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Len Glassman, Owner

Len Glassman, Owner

Some People Enter Our Lives & Quickly Go, Others Make Footprints On Our Hearts & We Are Never The Same

Len Glassman, Hosting Personal Best's 'Change of Heart' Health & Wellness Symposium Sponsored by Self Magazine!

Personal Best Training & Pilates Center 'Taste of Wellness' Celebration at Ferraro's Restaurant, Westfield NJ

Len Glassman is a Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Health Nutritionist with over 20 years of fitness professional experience. Len is a Fitness Bootcamp Instructor, Recipe Book Publisher, Health Advisor, Corporate Wellness & Lifestyle Consultant and Motivational Speaker. He also is the Creator of the 'Fit-ness Fun-damental's inter-active exercise DVD series.

Len's passion for fitness and compassionate manner has helped people of all ages, abilities and personalities, incorporate and stick to a positive health and wellness lifestyle.

From elite athletic training and mentoring experience, contributing fitness expert to Men's Fitness Magazine, to serving as health advisor for the NJ State Police & Benevolent Association (NJPBA) & NJ State Firefighter's Mutual Benevolent Association (FMBA), Len's background and experience is as varied as his passions.

Through the team of fitness professionals assembled at Personal Best, Len has the resources and contacts to make big things happen in areas diverse as: Youth & Sports Specific Group Training Programs, Pilates Apparatus Training, TRX Specialty Classes, Off & On-site Bootcamp Programs, Nutritional Counseling & Corporate Wellness Workshops, Motivational Speaking and Programming.

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Dario Rivera

Dario Rivera
Dario Rivera

Dario is a certified personal trainer with several years of training and experience in the fitness field. His optimistic, good natured manner, touches everyone who is fortunate to cross his path. Dario is a firm believer in the power of positive thinking and has helped countless individuals improve their morale and invigorate their lifestyle. Dario has trained several young athletes in such areas as golf fitness and baseball. He is an excellent mentor and role model.

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Karen Megaro

Karen Megaro

Karen Megaro is a certified personal fitness trainer, pilates mat and senior fitness instructor and certified Zumba dance instructor and resident animal lover. Karen has an in-depth background in group exercise, bootcamp instruction and pilates which compliments her personal training program. Her multi-faceted approach to exercise and wellness streamlines the body while developing muscle definition and improving posture. Her emphasis on cardio conditioning, strengthening abdominal and back muscles and lengthening and strengthening arm and leg muscles lends itself to a lean, well-toned appearance. Karen is a real-life inspiration to women in their middle ages.

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Tony Eaton

Tony Eaton

Tony is an NASM certified master trainer with over 10 years of experience in the fitness profession. His extensive training, medical-based education and competitive sports background affords clients a well-rounded and unique training experience.

His client portfolio is extensive and varied - from high level corporate and financial executives to local athletes, including Westfield & Cranford hockey and baseball players. Tony's training philosophy is simple and straight forward: the amount of effort you put into his training program is equivalent to what you'll get out of it. His devotion and commitment to those looking to make positive physical and mental lifestyle changes is unparalled.

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Lindsey Della Serra

Lindsey Della Serra
Lindsey Della Serra

Lindsey graduated cum laude with a BFA in dance from Mason Gross School of the Arts and is finishing up her Masters in Dance Education at Rutgers University. Born and raised in Cranford, Lindsey has been dancing since the age of 3 and currently teaches dance at Yvette's Dance Studio to students ages 3 years old to adult.

Lindsey completed her extensive Pilates apparatus training program with Polestar Pilates at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, where she worked with clients from ages 12 to 80. Lindsey also taught Pilates mat classes locally where she catered the movement to improve her students' yoga practices.

Lindsey believes that "getting to know our bodies is the greatest gift we can give ourselves. By giving our body the attention it deserves, we can revive our mind, body and soul through movement." She truly wants to help all people be their best self!

Joseph Pilates spoke of his exercises as a way to, "build a sturdy body and sound mind fitted to perform every daily task with ease and perfection as well as to provide tremendous reserve energy?"(Return to Life, 1945). Lindsey feels that "our bodies are our life and everything we do has an affect on us. By learning efficiency of movement with Pilates, tasks will begin to feel easier and energy can be restored. "

Lindsey is available for individual, duet and small group Pilates Reformer and Apparatus instruction.

Kristine Elmore

Kristine Elmore
Kristine Elmore

Kristine is an ACSM certified personal trainer and functional training specialist, group fitness and Spin instructor as well as a NASM corrective exercise and golf fitness specialist.

Just 4 years ago Kristine was 80 lbs heavier and not really feeling good about herself. She was turning 30 years old and saw the youthful days of her athleticism slowly fleeting. She tried everything from diets and supplements to extreme exercise tactics that only lasted for a short period of time because it's hard to keep motivated when you're in constant pain and she wasn't in the condition physically to handle routines that demanding. After a while, the aches and the pain started to out-weight any potential benefit derived from long-term adherence.

She was always athletic as a young girl and grew up playing basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, volleyball, and eventually, tackle football. Right before turning 30 years old, Kristine set out to do things differently. She wanted to become more active, fully enjoy life and challenge herself to be better. A family friend found an all women's tackle football team (www.nysharksfootball.com) in the tri-state area and she decided to tryout. She became intrigued due to her love of competition and this "new challenge" was just the push she needed to really become serious about her health. That was 4 years ago.

In 2013, Kristine had the great fortune of being selected to play for the Gold Medal winning USA Women's Tackle Football Team. It was the constant encouragement of her teammates and coaches that provided the motivation to get through intense workouts and drills. During this period she learned a lot about herself as well. Consistency became the key fact in her transformation.

After 'retiring' while on top, so to speak, Kristine decided to study for her personal training certification, which she completed in 2014. Her world had changed because of fitness and she wanted the opportunity to share this with others.

Fitness is a love of hers and she is always eager to pursue educational opportunities (she is currently studying to become a ACSM certified inclusive fitness trainer, ACE- orthopedic specialist and a NESTA mixed martial arts conditioning coach).

Kristine believes that external forces drive us all at some point but it is the internal force, the person within, that we need to satisfy first and foremost.

Mirjana Banic

Mirjana Banic

Mirjana is a certified personal trainer and a certified tennis instructor. She lettered all 4-years in varsity Track and Field, was a Big East scorer in the discus and placed 5th in the Penn Relays, College Division and went on to place 7th in the discus at the 2002 ECAC as Team Captain. For several years, Mirjana set her sights on becoming a member of the United States Olympic Bobsled Team. Her team placed third in the U.S. Women's bobsled team trials in Lake Placid, N.Y. She also competed at the Push Off Championships and traveled to Calgary, Canada for training. She has now set her sights on becoming a physical education teacher. Mirjana is currently a physical education teacher within the Westfield public school system.

Linda Michalak

Linda Michalak

Linda is an experienced pilates reformer instructor and certified personal trainer. Linda left the corporate world to raise her two sons and is well into her second career as a fitness professional. An avid runner, Linda has competed in some local 5k races, adding up the miles weekly, until she got up enough "nerve" to train for her first marathon. Now with a couple marathons under her belt, she enjoys helping others challenge themselves both physically and mentally towards better health and well-being.

Wanting to learn and do more, she became a certified Personal Trainer. She then developed an interest in pilates and became a certified Pilates Reformer Trainer. When speaking about Pilates, Linda's passion is evident: "Pilates Reformer Training takes strength and flexibility training to a new level. It teaches us how to exercise correctly and efficiently, and to become mindful of our body and our health". With the recent surge in Pilates training, Linda has found that men can greatly benefit from reformer training when it comes to improving their golf or tennis swing.

Linda also works with clients in her capacity as a certified personal trainer. She thoroughly enjoys helping others and likes training people of all ages and fitness levels.

Sean Michael French

Sean Michael French
Sean Michael French

Sean received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Montclair State University in 2013. He graduated with advanced standing in the dual certification of Exercise Science and Health & Physical Education. For the past 11 years, Sean's focus has been studying Kinesiology as an aquatics instructor, as well as coaching and training more than 500 youth and adult athletes.

Sean's lifelong love of swimming began at the age of four. Through his 21-year swimming career, Sean qualified for USA Swimming Senior Nationals, was an undefeated dual-meet competitor in the 50-Yard Freestyle for all four years of his high school career, and placed in the top eight at The Metropolitan Championships four years in a row in nine different events. Sean was also a member of the Montclair State Swim Team for four years.

Inspired by his younger brother, Patrick, who was afflicted with Cerebral Hypoxia at six months of age, Sean helped create an organization called 'New Jersey All People Equal', an adaptive physical education program that provides physical therapy and occupational therapy to individuals with special needs. Patrick gave Sean the perspective that we are all on a continuum and have the ability to connect deeply with one another, regardless of our differences and perceived "limitations".

Sean's focus on meditation, yoga, swimming, martial arts, and music has made a significant impact on his life and the lives of those he trains. Sean believes that having well-rounded life aspirations is all relative knowledge and can be applied to every person?s life.  Currently, Sean is a Certified USA Swim Coach for the esteemed Jersey Gators Swim Team. In addition to being a Certified Water Safety Instructor and Reiki Practitioner, Sean is studying Yoga and is an Assistant Black Belt Instructor in Chowakai Karatedo.

Ellen Lester, Founder

Ellen Lester

At age 50, Ellen began thinking about longevity. She realizes that, as life spans keep increasing due to modern medical advances, each person must ask themselves "How good do I want to feel in the future?". With that in mind, she developed a new and pleasurable lifestyle for herself that included a proper balance between exercise, weight-training, cardio, and nutrition. Wanting to help women as she helped herself, Ellen became a certified personal trainer and certified senior fitness instructor.

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