Personal Training – South Sound YMCA

Personal Training

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Take your workout to the next level with a Y personal trainer. Our program is designed to help individuals move toward the next step in their fitness goals. See the Welcome Center for more information.


We have registered dietitians who can help you on your journey to eating a healthier diet and leading a healthier lifestyle. See the Welcome Center for more information.


Sharon is a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Diabetes Educator who has worked in the field of nutrition for over 25 years. She works at St. Peter Hospital in the diabetes clinic and the teen pregnancy clinic. At the Y, she has been the leader of our ACT program and has taught many cooking classes. She also works with members to develop a personalized nutrition plan that improves their health and fits their lifestyle.

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Danyel has always enjoyed being active and grew up in a health-conscious family. After having her fourth baby, she had significant core dysfunction and was frustrated by diminished capability due to motherhood and age. She hired a personal trainer whose knowledge and encouragement provided the missing pieces in her fitness and health routine. As she trained and learned more about exercise science, she found a passion in being a resource to others and decided to take up training professionally.


  • ACE Personal Training Certificate
  • NETA
  • Experience with elderly and pregnant/post-partum clients

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As someone who was raised in Alaska, Leighann learned the power of mental strength during its unforgiving winters. Now in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and children, she combines her Alaska roots with a passion for fitness and a love for the Y. She believes that fun and passion are the best motivators to help people reach their goals. Whether she’s working with them one-on-one or in a small group, Leighann leaves her clients feeling positive, strong and motivated to keep growing.


  • NASM Personal Training Certificate
  • Specialty in Behavioral Change

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Marea is a Lacey-born local with three children. In 2013, after pregnancies, postpartum and erratic diet habits, she decided to recommit to her health. Her training journey started with the BodyPump class. She loved the program so much that she became an instructor and eventually a personal trainer. Marea has experience working with seniors, injuries/recovery, and post-partum members. She loves helping others reach their goals of living longer and healthier lives—all while celebrating the milestones along the way.


  • ACE Personal Training Certificate
  • ACE Health Coach Certificate

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Steve has done a lot of things in his life. He spent 21 years as an officer in the U.S. Army. He -taught middle school science and math. He self-published four novels and two books for children. And now, he is a 68-year-old ACE-certified personal trainer specializing in senior fitness. Steve’s goal is to help people understand that there is life after 60 and that health and vitality is alive and well at 60, 70, 80, and beyond.


  • ACE Personal Training Certificate
  • Specialty in senior fitness
  • Focus on health challenges such as cardiovascular disorders, asthma, osteo, and others

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Lily is a certified personal trainer and competitive athlete. She believes that movement-based routines and rituals can help heal. Lily aims to create supportive, non-judgemental relationships with her clients. She wants to encourage others to practice love and compassion for themselves and their bodies, while simultaneously helping them achieve their goals.


  • Movement for Trauma Level 1 with Jane Clapp
  • Movement and Mobility 101 with Dr. Kelly Starrett
  • Kabuki Movement Fundamentals
  • Spin Certified
  • CPR Certified

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Matsimela has over 10 years of experience in the fitness industry. He was a certified personal trainer in Washington, D.C. for 8 years before moving out West and pursuing an ACSM CPT certification. His training philosophy is centered around cultivating the client’s strength, power, mobility, and cognitive function. In short, he likes to help people move, look, and feel better!

When Matsimela is not in the gym, he can be found studying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Muay Thai. His passion for fitness & lifelong dedication to this industry has given him extensive knowledge. He can’t wait to help you reach your fullest potential!


  • Hatha Yoga certified instructor
  • ACSM CPT certified
  • CPR Certified

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