Meet our Youth Fitness trainers

Passion and commitment are number-one-characteristics of Energetic Juniors youth fitness trainers.

EJ trainers are highly educated and will help your kids get the most out of each session. Many of our youth fitness trainers have been with us for years and specialize in working with children. You will find only the most passionate, friendly, and experienced trainers in our sessions.

  • Passion for fitness

  • Responsive to needs and interests

  • Diverse backgrounds and specialties

  • Love working with children and teens

  • Great energy and encouraging spirit

  • Youth Fitness Certification or education

  • Dedicated to your child’s success

  • Creative and innovative approach to fitness

Our trainers will motivate your child to have fun and get results.

Mario G.


My name is Mario Guerrero, and I’m originally from Guayaquil, Ecuador. I have been living in New York for the past 9 years.

I have earned my bachelors of science in kinesiology and movement science, and I have also become a Youth Fitness Specialist Level 1.

I started working with children as a teenager, and have been part of summer camps in New York that worked with children from 10 to 14 years of age. I have also done volunteer work in little league teams from churches in Brooklyn and Queens.

My latest non-profit work was in Harlem in an after school program that worked with middle school kids (6-7- and 8th grade)

I have also done personal training for adults at different companies since I was 19, and I’m still heavily involved with this type of work.

My work with Energetic Juniors has helped me evolve as a youth trainer and it has provided me with a vast amount of experience that will help me advance. I’m looking forward to continuing my education and growth as a professional with Energetic Juniors.

Colleen K.


While attending school for business at Fordham University and working in advertising for a sports television network, exercise was always Colleen’s outlet. Colleen found that setting goals and achieving them inside the gym translated to her life outside of it. After three years of working in a corporate environment, Colleen decided to leave her job to pursue a career within the fitness industry. Colleen spent three years working in management for a small boutique fitness studio, and while there, she obtained her personal training certification through NASM. She thoroughly enjoys helping her clients set and accomplish their fitness goals.

Colleen has always had a passion for working with children. As a teenager, she began working as a camp counselor and continued to work with children by babysitting for multiple families in Manhattan. Colleen enjoys combining two of her passions, fitness and children, as a trainer at Energetic Juniors! She believes that fitness is not only a great tool in creating physical changes, but also (and more importantly) it is a tool towards improved confidence, self-esteem, and outlook.

Colleen has earned her Youth Exercise Specialist certification through NASM. She can’t wait to help her youth clients reap the positive benefits of fitness!

Paytra G.


Paytra brings a unique and young energy to exercise and health. She has been two-times certified by the International Sports and Science Association. Her passion for fitness and continuing education on new ideas/workouts makes for a challenging and ever-changing workout program.

Her philosophy working with kids is that exercise should be an enjoyable experience that caters to the needs, goals, and desires of each child. She loves to instill confidence and a life-changing attitude about the healthy lifestyle.

Paytra is also a professional singer/musician, and she uses her musicality to foster the creative side of the kids. She’s adventurous, passionate, and full of joy; and she feels honored to be able to share her love for health with clients of any age.

Meredith T.

Virtual Sessions and In- Person Training in Riverdale

When it comes to working with children and teens, Meredith believes in fostering a positive, safe environment in which the kids can build their self confidence, reach their goals, and most importantly, have fun. She recognizes that kids, just like adults, are all beautifully unique and finds it crucial to personally tailor each and every workout to match the vivid, individual spunk of the client. She finds children and teens to be inspiring, and is passionate about helping them to discover their full potential. Meredith has had several years of experience developing and teaching dance, fitness, yoga, and gym classes to kids of all ages. She is an ACE certified personal trainer and graduate of the dance theater program at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. In addition, she has education and experience in multiple dance styles, yoga for kids, CardioTap NYC, HIIT, and dance cardio.

Meredith is a Youth Fitness Certified trainer.

Katrina P.

Zumba, Cardio, Kickboxing | Virtual Only

Katrina Phillip is a native of Chicago. Being the hyperactive child that she was, her folks enrolled her into dance class, and she was hooked ever since.

Katrina went to Western Michigan University to get her B.F.A. in Dance, meanwhile she discovered a new love for fitness training and instructing. There in Kalamazoo, MI, if she wasn’t rehearsing for a show, in class or studying, Katrina was found teaching and training at WMU’s state of the art rec center.

Now, Ms. Phillip continues to pursue both passions here in NYC. She is certified through AFAA, NETA, and IFTA for personal fitness training and for group exercise instruction — Has had her ZUMBA license since 2010 and her MaddDoggSpin certification since 2012. Katrina has even taught P.E. for private schools and for special needs programs all over the city. Recently she has become a P.E. adjunct professor for Columbia and Barnard Universities. Her clients and students range from age 3 to 91 years old.

“Sharing my passion & joy for movement, celebrating our health and physical abilities, is just the best job I could ever ask for. My philosophy working with children and adults is to have them enjoy and embrace the physical fitness challenges given… To celebrate their strength and be proud of what they can do and accomplish!”

Katrina has been with Energetic Juniors since 2004.

John V.


I believe the best time to start practicing fitness and health was yesterday. The second best time is today.

No matter what age – young or old – I enjoy helping enrich and change lives through training. Since being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes as a teen, I decided to take action about how I wanted the rest of my life to be – long, healthy and joyful. I took up training and quickly realized my calling was not just to train myself, but others as well. From being a summer camp counselor in my high school years to formally training teens now, I have always enjoyed working with kids and young adults. It is never too early to learn good movement “habits,” and stay ahead of the curve with sports performance and strength.

I am currently certified by NASM and am pursuing a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. I emphasize correct, efficient movement that transfers over to sports, daily life, and addresses stability and strength. I am well versed in many modalities and enjoy being creative with whatever equipment is available. Most of all, I enjoy making workouts fun, challenging and engaging!

Gerre “Dre” Bettis

Certified Personal Trainer, Youth Exercise Specialist, Fitness Nutrition Specialist – NASM

Dre began his path to becoming a Personal Trainer in 2010.  With over a decade of experience in his field, he’s not only upgraded and enhanced his ability as a trainer; he’s become a valued and respected instructor. Working with clients of various ages and fitness levels, Dre tailors each workout based on the individuals needs and abilities; maintaining the overall understanding of fitness and nutrition being a vital part of a healthy lifestyle.

As a father to a young daughter, Dre recognizes and understands the long-term benefits of teaching kids and teens the importance of being active (putting down the electronics) and maintaining a healthy lifestyle at an early age.  

As a Certified Spartan SGX Coach and a participant in many OCR events, Dre challenges anyone and everyone to reach their maximal potential. Whether your goal is to complete 5 push-ups or a 5K, Dre will make sure you reach your goals and have a fun time doing so!

Chao L.


Growing up, Chao took up playing in multiple sports teams on a high school and collegiate level as an outlet to managing adolescent obesity. Her passion in athletics led her to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in exercise science, with the intention of helping the general population bridge the gap between health and fitness.

As someone who has struggled with poor diet and physical performance, Chao hopes to simplify the components to maintaining a healthy lifestyle for adolescents and adults. She has had extensive experience training sedentary youths all the way to athletes in sports teams.

Chao holds a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and is certified by NASM as a performance enhancement specialist.

“People are not fragile. Fitness has been life changing for me, and I hope more people can see the value in being the strongest versions of themselves, instead of having to fixate over seeing the smallest number on the scale or having to worry about what they’re eating on vacation.”


Certified Personal Trainer – NCCPT Boxing

Hi! My name is Edwin Richardson. I’m a certified personal trainer who believes that everyone deserves to be healthy. My focus is the kids – they are the future!

I have 10 years experience working with Bodysculpt, an organization dedicated to bridging kids, sports and healthy lifestyle habits. I excel at teaching children and young adults how to incorporate these healthy choices into their daily life.

My areas of expertise include boxing, weight loss, weight gain and chest strengthening.

Claude J.

Kickboxing, Boxing, Judo, Sports Conditioning

Born and raised in New York City, Claude has been a Personal Trainer for more than 15 years, with certifications as an instructor in Kettlebell Training, Kickboxing, Boxing, Advanced Stretching Techniques, Integrated Stretching, TRX Suspension System.

He is also experienced in coaching youth basketball, organizing multi-sport youth activities, and working one-on-one with youth to increase agility, strength, and conditioning. Claude enjoys teaching and sharing self-defense techniques through Judo and submission grappling. He believes passionately in the importance of exercise and aims to help his clients adopt a lifestyle that keeps them healthy and fit.

As a coach and personal trainer, he emphasizes the value of exploring a variety of strategies to achieve ones goals, guiding clients on a path to long-term health and fitness.

In working with youth, Claude focuses on increasing confidence, and developing lifelong healthy habits for optimal physical development, and to enhance their quality of life and reach their potential.


NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Behavior Change Specialist, Bachelor or Science in Exercise Science

Fitness for me as a personal trainer has become health and well-being driven. I pride myself on understanding that everyone’s body is unique, and work cooperatively with the client to find what works best for them. As a personal trainer, I am constantly learning with each client/session I have.

I have worked with many clients ranging from professional athletes in the NBA to 4-year-olds beginning their journey in physical activity.

I have been instructing kids through fun group workouts, obstacle courses, sports, etc. I am hoping to work with other fitness and medical professionals to stress the importance of fitness as a prescription for childhood obesity and morbidity.

Among other credentials, I am a NASE Certified Speed Specialist, BBI Human Movement Specialist, and Fitness for Recovery Specialist.

James M.


Consistent and sustainable growth is James’ true passion. Providing a system that allows individuals to change their life for the better is his calling. Empowering himself to do the above allows him to sleep soundly.

Ever since the passing of his father, James decided to take his life into his own hands and never let go. At this stage James knew he wanted to spend his life doing two things: to add value to others and to live his life with as little regrets as possible. When he started to engage in fitness, he realized that he was meant to share his knowledge with others and improve their quality of life.

James has the unique opportunity to indulge in all the above. As a student as well as a personal trainer, James excels in being flexible, empathetic, and effective. James is certified by NASM, holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise science, and is currently a doctoral student in the process of acquiring a degree in physical therapy.

In working with youth, James enjoys making workouts fun! Creativity is his specialty as James is able to work with any equipment that is available. In training with youth, James focuses on developing self-confidence, self-worth and habits that will improve their lives for years to come.

Chris B.

ACE Certified Youth Personal Trainer

I am an ACE certified youth personal trainer, with specialties in youth fitness, functional training & group exercise. I earned my B.M. in Music Theatre from Rider University and moved to NYC 7 years ago. For the past 5 years, I have been a fitness professional. Movement has always been a part of my life. I grew up with ADHD and always had an excess of energy I didn’t know what to do with. But whether through team sports, dance, fitness or Alexander technique, I was always able to build & find community. As I got older, I wanted to re-create and share that community with others. In high school, I worked at my local YMCA as a summer camp/after-school counselor teaching children aged 7-18 through various sports and team building activities. I also designed and implemented a theater/dance curriculum that I oversaw through my 4 years in high school. In my acting career, I always found myself leading/organizing a group fitness class among my peers. The goal is a judgement free, safe space. that encourages exploration and fosters creativity. I invite failure, because I understand this is how we learn and grow.

Jerome P.


Jerome has a Bachelor of Science in Sports Science. He was a former High School PE teacher, then moved to the Fitness Industry for the past 12 years. He started as a fitness coach and then became a Fitness Manager, leading a team of Personal Trainers. He was also an Internship Supervisor which educated college student about fitness and exercise. In college, one of his thesis papers was about Talent Identification, which helps identify for kids/
teens as to what sports they can excel in. He always loved sports. He played basketball for his High School team for 2 years which helped give him the drive to pursue fitness as a career. Jerome believes in the quote “Mens Sana In Corpore Sano” which is a Latin term for “A Healthy Mind in A Healthy Body”. He is very passionate in helping people — especially kids — achieve their fitness goals and to educate them about the importance of exercise.

Debbie M.


I have been in the fitness industry since 2008 and began my career teaching spin and group fitness classes. I loved working with people to help them achieve their fitness goals, so I then went on for my NASM Personal Training certification.

I specialize in high intensity circuit style training as well as endurance and functional training for a wide range of clients. I have experience training those as young as teens up to and including older adults, people recovering from injuries, and pre- and post-natal women.

I incorporate a variety of training methods into each client’s training program based on their individual needs, including bodyweight exercises, plyometrics, and free weights to keep workouts fun and to continually challenge muscles.

I began playing sports and exercising at a young age, so fitness has always been a big part of my life. I enjoy helping people live healthier, happier lives. I really believe that with dedication and hard work you can achieve anything you set your mind to.

For training teens and younger clients, I focus on keeping the exercises fun in order to keep their attention and interest. I feel that if kids or teens can start to enjoy and see the importance of exercise at a young age, it will make it easier for it to become a part of their healthy lifestyle when they are adults. Using a variety of equipment can also help to get teens excited and interested in working out.

In addition to my current certifications, (American Heart Association CPR/AED, ACE Group Fitness Instructor, Schwinn Indoor Cycling, TRX Suspension), I am currently working on my ACE Functional Training Certification as well as my Precision Nutrition Coaching Level 1 Certification.

I hope to be able to further help my clients with new knowledge and skills.

Dee C.


With 20 years experience in strength movement and vitality, Dee believes transforms exercise into playtime for kids and teens. She believes that openness and joy is what makes kids blossom and allows their natural intelligence and power to shine.

Dee has certifications, education and experience in Pilates, Personal Training, Martial Arts, Biomechanics , Physiology and Neuro-anatomy. Dee also has experience with holistic and eastern philosophies, which she often integrates into her training.

Dee has been with Energetic Juniors for 15 years.

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Contact us today to learn more about Energetic Juniors and what we can do for you and your child.

We provide virtual training throughout the United States, and in-person personal training for kids in the NYC area.

Including the Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Harlem, Central Park, Midtown, Chelsea, Soho, Tribeca, and Brooklyn.


Kids’ Fitness Programs In New York City
Phone: 212-879-1566

Some of the zip codes we service are:
10001, 10003, 10004, 10010, 10012, 10014, 10016, 10019, 10021, 10023, 10024, 10025, 10028, 10033, 10065, 10075, 10128, 10280, 11201, 11205, 11206, 11215.