and should be FUN. Together we will find what works for YOU!!!
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Certifications: National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF)
Sinceree Clarke-Diego has been working in the fitness industry for almost 10 years both as a group exercise instructor as well as a personal trainer. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Exercise Science from Quincy College and is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF). She also holds her Group Fitness Certification through the Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). She is proficient in Spanish and has also been heavily involved in the Livestrong Program which gives cancer patients and survivors an opportunity to do a 12-week complimentary program at a Local YMCA to help combat and recover from both the physical and emotional effects of the disease. Sinceree enjoys working with all ages and fitness levels but particularly enjoys working with those looking to lose weight, improve strength/flexibility/balance, pre and post-natal women as well as those conditioning for basketball, soccer, volleyball, tennis and obstacle course racing. She frequently uses circuit and interval training as her means to get her clients the results they desire but can adapt her training methods easily based on each individual’s goals and ability level. Her favorite exercise is the deadlift because of the total body requirements it takes to perform as well as the fact that it helps those clients who tend to sit all day get their posterior musculature firing the way it should be. In addition, Sinceree loves how the deadlift just makes her and her clients just feel overall strong and who doesn’t want that? In her free time Sinceree enjoys doing all things life has to offer with family and friends from sky diving to reading a book on the beach. Quite simply, Sinceree looks at each day as a chance to live life to the fullest.
Philosophy on Training: In order to know where to begin we have to first figure out what your baseline is. I will help you uncover where you are, where you want to be and then together we will create a safe, effective and enjoyable pathway to get you to your goals. Their will be challenges but I will be here to support you through those challenges. Together we will celebrate each of your successes-both small and big and we will take your body to new limits that you never believed were possible!!!
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Certifications: National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
Dan Galanto has been in the fitness industry since 2007. He holds a BS in Exercise Science from Sacred Heart University and an MPH in Public Health-Epidemiology from Boston University. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as well as a Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C) through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). In addition to authoring a book in 2017 on obesity titled “A Big Distraction”, Dan also presents at fitness conferences, teaches certification preparation classes for the ACSM and is a continuing education instructor for the ACSM. Dan enjoys working with all populations from youths to seniors to beginners to athletes and everyone in between. He has a particular affinity in working with weight loss clients and those with cardiovascular disease given his work in epidemiology. Dan also enjoys sports conditioning for athletes in ice/field hockey, football, lacrosse and track & field. His favorite exercise is walking because of its rhythmical nature, low impact to the joints, its social component as well as its portability to be done almost anywhere by most populations. In his free time, Dan enjoys unicycling, weight lifting, doing slackline, being with his dog and EATING!
Philosophy on Training: Exercise by itself is wonderful. Exercise combined with good nutrition, proper rest/recovery and formalized instruction is TRULY life changing. Together, whatever fitness level you are, we will use exercise as a catalyst for constructive behavior/lifestyle change. I will show you that the club CAN be a FUN place to be and a place well worth spending your time!!!
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Certifications: National Academy of Sport Medicine (NASM)
Scott Mahon has been involved in physical activity his entire life, whether on competitive fields or out and about in the mountains. After spending his first few year after college working out on the islands in Boston Harbor for the DCR, Scott realized that he wanted to get involved with helping people live healthier and happier lives through personal training. Scott received his BS in Sports and Motion Science from Salem State College with a concentration in Parks and Recreation Management in 2015. He is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Scott enjoys working with all populations, regardless if they have been exercising for years, or are just getting started. He particularly enjoys working with football and lacrosse players, as well as skiers and snowboarders as these are the sports he participated in both competitively and recreationally growing up and still to this day. Scott places an emphasis on strength work with his clients to help them get stronger, tone up, raise their metabolism, improve posture and improve quality of life/sports performance. He frequently uses TRX, kettlebells and Olympic lifts with his clients to help them reach their health and wellness goals but can easily adapt to each clients’ needs, level of fitness and goals. His favorite exercise is the deadlift because of its diversity, application to all populations and its total body strengthening benefits-from your legs all the way to your upper back and shoulders. Another reason this is such a valuable exercise is because it does a tremendous job of strengthening the core muscles as well which is where all movements in our body originate from. This is crucial because it will lead to better posture and all around better form while working out. Without good posture and core stabilization, an individual’s strength and functionality will be limited and risk of injury potentially higher. The deadlift is a fantastic strength exercise to give you a rock solid foundation to build off of for all subsequent strength work. In his free time Scott enjoys camping, rock climbing, snowboarding, fishing, disc golf and course working out.
Philosophy on Training: You will get out of training what you put into it. Your hard work will not go unnoticed when it comes to regular physical activity and proper nutrition. Stay the course, give it your best effort each time you exercise and you WILL see changes-both physically and mentally.
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Certifications: National Academy of Sport Medicine (NASM), NASM Senior Fitness Specialist
Matthew Fennell began his career in the fitness industry nearly 20 years ago and joined the Waverley Oaks Team in 2016. Matthew received his BS in Sports Science and Exercise Physiology from Newcastle College in the U.K. and is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). He also is a Certified Walking for Fitness Level 3 Instructor through the YMCA and believes that walking should be a fundamental and foundational part of everyone’s life. Matthew enjoys working with all populations but particularly enjoys working with weight loss clients as well as the older adult population. He also enjoys working with walkers, runners, soccer players and rock climbers. Matthew likes to keep his training functional and simple so that the people he works with feel the benefits of his training in everything that they do in their lives. His sessions focus on balance, mobility, posture, body awareness, core strength and improving activities for daily life. His favorite exercise is the kettlebell goblet squat because the anterior loading pattern is good for beginners to help teach proper form, little equipment is needed and most importantly it teaches his clients about the importance of engaging the upper back when we squat as well as keeping the thoracic spine mobile. In his free time Matthew enjoys spending time with his son, running, biking, archery, playing guitar and woodworking.
Philosophy on Training: Personal Training with me will not only improve your life, but it will also improve your life for your training. I approach each individual differently and assess what each persons’ needs are before any physical work begins. Then, in conjunction with what my clients’ goals are, I help them come up with a plan that makes the most sense for them so that they continue to progress safely and efficiently. Work on your strengths but also focus just as much on your weaknesses as the things we avoid or have challenges with are often the areas we need to focus on most.
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“I sleep better, and have more energy, and will be hiking up Mt. Greylock this weekend! I am very grateful to be working with Matthew and would highly recommend him as a trainer to anyone.” – Diana
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Certifications: National Academy of Sport Medicine (NASM)
Chris Goode has been an athlete his entire life and over the last few years he has devoted his life to pursuing his passion of helping people improve their quality of life through regular physical activity and proper nutritional habits. Chris received his BS in Culinary Arts and Food Service Management from Johnson and Wales University in 2015. Despite his continued love for the kitchen, Chris decided he wanted to begin transitioning his career to the fitness industry in 2013.
He then attended the World Instructor Training School (WITS) where he studied personal training for 4 months followed by an internship program here at Waverley Oaks. He is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Chris enjoys working with all populations, regardless if they have been exercising for years, or are looking to begin the journey. He also particularly enjoys working with basketball players, golfers, swimmers and rock climbers as those were the sports he participated in both competitively and recreationally growing up. Chris prefers to train movements rather than muscles and uses numerous styles and forms of training to best suit his clients’ needs. His favorite exercise is the deadlift because of its importance in strengthening the posterior chain of our bodies-one of the most common weakness in the general population. Because of the variety and progression that can be done with deadlifts, Chris uses them with most of his clients as a way to improve posture, strength and body composition. In his free time Chris enjoys exercising, basketball, rock climbing, cooking, spending time with family and friends as well as watching sports.
Philosophy on Training: Becoming healthier is the result of consistent exercise AND proper nutritional habits which will ultimately lead to true lifestyle change. Success comes from embracing ALL of the elements involved in the process-there are no shortcuts. By uncovering and honing your strengths as well as attacking your weaknesses, I can help you be the healthiest and happiest version of yourself.
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” Chris Goode combines a positive, upbeat approach to fitness training with a willingness to listen and tailor workouts to your needs. Working with him I’ve improved my strength, conditioning, and flexibility (which has showed up in my tennis playing) and, most importantly, accomplished this while steering clear of injuries. Strongly recommend Chris for anyone looking for guidance in getting, and staying, in better shape.” – JF
Certifications: National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
Jason Richard grew up here in Waltham and has been involved with physical activity his whole life. He began playing hockey, soccer and baseball in his early years but truly found his calling when he got into martial arts at the age of 6. He has been involved in various disciplines of martial arts and he also teaches karate and kids Brazilian Jujitsu at his martial arts school. He also teaches self defense classes for all ages in both private and group settings so that people can be more prepared should an unfortunate event occur and one needs to fend off an attacker. Jason received his BS in Exercise Physiology from Umass-Lowell and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Jason enjoys working with all ages and fitness levels to help them achieve their health and wellness goals. He believes in individualized programming for each person that he works with whether it be work on joint mobility, strength, aerobic endurance or anything else that he and his clients identify that they need and or want. His favorite exercise is the plank because it is such a versatile exercise that can be done anywhere, leaves lots of room for progression and is one of the best core stabilization exercises-which is the foundation from which all human movement originates. In his free time Jason likes to practice his martial arts, play pick games of various sports with friends, read, go to movies and go to out to find great places to eat.
Philosophy on Training: Just like you seek out professional services for other parts of our life, you should do the same in regards to your fitness training so that you get a customized approach of what you need, how to go about getting it as well as be prepared for what you will need in the future. I will help you take the guess work out of your fitness training so that you maximize your time and results, do what it is TRULY needed for YOU and where YOU are on your fitness journey!!
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Certifications: National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
Ron Laham has been a certified athletic trainer for over 25 years and has an extensive background in injury evaluation, prevention, and rehabilitation, as well as soft tissue/manual therapy. Over the course of those 25 years, Ron has been actively involved in strength and conditioning, with clients ranging from youth levels to Division One college athletes. Ron holds a BS in Athletic Training and Physical Education from Northeastern University as well as a Masters in Education from the University of Virginia. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as well as a Performance Enhancement Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). He has worked with many different sports, including basketball, hockey, baseball/softball, football, volleyball, lacrosse, and tennis. After owning his own health club for ten years, he began his journey into the more mainstream fitness industry, and expanded his clientele beyond competitive athletes. In addition to his work in the fitness industry, he is also an Adjunct Professor at Lasell College where he teaches classes related to Strength and Conditioning, Personal Training, Performance Nutrition, and Therapeutic Exercise. Ron’s favorite exercise is the deadlift, and its variations, because when executed correctly it engages the posterior chain muscles such as the glutes, hamstrings, and erector spinae. These muscles tend to be “shut off” during the day since we spend most of the time in the seated position. Activating and strengthening these muscles via the deadlift will help to offset our poor posture during the day as well as overcome the anterior chain domination of the quadriceps and hip flexor muscles. In his free time, Ron enjoys working out, reading, watching the Red Sox, Patriots and college basketball as well as spending time with friends and family.
Philosophy on Training: Due to my background in athletic training, my training philosophy focuses on corrective exercise and injury prevention first. It is essential that movement and posture are assessed and any dysfunction is addressed within the training program, as you do not want to strengthen dysfunction. I utilize the Functional Movement Screen, as well as other musculo-skeletal and postural assessments, to develop an appropriate individualized program based on client needs and goals. If there are restrictions or imbalances I work to correct those first so we can train in a manner that reinforces proper mechanics. My objective is to help each client incorporate health and wellness into their lifestyle, in a safe and effective manner, for the rest of their lives.
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Certifications: American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
Teri Muller has been working in the fitness industry for over 30 years and joined the Waverley Oaks Fitness Team over 25 years ago. She holds a BA in English from St. Francis (PA) and is a Certified Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). She enjoys working with all populations from ages 20+ but has a special affinity for working with pre/post natal women, pre/post menopausal women and older adults. Her sessions focus on improving the movement quality, posture, balance, flexibility and strength of the clients she works with. Teri has also worked with those recovering from various injuries, hip/knee replacements as well as those recovering from various types of cancer. Her favorite exercise technique is interval training as it allows her to get the most caloric expenditure out of her clients thus getting them the most efficient workout possible so they can get in, get out and get on with their busy lives. In her free time, Teri enjoys doing anything outdoors whether it be cycling, golf, hiking, skiing or competing in sprint triathlons. She is also enjoys dancing and is a very successful stage actor appearing in numerous local performances.
Philosophy on Training: Fitness comes in a wide range of shapes, sizes and ages. Whether you are just beginning to embark upon a path to a healthier lifestyle or are an experienced exerciser, there are numerous obstacles throughout one’s fitness journey. My job is to listen to what you would like to get as a result of your time with me and then design creative and fun workouts that continuously work toward reaching the goals that we have decided on together. I will support and motivate you to overcome fitness and nutritional obstacles and educate you on how to make health and wellness a regular and important part of your daily life!!!
“I was beginning to feel like I was going thru the motions at the gym. After a half hour of Teri’s encouragement and praise in a wonderfully upbeat manner, I am actually looking forward to heading back to the gym and working hard. – Susan M.
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Certifications: American Council on Exercise (ACE)
Jenna Lou has been in the fitness industry since 2015. She holds a BA (triple major) in Photography, Graphic Design and Psychology of Creativity from Montserrat College of Art. She is a Certified Personal Trainer and Health Coach through the American Council on Exercise (ACE). Jenna had always been active in her early years of life and was heavily into martial arts and dance. After college, she began working in the corporate world and quickly realized that it was taking a toll on her physical and mental health. Therefore; she decided to transition into the fitness industry where she could combine her passions of human movement and helping people improve their overall quality of life. Jenna enjoys working with all populations looking for positive lifestyle change including those who are uncomfortable in the club, clients looking to lose/add weight, pre/post natal women, older exercisers and women who are struggling with their self confidence and/or body image. She loves doing small group training, high intensity interval training, conditioning for tennis, swimming, martial arts, boxing and dancing as well as health seminars on subjects such as healthy eating, realistic goal setting and healthy practices for work and home. Her favorite exercise is Boxing because of its effect on metabolic conditioning, the stress release it provides as well as increasing speed, reaction time, coordination and aerobic fitness. ANYONE can do it and doing it with a partner is both engaging and fun, while doing it alone is focused and empowering! Besides working out, in her free time she loves to read up on current fitness and nutrition trends-focusing a lot on vegan cooking with plant-based recipes. She also is in a musical band where she sings and plays ukulele.
Philosophy on Training: I believe training your body and mind in a way that compliments your everyday life is crucial. Whether you are a full-time parent, work a desk job or perform intense physical labor, it is important to exercise based on what is specific to YOU so that daily life activities are easier and more importantly, pain free! Engaging in movement that YOU personally enjoy makes all the difference so I will help you explore new things and mix up your routines so that you look forward to your workouts and you think of exercise as being FUN and not a burden. I believe there is no substitute for healthy eating and I love helping my clients make small changes that lead to huge improvements in the way you look, feel and function!!!
“I can’t say enough good things about Jenna. She is incredibly knowledgeable in not only fitness, but also nutrition. She does a phenomenal job keeping you motivated throughout the session, while still making it as enjoyable as working out can be 😉 I’ve been training with her 5 days a week for the past few months, and I’ve never felt better. I highly recommend her to anyone looking to get in shape both physically and mentally..” Daniel M.
“I highly recommend my trainer, Jenna Lou. I’ve never liked going to the gym but since I began my training with Jenna I now look forward to my time at the gym as an enjoyable and vital part of my routine. Under Jenna’s guidance I’ve finally learned how to work out, how to vary and mix-up different exercises and most importantly, how to enjoy myself in the process. Since starting with Jenna I see a huge improvement in my overall strength, day to day energy levels and mental focus. Jenna’s approach is consistently friendly, upbeat, positive and motivating. I can’t say how happy I am to have found such a great personal trainer.” Jon W.
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