Sydney Ann Zaremba, Owner of SydFit, is a highly qualified fitness professional with more than 30 years of fitness experience and 32 years of corporate experience. Her areas of expertise include: balance, cardio/aerobics, flexibility, martial arts, mobility and strength program design, development and administration for groups and individuals.
Passionate about working with older adults and special populations, Sydney and her team apply effective and safe fitness methodologies based on the goals, needs and personal preferences of their clients. Programs can include balance, stretching, flexibility and strength training along with instruction in Tai Chi, Yoga and other disciplines and are designed to accommodate fitness and conditioning from either standing or seated positions.
Sydney’s philosophy is that “improved movement and mobility are empowering and can enhance the quality of life for all, but especially older adults and special populations”.
Sydney holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Davenport University (graduating with high honor). She is certified through advanced qualification as a Professional Senior Fitness Instructor and Professional Senior Personal Trainer through the American Senior Fitness Association (ASFA) and is affiliated with the American Council on Exercise (ACE).
She is also CPR/AED and First Aid certified through The American Red Cross. Sydney’s additional certifications include the Ageless Grace, Brains and Balance, Drums Alive! and Fall Proof Balance programs. She holds Black Belts in two styles of Karate and was an amateur Karate and Bodybuilding competitor for over 15 years, winning several titles both state and national.
Natalie Becker has been working as a fitness professional since 2005. Her passion for fitness started in her youth when she was a swimmer and lifeguard, observing at a young age the benefits of exercise in members at the aquatic center. She has worked at city and collegiate recreation centers in corporate facilities and most recently medical fitness. As a Fitness Specialist at a medically based fitness facility she performed Fitness Assessments and prescribed exercise programs to individuals pre and post therapy to integrate them back into a fitness routine. It was during this time she found she truly enjoys and connects with the older adult population. With patience she guides her clients through exercises that are safe, effective and progressive to help improve the overall quality of life of her clients. She has worked with people of all ages, abilities and many special populations. She has a desire for health improvement and is most rewarded by her clients’ successes.
Currently Natalie conducts one on one personal training sessions and teaches group exercise classes focusing on strength, balance and flexibility. Her group class formats include Aquatic classes, Spinning, Functional Training, Circuit, and senior strength and balance classes.
Natalie earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Eastern Michigan University. Her multiple certifications include The American College of Sports Medicine, Health Fitness Specialist (ACSM-HFS), Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) Group Exercise Instructor, Senior Fitness Specialist Certificate and Mad Dogg Certified Spinning Instructor. To stay current Natalie attends the annual American College of Sports Medicine annual conference for continuing education. She also holds a certification in CPR/First Aid and AED through the American Red Cross.
Debbie Booth has over 20 years in the fitness industry. Her unique programs, combining land and aquatic coaching offer the best fitness conditioning in both venues. She demonstrates the ability to help clients by evaluating current fitness strengths and limitations, then developing a program that works for the client(s) in either a group or individual setting.
Debbie is passionate about teaching, learning and making a differrence in the lives of others. Especially in the lives of the older adult population. Her goal is to help people live a healthy lifestyle and to become and/or stay independent. Her focus is guiding clients to realize they can improve their function and fitness to make their activities of daily living easier. She always aims to be a positive influence in changing the lives of others.
Debbie holds certification through the Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA) as an Aquatic Fitness Professional. She is also a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). Deb spent time in the Applied Science Program at Anne Arundel Community College. She is an American Red Cross Instructor Trainer and holds her CPR/AED and First Aid certification from the Red Cross. Debbie is also a Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Officials Certified for Field Hockey and Lacrosse and a United States Field Hockey (USFH) official.
Stephanie Burle has been a certified personal trainer since 2005. She enjoys training and encouraging clients to meet their individual fitness needs, while learning to make important lifestyle changes. Stephanie has worked with adolescents all the way up to older adults helping them reach goals, such as, weight loss, strength, muscle building, and muscular endurance. She is also a nutritional consultant and helps clients develop ways to make healthy and sustainable food choices.
She began her college career studying Elementary Education and soon switched to personal training, which incorporates teaching with her love for fitness. When the personal training studio she worked at closed in 2009, she soon started doing in-home training sessions. She has been doing that ever since and has also incorporated classes for older adults, which she thoroughly enjoys.
Stephanie is certified as a personal trainer through the National Personal Training Institute (NPTI). She has obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from Oakland University with a minor in Exercise Science. Stephanie is certified in CPR/AED and First Aid through the American Red Cross. Additionally, she is a certified Tai Chi for Energy instructor through the Tai Chi For Health Institute.
Norma Byrne walked into her first Yoga class 16 years ago and has been practicing Yoga ever since. She attended the one year training program for Yoga instruction at The Yoga Studio of Shelby 10 years ago, with a concentration on Anusara Yoga. This style of Yoga is meant to be heartfelt and accepting for all and focuses on the principles of alignment and awareness of breathing. Students are guided to express themselves through poses within their own abilities, instead of fitting participants into a standard ‘cookie cutter’ approach. This approach is effective when working with older adults who may have limitations in certain areas. Norma has also studied Ashtanga, Hatha, Restorative, Vinyasa and Chair Yoga, as well as Yoga with Weights and the Anatomy of Yoga and continues to advance her education through Yoga workshops.
For the past 8 years, Norma’s focus has been on teaching participants in the over 50 age range, conducting many Chair and Slow Flow Yoga sessions. She incorporates stretches, twists (as appropriate), turning, balance and standing, as tolerated. However, all of the motions in her class can be done from a seated position. She is a firm believer that everyone can participate and has had attendees come to class with oxygen, on walkers and in wheelchairs. Her participants are always encouraged to move at their own pace so they are comfortable and can build confidence. Norma currently conducts Yoga classes at the Older Persons Commission (OPC) in Rochester in addition to working for SydFit, where she conducts a variety of fitness classes and is a personal trainer.
In addition to her Yoga background, Norma holds an Associate Degree in Interior Design from Macomb Community College, a certification in Floral Design and is a certified Travel Agent. She is certified in the Fall Prevention for Seniors program, and is a Senior Fitness Instructor through the American Sports and Fitness Association. She is also certified in CPR/AED through the American Heart Association and is a longstanding member with the Yoga Alliance.
Evelyn Castillo loves working with older adults. She is passionate about hearing their stories and connecting with her private clients and those who attend her group classes. She believes that while exercise is healthy for participants, they should also be having fun. Her philosophy is that if folks are having fun, they are much more inclined to stay with a fitness and/or nutrition program.
Evelyn holds a Bachelor of Science from Wayne State University’s College of Nursing (B.S.N.), with a minor in Nutrition. She is a Professional Senior Personal Trainer and Professional Senior Fitness Instructor certified through the American Senior Fitness Association. Evelyn also holds her CPR/AED/First Aid certifications through the American Red Cross and is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Robin Ingram loves when class participants enjoy themselves as they shake and shimmy. Incorporating fun music and easy-to-follow moves, participants will improve coordination, strength, endurance, and flexibility. A proponent of a healthy lifestyle for all ages, Robin conducts fitness classes not only at local studios and community centers, but at independent and assisted living communities. Because cross-training is so important, Robin encourages participants to try many different classes including step, body conditioning, chair dance, large ball, small ball, deep aqua, shallow aqua, stretch/yoga/Pilates, Zumba and Drums Alive!.
Robin graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Communications, majoring in Advertising.
She holds fitness and/or personal training certifications from American Council on Exercise (ACE), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), American Sport and Fitness Association (AFAA), National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA), and Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA – aqua). Robin was also recently certified in Zumba (basic, gold, aqua), and Drums Alive! (basic, gold). She is also certified in adult/infant/child CPR/AED and first aid through the Red Cross.
Lisa Krantz has over 20 years experience in the dance and fitness industries. Lisa specializes in dance, stretching, strength training and Yoga exercise instruction and design for groups and individuals. She trained at Juliana’s Academy of Dance, located in Madison Heights and currently manages the business and continues dance instruction. Lisa incorporates stretching and exercise movements from her dance and fitness backgrounds into her individual and group fitness training programs to keep participants mobile and to promote interest and fun. Lisa instructs students of all ages at RARA (Rochester Avon Recreational Authority) where she also helps manage all performances for the non-profit dance program. Lisa takes a special interest in working with students of all ages and is sensitive to the varied fitness needs of each population.
Lisa holds her Bachelor of Science in Human Resources and Communications from Oakland University. She is Certified as an Advanced Senior Personal Trainer and Advanced Senior Fitness Instructor through the American Senior Fitness Association (ASFA). Lisa is also certified in CPR, First Aid and AED through the American Red Cross.
Kathy LeBlanc has been involved in the fitness industry for over 25 years. Ten years ago, she discovered her true passion with Senior Fitness. Working with seniors to improve their quality of life through exercise and motivating them to make fitness a lifestyle are her main goals as a senior fitness instructor. As an avid outdoor cyclist, she became certified as a senior fitness cycling instructor and teaches classes for seniors over 50 years old. She also specializes in strength training and balance for seniors, both as a group fitness instructor and a personal trainer. Kathy teaches at a local senior center and at independent living facilities. She also teaches chair exercise for seniors with cognitive impairment and dementia.
Kathy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and a Master of Public Administration from Oakland University-Rochester. She worked for 20 years at Oakland University as an Academic Advisor and Program Manager.
She is certified as a Senior Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer and Cycling Instructor through the American Sports and Fitness Association (ASFA). She is also CPR/AED certified through the American Heart Association.
Denise Murray is an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Personal Trainer and Exercise Physiologist, as well as a Tai Chi for Health Institute Senior Trainer and Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher. She has extensive experience in the fitness arena in her work with older adults and special populations. Denise has over 10 years of experience working with and developing exercise programs for individuals living with cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s Disease, and related dementia. Denise’s exercise program for individuals living with Alzheimer’s and related dementia emphasizes self-directed movement, functional fitness for activities-of-daily-living (ADL’s), and gentle range-of-motion exercise for injury prevention and joint health. More information on her programs can be found on her website ExerciseForDementia.com.
Lauren Oleksiak specializes in working with older adults in the areas of health, fitness and wellness. Lauren has experience in the development and execution of fitness programs for both groups and individuals, with a primary focus on balance, flexibility and strength training. She also has extensive experience in working with special populations, such as those with memory issues, in the senior living environment. Lauren enjoys working with older adults and has engaged in leading them through physical therapy follow up sessions to promote continued mobility.
Lauren is passionate about health and fitness and is herself, a strength and endurance athlete. Lauren participated in a Michigan Novice Figure competition and ran the A1A Marathon. She also an active volunteer for several causes.
Lauren holds an Associate’s Degree in Exercise Science, with an extended Associate’s that focuses on Business from Oakland Community College. She is certified in Senior Fitness instruction through FiTour, (accredited through ACE – the American Council on Exercise) and is also certified in the Drums Alive! program, A Matter of Balance (an evidence-based fall prevention program) and is a Tai Chi leader through the Arthritis Foundation. Lauren maintains certification in CPR and First Aid through the American Heart Association.
Pam Olesen enjoys working with the older adult population, particularly those who are frail or have chronic conditions. Her goal is to help others maintain or improve their quality of daily living through exercise. Pam also enjoys working with special populations. She uses a variety of techniques in her fitness routines, which includes a 3D exercise routine using a lightweight exercise bar and aquatic (water) therapy techniques.
Throughout all her years of teaching, Pam has taught fitness classes in private schools and churches and has also conducted private personal training. Pam began working with the senior population after joyfully caring for her parents in their later years.
Pam holds a Masters degree in Education and a Bachelors degree in Biology with minors in both Chemistry and Physics.
She holds her fitness certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Pam recently completed two academic courses: Exercise for Frail Elders and Fantastic Water Workouts. Pam also maintains a SCW Aquatic Exercise Specialty certification and is certified in CPR/AED.
Tanis Redd-Harris has been specialized as a Yoga Teacher since 2005. She is passionate about having her students of all ages and abilities working within their individual limits and honoring their bodies. She seeks to enrich the lives of people in support of wellness, health, fitness, and other positive activities for the community. She teaches in a safe manner, uses detail-oriented verbal instructions, and possesses strong interpersonal skills.
Tanis teaches body alignment principles and movements specifically designed to encourage improved flexibility, strength, dexterity, and balance throughout the whole body as well as breathing techniques to improve respiratory strength. She believes that practicing yoga will increase self-awareness allowing you to feel better, reclaim energy and live a more joyful, stress-free life regardless of overall physical condition.
Tanis holds an Associate’s Degree as a Magna Cum Laude Honor Graduate in Exercise Science, with an extended Associate’s that focuses on Business from Oakland Community College; also holds Certification in CPR/AED. Through Yoga Alliance she is certified as an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) holding certificates of E-RYT 200, RYT 500, and YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider).
Patty Reo has been in the fitness profession for over 25 years. Her interest in exercise and track and field began at a young age. Patty began training, studying and teaching Isshinryu Karate in the 1990’s and holds a 4th degree black belt. She is also a 500 Registered Yoga Trainer (RYT). She began studying yoga to enhance her practice and received her 200 hour certification in Kripalu Yoga under Dr. Paul Jarred, and a 300 hour certification from The Beaumont Hospital School of Yoga Therapy.
Patty is passionate about working with older adults to help them with their strength, stability, flexibility and balance. She works with individuals on a personal level and conducts group classes, which are tailored to fit the needs of all participants. She believes most all older adults can benefit from gentle movement, breath work and additional activity, as regular exercise prevents chronic disease, improves mood, cognitive function and lowers the chances of falls and injuries. Seniors who have a regular exercise routine will feel more energetic and can be more independent.
Patty hopes to share and inspire her participants to explore the challenges and opportunities for growth, wellness and ultimate bliss that can be found within oneself through regular exercise and the practice of yoga.
In addition to her Yoga and Black Belt certifications, Patty also maintains first aid/CPR certification through American Heart Association.
Ron Roth Jr. has been involved in the fitness arena for over 6 years. Ron has a strong background in the area of strength training and weight loss/management. He mentored with Sydney Zaremba, after expressing an interest in working with older adults. Ron specializes in conducting group and individual fitness training and Tai Chi instruction for SydFit.
Ron’s interest in fitness and nutrition began from a personal perspective when he lost over 130 pounds. As a result of his exercise and nutrition habits, Ron achieved a monumental fitness goal and has maintained his current weight for several years. He incorporates sound, safe strategies that work and has motivated others using techniques from both his professional training and his personal experiences.
Ron is certified as an Advanced Senior Personal Trainer and Advanced Senior Fitness Instructor through the American Senior Fitness Association. He also holds certification in CPR/First Aid and AED through the American Red Cross. In addition to Ron’s fitness background, he attends Oakland University, where he is majoring in Marketing. Ron is multi-lingual and is fluent in Chinese and Arabic with an understanding of other languages, such as Albanian.
Glenn E. Socia has more than 30 years experience in fitness. His primary expertise is in the areas of balance, flexibility, self defense, strength training instruction and program development. He also has extensive experience in the martial arts in both application and instruction. Glenn enjoys working with the older adult population and motivating them toward success in their wellness and fitness endeavors.
Glenn’s work experience includes a successful and lengthy career in Law Enforcement and Management. His formal education of program and course attendance is from Macomb Community College, Oakland Community College, Eastern Michigan University and Northwestern University in Illinois.
Glenn is certified as a Physical Fitness Specialist and Advanced Physical Fitness Specialist for Law Enforcement from The Cooper Institute in Dallas, Texas. He also holds certification as a Law Enforcement Physical Fitness Instructor from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Glenn is certified as a Senior Personal Trainer, Senior Fitness Instructor and American Senior Fitness Association Cognitive Fitness Facilitator (Brain Fitness for Older Adults) through the American Senior Fitness Association (ASFA). Additionally, he is certified as a Drums Alive! group exercise leader and maintains his certification through the American Red Cross in CPR/First Aid and AED.
Pam Webert has extensive expertise in working with older adults in the area of fitness, health and overall wellness. Pam’s background includes fitness program development for both groups and individuals in a senior living environment. She is educated in working with special populations, such as those with Alzheimer’s and individuals going through cardiac rehab. Pam is an expert in the area of health and fitness motivation and inspires older adults to make healthy and safe lifestyle changes. Her other areas of expertise include cardiorespiratory fitness for seniors, balance and flexibility training, strength training and individualized personal training, specializing in the older adult population and those with chronic diseases.
Pam is passionate about health and fitness and has been a trained endurance athlete herself since 1998 competing in numerous triathlons and marathons. She strives to inspire and motivate older adults to see their physical potential by delivering exercise programs that are challenging, yet safe and appropriate for all levels of functioning.
Pam holds a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology from Eastern Michigan University with a concentration on clinical aspects of exercise training and working with special populations. She is a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and is certified in A Matter of Balance (an evidence-based fall prevention program). Pam maintains her certification in CPR/AED through the American Heart Association and is a Certified Trainer in Healthy Eating for Successful Living in Older Adults and a Tai Chi Leader through the Arthritis Foundation. Pam is a certified Clinical Exercise Specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine.
Jennifer Wolf has always been a fitness enthusiast. Early in life, she was an avid runner in high school and college. While training for a marathon after college, she began suffering from knee pain. Her doctor warned her that her knees could not take this type of extensive training. In order to fulfill her passion, Jennifer found other ways to exercise including hiking the Appalachian Trail, cross-country skiing and kickboxing. After moving to Michigan, she found her current passion – Tae Kwon Do. Jennifer is currently training as a 2nd degree Black Belt and enjoys teaching Tae Kwon Do to students of all ages. As a Tae Kwon Do instructor, she branched out and began teaching senior fitness classes. She immediately connected with the class and decided to further pursue this career.
Jennifer is interested in helping older adults maintain their balance, strength and flexibility. She teaches classes in senior fitness and Chair Yoga. The fluid movements of yoga are very important to joint health.
Jennifer has Masters Degrees in Chemistry from Rice University and in Environmental Science from the University of Cincinnati. She holds certifications as a Certified Personal Trainer and Senior Fitness Specialist through National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). To further her training, she is currently in the process of obtaining a certification in Chair Yoga. In addition, she is certified in adult/infant/child CPR through the American Safety and Health Institute.