Coaches & Trainers

Kelvin Gary

Kelvin Gary
Founder and Owner of Body Space Fitness

 

Head Fitness Coach, Health Expert

 

“Life has a purpose. Find yours and live it.”

 

After graduate school (MBA, NYU-Stern) and feeling the effects of working in the corporate world, this former engineer saw a better way for himself – and for his future clients. The positive-minded fitness guru traded in his dress slacks for gym shorts and never looked back.

 

In 2012, after being in the fitness industry for several years, Kelvin founded Body Space Fitness (BSF) in New York City, a boutique personal training gym that specializes in private and semi-private training, as well as small group fitness classes. The former athlete knew that health and wellness were his true passion, and he wanted to share that passion and his expertise on how to get fit and stay healthy, while maintaining a NYC lifestyle.

 

Kelvin’s aim for BSF was to create a teaching environment, where he and his coaches would be able to deliver real lasting results to clients, using full-body, functional training. He created a training format that delivers workouts specific to each individual using equipment such as kettlebells, TRXs, sleds, and battle ropes, while minimizing the use of typical machines seen in big box gyms. Kelvin’s fitness expertise have been featured in SELF Magazine, SHAPE Magazine, Details Magazine, WWD, NY Times, and Refinery29, as well as other publications.

 

Certifications: NASM Certified Personal Trainer, NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist, Precision Nutrition Level I Coach, Kettlebell Athletics Level I and II, Dynamic Resistance Training Level I and II, Functional Movement Specialist, Training for Warriors Level I, Pre- and Post-Natal, CPR and AED Certified.

Eddy Bayardelle

Eddy Bayardelle
Fitness Coach, Training Operations and Business Manager, Nutritional Consultant

 

“Best way to get in shape? Don’t get out of it!”

 

Eddy has worked in the health and wellness industry for nearly a decade. Over the course of his career, this born-and-raised Queens native has both coached and managed at prominent studios throughout the New York City area. His passion and understanding of fitness stems from his experience in athletic competitions, namely Mixed Martial Arts and strength sports. This background gave Eddy his firm understanding of the connection between strength/conditioning and results. A self-proclaimed “master of method,” Eddy delivers results systematically, through precise training and nutritional principles.

 

Between client sessions, you’ll find Eddy walking around with a kettlebell bottoms-up in one hand, and Fig Newtons in the other (his favorite pre and post workout snack). This nutrition aficionado never shies away from a challenge, whether it be performing sky high box jumps, eating a whole tub of almond butter (you know, the large size from Whole Foods), or taking on a new client. Eddy uses his love for competition and results to help his clients achieve their best, and never settles for anything less than 110% every time.

 

Certifications: NASM Certified Personal Trainer, NSCA Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, Performance Enhancement Specialist, USAW Sport Performance Coach, Functional Movements Specialist, Precision Nutrition Coach, CPR and AED certified.

Tony (Piya) Vacharasanee

Tony (Piya) Vacharasanee
Fitness Coach

 

“No hesitation, no holding back, do what needs to be done.”

 

As a survivor of childhood leukemia, Tony has never been one to take his health for granted. Believing that proper exercise and nutrition serves as the best preventive medicine, he strives to continually learn so he can better help others prevent avoidable diseases and conditions.

 

Initially working in the healthcare industry, Tony eventually found that he wasn’t able to shake the itch of wanting to do something more physical with his career. Believing that one should live life to its fullest, Tony took the leap and switched fields. Throughout his adventures in life, including becoming an ordained Buddhist monk, participating in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments, Kettlebell Sport competitions and training for American Ninja Warrior, Tony is always looking for fun ways to let loose and see how far he can take his mind and body. This led him eventually to running in Obstacle Course Races every summer with Team BSF, such as Rugged Maniac, City Challenge, Urban Mudder, and Tough Mudder. When Tony gets to have his own fun, he will probably be doing a Hurricane workout from the Training For Warriors system and include some type of ridiculous grip intensive pull-up variation. Whether it is his friendly energy in (semi) private training or his enthusiastic approach to group classes, Tony finds a way to bring out the energy in everyone to help them finish the session stronger.

 

Certifications: NASM Certified Personal Trainer, ACSM Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer, Training for Warriors Level I and II, Kettlebell Athletics Level I, Functional Movements Specialist Level I, Dragon Door Progressive Calisthenics Certification, CPR and AED certified.

Fran Fontaine

Fran Fontaine
Fitness Coach

 

With over 30 years of experience in strength and conditioning, Fran is one of Body Space Fitness’ most veteran trainers. Having competed extensively in wrestling, boxing, kickboxing, jiu jitsu, Tae Kwon Do, and mixed martial arts, the south Bronx native has shared his knowledge by coaching both amateur and professional fighters, who have competed in a variety of tournaments, including the M1, K1, Ring of Combat, IBJJ, NAGA, Golden Gloves, and Metro Boxing Championships.

 

Although Fran specializes in the martial arts (he has even named his cat “Ninja”), he has managed to combine this specialty with his love for the dramatic arts, having choreographed award-nominated fight stunts for films. Fran’s deep understanding of the arts also caught the eye of the American Ballet Theatre, as he trains several of their ballerinas.

 

The combination of Fran’s knowledge and warm personality provides him with the unique ability to design creative and challenging workouts, keeping you engaged and entertained for the entire session. After a workout with Fran, you’ll leave sweaty, smiling, and having learned something new.

 

Certifications: Expert Training Certified Personal Trainer, Kettlebell Concepts Certified Personal Trainer, USA Boxing Coach

Joanna Castro

Joanna Castro
Fitness Coach

 

“Fall in love with taking care of yourself. MIND.BODY.SPIRIT.”

 

While many are blissfully unaware of the correlation between hearty food and weight gain until after their college years, Joanna understood as a teenager that consistent exercise could counteract what she viewed likely to be an issue as people aged. The New York native’s love for fitness escalated quickly, as she began with Denise Austin videos and fitness magazines to teach herself varieties of exercises. After reaping the health benefits from her own hard work (not to mention, being awarded “best figure” in high school), Joanna initiated her path as a trainer, by helping her friends achieve their fitness goals.

 

After experiencing the effects of Joanna’s warm smile and infectious laugh, you will understand how her approachable personality and depth of knowledge makes her not only a motivating coach, but also a caring mother. Since having given birth to her daughter, Elle, Joanna has realized her potential as a role model, translating this ability to mentor each of her clients. This pre and post-natal specialist has the unique ability to change her toddler’s diapers one minute, and beat the boys in a squatting competition the next.

 

Certifications: NSCF Certified Personal Trainer, Kettlebell Athletics Level I, Pre- and Post-Natal.

Andy Wegman, ATC

Andy Wegman, ATC
Fitness Coach

 

“You have to give 100 percent in the first half of the game. If that isn’t enough, in the second half, you have to give what is left.” Yogi Berra

 

Andy has been working as a Certified Athletic Trainer since graduating from the University at Buffalo with a M.S. in Athletic Training and B.S. in Exercise Science. With prior work experience in physical therapy clinics, high schools, and colleges, Andy’s passion is to bridge the gap from post injury rehabilitation to a higher level of physical fitness and functional performance than pre-injury.

 

Andy has had the opportunity to work at the USA Track & Field Olympic Trials and Championship Meet as well as with the USA Wrestling Team. He draws upon these experiences, his education, and his hands on experience to offer a complete program design. Andy’s goal is to give his clients the best opportunity to compete and perform to their highest potential.

 

When not training clients, Andy loves to compete in running, duathlons, cycling and triathlon races, fueled entirely by his beloved PB&J on pumpernickel sandwich. Outside of the gym, you can find Andy playing ultimate Frisbee and attending plays with his wife, Jacqueline, most likely with a cup of green tea by his side. Andy’s knowledge of injury rehabilitation and functional training allows him to train his clients in a safe, yet challenging manner, leaving them in a better state than when they walked through the door.

 

Certifications: NYS Licensed Athletic Trainer, CPR and AED certified.

Nicole Bunyan

Nicole Bunyan
Fitness Coach

 

“Don’t practice until you get it right. Practice until you can’t get it wrong.”

 

As an overly active, all-sport loving child, it is fitting that Nicole has found herself working in the health and fitness industry. Although running between the various sports was hectic, Nicole relished every single muddy soccer game, and every seemingly monotonous squash drill. Her love for training and competition eventually earned her a spot playing varsity squash for Princeton University, where she was a 3-time All American, finishing as the 5th ranked intercollegiate player her senior year. No longer surrounded by her squash squad, Nicole has filled the void by joining the Body Space family where she suffers endless jokes regarding her Canadian accent and her favorite sport (which is also her favorite vegetable).

 

When not coaching at Body Space Fitness, Nicole enjoys riding her road bike, working on her health and fitness blog (called “Squash on Squash”), and training for the professional world squash tour. A former spin instructor, Nicole uses her endless stream of fun remixes to pump up her classes, enjoys making corny jokes usually involving one too many “eh’s”, and believes there is an inner athlete in every single person. You can count on Nicole to always have an energetic smile and to motivate you through your workout- that is, unless you steal her peanut butter.

 

Certifications: NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Spinning Certified, TRX Certified.

Dean Sheremet

 

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