Gainey Village Personal Trainers

  • Thatcher Pena
    Thatcher Pena
  • Katrina Gauthier
    Katrina Gauthier
  • Ray Sumayo
    Ray Sumayo
  • Matt Koithan
    Matt Koithan
  • George Naum
    George Naum
  • John Spead
    John Spead
  • Winkie Schwartz
    Winkie Schwartz
  • Grant Peterson
    Grant Peterson
  • Erik Pence
    Erik Pence
  • Chris Morrison
    Chris Morrison
  • Christopher Morin
    Christopher Morin
  • Alissa Crandall
    Alissa Crandall
  • Corey Degenstein – Fitness Director
    Corey Degenstein – Fitness Director
  • Josh Benton
    Josh Benton
Thatcher Pena

Gainey Village Personal Trainer NSCA-CPT Thatcher earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Arizona State University. Throughout much of the time spent attaining his degree, he worked as an intern directly under a leading fitness coach at one of the nation’s top CrossFit gyms. Through countless hours of hard work, Thatcher learned the coaching skills necessary to assist clients in achieving and even transcending the goals and desired health levels that they may never have thought possible. From a very young age, Thatcher was fascinated by all things sports and fitness and participated in numerous extracurriculars from soccer and baseball to basketball and track and field. He is consistently pursuing new sports and fitness regimes, as well as learning new ways to be active, all of which have proven to be unstoppable driving forces behind his passion for health and fitness.

Katrina Gauthier

ACE CPT

Katrina is a graduate from Oregon State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science. She began volunteering with individuals who have a disability become more active and fit by incorporating exercise plans to each one of their individual needs. She played club volleyball in college, but also has a background in basketball, softball, and track, while she also has a love for hiking outdoors. During the summer months, Katrina has gone to Dillingham AK where she is a deckhand on a salmon fishing boat on the Nushagak River, contributing to the 30-year family legacy. Katrina is passionate about helping people get healthy and gain confidence within new habits that will help them become a better version of themselves. Health and wellness is a process and does not just happen overnight, each person is unique, and she can help customize a workout that works best for you. Working with all age groups and experience levels, she can help you achieve the goals that you have. Katrina believes balance and core is something that plays an important role in achieving our day to day activities and is something she incorporates with all of her clients.

Ray Sumayo

Gainey Village Personal Trainer NSCA-CSCS, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist; NASM-CES, Corrective Exercise Specialist*

Ray graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in life sciences. Ray then earned a master’ degree in kinesiology with a dual specialty in both “corrective exercise and orthopedic rehabilitation” and “Sports Strength and Conditioning” from A.T. Still University. Now, Ray is currently enrolled at the University of St. Augustine, San Marcos campus in California pursuing his doctorate in physical therapy. Ray has always been involved in sports and fitness his whole life. In high school, he competed in football, basketball, and track and field. During college, Ray practiced mixed martial arts focusing primarily on boxing, muay thai and jiu-jitsu. Prior to working as a personal trainer for the Village, Ray worked as a physical therapy technician for both Foothills Sports Medicine as well as Barrow’s Brain and Spine. Ray’s sports background and educational background combined with his experience in rehabilitation have enabled him to properly navigate the sometimes “grey” area between rehabilitation and the pursuit of any fitness goals. Ray’s philosophy is that through proper and safe exercise, we gain the ability to shape and enhance our quality of life. Exercise allows us to challenge ourselves and grow not only physically but mentally. With exercise, we gain not only strength but body awareness and will to overcome pain, test our limits, and reach personal goals. But without adequate understanding of the human body and movement, we create muscular imbalances which ultimately leads to a halt in our progress and possible injury. For this reason, Ray constantly pursues more knowledge about movement and the human body to constantly improve himself as an educator and personal trainer.
* in progress

Matt Koithan

Matt is a certified exercise physiologist and has been passionate about fitness from a young age. He attended Northern Arizona University where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in exercise science, minoring in health-wellness and chemistry and continues to pursue higher academic achievements, certifications and professional publications. He played club and collegiate soccer, has a background in wrestling, and martial arts and has a love for the outdoors. His experience in physical therapy allows him to effectively and safely work with any client at any ability level. His training in bodywork developed a belief in using well-balanced programs to ensure progress in multiple areas of fitness including strength, balance, stability, and mobility. Matt is also a massage therapist at
The Spa at Gainey Village. He enjoys being able to help clients feel their best by improving mobility and decreasing pain.

George Naum

Gainey Village Personal Trainer

NASM-CPT, MPT

Coach Naum received his bachelor’s degree in human movement, sciences, and physical education from Boston University.  He comes to the Village from Southern California where he taught kinesiology and was an assistant head football coach and defensive coordinator at Santa Monica College. In his 30-year career he has owned and operated 10 health and fitness clubs while also designing and developing over 40 independent clubs nationwide. George ended a five-year contract as head football coach and general manager for the Carinthian Lions in Austria where he guided them to the professional Austrian football league’s National Silver Bowl Championship.

 

Coach Naum has a diverse background in personal training having worked with all ages and ability levels. He believes each client should have a specific program designed personally for them in order to best achieve their health and fitness goals.

John Spead

John attended the University of El Paso with a concentration in Exercise Science.

Certifications

ACE-CPT, Certified Personal Trainer
FMSC – Functional Movement Screen Certified

Fitness Specializations and Interests

John, a Boston native, has been training for more than 18 years and has clients from all backgrounds. John’s specialties include athletic conditioning, post rehabilitation, flexibility and core training. John is an avid Boston sports fan.

Fitness Philosophy

Hard work is at the core of John’s training philosophy. “Nothing good in life ever comes without first putting in the effort.”

Winkie Schwartz

Winkie attended Arizona State University and is ACE certified.

Certifications

ACE-CPT, Certified Personal Trainer
FMSC – Functional Movement Screen Certified

Fitness Specializations and Interests

A lifelong advocate of physical fitness, Winkie has lived in Arizona her entire life, attended Arizona State University, and has been a Certified Personal Trainer since 1999 with the American Council on Exercise. Hired by the Gainey Village Health Club in 1999, Winkie quickly found her niche in training people who desired knowing more about functional movement, flexibility, stretching, and of course, weight training. Winkie incorporates many things when training her clients,  including multi-joint moves, stability, balance, body-weight exercises, and stretching. She has worked with many individuals who have specific challenges, including stroke, hip and knee replacements, and the art of aging gracefully. Above all, the workouts are customized for each client, and designed for a lifetime of feeling good!

Fitness Philosophy

Winkie creates workouts which are FUN! Yes, it CAN be fun, challenging and results-oriented.

Grant Peterson

Grant received his bachelor of science degree in exercise science from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.

Certifications

B.S. Exercise Science, Exercise Specialist
NASM CPT
FMSC Level 1 & 2
ACE CPT
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Kids Certified Coach
CrossFit Kettlebell Instructor
CrossFit Olympic Lifting Coach
CrossFit Mobility & Recovery Coach
CrossFit Gymnastics Coach
Fascial Mobilization Certified
TRX Certified Coach

Fitness Specializations and Interests

Grant Peterson grew up playing competitive sports year-round in Denver, Colorado. After receiving his bachelor’s degree he began his personal training career in Southwest Colorado. He recently relocated to Scottsdale, Arizona where he has been training for the Gainey Village going on 7+ years. Grant specializes in helping his clients to reach high levels of fitness through functional movements and variety. He enjoys being highly active and spending time with his friends and family.

Erik Pence

After serving 12 years with the United States Marine Corps, Erik received his Bachelors of Science in Exercise and Sports Sciences and a Masters degree in Kinesiology from the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Certifications

NSCA CSCS,Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
NASM PES, Performance Enhancement Specialist
United States Olympic Weightlifting (U.S.A.W) Coach
FMSC – Functional Movement Screen Certified

Fitness Specializations and Interests

Erik’s passion for fitness began at the age of 12 with olympic weight lifting and he has been involved in sports as an athlete and trainer ever since. He has excelled in sports performance as an athlete for the University of Arizona and as a competitive Olympic Weight Lifter.
Prior to joining the Village staff, Erik was responsible for designing sports performance and fitness programs at Foothills Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy. He evaluated and tested muscular strength, muscular endurance, and muscular flexibility. In addition to his position with Foothills Sports Medicine Institute, Erik’s career highlights include working as a Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Department of Sports Performance at the University of Arizona in Tucson, as the Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Cleveland Indians professional baseball organization, and as a kinesiological researcher at the Kronos Institute in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Fitness Philosophy

To offer structured, scientifically and evidence-based structured, training programs that deliver real results, catering to all age groups and fitness levels.

Chris Morrison

Chris holds a bachelor of science degree in movement and sports studies from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania.

Certifications

NASM-CPT, Certified Personal Trainer
FMSC – Functional Movement Screen Certified

Fitness Specializations and Interests

Chris has been in the fitness industry for over 15 years.  As a former collegiate athlete, Chris understands how hard work, consistency and perseverance directly lead to continual progression and eventually goal achievement. Chris, however, is not just a trainer for athletes. His versatility of training protocol along with his positive attitude allows him to work with any type of client population. Regardless of your skill, your goals can be realized as long as you have the will.

Christopher Morin

Christopher graduated from Brandeis University with a bachelor’s of science in biology.

Certifications

Certified Personal Trainer, NASM-CPT, ACE-CPT
Corrective Exercise Specialist, NASM-CES
Equinox Fitness Institute in New York City

Fitness Specializations and Interests

Christopher has been a personal trainer at Gainey Village for more than 11 years. He has over 15 years of personal training experience and is a graduate of the Equinox Fitness Training Institute in New York City. Christopher emphasizes function training with his clients. He specializes in body toning, increasing strength, weight management, small group training, young adult athletic training, balance/coordination, and flexibility. As a Corrective Exercise Specialist, Christopher can determine muscular imbalances and faulty movement patterns using static and dynamic postural assessments, allowing him to create exercise programs to improve movement efficiency and prevent injury. Christopher embraces any and all forms of exercise. He has trained for and completed a marathon, half-marathon, multiple triathlons and Tough Mudder races. Christopher also enjoys hiking and skiing.

Fitness Philosophy

We train inside the club so that we can be better outside the club. With Christopher you can always expect a fresh, dedicated and progressive workout that fits your needs and helps you achieve your fitness goals.

Alissa Crandall

Alissa earned her Masters Degree in Sports Biomechanics from Ball State University. Alissa graduated from California State University, Fresno with a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science.

Certifications

NASM-CPT, Certified Personal Training
USAW Certified Olympic Lifting
CSCCa Master Strength and Conditioning Coach

Fitness Specializations and Interests

After graduating Alissa became a Personal Trainer working in Irvine, CA at the Sports Club Irvine until 1998. For the past 15 years, she pursued a new passion and career, and became a Collegiate, Division I Strength and Conditioning Coach. She had the privilege of working at Ball State, The University of Tennessee, The University of South Carolina and The University of Virginia. Her sports involvement and personal interests include competitive swimming and dance.

Fitness Philosophy

Improved strength, athleticism, or any fitness component, is the ultimate goal, but HOW you get there is the key to your success!

Corey Degenstein – Fitness Director

Corey graduated from Minnesota State University-Moorhead with a bachelor’s of science in fitness and operations management and earned a master’s of science in exercise science-human performance from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Certifications

NASM-CPT, Certified Personal Trainer
NSCA-CSCS, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
NASM-CES, Corrective Exercise Specialist
PES, Performance Enhancement Specialist
Level 2 CrossFit Coach
Crossfit Kettlebell Coach
Crossfit Olympic Lifting Coach
Crossfit Mobility and Recovery Coach
FMSC – Functional Mobility Screen Certified

Fitness Specializations and Interests

Corey has been a personal trainer at the Gainey Village for over 15 years and is currently one of our CrossFit coaches at Gainey Village CrossFit that can help you with all of your CrossFit, training, and conditioning goals. Corey utilizes his knowledge to customize programs to each client’s abilities and goals.

Fitness Philosophy

I like to exercise and stay active with the use of functional movements that provide for the greatest full body adaptation. This being the most effective way to stay healthy and it also burns the most calories.

Josh Benton

Josh has been a personal trainer at the Gainey Village since 2000. He is a graduate of Arizona State University with a bachelor’s of science in dietetics.

Certifications

NSCA-CSCS, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Certified Level 1 U.S.A. Weightlifting Coach
FMSC – Functional Movement Screen Certified

Fitness Specializations and Interests

Josh is able to design fitness and nutrition programs to meet a wide variety of clients needs.