ONE OF THE REASONS WHY BBFC IS ... JUST ... "DIFFERENT" and "UNIQUE" -- THE STAFF!
The center also specializes in several issues such as weight-loss, cardiovascular training, athletic training, conditioning during pregnancy, as well as servicing children, teens, middle-aged and aging clients through a community-oriented environment.All on-site staff members are CPR certified and knowledgeable with regards to basics of resistance training and aerobic conditioning. Please ask any staff member questions regarding Building Bodeez Fitness Center's several services; they are happy to help you!
Shawn Horwat is the founder of Building Bodeez Fitness Center. He brings over 17 years of diversified athletic experience to Building Bodeez Fitness. Most recently he has been employed by Club One, Incorporated in Pittsburgh, PA for 17 years, working at two locations with over 150 personal training clients. He has also enjoyed working as the "Strength and Conditioning Coach" for Derry Area High School Football and Baseball teams, as well as the personal trainer for a variety of local athletes. As a personal trainer, Shawn has developed countless personalized fitness programs that appreciate clients’ needs such as rehabilitation, weight loss, conditioning, body building and sports specific challenges. Also as a certified fitness trainer through the International Sports Science Association (ISSA) he is required to maintain continuing education credits and has attended several national seminars hosted by the International Dance and Exercise Association (IDEA) and the National Council of Certified Personal Trainers (NCCPT) where he continues to learn about state of the art equipment and new, innovative conditioning ideas for his clients. CLICK Shawn acts as company owner as well as premier personal trainer and sports specialist. He looks forward to working with you on a individualized basis and hopes that you may find Building Bodeez Fitness Center an integral part of your workout routine.
Shawn instructs his unique trademarked creation TOP GUN FITNESS as well as YOGA. Shawn has been the primary founder of several of these formats as well as many of the formats offered at Building Bodeez. *SEE PPG ARTICLE
Hayley Chemski Horwat Certified Fitness Trainer – I, MSN Nurse Anesthetist
Hayley is a certified group fitness instructor (ZUMBA, AerobaDANCE creator, JAM n TONE creator, SIZZLER creator, SPINNING, STEP, YOGA, YOGILATES creator, Pilates) as well as Building Bodeez corporate secretary. She has been involved in aerobic conditioning since an early age, specializing in choreography and dance. Hayley was a cheerleader an award winning dancer for many years and once enjoyed performing at Walt Disney World in Florida. She has choreographed competitive cheerleading routines, high school musicals and chorus reviews. In 2010, Hayley was named as Westmoreland County's YWCA Sportswoman of the Year and was recently named the 2012 Westmoreland County YWCA Rising Star in Business. *SEE ARTICLE HERE Outside of Building Bodeez Hayley is a full-time mother of two and a full-time Nurse Anesthetist at St. Margarets Hospital in Fox Chapel, in addition to traveling positions at surgery centers.
PERSONAL TRAINING STAFF (rates vary amongst trainers):
Shawn Horwat - see above
Jeff Hart -- served as a Building Bodeez front desk manager, and now as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor. As a long-term advocate of personal wellness Jeff boasts a current journey through bodybuilding, notably as a NPC Mens Welterweight BodyBuilder. He is a Mt. Pleasant Junior Wrestling Coach and former Collegiate All-American Wrestler. Jeff holds an Associates Degree in Health and Phys Ed and he is the Owner of J.P.H. Fitness, Inc. Contact Jeff for a jump-start to your personal wellness journey!
GROUP FITNESS STAFF:
Leanne Feret may not be Latin, but she should be! As a certified Zumba® instructor, she has had a passion for Latin music and a zest for the excitement of dancing for numerous years. She lives in Unity Township with her husband, Jeff, and their 13-year-old son, Nick. She is self-employed as a hair designer, which is another creative outlet she loves. She enjoys meeting new people and sharing in the unique fun of Zumba®. She says no other exercise has motivated her personally to such a great extent, and hopes to exude this with each class she leads. Leanne also instructs JAM n TONE a unique KETTLEBELL creation on Wed and Sat!
N. Randall Kolb, MD Randy Kolb has been practicing Ashtanga and Power yoga for more than ten years. He has trained as a Power Yoga instructor with Karen and Sean Conley from Amazing Yoga in Pittsburgh. Randy appreciates the health giving effects of yoga. He points out that Yoga isn't "Just for women." Athletes and men who want to increase flexibility find the Power Yoga style in a heated room to be especially helpful. When not teaching yoga, Randy teaches Family Medicine at UPMC Shadyside.
Janis Loughner instructs CORE, Kickboxing, Bodeez on the Ball, STEP, SPINNING, Pilates, and also serves as a co-coordinator of our Building Better Bodeez Program. My first job was a receptionist at a Karate School. While working there my curiosity peaked and I began participating in classes and eventually obtained an orange belt and began leading the ladies self-defense classes. This experience lead to my love of the fitness industry.
I have worked in the fitness industry for many years (19) as a certified fitness instructor. Certifications included (NEIDA - National Exercise Instructors Dance Association), (2) AFFA certificates - Step/Aerobics and Aerobic Dance, MAD-DOGG Athletics - SPINNING. My expertise entails cardio kickboxing, step/aerobics, high-low, interval, circuit, muscle endurance classes, and personal training.
Unfortunately, as injuries occur in any fitness related field, I twisted my pelvis while carrying my son (unknowingly) and continued to workout. By doing this I suffered soft tissue damage in my hips/glutes which forced me to give up my love of teaching in 2007, despite enduring two pregnancies while teaching!
THEN......I came to Building Bodeez in August of 2009. I worked really hard to get back into shape, and most importantly, to get healthy. I was surrounded by the most enthusiastic staff that shared my love of the fitness industry and wanted me to be a part of their exceptional team. Join my classes, I will help you to attain your fitness goals and enjoy the journey!
Personally, I am a Commercial Lines Auto underwriter at the W.N. Tuscano Agency in Greensburg. I underwrite Commercial Auto Insurance as I hold two licenses in PA, a "broker's license" and a ”PA surplus lines agent's license", and hold an associates degree in Underwriting.
Victoria Cochran -- Victoria works as the Marketing Director of a local general contracting company. Her love of her work is shared with a passion for fitness. That passion came later in life when she decided she didn't want to spend the rest of her years unhealthy and unhappy. After starting her new fit journey with running and training for the Pittsburgh Half Marathon in 2011, it transitioned into dancing and lifting weights. Building Bodeez became her home away from home in 2013, where she took her very first Zumba class. Not long after, Victoria began instructing Zumba to inspire others that working out doesn't, in fact, have to be work. She is able to incorporate what she loves about being active into the classes that she teaches. Victoria also actively participates as a coach for the Building Better Bodeez program to help inform and inspire others in creating healthier versions of themselves. After undergoing a total hip replacement in the fall of 2017, Victoria persists with her own personal fitness journey and continues to show others that it is important to keep moving.
Celeste Brasile - Fitness is has been a lifestyle of mine all my life, and I became more in-tune with fitness as a swimmer in high school. This is also the time frame that I joined BBFC as a client, and couldn’t get enough of SPINNING and Cardio Kickboxing. I then decided to become an instructor and get certified to teach these classes that became such an important part of my exercise routine. I have been teaching now for the past 5 going on 6 years, and it never gets old. Fitness and health have always been a constant in my ever-evolving life. Group fitness here at BBFC is fun, effective, and easy to commit to. By being a participant in the BBFC community, I further established dedication and commitment to health and fitness. As a result, no matter how busy and stressful life got, my fitness and health were never sacrificed. In addition to teaching at BBFC, I taught at Duquesne University, from which I graduated with my MPAS degree. I also most recently just passed boards and will soon be working as a Physician Assistant in the local area. My main interest and passion is orthopedics, which goes hand-in-hand with health and fitness. I also have a passion for outdoor activities such as kayaking, rafting, hiking, and swimming.
Lori Sacco - Physical fitness has always been a priority for me. I have taken various group exercise classes for the past 15 years and always loved the group exercise experience and the motivation it provided for me. Exercising has been a personal outlet for me- a time to forget the worries of the day, clear my head, and improve the way I feel about myself. Working out makes me feel strong both inside and out and has given me more confidence.
After having two wonderful children, finding time for myself became very difficult. I was thrilled when a friend recommended that I take a Spinning class at Building Bodeez Fitness Center, just a few minutes from home. I was immediately impressed by the friendly, helpful staff and the extensive list of group exercise classes. I was very happy to find out that CHILDCARE was also provided. Since attending classes here at BBFC, I have not only worked on improving my physical fitness, but have met great people too. My kids even look forward to coming here each week!
I am a Blairsville native and moved to Derry five years ago with my husband, Craig. I am a graduate of Ohio University with a Bachelor degree in Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences and of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Master degree in Speech-Language Pathology. When I am not at the gym, I am taking care of my amazing family and working part-time as a speech-language pathologist for the Armstrong and Indiana County Intermediate Unit.
I am very excited and honored to be a member of the BBFC team of instructors. I enjoy working out with all of the terrific people at Building Bodeez!
Flo Myers -- While single raising my son and daughter, running was my out after the divorce. I could slip a run in wherever I was and needed to be for my children: after work, before pickups from practice, while at meetings, at their father's, etc. (you get the picture) Weight lifting came when I decided I needed to take control of my shape after running so much. Joining an easily accessible local gym, I started with Nautilus workouts and found I really like the old school of free weights. Watching others, picking many brains, asking questions, I learned about form and read about the affect of foods. I saw how I could take charge of the change and “ran” with it. I went on to compete in a few local natural body building competitions, placing first, and then tested the waters at OCB Nationals placing third overall in 2004.
I have completed 3 full marathons, have been a member of 2-five person relays, a member of 2 ultra marathon relays and numerous 5/10 k's in Western PA. I have also dabbled in karate, earning a brown belt. I am currently a licensed USSF referee for outdoor soccer and indoor Futsal. I am also a NFHS ref for high school soccer.
I am married living in Latrobe and still am running/lifting/working out as it is a part of my everyday living. I chose to earn my group fitness certification recently as it has brought all of my life's exercises full circle and I thank BBFC for the next adventure in life.
Amy Bollinger -- (bio to follow)
Monica (Mucci) Carroll -- Monica began teaching @ BBFC with INSANITY & TURBOkick live in 2014. Enjoyed teaching fitness classes so decided to get Certified in Spinning in 2015. She has a passion for helping people on their fitness journeys as well as her own .She became a building better Bodeez coach in 2016.
Monica is currently working on her certification for Personal Training and began in July 2017 teaching Top Gun.
She also ran the Pittsburgh Marathon Relay with BBFC TEAM in 2014 and 2015. The next two years ran the Pittsburgh Half marathon and just finished the 2017 Columbus marathon.
Monica graduated from University of Pittsburgh in 1999 and works for PA state as a social worker for the office of long term living.
Kelly DeCario -- Instructs Spinning, Aerobadance, Sunrise Fitness, and Sit and Fit. About nine years ago I started taking Spinning classes for fun and fell in love with Building Bodeez and its clientele. The instructors were extremely motivating and I knew I wanted to join in the fun. After a few months I chose to obtain a Spinning Certification. I have been instructing Spinning at BBFC for the last eight years. One of my BIGGEST accomplishments while being a Spinning instructor was completing a 60 mile bike ride through Cooks Forest to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis.
Within the last four years I have begun teaching Aerobadance and Sunrise Fitness. Through teaching these classes I have become close to the clients which have turned them into not only friends but family. Recently, I began teaching a newer class called Sit and Fit. The class is enjoyable for both me and the clients. I try my best to make exercising fun and entertaining. BBFC is TRULY a place that makes you feel at home when you walk through the door.
I currently reside in New Derry with my husband and three children.
Deanna Thomas -- (bio to follow)
Melissa Robinsky -- (bio to follow)
Jenn Siko -- (bio to follow)
Michael Gaul -- (bio to follow)
Michelle Mucci -- I became a certified SPINNING instructor in 2015. My husband, Blaise, and I built our home in Derry six years ago. We have three children who are 5, 9, and 10. I worked as a Dental Hygienist for several years until we had our second child. I then became a stay at home mom.
When I was in high school I ran track and cross country. As an adult I started to fall in love with running and it became a hobby. I started running 5ks, 10ks, and half marathons. The majority of these races were with my family.
I joined BBFC, and instantly fell in love with the atmosphere. I was hooked on SPINNING the first class I took. I soon became a certified SPINNING instructor. I love creating upbeat and positive classes for all abilities. I really love how SPINNING can be geared toward each individual. You can make each class as easy or difficult as you want. It is very important to me to make each person feel welcome and encourage them to do their best.
Vanessa Beggs -- Vanessa Rae Beggs is an Oakland California native, who has been in the healing arts community for over 20 years as both a practitioner and a working professional. She has crafted, developed and cultivated her skills and interests in personal development, bodywork, healing and mind-body-spirit health with decades of formal training, receiving numerous awards, certifications and diplomas from institutions such as The Mendocino School of Holistic Massage and Advanced Healing Arts, the prestigious Mills College, The Berkeley Psychic Institute, The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, Landmark Education and most recently, received her certification as an Integrative Life Coach from The Ford Institute for Integral Studies.
Vanessa has been a certified Yoga instructor since 2001 and has been studying Taoism ever since she received her Energy Medicine training from The White Cloud Institute in 2004. She has had a private practice where she gives bodywork, leads voice classes, transformative group classes and does private coaching. She has helped hundreds clients reach their joy, freedom, health and happiness.
Vanessa is also an active musician, playing out with the power duo The Heavenly Biscuits. Lastly, Vanessa is a happy mom to the sweetheart daughter of her dreams, Violet, and has undertaken homeschooling Violet this year to maximize quality time with her!
FRONT DESK & BUDDIEZ STAFF: Marissa, Maranda, Veronica, Natalie, Kylie, Darby, Nick
(Bios Not Included Here)