Fitness First

Personal Training & Small Group Training

The Results You Want, From Experts Who Care!
We back the word "professional" with college education and/or national certification. We are continuing to help our staff increase their knowledge by sending employees to seminars and certifications. That is why we are proud to introduce our staff to all members and potential members so that you can be assured of receiving qualified help, undivided personal attention and a friendly hello with each visit to the club. Please be assured that all staff members are certified in CPR.

Personal Training
If you are serious about achieving your fitness goals, a Personal Trainer is the way to go.

One Session: A single hour session will provide you with a clear understanding of how your personal goals can be achieved.

Personal Training Packages: Meeting several times with a trainer will take you beyond the single session objectives. The trainer will work with you and introduce you to the personalized exercise program that has been designed for you. The trainer will offer continued motivation and specialized one-on-one instruction to insure proper form and technique to maximize your workout to its optimal potential.

 



Odyssey Strength and Conditioning is a training system that will help you improve your quality of life, regardless of age or ability. Our focus is on teaching you to move more efficiently, without pain, and to prepare you for any challenges in life. We do this by integrating the fundamental components of gymnastics, weightlifting, and metabolic conditioning.

Gymnastics: We use the fundamental principles of gymnastics to teach you to control your body through your greatest ranges of motion. This leads to increases in strength, flexibility, coordination, balance, agility, and accuracy.

Weightlifting: We use weightlifting to teach you how to control and safely move external objects. This creates increases in your strength, power, speed, flexibility, and coordination.

Metabolic Conditioning: We use metabolic conditioning to increase your cardiovascular endurance and stamina. This will allow you to perform any given task in life more efficiently and safely.

While many of the workouts are challenging and we will encourage you to expand your comfort zone, we firmly believe in quality of movement over more movement. That means that we will always help guide you to achieving better movements which will keep you safer, make you stronger, and live better.

Click here for the complete Odyssey Schedule.

 

Small Group Training
Small group training offers the benefits of personal training with the excitement of being in a group setting. Sessions are limited to 10 participants or less so it offers a personalized exercise experience with hands on coaching.

Small Group Training Rates

Members Non-Members
1 Session for $12 1 Session for $15
6 Sessions for $66 6 Sessions for $87
10 Sessions for $99 10 Sessions for $120

Sign up is required and will be available beginning one week in advance.

Cancellation Policy: Members are required to cancel within 8 hours of the session. If you fail to cancel or show up, you will forfeit that session.

Click here for the complete Small Group Training Schedule.

 

Small Group Training Classes

TRX
A new category of exercise for all fitness levels that leverages one's own bodyweight and gravity using the TRX to develop strength, balance, flexibility and core stability simultaneously.

TRX RIP Training
A weight training program that incorporates resistance to improve balance, core strength, power, flexibility and endurance through movement patterns related to everyday life and sport.

BOOTCAMP
Circuit training alternates strength training exercises with aerobic activities to give you two workouts in one. Boot camp combines intervals of cardio drills and muscle conditioning exercises to provide you with the ultimate circuit workout.

Boot Camp: Strength Edition
This class builds strength based on the foundations of human movement. Participants will learn to dymanically activate the major muscles involved in specific movements before strength is increased in that movement. Class will finish with a metabolic conditioning circuit to further increase strength and burn fat.

Meet Our Personal Trainers
Pietro Abruzzo

Specialities

  • Strength Training
  • Functional Movement
  • Stability
  • Sport Specific
  • Youth Training
  • Special Populations
  • Strongman

Education/Certification

  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Springfield College
  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
  • TRX Certified Trainer
  • TRX RIP Trainer Certified

Professional Experience

  • Personal Trainer at Boston Sports Clubs Wellesley 2013-2015

Philosophy

"Strength is never a weakness."

Mark Laurenzano

Mark Laurenzano

Specialities

  • Designing personal training programs for all ages
  • Overcoming motivational & lifestyle barriers

Education/Certification

  • B.S. Physical Education - Springfield College
  • Mass. Teacher Certification -
    PE (5-12)
  • YMCA Certified Strength Training Director
  • YMCA Certified Strength Training Instructor
  • YMCA Certified Fitness Leader
  • YMCA Certified Instructor for Active Older Adults
  • P.M.T. Certified Instructor
  • TRX Training Certified
  • TRX RIP Training Certified

Professional Experience

  • Fitness Director at Springfield YMCA for 5 years
  • Fitness Consultant, Olympic Manufacturing Group since 2011
  • Physical Educator, Kiley Middle School for 14 years Dean of Students, Kiley Middle School since 2011
  • Adjunct Professor/Springfield College since 2004
  • Physical/Psychological Management Trainer since 2002
  • Personal Trainer at Fitness First since 1994
  • Founder of FitZone Athletic Performance "A Personal Training Program for all ages." www.fitzoneathleticperformance.com

Philosophy

"Health and wellness start from the inside through realistic goal setting, hard work, envisioning success, and dedication. Each and every one of us can accomplish our desires."

Marie Mason

Specialities

  • Strength Training
  • Post Rehabilitation Strength Training

Education/Certification

  • MEd, Health Fitness, Springfield College
  • BS, Physical Education, Westfield State College
  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • Small Group Training Instructor
  • AAHFRP Medical Exercise Specialist
  • Hways Silver Sneakers
  • AHA Adult CPR/AED

Professional Experience

  • Personal Trainer/Group Ex Instructor since 1990
  • Corporate Fitness Administrator
  • Traveling Trainer – 3 Years
  • Small Business Owner/Operator - Personal Training Studio – 6 Years
  • Agawam YMCA Group Ex/Personal Trainer 2014-2016

Philosophy

"Appropriate fitness choices can help you strengthen your Mind, Body and Spirit so you can continue to do all those things you love to do outside the gym."

Linda Methe

Specialities

  • Wellness Coaching
    - Design personalized fitness plan/we ight loss program
    -Set goals and minimize obstacles
    - Ongoing motivation and support
  • Personal Yoga
    - One on one yoga sessions
    - Small group yoga for 2-5 participants • Water yoga
  • Class Basics/Intro to Group Classes
    - Learn class moves
    - Review proper technique
    - In-class support

Education/Certification

  • MEd Counseling Psychology 1990
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor since 1990
  • AFAA Certification
  • YogaFit Certification
  • Les Mills Certifications: BodyPump, BodyStep, BodyFlow

Professional Experience

  • Individual, Couple, Family and Group Therapist
  • Group ritness Instructor since 1993

Jenny O'Brien

Specialities

  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Cross Fit Training
  • Interval Training

Education/Certification

  • Associates Degree Holyoke Community College Liberal Arts Major 2013
  • Bachelor's Degree Umass Boston Exerc ise and Health Sciences Major 2017
  • CPR/ AED Certified

Professional Experience

  • 400 Hour Internship at Evolution Sports Center January 2017- May 2017
  • Fitness First August 2017 - Current

Philosophy

'"Motivation, dedication and ta'!,eted instruction can bring out the
athlete in everyone."

 

Diana King

Melissa Pettit

Specialities

  • Strength Training
  • Balance/Core Stability Trainin
  • High-Intensity Interval Training

Education/Certification

  • WITS Personal Training Certified
  • WITS Completion in Group Training
  • TRX Training Certified
  • Rip Training Certified
  • Certified in Diet & Nutrition
  • CPD Certification

Professional Experience

  • Personal Trainer at Fitness First since 2011
  • Former Personal Trainer at LA Fitness, Springfield
  • Personal Trainer since 2007
  • Massage Therapist since 2003

Philosophy

"No goal is ever out of reach."

Cherie Rousseau

Cherie Rousseau

Specialities

  • Resistance Training
  • Endurance, Marathon & Triathlon Training
  • Sport Specific Training
  • Pre-& Post-Natal Pregnancy Training
  • Health and Fitness Assessments
  • Behavior modification for weight loss and physical activity lifestyle habits

Education/Certification

  • M.Ed., Physical Education, Springfield College
  • B.S., Exercise Science, UMass, Amherst
  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
  • MA Teacher Certification, P.E. (K-8 & 5-12)
  • American Heart Association CPR/AED Certified
  • Lifeguard Training & Community First Aid Certified
  • Reiki Master

Professional Experience

  • Physical Educator since 2007, currently at Woodland
  • Elementary School
  • Personal Trainer at Fitness First since 2007
  • Personal Training/Fitness Specialist at UMass, Amherst & Springfield College
  • W.I.T.S. Personal Trainer Course Instructor
  • Assistant Director for the YMCA Safe Summer Streets Program

Philosophy

"Be the change you want to see in the world." - Gandhi

Brandon Welker

Brandon Welker

Specialities

  • Strength Training
  • Power Lifting
  • Wrestling Specific

Education/Certification

  • Bachelor's Degree in International Studies from SUNY Cortland
  • AAA/ISMA Personal Training Certified
  • AAAI/ISMA Strength Conditioning/Weight Training Certified
  • Sports Nutrition Certified
  • TRX Training Certified
  • TRX RIP Training Certified
  • CrossFit Level 1 Coach
  • USAW-L1

Professional Experience

  • Fitness Director, Fitness First since 2011
  • Personal Trainer since 2008
  • Fitness Consultant/Fitness First since 2006
  • State University of New York at Cortland Power Lifting Champion and Record Holder at the 132 lb. Weight Class

Philosophy

"Ever strive to be best."
- Homeric Philosophy

Matt Wilkinson

Specialities

  • Weightlifting
  • Athletic Training
  • Military Workouts

Education/Certification

  • Personal Trainer Certification from Expert Rating Military Fitness
  • CPR/ AED Certified
  • Westfield State Movement Science Major

Professional Experience

  • Personal Trainer - Fitness First 2017- Present

Philosophy

"All you need is hard work, motivation, and dedication."

 

Colleen Ziemba

Colleen Ziemba

Specialities

  • Abdominal Training
  • Flexibility Training
  • Cardiovascular and Resistance Training

Education/Certification

  • Bachelor's Degree in Movement Science from Westfield State University
  • Associates Degree in Arts and Science from Holyoke Community College
  • AFAA Certified Personal Trainer
  • AFAA Group Exercise Instructor
  • Les Mills CXWORX Certified
  • TRX Certified
  • Silver Sneakers-Yoga Stretch & Muscle Strength Range of Motion II Certified

Professional Experience

  • Physical Therapy Rehab Aid since August 2013, Attain Therapy & Fitness, East Longmeadow
  • Twenty years of dance training

Philosophy

"Live to love fitness."

   

 

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