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Personal Training & Private Lessons

Work individually with our staff to reach your fitness goals, whether that’s personal training, private yoga and Pilates sessions or private swim lessons. To get started, stop by the Personal Training Desk or contact the Fitness Supervisor at 651-265-0796 or trainers@ywcaofstpaul.org

Personal Training

Personal training sessions with our nationally certified personal trainers are available in 30- or 60-minute increments to meet your fitness goals and financial budget. To get started, stop by the Personal Training Desk or contact the Fitness Supervisor at 651-265-0796 or trainers@ywcaofstpaul.org

Personal Training Staff

Kevin Block

Fitness Supervisor & Personal Trainer

Picture of Kevin Block, certified personal trainer

Certifications: Certified Personal Trainer (National Academy of Sports Medicine); CPR/AED (American Red Cross), Certified Group Fitness Instructor (American Council on Exercise)

Education: M.S. in Exercise Science, Concordia University; bachelor’s degree in Psychology, College of St. Scholastica

Specialties: Sport-Specific Training & Conditioning, Strength and Conditioning

Experience: One-on-one and small-group personal training, fitness coaching, and coaching high school basketball and baseball.

I played every sport growing up on the east side of St. Paul, and I love helping people and I love becoming immersed within a community. I truly believe that trainers and fitness instructors can help people become the best versions of themselves, not just physically, but mentally as well. I am looking forward to getting to know as many members as possible on a one-on-one basis, and teaching group classes with high tempo strength and cardio components.

Troy Shoberg

Personal Trainer

Troy Shoberg Personal Trainer
Certifications: Certified Personal Trainer (American Council on Exercise), CPR (American Red Cross), TRX Suspension Training Certified, New Leaf Metabolic Assessment System Certified

Education: M.S. in Exercise Science and B.S. in Kinesiology, Concordia University

Specialties: Sport-Specific Training (with focus on speed, strength and explosiveness), Strength and Conditioning, General Fitness and Weight Management, Balance and Coordination

Experience: More than 15 years of experience in the health and fitness industry, high school track and field assistant coach, strength and conditioning coach, All-State/All-Conference Athlete

I look at training like a savings plan for life. It’s something that you diligently invest in so that one day you can make a withdrawal. The investment improves your health, helps you live longer and allows you to enjoy the quality of life you deserve. My goal is to have my clients achieve their very best and get the most out of their lives. Our bodies adapt quickly. With more physical activity, our strength and energy increase. We feel stronger, less tired and less depressed. Most importantly, we feel confident in our daily lives, are more productive and better able to handle life’s stresses. I love seeing my clients grow stronger, more confident and more successful.

Emily Herman

Personal Trainer

Emily Herman Personal Trainer
Certifications: Certified Personal Trainer (American College of Sports Medicine); First aid; CPR

Education: B.S. in Biology, University of Minnesota

Specialties: Functional training, strength and conditioning, power lifting, flexibility

Experience: One-on-one and small-group personal training

I played sports in school and began seriously investing in my personal health and fitness about 14 years ago, including training in proper lifting techniques and body mechanics needed to perform labor effectively and safely. People are far more capable than they realize and working out is a great way to push yourself beyond what you ever thought possible. You will never regret going to the gym but you may regret staying home. I’ve never left the gym feeling worse than when I came in, even on days when I just can’t seem to lift that dumbbell or get that extra rep in. Any workout is still better than no work out.

Contact our Fitness Supervisor at 651-265-0796 or trainers@ywcaofstpaul.org to get started with a personal trainer!

Yoga & Pilates

With private yoga or Pilates sessions, work one-on-one with an instructor to build strength, increase flexibility, heal injuries or reduce stress. Sessions are available with our certified yoga and Pilates instructors.

Yoga & Pilates Instructors

Elen Bahr

Photo of Elen Bahr, YWCA St. Paul Yoga Teacher & Personal TrainerCertifications: Certified Personal Trainer (National Academy of Sports Medicine); CPR/AED (American Red Cross); PowerYoga Teacher (CorePower Yoga); Hatha Yoga Teacher (Yoga North); Yoga Therapist (International SomaYoga Institute)

Specialties: Pain resolution, stress relief and increased strength and mobility.

Experience: Group classes and individual sessions. Faculty at International SomaYoga Institute public speaker/workshop facilitator on yoga for healing and stress management.

I love to help people find the connection between their minds and bodies. I work with people of all shapes, sizes and physical abilities. Some are athletes looking to increase flexibility, some are folks living with chronic pain, some are individuals who want to improve their strength and overall quality of life. At any age and at any level of fitness, I believe we can continue to feel better and move through our days more easily and with greater enjoyment. 

Jennifer Hildebrandt

Picture of Jennifer Hildebrandt, YWCA St. Paul Pilates teacherCertifications: Comprehensive Mat and Reformer Pilates, and Injuries/Special Populations; Cadillac, Chair and Barrels; Rebecca Leone’s Safe Spine Movement Teacher (Rebecca Leone Safe Spine Movement Teacher’s Consortium); Restorative Exercise Specialist (Katy Bowman’s Nutritious Movement, Inc.); CPR/AED (American Heart Association); Kettlebells and CrossCore Rotational Bodyweight Training

Specialties: Pilates (mat and all apparatus); kettlebells, restorative exercises and natural movement

Experience: Seven years of teaching Pilates

I incorporate Pilates principles throughout my daily life and continue to build on my teacher training with advanced education, including a restorative exercise specialist program focusing on alignment and biomechanics of natural movement. One of my favorite quotes is, “Don’t die before discovering all that your body is truly capable of!” Our bodies are far more malleable and self-healing than we might realize, and I love helping people look beyond mainstream fitness when it comes to lifelong, sustainable health and wellness. My goal is to keep people safe while challenging them to progressively build strength, flexibility and mobility.

Contact our Fitness Supervisor at 651-265-0796 or trainers@ywcaofstpaul.org to get started with private yoga or Pilates!

Swim Lessons

Learn at your own pace or work toward fitness goals with private swim lessons. 30-minute private lessons are available to members and non-members of all ages.Contact our Aquatics Supervisor at 651-265-0756 or aquatics@ywcaofstpaul.org to get started with private swim lessons!

Swim Instructors

Zak Trimble

Aquatics Supervisor/Head Swim Coach

photo of Zak Trimble, YWCA Aquatics SupervisorCertifications: Red Cross Lifeguard, Water Safety Instructor, Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor, USA Swimming Foundations of Coaching

Education: Bachelor’s degree in General Education & Human Development, Bowling Green State University

Specialties: Water safety, competitive and survival strokes, conditioning

Experience:  16 years of competitive swimming, 11 years of teaching swimming lessons, six years of swim coaching.

Swimming is not just a sport or a good workout, it is an invaluable life skill. It is important to know what to do and how to be safe around water. I like working with individual clients because it gives me a chance to see them grow and develop as a swimmer. To see someone go from afraid of the water to swimming laps is a great feeling.

Grayci Kangas-Olson

Certifications: Red Cross Lifeguard

Specialties: Competitive and synchronized swim instruction

Experience: More than 15 years of competitive swimming, one year as an assistant swim coach, seven years of teaching one-on-one and small-group swimming lessons

I grew up in northern Minnesota and find that it is very important we learn how to swim here in Minnesota with all of our wonderful lakes. I like being able to watch the progress of students learning to swim and growing to like the water more and more as they learn. I hope that people who come and learn to swim come out with the confidence to swim in our gorgeous lakes.

Jackson Fawcett

picture of Jackson Fawcett, Swim InstructorCertifications: Red Cross Lifeguard

Specialties: Beginner swim instruction

Experience: Four years of competitive swimming, one year of teaching swimming lessons

My goal with my students is not only to make them competent in the pool, but also to teach them through swimming to be proud of their work and help them learn that slowing down and taking the time to learn something right is an invaluable skill. I am always looking forward to the next lesson and thinking about the best ways to teach what I know.

Shayne Stone

Certifications: Red Cross Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Biopsychology, Monmouth College

Specialties: Beginning and advanced stroke development, competitive swimming

Experience: 13 years of competitive swimming, eight years of teaching swimming lessons

I have been swimming competitively for more than a decade and swam for a Division III college. I enjoy seeing kids improve at such a rapid pace and really find their niche in competitive swimming. It is about the process. Moving in water can be awkward and really difficult but after some more experience, it can be a lifelong activity.

Contact our Aquatics Supervisor at 651-265-0756 or aquatics@ywcaofstpaul.org to get started with private swim lessons!

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