Meet the personal training team

These pros can help you find your best self

What makes a good team? All good teams are comprised of passionate individuals who, despite bringing different things to the table, are willing to buy into the same goal. Our crew of certified and highly skilled personal trainers are exactly that, a great team committed to a singular goal—optimizing WAC members’ fitness and well-being.

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Our team recognizes that not only are everyone’s fitness goals different, but so are everyone’s bodies and how they respond to different types of training. That’s where our personal trainers come in. They bring a myriad of specialties to the table, from sports-specific programming to pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation and more. Through individualized workouts and close attention to each client, our team is here to help you reach and exceed your goals.

Michelle Payne
206.622.7900, ext. 4878
mpayne@wac.net

Michelle has more than 20 years of training experience and a diverse list
of specialties, ranging from golf fitness to injury prevention. She loves to greet her clients with a smile. “People’s lives are stressful and busy, so many don’t have a lot of time for themselves,” Michelle says. “When clients come in stressed, tired, or even excited to work out and they walk out with more energy and a better frame of mind for the day, there’s nothing better. I have the best job in the world. I get to make people feel better!”

 

Darrick Kung
206.622.7900, ext. 3715
dkung@wac.net

Darrick has been at the WAC since 2007 and, like Michelle, has been a personal trainer for more than two decades. As a kid, Darrick discovered his passion for fitness when he figured out that getting faster and stronger kept him in the game. Now he helps athletes do the same through sport-specific training. Darrick also helps clients suffering from postpartum depression, placing an emphasis on how mental health plays a crucial role. “Pregnancies impact mothers physically and emotionally, and it’s often a mental struggle to get back to pre-pregnant shape,” he says. “It’s important to safely bridge that gap.”

 

Mona Caravetta
206.622.7900, ext. 3702
mcaravetta@wac.net

Mona has been a certified personal trainer for over 30 years, and it goes without saying that the former bodybuilder knows her stuff. Mona works with a diverse clientele that includes adults with chronic disease, post-rehab patients, athletes looking for sport-specific training, and a wide variety of clinical populations. Mona believes anyone can attain a healthy lifestyle by prioritizing self-love, which she calls “an act of rebellion against a society that places undue priority on physical appearances rather than relationships and what’s inside each of us.”

 

Amanda Schneider
206.622.7900, ext. 3703
aschneider@wac.net

Amanda is a former dancer and competitive figure skater who is currently working toward a psychology degree. She believes that the mind is the key to unlocking one’s potential and is as important as the body when it comes to fitness. “Working on positive thought patterns and internal dialogue helps create motivation and form habits, as well as decrease stress levels, which can be a huge roadblock for physical progress,” she says. “Finding and strengthening one’s mental fortitude is key to pushing past one’s limits, as well as adequately challenging your mind and body without being restricted by fear or the perceived incompetence we all tend to deal with.”

 

In-Person & Virtual Training 2Kodie Trinidad
206.622.7900, ext. 3708
ktrinidad@wac.net

Kodie is a former college wakeboarder who has been a personal trainer for 10 years. She specializes in clinical disease prevention and strength training, and she emphasizes the importance of mental health and having fun. Kodie likes to get to know her clients personally in order to craft a training program they truly enjoy. “I understand that exercising and working out don’t come easy to a lot of people,” she says. “Once you start moving and working out on a regular basis, your mood and overall quality of life improve. I’m here to make getting to that point more enjoyable.”

 

Mohammed Al Dulaimi
206.622.7900, ext. 3701
maldulaimi@wac.net

Mohammed attributes his fitness background to his upbringing, with his father being a wrestler and his mother a runner for the Iraqi national team in the 1970s. Mohammed obtained his bachelor’s degree in physical education from the University of Baghdad and is an aspiring physical therapist assistant with seven years of personal training experience. Fueled by his desire to learn how to help people rehab their injuries, Mohammed believes building strength is the key to all other components of fitness and is committed to helping clients reach their fitness goals. “My professional experience as a personal trainer provides me a glimpse into what I would like to do as a physical therapist assistant,” he says.

 

How to start training

Sign up for in-person or virtual training with one of our talented pros.

As published in the November/December 2021 issue of WAC Magazine

—Posted November 11, 2021

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