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Our Team of certified personal trainers in white plains

  • Sam

    GYMGUYZ Owner

    Fitness Certification:

    • National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer
    • International Sports Science Association Certified Personal Trainer
    • Bachelors of Science from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business with degrees in Finance and Operations Management.

    Fitness Background:

    Working out and training has always been an important staple in my life! Ever since grade school, I realized that if I wanted to excel in sports, being physically strong was an essential ingredient. Once I joined the corporate work force, co-workers would ask me for assistance in getting themselves into shape. This is when it hit me to make a career out of helping others doing something that I love and can relate to on a daily basis. From there, I knew that fitness coaching was my life's goal!. In 2014, James and I signed on as the first GYMGUYZ franchisees and have loved every day since!

    I am an avid golfer but also have a passion for other sports such as football and baseball. My purpose and mission in life is to do what I love! For me, waking up every day to help people live longer, healthier lives is a passion on mine and something that keeps me motivated! My passion for fitness is shown in every session either I or one of our trainers conducts.

  • James

    GYMGUYZ Owner

    Fitness Certification:

    • NASM Cert PT
    •  Nutrition

    Fitness Background:

    Certified personal coach (trainer) with a specialty in group fitness training. James earned his certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. James brings a wide ranging skill set to his clients along with his energetic and spirited personality. He began honing his training skills in his college days where he played football as an offensive lineman for Sacred Heart University. Additionally, he earned his Communications degree from Coastal Carolina University in 2012. When he is not inspiring his clients to reach their goals, James can be found motivating kids in his community as he serves as a youth sports coach. James seeks to bring out the inner athlete in all his clients regardless of age or ability. His passion for basketball, football and sports is reflected in every training session as he teaches, motivates and inspires his clients to reach their goals.

  • Daniel

    Certified Personal Trainer

    Fitness Certifications:

    • NASM Corrective Exercise Specialty Certification 
    • National Council of Strength & Fitness
    • CPR & AED Certified
    • Youth Soccer USSF License
    • White Plains High School JV Soccer Head Coach
    • Bilingual

    Fitness Background, HIIT Training, weight lifting, soccer, cycling, yoga and coaching. 

  • Vinny v

    Certified Personal Trainer


    • National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Trainer
    • ACE Weight Management
    • TRX Suspension Training
    • Exercise ETC Knee, Shoulder, Posture health
    • Functional Movement Systems
    • Everlast Boxing Certification
    • Strongfirst Kettlebell
    • Kabuki Principles of Loaded Movement
    • NCI Nutrition L1

    Like many others, I grew up not being comfortable in my own skin. After a lot of trial and error in workouts and diets, I realized that it didn’t matter the training program or the nutrition as much if I kept being my own biggest adversary. I had to learn to work with myself. So my passion became just that!

    My purpose as a coach is to teach people to get out of their own way. I believe that’s what fitness is inherently about. I aspire to help my clients to leave every workout moving better, with less pains and STRONGER. I’ve worked with 100+ clients over 7+ years on getting better with their nutrition and confidence to build sustainable results. All while having fun with their tailored programs!

  • Dena

    Certified Personal Trainer


    • NASM Corrective Exercise Specialty Certification
    • U-Fix Cert. (Muscle lengthening, mobility, stretching)

    As a life long athlete herself, she has a passion for performance training. She works with clients to safely and efficiently reach their health and fitness through versatile training methods such as strength, balance, cardio, mobility, coordination and power.

  • Melisa

    Certified Personal Trainer


    • NASM/AFAA Personal Trainer
    • NASM Nutrition Specialist 
    • NASM/AFAA Group Instrucot 

    Melisa has been in the personal training field since 2008. She is a result driven trainer who brings energy & passion to every client.

    Melisa has perfected her trade by putting together detailed nutrition outlines & individualized fitness programs for each client. She has been awarded the highest client retention rate in the U.S franchise system!

  • Chris

    Certified Personal Trainer

    Certifications/College Degree(s):

    •  NFPT Certification
    •  Adaptive Special Needs Trainer Certification Level 1
    •  High Intensity Training Cert
    •  Principles of Stretching Cert
    • Mechanics of Running Cert.

    About Chris: Chris is an expert when it comes to joint friendly exercise, with 4 years experience and over 1,000 one-on-one training sessions under his belt, Chris has learned that there is no injury or limitation that can not be worked around with the correct knowledge and modification in order to deliver an effective exercise experience. Having worked with kids as young as 10, and adults upwards of 85, Chris values the importance of catering toward each individuals specific needs. As a proponent of High Intensity Training (HIT) Chris is a firm believer in the vast amount of health benefits that come from developing strength, especially as we get older. With efficiency and the proper dosage, exercise should not be complicated. Like anything else, done properly, it can bring about amazing rewards.

  • Tara D

    Certified Personal Trainer

    Fitness Certifications:

    • National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer
    • NASM/AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor
    • Adaptive Special Needs Fitness Instructor and Group Fitness Instructor
    • STRONG Nation Instructor and Personal Coach
    • Track & Field Hurdle Coach- Archbishop Stepinac High School
    • ISSA Certified Glute Specialist


    Tara Graduated from Fordham University where she was a four-year member of their NCAA Division I Track & Field team specializing in sprints and indoor and outdoor hurdles. She continued competing in track after college and began coaching while obtaining her law degree in which she currently practices.

    Tara’s passions include fitness, running, and working out and motivating and inspiring others to become the best version of themselves. She is passionate about helping others become confident in attaining their fitness goals. Tara is also a volunteer with a local pet rescue and is a student-athlete mentor at Fordham University.

  • Michael

    Certified Personal Trainer


    • American College of Sports Medicine Certified
    • Bachelor’s Degree in Health Promotion and Wellness

    In addition, he has a bachelor’s degree in health promotion and wellness with a minor in nutrition concepts. With this experience Michael has been able to cater to his clients of all abilities and injuries/limitations from the ages of 13 – 81! His knowledge and passion for fitness has helped many of our clientele reach their goals by creating workouts that are individualized, creative, and fun. Michael puts great emphasis on core, proper body mechanics and strengthen training. 

  • Linwood “Finale”

    Certified Personal Trainer

    Certifications/College Degrees:

    • Degree’s/Experience in physiology, anatomy, exercise science and weight lifting.

    Fitness background: 

    • Boxing, kickboxing, strength and conditioning classes
    • Self-defense and Combatics Training (reality based close quarter hand to hand and weapons training system for the modern world)
    • One on one private training and coaching
    • Small group training

  • Samantha

    Yoga Instructor

    Fitness Certification:

    •  200-Hour Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training
    •  30-Hour Karma Kids Certification
    •  30-Hour Yin Yoga Certification
    •  Restorative Yoga Teacher Training -
    • Level One Usui Reiki Practitioner
    •  Souluna Life Coaching Certification

    Fitness Background:

    • Yoga
    •  boxing
    •  lifting
    •  belly dance 

  • Paul

    Certified Personal Trainer

    Certifications/College Degree(s):

    • National Academy of Sports Medicine - CPT
    • Herkimer College - Physical Eduction
    • Nassau College - Physical Education

    Paul excelled in Lacrosse & Football in high school, & in college became an 2x All conference lacrosse player, as well as Honorable mention All-American

    Paul has the skillset and knowledge to work with people of all ages and levels. Especially for those athletes who want to develop a better understanding of how to get stronger, faster, quicker, etc for the sport they’re playing, whether it’s 1 on 1 or a group session. He has vast experience in corrective movement exercise (post injury), strength, endurance, fat loss, injury prevention and/or anyone who just wants to accomplish overall health and wellness.

    He feels as if, if everyone had a sound understanding of how the body works internally and externally there would be less injuries. So in turn, his goal is to have the most positive impact on the lives of the people he works with, while getting the best results. As well as developing long life friendships with the singular goal of being healthy and happy with one’s self.

  • Ernest

    Certified Personal Trainer

    International Sports Science Association Certified

    CPR/AED Certified

    Ernest is a Certified Personal Trainer earning his certification through the International Sports Science Association. He started his training education in while in college and once he finished he started out by training friends, family, and clients. He drew a love for HIIT (high intensity interval training) and caters many of his workouts in that style. But if you're someone who isn't quite ready for that type of training, he'll take him time with development before slowly increasing the intensity.

    His passion for fitness paired with his outgoing & fun personality make for a great trainer and someone you WILL enjoy working with!

  • Amanda R

    Certified Personal Trainer

    National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Trainer

    Precision Nutrition L1


    After joining the Air Force and serving our country for several years, Amanda learned the importance of fitness, fun and established a love of helping others! As a medical technician she gained greater insight and a true appreciation for the human body. Coupled with these life experiences and passion for fitness, Amanda is a certified GYMGUYZ trainer devoted to supporting clients in their mental and physical fitness journeys.

    Amanda’s mission is to help people tap into their unlimited potential while training and become the best version of themself!

    Over the course of her training career, Amanda has experience in working with clients of many different fitness levels, ages, and injuries.

  • Andrew Z

    Certified Personal Trainer


    National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer Kettlebell Athletics Certified Trainer Special Strong Certified Trainer Bachelor's Degree in Operations Management and Finance from Baruch College NYS Certified EMT NYS Certified Fire Fighter

    Growing up, Andrew lived a lifestyle that kept him out of shape and feeling sluggish. Realizing that he needed a change in order to pursue a career he desired, Andrew discovered a passion for weight training and fitness which helped propel his life and confidence going forward. Fast forward to where he is now, Andrew has competed in powerlifting competitions in addition to educating himself on how to better manipulate his body to look and feel fit. This lifestyle has helped him excel as a personal trainer but also as a career firefighter.

    Through his time at GYMGUYZ, Andrew has honed his skills and developed an extensive amount of experience working with clients from all ages and ability levels.

  • Ryan

    Certified Personal Trainer


    -ACE Certified Personal Trainer

    -NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist

    -CPR/AED Certified

    Fitness Background:

    Growing up Ryan never knew exactly where he would land, but he always wanted to help people and be active. He was always active from a young age whether it was ice skating with his friends, playing soccer, running track, practicing Krav Maga/ Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, or doing a wide variety of water sports. As he got older his competitive nature led him down a tough path of overuse injuries and chronic pain. After making a decision to help people through personal training he decided he wanted to pursue a certification in corrective exercise to help prevent others from hurting themselves or assist those who are hurt to feel better on a day-to-day basis.

    Being a fitness professional has proven to be extremely rewarding. Ryan has had the pleasure of helping clients obtain goals and move in ways they have only ever dreamed about. Ryan has been a passionate instructor since 2015 and is someone that will ensure you work safely, have fun, and reach your goals in a timely manner.

  • Ricardo L

    Certified Personal Trainer

    Certifications and Fitness Degrees:

    Bachelors of Science in Clinical Exercise Science

    ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist

    AED & CPR Certified

    As a lifelong athlete, Rick has had my ups and downs with injuries and training but what got him through that all was the help of some great trainers. They know when to push and they know when to back off. That experience showed him how important it was to be able to work with a wide variety of clients.

    From this, Rick found his passion to help others on their fitness journey. After working a Physical Therapy Aide, he really focused in on my healthcare path. In addition to being a terrific personal trainer, Rick is currently studying to become a Physical Therapist so that I can help people recover just as well work out.