Meet the Trainers

Amanda Gonzalez-Barone - Owner/Head Trainer

Amanda's journey in fitness began after college, when she had gained the Freshman 15 (and then some!) and decided to make a healthy lifestyle change.  Little did she know that her foray into fitness would lead to a career change and a new passion for exercise and healthy eating.  She has appeared in the P90X infomercial and on QVC with fitness guru, Tony Horton.

Amanda is an Elite Trainer through the International Sports Sciences Association and holds certifications in Fitness Training, Strength & Conditioning, Sports Nutrition, Exercise Therapy, and Youth Fitness.  In addition, Amanda is schooled in Israeli Special Forces Krav Maga, a devastating martial art used for self defense and hand-to-hand combat.  She has completed an Ironman endurance triathlon, consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and 26.2-mile run -- all in one day!  She combines all of these skills to create fun, fast, and effective workouts.

The philosophy Amanda uses for designing exercise routines is to engage as many muscle groups as possible using dynamic movements that mimic the way the body functions in daily life. 

"What good is an exercise if it doesn't make us stronger throughout the day?" says Amanda.  "The more we engage principle body movements in exercise, the better we move, walk, lift, and bend.  And that's just everyday stuff.  This approach benefits sports immensely -- whether you're a runner, triathlete, or play pickup basketball, you can improve using this kind of training."

Hard work is fundamental, but so is having fun.  "It's hard enough to get motivated to work out.  And if you HATE it, it's so much easier to blow it off.  Workouts should be physically challenging, but they should also be fun to do.  If you enjoy what you're doing, you're more likely to make it a life change and stick with it for good."

Jeanna Mead - Kickboxing and Boot Camp Instructor

After two kids and several years of creeping weight gain, Jeanna decided she needed to make a change.  She made fitness her focus and found that it changed her life.  Staying active and healthy helped her lose over 40 pounds.  But, more importantly, it made her confident, happy, and goal-oriented.  She had become a better wife, better mother, better version of herself -- and she decided that she needed to share this amazing change with others! 

Jeanna has been working as a fitness instructor for three years and has certifications in group fitness and kickboxing.  She has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and has run several marathons and one 33-mile ultramarathon.  Some of her greatest achievements, though, lie in seeing others become the best that they can be!

Greta VanSlyke - Boot Camp Instructor

Greta has been a part-time professional health and fitness coach since 2012 and a full-time Research Scientist for the New York State Department of Health for over 16 years.  She is a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer, P90X certified trainer, and certified Spin instructor. 

Greta has been an avid endurance junkie since 2004 when she started distance running and began competing in road races, including the New York City Marathon in 2006.  She was also a member of a third-place Men’s relay team at the Ragnar Adirondack Relay in 2013.  In 2014, her finish at Ironman Lake Placid earned her the title of Ironman Bronze All-World Athlete for 2015. 

Greta believes there is a contagious positive energy within the group fitness atmosphere and is endlessly motivated to bring joy and fun into even the toughest workouts.  She also believes there is a place for every shape, size, and ability in the training room and works to adapt all movements for varying ability levels.  She is currently an avid cyclist and triathlete, has an advanced knowledge of endurance sports nutrition, and is available to construct long- and short-term training plans for anyone working toward a fitness goal.

Amber Hooper - Running Coach

After the birth of her second child, Amber rediscovered her love for running.  She returned to running by using the Couch to 5K program with the goal of running 5Ks again.  She has since run a multitude of races, with her favorite distances being the half-marathon and marathon.  She ran throughout her third pregnancy until she was 35 weeks along and is a huge proponent of exercising through pregnancy.  Her enthusiasm for running has inspired the whole family.  Her husband, Owen, now shares her love of running and runs marathons.  Their eight-year-old daughter recently finished her first 5K.

In an effort to share her love of running with others, Amber became a Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) certified coach.  This allows her to combine her passion for running with technical knowledge of running.  She also has been coaching a children’s running program for the past two years and enjoys watching the joy they exude when they run.  Amber lives in Glenville with her husband and three children: Evelyn (8), Oliver (6), and Thomas (3). She also runs her own photography business.