Personal Training at the YMCA

YMCA Personal Trainers are certified and dedicated, not only to your personal goal attainment, but also to helping you experience all of the benefits of personal training. Read about our trained staff below and get ready to start your journey to a stronger, healthier life! 

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Sean Parchem
Sean Parchem
  • Education: B.S. in Communications

  • Certifications: Certified Personal Trainer: National Council on Strength and Fitness, Cooper Clinic

  • Group Cycling; Cooper Clinic

  • Prenatal Exercise; YMCA

  • Focus: Rehab, Sports Injuries, Flexibility, Balance, Endurance Athletes

Bio: Hey there, I’m Sean. I have been Personal Training for about 3 decades now and am still loving it. Outside of the Y, I have worked with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in training their cyclist team for a 100-mile bike ride. My thought on exercise is being healthy is like Sudoku, you have to make sure all the pieces work in order to achieve a healthy lifestyle. Outside of training, I love to ride my bike outside with my wife, and work on my flexibility and balance. I don’t recommend it, but I have ridden my bike around Big Bend National Park. I have the best dog in the world, if I can train him I can train you.

Rachel
Rachel Flowers

Education: B.S. in Psychology. M.A. in Teaching with Technology

Certifications: Certified Personal Trainer; National Academy of Sports Medicine

Boxing, Active Aging, Kettlebell, AOA Nutrition, Barre, Pilates, Hatha Yoga- SCW Fitness Education

Primal Play-Primal Play (England)

Aqua Fitness-Aquatic Exercise Association

TRX Qualified Instructor

Behavior Change in Exercise, Exercise and Stress Management-PTA Global

Focus: Active Older Adults, Post-Physical Therapy, Corrective Exercise, HIIT/Interval, Circuit, Functional Fitness, Aqua, Primal Play, Virtual Instruction

Bio: Hi guys, I’m Rachel! I believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to grow and find health. I am a life-long learner and love to grow in my expertise. I have a drive and a passion for helping people. I’ve done everything from learning and living a Paleo lifestyle to CrossFit, to group exercises at the Y, which is how I got started here! I currently live in Vegas so training with me would be virtual-you can do it anywhere!

Collin
Collin McCormick

Education: B.S. in Exercise Science and Education

Certifications: Certified Personal Trainer; International Sports Sciences Association

Focus: Strength Training, Athletic Performance, Mobility, Free Weights

Bio: Hi, I’m Collin! I’ve been in fitness for over 30 years, before that I was in sales (fitness membership sales). It’s my life, I guess. I initially got started working with people through coaching at North Mesquite High School and teaching PE. I’ve been playing sports my entire life, I played football, track, and baseball. I actually made it into the Hall of Fame at Hardin-Simmons University in 2009. I started at  he Y in Youth Sports in 2000 then moved my way to training in 2017. Outside the Y I love to grill and detail cars, I actually detailed a Ferrari one time. I see fitness as a stress reliever and, bay far my favorite exercise is the squat because it hits the ENTIRE body. Expect to do plenty of these working with me!

Dale
Dale Kuehne

Education: B.S. in Exercise Science, Summa Cum Laude

Certifications: Certified Personal Trainer; American Council on Exercise

Certified Senior Fitness Specialist, American Council on Exercise

Certified Weight Management Specialist; American Council on Exercise

Titleist Performance Institute Golf Fitness Specialist

C.H.E.K Institute Certified Golf Fitness Specialist Bio-Mechanic

Focus: Seniors, Golf Fitness, Osteoporosis Prevention, Strength Training

Bio: Hi All! I’m Dale! My fitness journey began at the age of 16 when someone asked me about exercise while I was working out one day. Now, 36 years later, I am still in the career that I love. I grew up in Michigan, lived in Florida mostly and made my way to Texas a few years ago. I’ve worked with a wide-scope of clients, anyone from general population to professional athletes. It’s exciting and fun knowing I am helping people with their health and have a job that changes day-to-day. I absolutely LOVE what I do! As if I haven’t had enough, I am currently pursuing studies in Physical Therapy. Outside of work I love to go fishing, kayaking, bowling, bike riding, playing golf and I play the guitar! Fun fact: I’ve played in a band called Battle Axe in front of 2,000 people (back when I had hair).

Favorite Quote: Golden Rule: Treat people how you want to be treated.

 

Liz Biesel
Liz Biesel

Education: B.A. in Sport Leadership

M.S. Sport Management

Certification: Certified Personal Trainer; International Sports Sciences Association

Certified Nutritionist; International Sports Sciences Association

Youth Fitness; International Sports Sciences Association

Focus: Young People, Running, Wellness

Bio: Hi, I’m Liz! My passion is helping people attain their fitness goals. I got started in fitness as a kid playing sports and fell in love. As far as exercises go, running is my absolute favorite, it is a great space to clear my head. And, fun fact, I have run 5 marathons. I also enjoy reading, specifically historical fictions, biographies on world leaders and intelligence books about the history of the FBI and CIA. For training, I enjoy working with sports and kids, I actually played on 18 different intramural teams in college. My favorite saying is “There are days when I don’t know if I can run a marathon, but there is a lifetime of knowing that I have” meaning even though sometimes you don’t always hit your goals, you can keep trying.

Janice
Janice Moore

Certifications: Certified Personal Trainer; National Academy of Sports Medicine

Group Exercise; National Academy of Sports Medicine

Weight Loss Specialization; National Academy of Sports Medicine

Mat Pilates; SCW Fitness Education

Senior Fitness; National Academy of Sports Medicine

Focus: Cardio, Core Strength, Resistance Training, Balance, Weight Loss

Bio: Hello, I’m Janice. I was born and raised in Scotland and moved to the U.S. in 2004. I have had a life-long passion for fitness and have been an avid runner for over 30 years, competing in Cross Country and road races over distances from 5K to marathons. I love working with a diverse range of clients from 8 to 80 years old! I love to encourage my clients to reach their personal fitness goals and enjoy the benefit of a healthy lifestyle. Outside of training my clients, I also teach Bootcamp and Pilates Reformer.

Kayla
Kayla Brown

Education: B.S. in Sports Performance

M.S. Kinesiology

Certifications: Certified Personal Trainer; ACSM

Focus: Strength, Functional Movement, Older Adults, Previous/Current Injuries, Athletes, Corrective Exercise

Bio: Hello! I’m Kayla! My overall fitness journey started as a gymnast and did that for 11 years. I started with collegiate athletes, switched over to the recovery and rehab side of things and found that I loved it. I would love to help others better their health and reach their athletic, personal, and health goals. My goal is to allow others to feel stronger, gain stability, attain knowledge of proper form and exercise selection, and better body and spatial awareness, as well as providing my accountability and expertise. In my free time I love weight training, walks, traveling, baking, research, and being outdoors. My favorite exercise is a deadlift because it is a difficult movement and works many muscle groups. Come ask how to do one!

 

Charlie Garcia
Charlie Garcia

Education: B.S. in Exercise Science Hendrix College

Certifications: Certified Personal Trainer; National Academy of Sports Medicine

Nutrition Specialist; National Academy of Sports Medicine

Certified Spin Instructor

Focus: Beginners, Athletes, Health Seekers, Strength and Conditioning

Bio: I first got into fitness in 9th grade while on my school's track team. During those four years, I learned how to lift and discovered I loved it. This interest has traveled with me throughout my life since then, which is why I majored in exercise science in college and why I became a personal trainer. I started playing volleyball when I was 12 years old, and I am thankful my knees still allow me to play it today. During the summer, I escape the devil's furnace that is Texas to go to Colorado for vacation, where I LOVE to hike! If you ask me about a place in Rocky Mountain National Park, be it a lake or peak, I've probably been there. I have a massive sweet tooth, so politely refusing dessert has always been difficult for me. Ask me about my fish! They are my children, and I love them dearly.

Jay Snowder
Jay Snowder

Education: B.S. in Business from University of Phoenix

Certifications: Certified Personal Trainer; National Academy of Sports Medicine, National Federation of Professional Trainers

Corrective Exercise Specialist

Performance Enhancement Specialist

Weight Loss Specialist

Nutrition Specialist; National Academy of Sports Medicine

Level 1 Nutrition Coach; Precision Nutrition

Focus: Mobility, Power, Corrective Exercise, Flexibility, Gait Mechanics

Bio: Hey, what’s up I’m Jay. For over 20 years I have focused on leading people as a Strength and Conditioning Coach. I have dedicated my life to helping one’s performance, life, longevity, personal growth and becoming the best versions of themselves. From a fighter to someone working on basic hip mobility, I can train anyone anywhere at any time! Other than training and helping people, my interests include video games, guns and trucks.

Julie
Julie Motter

Education: B.S. in Physical Education (Kinesiology)

Certifications: Certified Personal Trainer; American Council on Exercise

Group Exercise; American Council on Exercise

200 Hour Yoga Certified

Les Mills BODYPUMP

Focus: Overall Wellness, Functional Training, Posture/Alignment, Mobility, Holistic Approach

Bio: Hi, I’m Julie! My fitness journey started as a competitive gymnast then I taught group fitness in college. I did competitive body building and powerlifting in college as well. After graduating, I naturally went into Group Fitness and Personal Training as a profession. Outside of work, I focus self-improvement and growing myself. I love to read and listen to podcast and focus on my Tao Te Ching, or being present.

Heraclitus-“No man ever steps in the same river twice, the only constant in life is change.”

Shelli Cheyney

Shelli Cheyney

Education: B.A. in Business

Certifications: Certified Personal Trainer; National Council on Strength and Fitness

Certified Nutrition Specialist; National Academy of Sports Medicine

Silver Sneakers Instructor

LIVESTRONG Instructor

Diabetes Prevention Coach

Focus: Strength, Functional Fitness

Bio: I have been involved in health and fitness my whole life.  I was a cheerleader from the fourth grade through graduation and running track.  After graduation I started weightlifting and became Miss Hard Body in the 1990’s in Texas. I had a fabulous sales career while still maintaining my healthy lifestyle until 2005 when a very tragic accident happened in Paris France where and I was a victim of a random act of violence.  It literally changed the course of my life. I have 26 screws and 2 steel plates holding my face and head in place.  All the bones on the left side of my face were broken.  After 2 years of plastic surgeries and 2 years of depression, I just could not do the sales thing anymore.  I wanted to help others do what I had done my whole life, maintain a healthy lifestyle by staying fit! So…. In 2011 I went to work for the YMCA in Downtown Dallas  as  a Personal Trainer and a Group Fitness Instructor and it changed my life again.  I now specialize in Senior fitness, strength training and nutrition. When I am not working at the YMCA, I am playing tennis, spending time with one of my 9 grandchildren, traveling with my husband or snuggling with the love of my life – Coco, my 11 year old shih tzu.

 

Chiyo Fraser

Chiyo Fraser

Education: B.A. in Theatre and Dance

Certifications: Certified Personal Trainer; National Academy of Sports Medicine

Primary Group Exercise; Athletics and Fitness Association of America

Weight Loss Specialist; National Academy of Sports Medicine

Oh Baby! Prenatal/Postpartum Exercise

TRX Qualified Instructor

Focus: Functional Movement, Strength Endurance, Prenatal/Postpartum

Bio: Hey everyone, I’m Chiyo! Being physically fit and living a healthy lifestyle has always been a passion for me. I started my fitness journey as a professionally trained dancer before focusing on group fitness, so body awareness is a big focus of my training style. Building on a foundation of proper form and execution of functional movements allows my clients to work smarter, not harder, to achieve their desired goals. Previously an instructor with Oh Baby! Fitness, and a Mom of 2, I have experience with prenatal and postpartum exercise, helping moms-to-be stay fit and healthy throughout their pregnancy and helping new moms navigate the safe return to exercise. I love keeping my clients engaged and excited, so expect to see a wide variety of exercises while training with me!

 

Dylan Davis
Dylan Davis

Education: B.S. in Health and Human Performance/ K - 12 Licensure (University of Tennessee at Martin)

Certifications: Certified Personal Trainer; National Academy of Sports Medicine

Focus: Nutrition, Calisthenics, Hypertrophy, Endurance, Strength, Running

Bio: Hello, I’m Dylan! Anything involving Health and Fitness lightens up my World! As a kid, competing with friends on who’s the fastest, who could jump the highest, and or who can do the most push-ups and sit-ups made me feel immortal in my neighborhood growing up. My title of Personal Trainer is very very new, but it has been the core of my being all along. I am an ex-collegiate Wide-Receiver playing football at the University of Tennessee at Martin from the years of 2011 - 2013! Your skill level doesn’t matter to me. I enjoy making relationships with all people approaching Personal Training from the holistic view aiming to help people in all areas of Health and Fitness. Weekly, I attend Spin Classes, Yoga, HITT, along with training myself in Resistance Training, Calisthenics, and Long Distance Running. When my body has had enough, I jump right into the pool to swim for laps of Active Recovery in which my body always thanks me for. Lastly, the most important part, Nutrition, rounds out my practice. Eating healthy has been the best way to show my body the love and affection it needs daily to keep up with my high energy demands. A great protein shake is the highlight of my day. I would stack ones made by me against the best companies out there!

Favorite Quote: “Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody!” Robby Novak

Favorite Exercise: Distance Running/Weight Lifting

Corben Leon
Corben Leon

Certifications: Certified Personal Trainer; National Federation of Professional Trainers

Focus: Powerlifting, Muscle Gain, Weight Loss, Full Body Health

Bio: Hi, I’m Corben! I got started in fitness when I was a teenager wanting to lose weight. I had no idea what I was doing when I got started, but educated myself to where I am now. I got started in training because I wanted to help others get their foot in the door and build their self-efficacy in the gym. In my free time, I like to play music; I play the guitar and the drums. Other than that I like playing video games like the average young man and watching combat sports such as MMA. My favorite fighter to watch is Francis Ngannou. My favorite exercise is the squat because it works the legs which is one of the largest muscle groups in the body. It keeps you upright along with you core, so let’s get to it.