Meet Some of our Fitness Coaches
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. They will motivate your child to have fun and get results.
- Passion for fitness
- Love working with children and teens
- Youth Fitness certification or education
- Responsive to needs and interests
- Great energy and encouraging spirit
- Dedicated to your child’s success
- Creative and innovative approach to fitness
- Diverse backgrounds and specialties
ZUMBA, Cardio/toning, kickboxing
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.
Fast forward… 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.
Youth Fitness Specialist
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.
NASM-CPT, Youth Exercise Specialist
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!
Dance, Yoga, Ace Certified Youth Personal Trainer
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.
John Snow is a boxing trainer/personal development coach with over 20 years experience. Born and raised in Brooklyn, John's life changed when he gathered the courage to climb the stairs of the famed Gramercy Gym near Union Square. It was there that he began the never-ending journey called boxing. Through the various stages and challenges of life, he realized that the one thing that helped frame his success was what he learned about himself while boxing.
Unfortunately, most people boxing today miss the most important component of the sport—that is ,the mental training required to win and the relationship between fighter and trainer. It is this training that is so valuable to children and teens. Regardless of their athletic ability, boxing, when taught properly, will develop a strong sense of self confidence, discipline, and self reliance that children will be able to utilize both in school and everyday life.
John is a graduate of Fordham University as well as a CPT with the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He is most proud of his role as a father to his 13 year-old son.
Strength Training, Circuit Training, Cardiovascular Health, ISSA Youth Fitness Certified
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.
Dance, Pilates, NASM Certified Personal Trainer
Sifa began her formal training in dance at The Dance Theatre of Harlem and Hunter College in New York City. Her love for optimal physical performance led her to pursue certifications in Personal Training, Mat and Reformer Pilates as well as Zumba.
As a committed member of the dance and fitness community, Sifa shares her knowledge and experience by training all ages; specializing in proper anatomical utilization and performance technique. She has worked extensively with children, helping them to achieve technical, performance and fitness goals. Sifa is currently employed by CITIGROUP as a fitness trainer for corporate employees and is a Youth Fitness and Teaching Artist for Ballet Hispanico and The Dance Parade’s youth programs. She has danced for many companies. Sifa is also the founder, choreographer and producer of Movement Graffiti, a dance film project she created in September 2012.
She is eager to take her education, performance and experiences to new heights with love, humility, consistency and dedication.
Certified Kids Yoga & Mindfulness Instructor
Jessica provides professional yoga instruction to children. Some of the more benefits her students experience are; increased flexibility, increased creativity, improved posture, better concentration, improved social skills, decreased anxiety, meditation, improved academic performance and improved behavior.
Jessica is also trained in Applied Behavior Analysis, and practices yoga and meditation with special needs students. Jessica received her training with Little Flower Yoga, a Kids Yoga Studio located in Chelsea. Jessica is a Certified Kids Yoga Teacher, and received her Kids Yoga Certification with Hosh Kids located in Green point, Brooklyn, where she also teaches Kids Yoga in Preschools, and other programs. Her approach is very simple; everything a child does is considered communication. That communication can be met with love and compassion.
In addition to Yoga Practices, Jessica takes a strong interest in the behavior management aspect of her field. She works closely with special needs students, and has a real connection with them on an individual level. She values mental health whole-heartedly. She has worked with students who suffer from anxiety, anger management, ADD and many other mental illnesses. She has proven to really help out many families and turn their lives around for the better.
Jessica is fluent in Russian and Hebrew. She has also formed very positive relationships with her student’s families; she has guided parents on how to better communicate with their children through mindfulness. Jessica also incorporates dance and zumba into her practices with her students. Jessica has a strong will to help and heal children through the practice of movement and meditation.
AAPTE Certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, First Degree Black Belt (Jujitsu & ChinNa)
Cassandra “Cat” German has been working in the fitness industry for 12 years. She is a Certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, First Degree Black Belt Belt (Jujitsu & Chin Na), & Certified Female Self Defense & Rape Prevention Instructor.
She has trained a wide variety of clients ranging from youth (ages 5-19) to seniors in both personal training and self-defense. By helping her clients improve their strength, endurance, balance, flexibility, and learn life saving self defense tactic's, etc. she is satisfied knowing she has helped make a positive change in someone else’s life.
Her experience working with children has helped her in every aspect of her career in fitness. She feels it is part of her life calling to help teach children how fitness and living and an active/healthy lifestyle can not only help them with their school studies but also help them become a valuable member of their community.
Believe it or not, Cat picked up her first dumbbell at the tender age of two years old and never put it down. Being an athlete her whole life, playing many sports such as softball, soccer, track, martial arts, bodybuilding, and basketball, Cat's athletic potential never went unrecognized.
In 2007 she decided to challenge herself to get into the best shape of her life and entered into her first natural figure & bodybuilding competition with the INBF- International Natural Body Building & Fitness and placed 2nd. Shortly after that, she decided it was time for her to face her destiny and pursue a career in the fitness industry.
Certified Youth IYCA Trainer, Athletic Speed and Agility Training, Boxing
As serious and committed as Tarik Tyler is to fun, he thrives on creating workouts that are both mentally and physically stimulating. No matter if you’re just starting from zero or you’re a seasoned athlete, his training programs are as diverse as they are functionally sound.
His dedication to youth fitness has been for over 10 years and began with an entry as the celebrity fitness trainer on ABC Networks “Shaq’s Big Challenge.” Being part of Shaquille O’Neal’s dream team put Tarik on the front line where he got to see the effects of childhood obesity first hand. At the end of the six-part episode it opened him up to the new reality of dealing with the issue of childhood obesity.
Now armed with a Level 2 certification from the International Youth Conditioning Association (IYCA) and a Speed and Agility Quickness (SAQ) from NESTA, Tarik is more than capable of delivering on his commitment to bring the love of fitness to kids from all walks of life.
Tarik is still a very competitive athlete and competes several times a year in Brazilian Jujitsu tournaments in the Tri-State area.
Basketball, Performance Enhancement (all sports)
As a division 1 scholarship athlete and New York native, Devone Stephenson knows exactly what it takes to be a successful athlete. Graduating from Duquesne University with a BS in marketing, he was recruited to play professional basketball in Germany. After a year of playing on the international level, Devone decided to return to the United States to play for teams in both the American Basketball Association (ABA) and the Continental Basketball Association (CBA).
Throughout his life Devone has maintained that in order to achieve excellence in any sport you must master the fundamentals. With a passion for teaching and six-plus years of professional basketball experience, he believes that there is no better way to give back to his city and community than by sharing his knowledge and experience with New York City's youth.
Devone has shown his passion for working with children by developing youth initiatives in Pittsburgh as an undergraduate, as well as developing programs to give overweight kids and teens greater self-confidence and establish healthier habits. Using sports as a vehicle to engage youth, Devone has coached, trained and mentored more than 800 children over the past 15 years.
Devone is a personal trainer who has been certified by the National Council on Strength and Fitness.
April Empleo Frazier
NASM Personal Trainer, Strength and Stretch, Yoga and Mindfulness
April Frazier's passion for fitness and wellness with young people is grounded in her background working as a teacher and educational consultant in health and wellness for over ten years. She is a yoga and mindfulness consultant for schools and has led small group fitness classes with young people.
April embodies and models a deep passion for fitness. On any given day she can be seen teaching or taking yoga, boxing and dance classes as a way to explore and stay educated on different ways to move one's body in healthy ways. She believes that everyone can find a fun way to be fit, and she loves helping children find what they are passionate about and incorporating fitness as part of a lifestyle and resource. April helps young people learn more about who they are and how to get through the challenges of life by getting through challenging workouts.
April does not believe in one size fits all and prioritizes meeting each child where they are at, collaboratively coming up with goals, and setting up safe and inclusive environments where students can meet their full fitness and personal potential.
National Academy of Sports Medicine Performance Enhancement (All Sports, Speed, Balance, Strength)
Eric Crumwell is a native New Yorker. He graduated from the University at Buffalo with a degree in industrial engineering. Eric’s primary inspiration for fitness sprouted since his childhood years of practicing martial arts and boxing. This grew into playing all sports and eventually building his passion in becoming a Division 1 athlete. He considers that fitness is a life long journey, hence his passion to help children begin and stay on their fitness journey. He believes that fitness is just as much mental as it is physical. Eric has used this philosophy when working with clients. He has volunteered with children from ages of 6-18, teaching them football fundamentals. Eric has over 10 years experience as a certified trainer. His certifications are NASM cpt, TRX suspension trainer, TRX rip trainer, Kettle Bell, Functional Movement Screening, Stretch, Boxing and Kickboxing, Pilates, and Corrective Exercise.
NASM Personal Trainer, Youth Exercise Specialist, Strength Training and Sports Skills
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!
Pilates, Martial Arts, Certified Personal Trainer
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.