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Miami Strength and Fitness Club's Staff

    Tessie Lobon                                  Dennis Lobon

Tessie Lobon is a registered Physical Therapist with 24 years of experience in rehabilitation and orthopedics and 20 years in personal training. She has been involved in sports since she was 12 years old. She was voted most athletic her senior year and excelled in Softball, Basketball and Volleyball. In college she took karate and soon held two medals in the Intercollegiate World Karate Championships in Kobe, Japan. This was the start of her pursuit of fitness. Along with her physical therapy license Tessie holds multiple fitness certifications, International Sports & Fitness Trainers (ISFT), Certified Senior Strength Trainer through the IWA, and a Advanced Fitness Boxing Trainer to name a few. Working for South Miami Hospital/Baptist Health Systems for 20 years gave her the passion for helping people.

Tessie along with her husband Dennis left the corporate world to open their own business. Dennis Lobon worked for major marketing and advertising companies as a Art Director and manager for 20 years. The corporate world has given Dennis skills that he applies to MSFC on a daily basis to keep the club operating at high standards. Dennis is our Boot Camp trainer. His fitness background includes studying functional training at the Institute of Physical Art in Boca Raton, Florida. He competed in Basketball, Spring Board diving and track at the collegiate level. Being involved in team sports and fitness all his life made it a natural transition to lead the boot camp classes.

Susan Veingrad

Sue Veingrad has been a Personal Trainer for 13 years. She has been a Registered Nurse since 1986 and is certified by ACE, specializing in Senior Training (ADL's), balance improvement, core strength and flexibility. Sue uses various functional training techniques to accommodate each client's specific needs. Sue also holds a TRX trainer certification and is a Johnny G cycling instructor.

Natasha Fairweather

Natasha Fairweather has been training in the South Florida area for 12 years. She is certified through ACE in Personal Training and Group Fitness Instructor, along with AFFA Cycling Instructor. Natasha is a Figure Competitor and enjoys teaching fitness/conditioning to female soccer players. She challenges her clients to reach "their" goals.

Juan Gomez

Juan Gomez has been in the fitness industry for 13 years. Juan holds an AA in Exercise Science and is certified through the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA-CPT). He is also a state Certified/Licensed Paramedic & Firefighter. Juan is currently finishing his AS in EMS and plans to pursue a nursing degree. Juan specializes in strength training and conditioning, he is also certified as a TRX trainer and an Advanced Fitness Boxing Trainer through the Boxing Fitness Institute.

Julian Castro

With a career spanning 20 years in the fitness industry, Julian adheres to the philosophy that achieving and maintaining ultimate fitness is a life-long journey that requires finding a proper balance of mind, body, and spirit. To help clients achieve this, he incorporates an interdisciplinary approach to training that brings together elements of functional training, strength training, cardio, sports specific, Pilates, and Yoga, along with motivational techniques that help bring out the best in his clients – both in the gym and out. In addition to his training career, Julian has also served as Director of Membership and Wellness for the YMCA of Greater Miami. Certifications: ACE/YMCA Personal Training, ACE/YMCA Group Fitness, Spinning®, CrossFit® LC1, Silver Sneakers Muscular Strength & Range of Motion, YogaStretch®, STOTT PILATES reformer and mat. Education: BS, MS, MBA. 

Jesse Freeman

Jesse Freeman has been a Personal Trainer for 7 years. He is certified by the National Endurance and Sports Trainers Association (NESTA). Previous training areas include Physical Fitness Leader (certified for the military), Unit Health Promotion Coordinator (military special forces) and Bushi Ban (mixed martial arts). Jesse placed in the top 5% of the South Florida Warrior Dash and was chosen to represent the US in the reality TV series The Big 5. Jesse has experience training clients at many fitness levels ranging from novice children and teens to military professionals. Personal hobbies include alligator wrestling, spear fishing, free diving
and boxing.

William Desmond

William Desmond has been a Personal Trainer for over 10 years. He is certified through ISSA and also works as a firefighter/paramedic. Billy is currently finishing his nursing degree. Being active in sports all his life has lead him to keep up with the latest trends in fitness. He is an extremely knowledgeable individual who acts as a catalyst in the transformation of the lives of his clients. Billy is able to modify exercises to match anyone's ability and fitness level.

Bradley Feller

Bradley Feller has been a personal trainer for 18 years. He is certified through the NSCA, and the NFPA as a personal trainer and a nutritional counselor and also works as a firefighter/paramedic. He has competed as a natural bodybuilder and was the Natural Florida bodybuilding champion for several years and the second runner-up in the Natural Universe Show.  Bradley uses various training techniques to accommodate each client's specific needs. Sessions focus on strength, flexibility, and endurance and are customized to meet the specific training goals of each client. Bradley's methods have an emphasis on safety and take into account the age, fitness level and any existing or prior injuries the client may have. He has experience training clients at many fitness levels ranging from novice children to professional athletes. In his spare time Bradley enjoys fishing, biking, and cooking.

Kirsten Nordlund

Kirsten Nordlund has been in the health care industry for over 10 years. She is certified through Elite in personal training and nutrition. Her education includes a Bachelors Degree in Health Care Science and she is licensed in massage therapy. Kirsten has dedicated her professional career to helping others learn, understand and live a healthy lifestyle.

Chantel Alvear

Chantel Alvear started her personal training career in 2008. She is certified through NESTA. She began her fitness career in the corporate setting and it wasn't long before she knew that wasn't for her. Today, she finds herself at MSFC where she is able to express her creativity as a trainer. Chantel says: "There are so many tools and equipment that allows me to think outside the box when it comes to exercises. I love taking clients outside and getting creative." She uses sleds, swinging a sledge hammer, bands, medicine balls and working the core with the TRX. "At MSFC the members and trainers know each other...it's an awesome dynamic there". Chantel will challenge you to be a better you, "Helping people reach their fitness goals and become healthier and happier is what I love to do!"

Elvis Calderon

Elvis Calderon is a professional body builder in his native land of Venezuela. For more than 20 years Elvis has been helping others reach their fitness goals. He is recognized by the IFBB, is certified through ACE in Personal training, Kettlebell training, and Functional training. Elvis is also a licensed Massage Therapist with a special emphasis in stretching. His passion in fitness has gone beyond the physical into the functional and emotional. The Miami Herald recognized him for being unique in the ability to help children with special needs.

Adel Zaldivar-Perez

Adel Zaldivar-Perez is a native of Holquin,
Cuba. Adel earned a BA in Physical Education and he studied under the guidance of Manuel Fajardo at the Institute of Physical Culture. There, he completed his certification in Sports Training Theory and Methodology. Adel strives to help his clients achieve their personal fitness goals. He holds experience with clients with special health needs and those who specialize in sports and fitness competitions. Adel's additional skills include experience in training children 5-12 years old in Judo. Adel holds a Black Belt in Judo and is certified in Sports Massage.

Gian Galbis

Gian Galbis has been a bodybuilding and fitness enthusiast since the age of 17. Gian's passion in fitness lead him to win his first bodybuilding competition at 19 years old. He is certified by ISSA and has studied under some of Florida's elite fitness experts. Each client's specific goals are addressed and modified as needed on a regular basis. Gian has experience training clients of all fitness levels. Sessions will focus on strength training/muscle hypertrophy, cardio/
endurance training, flexibility, or/and fat burning.

Bobby Cahill

Bobby Cahill has been a certified personal trainer since 1989. He is certified through ACSM and NSCA. He is a nationally certified emergency medical technician. Bobby is also a State of Florida Certified Paramedic and Firefighter. He holds certifications in pediatric advanced life support and adult cardiac life support. Bobby is currently employed by Palm Beach County Fire Rescue and holds the position of Lieutenant.
Bobby's clientele ranges from adolescent athletes to Division One and professional athletes. He caters to each clients individual needs and guarantees results with a safe, enjoyable, and effective routine. In his spare time, Bobby enjoys coaching youth athletics.

Herve Casimir

Exercise and being physically active has always been a part of Herve's life. He finds happiness in watching his clients push through and succeed in the goals they set out to accomplish and considers himself fortunate to be a part of that journey. Herve obtained an athletic training degree from the University of Miami and is Crossfit Level 1 certified. He specializes in weight loss, injury prevention and rehabilitation and sport specific training. He strongly believes in stepping outside of your comfort zone to make significant gains. Consistency and a positive attitude are a must. His training style can be described as a mix of crossfit and the classics with the occasional "extreme" challenge. He is patient but expects clients to work hard. His training motto can be summarized in the saying,
"Think strong. Be strong"

Jeanette Rivera

Exercise science and the positive changes it can bring to a person's life are the driving force behind Jeanette's training. She has obtained a Master's degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Miami, an undergraduate degree in the field of Biological Sciences from FIU and is certified with the NSCA (CSCS) and Crossfit Level 1. She strongly believes that health is life. Jeanette specializes in weight loss, injury prevention,strength and conditioning, one on one and small group training. She uses a combination of Olympic weightlifting, functional training, body building, metabolic circuits and endurance training in her programming. Jeanette describes herself as passionate, honest, self motivated, educated and persistent. Her training motto can bedescribed as "If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you."


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