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A simple desire to lose weight after having two children is what sparked my interest in fitness over 30 years ago. What happened after that would prove to be a life changing experience for myself as well as my family. From someone that did no exercise at all, I evolved from barely being able to run ¼ mile to running marathons. But the greater benefit was how physiologically it impacted every part of my life which inspired me to educate myself as to why this occurred.
Those first steps have given me the opportunity to impact the people in my life and community for over 25 years and I feel truly blessed to work with and for such wonderful individuals.
After growing up in Wellington and attending the University of North Florida, Jessica worked in advertising in NY and LA for nearly 10 years developing campaigns for brands such as The Home Depot, Lionsgate during the release of The Hunger Games, USAA and Arby’s. Her decision to move back to Florida was grounded in wellness as she is always seeking to find balance in her life and improve her overall well-being. She is excited to put her expertise to work in a place that is so special to her and to be surrounded by familiar faces as well as meet many new ones.
Judy has been in the health and fitness industry since 1994. After graduating from Penn State University, she moved to Florida in February, 2000 and has been a part of the Ultima/Xtreme family ever since. Judy started at Ultima Fitness as their General Manager but as her life changed so did her position. Judy is currently the Director of the Back Office as well as the Director of the Front Desk, Kids Club and Group Fitness Departments. She has taught various group fitness classes over the years and is currently on the schedule teaching indoor cycling. Outside of the club she spends most of her time with her son Dillon who is very active in t-ball.
The director of Xtreme Tae Kwon Do, Grandmaster Gustavo Pope-Guerriero; started training in the martial arts at a very young age and for over 40 + years has dedicated his life to teach others. He has achieved the current rank of 8th degree black belt and has earned the title of Grandmaster. Since Achieving his first Dan Black Belt in 1979 he has enjoyed teaching both children and adults. Grandmaster Pope has been teaching in Wellington since 2002.
Growing up on the island of Haiti, playing soccer and tennis had always been a part of his everyday life. Once established in America, throughout his high school years he was an avid volleyball player. He had the rewarding opportunity in Naples to coach an 8th grade middle school basketball team, placing second place in the region. After completing his high school education, Stan pursued his passion for photography. In addition, he also worked in multiple branches of the food and beverage industry. Currently, he is pursuing a degree in Hospitality management.
He is so thankful to be part of a community of people at Ultima where he can truly make a difference in the lives of others as he continues working to achieving his own personal goals.
Lynette came to Ultima Fitness in 1996 to teach group fitness classes, and for 17 of those years has taken on many roles, including Program Director, Fitness Director, and Wellness Director. As Ultima continues to expand and grow, Lynette strives to make a difference in our community through education, specialized services, and enhancing others’ well-being through a healthier lifestyle.
Lynette has continued to feed her passion for health, wellness, and fitness by providing exciting programming, working with a strong team of educated trainers who provide only top quality service, and generating meaningful lectures, programs, and services through our Wellness Center. “Wellness has always been a part of what we do. Now it is more widely accepted and understood how important wellness really is for quality of life.”
Wendi provides a genuinely caring and motivating support system for our members and those who are considering membership. She has assisted thousands of people to become part of the Ultima Fitness family. Swimming, hiking in the mountains and long walks on the beach are among Wendi’s favorite things.
Therese is a 1st degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do . As a long time student of the martial arts, she has had the opportunity to train under three different masters. Tae Kwon Do became an even bigger part of her life after marrying Grandmaster Pope in 1998. She has been a member of the Ultima/Xtreme Tae Kwon Do family since 2002. She always offers her full support to both our students and parents. Therese holds responsibilities in class as well as administratively. She is especially proud of their son Christian who is a second degree black belt.
Bette works in the Tae Kwon Do department as an office assistant. She has been a member of our staff for almost nine years. Before moving to Florida, Bette worked in Manhattan for 20 years in the print production department of several different advertising agencies. She left that career after the birth of her first child. Bette and her family moved to Florida 11 years ago. Her two daughters began TKD with Grand Master Pope when they were four and seven years old. They are now both black belts; 2nd and 3rd degrees respectively.
While there, she was trained in classical ballet and other dance forms such as Martha Grahm modern dance, and Jazz. She has taught ballet since 2006 at M&M Dance Academy in Monroeville, PA and has also taught Mat Pilates at The Club Sport and Health since earning her certification through PHI Pilates in 2008. She has also been co-leader of the Greater Works Outreach Dance Ministry and danced often before the congregation. In November 2011 Kristen returned to her home company of Northeast Ballet in Schenectady, NY, and taught ballet for the school and danced and performed again with the Company in their annual Spring concert and annual production of The Nutcracker. She also participated in the Stories That Dance program that Northeast Ballet does in conjunction with Proctor’s Theatre. In addition to dancing and performing, Kristen taught Pilates at the Ciccotti Center in Albany, and also to the dancers at NEB. Upon moving to Wellington, FL Kristen has been teaching ballet and Pilates to students at dance studios in the area and is now teaching Barre classes at Ultima Fitness.
Gina was born and raised in the Philippines but moved to the United States in 1976. She’s been into fitness for over 30 years participating in various aerobic classes and light weight training. She started practicing yoga over ten years ago. She found that practicing yoga could lead to overall physical and mental well being. A few years ago Gina decided that she wanted to get certified and share this wonderful practice. In December 2012, Gina received a dual certification as a Prem Yoga Teacher and a Kripalu Yoga Teacher by completing a 200-hour comprehensive yoga-training course at the Prem Yoga and Wellness Center in West Palm Beach.
Lorraine has been a resident of Wellington since 1989, residing here with her husband and their son. Besides being an employee of Ultima since 1992, she owns an athletic footwear store in the Broward Mall. Since receiving her American Council on Exercise personal trainer certification in 1994, Lorraine has been actively training clients at all levels of physical abilities. Her work with the senior population has been expanded with her Silver Sneakers certification. For the past 2 years Lorraine has been teaching the Silver Sneakers class in the efforts to improve muscular strength, endurance, flexibility, agility, and balance. Experience getting fit over 50, while moving to your favorite music!
Dara joined the Ultima family in September 2010 and teaches Cycle, Pilates and U-pump classes. She has been involved in sports and fitness for most of her life and became a certified cycle instructor with Schwinn and a certified Pilates instructor with PIA Pilates in 2005. She has been teaching group fitness classes since that time at several gyms in the West Palm Beach area.
Dara took her focus on fitness and health to another level in 2008 when she became a Wellness Coach. Through her company, Healthy Habits for Life LLC, Dara works with clients to guide them toward making long lasting, positive life changes.
Her expertise has been shared with thousands of viewers on WPTV, Newschannel 5 and Fox 29 News where Dara is a regular fitness and wellness contributor.
Dara's enthusiasm for fitness and wellness is contagious and her group exercise classes are fun and exciting, safe and effective.
Dara grew up in Buffalo, New York, and graduated from Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY in 1988 with a B.S. in Nursing with a specialty in Orthopedics.
Teresa is a Peruvian native. She was born in the city of Callao and completed her high school education in Colegio Mary Flora. Spanish is her first language and she has been living in the United States for 16 years. Living in Wellington, married to Roberto and mother of two, Teresa is an energetic and positive woman that just loves to dance.
She remembers that since she was two, her mother would stand her on a chair so she could dance. Teresa became a Zumba trainer in 2012. Since then, she has been motivating people to exercise dancing the Zumba. Dancing and teaching are the highlights of her day. She enjoys teaching what she loves. As a natural dancer, she can dance basically anything!
Teresa became a member of Ultima in 2011 and has since made a lot of friends, sharing her Zumba knowledge and enthusiasm for the discipline. Teresa is so proud of being part of the teaching staff at Ultima Fitness!
My 30 plus years in the fitness industry have taken me full circle from group exercise instructor, to business owner, to management for a major chain of health clubs in New Jersey and back to group exercise instructor here in Florida where I've been living for six years. "Keep it fun, keep it interesting and keep it challenging" has always been my motto.
Kelly moved to Wellington in 2005 with her husband Chris and her four children, Christopher, Colby, Connor, and Cydney.
Growing up Kelly competed in track and Cross Country running. She continued running after college and competed in local races along with her five brothers and sisters. Her brother encouraged her to become certified in the fitness industry and Kelly has been teaching since 1992.
Motivating others to help them reach their fitness goals, whether it be in Step, Spinning, Pilates, Kickboxing, or U-Pump classes, is what Kelly loves the most.
As an enthusiastic endurance athlete, Jason firmly believes that health and wellness are a necessity in everyone’s life. With a background in organic foods and sustainable practices, he’s got an appetite for nurturing positive mindsets and a craving for goal-oriented exercise programs. Jason is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, has a Business degree graduating Magna Cum Laude, and has been a keynote motivational speaker. After relocating to the Sunshine State a few years ago, Jason rediscovered his passion for running. Frequently competing in race distances from 5K to the marathon, he often achieves top age group awards. Keep an eye out for him at local events. Jason is always looking for exciting new challenges and plans on competing in an Ironman Triathlon in the near future. “I am dedicating my life to educate, coach, and inspire my clients to create and sustain the healthy lifestyle they deserve.”
Sports and fitness have been a big part of Allison’s life and have helped shape her competitive nature, from playing soccer as a kid to running a marathon as an adult. She has always enjoyed exercise and leading an active lifestyle, but she discovered a passion for it when she walked into her very first cycling class while pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree at Brigham Young University. Fast forward a few years and that passion has led Allison to follow what she truly loves doing: helping others get fit, get healthy, feel better about themselves, and make fitness a way of life. Allison is an AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor and an AFAA Certified Personal Trainer. She recently relocated to Wellington from the Sarasota area, where she worked for several years at the Lakewood Ranch YMCA teaching classes and training clients. She is also a Beachbody certified Turbo Kick and INSANITY instructor. She loves challenging workouts that are fun and deliver results! Her goal for every class is to have the members leave feeling stronger, tougher, and happier than when they got there—and drenched in sweat! Outside of instructing, Allison enjoys running and lifting weights, and her next fitness goals are to complete in an obstacle mud run and a triathlon. She is a Beachbody Coach, where she can help motivate and advise others who are on their own fitness and weight loss journeys. She is also a wife and mom to two girls who keep her busy throughout the rest of the day. And when she finds a moment to herself, she loves to read and go to the beach.
Bill, born in 1934, has been training seriously since 1988. He joined Ultima Fitness in February 1990 and trained under John Defendis, Mr. USA. Bill joined the Ultima staff in September 1997 and is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer. “I care a great deal about my clients. My goal is to make each individual the best that he or she can be and to do everything I can to see that they attain their goals without injury.”
Grace has been with Ultima Fitness for over 20 years as an administrative director and personal trainer. She has experience working with a diverse group of clientele ranging from children to seniors. Grace has been very involved in children's sports and also has been known to play several different sports herself, including women's roller hockey. As a trainer at Ultima Fitness/Xtreme Tae Kwon Do she has trained both healthy clients of all ages, and those who have special needs due to an illness or handicap. Grace is very knowledgeable in exercise physiology and safety, and applies her knowledge "gracefully" but firmly to ensure the best and safest workout possible for her clients.
Greg is a Florida native. In 1995, he graduated from FIU with a degree in finance. Throughout his high school and college years, Greg wrestled and played tennis. He has always been a very active person, enjoying surfing, diving, and generally everything associated with the water. In July of 1999 he got his first taste of weight training. After a couple of years of training, Greg decided to become a personal trainer. He is currently certified by the I.F.P.A. as a personal trainer and a motivational specialist. “I became a trainer because I truly believe that a regimen of cardiovascular and resistance training, along with a proper diet, can make a dramatic change in the way you look.”
Currently certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Personal Trainer, Bob has held certifications by most of the major organizations over the past 20 years. As a competitive bodybuilder in the masters divisions he won titles such as Mr. West Palm Beach, Mr. Florida, and NPC National Champion. Bob is an engineering graduate from the University of Illinois and is retired from a 30-year career in the aerospace industry, designing and developing jet engines for the military. He was a gymnast and crew racer in high school and college, and coached baseball and basketball in Little League. Bob is a meat and potatoes trainer with no nonsense or frills. Just results!!
Jessy is a born and raised Floridian, who has had a love for fitness and exercise since childhood. She graduated from Wellington High School, attended classes here at Ultima, fell in love with the industry, and was very excited to begin her career in fitness. After moving to Fort Lauderdale and joining a local training center, Jessy learned how to lead group exercise classes for all formats and also became a certified personal trainer. She has worked in several spas, country clubs, and even health clubs. After recently leaving a large corporation as their district manager for several years, she is happy to once again be home in Wellington, with her husband and two children. Fitness has always been a part of her life and teaching others is her true passion. Jessy believes in staying up with the trends and not only keeping the workouts fun but also effective. She is certified in teaching group exercise through AFAS, and can lead indoor cycling, kickboxing, yoga, sculpting, step, Pilates, and the newest craze in fitness, Barre classes. “It is a pleasure to be part of the Ultima team, and I look forward to seeing you all in class!”
Lindsay started her martial arts training here at Xtreme when she was only four years old. She has trained under Grandmaster Pope for 15 years, earning her current rank of 4th degree black belt, making her a master instructor. Lindsay has been assisting in classes for 8 years since earning her 1st degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, teaching both children and adults. She enjoys the exercise, defense skills, and personal values that martial arts offers and has always been passionate about passing those values along to the students. She loves working with kids and is proud to be a part of the Xtreme Tae Kwon Do family at Ultima.
4th Degree Black Belt
Courtney Minors is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian in the state of Florida. Originally from the beautiful island of Bermuda, Courtney obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Pre-Medicine at Dalhousie University in Canada. She then completed her Master of Science degree in Dietetics and Nutrition at Florida International University. At the 2010 British Dietetics Association Annual Conference, Courtney presented her original research and her abstract was later published in the international scientific Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Courtney has worked in a variety of settings and discussing nutrition with the community is one of her passions; as such she has given numerous nutrition lectures, cooking demonstrations & classes. Courtney also consulted with Island Physique (a personal training studio) to produce nutrition guidelines and meal plans specific for weight loss and overall wellness.
Courtney has studied and worked internationally in Bermuda, Brazil, Canada and the United States and brings her international exposure to her dietetic practice. She understands that no client is the same; as such she uses a holistic and individualized approach with clients through meal planning, supplement recommendations and health coaching. Courtney is an avid fitness enthusiast and enjoys long distance running, kick-boxing and strength training.
Erica has had a passion for movement that goes way back to her youth when she danced and was active in youth sports. She started teaching dance at the age of 16 and has been teaching some sort of class ever since. She received a Bachelor of Science in Health Science, with a minor in Wellness Promotion and holds a number of fitness certifications including NSCA-CSCS, FMS, YogaFit and BodyShred. Erica finds it most rewarding to see her clients achieve a high level of self-confidence as a result of their hard work and dedication. It is her goal to help clients find a love for themselves, for fitness and a love for the commitment to push themselves and reach their goals. She is passionate, enthusiastic and works to create a positive fitness experience. Her training style incorporates strength training, calisthenics and HIIT training and she will push you to go outside your comfort zone. Her teaching style will motivate you, educate you and push you to have fun and appreciate what you are doing for yourself.
Jamie Tizol is a wife and mother of three(two teenage sons and a baby girl). She was born and raised in the Bronx, NY but recently relocated to Wellington, FL last than a year ago. She enjoys staying active with the kids, traveling, doing 5k runs and going to the beach.
Being Puerto Rican and Italian, music and dancing has always been a part of her life. She discovered Zumba in 2008 and completely fell in love with the class. She loved the fact that she can get a workout, have fun and feel like she’s at a party all in one! Therefore, in 2011 she decided to join Zumba Dance Fitness and became a licensed instructor. She has been teaching ever since and never thought it would turn out to be the best job in the world! She says,
Erin has been taking Tae Kwon Do classes since 2003 when she started at the age of ten. She has learned many things over the course of her martial arts training from Grandmaster Pope: patience, self-defense, and most importantly how to be strong both physically and mentally. Erin has continued to take classes along with teaching young and new students. She enjoys teaching them because as she instructs, she continues to learn new things. She considers it a privilege to be taught and work alongside Grand Master Pope.
Esiah received his Master trainer’s certification from International Sports Science Association (ISSA) in 2009 and has been training ever since. He also has a bachelor’s degree in occupational, physical, and trigger point therapy with 1 year of chiropractic practice from the University of Oklahoma (Sooners).
Esiah has experience working with a wide variety of populations through many different fitness demands including weight loss, strength and conditioning, injury prevention, wellness coaching, and endurance training. Esiah was involved in wrestling (free style and greco roman), jeet kun doe, shaolin ru, and wing chun since the age of 8.
Esiah lives by this quote, "Motivation gets you through the door, but you need to have CDS: commitment, discipline, and strong habits, to achieve your goals. Which are small dreams with a due date."
Melissa Bark joined Ultima Fitness as a member years ago and quickly fell in love with our Zumba classes. Now a wife and mother of two energetic boys, she has become a licensed Zumba Fitness Instructor. Born in Long Island, NY, she moved to Wellington as a teenager to follow her passion for the equestrian sport. Melissa has been an active equestrian on the hunter/jumper circuit ever since and is now a judge for the United States Equestrian Federation. In her spare time she enjoys volunteering at her children’s schools and riding her horses. Melissa has made so many friends that have become family here at Ultima and is so grateful to be a part of the teaching staff. “I have always enjoyed dance and staying fit. To be able to share both of those passions with others is incredible.”
Starr is a native of North Carolina where she began dancing at the age of five and went on to earn her Bachelor's Degree in Dance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Upon graduation, she taught high school dance in the NC Public Schools, along with in the private studio setting. A move to Savannah, GA, prompted her fitness journey to truly begin. She became a certified Zumba Instructor, Personal Trainer, and completed her 200-hr yoga certification. She has compiled 14 years of teaching classes in a variety of settings from fitness centers to corporate wellness programs. Starr enjoys helping people to meet their individual fitness goals as they become healthier and happier. She recently moved to Wellington with her husband, daughter, and two dogs. She is excited about meeting new people and sharing her love of yoga, dance and fitness.
A new resident to the sunshine state. Tyler has been in Royal Palm Beach for a year and a half now. Originally from Lansing, Michigan. Graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a bachelor degree in Criminology.
Up until high school Tyler was involved in many sports including football, soccer, baseball, track & field, wrestling and basketball. With a deep passion for football and track he dedicated his focus on those two.
Using that love & passion he has for those sports he eventually earned a full ride scholarship to a Division 1 program to play football. He also ran indoor track for EMU during the off-season. With exceptional next level training given by his strength coaches, he fell in love with fitness. When he was able to see positive changes in his body, wellness & overall lifestyle with the gym and nutrition, it helped him gain the passion to help & lead others to do the same.
As a former Ultima member 15 years ago, Jennifer has joined the Ultima staff as a group fitness instructor. Certified by AFFA, she has been teaching group fitness for 7 years. As a public school teacher and College Professor, she uses the same skills with her group exercise participants as she does in a classroom. Her goal is to engage the participants in a way that is both enjoyable and instructional. Just as she spends time assisting students after class, she enjoys speaking with gym members and advising them on nutritious eating and regular exercise to lead a healthy, balanced, and enjoyable lifestyle. Jennifer teaches several class formats, including cycling, kickboxing, and sculpting.
Sarah Sale is a Zumba Fitness Instructor and physical therapist. She has been dancing on and off recreationally since the age of 3 and began taking Zumba classes in 2004. After rediscovering her love of dance and fitness while recovering from the birth of her second son, Sarah decided to become a licensed Zumba Fitness Instructor in April 2017. Group exercise classes provided her the perfect outlet for fitness and social interaction with mommy friends, while the kids played together. Sarah’s experience as a doctor of physical therapy enhances her fitness routines through knowledge of body form and function for injury prevention and rehabilitation. She enjoys spending time outside of work and the gym with her husband, two young boys and their 100lb Labrador Retriever, Moose.
Thanks to her Italian-Brazilian family’s influence, love for sweets and stress eating habits, she was an overweight teenager. With a lot of determination and perseverance, she was able to lose the extra weight by the time she got to high school through playing her favorite sports, volleyball, soccer and lacrosse, as well as learning to exercise at the gym and eating healthy. Giulianna attended Virginia Commonwealth University and while in college, she worked for two years as a Physical Therapy Technician assisting PT’s in acute care and inpatient settings. She realized that majority of the patients she helped treat in the hospital could have prevented complications and surgeries due to obesity and lack of overall fitness. After finding out her true calling, Giulianna graduated with a Bachelors in Exercise Science, Pre-Physical Therapy- magna cum laude in 2010 and has been in the fitness industry and sales industry ever since. She is passionate about working with geriatric population on the importance of functional training on everyday activities and weight loss clients of any age group. Giulianna, her husband and three kids relocated to Wellington in the Summer of 2018 and couldn’t be happier when she found Ultimate Fitness immediately falling in love with the friendliness of the staff and members, already making it her second home. This busy mother of three small children, ages 2, 4 and 6 and a board member of son’s school PTA, Giulianna is currently a spin instructor and enjoys every second she gets to party on her bike. Look out for more classes as she slowly can start to commit more of her time to helping members achieve their fitness goals.