Participants must be a Hampshire Athletic Club member or pay a facility guest pass, payable to HAC. All session fees are payable directly to the trainer.
“I’ve had an interest in health & fitness since I was a teenager. I noticed that lifestyle mattered and played a huge role in how we feel and how we age. I also saw how adding healthy habits in your life can change your life at any age. Exercise is like a fountain of youth! I worked in a stressful professional office for over 30 years, and I saw the struggles my co-workers were having with working, raising children and trying to balance their lives. It was taking a toll on their energy and overall health. Most were over weight and had poor eating habits. Although I worked in an office, I always dreamed of being a personal trainer, so I could help others to reach their fitness potential, as well as enrich their lives with good health. I made up my mind that it was time to change careers and start doing what I love.”
Anthony is originally from the island of Trinidad & Tobago. He has been involved in sports and training from an early age. With a great measure of success, he played and coached his neighborhood’s basketball team the Green Acres. He represented Trinidad & Tobago on the national rugby team and played internationally for 7 years. After moving to the United States, Anthony continued to play rugby for the Springfield club rugby team from 1987 to 1993. He got involved with Smith College where he served as the head rugby coach for 7 years. After his time at Smith College he spent 5 years coaching rugby at Amherst College. He is currently the assistant coach for the men’s rugby team at UMass Amherst. He has been coaching there for 6 years in counting. In 2010, Anthony attended Brandford Halls where he studied to become a personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. While he was completing his coursework at Brandford Halls he participated in an internship at the Northampton Council on Aging. He came to find that the senior population is greatly underserved. He now enjoys working most closely with this age group.
“I’ve been in the fitness industry since 1983. I’ve lived a lifetime of fitness and continue to pursue constant education to keep up with the ever-changing information in the fitness, massage and spa world. As your trainer, I can design a nutrition and exercise program allowing you to reach your ideal lean to fat ratio. When your muscles are fatigued I can massage you or help to rejuvenate your skin with a facial or spa treatment.”
Brandon began his career at the Hampshire Athletic Club and Northampton Athletic Club in 2008 while attending the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He graduated in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. In 2013, Brandon worked with the Amherst Leisure Services Department as an Assistant Sports and Recreation Director, where he helped coordinate the Amherst Youth Basketball League for area youth. Brandon has developed a passion for helping young athletes reach their athletic goals while training at Strides Human Performance Institute. As a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, he believes that people of all ages and fitness levels can reach their full potential through hard work and dedication.
A long-term fitness enthusiast, Alison deepened her knowledge of human movement science and corrective exercise after experiencing her own health problems and nagging injuries. She now uses her training in these areas to help clients improve their quality of movement, avoid injury, and reach their fitness goals.
She continues to pursue education and training in human movement science so that she can offer the most effective and evidence-based exercise programs to her clients. Alison is also currently pursuing training in Animal Flow®, which is an “innovative fitness program that combines quadrupedal and ground-based movement with elements from various bodyweight-training disciplines to create a fun, challenging workout emphasizing multi-planar, fluid movement.”
Alison also has specialized training in cognitive fitness techniques, which help to simultaneously challenge the mind and body, as well as experience working with individuals who have Parkinson’s Disease and other neurological conditions.