My interest in fitness came later in life. While working with a personal trainer I set fitness goals like completing a triathlon and running a half-marathon. After a long career as a rabbi, I became an ACE (American Council on Exercise) Certified Personal Trainer. I take a particular interest in working with those 55+. I am a certified Functional Aging Specialist through FAI (Functional Aging Institute).
As we grow older, we need not necessarily grow weaker and more frail. Research shows that at any age we can work to maintain and even improve our levels of physical fitness. The focus is on mobility (keeping our body moving as it should), balance, and strength. The ultimate goal is to be able to carry out the activities of daily living with energy and confidence so that we can remain independent long into our senior years.
I have extensive experience working with those over 55 (and into their 90s) and am familiar with the various conditions that accompany us as we grow older. I have come back from injuries and surgeries and understand the struggles of trying to successfully regain previous abilities. My years as a rabbi have given me a greater sense of empathy, a listening ear, and an appreciation and respect for others and their experiences.
I look forward to working with you to be stronger and more independent as we make our way into the “years of wisdom” ahead. I firmly believe in the positive benefits fitness brings to all areas of our lives. Are you ready to make a change?
Sam grew up valuing the importance of spreading joy to others. Once she personally overcame childhood weight issues and discovered the vitality of a more fit lifestyle, she made it a mission to help others discover how exercise and healthy habits can change the aspects of their lives that truly matter to them. From newfound energy and a sense of pride to improved relationships, exercise helps everyone in different ways.
After 11 fulfilling years of being an in-home caregiver, she received her Group Fitness Instructor certification through the American Council on Exercise, and shortly thereafter, her Senior Fitness Specialist certification through ACE as well. Caregiving, for Sam, had shone a light on how seniors can often be in need of some guidance on how to flourish and age successfully.
With her lifelong intentions of spreading joy, Sam delves into all of her training with the hope of bringing every client a meaningful routine that will ensure they can be confident in remaining as independent and vibrant as possible.
Amy Nieman has been working in the fitness industry for many years and has had the opportunity to work with a variety of individuals, at different stages of their fitness journey. As an ACE certified Medical Exercise Specialist, Amy has worked in the cardiac rehab setting, with collegiate athletes and for the last 15 years with the senior population. Amy has worked closely with physical and occupational therapists and is able to help clients transition from therapy programs to long term exercise program.
Amy has a strong commitment to helping clients feel more confident with movement, gain the benefits of exercise and maintain independence.
Jeremy has been very active since an early age--running around the neighborhood and playing sports. In high school, he decided that I wanted to have a career in the athletic/fitness field. He decided to become a personal trainer. Jeremy graduated from Tri-C with a degree in Sports and Exercise studies in 2017. In 2021, he was certified through ISSA as a Fitness Coach, Personal Trainer, and Strength and Conditioning Specialist. During his time at Tri-C, he had the opportunity to work with older adults (including some family members), learning about their wants and needs.
Jeremy writes: "My main goal as a personal trainer is to help every client I come across exceed their challenges and expectations so that they can live a happier, healthier lifestyle with more freedom."