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Maggie Barclay BTSS Fitness Coordinator
Maggie has been working in the fitness field since 1984. She is an ACE certified personal trainer, AFAA certified fitness instructor and kickboxing Instructor. Along with that she is trained as a Yoga fit- Level 1 Instructor, Drums Alive® Instructor, and licensed in most of the Zumba Fitness® programs. Her skills include training as a Longevity Wellness Specialist, Beamfit Programming, and the ASFA Senior Fitness Instructor training. She has a passion for organizing and participating in charity events, including 6 years with the 3 Day Walk for Breast Cancer and many local Zumbathons®. Join Maggie for Strength & Balance, Drums Alive®, Zumba Gold®, Gentle Moves Yoga, and Ultimate H2O.
Lizabeth Ales is an AFAA certified personal trainer serving for nearly thirty years as a health and wellness professional in capacities ranging from exercise specialist and group exercise coach to water safety and fitness instructor and American Red Cross training volunteer. She is also a certified YogaFit Level 1 instructor. Join Lizabeth for the Chair Exercise class here at BTSS.
Annie is a certified lifeguard and currently teaches two aqua classes at BTSS. As the Supervisor at the Cranbrook Natatorium, she teaches swim lessons and aqua aerobic classes along with her many other duties. Join Annie for her H2O Bootcamp on Saturday mornings or her Tuesday/Thursday 6 p.m. Aqua Power Walk & Dance. Her enthusiasm is contagious!
Ana Ross Chynoweth
Ana Lisa is a certified in yoga, pilates, aquafit, and bodyworks instructor. She will be teaching pilates here at BTSS. Join her in focusing on the mind body connection and strengthening the core, while having fun!!
Dondra is certified through AFAA and has been teaching many forms of group exercise for 23 years. She has a major from Western Michigan University in Communications with a minor in Dance. She is a graduate of Irene's Myomassology Institute and has an Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology. While she has many skills that she enjoys, group fitness is her favorite and she enjoys getting to know the participants and guarantees a challenging cardio workout and stronger core by the end of each session!
Lori just recently joined the team here at BTSS. She will be teaching the new H2O Interval class. She is an AFAA Certified Group Exercise Instructor, AIFE Older Adult Fitness Certification, and certificates in YMCA Physical Fitness Leader, YMCA Strength Training, NDEITA Kickboxing, Fitball, and more! Her passion for wellness will have you coming back for more!
Kathy has been practicing Yoga for over 18 years and teaching for the past 7 years. She is a certified AFFA Group Fitness Professional Instructor, AFPAI Certified Aqua Instructor, White Crow Yoga Certified Instructor, and Drums Alive Certified Instructor . She has also received several specific senior certifications in such areas as aqua therapy and arthritis. She has participated in many yoga retreats and offers a flowing gentle program with simple breathing techniques to help with daily living and stress relief. In addition to her own private yoga classes, she currently teaches three Fluid Moves, Yoga in the Pool and a Beginning Yoga class at BTSS. Join Kathy in the fitness studio or pool!
Lisa will be teaching Small Group Personal Training, Low Impact Aerobics and Silver Dance Party. Lisa is AFAA certified in Personal Training, Group Exercise and Kickboxing with over 10 years of teaching experience.
Nan Savoie is new to the BTSS team this fall but not to teaching yoga! Her six years experience include several local fitness clubs as well as pre-natal yoga through Beaumont Hospital. Nan will guide you through a restorative yoga class focusing on the power of the mind to rebuild the body. Truly a moving meditation and wonderful for both novice & experienced practitioners.
Han Hoong Wang
Han has more than 30 years teaching experience in Tai Chi and Wushu. She is certified by the Chinese Department of Education and has studied extensively in China and the U.S. under Grandmasters for the Yang and Chen families. She was honored to be selected as a disciple of Grandmaster Yan Zhen Duo, 4th generation of the Yang family. Join Han in our Tai Chi program to enhance balance, strengthen body & mind, all while relieving stress and tension.
Debby Visconti, has managed health clubs and worked in the club industry since 1978. Her experience has allowed her all the opportunity to specializes in aquatic training, with a focus on Ai Chi and special population programs. Debby being a breast cancer survivor herself was driven to learn, share and teach the concepts of Ai Chi. Ai Chi is a healing and comforting way to bring peace and awareness into everyone's life.
Debby received her aquatic certification from AEA in 1999 and her Ai Chi certification in 2005. She has been teaching and growing in special group therapy ever since. Debby also has experience in working with many different clients involving Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, Parkinson, Breast Cancer survivors, Downs Syndrome and Autistic groups. She has been teaching water aerobics to both the general public as well as specific classes for seniors since 2000.
ira Stokes, a graduate of Boston College with a BS in psychology and a minor in health science, has excelled in the personal training and fitness industry for over 18 years.She began her career as a partner with Train Boston, New England's premier fitness and training center for serious athletes, and Boston Sports Clubs. She established herself as one of the elite trainers and fitness instructors in the Boston area, becoming a top instructor at world-renowned The Sports Club/LA and Equinox. In 2007, Kira moved to the New York area.
Since 1998, Kira has been the sole proprietor of her own personal training company, “Kira Stokes Fitness”. Today, Kira’s business includes private training, small group training and teaching expert level fitness classes at New York’s elite health clubs including Reebok Sports Club/NY, The Sports Club/LA, Equinox and Revolve Fitness cycling studio. She has also taught Core Fusion at NYC's Exhale Spa. Kira's personal training clients include professional athletes, celebrities, television journalists and dignitaries. She has trained co-hosts of the television show “The View” and trains Sherri Shepherd. She also trains co-anchors of “CBS This Morning” and the “Today Show.” Kira trained Miss New York 2009, Alyse Zwick, for her preparation for the Miss New York and Miss America competitions where Ms. Zwick won the swimsuit competition.
Kira's focus is on innovative training, concentrating on transforming the body and mind. She has developed a signature training technique, The Stoked Method, which combines functional and traditional methods of working the body. Her personal training methods have evolved to include a unique combination of strength training, cardiovascular conditioning, sports specific drills, yoga and Pilates. Kira combines all of these disciplines into her proprietary “Stoked Series” of classes: Stoked360™, Stoked At The Barre™, Stoked Primal™, StokedAbs™, Stoked Cross-Core™, Stoked Uptown/Midtown™ and her indoor/outdoor boot camp style classes, Stoked F.I.T. Camp™. Kira holds several certifications including NASM-CPT, NASM-PES, NSCA and Core Fusion as well as specialized certifications in Schwinn Cycle, Pre- and Post-natal, TRX, SBT – Suspended Body Weight Training, ViPR and Kettlebells.
In 2012, Kira was recruited to serve as Master Instructor on the opening team for Revolve Fitness’ first NYC cycling studio. She co-created the “RIP Ride” and revamped the “Body Ride” for Revolve’s New York debut. She also created “Stoked Cross-Cycle” which serves as the standard format for all of Revolve’s cross-training classes.
In June 2013, Kira was selected by Reebok International to serve as a Master Trainer and sponsored athlete. The partnership includes appearances for the Reebok brand, featured athlete and presenter at trade shows and conventions as well as speaking engagements on behalf of Reebok International.
Kira has appeared on television, radio, print publications, websites and blogs including:
Television and radio segments on The View, Live with Regis & Kelly, Rachael Ray Show, Today Show, CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, Good Morning America Health, ABC News, Live from the Couch, NY1, Fox News, Dr. Steve, Veria Living, CW11, Better TV, NECN, Martha Stewart Living Radio, WRKO, and WMDB
Magazine articles in SHAPE, People, SELF, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Fitness, More, New York, Oxygen, Marie Claire, Health, Women’s Running, Weight Watchers, Details, Reader’s Digest, and TimeOut New York
Created and stars in twelve fitness videos for Comcast On-Demand Fitness
Host of “Stoked TV” on The Health and Wellness Channel launching in 2014
Contributor to numerous on-line fitness and health sites including Betty Confidential, Well & Good, Shape.com and The Fashion Spot
Kira works with and represents some of the top fitness brands in the world. She served as an ambassador for Lululemon Athletica and has modeled for Reebok and New Balance. She created and appears in the “Fila Fitness Minutes” which run on Fila’s and The Sports Club/LA’s websites.