Traci Burton has been at Solaris since it’s opening in 2001, and over that time has become as much a part of the club as piece the facility’s foundation. Her dedicated following continues to grow daily—and her relationship with her students goes light years beyond that of a typical group fitness instructor. She was voted Westchester’s Best Trainer in 2013, but her disciples appreciate her even more than that. “I love that people wake up in the morning, or after a long day of work, and say: ‘I have to get to Tracie’s class.’ I have the best job in the world.” Burton, a near-lifelong Yorktown resident, teaches Body Pump, Kickboxing, Cardio Challenge and Total Body, and strives to “push people beyond what they think are their limits.” She is certified in Les Mills Body Pump, TRX, and as a personal trainer and a group fitness instructor with the American Sports & Fitness Association. Certainly, her role has expanded over time, and her job titles now may include therapist, life coach, mentor—and too many other things to mention. Whatever she provides to her students, they pay it right back. “We feed off each other,” said Burton. “They tell me their problems… and before you know it, they are sweating and de-stressing. I love that I have that effect on people.”
Matt Silver is living his dream each time he leads someone towards a healthier lifestyle. He has been a personal trainer for eight years, and has a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Manhattan College. A native of Golden’s Bridge, Silver’s approach has as much to do with brain power as muscle mass. “I want to instill a love for learning to work out properly,” says the 27-year-old. “My philosophy as a trainer is all about balance: with muscular strength, physical endurance, nutrition, flexibility, rest and mental stimulation.”Silver is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, and is certified in I.F.A. (International Fitness Association), TRX, CPR and First Aid. He is currently pursuing ACSM certification in personal training as well as kettle-bell certification.
Take more than one personal training session from Jenn Gannon, and you’ll likely hear the phrase “yesterday was the easy day.” Jenn earned a degree from Eastern Connecticut State in 2012, with concentrations in Exercise Science and Sports Performance. While there, she worked in the athletic training department, and focused on injury prevention, and physical therapy and rehabilitation. She specializes in sports-specific training, ranging from golf and tennis to basketball and soccer, and employs the use of plyometrics and weight training to improve speed, agility and overall game performance. The Yorktown Heights native also has an extensive background in recovery from chronic diseases, rehabilitation and weight loss—and recently coached a client to a 50-pound weight loss. She is certified through AAPTE, has been a trainer for six years and a GRIT coach and Les Mills Instructor.
The way Lisa Plattner sees it, the formula is simple and the pay-off is huge—and that’s what has kept her as enthused about being a trainer as she was when she started 17 years ago. She stresses hard work and proper form, and feels as rich a reward as her clients do when results are achieved. As a former competitive body builder, she speaks from experience. Lisa has been certified with AFAA for 15 years, and dabbles as a fitness philosopher. “Life has not remote,” she likes to say. “Get up and change it yourself! ”
Tatiana graduated from the NPTI Fitness Institute with a passion for designing exercise and nutrition programs that maximize workout efficiency, improve fitness, increase stamina, improve nutrition and develop a sense of well-being. With her expertise and passion for success she has helped many of her clients achieve their fitness goals. Her certification in the Psychology of Nutrition not only gets her clients to their goals but also helps them keep progressing well after.
Jesus started his fitness journey as Division 1 Soccer player, Soccer Referee, then Coach. He coaches and instructs the drive, discipline & effort that made him successful to his clients and students. He specializes in strength, speed & conditioning giving his athletes the advantage over their opponents. Jesus trains his clients to get leaner, faster & stronger. He is NCSF certified and is currently pursuing a secondary certification from the NPTI Fitness Institute.