Meet Our Staff

MEET OUR STAFF

We are proud to say that our staff at JPF is the most qualified group of trainers in the area.
Every one of us has a deep passion for fitness and helping people achieve their dreams of a long, healthy life.

JOSH - OWNER

B.S. in Strength and Conditioning under Dr. William Kraemer / NSCA CSCS - Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist / NSCA TSAC-F - Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator / ISSA SFN - Specialist in Fitness Nutrition / TRX GSTC - Group Suspension Training Course / CrossFit Level I Certificate
 
Josh graduated from UCONN majoring in Exercise Science with a concentration in Strength and Conditioning. While at UCONN he lead training in Human Performance Labs for high protein, low fat, and MASS studies, while also working closely with various Division 1 sports teams assisting in training, nutrition supplement, and programming. Along with his degree and various certifications, Josh has had experience in a gym setting for more than 20 years, excelling him to be one of the top trainers in the Northeast. His programming skills have helped countless clients vastly improve overall physical fitness and create healthy nutritional and lifestyle changes. Josh’s custom programming has helped athletes show vast increases and advancements in performance. 
 

“The biggest thing standing in the way of you and your goals is your mindset. The key to success is changing your mindset to realize that nothing great will ever come easy or without challenge: get comfortable being uncomfortable.”

MIKAYLA

ISSA Youth Fitness Trainer / Darkness to Light's Stewards of Children Training Certificate / CPR and AED Certified / Bachelors in Business Administration with a Concentration in Marketing

Mikayla is the head of our JPF Kid Fit Hours, Ninja Training Room, and Marketing. With over a decade of experience working with youth at various locations including our local 4H Camp as a Teen Leader and Counselor, as well as working with the local Unified Special Olympics Spirit Squad, Mikayla's knowledge of children extends beyond the fitness world. She holds a previous certification as a Level I Low Ropes Course Facilitator, helping to prepare her for her role in our Ninja Room. 

Mikayla has a passion for working with children to help prepare them for a future full of healthy habits while also showing them that physical fitness can be enjoyable.  Her understanding of the dangers of over specializing, as well as the importance of introducing specific movements and non-weight barring exercises at a young age, allows her to implement programs and activities that are both age appropriate and fun. Her main goal is to make fitness fun for our local youth, encouraging them to adopt healthy lifestyle changes that will last a lifetime. 

"Our Youth are our future. Taking the time to invest in their physical and mental health at a young age can lead to a productive, healthy life that will benefit both them as individuals and our community as a whole."

JON

NSCA Certified Personal Trainer / USA Weightlifting Certification

Jon is focused primarily on weightlifting, strength and conditioning, and movement correction. He has competed and placed first in Powerlifting, Weightlifting, Bodybuilding, and CrossFit. Jon has also fought professionally in MMA for Reality Fighting and CES. He holds previous certifications in ISSA and CSCS.

“No one is too young, old, or inexperienced. I can help anyone who is willing to put in the effort.”

DEBRA

Founder and Owner of Debra Stout D.C.edu / Facilitator of Wombyn Circles & Healing / Co-Teacher of Wild Essence Yoga School / Certified Holistic Counselor / Doctorate in C.O.R.E Ed. HHCC / E-RYT 200 / RPYT / YACEP / Reiki Two Certified / Certified Massage Therapist / Certified Cancer Massage Therapist / Energy Worker, Crystal Therapy / Angel Therapy Practitioner / Mediumship / Certified Infant/Toddler and Preschool Leader Teacher / Functional Nutrition

Deb is the head of our Yoga Studio with over 30 years of continuous training, education, and self-development. Her passion is to tap into all of her resources that she has learned throughout her life and apply them together. She works with families, teaching them how to heal together in a way that supports their lifestyle while introducing and figuring out healthier ways to achieve optimal health and wellness. Her diverse background would benefit any holistic wellness program. Deb has years of experience from early childhood education to with working with diverse groups of people with varying lifestyles. The different modalities of Holistic Health studies, energetic systems and self help studies, along with her passion for discovering each clients bio-individuality help pave the road for health and wellness.  

"I believe I have something incredible to offer, and wake up daily thinking of ways to make an impact on lives."

JARROD

CrossFit Level I Certificate

Jarrod is a CrossFit Level I Trainer with over 20 years of training experience. He holds previous certifications in ISSA Personal Trainer and Les Mils Body Pump Instructor. Jarrod has previously competed in both Body Building and CrossFit competitions. An avid snowboarder and former high school athlete, his experience allows him to work with a range of athletes while understanding the needs of each individual. 

 

"TRAIN INSANE!"

KAMAL

CrossFit Level I Certificate

Kamal is a CrossFit Level I Trainer and a full time Computer Engineer. A former sprinter with interest in high power output, Kamal began his journey in Olympic Weightlifting. After learning both Bulgarian and Russian styles, he took an interest to the Russian ideology, and continues to implement its style in his coaching.

He found CrossFit while at JPF as a fun way to stay active and motivated. Kamal appreciates CrossFit for its variety of movements, competitive aspect, and community. His favorite part of coaching is supporting athletes while achieving their goals and helping them accomplish what they never thought was possible

"Nothing is worth having if it comes easy!"

DANIELLE

CrossFit Level I Certificate

Danielle began her fitness journey in early 2015. Although she had always competed in sports as a kid, she became inactive after high school and reached her heaviest weight of 250lbs. Her mom signed her up for a Ragnar Relay Race consisting of a 200 mile team run. She struggled with each leg of the race, yet after it was over she realized that something needed to change. She joined JPF later that year and became an avid 5 am member doing group workouts and CrossFit. Just 10 months later Danielle achieved her CrossFit Level 1 Certificate and runs 5ks and 10ks as often as she can.

“Everyone has to start somewhere. Don’t let inexperience in a gym, or needing to lose weight, intimidate you from beginning your journey. I would love to help you change your lifestyle just like I have changed mine!”

JEREMY

CrossFit Level I Certificate / CrossFit-Strongman / CrossFit-Kids / CrossFit-Movement and Mobility / CrossFit-Olympic Lifting / NASM Certified Personal Trainer

For three years, Jeremy owned and operated CrossFit Kemah in Texas where he sent teams to the South Regionals twice before relocating in his military service. In 2012, Jeremy qualified in Strongman for The Arnold. He has competed in powerlifting on and off since high school. On top of all his achievements and qualifications, Jeremy has 13 years in the Army with most of that time as light infantry assigned to a reconnaissance unit as a sniper section sergeant. He is new to the Northeast, and isn't looking forward to his first full winter here.

"If you're not having fun with your strength, skills, or fitness in general, why are you doing it? We all have a gift of ability and that gift has an unknown expiration date; we should use it."