ACE-certified Success Stories
ACE-certified Group Fitness Instructor
ACE-certified Personal Trainer
Shapes Total Fitness Centers
2nd Runner-up, 2004 ACE Fitness Director of the Year
1st Runner-up, 2003 ACE Fitness Director of the Year
Fitness has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. It was important to my parents that we adopt a healthy, active lifestyle early on. I grew up around many activities—baseball, basketball, swimming, dancing, walking and tennis, to name a few. I knew of only one career that would hold my interest for life and obtained my B.A. in Physical Education from William Paterson University in New Jersey.
I moved to Florida in 1979 and began my full time career in fitness. I started my own aerobic dance company in Tampa and traveled to many corporations and apartment complexes to share my love of dance and exercise with others. In 1985 I began working for Shapes Total Fitness Centers in Sarasota as an aerobic instructor, where today I am the corporate fitness director.
I obtained my first ACE certification (formerly IDEA) in 1987 when I passed the Group Fitness Instructor Certification Exam, and expanded my credentials with the Personal Trainer certification in 1992 and Lifestyle & Weight Management Coach in 1999. I look to ACE for the information I need to develop our programming and provide our instructors and personal trainers with the continuing education courses they need to keep our corporation on the cutting edge.
Our company has expanded from five to 13 facilities since 1985. Along with growth came the challenges of creating an educated staff that would provide safe and effective programming for our members. As a continuing education provider for ACE, I was able to create a strong in-house training program and recruit more than sixty percent of our professional staff from our membership base. This has allowed us to provide the best customer service for our members through a stable base of employees that serves over 90,000 members.
We became an ACE Club in 2002 and have encouraged all our personal trainers and group fitness instructors to obtain their certifications with ACE. I was fortunate to be nominated by my colleagues for the 2003 ACE Fitness Director of the Year and won second place in that category.
I will continue to use ACE to take our corporation to new heights and provide the public with the most caring, knowledgeable staff to help them achieve their fitness goals for life.
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