what we do
The J’s personal trainers are here to help you reach your fitness goals. Our friendly, certified personal trainers are here to work with you one on one or in a small group to give you the personal attention and custom program you need. Whether that's in the Fitness Center, in the Indoor Pool, or online, our staff can meet you there.
Allow our team of certified, professional personal trainers help you reach and maintain your fitness goals!
We’ll write an individualized exercise prescription just for you which includes: Cardiovascular Conditioning, Body Sculpting and Toning, Weight Training, Cardiac Conditioning, and Post-Therapy Rehabilitation Training.
Contact Fitness Director Dave Parris to schedule your Personal or Sports Specific Training Sessions.
Intrigued? Sign up for a complimentary workout.
ONE ON ONE TRAINING
- 30 or 60 minute session options
- Programs available for 1, 2, or 3 sessions per week
- Now available in person or online/virtually (NEW!)
- Get start today by filling out this form
Partner/Small Group PERSONAL TRAINING
Partner/Small Group training
Partner/Small Group Training is also available at the J, for double the motivation and double the sweat. If you work better with a partner, this may be the option for you. Partner/Small Group Training is offered in 60-minute sessions. To sign up for Partner Training, contact Dave Parris.
DAVE PARRIS, Fitness Director
Background: Fitness Manager of Philadelphia Sports Club
J Employee since: 2018
Dave holds a degree in Exercise Physiology from Temple University, as well as certifications in personal training. His passion for health and fitness has given him the opportunity to develop programs and train an extensive range of clientele of all ages: post-rehab, post-heart attack, hip replacement, rotator cuff tears, post-stroke, marathon runners, Mt. Everest hikers, sports performance, collegiate, and semi pro and pro athletes.
Certifications: NCSF (National Council on Strength & Fitness) & ACE Certification
Years of Personal Training Experience: 10
Specialties: Health Coaching, SMART Goal Setting, Functional Exercises
Fun Fact: Every morning I journal about my goals and haven’t missed a day in almost 3 years. Featured in Philadelphia Magazine.
Background & Certifications:
- Bachelor’s Degree in Health Behavior Sciences at University of Delaware
- Certification of Personal Trainer from National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
- Chiropractic Assistant
Years of Training Experience: 2
Specialties: Corrective Exercise, Rehabilitation, Strength Building, Weight Loss, and Performance
- Certificate for Personal Training from ISSA
- Certificate for Myofascial Release from FiTOUR
- Diploma in Personal Training from Camden County College, Blackwood NJ
- Associate's degree in Dietetics from Camden County College, Blackwood NJ
- Accredited through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as a Dietitian Technician, Registered
- Bachelor's degree in Dietetics at Rutgers University, NJ
Years of Personal Training Experience: 7
Specialties: High intensity interval training, seniors, injuries, BootCamp, weight training, myofascial release, & nutrition
Fun Fact: I ride a motorcycle, raise chickens, and am a navy veteran
"I love passing on my knowledge to my clients, giving them the tools to succeed. Seeing them gain confidence in themselves and their abilities through our work together brings me a sense of pride!"
Certifications: A.S.F.A. (American Sports and Fitness Association)
Years of Personal Training Experience: 3
Specialties: Strength Training, Functional Movement, Increasing Cardiovascular Fitness, Balance and Core Stability, & Fitness Maintenance
Fun Fact: I'm a cyclist turned triathlete. I love competition and racing. I have qualified for U.S.A. Triathlon Age Group National Championships (Olympic Distance) two years in a row (2018 and 2019). This year's event will be in Cleveland, Ohio and consists of a 1500m swim, 40k bike, and 10k run.
"Personal Training at the JCC gives me the unique opportunity to work with people with a huge variety of goals. I'll encourage, motivate, and energize my clients to help them reach their goals. I feel it's imperative to have fun during your workout and feel good about yourself for taking care of your body. Remember, exercise is the "Fountain of Youth" and with my strong dedication, desire, and discipline, I can help you succeed in your path to a healthy future. You can do it!"
Certifications: Master's degree in Counseling, worked in Higher Ed., & ACE-certified
Years of Personal Training Experience: 25
Specialties: Cardiovascular Exercise (CVE) training, & Balance/Flexibility (FLEX) work
Fun Fact: I have trained professional athletes in the Philly area, Olympians at the Lehigh Valley Velodrome, and general fitness enthusiasts in our region.