Personal Trainers and Instructors

PERSONAL TRAINERS & FITNESS CLASS INSTRUCTORS:

Melissa Aldeborgh has over 20 years of fitness industry experience, and holds a personal training certification with American Sports & Fitness Association. In addition, she is certified in multiple group fitness forums, ICSA Kickboxing, Kettlebells and Les Mills programs. Melissa enjoys helping her clients to keep a balanced and active lifestyle by keeping them challenged and motivating them to surpass their mental and physical boundaries.

Luis Hernandez is a master trainer who has helped hundreds of clients increase athletic performance, improve overall movement and manage pain and physical ailments.  Luis began training as a competitive fighter at the age of 6. By age 12, he had earned his black belt in Tae Kwon Do. From there he went on to become an accomplished boxer, winning 2 Golden Glove Championships and Southern New England Championship titles. With over 15 years experience as a Functional Health Coach, Luis has studied under some of the leading strength and rehabilitation experts in the world.   By applying the sciences of biomechanics, anatomy, physiology, motor learning and neurology, he performs individual health assessments for clients and develops customized health programs that integrate personal training and supplementation aimed at the enhancement of movement, function and athletic performance in the areas of sport, recreation, work and exercise.

Robert Topp is an experienced Fitness Trainer, Group Exercise and Mixed Martial Arts Strength & Conditioning coach who promotes sustainable healthy living. Playing football, basketball, baseball and track and field, he developed injuries of the hip, knee and shoulder which limited his ability to lead a healthy active life. Motivated by his own personal recovery, he takes pride in training others to perform at their highest potential, working to recover from and prevent future injury while completely changing their bodies in the process. Rob enjoys utilizing bodyweight, partnering, functional fitness tools, as well as classic weight lifting, to keep training fresh in and outside of the gym.

Pete Upton became a personal trainer because he enjoys helping people and couldn’t imagine any other way than through health and fitness. Understanding many people live with pain every day, he became a certified Z-Health movement specialist, one of only 36 in Massachusetts. He now helps people with joint ailments every day. Pete also specializes and has helped hundreds of clients with improving their posture, functional strength, structural balance and designing personalized exercise programs which are the keys to success, and he loves doing it!

Sam Reffsin is native of Amherst, MA and a graduate of Keene State College and takes great pride in helping people embrace strength and move pain free. Months after receiving his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, Sam took a position as an Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach at Northeastern University in Boston where he worked with the basketball and rowing programs. After spending a year at Northeastern, Sam took a position as the Director of Human Performance at a physical therapy facility in San Francisco. He specialized in post-surgical rehabilitation and pain elimination for high level athletes, as well as the older population who were recovering from knee, back and shoulder operations. Currently Sam works at Hamilton College in upstate New York during the school year as the strength & conditioning coach for several different teams. He is skilled and educated on identifying and addressing movement dysfunctions, as these dysfunctions will lead to pain and/or injury. He enjoys teaching his clients the significance of training and loves seeing the results people get from consistent hard work! Sam is a certified strength & conditioning specialist, a Certified Sports Performance Coach, a Certified Sports Nutrition Consultant and a Certified TRX Instructor.

FITNESS CLASS INSTRUCTORS:

Emily Phillips
holds a Masters in Fitness Management, another in Clinical Psychology, and a BA in English from Tufts University.  In her role as Fitness Specialist at Reebok Headquarters, she designed and implemented individual fitness programs and taught group exercise.  In LA, she was the personal trainer to exercise video star, Kathy Smith, and in Boston she worked as a yoga teacher for Equinox Health Clubs, Exhale Spa, and New Balance.  For her work as a group exercise teacher, Emily received a  ”superior” rating from City Sports Magazine  and is known for her challenging, yet safe, program design.  Emily holds a certification from The American College of Sports Medicine, and passed the National Academy of Sports Medicine exam. Her work is most influenced by that of sports physical therapist Gray Cook and strength and conditioning coach Michael Boyle; as such she brings knowledge of cutting-edge research and protocols along with a deep respect for alignment and safety to her work as a fitness trainer and group exercise teacher.

Maggie Sarmiento is an experienced Pilates trainer, dance and acrobatics teacher, and continues to pursue her passion in dance performance. She has been a successful dance instructor for 13 years. Because of her dance background, she understands how delicate our joints can be, the importance of having control of flexibility and loves to fuse fitness and dance. After experiencing the strengthening elements of Pilates, she went on to get her certification in 2011 to become a Master Pilates instructor. Not only is Maggie an instructor, she has created events and choreographed for some of the Vineyard’s top dancers. Maggie is a teacher for all ages and believes teaching is much more than instructing. She believes in quality vs. quantity, stability before range and trusting the process. After teaching in Chicago this past winter, she is excited to be back on MV!

Sian Williams is originally from Manchester, England and moved to Martha’s Vineyard in 1988. Sian began her yoga teacher training certification with renowned teacher, Shiva Rea, and completed in the fall of 2008, certified by Yoga Alliance as a 200 hour RYT. Sian has been teaching yoga to kids ranging in age from 5 to 14 years old. She created Pandavine, Yoga for kids program, which has become a popular fixture on the Island.