Antoinette has over 30 years’ experience in the fitness industry. She started by teaching Step Aerobics at the age of eighteen. She is certified in Les Mills Body Pump, Spinning, TRX, Bender Ball, Pilates, Step Aerobics, Resist-A-Ball and PUMPIN’ Iron. Antoinette’s role as Group Exercise Coordinator at the JCC affords her the opportunity to meet with a wide variety of members who are at different levels in their fitness capabilities. When Antoinette is asked, “Why JCC group exercise?”, her response is, “The answer is simple. We have put together an amazing team of group exercise instructors who provide a wide array of group classes that will help you reach your fitness goals.” The JCC offers over 85 group fitness classes per week, including Tai Chi, Chi Kung, Meditation, PUMPIN’ Iron, Piloxing, Yoga, Pilates, indoor cycling, Zumba, Aquasize classes, Step n’ Sculpt and so much more! Come see what the buzz is about! Allow our team of fitness instructors to take you to the next level in your fitness goals. Antoinette lives in Linwood with her husband and two children.
A fitness professional for over 33 years, Carol is in her ninth year at the JCC as a Personal Trainer and Group Exercise instructor. She has won national awards as a personal Trainer. She trains a variety of clients including special needs which Intel’s strokes, Parkinson’s disease, muscular dystrophy, and cancer. Carol received certification in personal training and group fitness with AFAA, Lifestyle, and weight management coach with ACE, Zumba with Zin, as well as kickboxing, spinning, and senior fitness. A twelve week program she also implemented “Survivors Fitness Plan” at the JCC. She was an integral part of introducing Zumba classes to the JCC over six years ago. Carol holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. She is also a professional singer, and is very proud to have won the title of Ms. New Jersey Sr. America 2012!
A longtime JCC member and former board member, Janet Grossman has been teaching yoga classes at the center since 1999. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Art Education and completed graduate work at Rutgers-Camden. She integrates her specific experiences in the creative arts into her yoga classes through movement, meditation, breathing and visualization. In addition to her certifications in yoga and Pilates, Janet has trained extensively in Vinyasa, Sivananda, Kudalini and Juvamukti tradition among others at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York. She has also completed advanced training in meditation with Richard Miller at Kripalu. Janet’s focus as a yoga teacher is to help students enhance mindfulness and understanding from the inside out. Janet is a marathon runner who lives with her Ken in Margate. They are the proud parents of three grown children and grandparents to a beautiful granddaughter.
JB has been teaching indoor cycling at the JCC and other area clubs since 2004. He is a 10-year veteran of Atlantic City Beach Patrol and a former Division III collegiate swimmer. JB is an avid open-water swimmer and he competes regularly as a swimmer, runner and cyclist. His success in training stems from a very simple philosophy: for the first half of every workout, try as hard as you can and for the second half, try just a little bit harder. JB’s bike class at the JCC is designed for athletes of all levels and new riders are always welcome!
Levar “Big Sarge” Curry
Sergeant First Class LeVar “Big Sarge” Curry is a 20-year Army service veteran who is also a master group fitness instructor. With over 18 years of experience teaching fitness for the military and over 10 years of teaching in Southern New Jersey, Big Sarge is truly the most intense group exercise instructor you will ever meet. His experience ranges from preparing new enlisted soldiers for basic training, to preparing service men and women to go to war.
Big Sarge’s philosophy is that the better shape you are in, the better you can perform in all aspects of life. With experience in a wide range of competition sports, Big Sarge can train anyone. Big Sarge played football, basketball, soccer, and ran track. He competed in wrestling, national martial arts fighting tournaments, strong man, power lifting and MMA cage fighting while in the Army. As a certified Zumba instructor, Big Sarge’s energy makes working fun.
Lisa is an aqua fitness instructor with the JCC. She began her fitness career over 30-years ago. Lisa is nationally certified in fitness and massage by the NCBTMB and holds AAAI-ISMA and AFFA certifications in aqua fitness, group exercise and personal training. She is also certified by the National Arthritis Foundation in water and land exercises and licensed by the NJ State Nursing board. Lisa feels that the JCC is about great people, having fun and enjoying life. Lisa considers herself very lucky to work with such a wonderful group of people. Lisa is an identical twin. She lives in Margate with her family.
Lisa Gottlieb is a NJ State certified Medical Technician who has been in the fitness industry for 30 years. She has an extensive choreography and dance background.
As a certified personal trainer, aerobics instructor, step instructor, and owner of her own weight loss company, Lisa has enjoyed helping people be at their best for most of her life. She brings her love and knowledge of dance to her calorie burning, safe and fun Zumba classes and body sculpting cardio classes.
Kathy O’Brien is a Personal Trainer as well as a Group Exercise Instructor. She has been teaching classes at the JCC since 1998, including PUMPIN’ Iron, Resist-A-Ball and indoor cycling classes. “I truly believe the JCC to be a Community Center. I love seeing my friends, my kids’ friends, their parents and grandparents as well,” says Kathy. “I love that I am able to teach all ages and levels of fitness.” Kathy currently resides in Margate with her husband Tom and two children, Rachael and Carla.
Maria (MaFe) Roa-Serrano
Due to a spinal fusion in 2006, Maria has dedicated herself to taking fitness to the next level. In 2008, Maria was certified to teach Zumba, Zumba B2, Zumbatomic, Zumba Toning, group exercise, kickboxing, Piloxing and Stride. She also has her personal training certification. Maria holds fitness near and dear to her heart, believing that working out keeps her fit, healthy, stress-free and away from doctors and medicines. Maria also believes that sharing these beliefs with her members is paramount.
Mary Ann Mazur
Mary Ann fell in love with aerobics eighteen years ago. She is certified in AAAI/SMA. Mary Ann has been a group exercise instructor for the JCC for sixteen years. She currently teaches five senior classes and one total body workout class each week. She considers the JCC as her home and her students her extended family. “Everyone at Katz JCC is so caring and kind, how could I not love my job.” Mary Ann has six children and eighteen grandchildren. She is approaching her 57th anniversary with her high-school sweetheart and best friend Donald Mazur.
Ruth Ann Brucato
Ruth Ann has more than 20 years teaching experience in dance and fitness. Educated at The Boston Conservatory, she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance. She danced professionally for 12 years in dance revues and musicals. She continued to pursue her passion for dance by owning her own dance studio called Step By Step Dance Studio in Brigantine, NJ, offering dance and fitness classes to children and adults. Ruth Ann has numerous certifications in all phases of fitness, including Pilates, Aerobics, Stride, Bender Barre and personal training. She also has her AAAI certification. Her extensive background has enabled her to teach in gyms and dance studios across South Jersey, as she still does today, infusing dance and fitness into all of her classes.
Being urged by a friend to get certified in Pilates twelve years ago started my journey as a fitness instructor. For the past decade, I have been instructing Pilates, Yoga, Yogalites, Spin and Piloxing, allowing me to meet incredible people and make lifelong friendships. My goal is to stay active. I enjoy kettlebells, running, am an avid Equestrian and love to do anything creative.
Twenty-five years ago, I met my husband Steve at the JCC – yet another reason why the JCC is near and dear to me. We were lucky enough to have our children Taylor and Max start their education at the JCC Early Childhood Education Center.
The JCC isn’t just a workout facility for me… it is my second home with a beautiful extended family.
Stacey Kammerman has been practicing meditation and mindfulness techniques for over 10 years. She has attended dozens of spiritual and meditation workshops and retreats in order to explore the many meditation methods available. Her teaching style is supportive and encouraging, while offering many different options and suggestions so her students are able to find what works best for them. Stacey’s teaching work is guided by a passion for helping people live a more peaceful, centered and happy life.
Steve Bouchard has been with the JCC for one year teaching bike classes. He has been taking indoor bike classes for ten years and has been teaching for seven. He holds certifications in Indoor Cycling from MadDog Fitness, Saris Power Fitness and the International Indoor Cycling Association.
Steve has been a local high school science teacher for the past 32 years and when he is not in the gym trying to fight getting old, he enjoys outdoor biking, skiing, reading great books and the beach. He is married and has two grown daughters. He lives for finding that right piece of music that will inspire members “to give that little bit more on the bike”.
Vanessa teaches Piloxing, Zumba, Aqua Zumba and Fitness Fusion at the JCC. Her certifications include AAAI/ISMA Personal and Aerobics, Reiki levels one and two, Zumba and Bender Barre. Vanessa’s goal in her classes is to make sure everyone moves and has fun while exercising. “I want to make sure the exercises are done correctly to prevent injury. My goal is to take the concept of exercise off the members’ minds and replace it with fun and enjoyable movement.” Vanessa encourages everyone to let it all go and leave it here at the JCC!