Team 2017-02-15T16:49:02+00:00
AYC Health and Fitness trainers

Our team is made of passionate people devoted to helping our clients attain extraordinary results.

The AYC Team

Greg Justice, personal trainer, corporate wellness expert

Greg Justice, M.A.

Education:
Bachelor’s Degree (Physical Education, Health) 1983
Master’s Degree (HPER – Exercise Science) 1986
National Certification: AFAA (Personal Fitness Training)

Greg Justice is an international best-selling author, speaker, and fitness entrepreneur. He opened AYC Health & Fitness, Kansas City’s original personal training center, in May 1986, and has personally trained more than 50,000 one-on-one sessions. Today, AYC specializes in corporate wellness and personal training.

He has been actively involved in the fitness industry for more than three decades as a club manager, owner, personal fitness trainer, and corporate wellness supervisor. Greg currently serves on the advisory board of two personal training schools and most recently became CEO of the National Corporate Fitness Institue. He mentors and instructs trainers worldwide through his coaching programs.

Greg writes articles for many publications and websites, is a featured columnist for Corporate Wellness Magazine, and his monthly column, “Treadmill Talk,” is published in Personal Fitness Professional magazine. He is the author of 7 books including  Mind Over Fatter: The Psychology of Weight Loss, Mind Your Own Fitness: A Mindful Approach To Exercise, Lies & Myths  About Corporate Wellness, and Treadside Manner: Confessions Of A Serial Personal Trainer. His newest book, Where Fit Happens, was co-authored with Helgi Gudfinnsson.

For more info about everything Greg is up to, go to www.GregJustice.com. You may also reach Greg at 913-642-4437 #101.

Glen Haney, M.A.

Education:
Bachelor’s Degree (Exercise Science)
Master’s Degree (Exercise Science)
National Certification: AFAA (Personal Fitness Training)

Areas of Specialty:
General Conditioning, Small Group Training

Years in Fitness:
Glen began training in 1992 and has been with AYC since 1994.

Glenn’s critical eye for form and technique has helped people of all ages and abilities achieve their goals over the last 20+ years he’s trained clients at AYC. Able to explain and correct improper form, he makes it easy for even a non-exerciser to fully participate in class or in a one-on-one personal training session.

When he’s not training you’ll find him: Fishing, cooking, and eating! (healthy, of course – mostly.)

You may reach Glenn at 913-642-4437 #104.

Nadine Price Rojas, Yoga Director at AYC Health and Fitness

Nadine Price-Rojas

Yoga Director

Nadine has been practicing yoga since 1988. After training at The Royal Ballet School in London England, a serious knee injury lead to attending yoga classes, and a certification in Hatha Yoga .

After continuing her professional dancing career and traveling worldwide, she has had the pleasure to practice and teach Yoga in several countries. Nadine joined AYC and became Yoga Director in 1994, after moving to Kansas City .

She has started Yoga programs and classes at fitness clubs, YMCA’s and dance studios, as well as the private and one on one programs AYC offers. She now continues to teach Hatha and Restorative Yoga, and is also educating young students about how Yoga is essential for discipline, good alignment, and a healthy body.

“I have been so happy and privileged to be a part of such a professional and talented team, past & present. Happy 30th Anniversary, AYC. I look forward to many more years here working with our wonderful clients.”

Namaste.

You may reach Nadine at 913-642-4437 #106.

Trina Warren

Pilates Director

I’m a Stott-certified Pilates instructor. I was born and raised in Alaska and spent my early years there developing a love of dance, the great outdoors and a healthy, active lifestyle of hiking, camping and fishing. After receiving a BFA in Dance, I went on to dance professionally in New York for 15 years, which also included touring and teaching both nationally and internationally. During that time, I discovered Pilates to be a great practice for injury rehabilitation and prevention. And during my years of teaching Pilates, I’ve learned that it is much more than that.

I combine my knowledge of Pilates, anatomy, kinesiology and other somatic practices to address the goals and needs of each client I work with. I’ve observed Pilates to be a practice that is good for any body. Whether your goal is to improve athletic performance, recover from an injury, improve back health, or to simply stay balanced and moving, a Pilates practice can absolutely help you achieve positive results.

I believe that our body is our most important investment, so we must take care of it the best we can.

You may reach me at 913-642-4437 #107

Jeleanna Edwards, yoga instructor

Jeleanna Edwards

Yoga Instructor

In today’s society life can be hectic and full of chaos. I offer ways to find serenity in daily life, while achieving balance and peace through the practice of yoga. Yoga is a gift of internal transformation, allowing one to perceive life in a whole new way. When we as human beings are able to connect with ourselves, we then have the ability to achieve limitless external capabilities.

I attended Ashtanga Teacher Training in June of 2015, and began teaching in July. I received my RYT 200 hour certification through YogaWorks in May 2016. With that, my journey will not end. I will forever be a student with a daily intention to deepen my knowledge and practice.

I am a graduate of Ottawa University with a Bachelor of the Arts in Healthcare Management. Throughout my educational journey I focused on areas of study which include; wellness for life, nutrition and lifetime fitness. When I am not teaching or practicing yoga I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

You may reach me at 913-642-4437 #103.

Ellen Breeding, personal trainer and nutritional counselor at AYC Health & Fitness

Ellen Breeding

B.A. Kansas State University
Wellspring School of Allied Health

Certifications and Specializations
NASM CPT (Certified Personal Trainer)
CES (Corrective Exercise Specialist)
FNS (Fitness Nutrition Specialist)
Female Functional Fitness

I’ve been a personal trainer at AYC since 2010. I played high school varsity basketball and softball at Shawnee Mission East High School. I trained my horse, Cisco, and I love to ride. I started a cookie company in 2009 named ellie b’s cookies. Yes, trainers eat cookies!

What you eat and how much you move directly affects the way you feel physically and emotionally. I coach my clients on how to live a life of balance, not restriction.

I have a passion for healthy eating, cooking, and learning about nutrition. I educate my clients on how different foods affect your body. When you eat “real” food that properly nourishes your body, you can rid yourself of unwanted cravings. My nutrition clients can expect me to do everything from teaching them about what to buy at the grocery store or ordering at restaurants, to showing them how to prepare recipes, stock their pantry, and navigate a cocktail party.

Whether you are a 60 year old who has never exercised a day in your life, or a young athlete wanting to get ready for soccer season, I can create a workout program to fit your needs and help you achieve your goals. Never feel bad about where you start. Feel proud that you started and just keep on going.

You may reach me at 913-642-4437 #102.

Derek Newman

Personal Trainer and Professional Golf Fitness Trainer
Education/Degrees/Certifications
BS in Education/Kinesiology
Certified Professional Golf Fitness Association Instructor

Specialties
Golf fitness training and athletic training. I co-authored the Amazon best selling book, Before You Swing A Golfer’s Guide to Fitness Training, with Greg Justice.

My favorite workout is anything involving balance because athletics depend so much on being balanced.

I spend lots of time training specifically for Frisbee as well as working on programs for the people I play with and teams in the area. I play disc golf often and keep in good cardio shape in the winter by mountain biking and playing indoor futsol.

Playing as many sports as I do, a talk to a lot of people who have nagging injuries and I love figuring out why they are happening and giving them the program to fix them. It all goes back to balancing the body. The body has so many ways of compensating for being unbalanced and I like helping both athletes and non-athletes get the best results they can through balanced training. Athletics have always been a large part of my life and I love training for sports as well as helping athletes train. Golf fitness training has become an avenue for me to work with athletes of all abilities and ambitions and it keeps my competitive juices going.

I will always get the most out of my clients by hitting the weakest links first and then the hardest. It is the best way to train for results and reducing injury risk.

You may reach me at 913-642-4437 #105.

personal trainer

David Justice

Personal Trainer
University of Missouri-Kansas City, MBA
University of Kansas, B.S. Business Management & Leadership
NASM Certified Personal Trainer

Between my sophomore and junior seasons of high school baseball I gained nearly 25 pounds of muscle thanks to the hard work I put in here at AYC. Those 9 months were a complete game-changer and made me realize the numerous benefits associated with consistent exercise. That experience is the reason I’m here today – to help bring that passion for exercise into as many peoples’ lives as possible regardless of age, gender, or ability level.

I firmly believe that exercise can (and should) be fun. We will work together to find an exercise routine that is both beneficial to your fitness goals and something you enjoy doing consistently, workout after workout.

When I’m not training, my interests include Royals baseball, KU basketball, golf, disc golf, and rec league softball.

You may reach me at 913-642-4437 #113

Lindsay Russ

Lindsay Russ

Lindsay has been dancing since the age of 2 and started teaching dance classes at the age of 12. With a background in Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Lyrical and Tap dance, Lindsay was introduced to Pilates while studying dance as an undergraduate student at KU.

With an education in dance, she grew to love the practice of Modern dance and Martha Graham’s technique.  She decided to learn more about Pilates through D.K. Body Balancing method.  Lindsay has also completed her apprentice practice and additionally has attended workshops such as Rhythm Pilates by Lisa Hubbard as well as Balanced Body; Pilates on Tour, Core Barre and Orbit.  She created her own Barre Certification Program called Transform Barre as well as Reformer Certification.

With much knowledge in the Pilates and dance field, Lindsay brings an exciting and challenging workout that works well for all ability levels.  Under Lindsay’s instruction, you will experience more energy, and strength, and improve tone and confidence.  Lindsay is the former owner of Transform Barre and will continue to challenge clients at AYC and add more variety to your workout!

You may reach Lindsay at lindsay@aycfit.com.

Melissa Arfstrom

Melissa Arfstrom

Melissa started taking Pilates classes at Transform Barre, owned by Lindsay Russ, a few years ago and immediately became addicted. Not only did it transform her body but she had no more back pain . . . EVER!

After having 4 kids (2 of them twins) she never thought she would get a flat stomach ever again. She was wrong! She lost inches on her waist, thighs, glutes and arms. She wanted to make other people feel and see the results that she had, so she decided to make her addiction a reality and got certified in Pilates.

Melissa completed her certification from Personal Best Pilates and PMA. She mentored with Lindsay Russ in 2016, learning her methods of teaching at Transform. Now, her dream of teaching Pilates can be shared with everyone at AYC! She can’t wait for you to join her class to make a difference in your body!

Katie Stark

Katie Stark

Katie’s passion for fitness began in 2006 at the University of Texas. After attending a health and wellness seminar she decided to become certified to teach SPIN, group fitness, and not much later Nike Training Club. Over the next 6 years she continued teaching and mentoring new instructors through the Rec Sports department at UT as well as working for Nike as a fitness ambassador. It wasn’t until Katie moved to Kansas City in 2013 that she started attending Pilates and Barre classes and fell in love with Transform Barre.

Now trained in STOTT Pilates and certified in Transform Barre, she is excited to be at AYC Health & Fitness, motivating, challenging, and encouraging clients and friends to achieve their health and fitness goals.

Nancy Strauser

Nancy Strauser

Nancy has her B.S. degree from Marquette University.

Nancy has been addicted to movement her whole life and has practiced yoga for the last 15 years.  She believes in a two-fold approach to physical health. Keep your body moving, and take the time to get to know and listen to your body. This will help to keep you injury-free and feeling your best.

After taking many dance classes as an adult and loving the experience, she enrolled in classes at Transform Barre. This led to a certification in Barre and the pursuit of a yoga-barre certification.

As a former massage therapist, she also brings knowledge of anatomy and body mechanics to her classes.  She looks forward to helping you keep your body moving!

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