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Bernadette Sheaffer

Bernadette Sheaffer

Certified Personal Trainer, NETA; Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant, AFPA; SCW Certified Aqua Fitness Instructor

Bernadette has been certified in personal training for 4 years and has had the opportunity to train clients of varying backgrounds, abilities and goals. Having always had a desire to help others, Bernadette enjoys designing programs to fit her clients’ needs – from weight-loss to endurance, strength to event training and more.

Running has been a passion of Bernadette’s for many years and she has completed numerous 5K’s, and ½ marathons. Her love for new challenges has led her to compete in obstacle course races and lead Boot Camp-style workouts for group training sessions. This passion 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.

Bernadette brings skills and experience in business, food service management, and customer service to help keep her clients happy, motivated, and on track. Her desire to help others has led her to pursue her Wellness and Nutrition Consultant certification as well as continuing education credits within the personal training field.

Fitness Philosophy:
“Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out”

Kim Swinko

Kim Swinko

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.

Fitness Philosophy:
“Your mind will give up before your body. Turn off your mind and power through.”

April Albert

April Albert

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.

April’s favorite fitness quote

“Everything in Moderation”

Tracey Watson

Tracey Watson

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.

Fitness Philosophy:
“You get out of it what you put into it.”

Roberta McFarland

Roberta McFarland

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.

Fitness Philosophy:
“I train with four factors: Set your mind to READY, stay positive, focus and find  goals to achieve fitness and overall better health.”

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