All of our personal trainers are nationally certified and are eager to design a custom fitness program for you. Our trainers are always expanding their knowledge in the fitness industry through their national certification continuing education courses.
What is the JCC's Personal Training program philosophy?
We will teach you safe & effective exercise habits that will work for you! We want to empower you with the knowledge and skills you need to exercise effectively and to develop a healthy lifestyle.
What kind of activities would I do during a workout?
Your trainer will have you perform activities or exercises to develop muscular strength and endurance, cardiovascular fitness and flexibility; but depending on your goals, you may also do activities to develop coordination, balance, power, or agility. Our trainers have a variety of skills to provide you with options so that your workouts stay FUN and exciting!
How do I arrange Personal Training sessions?
You can look at the Trainers bios below to find a trainer that may fit your style and experience. Then call Robyn Cohen, Fitness and Wellness Director, at 858-362-1340 to set up a time and date to meet with the trainer.
Can I train with a friend or a small group of people?
This option is ideal for friends wishing to begin a new fitness plan together or for extra motivation. It is also a great way to share the expense by splitting the cost. Each additional person is $10/session.
1 - 5 Sessions: $70/JCC Member (per session)
6+ Sessions: $65/JCC Member (per session)
Train with a friend and share the cost! Each additional person is only $10.
RJ Haas, Certified Fitness Professional
• Certified Personal Trainer since 2005
• American Council on Exercise Certified (ACE) Personal Trainer
• Continuing education in Kinesiology, Emphasis in Physical Therapy
• Russian Kettlebell Challenge Certified (RKC)
RJ has coached high school athletics, varsity level volleyball, as well as varsity rugby for men and women. He has served as the fitness coach for the UCSD Men’s Rugby team. His interest in the field was sparked by his own injuries in his youth and the subsequent struggles with his rehabilitation process. While playing rugby, RJ experienced a major shoulder injury that required surgical repair. He became less active and gained weight. After successful recovery, RJ became focused on getting back in shape, and maintaining his fitness. His training philosophy is guided by his personal experience and his desire to assist others, with the objective of developing and maintaining a healthy approach to lifelong fitness.
Marzena Hajduk, Certified Fitness Professional
• ASEP Leader Level Coach (1999)
• Degree in Electro-Radiology
• Associate of Apply Science in Sports and Fitness in Technology
• American Institute of Fitness Education (AIFE), 2004 – Older Adult Fitness
Marzena enjoys taking continuing education in specialized areas such as: exercise and fibromyalgia; exercise and arthritis, exercise and parkinson’s disease, posture & post-rehab for clients. Marzena combines her knowledge of sports, exercise physiology, kinesiology and nutrition to motivate and guide clients to their fitness goals. Marzena has experienced excellent results working with people suffering from arthritis, fibromyalgia, and muscle/joint rehabilitation. Marzena will help you reach your goals, whether it is to make a dramatic physique change, or if you are training for a specific event.
Erika Hermsen, Certified Fitness Professional
• Certified Schwinn Spin and TRX Instructor
• Degree in Health Coaching
Erika graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Health Coaching. She is an ACE certified personal trainer and is also certified in Schwinn Spin and TRX. She has a career background in personal training, small group training, group fitness instruction, as well as gym management. She is an avid runner and has completed many ½ marathons and two marathons and even qualified to run the Boston Marathon on her first attempt. Running, fitness and health are her passions and she strives to inspire others to be passionate about their health and well-being. Please join us in welcoming this fantastic addition to our personal training staff.
Rachel Jacobson, Certified Personal Trainer
• BA Psychology - Indiana University
• MA in Expressive Therapy - Lesley University 2010
• NASM certified personal trainer - 2012
• Weight Management Specialty Certification (ACE) - 2013
• Stott Pilates Mat
• Stott Pilates - Injuries and Special Population
• TRX & Boot camp instructor – 2010
Rachel's passion is fitness. She has practiced many different styles of fitness with the intent to formulate individualized workout programs. Rachel’s passion and education has given her a solid understanding of the human condition in which she incorporates into her unique style of health therapy.
While studying Physical Fitness and Health Instruction for Training Adults and Youngsters at Wingate in Israel, she found her true calling to help heal people. She continued her education with TRX training courses and Stott Pilates with a quest to enhance her fitness knowledge and keep her on top of her game. Rachel became a Stott Pilates Instructor and has completed her injuries and special population certification. Upon recent relocation to San Diego from Tel Aviv, Israel, Rachel completed her NASM CPT and assists her clients in weight management.
Every BODY is different and each individual deserves a fitness program designed to work for them.
Scott Meyers, Certified Pilates Professional
• Core Dynamics and Polestar Pilates Instructor
• B.A. in U.S.History from S.F.S.U.
Scott has been a professional dancer, teacher and choreographer in
San Francisco, New York and Santa Fe for 15 years. His specialties in Pilates include: pre/post natal Pilates, for golfers, for osteopenia/osteoporosis, for fibromyalgia, low back pain and pelvic & shoulder stabilization. He has pursued continuing education with Master Teachers; Alan Herdman, Kathy Grant, Julian Littleford, Suzanne Martin and RaelIsacowicz. Scott is currently studying yoga with Roger Cole. He also has a practice in Craniosacral Therapy and is a licensed massage therapist.
Alesha McGough, Certified Fitness Professional
• Certified Fitness Professional (2007)
• (ACE) Advanced Health & Fitness Specialist (2007)
• Russian Kettlebell Challenge Certified (RKC)
• Bachelor's of Science in Exercise Fitness Management, University of Central Oklahoma
Alesha has worked in the hospital and athletic setting. She has worked at the Marine Base in Quantico Virginia as a trainer to prepare soldiers to meet and exceed Marine Corps fitness requirements. Alesha has also worked in a hospital environment specifically adapted to individuals who want to lose weight. Alesha has completed a 400 hour practicum for the Endeavor Games which is a yearly event where people living with physical disabilities can compete in almost every sport both team and individual based. There she was inspired to work specifically with wounded soldiers and amputees. She has also completed a 200 hour internship at OU Physicians Prosthetics where she learned to work with special populations and tailor programs to their needs. Alesha has been the group exercise instructor for a senior living center . She enjoys working with seniors to improve activities of daily living as well as increasing their overall quality of life through exercise. Alesha’s main objective through training is to inspire people to achieve things they never thought possible and surpass the expectations they have for themselves.
Mike Relucio, HHP & CSCS
• Bachelors in Physical Education
• Bachelor of Science in Holistic Health
• Master of Arts in Leadership
• Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA CSCS)
• Tactical Strength and Conditioning Coach (T-SAC NSCA)
• ACE Personal Trainer and Health Coach Certified
• Sports Medicine Program (United States Sports Academy)
• Certified Specialist in Functional Assessments (ErgoRehab)
• Licensed Holistic Health Practitioner/Massage Therapist
Mike has been in the fitness industry for over 20 years. His fitness endeavors started at a very young age. Mike started taking martial arts lessons and was a Junior Instructor by the age of 15, and was a member of the San Diego Wu Shu demonstration team from 1987-1989. Mike's passion is fitness, and helping others succeed is his number one priority. He believes the client and trainer work as a team to accomplish their fitness goals. Clients can expect two things when working with Mike: respect and great service.
Karina Richter-Meyers, Certified Pilates Professional
Karina has been a professional dancer, teacher and choreographer for 23 years in San Francisco, Santa Fe NM, South America and Europe. She is also a ballet teacher. She continues her Pilates studies with Master Teachers, Alan Herdman, Julian Littleford, Suzanne Martin, Brent Anderson, Marie Jose Bloom and RaelIsacowicz. Her specialties in Palates include: pre/post natal, on the ball, for golfers, for osteopeniaosteoporosis, for fibromayalgia, low back pain and pelvic and shoulder stabilization. Karina is currently studying yoga under Roger Cole.
Michelle Russell, Certified Personal Trainer
• ACE Certified Personal Trainer
• Yoga Alliance- RYT 200 hour Vinyasa Certificate
Michelle grew up in San Diego and has been involved in athletics all her life. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2009 after playing 4 years of Division I soccer for the Gauchos. After graduating she pursued different interests before reconnecting with her love of health and fitness. She decided to become certified as both a personal trainer and yoga instructor. Michelle enjoys working with individuals by assisting them to develop a balanced, lifelong relationship with personal health and wellness.
Rebecca Teriete, Certified Fitness Professional
• Certified Personal Trainer (2005) and Group Exercise Instructor (2001)
• Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA)
• 200 Hour Registered Yoga Instructor
• Pre/Post Natal
• Cancer Therapy
Rebecca has been helping people of all ages transform their bodies and increase their energy. She will help you realize your fitness goals, slimming & toning, posture & balance, increased strength & endurance. Her programs supplement traditional and current training trends with yoga and Pilates, as well as dance and martial arts. If you have injuries or special conditions to work with, she loves a challenge! Rebecca is available for personal and small group training in the gym and for yoga. If you are in need of a relaxing, passive stretch session, ask her about Thai Yoga stretch. Stop by and talk with her about your goals and see your transformation come to life!