Lakeside Fitness Center

100 Bauer Drive

Oakland, NJ 07436

201-651-1010

Group Exercise Instructors

Beth Kurzer

Hometown: Wayne, NJ

Years of teaching experience: 30 years

Certifications: AAAI/ISMA

Specialty Certification/achievements: In addition to teaching classes at Lakeside, I also teach at an autistic school and a nursery school.

Why I chose a career in Fitness:
I love to help people become better, live a healthy lifestyle, and show them how exercise can be fun. Fitness is a great way to release stress and make you feel great- everyone deserves to feel good about themselves!

My activities and interests include:
Outside of the gym, I enjoy spending with my sons. I have one in college and the other is in high school. Spending quality time with my family and friends is very important to me.

The 5 words that best describe me are:
Energetic Positive Fun Caring Dynamic

Something that most people don’t know about me:
Most people don’t know that I am really shy.

Dee Borrowiec

LFC Group Fitness Manager

Hometown: Oakland, NJ

Years of teaching experience: 24 years

Certifications: ACE Group fitness, Personal training, Lifestyle Weight Management, Mad Dogg Spinning, Barre Dynamic

Specialty Certification/achievements: Body Pump, Group Power, BA in Elementary Education

Why I chose a career in Fitness:
I chose a career in fitness because of my mom! I started exercising with her when I was 9 and then she opened her own gym. I began teaching classes for her when I turned 18. She is the reason I love fitness-seeing how it can truly change people’s lives and make them do things they never thought they could.

My activities and interests include:
I enjoy spending time with friends and family. I have two children who keep me very busy, as well as a very demanding miniature Dachshund, named Tiger!

The 5 words that best describe me are:
Hard-working Easy-going Generous Thoughtful Friendly

Something that most people don’t know about me:
I am quiet and shy outside of the gym.

Toni Dates

Hometown: Wayne, NJ

Years of teaching experience: 2 years

Certifications: AFFA

Specialty Certification/achievements: Dance background including ballet, tap, and jazz

Why I chose a career in Fitness:
About five years ago I decided to join a gym. I started taking different group fitness classes with some amazing instructors who were so positive and motivating that I fell in love with what I was doing. Being in a group fitness class reminded me of what I missed so much about dance, so I decided to get certified!

My activities and interests include:
I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, going to my son’s soccer games, and helping out at their school.

The 5 words that best describe me are:
Energetic Easy-going Thoughtful Caring Friendly

Something that most people don’t know about me:
I have two different colored eyes!

Veronica King

Hometown: Oakland, NJ
Years of teaching experience: 5

Certifications: Zumba®

Specialty Certification/achievements: Zumba® Gold, Zumba® Kids, Zumba® Step.

Why I chose a career in Fitness:
After my son’s birth in 2006, I decided it was time to get serious about fitness. I joined Lakeside as a member and found my home away from home. I enjoyed Boot Camp classes and Spin, but I felt like there was something else I needed to integrate into my new lifestyle. I took a Zumba® class, and I knew this was it! I immediately found out what I needed to do to become a licensed instructor and did it! Through Zumba®, I have been able to connect with so many individuals and I love sharing my passion for music and dancing with everyone.

My activities and interests include:
Dancing, working out, sand volleyball, outdoor activities (hiking, paddle boarding, skiing,) photography and motherhood

The 5 words that best describe me are:
Passionate Easy-going Loving Caring Friendly

Something that most people don’t know about me:
I was born and raised in Puerto Rico and didn’t learn to speak English until I was 8 years old!

Joanne Duckman

Hometown: Jericho, NY

Years of teaching experience: 15

Certifications: Mad Dogg Athletics Spinning Certification, Schwinn Cycling Certification

Specialty Certification/achievements:      AED/First Aid/CPR certified
Why I chose a career in Fitness:  I love fitness. It is such a passion for me. Before I was certified to teach, I would do anything to get to the gym and work out. It was (and continues to be) the best part of my day!

My activities and interests include: My interests include hiking, relaxing by my lake, spending time with family and travel.

The 5 words that best describe me are: Loyal, Honest, Dedicated, Fun-loving and Compassionate

Something that most people don’t know about me: I have an identical twin sister.

Anjela Cogura

Hometown: Pompton Lakes, NJ

Years of teaching experience: 6

Certifications: 200-hr Registered Yoga Teacher, Reiki Level 2 Certification, Guided Meditation Coach

Specialty Certification/achievements: Owner of Namaste Awhile, LLC. Bachelors Degree in English/Writing,

Why I chose a career in Fitness: In 2008 I tore my ACL, MCL, and meniscus which brought me to my first yoga class to gain balance, strength and flexibility. In 2012 my best friend passed away and yoga welcomed me back with open arms. I specialize in Yoga for athletes/healing from injury but my true passion is teaching to help heal those who are grieving or experiencing mental and/or emotional turmoil. I ask myself: "How are you feeling?" From there I try to live my life and teach my students from the scar, not the wound.

My activities and interests include: I'D RATHER BE OUTSIDE! Hiking near and far, traveling, dog park, beach, lakes, mountains, walks, anything under the sun. Quality time with boyfriend, friends, and family. Staying busy and never sitting in front of the TV.

The 5 words that best describe me are: Thoughtful, intuitive, forgiving, optimistic, quirky

Something that most people don’t know about me:  My name is Yugoslavian; I'm first generation American and the first person in my family to graduate from a University.

Larissa Thomas

Hometown: Franklin Lakes NJ
Years of teaching experience:  10

Certifications: Mad Dogg Certified Spin Instructor

Specialty Certification/achievements:  BA in Communication Arts, K-5 Special Educator, and Early Interventionist.           

Why I chose a career in Fitness: I have been an athlete my entire life. I played soccer competitively growing up, competed in triathalons, and have always had a passion to teach. Combining my love for teaching with my passion for athletics was a no brainer! Movement heals, and if I can be a light for people and help motivate them to find their inner strength, I'm in my happy place!

My activities and interests include:  Being with my family! My children are the greatest blessing I have ever received in life. Spending time with my husband, kids, and pets is how I wind up and wind down every day and I wouldn't have it any other way!

The 5 words that best describe me are: Outgoing, loyal, determined, funny, and caring.

Something that most people don’t know about me: I have a desire to train and help people with all different physical issues. It's one of my greatest passions!

Cathy Vincent

Hometown: Fair Lawn

Years of teaching experience: I’ve been teaching group fitness for 30 years!

Certifications: AFAA Group Fitness Instructor
Mad Dog Spinning Instructor
Kaiser Group Cycle Instructor
WITS Personal Trainer

Specialty Certification/achievements:    AFAA Mat Science Specialty and APEX Fitness Professional Certification

Why I chose a career in Fitness: I love teaching group fitness because I love helping members attain their goals and become healthier.

My activities and interests include: I enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking and swimming and walking on the beach.

The 5 words that best describe me are: Energetic, motivating, kind, helpful, and caring.

Something that most people don’t know about me:  Most people don’t know that I’m a former high school teacher.

Alan Peck

Hometown: Morris County, NJ                                                                                                                                    

Years of teaching experience: 22 years

Certifications:

AFFA group fitness

AFFA personal training

Mad Dogg Spin

Silver Sneakers: circuit training, classic and yoga

Specialty Certification/achievements: I have a 2nd Degree Black belt in karate. 

Why I chose a career in Fitness: I just love it!  I have exercised all my life exercise and wanted to help others get fit and healthy.  I especially enjoy working with seniors and those who have injuries.

My activities and interests include: In my spare time, I enjoy playing tennis, running or jogging.  

The 5 words that best describe me are: Funny - energetic - compassionate - generous - caring

Something that most people don’t know about me: I am animal lover! 

Susan Salamone

Hometown: Hometown: Ringwood, NJ

Years of teaching experience: 6

Certifications:  200-hour teacher training in March 2014 at home Yoga in Mahwah, NJ. 

Specialty Certification/achievements:     Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education 1994
Master’s Degree in Special Education 1996
Lifespring graduate of basic, advanced, and leadership program
Reiki Master 1998
Certification of Living Food’s Lifestyle by Ann Wigmore August 2000
Spiritual Response Therapy certificate 2006
Peak Potential Enlighten Warrior Training Camp in August of 2005 and Wizard Training Camp in August of 2006.
Trudy Griswold’s Angelspeak training January 2011
Currently a attending TCRWP at Columbia University
Currently participating in Triton’s “The Odyssey” Revolutionary workshops                                                                                                                                                               

Why I chose a career in Fitness: Yoga changed my life!  The first time I stepped on her yoga Mat back in 1998 was the beginning of my journey to self-love.  Now I am humbled to pay it forward and pass along the love, knowledge and gifts of Yoga to all my students.

My activities and interests include:
I enjoy spending time with my husband Michael and our dog Magic.  As a family we love longs walks in the park and going to the beach. I love teaching and inspiring my middle school  students to always do their personal best. I am honored to sharing my yoga mindfulness and healing energy with all people I cross paths with.

The 5 words that best describe me are: Loving, powerful, healer, companionate, and vulnerable

Something that most people don’t know about me: I am perfectly dyslexic and proud of it!

Valerie Pheanis

Hometown: Verona, NJ

Years of teaching experience: 11

Certifications: Schwinn

Specialty Certification/achievements:  Holistic Nutritionist Certification

Why I chose a career in Fitness: Being a Clinical Social Worker, over the years I began to see the correlation between an individual’s mental health and their physical health. I always liked to take spin classes, so thought it would be fun to begin to teach and help motivate individuals to lead a healthy in the physical aspect.

My activities and interests include:  hiking, reading, outings with my family, and catching up on sleep whenever possible.

The 5 words that best describe me are: motivated, hard-working, creative, attentive, inquisitive.

Something that most people don’t know about me:  I was in the process of applying to become an FBI special agent and then the government shutdown and froze all hiring.

Angela Tafuri

Hometown: Hawthorne, NJ

Years of teaching experience: 7
Certifications: Mad Dogg Athletics
Specialty Certification/achievements:    Being a great mom!
Why I chose a career in Fitness:  I was a competitive cheerleader and dancer growing up and have always enjoyed working out.  At a friend’s insistence I tried spin and loved it!  I began teaching shortly after taking my first class.  I love challenging riders to their limits, while having fun and enjoying the music!
My activities and interests include: Spending time with friends and family.  I have a 5 year old son that keeps me busy.
The 5 words that best describe me are: Friendly, hardworking, energetic, motivating and reliable.
Something that most people don’t know about me: I am named after my dad and my middle name is after my grandma.

Trudi Barrett

Hometown: Caldwell, NJ
Years of teaching experience:  2.5 years
Certifications: Fit Tour Group Exercise, Silver Sneakers
Group Training, First Aid with AED Specialty
Why I chose a career in Fitness:  After retiring from a career with AT&T for 22 years as a Product and Marketing Manager, Trainer, Call Center Manager and the recipient of many company work and fitness awards, I joined a Silver Sneakers Class in West Caldwell. I have always been interested in outdoor activities and walking. While taking the SS class, my instructor recommended that I take the tests to become an instructor. I absolutely love what I do. It is very inspiring to witness how people respond to you. My progress and the progress my classes have made, makes it all worthwhile!
My activities and interests include: My Activities and Interests are: My family (From a family of 9 siblings with 2 Children and 6 grandchildren), Antiquing, I have Collection of Horse Drawn Sleighs and Carriages, among other things.
The 5 words that best describe me are: Happy, giving, honest, loyal and compassionate.
Something that most people don’t know about me: Something that most people don’t know about me is that I
rescue cats.

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