Personal Trainers

  • Cavakia Therlonge, NCSF-CPT

    Cavakia Therlonge, NCSF-CPT

    Owner/Head Personal Trainer

    Tell us a little about yourself.

    I made the transition from front desk assistant to personal trainer back in 2003. I was born in Haiti and develop an interest in fitness after watching movies like Rambo and Conan The Barbarian. I went to school at Florida State University for both my Bachelors and Masters degrees in Exercise Science. I created this online fitness concept to help connect the best fitness trainers with people seeking physical betterment.

    How and why did you get into Personal Training?

    I am passionate about weight lifting and helping others reshape their bodies and lives in positive ways. When I first started strength training, I used to follow the advice in fitness magazine. By the time I was 19, I had won 2nd place at a local bodybuilding contest. It was around that time I made the decision to start my career in fitness training. I went to school and continue my education to get clients results and keep them safe.

    What is your philosophy on how someone should train?

    Every client is different so the exercise protocol needs to match their goals for consistent results.
    There are scientifically established systems that work for various goals, whether it is muscle strength, muscle building, increased range of motion, better muscle endurance, or cardiovascular function. I’m most interested in working with clients that are interested in developing long-term strength and fitness routines that are focused on functional movements.

    What is your philosophy on the trainer/client relationship?

    Just like any other relationship, the core values of the client and trainer have to match. My core values with this fitness concept is ongoing improvement, responsibility, initiative, performance, respect, and teamwork. The clients that follow these values tend to do the best in our work together. With the responsibility of managing this site and connecting clients with qualified and cool personal trainers, I don’t have the pleasure of seeing a huge list of clients these days.

  • Ruby, NSCA-CPT

    Ruby, NSCA-CPT

    Tell us a little about yourself.

    I’m a health and fitness enthusiast who loves to travel, going to the beach and dancing . I was born in Toronto, Ontario and move to Florida at 12. Having been an avid exerciser in high school, I wanted to be a Phys Ed teacher but ended up working as an Administrative Assistant in the business world for 5 years before making the move to personal training. One of my early training jobs was working with a Venezuelan family training them in their homes in Venezuela and the Dominican Republic.

    How and why did you get into personal training?

    I realized early on that exercising is not only good for me physically, but mentally as well. One morning after a really good workout I had a light bulb moment – I would love to help others feel this great, get in shape and live the healthiest life they can.

    I found Fitness Institute International in Boca Raton where I took their courses and became a certified Personal Fitness Trainer in 1990 and Certified Personal Training Specialist in 1997. In 2000 I earned the NSCA-CPT certification through the National Strength & Conditioning Assoc.

    What is your philosophy on how someone should train?

    I am a staunch advocate of strength training for everyone. However, I do realize that it’s not everybody’s cup of tea. I believe that everyone should exercise in some form to keep their muscles strong and work balance & flexibility. If someone prefers to run/walk, do yoga, cycle, swim, Pilates, kickboxing etc., as long as they are doing an activity they like, in a safe and effective manner, that’s beneficial, and will stick with for the long term – that’s what is important.

    What is your philosophy on the trainer/client relationship?

    Mutual respect, good communication and honesty are very important and allow us to work together as a team to achieve the client’s goals. Full knowledge of the client’s medical history and physical abilities or limitations helps me guide and support them to achieve realistic goals in a safe and effective manner. For my clients, their safety during exercise is a priority.

  • Dan, ACSM-CPT

    Dan, ACSM-CPT

    Tell us a little about yourself.
    I am a Chicago native but was raised in South Florida. I hold a degree in Exercise and Sport Science and as well as being a certified personal trainer through the American College of Sport Medicine. I like physical activities which includes weight training, outdoor calisthenics, rollerblading, and jet-skiing .

    How and why did you get into personal training?
    After my internship working front desk at a commercial gym chain, I came to fall in love with helping clients reaching their personal goals. I pursued training both one on ones and group classes while keeping my clients motivated and respecting their physical limitations.

    What is your take on how someone should train?
    It should be functional while focusing on their goals. I have found that my philosophy of training has been focused on primarily listening and delivering on my clients wants and needs. Many personal trainers have become saturated with a “what works for me will work for you” mentality and have caused many injuries with such a philosophy. A personal trainer should always give their client what they ask for while using their own knowledge to efficiently but safely reach their goals.

    What is your philosophy on the trainer/client relationship?
    I have worked with many personalities throughout my career, both friendly or confrontational types, and in the end, as long as you’re on time to your appointments, respect one another, and do what’s required to hit your goals: you will always find a synergy with one another.