Meet the Trainers
Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant; Certified Personal Trainer, NETA; Certified Les Mills Sprint Instructor, Certified Schwinn Cycle Instructor; SCW Aqua Fitness Instructor, CEC’s in Nutrition and Wellness Consulting, Running Anatomy, Kinesiology, RRCA Running Coach, Foam Rolling, Body Weight Training, Small Group Training and Total Body Conditioning.
Bernadette has been a certified personal trainer for over seven years and has trained well over 100 clients of varying backgrounds, abilities and goals. Recently, Bernadette’s desire to continue learning and growing led her to enhance her skill set by obtaining a second degree from Central Penn College and becoming a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. Through her new role, she has been able to use her skills from personal training and teaching at the Rec to help patients in a local PT clinic; and conversely, her expanded knowledge and experience from the PT clinic has broadened her ability to provide excellent care and service to her personal training clients.
In addition to her extensive education, running has been a passion of Bernadette’s for years and she has finished many races, from 5Ks to marathons, and also several obstacle races. This training and experience has led to her development of a large repertoire of boot camp-style workouts for group training sessions. Bernadette’s passion for running and continual learning keeps her on the forefront of fitness and affords her the opportunity to offer workouts that are fresh, bold, and designed to keep you focused.
Whether your goal is strengthening, weight-loss, event training, endurance, balance, or recovery, Bernadette’s extensive experience and deep-rooted desire to help others will provide you with a program tailored to your needs.
“Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out”
Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Group Exercise Instructor, Certified Bootcamp Instructor, and Myofascial Foam Rolling
“Hi” I’m Tracey, and have worked for the Ephrata Recreation Center since approximately 2012. During those years, I have earned a number of certifications including Zumba Gold, Basic I and II, Core Fitness, Group Exercise, Myofascial Foam Rolling, Bootcamp and Personal Trainer. Currently I am the Dance Gold Instructor for the Ephrata Recreation Center, of which I have instructed for 5 years. I am also currently a Personal Trainer, Fitness Studio attendant and occasional Building Supervisor.
My goal is to help beginners, women and youth get started in free weight strength training, learning proper weight lifting form, safety, how to target muscle groups, and how to incorporate a proper training schedule including sets and reps for their strength training workout.
I have a passion for free weight training and helping others reach their strength and fitness goals.
“You get out of it what you put into it.”
Certified Personal Trainer, International Fitness Association
Dame brings passion, energy, knowledge, and experience to the table. A trainer for three years, he and has helped people reach their goals – whether it be lose weight, gain muscle, fix muscle imbalances, build flexibility, pass their physical test for the police academy, prepare for the military,
decrease pain in hips, add 50 pounds to their bench press,
become a better athlete and so much more.
He has been wrestling for six years now from California to Florida and all the way up the East Coast. Dame had spent a month living in and training at the Wrestle-1 Dojo in Tokyo, Japan under Kaz Hayashi. It was there that he learned a true athlete blends weight training with body weight training and flexibility work. He has wrestled for WWE NXT twice, Los Angeles Television for a year, multiple iPPVs, local wrestling show Atomic Championship Wrestling and many other wrestling shows across the country. From being in the first match to the main event,
it all starts in the gym first.
Dame’s goal as a trainer is helping his clients reach their goal the healthiest way possible while giving them the tools necessary to continue a healthy lifestyle beyond their training with him. With different methods to burn fat and build new muscle, he will constantly be pushing you.
He will discuss eating habits to create a healthy-eating lifestyle and
make ‘dieting’ less miserable and short-lived.
Lastly, he likes to make the workouts fun for his clients.
Workouts shouldn’t be a chore; they should be challenging and fun!
Certified personal trainer, National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA)
Her interest in fitness began when she was a participant in a wellness program which incorporated nutrition and physical training. She developed a passion for wanting to pay this knowledge forward to help others feel good about themselves.
Kim’s experience includes nine years as a group fitness instructor with the Ephrata Recreation Center. She is certified with Les Mills as a Body Pump instructor and has been leading water classes for all ages.
When not training, Kim enjoys spending time at the shore boating, clamming and biking with family and friends.
“Your mind will give up before your body. Turn off your mind and power through.”
Aqua Fitness Coordinator, Certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness, Aqua and Silver Sneaker Instructor
Always active as a High School athlete, April Albert began her fitness career journey in 2013 finding her passion while taking classes at the Rec. Soon after, she became a Personal Trainer in the Rec’s Biggest Loser Program and started instructing Group Fitness, Aquatic and Silver Sneaker classes. In 2014, April became the Ephrata Tidal Waves Dryland Coach and has expanded the program from the youngest members of the Tidal Waves to the oldest. She also is an “on deck” assistant coach alongside her husband and Head Coach, Tim Albert. In 2018, April was offered a newly created position as the Aquatics Fitness Coordinator An enthusiastic trainer, she enjoys walking people through their personal fitness and nutritional objectives. She finds the best part is watching them conquer the “little” things that help them obtain their goals. When April is not at the Rec teaching, she enjoys spending time with her husband and cheering on her 8 children in their activities and sporting events.
“Everything in Moderation”
ISSA Personal Trainer, Group Fitness “Insanity” certified
Roberta’s main goal is to train with respect, encouragement and support. Sports were always a big part of her life growing up in the Cocalico area. All through high school and college, she was active in sports and became a competitive runner. Running 5Ks helps keep Roberta focused, strong and healthy. She always pushes herself to reach new goals each year so that she stays accountable and never gets bored with her workout plan.
Roberta has the same thoughts in mind when it comes to her clients. She focuses on each individual’s needs, realizing that everyone’s training and diet will be different. Together, you will work to find the best, most effective training so that you meet YOUR goals. She currently instructs group fitness classes and an Evening Boot Camp group personal training program at the Rec. When she isn’t training or working out herself, she’s taking care of her four children. Roberta is a trainer who understands how tough it is to find time to exercise, but with the right mindset, she knows her clients can achieve it all.
“I train with four factors: Set your mind to READY, stay positive, focus and find goals to achieve fitness and overall better health.”
Certified Personal Trainer – NASM,
Certified Les Mills’ BodyPump, CX Worx Instructor, Certified Zumba Instructor, Pound Instructor
Brandi’s goal is help YOU reach YOUR goals. She has a strong focus on strength training with proper technique and safety and wants to help you achieve what you thought may be impossible. Whether you want to improve your functional fitness in everyday activities or start training for competitive events, she would love to help you get there!
Brandi’s favorite fitness quote:
“Everyone has to start somewhere. It’s never too late and you’re never too old!”