Meet our Trainers

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Therese Riccardi

Fitness Director

Philosophy

I strongly believe that health is our greatest form of wealth. A healthy body is the foundation of a healthy mind and a happy and healthy life. Fitness is a cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle; however, fitness goes far beyond how you look on the outside. Fitness improves your health, well-being, self-esteem, and quality of life. I like to call this “wellness”. Striving towards wellness is about daily choices and the synergistic effect of small changes making a big difference. A healthy lifestyle can make you feel alive, vibrant, and take you beyond your wildest dreams. I had the good fortune of being introduced to fitness at a very young age. That experience shaped how I have lived my life, the education path I chose, and influenced me to help others.

I have been involved in fitness and the Fitness Industry for over 25 years. My passion is about wellness and helping others achieve their wellness. I couldn’t ask for a better career. Knowing that I’ve played a small role in helping someone live a healthier lifestyle and become more healthy is, for me, as rewarding as it gets.

My approach is holistic -- mind, body, and spirit. I believe fitness should be fun and enjoyable, something to look forward to, and something that leaves you feeling energized, satisfied, and successful.

“Mens Sana in Corpore Sano”

Education

  • Master of Fine Arts from CSU Chico: Triple emphasis in Exercise Physiology, Athletic Administration, and Pedagogy
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts from CSU Chico: Physical Education
  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • NASM Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
  • CPR/AED

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Laralee Miller

Personal Trainer

Philosophy

As a fitness enthusiast since high school, I have always believed in the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle. As a mother of three boys, I understand the difficulty of fitting in time for a lengthy workout. I respond to this conflict through my overall philosophy of quality and fulfillment of life, which is that health must become a lifestyle and not just a priority or chore. It is important to enjoy the journey we embark on to achieve our goals, whatever they may be, and not just to celebrate the result. I believe that the definition of “health” is balancing our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects to create the foundation of living a quality and fulfilling life.

Education

  • AFAA Group Exercise Instructor
  • AFAA Personal Training
  • CPR/AD & First Aid

Specialization

Laralee designs healthy exercise programs to meet her clients’ goals. In addition, she specializes in high energy, high intensity workouts for people looking for a challenge and who want to take their fitness to the next level. Laralee stays motivated and on top of her fitness by trying everything herself, whether it is a new TRX, boot camp, or strength training exercise.

Be rest assured if your goal is to increase muscle tone, remain healthy during and after pregnancy, trim off extra pounds, or prepare your body for a demanding sport or endurance event. Her high-intensity training and synergistic approach can help you achieve these goals in half the time of other workout programs.

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.” - Fred Devito
“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” - Jim Ryun


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Tony Salinaro

Personal Trainer

Philosophy

I see my role as an educator, giving my clients skills and knowledge gained in personal training that can be applied to many parts of their lives. With my attention to detail and use of the latest, effective techniques, I can empower anyone to create a lifestyle of fitness.

Education

  • Certified Personal Trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine, NASM
  • Certified Personal Trainer with the Health & Fitness Institute
  • Certified Running Coach, Road Runner Clubs of America
  • Peloton Cycling, Certified Indoor Cycling Instructor
  • Resist-a-Ball Core, Certification 1

Specialization

  • Running Coach
  • Speed, Agility, and Quickness Programming
  • Sport Specific Strength and Conditioning

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Kim Troughton

Group X Lead/Fitness Instructor

Philosophy

Life is short.. Live Long!

Working out does just that! It adds years to your life while taking years off your looks! You just feel better and look better.

Helping others achieve and maintain their fitness goals has been my passion for twenty years. Motivating my clients to do more, not less during their workouts. Seeing their incredible results makes me the luckiest trainer in the world -- changing butts, thighs, and lives one person at a time! So what’s stopping you? I’m loving what I do, and doing what I love!

Education / Specialization

  • 20+ years in the industry
  • Personal Training Certification, AFAA 15 years
  • Group Exercise Instructor Certification, AFAA 20 years
  • APEX Specialized Courses: Injury Prevention/Strength Training, Women’s Health, Working with Seniors and Children
  • Pilates Reformer
  • Spin Certification, APAA

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Jesus Argueta

Personal Trainer

Philosophy

I will give you the guidance, motivation, and education you need to have a successful fitness experience. You’ll learn that a positive attitude will lead to self confidence. I believe everyone can be healthy and fit, and have fun while achieving their goals. It’s important to listen to clients’ needs so I can personalize a program to meet their goals.

Education

  • BS in Kinesiology with Emphasis in Athletic Training, Cal State Hayward
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach and Personal Trainer, NSCA

Specialization

  • Muscle Toning and Core Strength
  • Sport Specific Triathlon Training for Speed, Power, and Strength
  • Weight Reduction

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Jennifer Lehrer

Personal Trainer

Philosophy

I strongly believe that fitness and health should be enjoyable and have measurable benefits. Both fitness and health have always been a big part of my life. Achieving balance is challenging but fitness and health need to be a part of the balance we strive for. A fit and healthy lifestyle has such enormous benefits in terms of self esteem, stress reduction, and energy -- things we all need more of to function on a daily basis. Trying new routines and workouts keep things interesting and keep us engaged in the process.

Education

  • American Council on Exercise, Certified Personal Trainer
  • Schwinn Certified Spin Instructor

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Andy August

Personal Trainer

Philosophy

My goal is to educate, motivate, and support my clients with a positive attitude in a relaxed and comfortable environment. I will plan a valuable fitness program to allow each of my clients obtain measurable and realistic goals that will optimize their chance at a successful wellness transformation. I believe that working through physical challenges in the gym strengthens not only our muscles, but also your resolve to conquer every stresses, leaving to a better quality of life. Fitness is not only a personal passion of mine, but a lifestyle that I believe everyone is capable and deserving of. As a busy wife and mother of three kids, I understand the demands that life can bring. Personally, fitness has brought me strength and a sense of calm that I utilize throughout my daily life, whether I am wakeboarding, camping, or playing with my kids. It is my hope to inspire and support my clients in their journey to achieve their individual fitness goals and simply feel better about themselves.

Education

  • Studied Kinesiology with an emphasis on Athletic Training at Cal State Hayward
  • Certified Personal trainer with Expert Rating

Specialization

  • Circuit Training & Weight Loss
  • Pre & Postnatal Exercise Programs
  • Strength & Core Conditioning

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Allison Harris

Pilates & Group X Instructor

Philosophy

I believe fitness comes in all shapes and sizes so don’t judge a book by its cover!

“It’s not what you do some of the time, it’s what you do all the time that matters” - Jack LaLane

Allison has been involved in physical fitness for most of her life. At the age of nine years old, she competed nationally for the Orinda girls AAU track team. As an adult, Allison has continued her passion for health and fitness by becoming a personal trainer. She not only does Personal Training for fitness and muscle conditioning, but also does private Pilates Reformer training for maximum range of motion, sports conditioning, muscle growth, and core strength. Allison is also a Certified Group Exercise instructor with many speciality certifications which enables her to teach muscle conditioning, core stability, mat Pilates, as well as cardio classes such as step, indoor cycling, low impact, and Zumba dance. She has been a trainer since 1997 and has worked here at Delta Valley Health Club since its opening.

Certifications

  • Certified Personal Trainer - AFAA
  • Certified Group Exercise Instructor - AFAA
  • Certified Yellow Jersey Cycling - Heart zones
  • Certified Green Jersey Cycling - Heart zones
  • Certified Core Stability level 2 - Stability Ball
  • Certified Mat Pilates - SCW
  • Certified Pilates Reformer Trainer - Coach Pilates
  • Certified Zumba Instructor with additional certification in Zumba Glutes - Zumba
  • Certified Tabata Trainer - Javier Fitness / Mindy Mylrea
  • CPR / AED American Red Cross

Specialization

  • Heart rate training not only for improved performance and fitness levels, but also for improved blood chemistry and weight reduction
  • Pilates training for practical movement, which allows people to continue to do all the activities they enjoy with less risk of injury, through improved range of motion and core strength
  • Nutrition

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Matt Butler

Personal Trainer

Philosophy

When working with my clients, I believe there’s a reason why they have chosen to strive for a healthy lifestyle. All of us are looking for structure, goals, and achievements in life. My job as a Trainer is to provide the correct path, both physically and mentally, in a way that is attainable not only for the short term but for a lifelong commitment. As a young athlete, I learned early on the importance of proper technique. Putting those fundamentals in place, I’ll be able to guide you to a safe and customized plan. I believe everyday counts. “CARPE DIEM”

Education

  • Pursuing my Bachelors Degree in Sports Management: Wellness and Fitness Concentration Program
  • International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) - Certified Professional Trainer
  • Certified ARC Lifeguard with PRO/CPR and AED

Specialization

  • Strength and Conditioning Techniques and Training
  • TRX Suspension Training
  • Sports Specific Training
  • Weight Loss and Maintenance

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Michelle Connors

Group X Instructor, Personal Trainer

Philosophy

Fitness is great for the body, mind, and soul! My mission is to get woman as fit as they can be with their own body type and fitness level.

Education

  • NDEITA Group Exercise
  • Bosu Boot Camp
  • ISSA Personal Training
  • AFFA Prenatal Fitness
  • ACE Cycling Precision
  • ACE ResistaBall
  • Realryder Cycling
  • Urban Strip Tease Aerobics
  • Brown Belt in Isshinryu Karate from American Karate Academy

Accomplishments

  • 2000 - Fitness America Competition ESPN Finalist
  • 2001 - Placed Top 50 in the world for ESPN Fitness America
  • 2002 - 2nd & 3rd place in the NPC Figure Competition

Specialization

My specialty is empowering woman with fitness and shaping their bodies according to their own body type.


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Marian Tamayo

Personal Trainer

Philosophy

Through my own personal health and fitness transformation journey, I have discovered that developing a healthy lifestyle is absolutely attainable by changing habits one baby step at a time. Before I was a trainer, I went through my own personal weight loss journey by losing 80 pounds in a year, and I have since maintained a healthy weight. I am on a mission to help people discover what healthy and fit is for them despite the obstacles that they see. I work with my clients to develop the best plan possible to help them see that a healthy lifestyle is absolutely achievable. The more we challenge ourselves to change, the more you will as long as you believe that change is possible.

Education

  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • NASM Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • NASM Fitness Nutrition Specialist
  • Functional Aging Institute, Certified Functional Aging Specialist
  • Leslee Bender Academy Pilates Reformer Training