The Better Me Team
Lisa Barbato is a certified Group Exercise Instructor through YMCA/AIT and certified Turbo Kick Instructor. Her passion is helping people of all age ranges to live a healthier, more active lifestyle. Lisa is graduate of the Sport Management Program and with a minor in Recreation and Leisure at The College of Brockport. Her classes are for all fitness levels, high-energy, and rewarding. She takes into consideration that every person is at a different fitness level; She will push you to your own personal strengths and comfort level. In her spare time, Lisa loves to keep active with volleyball, yoga, kickboxing and cycling.
Stephanie Betzwieser is a certified Pilates instructor trained in classic mat Pilates. She completed her 100 hours of Pilates teacher training through the former Highland Park Body works (now Hana Pilates) from trainer, and second generation Pilates Instructor, Meghan Cameron. Steph has been apprenticing since July of 2012 and has been a teacher since December of 2012. She teaches students of all ages and levels of Pilates. Steph became interested in Pilates while a student at RIT. “Through the required wellness classes I chose Pilates and fell in love with it.” Within the last few years she became more and more interested in fitness, staying in shape and eating healthy. All of this led her to want to show and teach others how to do the same. Steph includes other elements in her classes other than classical mat Pilates. She likes to use weights and balance balls to mix up the regular routine. She likes to challenge her students to work hard, and to ultimately challenge themselves and help her students become fit and healthy.
Amanda Burns is a certified personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine. In college Amanda started her fitness career by becoming certified in yoga through YogaFit. She began teaching classes in the evenings and on weekends, and when she graduated from college earned her Personal Training certification. Since then Amanda has had the pleasure of working with a wide variety of people and has been able to help change their lifestyles, something she truly enjoys.
Steve is certified through the AFAA as a personal trainer, as well as a Zumba, Aqua Zumba and Senior Fit instructor through Excellus. Steve has been teaching Zumba and Aqua Zumba since 2009. Steve feels fitness and exercise are essential for a healthier and longer life. “It increases your energy and helps you physically, mentally and spiritually. There is no better way to either begin or end your day.” Steve believes that once a person experiences wellness in their lives, just by adding fitness and exercise to their daily routine, they will “commit to be fit.”
Michael is a NASM nationally certified personal trainer. Mike’s passion in training is helping others, specifically those looking to lose weight and feel better. Being overweight as a child, Mike knows what it takes to live a healthier lifestyle and can help guide a beginner or more advanced trainee to be the best they can be. He firmly believes that the littlest changes easily add up to big differences!
Arthur (Art) DiAntonio holds a Ph.D. in Biomechanics from John Hopkins University and is the owner of Body Maintenance Precision Training. He has over 25 years of experience in sports performance training, rehabilitation training, and general health and fitness training. Art holds athletic records himself and has trained high level athletes (NFL, NHL, Olympic) as well as designed many successful programs for disease management (Diabetes, Cancer, Parkinson’s, Osteoporosis, etc.) Art is extremely passionate about helping others feel and perform at their best using scientifically proven methodologies and techniques.
Cindy Edington is a certified yoga therapist and Life Coach; she has been practicing yoga since 1999. Her first interest in yoga began as a way to reduce stress and to get off the hamster wheel of “do more-be more.” As a fitness buff she wanted something that would strengthen my body but was also searching for something that would “soothe her soul.” She found yoga to be a path that provided a true connection between the body, the mind and the spirit. Her passion is to bring yoga to people who are searching for the same.
Stacy Fronckowiak has been a licensed Zumba fitness instructor since September 2012. Aside from working full time at Aquinas Institute, she currently teaches 4 classes a week for LA Fitness. As a former competitive cheerleader and coach, teaching fitness classes naturally appealed to her and she wanted to find a format that combined her love of dance with fitness. When she found Zumba it was an instant love connection and she has been teaching ever since. She has taken many professional development courses through Zumba Fitness ®, including classes such as Choreography Jam Sessions, Zumba ® Pro Skills, Zumba ® Core, Zumba ® Glutes and Zumba ® Burst. What is it about Zumba that she loves so much? The reason is simple; every class feels like a party! Zumba Fitness ® does not require you to be a good dancer to benefit and enjoy it. There are no wrong moves. As long as you are moving and having a great time that’s all that matters. It’s hard not to get drawn into the hypnotic Latin and international rhythms! Come try it, she guarantees you’ll have a blast! Ditch the workout and join the party! You’ll break an incredible sweat without even realizing it. Stacy looks forward to meeting you.
Bruce Hedlund is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and is a kettlebell Instructor. He has spent his entire career helping people get fit, stay fit, and strength-train. Bruce graduated from SUNY Cortland with a B.S. in Exercise Science. Bruce enjoys training for marathons and triathlons and has run 18 marathons.
Kathy teaches many different aquatics classes for RIT. She enjoys helping people enjoy fitness no matter what their ability level is. Kathy teaches at several other locations in the Rochester area and has a great time meeting different people in the community. She strives to help everyone achieve their fitness goals using aquatics as a fun exercise option.
Rachel Miller began her fitness career as a cheerleader at RIT. Over the years, she has taught High-impact, Low-impact, Resist-a-Ball, Powerflex, Step, Arthritis Chair, and Silver Sneakers classes. Currently she teaches Spinning for the Better Me program. Rachel is a substitute instructor for some of the Better Me circuit classes, as well as Aqua. Rachel holds certifications with the YMCA, AEA, and AFAA.
Rachel’s philosophy regarding exercise is to just keep moving - find something you enjoy, and do it. Change it up a bit, but don’t let inertia take over. An active life is a happy life, and when she see participants in their 80’s who can run circles around people half their age, she knows they are the embodiment of ‘use it, or lose it!’
Tara Palmer has over 20 year experience teaching a variety of populations from athletic teams to post-rehab. As an International presenter for the Aquatic Exercise Association, Tara teaches to other instructors and designs workshops to enhance education. In the Rochester community Tara teaches corporate fitness and wellness lectures, and has been a contributing author to the Democrat and Chronicle as well as writing for AWKA magazine.
Dana Pierce is a proud alumna of RIT with her graduate degree in human resource development and undergraduate degree in hospitality management. She is a certified Spinning® instructor as of February, 2014. Dana enjoys fitness and encouraging people to be active. In addition to spinning, Dana runs in numerous races varying in length from 5K-half marathon and also plays volleyball. She is high-energy and her optimism is contagious! She is also a foodie and enjoys wine.
Melissa Rosintoski graduated with a double major in Exercise Physiology and Kinesiology and is a certified personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine. She wants to help bring a healthier lifestyle to everyone by making daily activity enjoyable.
Michelle’s passion for fitness and living a healthy lifestyle began in high school where she ran track for four seasons. Throughout college she continued running and began incorporating other activities and group exercise classes that were fun and motivated her to stay healthy. She has completed road and trail races of varying distances, including 5K, 10K and half marathon distance, and she loves group cycling and became a certified Spinning instructor in 2012. Interested in expanding her knowledge and doing more to motivate others and encourage them to fulfill healthy lifestyles, Michelle completed the RIT Fitness Specialist Workshop and became a certified personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) in 2013. She is a personal trainer and teaches a variety of classes at RIT including Spinning, Spin & Sculpt, Boot Camp, Total Body Strength and Circuit Training and she enjoys helping people reach their fitness goals.