Personal Training

Personal Training

The YMCA understands that everyone is not at the same fitness level, so with a personal trainer we can accommodate you at your level of fitness. Whether you are an avid exerciser or a beginner, our trainers can ensure that you are being trained in a safe environment and at a comfortable pace until you are ready to proceed to the next level of fitness without injury. Our training sessions are one of the best ways to begin an overall individual fitness program. A certified trainer will help you develop an enjoyable fitness program that will target your goals. We create a program for you, walk you through each phase and offer suggestions while discussing your personal needs.

Personal Training Contact:

Lisa O’Connor
Wellness Director
203.775.4444 x 135

  • Stay motivated and committed to exercise.
  • Rev up a stale exercise with fresh approaches to your workout.
  • Reduce the risk of injury by learning proper techniques.
  • Increase your performance level by working out under our guidance.
  • Break out of a plateau and challenge yourself.
  • Set and achieve short-term and long-term goals, personalized to you.
  • Enhance your overall health and quality of life.
  • Interview and assessment to evaluate the client
  • Identify the individual’s needs and goals
  • Program tailored to suit your needs
  • Personal Attention
  • Encouragement
  • Motivation
  • Expert Guidance
  • Personalized Training Plan
  • Proper Form & Technique Cueing
  • Injury Prevention Tips
  • Proper Warm-Up/Cool-Down
  • Offer Basic Nutrition Info
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Alex Miller

Alex Miller

Alex Miller is currently studying Health Promotion and Exercise Science at WCSU and is also a certified Personal Trainer by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. His philosophy is that everyone is an individual, so Alex trains his clients with workouts tailored to meet their individual needs and goals.

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Dawne Kornhaas

Dawne Kornhaas, AFAA certified PT and Group Instructor. TRX qualified group instructor. Dawne’s goal is to help others achieve personal health and wellness and a fun and efficient manner through strength and flexibility training utilizing all formats of fitness, including using your own body weight as resistance, TRX, kettlebells, bands. Etc.

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Drew David

Drew has a Bachelor’s of Business & Psychology at High Point University, a Master’s of Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Western CT State University (in progress). Drew believes in a holistic approach to fitness. All aspects are important: strength training, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, and nutrition. He tries to incorporate new and fresh techniques that hit all different aspects of fitness into his workouts. Drew uses circuit training, HIIT, power lifting, cardio conditioning, and fun team challenges to keep you body constantly adapting. He believes in the power of the mind body connection, so if you believe you can change and grow you will. Also, Drew has been practicing yoga for about five years so he incorporates some power poses and stretching into his routines. He can work with all types of client’s different ages, sizes, and fitness levels and makes appropriate adaptations to meet their goals/needs. Health and fitness is a passion of Drew’s’ and he wants to instill that passion in clients to help them change their bodies and lives! Certifications:

  • W.I.T.S. Personal Fitness Trainer Heart saver CPR/AED
  • Water Aerobics Instructor
  • Hathe Yoga Instructor
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Evan Leibowitz

Evan has a Bachelor’s degree in health promotion studies; concentration in wellness management and CPT through ACE. He has worked at the Regional YMCA for almost a year and specializes in functional fitness/muscular endurance. His motivational quote is “What hurts more: The pain of discipline or the pain of regret?”



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Kerry Swift

Kerry Swift is personal training certified through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and is also an ACSM certified Cancer Exercise Trainer. She is certified to teach group exercise through AFAA and holds several specialty certifications such as Body Pump, Pilates, and Silver Sneakers. She enjoys working with people of all ages and abilities.

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Lee Weinstock

Lee Weinstock has a B.S. from Rutgers University and specializes on functional fitness and sports specific. Motivation is what gets people started. Her favorite quote is “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going,” by Jim Ryun. Certifications:

  • AFAA Group Exercise & AFAA Certified Personal Trainer
  • Les Mills BodyPump™
  • Les Mills CXWORX™
  • SilverSneakers®
  • Mad Dog Spinning®
  • Barre Certified
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Nate Stenabaugh

Nate is a 2013 Graduate of Western Connecticut State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Promotion Studies with a concentration in Wellness Management. Nate is certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Performance Enhancement Specialist. Nate has been a part of the Y community since 2013, working in a variety of different areas, including personal training, Fit in 12, Lose to Win, SCRAM and as the current conditioning coach for the Makos Swim Team. For the past two years Nate has worked with the Western Connecticut State University Women’s Swimming and Diving team as their Strength and Conditioning coach. Nate has also spent the last five summers working with the Brookfield High School Football team for off-season conditioning. Nate has built strong connections with everyone he has worked with during his young career. Nate is pursuing a career in the Physical Therapy field, and started Physical Therapy school in the summer of 2015.

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Shelley Norkowski

Shelley will keep you motivated with the most effective, fun workout. Fit is not a destination, it is a way of life. Certifications:

  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer
  • Art of Strength Essentials Kettle bells and Suspension Equipment
  • Art of Strength Corrective Strategies Kettle bells
  • P90X Beach Body
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Steve Braun

Steve Braun has a BBA Business Administration/Finance degree from Western Connecticut State University as well as a MBA Management and Organization from University of New Haven. As a lifetime fitness enthusiast, Steve has always enjoyed assisting others in achieving their own personal health and fitness goals. He firmly believes that where you are today is just a starting point to where you can be in the future. Steve’s goal-based programs monitor your progress with encouragement and regular fitness assessments. No matter what your current level of fitness, Steve can provide you with workouts that are both highly effective and diverse. Certifications:

  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer
  • American Council of Exercise (ACE) Sports Performance

Personal Training Contact:

Lisa O’Connor Wellness Director 203.775.4444 x 135