Ricardo brings both enthusiasm and experience to FLEX. He has trained and worked at National Personal Training Institute as well as In Shape Health Club. During his time at NPTI he received certifications in Corrective Exercise, Performance Enhancement as well as becoming a Certified Personal Trainer. He’s excited to bring his skills and knowledge of body building, exercise physiology, weight management, weight training and personal training into your workout. Ricardo enjoys the role of fitness instructor as well and in the past has taught courses in plyometric training concepts, balance training, resistance training and self-myofascial release. His knowledge of fitness concepts tempered with his passion to work with individuals shows up in every workout! Ricardo is all about fitness and hence his leisure time is spent lifting weights, playing basketball and baseball and training athletes!
Bruce has a been in the athletic industry since the early 80’s. A physical education major at Sacramento State where he competed in Cross-Country and Track graduating in 1991. He’s competed in track events from 400 meters to 50 miles. With a coaching background in running, baseball, basketball and softball, Bruce has been a 2-time winner of Coach of the Year – Positive Coaching Alliance for Pleasant Hill Baseball \ Softball Association. Utilizing NASM training to expand his knowledge with additional training in Nutrition and TRX. He believes in focusing on form to build strength and endurance, while creating programs in and outside the gym. Bruce’s favorite activity is spending time with his two incredible kids and sharing time with special people in this life.
Mon – 6am to 8pm
Tue – 6am to 8pm
Wed – 6am to 8pm
Thu – 6am to 8pm
Fri – 6am to 8pm
Sat – Off
Sun – 8am to 6pm
As a traveling dancer, stilt walker, and acrobat Polly had to learn on her own how to keep her body strong enough to prevent injuries. When she tore her ACL she realized she needed outside help and she began working with a trainer to see if she could avoid surgery. She was inspired by what she accomplished with a personalized approach to healing and her journey led her into personal training (through NASM) so she could help more people understand and manage their health and feel good in their bodies.
Polly is the founder and curator of an arts collective called Daring Arts Movement that performs and teaches dance and stilts all over the Bay Area, and she is excited to now include fitness under that umbrella. Her years of teaching experience are a huge asset to her work as a personal trainer and she loves figuring out how to work with different types of clients and their physical challenges and make exercising functional and fun. She believes our bodies have so much to teach us if we can learn to really listen! Polly also teaches the 5:30pm HIIT Challenge class on Monday’s.
Jonathan is a hybrid personal trainer, corrective exercise specialist and manual therapist. He offers unique sessions comprised of traditional strength training paired with creative movement and bodywork therapy. Training programs and recovery plans are custom built based on individual client goals ranging from: functional movement & athletic performance, injury prevention & recovery, and supporting changes to body composition.
Within strength and conditioning training, Jonathan utilizes methods such as: resistance training, active & passive mobility techniques, circuit training, TRX, locomotion and hand balancing, self-myofascial release and various forms of cardio. Also, Jonathan incorporates massage therapy into sessions with the intention of injury prevention/recovery as well as improving recovery time between workouts.
Outside of his work, Jonathan is a lifelong lover of movement and music and enjoys spending his time dancing (particularly tap dance), practicing handstands & amateur aerial straps, hiking, doing yoga, playing music and spending time with family and friends.
Kathleen Haley (NSCA Certification) has been resistance training for 16 years. Outside the gym she loves intense cycling, running, swimming, and hiking. Her favorite gym workouts involve explosive bodyweight movements, plyometrics, kettlebells, TRX, sandbags, and functional fitness (sled push-pulls, tire flips, rope climbs, etc.). Kathleen is also proficient in Olympic and power lifting. She has a doctorate in Comparative Literature from Harvard University and has written two books on comedy from Aristophanes to Aziz Ansari.
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