Certified Personal Trainers

Pete Pietrini : Managing Partner & Certified Personal Trainer

Pete Pietrini

Managing Partner & Certified Personal Trainer

ppietrini@ultimadowntown.com

Two Truths & One Lie:

I have played semi-pro basketball
I have a twin brother
I have zip lined in Costa Rica

Take your best guess and ask Pete.

Employing over 10 years of physical fitness study and instruction, Pete’s training philosophy is to evaluate each client’s needs based on their goals, capabilities and preferences. The result of this personalized approach is a comprehensive and sustainable wellness program developed from a variety of disciplines that integrate mind, body and spirit to achieve a balanced set of lifestyle habits.

Marie-Elena Aruta : NASM Certified Personal Trainer

Marie-Elena Aruta

NASM Certified Personal Trainer

Two Truths & a Lie:

In 2011 I placed 1st in the Athena Category for a Alzheimer's Charity Race

I started swimming competitively on a team at the age of 7.

I was in the Insanity Live at Home Fitness DVD's

Take your best guess and ask Marie-Elena!

Certifications: NASM, Certified Personal Trainer, Group X, Barre, Pound, P90X, Insanity, Turbo Kick

Marie-Elena’s Fitness Philosophy: “Daily exercise is imperative for your health and wellness.  If you do not find the time for daily exercise, you’ll have to find the time for illness”

Marie-Elena took a Leap of Faith after working many years on Wall Street, to follow her passion for helping others live a fit and healthy lifestyle and turning what was only a part-time "job" into a full-time career.  Driven by passion and purpose and the desire to help people take control of their health.  There was no looking back.  Marie-Elena has transformed many lives and encourages a strong focus on not only taking control of your health in the gym, but following through outside of the gym with good nutrition and feeding your body nutrients it requires,  You are in the hands of a trainer and Group Fitness Instructor instructor that is going to help you get the most out of every single session and class and who will give you the accountability and support you need not only in the gym but outside of the sessions and classes as well.  It is the quality of the training that influences your progress and results, and not the quantity.   She enjoys keeping things fresh, fun and challenging.   She continues to grow; taking new trainings and certifications to be sure to have the most current information for her clients and to master her skills.  Marie-Elena has gone through workshops and certifications that include many different ways to train your body, such as Barre, TRX, P90X, Insanity, Pound, Kickboxing just to name a few.

Marie-Elena is passionate about leading a fit and healthy lifestyle, inspiring others and vey passionate about enhancing the quality of lives of the people she encounters.  She is known for helping people stay motivated throughout their fitness journey and specializes in transforming their health and body through fitness and proper nutrition.

Kathleen Vernace : Camp Ultima Director, Certified Personal Trainer, Spin Instructor

Kathleen Vernace

Camp Ultima Director, Certified Personal Trainer, Spin Instructor

kvernace@ultimadowntown.com

Two Truths & One Lie:

I was born and lived in Ireland until I was 5.
I married my high-school sweetheart.
I ran my first 5k when I was 7 and won the 14 and under age division.

Take your best guess and ask Kathleen.

Kathleen's parents taught her the value of physical fitness and nutrition at a young age. She played competitive basketball and softball at the age of 10 and played varsity sports throughout high school, where she set multiple school records. She was voted the Most Valuable Player of her high school's State Championship cross country team. After competing in sports, she continued training and realized she had a love for fitness. She is now dedicated to helping others achieve their fitness goals. She believes that being physically healthy helps you feel better mentally and emotionally. Kathleen wants everyone to have fun while getting fit, which is why Kathleen's training philosophy is to be flexible and find the right path for each person.

Nick Hasson : Certified Personal Trainer & Camp Ultima Instructor

Nick Hasson

Certified Personal Trainer & Camp Ultima Instructor

nhasson@ultimadowntown.com

Two Truths & One Lie:

I’ve driven over 20 different types of sports cars.
I went drinking with Tiger Woods.
I’ve trained Miami Dolphin’s running back Reggie Bush.

Take your best guess and ask Nick.

After taking a nutrition/weight training class in high school, I realized my extreme interest in weight training and healthy living. After graduating in 2004, I began weight training very seriously and realized that the health and wellness field was my calling. During the summer of 2005, I acquired my Certified Personal Training certificate through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and started working as a personal trainer at Ibis Golf and Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Over the past six years I have become a Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist allowing me to help clients fix postural distortions, improve flexibility and produce safe movement patterns to prevent future injury. In addition, I am a Certified Performance Enhancement Specialist which allows me to work with a wide variety of sport specific individuals including but not limited to, tennis and golf, improving balance, speed, agility, quickness and endurance. I am very passionate about my work and base each client’s program solely on their specific goals and needs. I am a firm believer that starting a program with a strong foundation and progressing as necessary is the key to producing strong yet safe results. I like to use a wide variety of exercises and program designs to ensure a fun and exciting training program that my clients will enjoy and give them the results they are looking for. I feel that my extreme passion for the health and wellness field gives me great insight and knowledge to help each client reach their goals!

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going”

NASM Certified Personal Trainer
NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist
NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist

Austin Hetzer : Personal Trainer

Austin Hetzer

Personal Trainer

Two Truths & One Lie:

I never learned how to swim
I won 3 consecutive basketball intramural championships
I lived in Australia for a year

Take your best guess and ask Austin.

Austin is originally from Roodhouse, Illinois and moved to West Palm Beach to pursue fitness opportunities. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Strength and Conditioning from Western Illinois University. Austin is currently certified as a USAW Sports Performance Coach and is pursuing his Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification. Outside of work, he enjoys playing sports, fishing, and maintaining his own personal fitness. Austin has previously worked as a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, as well as a sports performance coach.

Igor Zinoviev : Fight Club Director & Certified Personal Trainer

Igor Zinoviev

Fight Club Director & Certified Personal Trainer

izinoviev@ultimadowntown.com

Igor Zinoviev is a Russian former mixed martial artist. Igor grew up in St. Petersburg, Russia. Sickly and weak as a youth, he swam for exercise, becoming skilled enough that he entered a Russian sports academy. There, he trained in boxing, judo, and sambo. Like many Russian mixed martial artists, he received further training in the Russian military and police forces. He competed in the Extreme Fighting organization, holding the middleweight title until their demise, and then moved to the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Igor coached the Chicago Red Bears in the International Fight League in the 2007 season.

WITS – World Instructor Training School
IFL – International Fight League, MMA Head Coach
Russian National Team – Judo, Sambo and Thai Boxing
Vale Tudo, Pankration, UFC

Jason Cartwright : Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Jason Cartwright

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Two Truths One Lie:

I can hit a baseball 400+ feet

I can slam dunk.

My best squat was 500 lbs.

Take your best guess and ask Jason.

Jason received his Bachelor’s Degree in 2010 with a concentration in Applied Exercise Science from Springfield College in Massachusetts while completing his internship at the University of Hartford in Connecticut working as a strength and conditioning coach at the collegiate level. In 2011, he became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association which requires a Bachelor’s Degree and is considered the gold standard in the industry. After college Jason has worked as a trainer around Cape Cod and in Boston Massachusetts. His clients have been athletes, pre/post natal, pre/post rehab, special populations, and significant weight loss stories of 50lbs or more. Jason made the change to move to Florida in October of 2015 and is thrilled to be part of Ultima team.

Fitness accomplishments: 2012 Ruckus challenge, 2013 Warrior Dash

NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Pre/Post Natal Certified through Annette Lang

B.S in Applied Exercise Science – Springfield College, MA

David Breitenbach : Personal Trainer

David Breitenbach

Personal Trainer

Two Truths & One Lie:

I have taught Zumba in over 100 cities world wide
I love chocolate cake
I used to weigh 300lbs.

Take your best guess and ask David.

David Breitenbach was born in the USA and raised in Germany by a mother from Puerto Rico and a German father. He is a physical therapist, personal trainer and has been working internationally as a Zumba Instructor since 2010. Due to his teaching zumba fitness with all his heart and a passion and love for this sport, David worked on improving his skills to become a Zumba Jammer in 2014. Since then, David has been holding Choreo Jam™ Sessions and Master Classes internationally. Book David Breitenbach for your event and let him share happiness, freedom and love with your group.