Meet the Trainers

marcianne

Marcianne is our Healthy Living Director. She has been in the Fitness Industry for over 20 years and has played a role in just about every aspect of the health and wellness world. She is a Group Exercise Instructor, Personal Trainer, Spinning Instructor, Gravity Instructor, Team Trainer, Wellness Coach, LiveSTRONG Trainer, Small Group Trainer, Certified Lifeguard, Certified Pool Operations, Swim Instructor, Corporate Wellness Trainer, TRX Suspension Trainer, and a Triathlete. She is known for delivering high-quality member experience & customer relations leading to improve member retention and successful growth of Health & Wellness organizations. She has designed, developed and directed many programs involving fitness for all, youth through active older adults. Her passion clearly is in the Health & Wellness Industry and she feels great joy in helping others continue with their path to a healthy lifestyle. “Positivity is the sunshine to staying healthy!”

Pamela Coward

Pamela Coward is the Healthy Living Coordinator and a Certified Fitness Trainer through the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) and Registered Dietitian (RD). She was recently certified as a LiveSTRONG Trainer as well. She has extensive experience working with groups and individuals of all ages to help them reach their goals through behavior change principles. After working in weight control research for 16 years, Pam knows there is no single diet or workout plan that can be applied to every client. After a lifetime of running, Pam switched up her own workouts to include Spin, TRX, Pilates and weight training and uses workout variety with all her clients to keep things FUN. Pam loves to work with individuals and small groups and loves the positive attitudes that her clients bring to the Y. Every minute is a new opportunity to do something amazing for yourself!

Rick Ayala

Rick Ayala is a personal trainer certified by the Athletics Fitness Association of America. Rick was an athlete throughout high school, receiving All-State Player honors for basketball his junior and senior years of high school in Oregon. He graduated from Portland State University with a B.S in exercise science. Rick firmly believes in hard work and training your body to perform optimally under the high-stress stimulus. He specializes in metabolic conditioning, high-intensity training, and bodybuilding with an influence of powerlifting and functional movement. He trains himself and others with positivity and focus, always striving to increase lean muscle and reduce unfunctional fat mass to ensure you’re looking and feeling your best! Everyone has their own unique physique and anatomy, so Rick will create custom training based on an individual’s goals and needs! He trains all levels of youth through active older adults.

Sydney Herminghaus

Sydney Herminghaus is a NASM certified personal trainer and is a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance. She spent five weeks in Dharamshala, India in the foothills of the Himalayas at Siddhi Yoga. Currently serving in the United States Air Force Reserve, Sydney finds her passion in helping her wingmen succeed in passing their Air Force Physical Fitness tests. She also loves teaching others about the importance of mobility and proper form, taking the time to teach postures in a way that everyone can understand – whether it be in weightlifting, powerlifting, or yoga, proper form can help prevent injuries in the future. Sydney used to work for a veteran’s non-profit where she used her skills to teach veterans yoga, meditation and the power of breathing, and how to create workout programs. Most recently, she taught the YMCA Swim Team (from middle school age to high school) yoga once a week during their drylands. You’ll often see her at the YMCA working on her own routines and will always answer any questions that you may have – feel free to approach her whenever you see her!

elysha

​Elysha is a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and is also TRX Suspension Trainer certified. A lifelong athlete, Elysha played several competitive sports, was a gymnast and college cheerleader. She enjoyed distance running for several years before finding a true passion for weight training and high-intensity exercise. Elysha prioritizes core and functional movements with her clients and loves to incorporate the use of props. Most notably, the Bosu Ball and TRX Suspension Trainer, used for their challenge to balance and stability! Following multi-modality approaches and variety programming, a typical session could include weight training, bodyweight resistance, cardiorespiratory and stretching elements. Elysha offers programming suitable for any and all fitness levels including teens and seniors to pregnant and postpartum women. She prides herself on client commitments to health and wellness and would love to meet you!

Christine Higgins

Christine Higgins’s Philosophy:
There are many reasons why people choose to exercise. I’m often reminded of the positive effects exercise has on my own physical and psychological well-being, and my appreciation for what our bodies and minds can achieve is ever increasing as well. I am amazed at what can be accomplished at any age. As a Personal Trainer, I want to share my enthusiasm, encourage a happier lifestyle, and help you realize what your body is capable of. I believe that with the right training program, a bit of determination and support, anyone can achieve their goals.
AFAA Certified Personal Trainer since 2007, Certified SGX Spartan Coach 2018, Tabata Bootcamp, First Aid -CPR, Soccer/ Softball High school Coach since 2016, Runner~Spartan OCR~Triathlete (Sprint/Olympic distance) Introduce yourself when you see me!
Interests: Trail running, Biking, soccer, skiing, Beach time and Family

Kathy Lavigeuer

Kathy Lavigeuer has been teaching group exercise classes and working as a personal trainer for over fourteen years, and she is the Group Exercise Coordinator at the YMCA.  From group exercise classes to one on one personal training she wants every member/client to feel involved and connected to the workout. Her focus is on functional fitness and being FIT FOR LIFE, your life.  Whether your goal is to complete a triathlon, improve your fitness test score, lean out, bulk up or just carry a laundry basket upstairs without getting winded, she understands your goals and can help you attain them. Her goal ultimately is for you to feel confident and strong, inside and out. She has trained professional athletes, celebrities, Navy Seals and “regular Joes (and Jane’s) and all have achieved increased strength and confidence through exercise.  That said, her favorite “clients” in her life remain her children Beatrix (swimmer, triathlete), Billy (football player, swimmer, baseball player) and Luc (baseball, basketball and football player). She is an AFTA (American Fitness Training of Athletics) certified personal trainer and a certified Spinning instructor.

Aerielle Newsome

Aerielle Newsome is a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports and Medicine (NASM). She is a loving military spouse and a dedicated mother of 3. Her nurturing persona, coupled with her obsession with fitness, made personal training a no brainer. Fitness is the main ingredient for a healthy balanced lifestyle. As a passionate Certified Trainer, her role is to ensure maximum enjoyment focusing, on training through a variety of exercises from different disciplines. She is a true believer in core strength, balance, and functional training. She is also Cross-fit Level 1 certified, TRX certified, a weight loss specialist. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” Confucius.

Jay Ombati

Jay Ombati is a Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Nutrition Specialist through the American Council on Exercise. He played football and ran track in college. Sports have had a significant role in his life. After suffering a knee injury in college, Jay had to partake in rehabilitation and learned a lot through the process. This is what truly sparked his interest in fitness and nutrition. Jay believes that exercise, nutrition, and mental health all work together for the success of the individual and all need to be considered for overall health improvement. One of the most important things as a trainer is helping someone learn proper health and fitness techniques and how to incorporate exercise into their daily life. As your trainer, I want to help make your fitness goals attainable and your fitness journey a positive experience. Remember, “It doesn’t get easier, you just get better.”

Sam Heavey

Sam grew up in Marion, MA and attended Tabor Academy and played varsity football, wrestling, and lacrosse. Received Bachelors of Science Cum Laude at West Virginia University and Masters of Science at Appalachian State University. Has eight years of personal training experience with clients and athletes of all skills and ages. Loves reading, traveling, being outdoors, and activities such as paddleboarding and snowboarding. Currently, a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) and is employed at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach.

“Flow like water.” – Bruce Lee